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Christopher Corkern, a financial advisor with The Prudential Insurance Company and president of The Corkern Group, has 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 fewer than 1 percent qualify each year for MDRT.

This honor included an invitation to attend the annual conference June 4-7 in Orlando, Fla. Corkern has been named for 13 consecutive years.

His professionalism and dedication to clients has earned him a lifetime membership to the Million Dollar Round Table.

Taylor Brunn has joined Collins Group Realty as office manager of the company's Bluffton real estate office. She will offer comprehensive support to the group's mainland specialists, while also serving as assistant to the company's marketing manager, Ashley Smith.

A Bluffton native, Brunn brings with her four years of real estate and marketing experience and a desire to expand her knowledge of the industry. Taylor studied hospitality and destination marketing at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Collins Group Realty is a leading real estate firm with offices in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton in South Carolina's Lowcountry. For more information, visit

  • Beverly Maloney, senior account executive at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, was recently recognized as one of the top sales professionals in the country by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

Maloney was named No. 7 in the Circle of Champions for the New Membership Sales $500,000-$1.5 million category.

Last year, Maloney won a Diamond Level Lifetime Sales Achievement Award from ACCE for $1.5 million in new member sales during her 21-year career with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit www. membership.

Allen Freeman of CFG Wealth Management LLC in Bluffton has earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) designation through the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. He is the founder of Lowcountry Divorce Planning, LLC in Bluffton.

Individuals with three years of experience in the financial services field, accounting or family law are eligible to enroll in the CDFA course. To earn the CDFA designation, candidates must successfully complete a multi-part, comprehensive exam.

Freeman also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. He has 14 years of experience as a CFP in wealth management, specializing in retirement income planning, long term care funding strategies and legacy planning for clients over age 55.

For more information, call Freeman at 888-255-4147 or email allen@low

Marsha Handy has joined the growing team of real estate professionals at Diamond Realty.

Handy brings 20 years of successful sales, customer service, technology and finance experience from the healthcare and financial industries.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Handy then relocated to Manasquan, N.J. She has owned property on Hilton Head Island for 15 years and has been a full-time resident for five years.

For more information, call Handy at 843-816-6250 or email her at

  • Callawassie Island has been recognized by Ideal-LIVING magazine in its second annual Best of the Best Awards for planned communities.

Last year, Callawassie Island was recognized as one of Ideal-LIVING's Best Island Communities for its exceptional amenities and natural, serene environment. This year, Callawassie was noted as one of the Best Boating Communities and Best Culinary Experiences in the nation.

For more information on Callawassie Island, call 843-987-2125 or visit

  • Brown Golf Management has added Brown Golf Academy to the company.

The full-service academy will offer a variety of adult golf lessons, classes, schools, customized small group clinics, as well as Wee Golf and a Junior Golf Academy.

All classes and lessons will be taught by PGA Golf professionals who are teachers with more than 100 years of combined teaching experienced.

Rod Thompson, who is Plane Truth certified, will serve as director of instruction. Ryan O'Mahoney, lead instructor, also is Plane Truth Certified, as is Robert Powers, senior instructor.

For more information, call Thompson at 703-801-6669 or email Rod, or visit

Heath Prosser and Virginia "Ginger" Orlowski have joined Red the Restaurant and Wine Boutique, formerly known as R&D Wine Boutique.

Prosser, a New Zealand native, is the new executive chef. Prosser earned his Certificate of Cookery from Box Hill College in Australia.

He began his cooking career at age 18 while traveling the world. He has worked in Michigan, Miami, Australia, New Zealand and on Hilton Head Island, where he worked at the Old Fort Pub, then spent 11 years at the Heritage Golf Group before joining the team at Red.

Orlowski will serve as general manager of the restaurant. She has decades of experience in the food and beverage industry. She has worked locally at the Wexford Plantation Clubhouse, Crazy Crab, Jim 'n' Nick's, Berkeley Hall and The Bluffton Room.

The restaurant recently changed ownership. Since new owners, Arturo and Tara Lopez, have taken over the establishment, Red has been completely remodeled with new interior décor and seating, new additions to the staff, and a new menu.

For more information, call 843-837-3747 or visit

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