Business Briefs


John Beal has joined Diamond Realty and Property Management as broker associate and manager of business development.

Beal will be spearheading the company's commitment to growth in their real estate sales division.

Beal previously held a real estate license for more than 10 years with Weichert, Realtors Coastal Properties and Re/Max Island Realty in the capacity of realtor, broker associate, sales trainer and office manager.

Prior to entering the real estate field in the Hilton Head area, Beal spent 23 years in sales and sales management, calling on health care professionals in the northeastern part of the United States, working for such Fortune 500 companies as Warner Lambert, Boston Scientific, Eli Lilly, and Volcano Corporation.

Beal will lead Diamond Realty and Property Management's growth through business acquisitions, agent recruiting, new agent sales training, and as a marketing specialist.

Diamond Realty is a real estate and long-term rental company serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and Pooler, Ga.

Their office is located in The Village of Bluffton.

For more information, visit

Steve Bryant has joined the Berkeley Hall Club team as director of security.

Bryant joins Berkeley Hall following a lengthy career in law enforcement. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kentucky before joining the Lexington Metro Police Department, where he recently retired with more than 20 years of experience.

His extensive law enforcement experience spans a wide range of responsibilities within the Metro Police Department, most recently serving as a detective assigned to the Forensic Services Unit.

Bryant also has more than 30 years' experience in security management and operations at the Lexington Civic Center Corporation, a large multi-use entertainment, convention, and sports complex.

Prior to joining Berkeley Hall, he served as the captain of operations at Sea Pines.

There he supervised patrol, gate operations, and the dispatch office.

Berkeley Hall Club is located at 366 Good Hope Road in Bluffton. For more information, visit www.BerkeleyHall

  • Bill Winans, owner of Meeting Dynamics, Inc. and Carolina Weddings, has recently started The Carolina Wedding Group Collective under the direction of marketing coordinator Vanessa Leite.

The collective will serve as a resource for couples planning their weddings in the Lowcountry of South Carolina or the Coastal Empire of Georgia.

The Carolina Wedding Group Collective is an expanding conglomerate of vetted wedding professionals.

Many destination and local brides in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire need help in locating wedding vendors that fit their needs, both in style and in pricing.

The Collective fills that need with local event professionals that have extensive experience in the wedding and special event industry.

For more information email or visit

  • Bluffton Police Department officers Jeb Fay and Darius Elkin were recognized at the 12th annual South Carolina DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2016 DUI Challenge Ceremonies held April 11 in Columbia.

Officer Fay received the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Officer of the Year Award for excelling in the area of DUI arrests, DUI victim services, and anti-underage drinking programs in South Carolina in agencies with 26-50 officers.

Officers Fay and Elkin were also recognized and awarded the Gold Hero Lapel pin for making more than 50 DUI arrests each in 2016.

Both Officer Fay and Officer Elkin are assigned to the Bluffton Police Department Traffic Team.

"We are very proud of both officers for their continued didication in their efforts to take impaired driver's off the streets of Bluffton and we are equally proud that these officers were recognized at the state level for their efforts," said Chief Joey Reynolds.

For more information, call 843-706-4542.

Brady Boyd has been executive director of The First Tee of The Lowcountry, the local branch of the national organization dedicated to enhancing the life of young people through the skills and discipline of the game of golf.

In his new role, Boyd will oversee all aspects of the local chapter, both within the organization's new state-of-the-art Gumtree Road facility and through outreach programs at golf courses and schools throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

A native of Ohio, Boyd has spent 25 years in the golf industry, much of it on Hilton Head Island and in the surrounding Lowcountry. Beginning his career at Palmetto Dunes, he also served as a golf professional at Bear Creek before attaining his Class A status from the PGA and spending nine years as head professional at Old South Golf Links.

Twelve years in Tampa followed, with Boyd serving as general manager at the prestigious TPC Tampa Bay. But before long, he found himself drawn back to the Lowcountry.

For more information, visit

  • Group46 recently won a bronze ADDY award for their graphic design work for Second Helpings collateral material. The American Advertising Federation's 2017 ADDY Awards event was held March 30 in Savannah.

The work done by Group46 graphic designer Aaron McCarthy was distinguished as exemplary among its competition in the category of Public Service: Brand Element.

The AAF's ADDY Awards is the advertising industry's most recognized awards, attracting more than 40,000 entries annually.

  • Gregory Dissell has opened Brightway, The Dissel Agency, the first location of Brightway Insurance in South Carolina.

Dissell, who was a top agent at another Brightway agency, brings 10 years of experience and knowledge of the local market to his new role.

He is a expert in homeowners, auto, umbrella and flood insurance. Additional, he has obtained licenses for life, health and annuities.

Brightway, The Dissel Agency is located at 50 Burnt Church Road, Suite 200-C in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-480-9933 or visit

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