August 2017

Women in Business 2017

Author: Special to CH2


Linda Piccioli
Lush Salon

Area of expertise: Hair
Best advice I’ve ever received: Without high expectations comes no disappointment. Trust is earned, not given.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Giving birth to my son Christopher, July 30, 2008.
Favorite vacation spot: Private beach or anywhere with my loved ones.
What inspired me to start my own business: The desire to follow my dad’s example and be my own boss—I always have been and always will be.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… I’m doing what I’ve always wanted. Hair has always been my thing.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Botox, fillers and cosmetic surgery.
When I’m not working, I love to: Hang out with my son and boyfriend; go for golf cart rides, fishing, and jogging—anything outdoors!

Hair Designs by Linda at Lush Salon
200 Central Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 684-0313
Piccioli_Linda@yahoo.com


Sondra Ammeen
Seaquins Ballroom

Area of Expertise: Ingenuity
Best advice I’ve ever received: Treat your customers like gold…treat your vendors like gold, treat your employees like gold.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Raising a blended family of five who, as adults, are each totally invested in individual charities as leaders.
Favorite vacation spot: Lake Tahoe
What inspired me to start my own business: I felt the area needed a rental venue that was beautiful and affordable for weddings, parties, and beautiful functions.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… Television newscaster
Favorite guilty pleasure: Enjoying my life in this beautiful paradise while my family lives in Kansas City!
When I’m not working, I love to: Dine with my friends.

Seaquins Ballroom
1300 Fording Island Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-2268
ammeen@hargray.com
seaquinsballroom.com


Saudah Muhammad
Decorating Den Interiors

Area of expertise: Interior design
The three best qualities that got me where I am today: Passion, relationship building, effective communication
One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Decorating.
One thing I’m epically bad at: Knowing when to say no.
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: Relaxing on the beach with my husband, browsing design magazines.
On my bucket list: Grand Canyon; Niagara Falls; Greece for inspiration, Viking Cruise
My perfect day would begin: With a walk or a run; reading for 30 minutes and 2-3 scheduled appointments.

Decorating Den Interiors
Hampton Lake
(843) 422-2034
saudah.decoratingden.com
smuhammad@decoratingden.com


Lisa Dorobiala
Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, LLC

Area of expertise: Certified by The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming (2005) in all AKC dog breed standard trims and pet skin and coat care maintenance.
Best career advice I’ve received: It’s better to try and fail than to never know and always wonder.
Favorite perk of the job: The love of the dogs. There is so much to treasure and appreciate in connecting with the innocent spirit of an animal.
Worst pitfall of the job: When clients (human and canine) pass away. Going on nine years in business, it never gets easier. Over the years, we grow very close with a lot of owners and their pets and become almost an extended family. When their pets pass away, it very much feels like we have lost one of our own. We constantly remind each other during those hard times that we will all have a huge welcoming committee waiting for us one day.
On my bucket list: I am fascinated with the latest trend of Asian Fusion grooming styles and would love to travel abroad to grooming schools in Malaysia and Japan to learn the art firsthand. I also have big dreams to expand the business one day to incorporate a rescue sanctuary/adoption area, spend a summer traveling cross country in a RV, and last but not least, meet Judge Judy. I love her!
Whom I admire and why: My parents. I was born with a severe hearing loss, and they sacrificed so much of themselves for me to be able to become the independent person I am today. I admire them for always believing in me and for teaching me to always believe in myself.

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, LLC
21-A Kitties Landing Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-3647
facebook.com/pawmettopooches
petsalon2008@gmail.com


Kim Block
Maluka; RLB Squared, LLC; Lowcountry Strong Foundation

Best advice I ever received: This has always stuck with me: If you don’t know the answer to a question, then say I will have to get back to you. Don’t rush to respond; get the facts first.
Biggest accomplishment to date: I would have to say my three children.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with my family; one of our favorites is Jamaica.
What inspired me to start my own business: Maluka: my love of shopping and growing up in retail. RLB Squared: the opportunity to be in commercial real estate and build a business while impacting a community.
Charities I am involved in: I started a foundation called Lowcountry Strong Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, after Hurricane Matthew. We have helped rebuild homes for families that were unable to rebuild on their own. This has been a wonderful way to give back to the community.
Favorite guilty pleasure: A good bottle of Chardonnay.
When I’m not working, I love to: shop, play golf, workout, paddle board, and spend time with my friends and family.

Maluka; RLB Squared, LLC; Lowcountry Strong Foundation
5 Promenade Street, Suite 1303
Bluffton, SC 29910
shopmalukasc.com
lowcountrystrong.com


Missy Layman
Kinghorn Insurance Agency

Area of expertise: Insurance /Partner with Kinghorn, specializing in employee benefits
Best career advice I’ve received: Life advice from my father always grounds me to massive accountability in making decisions: “Remember who you are and where you come from.”
Favorite perk of the job? Worst pitfall?
The best part of my job for 30 years in this community is, and has always been, the privilege of serving and building relationships with amazing people and businesses that make our community successful. Pitfall: hurricanes and traffic between HHI and Bluffton!
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: A long run always helps. When perspective is everything, what really helps is being around my precious family. In their eyes, I am always reminded of what’s most important.
What inspired me to start my own business: Honestly, I love what I do. I have worked in the Kinghorn Insurance brand here for 30 years. My goal was to be a partner. It is a privilege to be able to continue the legacy.
Favorite guilty pleasure: My Lowcountry roots are showing: I absolutely adore boiled peanuts (and a lot of them) with a glass of iced tea. Have mercy!
When I’m not working, I love to… play tennis.

Kinghorn Insurance Agency
23 D Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 837-3911
Kinghornagency.com
mlayman@kinghornagency.com


Bess Soper
Bess’ Delicatessen & Catering

As Hilton Head has grown and changed over the decades, one thing has remained constant: good food and service at Bess’, which celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in April. Having the distinction of remaining in her original location on New Orleans Road, Bess Soper has kept pace with changing demands without sacrificing the quality of her innovative catering menus.

Hilton Head’s growth has happily spread to booming Bluffton, which, particularly since the advent of Palmetto Bluff, has attracted new residents and upscale quality. For 38 years, Bess and her husband Mike Soper have welcomed new residents and opportunities coming to Bluffton while also supporting the unique small-town aspects of the village.

Sourcing as much produce as possible from the healthy Bluffton Farmers Market, Bess’ menus run from regional and Lowcountry seafood specialties to innovative offerings that are constantly updated and customized, according to the occasion and taste.

Bess guarantees delicious, beautiful presentations, whether you’re serving cocktails or dinner for six to eight people or celebrating with 200 or more—from weddings, day-after-wedding brunches, retirement parties, celebrations of life, birthdays and family reunions.

Oh, by the way, in case you’re not entertaining, don’t miss the deli’s delicious sandwich and lunch offerings where you can still get the best grilled Reuben in the Lowcountry!

BESS’
55 New Orleans Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-2377
bessdeli.com
bessdeli@gmail.com


Dayle Thomas
Smarty Pants Photography

Specializing in: Children’s and event photography

There is a common thread that seems to have run through every aspect of my life, and that is to approach life as if my hair is on fire. As the mother/stepmother/ foster mother of five children, and having been a human resources director, an emergency medic, an invitation designer and the owner of a customized gift business, moving to Hilton Head Island 13 years ago was going to be my retirement. Thanks to my love of children, life’s stories, cameras and an inability to sit still, I am very happily flunking retirement.

After a wide variety of careers, I can honestly say I have now found my true passion. Being a camera-wielding fly on the wall allows me to find and capture the individual cadence of people and their lives—from a sand-eating one-year-old, to a long-winded eight-year-old storyteller, to a swaggering, self-assured teen, right on up to a couple on their wedding day. I love that who we are at four is not who we are at five…or 11 or 18…and that life is both unscripted and unpredictable. Life is hard; its lessons are harder—but it’s also filled with great little moments that fly by without our recognizing them. The fact that I can run into the surf, completely dressed, to capture the euphoria of a child’s first ocean experience or scramble on top of a chair to get a couple’s first dance and for them to have those moments forever…well, it’s a hair-on-fire thing.

