November - Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce



November - Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
November 2015
A monthly publication of the
Hilton Head
• Bluffton
Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Let the Holidays Begin!
Conversation & Cocktails
A Lowcountry
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Helping Our
SC Neighbors page 5
Taste of the Season
Let the Holidays Begin!
Get holiday inspiration and experience awardwinning cuisine from more than 27 of the area’s top chefs at the
chamber’s 25th annual Taste of the Season.
This year, Taste of the Season moves to an exciting new venue at
the Country Club of Hilton Head on Friday, November 20th from 6:00 to
9:00 p.m.
Here’s your chance to explore all the new restaurants on your list,
and some of the Lowcountry’s landmark favorites. From haute cuisine
to Lowcountry classics – there’s something to please every palate.
Taste of the Season offers a culinary twist on the best of
Lowcountry cuisine.
Featuring well-known favorites including SERG Group restaurants
like Poseidon, WiseGuys and One Hot Mama’s to newcomers The
Bluffton Room, and island icons such as The Old Oyster Factory,
Michael Anthony’s and Hudson’s, the event offers a mouth-watering
tour of the Lowcountry’s culinary landscape.
Experience the innovative cuisine of Lowcountry chefs as they
compete for the highly coveted title of “Best Cuisine.”
“Taste of the Season is a great event.
The best of the best on Hilton Head are
there, and everybody tries to put their
best foot forward.”
– Nick Unangst, SERG Restaurant Group
executive chef and managing partner
There’s plenty to enjoy ~ this landmark event is a tradition of
excellence. NEO’s Russell Keane will be serving Hunter Cattle
Company grass-fed beef stroganoff over wild local mushroom
risotto; ELA’s Blu Water Grille’s Ryan Alpaugh will present panseared diver scallop over crab risotto with truffle butter & crispy
prosciutto; and Hudson’s is serving up a Lowcountry oyster roast
with a fresh raw bar and steamed oysters harvested in local
waters, from GM Andrew Carmine’s newest culinary venture
Shell Ring Oyster Company.
What makes Taste of the Season a not-to-be missed event?
This annual holiday tradition is the perfect way to celebrate the
holidays and get your shopping off to an early start with silent
auction items including great getaways, gifts, dining, golf and
It’s always a sellout! With the new intimate setting,
tickets will be limited. Tickets are $65. Special V.I.P. tickets
have already sold out. Tickets are on sale now at chamber
headquarters, the chamber’s Bluffton office and online at
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(At Press Time)
Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
Chart House
Chocolate Canopy
Downtown Curbside Kitchen
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
Frankie Bones
Heyward’s Restaurant
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
Maison de Macarons
Marley’s Island Grille
Michael Anthony’s
NEO Farm to Table
Old Oyster Factory
One Hot Mama’s
Pino Gelato
Red Fish Bluffton
Red Fish Hilton Head
Robbers Row Grille
Shell Ring Oyster Company
Skull Creek Boathouse
The Ben Arnold Beverage Co.
The Bluffton Room
The Corner Perk
The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar
WiseGuys | CHAMBER BUSINESS MONTHLY | November 2015
Conversation & Cocktails
Was a Big Success!
Premier Networking at Inaugural Event. With gorgeous sunsets over Broad Creek, the setting was the perfect
backdrop for the chamber’s inaugural Conversation & Cocktails. Attendees enjoyed fresh Lowcountry oysters, waterfront
networking and live entertainment as the Old Oyster Factory hosted us with a spectacular fabulous fall oyster roast.
Community Helps Our SC Neighbors
We are a state and a community that pulls together to help
one another. Hats off to our first responders, Beaufort Country firefighters, police
officers and emergency management personnel who aided so many of our South
Carolina friends and neighbors impacted by the recent flooding.
In partnership with the Town of Bluffton, the chamber put out the call to our members
and the community that we were a relief collection site at chamber headquarters and
you responded in record numbers, dropping off water, cleaning supplies, paper goods
and much more.
We’re extraordinarily fortunate that Hilton Head Island and the Bluffton area were
not affected. The chamber’s Hilton Head Island – The Coast is Clear strategy, in tandem
with SCPRT’s dedicated campaign, helped build awareness that our island resorts,
attractions and accommodations remained open for business.
