• Nancy Landwehr has opened The Spirited Hand, a gift gallery, at 1127 Fording Island Road, Suite 103, in Bluffton. A ribbon cutting and grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. June 8.

Landwehr previously owned a store by the same name for 18 years in Connecticut. The store features American hand-crafted items.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Sunday. For more information, call 843-757-7300, email thespiritedhand@att.net or visit thespiritedhand.com.

Trent Williamson has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation.

Williamson officially assumes his leadership role after serving as the organization’s interim CEO and overseeing the incubation program.

Williamson previously worked with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Cobb Chamber, where he created partnerships with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Tech, Georgia University and Georgia’s utility providers. Williamson also worked to build partnerships with 29 neighboring counties, which contributed to the economic success of a business community.

For more information, visit DonRyanCenter.com.


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  • Five agents have joined the team at Century 21 Diamond Realty.

Susan Burke moved to South Carolina in 2003.

She has worked in the engineering industry in a customer support role for more than 25 years.

After practicing law in New York and Texas and concentrating in elder law planning, Joe Ables recently relocated to Bluffton.

He is a graduate of Buffalo State College and the University of Buffalo, School of Law & Jurisprudence. Ables has a life-long passion for real estate, having owned personal residences and investment residential real estate throughout his legal career.

Ables can be reached at 843-949-7767 or joeablesC21 @gmail.com.

Sue Oxley has more than 30 years’ experience in customer service, first as a flight attendant for Northwest (now Delta) Airlines and later as a customer service manager in a retail environment.

Born in Ohio and raised in the Midwest, Oxley is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in communications and marketing.

She can be reached at 843-338-4433.

After spending more than 15 years in the education field, Gayle Upson brought her communication skills to a successful real estate career in Virginia.

She now lives in Bluffton, where Kate Upson has joined her mother to form the Upson Team. She brings social media marketing skills to her new position.

The Upson Team can be reached at 843-949-0045 or upsonteam@upson online.com.

  • CPM Federal Credit Union has been named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America for 2018, according to DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree.

DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of more than 11,000 banks and credit unions in the United States once per quarter. To determine bank ranking and recognition, each institution is graded on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-to-reserve ratios.

CPM has a branch office in Bluffton, at 95 Buckwalter Place Blvd.

Real estate professional Tierra Schaffer has joined Charter One Realty as an agent, partnering with longtime real estate professionals, Monica Davis and Becky Herman of Herman & Davis Properties.

The team members strive to put their knowledge and experience together to bring their clients insight, personalized service, and results.

Schaffer has experience and strong market knowledge that will be an asset to both buyers and sellers. She can be reached at 843-422-3610 or Tierra@HermanAndDavis.com.

Betsy Gauthier has joined the sales and development team at StoneWorks.

Gauthier holds a degree in interior design. She spent 20 years in the Greensboro and High Point, N.C., area, known as “The Furniture Capital of the World.” There she worked for furniture giant Furnitureland South as well as Stickley Furniture.

Gauthier also previously served as director of customer relations for COR365 Information Solutions, a division of Twin City Warehouse, Inc., headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition, she developed, founded and managed daily operations of a successful chocolate business, Loco for Coco.

Gauthier and her husband, Peter, recently moved to Bluffton.


Christopher Corkern and Bryan Weathersbee, with The Prudential Insurance Company and The Corkern Group, have been named to the international Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) that recognizes the world’s leading insurance and investment financial services advisors.

Only a small percentage are named as members and less than 1 percent qualify each year for MDRT.

This marks Corkern’s 14th consecutive year named to the MDRT. It is the first year for Bryan Weathersbee to be recognized for this achievement.

Both Corkern and Weathersbee will be attending the invitation-only annual conference June 24-27 in Los Angeles.

  • Colette Stevenson, CEO of Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island, completed the Disney Institute course in Quality Service.

The Disney Institute encourages enrollees to adapt Disney business insights to assess and improve their own organizations.