Growing with my clients has always been the focus: seeing the difference in them year after year, capturing it and celebrating life with them as it unfolds is what it’s all about for Smarty Pants Photography.

Smarty Pants Photography
Dayle Thomas
(843) 422-5984


Amanda Holdredge-Ellis
May River, Made Up

Area of expertise: Makeup and skincare
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Do one single kind act each day for those people who are important in your life.”—Thomas Lynch Jr.
During my college days at Clemson University, a member of the board of trustees was introduced to me by way of my parents. He and his wife took me under their wing and really simplified life in a way I wasn’t capable of at that point. One small act of kindness each day didn’t seem so hard, compared to living a kind life. It was just the right life advice I needed at 20-something.
Biggest accomplishment to date: I have enjoyed considerable achievements in both my personal and professional life, and I believe the best is yet to come. I have spent years cultivating my passion and purpose, and I look forward to many great accomplishments in the future.
Favorite vacation spot: No favorite; I love to just go. I’ve traveled all over the U.S. in an RV; I’ve been as far as South Africa and have seen parts of Europe. I am happy exploring anywhere! I have a case of wanderlust.
What inspired me to start my own business: Helping a client with skincare and finding that perfect shade of lipstick gets me giddy! Because of the unique marriage of the scientific medical skincare world and the creative makeup artist industry, I decided to strike out on my own, offering special-event makeup services in addition to my career with Dr. Farr at Island Medical Spa.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… equestrian. Long before I completely gave into my girly-girl side, I loved horses! I probably would have ended up working with them in some capacity.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Tacos are life!
When I’m not working, I love to: Go out on the boat with my husband and dogs—Daufuskie, May River Sandbar, anywhere out on the water, I am in heaven!

May River, Made Up
Lipsense Distributor #390570
(843) 227-5501
localhairandmakeupexperts@gmail.com
www.islandmedicalspahhi.com


Katie Knowles
Cyclebar Hilton Head

Area of expertise: Fitness
Best advice I’ve ever received: Don’t give up, keep trying…there will always be an obstacle in your way and a solution around the corner.
Biggest accomplishment to date: My children. Sounds cliché, but your entire world changes, and no one can explain until you experience it.
Favorite vacation spot: I love to travel. I don’t yet have a favorite vacation spot, because I can’t pick one! Some of my top spots include Tahiti, Prague and Paris.
What inspired me to start my own business: I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs; it’ something I’ve always wanted to do.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… in the medical field—a doctor or nurse. I love learning about the body.
When I’m not working, I love to: Be with my family and friends, be outside, and travel.
The three best qualities that got me where I am today: Perseverance, determination, and hard work
Last program I binge-watched: Game of Thrones

CycleBar Hilton Head
11 Palmetto Bay Road
(843) 707-6961
hiltonhead@cyclebar.com
hiltonhead.cyclebar.com


Elizabeth Abell, DMD
Harbor Point Dentistry

Dr. Elizabeth Abell excels in patient care and enjoys all aspects of cosmetic and family dentistry, providing top-tier service within the dental profession. She enjoys being an active member in the local community, as well as holding membership in both the American Dental Association and South Carolina Dental Association. Dr. Abell obtains great personal satisfaction in helping others to establish the best possible oral healthcare program and maintain personal confidence in their smile. She views it as a privilege and gift to serve the people of this wonderful community.

“I believe in a high-quality approach to dentistry—beginning with the warmth you feel upon entering our office and the friendliness of our team, to the time we spend with you to ensure that all of your dental needs are met-we aim to create a long-lasting relationship with our patient, so that you will enjoy your visit to the dentist!”

Elizabeth Abell, DMD
Harbor Point Dentistry
40 Okatie Center Blvd., South Ste. 302
Okatie, SC 29909
(843) 706-9662


Lucy Rosen
SmartMarketing Communications, LLC

Area of expertise: Business Owner, 30 years- Marketing/PR/Business Development.
Best advice I’ve ever received: From my dad, “Illegitimi non carborundum.”
Biggest accomplishment to date: Being named by a regional business publication in New York as one of the area’s “Top 50 Women” three years in a row, and being inducted into their “Top 50 Business Women Hall of Fame”.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere and everywhere. I love exploring new places and have visited/vacationed in a lot of great countries. Love them all!
What inspired me to start my own business: I wanted to build an agency that was focused on relationships and doing good work in the communities we serve and do it better than anyone else.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… a National Geographic photographer.
Favorite guilty pleasure: I don’t feel any guilt from things that bring me pleasure!
When I’m not working, I love to: When is that?

SmartMarketing Communications, LLC
20 Towne Drive, Suite 203
Bluffton, SC 29910
(888) 587-4593, Ext. 1
lucy@smartmarketingcommunications.com
smartmarketingcommunications.com


Michele Kay-Greene
Needlepoint Junction

Area of expertise: Strategic planning and marketing
Best career advice I’ve received: To be honest, open and listen.
The three best qualities that got me where I am today:
Passion (or just plain heart), determination, willingness to learn.
What inspired me to start my own business:
I am not sure if it was an inspiration or conspiracy of a few people.
How I made my first dollar:
Household chores and Mother’s Helper.
On my bucket list:
To lie on a beach on the Seychelles Islands, to explore the world I have visited through my husband’s eyes, and to start a foundation of some sort.
My perfect day would begin:
With the cat and the dog sleeping until 8 a.m. and not pawing or licking me to motivate some movement from me; yoga; and the feel, the smell and the sound of the ocean outside my door.

Needlepoint Junction
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J7E
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-8488
needlepointjunctionhhi.com
info@needlepointjunctionhhi.com


Terra Orndorff
The Heavenly Spa by Westin Hilton Head Island

Area of expertise: Everything related to the spa industry: massage, skin care, wellness, hair, and nails
Best career advice I’ve received:
A setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.
The three best qualities that got me where I am today: Passion/drive, open-mindedness, and generosity
Kind of work I’d do for free: Spa director, of course, or naturopath
Favorite perk of the job? Worst pitfall?
The favorite perk is getting to try new services and products. The worst pitfall is not being able to help everyone who needs it and deserves it. I am in this industry because I know and believe in the power of touch; unfortunately, there are not enough hours in a day and not everyone can afford this wonderful gift of wellness.
One thing I’m exceptionally good at.One thing I’m epically bad at.
I am really good at skin and skin care, especially of the organic nature. I started my career as an esthetician. I love skin and what it tells us, and I love researching new information about it and recommending the best raw food diet for your skin.I try, but I am really bad at gardening!
Whom I admire and why:
My parents. They both have owned their own businesses my entire life. They are equally hard-working, generous, kind, caring, and passionate about what they do every day. They have taught me by example: loving what you do and doing what it takes to have a fulfilling career with integrity and authenticity.

The Heavenly Spa by Westin Hilton Head Island
Two Grasslawn Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-1019
HeavenlySpaHHI.com
terra.orndorff@westin.com


Kathleen Mayers
KPM Flooring

The three best qualities that got me where I am today: I love a challenge; I work really hard; and I am always looking for better—better products, better colors, better displays, better ways of doing the same things.
Kind of work I’d do for free: Any kind of work with children or animals.
Favorite perk of the job? I love that the job allows me to travel. I love that I get to meet at least one new person each day. I LOVE that my job allows me to be creative.
Last program I binge-watched: Dr. Who, with my oldest daughter.
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: Work out or spend time with my daughters.
On my bucket list: Take my daughters to Nepal. Going to Nepal changed my outlook on life. The country is beautiful, the people are incredible and, more importantly, incredibly happy with so little by our standards. It was a very powerful experience for me, and I want my daughters to have the same.
My perfect day would begin… snuggling in bed, followed by a sunrise breakfast on the beach.
Whom I admire and why:
My mom. She is 92 years old and would have been a world changer if she had been born a few years later when the world was more accepting of smart, together women. She went to college at age 17 in Kentucky, from Charleston, back when girls did not do such things. She lived all over the world when my father was in the service. Sometimes she was alone for years at a time while he was stationed in remote locations. I asked her once how she did it and she said, “I used to tell myself ‘You can do anything for two years.’” She raised five children while always remaining one of the most stylish women I have ever known. She is incredibly intelligent, kind, creative, a cook whose food makes your mouth water just thinking about it, a natural poker shark and the best minnow catcher Tybee Island has ever seen. She is a woman of deep and abiding faith who has had to bury both her husband and one of her sons. She has been my harshest critic and my biggest fan. She makes me want to be a better mother, sister, person.

