August 2023 Business News

July 28, 2023

Hilton Head welcomes new hires
Andrew Davis joins the Town of Hilton Head  as its director of marketing and communications. He begins his new position Aug. 14.  
Davis has served as anchor, reporter, investigative reporter, and producer for several networks during the last 29 years, including 14 years covering news in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Shena Smith has joined the Town of Hilton Head as its new finance assistant. Smith has experience working at Fripp Island Resort and Marriott Grande Ocean Resort. She has a bachelor of science degree in parks, recreation, and tourism development from the University of Missouri.

Richard Edwards is the Town of Hilton Head’s new community planning manager. He will lead the town’s planning initiatives, shaping the community's current and long-term policies. Edwards has worked with multiple municipalities as a planning manager at Clark Patterson Lee.

Branches opens on Hilton Head
Branches Designs held a grand opening in June for its new location on the island at 88 Arrow Road. Family-owned and operated since 1995, Branches specializes in permanent botanicals and florals, custom faux floral and greenery, home decor, salvaged goods, and antiques.

Sea Pines Resort promotes executive chef
Ben Harris has been promoted to resort executive chef at The Sea Pines Resort. He joined the culinary team in 2018. He will oversee all resort restaurants including Quarterdeck, Links, an American Grill, Coast, Ocean Lounge, Fraser’s Tavern and Harbourside.

United Way of the Lowcountry adds three board members
Brian Etheridge, Tamara Herring and Rick Siebenaler have been named to the board at the United Way of the Lowcountry. Etheridge is a global real estate advisor at Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty. Herring is the executive director of the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland. Siebenaler is an experienced senior executive and consultant specializing in cyber risk.

Live Oak Weight Loss debuts
Live Oak Weight Loss held its grand opening at 90 Main St. Suite C, Hilton Head. The business helps people meet their health and wellness goals.

Bluffton Self Help names new board chair
Joel Taylor has been elected as board chair at Bluffton Self Help. He succeeds Doug Adamson, who served as chair since 2017. Taylor is the market chief executive officer of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. He also serves on the board of directors of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

ROC Dental Group welcomes hygienist
Julie Lewellyn was hired by ROC Dental Group as a dental hygienist at its Bluffton location. She has been a dental hygienist for 30 years, 20 in the Lowcountry.

Town of Bluffton adds 3 to staff
Jennifer Moreno, Eileen McCallum and Luke Courtemanche have joined the Town of Bluffton. Moreno is a data entry clerk for the Bluffton Police Department, McCallum is a video/events coordinator in the Communications and Community Outreach Department, and Courtemanche is a public works worker for the Public Services Department.

Daufuskie visitor center opens in Bluffton
A ribbon-cutting was held for the Daufuskie Island Ferry and Visitor Center. It is located at Tanger 2 at 1414 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.