Special thanks to the many community and chamber members who reached out to
help our neighbors with donations of much needed relief items.
Local members
Signature Flight
Support were
among the first
to respond,
donating 42
cases of bottled
Community member Delores Kingsbury gathered
daughter Claire and friends Jared Moe & Owen,
Aden and Leah Daughterty to assist relief efforts.
Ben Kennedy of
Brighton Builders
committed to building
and donating two
homes to flood victims,
From left: Ben
Kennedy, Bluffton
Mayor Lisa Sulka and
Bill Miles, chamber
president and
CEO, lead-off the
Hilton Head Preparatory School students along with Mrs. Tina WebbBrowning, upper school head & science department chair, assisted with
relief efforts, collecting and delivering needed goods to the chamber.
Bluffton law enforcement officers and chamber
staff load donated items in one of the semitrucks going to aid relief efforts.
Young volunteer John Edward Schwedler
jumps onboard to help with collected supplies.
Chamber staff loads relief
supplies for S.C. Red Cross,
Bill Miles, chamber president
and CEO drives panel truck
donated by Collins Group
Realty to Bluffton Law
Enforcement collection site. | CHAMBER BUSINESS MONTHLY | November 2015
Hilton Head Island & Bluffton
in the National News
Condé Nast Traveler once again names
Hilton Head Island one of the Top 10
Islands in the United States in its annual
reader’s choice awards!
Lowcountry hotels and resorts honored with
Conde Nast Traveler’s coveted Reader’s Choice
Awards for 2015 are: Best Hotels in the World:
The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, #58; The Inn at
Palmetto Bluff, #62. Best Resorts in the United
States: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, #19. Top Hotels
in the United States: The Inn & Club at Harbour
Town #5. Top Hotels in the South: The Inn &
Club at Harbour Town, #2. Top 20 Resorts in the
South: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, #5; Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, #9.
Votes were cast by 128,000 readers who ranked their favorite destinations, resorts,
hotels and airlines around the globe.
Budget Travel’s October issue lists Hilton
Head Island at #1 among “12 Beautiful
Beach Town Bargains for Fall,” in good
company alongside other top picks from Cape Cod to Southern California, and in
line with our mission to continue to build shoulder season travel.
Budget Travel reaches over 1.4 million monthly unique visitors with average
monthly page views of 8.8 million.
efforts the Charlotte Observer featured Hilton
Head Island among its “15 Perfect Places to Hike,
Bike, Shop and Stroll in the Carolinas.”
The October story showcases the island as the ultimate
road trip destination for readers in one of our most
popular drive markets.
Your chamber worked
with Red Tricycle, the
popular parents’ goto guide, to feature
the Island in their
“Happiness Is an Island Called Hilton Head”
October feature.
Journalist Shelley Massey sang the praises of the Sea
Pines Resort, and island amenities including the Coastal
Discovery Museum.
Red Tricycle is a well-read resource with over 1.37
newsletter subscribers and 1.3 million unique visitors
each month to its website.
Big Bamboo Hilton Head
Cooler days are the perfect backdrop
for Conversation & Cocktails at Coligny’s popular island hotspot Big
Bamboo Hilton Head.
Come enjoy fall networking at its best on Thursday, November 12th from
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment served up with
great Big Bamboo fare along with complimentary beer and wine, the perfect
setting for casual Lowcountry networking with
business colleagues.
See you at Conversation & Cocktails! The
cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and
$20 for future members. For more information
go to
On The Scene
6 Government Affairs
Committee Meeting
Chamber Boardroom
8:00 a.m.
12Conversation & Cocktails
Big Bamboo
Hilton Head Island
formerly Business After Hours
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
17 Tech Tuesday
Mark Your Business for
Small Business Saturday
Chamber Boardroom
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
20Taste of the Season!
Country Club of Hilton Head
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets at
chamber headquarters,
Bluffton office and
29Small Business Saturday
Details at:
1 Business Education
Partnership Committee
Chamber Boardroom
8:30 a.m.