KPM Flooring
35 Main Street, Suite 110
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 342-4955
kpmflooring.com
kathleen@kpmflooring.com


Theresa Wine
BB&T Insurance Services

Area of expertise: Commercial Insurance Agent & Risk Manager
Best advice I’ve ever received: Never forget where you came from, and be thankful for the journey ahead.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
My children. Being able to watch my boys grow up into such fine young men makes my heart very happy.
Favorite vacation spot: The beach, of course.
What inspired me to start my own business:
Actually, I wish I was the owner of BB&T Carswell (laughing). But truthfully, the opportunity to be part of such a great team of professionals working with our local business owners has been very rewarding.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… This one is easy because I did pursue another career before dipping my toe into the insurance pond. I was a sales director with Mary Kay for many years. I wanted a more challenging career, and I certainly found that in the insurance industry.
When I’m not working, I love to: Take an early morning beach trip to sit in amazement of this beautiful place I call home.

BB&T Insurance Services
8 Lafayette Place
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 301-3520
Twine@BBandT.com
https://insurance.bbt.com


Kristin Walker
BB&T Insurance services

Area of expertise: Personal Insurance and Risk management
Best advice I’ve ever received: Believe in yourself, you can do anything if you put your mind to it!
Biggest accomplishment to date: Being a single working mother, raising two sons (Jacob and Jackson), who hasn’t lost her sanity yet.
Favorite vacation spot: We do live in paradise! I love to go to the Sea Pines Beach Club and visit Kristen and Kenny. (Unfortunately, I don’t get there as often as I’d like.)
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… Marine Biology. I love the water and all its beautiful creatures.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Ben & Jerry’s “The Tonight Dough,” or enjoying girls’ night at Pour Richards.
When I’m not working, I love to: Escape down to Sea Pines’ little private beach and watch the dolphins play.

BB&T Insurance Services
7 Arley Way, Suite 300
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-0525
Kmwalker@bbandt.com
www.insurance.bbt.com


Kimberly Morris
Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Best career advice I’ve received: Work isn’t always going to be fun, but it should be challenging and be enjoyable overall. If it’s not, you’re doing it wrong!
The three best qualities that got me to where I am today: Hard work, passion, and the ability to function on little sleep!
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: I meet up with my best friends at our favorite local spot, Porter & Pig!
How I made my first dollar: When I was a young child on my first swim team, I couldn’t dive in without lifting my head up, which ended up being more of a jump. I quite literally made my first dollar by keeping a dollar bill under my chin as I dove into the pool! I then carried my passion for the sport as a swim instructor and swim coach, beginning at age 13.
On my bucket list: Train for and complete a full Ironman Triathlon.
My perfect day would begin… with a swim in the Caribbean. But since Hilton Head is the next best thing, it would start with a morning masters swim practice and a hearty meal!

Wyndham Vacation Rentals
21 Executive Park Road
(843) 686-8193
wvrhiltonhead.com
Kimberly.Morris@wynvr.com


Heather A. Baker
Realtor I ERA Evergreen Real Estate

Meet Heather AKA “Sugarbaker”
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Heather Baker’s main goal is to make every client a client for life. As a successful, full-time Realtor in the Lowcountry for the past 13 years, she has extensive knowledge of Beaufort and Jasper counties.

You may hear the locals call her “Sugarbaker.” She has answered to that nickname for almost 18 years. Northern friends used to tell her that she reminded them of the ladies from the show, Designing Women, whose company was Sugarbaker & Associates.

Baker has been married to her husband, Larry, for 22 years, and they have been Lowcountry residents for 18 years. She enjoys being Larry’s top cheerleader when he runs marathons around the Lowcountry. Larry is an Air Force veteran, so assisting military families with housing is close to her heart.

She credits her parents for her strong work ethic and compassion for others. Baker was recently recognized with the 2016 Leaders’ Circle Award from ERA Real Estate. She is a certified negotiation expert, ERA Distinctive Properties member and certified Cartus Network Affinity Specialist with USAA and Navy Federal.

She is a board member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, Beaufort County MLS, chairperson of Jasper County Realtors Group, and member of South Carolina Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She also is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Baker is a graduate of Winthrop University with a bachelor of arts in mass communications and member of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.

Baker participates in Realtors Helping Real People, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

ERA Evergreen Real Estate
25 Clarks Summit Drive, Suite 103
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 441-2787
Heather.Baker@era.com


Trish Lewis-Clark, FAADOM
Phoenix Solutions of the Lowcountry

Trish Lewis-Clark, FAADOM manages Phoenix Solutions of the Lowcountry as the director of practice development. She enjoys speaking with people who want to start and build an exceptional business. As a coach, she finds it very rewarding to work with teams who want to create a positive work environment that allows for maximum success. Trish uses her more than 29 years of experience in the industry to help teams communicate clearly and deliver exceptional care.

Trish is the founding member of a local study group for professional administrators. On a personal note, she enjoys traveling and spending time here in the Lowcountry with her husband and her German Shepherd.

With nearly 30 years as a CDA, RDA – EF, her experience has allowed her to share insights on what works well and what can be improved upon in the medical profession. Trish is an ambassador of the American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) and achieved the distinction of Fellowship (FAADOM) in 2012. She is a member of the Speaking Consulting Network and Allied Speakers and Consultants.

Making it her mission to help professionals take their careers to the next level, Trish can help you put people first in your business with effective and personalized communication skills that create a prosperous and positive work environment.

Phoenix Solutions of the Lowcountry
49 Pennington Drive, Suite D
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 227-1969
trish@phoenixsolutionsofthelowcountry.com
phoenixsolutionsofthelowcountry.com


Jessica Shefsick
Bride’s Side Beauty

Area of expertise: Premier on-location wedding makeup and hair service.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Last year, our work was featured in a national bridal magazine which was a huge thrill! This particular magazine (The Knot) can be found in check-out lanes across the country. The fact that someone could pick it up in California, Texas or New York and see our name was just amazing to me.
When I’m not working, I love to: Be outside. Ask me if I want to go boating, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding or just go for a walk. My answer will always be YES!
Favorite perk of the job: Because we are an on-location service, we are fortunate to work in the most beautiful places in the Lowcountry. Our typical “office” is an oceanfront home, luxury resort, or a beautiful antebellum.
Worst pitfall: When you realize that this is not your wedding, these are not your friends and you are not invited to the fancy soiree. No champs for us.
On my bucket list: I have always wanted to go skiing in Colorado, although I have never skied. I picture a fun, yet exhausting day on the slopes, followed by cocktails in a hot tub. That’s my fantasy. My goal is to make it happen for my fortieth birthday in 2019.
Words I live by: A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true!

Bride’s Side Beauty
(843) 368-2660
www.bridessidebeauty.com


Brenda Blisk
Blisk Financial Group

Area of expertise: Financial and retirement income planning.
Best advice I’ve ever received: Always strive to give more than anyone expects.
Biggest accomplishment to date: My clients’ accomplishments are my biggest accomplishment. It continues to be a privilege to collaborate with them on living a life of significance.
Favorite vacation spot: Our honeymoon, 34 years ago, was spent on Hilton Head Island; until Berkeley Hall became our home, I would have said HHI, but now I have both!
What inspired me to start my own business: My mother, the CEO of our household and partner with Daddy on our family farm.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… I’ve always been inspired to serve, so, any career path that would have allowed me to make a difference in someone’s life. I’m lucky God had this one in mind for me.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Enjoying the yummy vanilla ice cream at Jack Frost Ice Cream.
When I’m not working, I love to: Be outside gardening, feeding the flowers, pruning the shrubs—preferably with my husband, and my dog, “Happy” close by.

