This month, Monthly invited local women in business, education, sports and the arts to discuss their work and how they define success. In their profiles, these Lowcountry influencers share advice and connect across a diverse range of expertise and industries. They discuss their obstacles, accomplishments, backgrounds, motivation and the people who have inspired them. From the owners of small family businesses to the team that leads Hilton Head Island High School, these local women have made a positive impact in the community. They are the leading ladies of the Lowcountry — women in charge who make Hilton Head and Bluffton better places to live.
Hilton Head People
STAN SMITH IS CELEBRATED IN A NEW BOOK
In the tennis world, Stan Smith is a household name because of his accomplishments as a former world champion.
In the Lowcountry, he is known for his charitable work with various organizations, most notably the Heritage Classic Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.
But around the globe, Smith’s name is known for another reason: The shoe.
LORRI LEWIS AND WENDY CORBITT, THE LEADING LADIES OF SEA PINES REAL ESTATE AT THE BEACH CLUB
Q. What first brought you to the island?
A. (Lorri Lewis) My roommate at Michigan State, her parents lived in Sea Pines and we came down for a college vacation. We rolled into Sea Pines and I was blown away. It left such an impression on me. After I graduated, I always kept a picture of me at the Sea Pines Beach Club in my office and I’d tell people, “If I could find a way to go to this beach as my job every day, that would be great.” Now I find myself running this company, working with agents I used to see in magazines as a kid. It was exciting to be invited into this group of legends in real estate.
Landscape architect David Arnal has been keeping bees since 1988, when he was given five hives while at Clemson University.
“I loved it,” he said. “You don’t just become a beekeeper; the bees pick you.”
Today, his five hives have grown to 40, and he is the president of the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association. He also is the beekeeper for hives at community gardens in Hilton Head Plantation and Port Royal Plantation, as well as at the Coastal Discovery Museum and St. Francis Catholic School.
MEET THE LEADING LADY OF COASTAL RENTALS.
Question. When did you get started with Coastal Rentals and what drew you to them?
Answer. I started working with Coastal Rentals in 2011 as an assistant property manager, and then worked my way up to director of operations. We manage properties on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton and Okatie doing everything from long-term rentals to tenant placement services and absentee owner services. We’re full service. We do what we say we do, and our service is top notch. I’m proud to be a part of that.
GIVING BACK AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Q. What makes Oak Advisors different from most financial advisors?
A. We are a fee-only, registered investment advisory firm. As such, we’re regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission which holds us to a fiduciary standard. Our fiduciary duty means our advice is in the best interests of our clients and free of conflicts of interest.
LOCAL LAW FIRM PUTS CLIENTS FIRST
Question. What makes Olivetti, McCray & Withrow, LLC unique?
Answer. We all practice law because we want to make a difference in our clients’ lives. We genuinely love what we do, we love our clients and we love the work that we’re doing for our clients. Our goal and objective is to make sure that every client feels welcome and that they feel heard. We want them to know that we’re looking out for them. That’s what we do.
SERVING SAVANNAH AND HILTON HEAD
Q. How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?
A. It took hard work, a little bit of luck and the love and support of my family. I have always been lucky to have really smart and talented people around me who have taught me so much and really propelled me to be successful in my life personally and professionally. It has been a blessing.
“THE GERMAN REALTOR®” IS IN THE HAUS
Q. How does being known as “The German REALTOR®” help you stand out?
A. That happened accidentally. I was sitting at a restaurant and a guy came up to me and said, ‘Hey you’re the German realtor. I forgot your name but you’re the German realtor.’ I was like, ‘Thank you, that’s it!’