4 Government Affairs
Committee Meeting
Chamber Boardroom
8:00 a.m.
7 Chamber Young
Professionals Group
Merry Monday Happy Hour
The Bluffton Room
7:30 p.m.
11Chamber Annual Meeting
Clockwise: It was a great turnout for Chamber Young Professionals at LagerHead Tavern, Oyster Reef
Golf Club. October’s chamber coffee welcomed new members. Local non-profit members gathered for
SCORE’s non-profit roundtables. Congratulations to Benton House of Bluffton and Popeyes Lousiana
Kitchen on their recent groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Chamber Boardroom
8:00 a.m. | CHAMBER BUSINESS MONTHLY | November 2015
Who’s Who and Who’s Where
To submit information, please email Anne Feldman at [email protected]
Shell Neely
New Position: Interior Designer at
J Banks Design
Old Position: Design associate at
Slifer Designs, LLC, Vail, CO
Bonnie Powell
Matthew Ferrelli
New Position: Promoted to
sergeant, patrol division at
Bluffton Police Department
Old Position: School resource
officer for Bluffton Police
New Position: Business
development & donor relations
manager at Hilton Head Humane
Old Position: Program director at
Lindsay Gerlock
Meg James
New Position: Design assistant
at J Banks Design
Old Position: Recent graduate
of Anderson University,
Anderson, SC
Anthony Marzbanian
New Position: Account executive
at Apex Broadcasting
Old Position: Account executive
at Southern Eagle Distributing
Michelle Mustian
New Position: Senior account
executive at Apex Broadcasting
Old Position: Account executive
at The Adventure Radio Group
Barry Fiebert
Dan McMorrow
New Position: Promoted to
executive officer at Hilton Head
Area Home Builders Association
Old Position: Member relations
manager at Hilton Head Area
Home Builders Association
New Position: Sales Agent at
Gateway Realty
Old Position: Information
technology consultant, Scientific
Application International Corp,
Washington, DC
New Position: Agent at Keller
Williams Realty and currently a
teacher H.E. McCracken Middle
Old Position: Teacher at
American School of Brasilia,
Terri Bilotta
Betsy Berry
New Position: Regional sales
manager at Pink Magazine
Old Position: Territory manager at
Creative Packaging, Savannah, GA
New Position: Interior designer
at J Banks Design
Old Position: Designer at David
Easton Interiors, New York, NY
Jacqueline Bassett
New Position: Senior sales
manager at Sonesta Resort
Hilton Head Island
Old Position: National sales
manager at Renaissance World Golf
Village Resort, St. Augustine, FL
Great Turnout at Historic Bluffton Arts
& Seafood Festival!
Sunshine and cool autumn weather was the perfect backdrop for the 11th Annual
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival. Dorothy Guscio, chamber events manager
and Allison Tucker, Leadership Class of 2016, welcome visitors to the festival.
Business News November
Hilton Head Island Named “North American Golf Destination of the Year”
Hilton Head Island has been named the Golf Destination of the
Year for North America by the International Association of Golf Tour
Award criteria include customer satisfaction, quality of courses and
accommodation, professional conduct of suppliers, support from local
tourism industry and accessibility to tee times.
IAGTO is the global trade association of the golf tourism industry,
comprised of 600 golf tour operators from 61 different countries.
The 16th annual IAGTO awards ceremony was held on October 8th
in Tenerife, Spain.
From left: Sven Sommer, International SCPRT Rep., Brad
Marra, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort vice president,
Dolly Chewning, SCPRT international sales manager
SCORE QuickBooks Seminar: Cash Management Fundamentals
Interested in learning more about cash management? Don’t miss this valuable no-cost SCORE Intro to
Quickbooks seminar.
Tailored to take the mystery out of financial statements, S.C. Lowcountry SCORE in conjunction with
Robinson Grant and Co. will present this “what you need to know” workshop on Thursday, November 12 from
4:00-6:00 p.m. at chamber headquarters.