Blisk Financial Group
Brenda.Blisk@spireip.com
1-800-262-3458
bliskfinancialgroup.com


Jackie Brino, Molly Kennedy, Karina Crockett
Celebrations Catering & Events

Jackie Brino started working with the Celebrations team in 2012 as a day-of event coordinator. Though she began as a favor to her friend, Molly, the team quickly noticed that she was a natural in the fast-paced, demanding events environment. Brino is now a fulltime catering and events specialist. Her favorite part of planning is bringing the vision of her brides and grooms to life. Born and raised in North New Jersey, Brino has been a Hilton Head Island resident for eight years. When she’s not planning the perfect wedding or event, she is passionate about cooking and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Molly Kennedy was born and raised in Orchard Park, New York and graduated from Paul Smith College with a degree is hospitality management. She started her career working for celebrity chef Jimmy Schmidt at the renowned Rattlesnake Club in Detroit, Michigan. In 1996, she moved to Hilton Head Island and started Catering Concepts in Palmetto Dunes as director of catering, with executive chef Andy Borgmeier. She joined the Lowrey Group as director of catering & events in 2002 and was reunited with Borgmeier and team when Celebrations merged with Catering Concepts in 2004. Her life’s focus is her son Torin. He is a blessing that she holds close to her heart and thanks God for every day.

Karina Crockett was raised in New Hampshire and graduated from Rivier University with a degree in communications, specializing in advertising and public relations. She first discovered her love of catering while working at a small general store, catering staff meetings and events at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. From there, she volunteered on a planning committee for Paddlepower—an annual three-day kayaking and camping fundraiser. She then interned at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., where she focused on their annual fundraiser. Helping numerous friends and family members plan weddings led her to discover a love for wedding planning. After successfully planning her own, she and her new husband packed up and moved to South Carolina so she could follow her dream! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, on or as close to the water as possible, with her husband and their dog, Bandit. She also enjoys cooking, now taking home daily inspiration from Chef Andy’s amazing creations!

Celebrations Catering & Events
(843) 689-7526
wecelebrateyou.com


Karen A. Bouchard, PA-C & Susan T. Coker, PA-C
LUX~A Medical Spa

LUX~A Medical Spa is proud to have two board certified PA’s for your medical spa needs. These services include Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, CoolSculpting, Sclerotherapy, and Vaginal Rejuvenation. Our PA team strives to help rejuvenate your skin and body through the luxurious union of medicine and beauty.

Karen A. Bouchard, PA-C is a graduate of the 2008 South University Physician Assistant Program in Savannah, Georgia. She arrives at LUX~A Medical Spa with over nine years’ experience, working as a physician assistant. This includes eight years of extensive surgical training within a multi-specialty surgical practice (general surgery, colorectal surgery, and surgical oncology.) In addition to her extensive medical background, Bouchard also has training in the arts field and graphic design.

Susan Coker, PA-C is a 1991 graduate of the Emory University Physician Assistant Program in Atlanta, Georgia. Coker believes patient satisfaction starts with truly understanding the patient’s needs. This understanding stems from her 20+ years of experience, knowledge, skills and resources to create the desired outcome. Prior to coming into the field of medical skin care, she brings a strong medical background in primary care and women’s health. Susan has also started lending her experience and knowledge at seminars around the Southeast, where she has been the keynote speaker for many conferences.

Our PA team have had extensive one-on-one training with board certified physicians Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery, and Carmen A. Traywick, MD of May River Dermatology.
As your premier medical spa in the Lowcountry, LUX makes it possible to have, and maintain, a more youthful appearance with the use of clinical procedures and spa treatments. This combination allows LUX to provide patients with the ultimate anti-aging experience in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort and surrounding areas.

LUX~A Medical Spa
350 Fording Island Rd #101
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-3223
luxhhi.com


Ashley Rhodes
Ashley Rhodes Event Designs

Area of expertise: Full Service Event Planning & Design
Best advice I’ve ever received: Never borrow a dime! And run your business the old-fashioned way.
Biggest accomplishment to date: My son, Jack!
Favorite vacation spots: In fall/winter, Asheville, North Carolina; spring/summer, Key West, Florida.
What inspired me to start my own business: Funny and long story…I say it happened to me.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… clinical psychology (and that’s still plan B).
Favorite guilty pleasure: Crème Brûlée
When I’m not working, I love to: spend all day on the water!

Ashley Rhodes Event Designs
By appointment only
(843) 368-2554
ashley@ashleyrhodes.com
www.ashleyrhodes.com


Deborah Harvey
Stacks Pancakes of Hilton Head

Kind of work I’d do for free: Cooking! I truly love providing food for others.
Favorite part of the job: Our staff is made up of family by birth and family by choice. My favorite part of my job is that every day I get to see my children and grandchildren, along with some of our employees who have been with us for 15 years.
Worst part of the job: The worst part is that like all families, we do get on each other’s nerves, especially at the end of a busy summer.
One thing I am exceptionally good at; one thing I am especially bad at:
I am the Energizer bunny of the restaurant. If you want something done, ask me; I won’t stop until the job is complete. But don’t ask me for directions. A small island with one main road is an ideal place for me.
What inspired me to start my own business:
Throughout my career in the restaurant industry, I always believed that the path to success lies in treating your employees as well as you treat your customers, but my ideas were not taken seriously. I always told myself that if I had the opportunity to start my own business, I would empower and invest in my employees. That is a core value of Stacks Pancakes, and it has served us well.
On my bucket list: Seeing Alaska by train, boat, car and plane with my husband.
Whom I admire and why: My business partner and husband, Randy. Not only is he a savvy businessman, he is patient, cautious and loyal—the perfect counterbalance to my whirlwind energy.

Stacks Pancakes of Hilton Head
2 Regency Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 341-3347
stackshh.com


Kim Crouch, Ashton Harmon, Catherine Davies, Bailey Atkinson, Maggie Washo, Hunter Kostylo, & Kandace Wightman
CH2/CB2 MAGAZINE

The faces of CH2 have changed over the years, but the mission remains the same: to put out a visually spicy, mentally stimulating monthly publication featuring Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry. The mag is fashion-forward with a focus on local businesses and the people behind them. Articles on current events, food, wine, the arts and entertainment round out the monthly offerings. Beautiful photography and sassy sarcasm accentuate throughout.

Maggie Washo has been at the helm since the magazine’s inception in 2006. Her to day-to-day activities include inspiring her team to greatness by setting an example of hard work and stellar customer service. She reminds them that when it comes to creativity, “the only rule is there is no rule.” Although it’s not been proven scientifically, she attributes a lot of their success to singing aloud throughout the day to Broadway musicals and songs from Disney movies.

Ashton Harmon has been with the magazine since early 2008 and has risen through the ranks to become a formidable director of sales. She loves working at the magazine, but does not let it interfere with her trips to Charleston for socializing or her shopping addiction.

Creativity flows from Catherine Davies, the magazine’s art director, to the many pages of CH2 & CB2, occasionally spilling over onto her hair (currently scheduling her next hair appointment) and her tattooed body (six to date). In her spare time, she enjoys training for marathons and chilling with Roman, Ziggy and Mattie (a dog, bird and cat, respectively).

Kim Crouch has been with the magazine for over four years, and when she’s not helping our clients with their advertising needs, she’s exercising, spending time with her son Jackson and daughter Palmer, and organizing the next social event with friends.

