Business Briefs

Dorothy Guscio, IOM, events manager of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management professional development program and has received the recognition of IOM.

Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual's completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend the Institute annually.

Guscio is the third Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber associate to graduate from IOM. Chamber president and CEO Bill Miles and vice president of communications Charlie Clark also have IOM certification.

James A. Duffy, M.A. has been appointed alumni and annual giving officer in the advancement department of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Duffy previously served as an instructor of English in the Department of English, Theater and Liberal Studies at USCB.

In his new position, Duffy will support the university's development efforts by planning, conducting and managing the university's programs to seek annual, capital and planned gifts from alumni, parents and friends of the university.

He will assist in developing comprehensive strategies for all aspects of USCB's fundraising programs, including setting annual and long-range goals to support a comprehensive campaign.

Duffy earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, in 1998 and an M.A. in English in 2006 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joined USCB in 2009.

For more information, contact Kerry Jarvis, public information coordinator, at 843-208-8030 or

  • Collins Group Realty was named one of America's most productive sales teams as a part of REAL Trends America's Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends. The Team is now a member of the "America's Best Real Estate Agents," and ranked No. 5 for the state of South Carolina by Volume and No. 8 in the state by number of transactions.

REAL Trends America's Best Real Estate Agents ranks more than 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity.

Lisa Sellers has joined the growing team of real estate professionals at Diamond Realty.

Sellers, a retired nurse with 25 of service, said she intends to provide her real estate clients with the same compassion, empathy, education and professionalism that she used as a nurse.

She moved to Hilton Head from Atlanta four years ago with her husband, Jim, who had served three tours of duty in Iraq over 17 years of service.

For more information, contact Sellers at 843-295-2216 or LisaSellers.

Diamond Realty is a real estate company serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Okatie.

The office is located in Bluffton Village.