Come learn what you can do to enhance your small businesses’ bottom-line. SCORE professionals are also available to assist with free
confidential business counseling and one-on-one mentoring sessions To register for the workshop go to
Economic Development Summit
The 2nd annual Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and the Beaufort
County Assoc. of Realtors, will be held on Thursday, November 5th at Hampton Hall Club from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker is Secretary of Commerce Robert Hitt, III from the S.C. Department of Commerce. Come hear the
respective goals, achievements, and challenges from the counties’ and local municipalities’ economic development
entities tasked with bringing jobs and businesses into the area.
The summit is open to the public. There is no cost to attend. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
is a 2015 Summit Sponsor for the second annual Economic Development Summit. For more information go to www.
New Member Highlights
To submit information, please email Anne Feldman at [email protected]
Freedom Boat Club
Glasspro, Inc.
1st Signature Lending, LLC
Arkiteknic Custom Homes
Cash Mullen
28 Waterview Court
Bluffton, SC 29910
Paul Heinauer
254 Red Cedar Street, Unit 12
Bluffton, SC 29910
Jennifer Farmer
10 Flamingo Street
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Kevin Kenyon
12 Johnston Way
Bluffton, SC 29910
Freedom Boat Club takes the
hassle out of boat ownership. We
provide a variety of boats along
with exceptional concierge service.
Members can access local boats and
entire fleets throughout our other 90
franchise locations.
When your auto glass needs to be
repaired or replaced, call Glasspro
first. For over 20 years Glasspro
has provided expert service in
Hilton Head and throughout the
Lowcountry. We guarantee you will
be delighted!
1st Signature Lending, LLC’s Jennifer
Farmer has been a licensed mortgage
professional for over 14 years.
Whether you’re buying, selling,
refinancing or building your dream
home, she has the expertise you need
to explore the many financing options
Arkiteknic Custom Homes is a
custom home builder, creating
beautiful homes for clients in
Hilton Head and Bluffton. An
award-winning designer and
builder of luxury custom homes,
we blend classic elegance with
modern innovation. | CHAMBER BUSINESS MONTHLY | November 2015
Members Making News November
Long Cove Club’s Charitable Advisory Committee recently awarded
$96,698 in grants to 25 area nonprofit organizations including Bluffton
Self Help, Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head, Deep Well, Heroes on
Horseback and Memory Matters. Since LCCCAC’s inception in 2003, over
$587,700 has been awarded to local non-profits.
Optical Solutions announced that founder Dr. Michael A. Campbell
was appointed president of the S.C. Optometric Physicians Association.
Campbell has practiced optometry in the Lowcountry for over 28 years.
As president he will concentrate on advocacy, career advancement,
professional growth, networking and volunteer opportunities in S.C.
Coastal Carolina Hospital recently appointed Judge Albert L. Kleckley,
Jr., Patsy Hodge, Dr. Thomas E. Noble and Dr. Ardra Davis-Tolbert to
three-year terms on its governing board. Kleckley is serving his second
term as a probate judge for Jasper County; Dr. Noble is a retired
gastroenterologist, most recently with Hardeeville Medical Group; Hodge
is a former businesswoman and elementary school teacher; Dr. DavisTolbert is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Riverside
Women’s Care and on Coastal Carolina Hospital medical staff.
Bishop Eye Associates recently announced that The “Greens Keeper’s
Revenge” golf tournament recently raised over $11,000 for Camp Leo,
a camp for legally blind children, through the efforts of Bishop Eye
Associates, Low Country Lions Club and other area sponsors.
Memory Matters announced that less than a year after launching
its local initiative to create a dementia-friendly community it has
conducted free, on-site sensitivity training courses at 42 local businesses
to over 903 employees. The success of The Purple Angel Project garnered
Executive Director Edwina Hoyle an invitation to Washington, D.C. to
address the National Policy Council of AARP.
Camellia Art has opened their second location, at the J Banks Design
Group building. The new gallery, located inside J Banks retail store, offers
original art and custom framing. The gallery represents notable artists
from South Carolina to California whose works include impressionistic
oil paintings, abstract art and bronze sculpture.