Hunter Kostylo rounds out the creative team with her infectious energy and quirky sense of humor. In addition to handling reoccurring sections of the magazine, she is liaison to many clients, creating hundreds of ads per month—with efficiency and a smile!

Kandace Wightman is decidedly the social butterfly of the sales team and can be found out and about networking most evenings and weekends. Originally from New York, she is a huge Bills fan and is already eagerly anticipating football Sundays spent with Bongo, her nine-year-old Yorkie.

Our latest addition to the family, Bailey Atkinson, has been with us for two years. She is our social media czar, sales associate and office distracter. She’s always looking for a animal to play with or a long conversation to have.

CH2/CB2 Magazine
www.celebratehiltonhead.com


Cathy West Olivetti
Olivetti, MCCray & Withrow, LLC

Area of expertise: Helping clients problem-solve legal matters.
Best advice I’ve ever received: To figure out my gift and then deliver it. Biggest accomplishment to date:
More than anything with work, like most moms, my biggest accomplishment is certainly my children. I am so proud of them, and sometimes I wonder how I did that.
Favorite vacation spots: Anywhere I am with family and/or my friends!
What inspired me to start my own business:
Funny and long story…Oh, I am pretty sure I figured out I was too bossy to answer to anyone else!
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been… I actually considered getting my master’s degree in library science! Can you imagine? Favorite guilty pleasure: Watching crime documentaries.
When I’m not working, I love to: Organize. I have a weird compulsion to organize closets, rooms, anything. I know, weird!

Olivetti, MCCray & Withrow, LLC
2 Corpus Christi Place, Ste. 105
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 341-9260
cathy@omwlawfirm.com
www.omwlawfirm.com


Michelle Myhre, CFP® & Jennifer Thompson, CFP®
Oak Advisors, LLC

As Certified Financial Planners™ with Oak Advisors, LLC, Michelle Myhre, CFP® and Jennifer Thompson, CFP®, provide investment and wealth management solutions and financial planning on a broad range of topics customized to each individual client’s unique circumstances. Together, they have nearly 50 years of experience working with individual clients and corporations.

Oak Advisors is a fee-only, Registered Investment Advisor. We work as our clients’ trusted fiduciary, seeking the best solutions for them. All professionals working with Oak Advisors hold the most respected credentials in their field of practice including the internationally recognized Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation.

Oak Advisors, LLC
3 Clark Summit Drive, Suite 201
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-9339
OakAdvisors.net


Lisa Cornelius
Simply Southern Homebuilder, LLC

Area of expertise: Licensed Residential Construction
Best advice I’ve ever received: I’m lucky to have been surrounded by a loving family. The advice my parents gave me growing up has been the best: Hard work will attain great goals and honesty is the best policy. Never give up and always believe in yourself. You will come out ahead!
Biggest accomplishment to date: My family. I’ve been married 37 years to the love of my life. We have three wonderful, highly accomplished children. We also have two beautiful grandchildren who have stolen my heart. This is what motivates and supports me to succeed in business.
Favorite vacation spot: The Cloisters at Sea Island. We go every year on our anniversary for five days of beach, golf and great dining!
What inspired me to start my own business: Building someone’s “dream home” is an extremely important undertaking, financially and emotionally. I knew that I could help eliminate the confusion and frustrations. Simply Southern Homebuilder is one of the only companies where the owner truly takes a hands-on approach. The importance of exceeding my clients’ expectations has always been my goal. I also enjoy the process from start to finish!
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been…
a Veterinarian. In our family, the number of dogs is the same as people (eight). I love animals and seriously thought about becoming a vet; however, I realized there is a lot of heartache too. When I retire someday, I am thinking about working with therapy dogs!
My guilty pleasure: Craft Beers and micro-breweries. I think beers are seasonal; they are as interesting to me, as wine is to others. I’ve found a new liking for sour beers this Summer.
When I’m not working, I love to: Spend time with family. We all golf and enjoy doing it together. My other love is cooking. I’m hooked on the Food Network station and Pinterest recipes. Sunday dinner together as a family is the best!

Simply Southern Homebuilder, LLC
181 Bluffton Rd, Ste. B-102
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 368-4164
lisa@simplysouthernhomebuilder.com
simplysouthernhomebuilder.com


Hali Lookabaugh
Muse Gallery Hilton Head

Area of expertise: Fine art—gallery owner/director/curator
Best advice I’ve ever received: Get out of your own way.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Moving out of state to a new area and starting a business with a two-year-old at home.
Favorite vacation spot: Taos, New Mexico. My family has 60 acres there. I love to visit with artists, unwind, and take in the incredible scenery.
What inspired me to start my own business: I grew up in this business. My mother started the original Muse Gallery in 1997. I’ve always known I wanted to own my own gallery. My family started vacationing on Hilton Head Island several years ago, and after our last trip, I knew that this was where I wanted to open a gallery. There is such a great appreciation for the arts and there are so many wonderful local businesses here; it felt like the perfect place to not only raise a family, but share my passion and knowledge for contemporary art. And so, Muse Gallery Hilton Head was born.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been…
I haven’t given that much thought since I have been involved in the arts for as long as I can remember.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Reality TV—so bad, but so good!
When I’m not working, I love to: Spend time with family and friends, going out to dinner or to the beach.

Muse Gallery Hilton Head
65 Arrow Road, Unit B
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 715-4330
hali@amusegallery.com
amusegallery.com/hilton-head


Brody Kenneweg
Traveling Chic Boutique

Area of expertise: Boutique life
Best career advice I’ve received: Don’t be afraid of failure. Be afraid of not trying new things. Failing doesn’t make you a failure; it means you are trying, and success comes from trying new things every day.
Kind of work I’d do for free: Be a food critic
One thing I’m exceptionally good at; one thing I’m especially bad at:
I am truly amazing at Hot Shot Basketball (yes, the little machine at arcades).
I cannot sing. Not even a little bit (no, it doesn’t stop me).
What inspired me to start my own business: My daughter. I wanted to be able to be there for her on a daily basis. While this job takes so much of my time, its flexible time and she works with me! I love that it allows me to be a more present mommy.
Last thing I binge-watched: Big Little Lies. I couldn’t stop!!! Whom I admire and why: I admire my husband more than anyone else in the world. He is my rock and the smartest person I know. He holds our family together with so much grace, and this job, for me, would not be possible without him.

Traveling Chic Boutique
1 North Forest Beach Rd A-9
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 295-9003
tcbhhi.com
hiltonhead@travelingchicboutique.com


Melissa Brophy, Janet Davoli & Melissa Brock
The Greenery, Inc.

Area of expertise
MBROPHY: Business development
JDAVOLI: Director of Business Development
MBROCK: Business development

Best advice I’ve ever received:
JDAVOLI: If the rules don’t make sense, change the rules.
MBROPHY: Don’t take things too personally, and be yourself.
MBROCK: To always talk to people with a smile on
my face.

What inspires me to be successful at work:
MBROCK: Beautiful, lush landscapes; the smell of freshly mowed sod; walking one of our properties where the landscape looks so amazing it takes your breath away; seeing our trucks on the road. The “thrill of the kill”: seeking out an opportunity and closing the deal!
JDAVOLI: Building a strong team and mentoring other women to reach their potential.
MBROPHY: Working with a talented and great team challenges me to do my best and think outside the box.

Business Development:
Our role is to seek out landscaping opportunities and build relationships. Most clients’ first introduction to The Greenery, Inc. is with one of our business developers. We then provide competitive bids and follow the process through to a signed contract. The keys to our success are consistent communication with the client and working as a team with our operations. We are a driving force in a male dominated industry supporting the success of our employee owned company.

Janet Davoli
janetdavoli@thegreeneryinc.com
Melissa Brophy
melissabrophy@thegreeneryinc.com
Melissa Brock
melissabrock@thegreeneryinc.com
thegreeneryinc.com


Chris Spado, Diane Ursillo, Jessica Barberi, & Ambere Gale
Shear Miracle Beauty Salon

Area of expertise: Hair
In 1989, Chris Spado moved to Hilton Head Island from New York with her husband and two sons to pursue her hopes and dreams of being a salon owner. Her dream has come true today as owner of Shear Miracle salon. Her wonderful staff includes Diane Ursillo, Jessica Barberi, and Amber Gale. Ursillo loves hair color, is always motivated towards the latest in coloring techniques and enjoys education. Barberi is a young, energetic hairstylist who enjoys doing complete makeovers; the results are nothing short of amazing. Gale specializes in the newest hair trends from balayage to fashion colors. Spado, stylist and owner, specializes in color correction and smoothing treatments. She can transform brittle dry hair to extraordinarily shiny and bouncy hair.

Spado’s hobbies include reading and gardening. Her loves are family, entertaining, her job, volunteering and, of course, the beach. Please call Shear Miracle Beauty Salon for a free consultation.

“In reflection, after Hurricane Matthew, I know now more than ever that our community is truly amazing. I just want to thank everyone on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton who pitched in to help. I am proud to live in a kind and compassionate community and call this beautiful place my home.” –Chris Spado

Shear Miracle Beauty Salon
6 Bow Circle
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-4333


Courtney Woodward May
Realtor I Sea Pines Real Estate- The Cottage Group

Area of expertise: Hilton Head Island real estate
Best advice I’ve ever received: Do the best you can with the tools you’ve got!
Biggest accomplishment to date: It’s a work in progress, but I am most proud that I can continue to raise kind, honest, loving and fun children, with my husband, in a place that I am happy to have called home for over 38 years.
Favorite vacation spot: I am lucky that I live on vacation, so I love to discover the hidden diversity on Hilton Head Island. Lately, I have loved taking the boat to Hudson’s for lunch, a drink or dinner. That is my happy place at the moment. However, this changes frequently, and last week, I might have said dinner on the beach with friends and family.
What inspired me to start my own business: My mother, Lottie Woodward, taught me that real estate is not just about houses, but homes and families. Her work ethic and her relentless commitment to helping others make confident decisions in real estate has kept me going.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been…
I loved what I did before real estate. I was the assistant general manager for Tanger Outlet Centers here, so I think I would have stayed with them had I not been given this opportunity. My other job as a mom may have taken the reins full time, or I might have stayed in Colorado as a snowboard instructor! I had these other opportunities before I joined my mom in real estate, so I feel certain this was the right path for me.
Favorite guilty pleasure: A good cheeseburger and great glass of red wine…and being in the sun.
When I’m not working, I love to: I am always working and I love what I do! Even though I am never “off,” I enjoy being with my family and friends and cherish my time with them. I also love to exercise, cook, travel, and attend live music performances.

Sea Pines Center
71 Lighthouse Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 816-0706
courtney@welcomeHHome.com
welcomehhome.com


Kate Knisely Delay
Hilton Head Ice Cream

Area of expertise: Ice cream
The three best qualities that got me to where I am today: My sense of humor, my ability to ask for help, and my creativity.
Kind of work I’d do for free: Anything with animals.
The last program I binge watched:
Big Brother—Season 14, with my friend Adrienne.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Co-founding Hilton Head Cars Against Cancer with my husband Derek Delay.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Reality TV
When I’m not working, I love to: Be with my family, especially pool days with my daughter and nephews.

Hilton Head Ice Cream
55 New Orleans Road, Suite 114
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-6333
hiltonheadicecreamshop.com
hhic1982@gmail.com


Elly Craver & Jan Stone
Oysters All Around

Area of expertise: Design
Best advice we have ever received: Never spend more than you make, and stay true to yourself.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Taking a fun idea and turning it into a business we love and seeing it grow every day.
Favorite vacation spot: Asheville, North Carolina
What inspired us to start our own business:
We were both looking for a creative outlet outside of our careers in the school system. This was a way we could de-stress after school and have fun together. It also helped that Elly’s family has a business on Hilton Head Island (Seacoast Insurance). They helped foster our drive to turn what started off as a fun craft into a functioning business.
If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been…
Elly: A travel blogger, so I could travel and get paid for it.
Jan: Artist.
Favorite guilty pleasure Chocolate and pizza.
When not working, we love to: Go to the beach, play with our dogs, Porter Lee and Charlie, enjoy a glass or two of bubbles, have fun with friends, and be involved in our community.

Oysters All Around
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 422-1416
oystersallaroundchs@gmail.com
oystersallaround.com


Andrea Roberts
HHI Hospitality

Area of expertise: Hospitality
What inspired me to start my own business: I believe real success in life isn’t quantified by material things, but instead is about living a life you are passionate about. My husband and I grew up working in the hospitality industry on Hilton Head Island and love to travel and eat; this industry gives us an opportunity to literally eat, live and breathe our passion every day. I also grew up in a hospitality household, so I’ve got hospitality in my DNA. Some days it can be a very demanding business, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier that I live life on my terms and do what I love every day. That’s what being a business owner is really all about. It’s about living life on your terms. It’s about the ability to take risks and create things that matter in your life—things that are meaningful to you. So, I’m very grateful to be able to build our businesses in the community that has always been home to me.
Three best qualities that got me where I am today: I love working with people; I work hard; I never give up.
Favorite perk of the job: For me, it’s about the people and the relationships. I love that I get to meet new people every day. We view our team as family, so it’s also very fulfilling to be able to watch the people on our team grow and progress throughout the organization and in their personal lives.
Worst pitfall of the job: When you are the owner, everything is ultimately your responsibility. Both our team’s happiness and our guests’ happiness is ultimately on me, and if I don’t deliver on that every day, it makes me unhappy. So, it’s important to keep everything in perspective, do my best every day, and realize that every day is a new opportunity and a fresh start.
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: Getting outside and playing tennis is a way for me to clear my head. Sometimes when I don’t physically have the energy to do that, I try to clear my head by walking my dog and remembering how fortunate I am, even in light of whatever problems the day brings. I find that by focusing on what I’m grateful for, it makes the problems a little less significant.
Whom I admire and why: Danny Meyer is one of the best restaurateurs in the world and has been a huge influence. After 30 years, he has made his mark on the industry, constantly evolving and attempting to change things for the better, while making people happy. This job is by no means easy, but when you see someone like Danny who has had the fortitude to be a true pioneer in this business, it’s very inspiring and keeps me motivated to keep striving to be the best I can be.
My perfect day would begin: Waking up, happy and healthy, next to my dog and husband, then enjoying a cup of coffee on the back porch.

HHI Hospitality (Charbar & Holy Tequila)
33 Office Park Road, Ste. 213
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
HHIHospitality.com


The Women of CQ’s
From left to right: Aura Rendon, Jennifer Kane, Shirley Fontaine, Jules Weaver, and Andrea Zdnek

Honoring an artist’s legacy is a lot of responsibility. In 1993 Pierce and Bonnie Lowrey took on that challenge when they purchased the iconic CQ’s restaurant. Opened in 1973, and nestled under the crooked and lovely live oaks in Harbour Town, CQ’s was originally designed by illustrator Frank Ballantine as his studio, with the architecture reflecting his study of Lowcountry rice barns. Interest in what was going on in the unique building was so great that Ballantine gave up the idea of a peaceful artist’s colony, and CQ’s was born.

Having established itself as a favorite tradition for families visiting and living on Hilton Head Island, the Lowreys found a way to take the restaurant to the next culinary level, while maintaining its charming history. Under Bonnie’s design direction, the interior is filled with décor, treasures, and murals reflecting the history of Sea Pines and Harbour Town; its dining rooms are named with a nod to the land’s heritage: Plantation Room, Rice Field Room, Indigo Room, and Cotton Room. CQ’s is the quintessential Hilton Head stop just off the golf course or for a sparkling special occasion.

Guiding the kitchens at CQ’s and its sister restaurant Old Fort Pub, Executive Chef Broderick Weaver focuses the CQ’s menu on American cuisine with a Lowcountry influence. On any given day, the professionally trained staff creates an exceptional dining experience, practicing their art with sustainable seafood and local resources from area farmers and fishermen.