Custom Audio Video team members Matt Abrams and Charlie Dray
recently attended the Control4 Automation Programmer course, a fourday hands-on class on lighting, entertainment and security, to train
installers in all facets of home automation and control.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry announced the appointment
of Jim Allhusen to its board of directors. Allhusen has experience in
consumer financial services in the U.S. and in Asia Pacific and formerly
served as president of Visa Canada Corp. His extensive board experience
includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He currently
serves as vice chair of the Hilton Head Institute.
3M Coastal Applied Systems recently announced its window film product
was named among the Top 2015 Dealers in the United States as well as
listed among the fastest growers among the top selling dealers in the nation,
with the most sales per employees, among residential and commercial film
dealerships by industry publication Window Film magazine.
LUX~A Medical Spa announced that Susan Coker, PA-C was a keynote
speaker at the Dermatology PEARLS Continuing Medical Education
Conference in Atlanta, GA. Coker, spoke on non-surgical facial
The Islands Society was recently recognized by Congresswoman
Aumua Amata, American Samoa, for their work to inspire and empower
islanders around the world to participate in foreign affairs. The
recognition was also featured in regional press across the Pacific.
NHC Bluffton has received an Award of Excellence from the South
Carolina Hospital Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina,
Health Sciences of South Carolina, and The Carolinas Center for Medical
Excellence. The award recognizes skilled nursing facilities for achieving
a readmission rate equal or less than 19.1% with a goal of reducing
hospital readmissions in South Carolina.
n State of the Region presenting sponsor Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport, supporting sponsors Nexsen Pruet and
Preferred Materials, Inc., event sponsors Alliance Consulting
Engineers and Thompson Turner Construction. Special thanks to
Programs for Exceptional People for providing centerpieces and to
Hilton Head BMW for donation of the American flag.
n Old Oyster Factory for hosting October’s inaugural Conversation &
n Ryan Lockhart, group46, for being our guest speaker at the
chamber’s October Tech Tuesday.
n Corks Bluffton for hosting October’s Chamber Young Professionals.
n Attorney General Alan Wilson for appearing as guest speaker at the
chamber’s August Government Affairs Committee meeting.
n South Carolina Yacht Club and Leslie Richardson for hosting the
October Jr. Leadership Class
n Bluffton Fire District for hosting the October Chamber Leadership
tour and luncheon
Membership Renewals Thank You!
Arkiteknic Custom Homes
AXIS Fine Art
Installation, Inc.
Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill
Daufuskie Island Historical
Imaging Excellence 2.0, Inc.
Islands Society
John Paul II Catholic School
Moonlit Lullaby
Savannah Rehabilitation
30+ years
Sonesta Resort Hilton
Head Island
20-29 years
Ad-Vise, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Hilton
Hilton Head National Golf
Stellini Italian Restaurant
TidePointe, a Vi
Truffles Market & Cafe
University of South
Carolina Beaufort
Hilton Head Gateway
Evergreen Pet Lodge
15-19 years
10-14 years
4-9 years
Coach Factory
Hilton Head Public Service
Multiple Listing Service of
HHI, Inc.
The Salty Dog Cafe
Trish Heichel
Association Services, Inc.
An Associa Member
Atlantic States
Management, Inc.
H.E. McCracken Middle
Hilton Head Canvas
Hilton Head Golf
Ocean Woods
Landscaping Co., Inc.
Two Tomatoes Catering
Cera Products, Inc.
Cintas Corp
Comcast Spotlight
DXM Marketing Group
Goodwill Industries of
Lower South Carolina
High Tide & Rainbow
Restoration & Cleaning,
Palmetto Sound Works
1-3 years
Randy Young’s Custom
Upholstery & Window
The French Bakery
We Fly the Kite.
Fact: 1 in 8 baby boomers will spend their retirement
years suffering from or caring for someone afflicted with
Alzheimer’s disease. The median age in Beaufort County is
56. Do the math and it’s easy to see there’s a growing need
for dementia awareness in our community.
The Purple Angel Project is a Memory Matters initiative
dedicated to creating a more dementia-friendly community,
and Beaufort County businesses are responding to the
call by equipping their employees with free sensitivity
education and training.
If you’re a business owner, call us to learn how you
can best educate your employees. If you’re a family
member or caregiver looking for dementia-friendly
businesses, just look for the kite.
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