Ballantine imagined his rice barn-inspired studio as an artist’s retreat, and remarkably, that is exactly what it became. The medium may be a bit different than his pens, pencils, and paint brushes, but the result truly honors his legacy.

CQ’s
140 Lighthouse Road,
Hilton Head Island
(843) 671-2779
cqsrestaurant.com.


Daniella Squicquero
Engel & Völkers

Area of expertise: Real estate sales and investment
Best career advice I’ve ever received:
While it didn’t come directly to me, I once heard Josh Altman (Million Dollar Listing LA on Bravo) say, “You can have whatever you want, when you do whatever it takes.” His father said that to him when he was young, and it really makes the point eloquently. Success in any form requires dedication, patience and perseverance relative to that thing and disproportionate to everything else. It isn’t easy, but it is simple.
The three best qualities that got me where I am today:
Drive, adaptability, and being willing to fail.
Kind of work I’d do for free: Anything that relates to advancement of a strong education, and animals. I think I would teach a college class for free just to get back in the classroom.
How I clear my mind after a crappy day: I hug my dogs, eat dinner with my husband, pour a glass of wine and get back to work. Then again, I do that every day.
On my bucket list: Drive the autobahn, get my multi-engine pilot’s license (then helicopter), go to space, and generally live a life worth remembering.
Whom I admire and why: I admire anyone who demonstrates strength and clarity of character and a high level of conceptual integration. It shows that you’re not only capable of thinking, but willing to do so in service of the betterment of your own life and those of others.

Engel & Völkers
6 Promenade St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
800 Main St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


Jenifer Locklair & Bethany James
Bluffton Lash Lounge

Area of expertise: Lash extensions
Three best qualities that got us where we are today: Being personable, outgoing and hard-working individuals with the drive to succeed are the qualities that have gotten us where we are today.
How we clear our minds after a crappy day: We have such amazing clients and employees, that it’s rare to have a crappy day. We have a lovely cottage with a nice porch that has a quiet and beautiful view of a huge oak tree covered in Spanish moss. When the chance arises, we both love sitting and enjoying some wine or champagne and relaxing for a bit before heading home for the evening.
What inspired us to start our own business: After many years of driving to the island every day for work, it was time to start a business closer to home. We both love what we do for work and decided to make a career of it. The demand had not hit Bluffton yet, and we were excited about offering a new service to the area. We are also able to make our own hours and be our own bosses!
Biggest accomplishment to date: Our biggest accomplishment is owning our own business, of course! We had no idea how busy it would become and so quickly. We are lucky to have the dedicated and hardworking staff that we do.
Last thing we binged-watched: A lot of our conversations with our clients revolve around what current shows we are all watching. It’s too easy to binge watch a series when it becomes available. Our most recent shows that we’ve binged are Shameless (Jenifer) and Bloodline (Bethany).
When we are not working, we love to: When not at work, Bethany enjoys cooking homemade meals and binge-watching TV with her husband, Sebastian. Jenifer enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Bluffton Lash Lounge
1253 May River Road, Cottage D,
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 290-1192


Dr. Alicia Salyer, Dr. Annette Thomas, Dr. Andrea Heuser, & Dr. Lori Marion
Palmetto Pediatrics of the Lowcountry

At Palmetto Pediatrics of the Lowcountry, our goal is to provide excellent medical care in a warm and caring environment for your children. Our six board-certified pediatricians have been caring for children of the Lowcountry for over 15 years, serving the community with two locations, in Okatie and on Hilton Head Island. We are committed to helping children reach their highest potential by promoting and maintaining physical and emotional well-being.

We offer comprehensive pediatric medical care from newborn hospital visits all the way through college physicals. Our services include: wellness and sports physicals, all pediatric vaccines, ADHD evaluations, same-day sick visits, Saturday morning sick visits, coordinating and managing referrals to pediatric specialists, and after-hours pediatric nurse call service.

It is our desire to partner with you in raising your child, as we provide the most current, compassionate, and comprehensive medical care. Our physicians and staff are committed to delivering clinical excellence in a kid-friendly environment.

Dr. Alicia Salyer graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. “One of the joys of pediatrics is watching children grow up,” she said. “Having practiced here for 14 years, it has been a privilege to help a generation of Beaufort County’s children and their parents navigate the challenges of childhood. I feel immensely happy and proud of our kids each time I see a patient for their last visit before college.”

Dr. Annette Thomas is a 1983 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency at Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C. She offers her clients 31 years of experience in children’s health. “Watching new parents interact with their newborns is an unbelievable experience. It is a privilege to guide parents and children in their journey.” Special areas of interest are nutrition and exercise, asthma, and newborn care.

Dr. Andrea Heuser, a native of South Carolina, attended Clemson University and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Heuser joined the practice in November 2014. Her special areas of interest are newborn and early infant care and children with complex medical needs.

Dr. Lori Marion joined the practice in 2015. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she practiced for 20 years in academic medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. before moving to the Lowcountry. Dr. Marion emphasizes the importance of health maintenance and preventive medicine.

Palmetto Pediatrics of the Lowcountry
4 Okatie Center Boulevard, Ste. 201
Okatie, SC 29909
(843) 706-3206
23 Main Street, Ste. 301
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 342-5437


Cindy Creamer
Realtor I CC Enterprises of Hilton Head, LLC.

Earning a place among the Lowcountry’s highly respected real estate professionals, Cindy Creamer offers extensive knowledge of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area communities. She specializes in the purchase and sale of primary and second homes as well as vacation and investment property. She has a reputation for her professionalism, understanding her clients’ needs, and providing outstanding service. Cindy provides attention to detail in every step of the real estate transaction. A dedicated and market-savvy professional, she is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise and the latest market trends.

Creamer was elected for a second term serving on the South Carolina Realtors Association executive board as the regional vice president for 2017. She is also currently serving as president-elect for the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors. She has been a recipient of the Realtor Service award since 2010 and is consistently ranked within her company’s top agents each year since starting her real estate career. She was appointed to the Hilton Head Town Venue Committee as the chairman and continues to serve on that committee.
Creamer was voted on among her peers as the Hilton Head Island Realtor of the Year for 2016.

“I am happy to call Hilton Head Island home for more than 36 years. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” she said.

Lighthouse Realty
71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 300
Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
(843) 298-2356
cindycreamer.com


Janet Rahn
Dog Gone Sensational

Janet K. Rahn, co-owner and operator of Dog Gone Sensational, is an entrepreneur extraordinaire who has parlayed her love of nature and animals into a growing, highly rewarding career. Dog Gone Sensational provides dog training and grooming services, dog day care, and more.

Rahn has a lifetime of experience working with animals, from rescuing wildlife to touring South America with the Purina® Incredible Dog Team to appearing with her pups on The Late Show with David Letterman. Her “work” is hardly that. In truth, it is a labor of love—one that enriches her every day in ways that money, margins and revenue streams simply cannot.

Dog Gone Sensational
8127 Bees Creek Road
Ridgeland, SC 29936
(843) 226-0224
doggonesensational.com


Christina Horton, CISR & Margaret Nowlin, CIC , CISR
AssuredPartners NL

Area of expertise:
CH: Personal lines insurance; high-value homes
MN: Personal lines insurance

Best advice I’ve ever received:
CH: Don’t look back; you’re not going that way.
MN: My parents always told us “to always help others, you never know when you may be the one in need.”

Biggest accomplishment to date:
CH: My son Cameron, 15, and daughter Catherine, 8
MN: Personally: my children, Alex, 22, and Emily, 19
Professionally: obtaining the Certified Insurance Counselor designation.

If I had chosen another career path, it probably would have been…
CH: an elementary school teacher.
MN: Criminal justice

When I’m not working, I love to:
CH: Go crabbing with my husband Trey and my children. There is nothing better than being on the May River.
MN: Share a meal with family and friends and spend the time laughing.

AssuredPartners NL
1024 Berkeley Hall Blvd.
Bluffton SC 29909
Assuredptrnl.com
Christina: (843) 706-2438 ext. 2
Christina.horton@assuredpartners.com
Margaret: (843) 706-2438 ext. 1
Margaret.nowlin@assuredpartners.com


MJ Hennesy
Discount Furniture & Mattress Outlet

Discount Furniture was a tiny startup company in a mini warehouse when I purchased it in 1989. A divorced mom with three teenagers, I had to make it work! And work I did! But with steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction and a wonderful staff who share my values, Discount Furniture and Mattress Outlet flourished and grew to be one of the oldest and most trusted furniture and mattress companies in the Lowcountry!

We offer free in-home decorator service, special ordering with many furniture lines and we are a leader in mattress sales in the area. Come visit us!

Discount Furniture & Mattress Outlet
118 Mathews Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-4620

1504 B Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-4620
hiltonheadfurniture.com


Tammy Novak & Cassie Carstens
Island Financial

Area of expertise: Bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, HR
Best advice I’ve ever received:
(TN): If you can get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. This reminds me daily to stay the course, be consistent, and to try something new. Biggest accomplishment to date:
(CC and TN): We agree that starting and managing a successful company for the past 12 years is our biggest professional accomplishment, but being moms to our own beautiful children is a personal accomplishment that we each cherish daily.
Favorite vacation spot: (TN): Hawaii
What inspired us to start our own business:
(CC and TN): We acknowledged a niche that businesses both large and small need: local bookkeeping, payroll and HR support. We administer these core financial and HR services so that owners can focus on their businesses.
If I had chosen another career path, I probably would have been…
(CC): An elementary school teacher. I think it would be motivating to work in an environment of lifelong learning, and to be surrounded by smiles and laughter. Favorite guilty pleasure: (TN and CC): Chocolate!
When I’m not working, I love to:
(TN): Spend time with my family, travel, and run on the beach.

Island Financial
2 Corpus Christi Place, Suite 104
The Professional Building
(843) 785-4018
tammy@islandfinancialhhi.com
islandfinancialhhi.com


Sheri Nixon
REALTOR I KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

Sheri Nixon passionately juggles, her career as one of the top producing Realtors in the Hilton Head Island area, spending time with those she holds dear (which includes her clients and friends) and being an active member of the community. Maintaining a devoted relationship with Mark, her husband of 28 years, while raising their three children, Jarrett, Ellie, and Ava, to be caring and enthusiastic about life is the accomplishment she cherishes most. Nixon’s real estate business continues to soar, because she and her buyer’s specialist, Shannon Sheehan, truly care more about the people in the transaction than the ultimate paycheck.

With a preacher as a father and a teacher as a mother, Nixon, came naturally by her compassion to help people. Graduating with a degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma, she was hired in Denver to broker seismic data to geophysicists. Her tenacious negotiating skills were developed as she arbitrated trades between oil companies. Real estate became the perfect career choice to utilize her valuable skill sets, while fulfilling her need to care for others.

Sheri Nixon Team
Keller Williams Realty
8 Lafayette Place, Suite 203
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Sheri@livingonHHI.com
(843) 301-2688


Becky Herman & Monica Davis
Herman & Davis Properties

Herman & Davis Properties offers a full-service brokerage with an unmatched level of market knowledge, customer service, and integrity. Consistent producers for over 20 years, Becky Herman and Monica Davis have provided professional, customized service and expert advice to countless buyers and sellers in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton market.

Herman (from Dayton, Ohio) and Davis (from Macon, Georgia) make a dynamic team, providing each client with an extraordinary quality of service and proven results. As Hilton Head Island residents for 28 years, they embrace the unique lifestyle the area offers and continue to have a fully vested interest in the future of the island.

Since Herman and Davis merged to form H & D Properties, they have been consistently ranked in the top 10 Realtors area wide. Their work ethic and expertise provide their clients a competitive advantage, which is a necessary component in today’s real estate market. Just ask any of the buyers and sellers they have represented over the past 20 years.

Please give Becky and Monica the opportunity to help you achieve your real estate goals today!

Herman & Davis Properties
Charter One Realty & Marketing
11 Park Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Becky@beckyherman.com
(843) 301-3355
Monica@monicadavis.com
(843) 384-4473


Cindy Graham
Laser Massage of Hilton Head Island

Area of expertise: Laser therapy, sports/medical massage and K-taping, for muscle recovery, pain and prevention.
Best advice I’ve ever received: In honor of my dad: “Live with integrity, laugh and be happy, and always try to see the good side of things!”
Biggest accomplishment to date: Raising our intelligent, successful and beautiful daughters.
Favorite vacation spot: Hilton Head Island, which has now become home!
What inspired me to start my own business: I really wanted to do something with purpose. I had a vision, and I knew that I could help people feel better. It makes me feel good to be able to make a difference in people’s lives! You have to go with your gut; you can do anything you set your mind to!
If I had chosen another career path, it would have been: I recently retired from veterinary pharmaceutical/medical sales after 30 years!
Favorite guilty pleasure: Eating ice cream and watching cooking shows on Food Network TV.
When I’m not working, I love to: Spend happy hour(s) with my fiancé, family and friends, and take morning walks/runs at Islander Beach!

Laser Massage of Hilton Head Island
200 Main Street, Suite 201C
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 505-1414


Josie Salerno, Renee Cannata, Melissa Willis & Katie Kurkul
Silhouette Hair Studio

Silhouette Hair Studio opened in 2014 with a strong mission of bringing even more beauty to the Lowcountry. This team is continuously building new relationships, while providing a service for a one-of-a-kind experience!

Josie: This master stylist, with over 30 years’ experience, provides a variety of services. Josie specializes in Goldwell color and the razor cut technique and is certified in the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. Her passion for her career and art behind the chair fills the atmosphere at Silhouette Hair Studio.

Renee: Specializing in color and hair painting, Renee is always on top of cutting edge trends and styles. Client satisfaction, learning new techniques, and perfecting her skills through continued education are paramount to this ambitious artist. She is also certified in Hot heads extensions and The Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment.

*Melissa: Melissa places high value in listening to her clients, understanding their needs and respecting their wishes. She specializes in “hard-to-manage” hair, cutting edge coloring techniques, curly hair, short hair, updos, men’s cuts, gray reduction, and extensions. Melissa is devoted to her clients and will teach you to style your new look at home.

*Katie: Katie’s passion for hair started as a young girl here locally, and she has been licensed for seven years now. Growing up on the island, it’s only natural her specialty is highlighting and balayage. She’s always keeping up with the latest techniques and trends to satisfy every client. Her motto is: “Every client, every time.”

*Independent contractors
Silhouette Hair Studio
70 Pennington Drive, Suite 18
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-2130
silhouette843.com


LAVA 24 Fitness

LAVA 24 Fitness of Hilton Head Island is your elite functional fitness center. Since the owner first opened, the energy has been high and the motivation has been unmatched. It’s easy to see why our members keep coming back and our strength training classes on Hilton Head Island keep growing. This is more than just a workout or a weight loss plan—this is a lifestyle!

The women pictured here are an empowered team of personal trainers and certified coaches. If you are looking for a community that will push you to your limits so that you can be the very best version of yourself and be the next Lava 24 Fitness success story, come in and sign up with them today!
Mention CH2, and we will take care of your first personal training session. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing advice on nutrition and exercise. Visit lava24.com/lavaladies to hear what some of our LAVA ladies have to say.

Pictured left to right: Sammi Burns (director of training), Julie Jilly (fitness coach), Myranda McAfee (director of marketing), Taylor Lomprez (general manager), Elizabeth Barron (head fitness coach), Kristen Waters (fitness coach), Kelsey Lomprez (fitness operations).

Lava 24 Fitness
811 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-3225
www.LAVA24.com/LAVALadies

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