Brenda McPherson

Brenda McPherson has joined Cross Schools as director of admissions, assuming her new role with the beginning of the second semester in January.

She brings to the position an extensive history of serving Christian Schools in this role; she currently is the director of admissions for Covenant Christian school, a classical Christian school  of 400 students north of Boston. The enrollment of Covenant grew by 50% during her tenure. She has been in that position since 2013.

No stranger to the Lowcountry, McPherson was the director of admissions for Hilton Head Christian Academy for eight years, beginning in 2005.

McPherson will be working with Kate Brown, the current director of admissions, on preparation for re-enrollment, which beings Feb. 1, for the 2022-23 school year.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry (BGCLC) announced recently that its board of directors has unanimously named Jim Wentworth as the next chief executive officer, effective Jan. 17, 2022.

Wentworth grew up in Woburn, Mass., and spent his childhood as a Boys and Girls Club member. He has fond memories of his time in the Keystone Club, participating in the “Wizard of Oz” play and raising money in the 24-hour basketball marathon.

Upon high school graduation he attended Syracuse University on a football scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in retail/marketing.

Wentworth spent his college summers working for local Syracuse businesses and after graduation he joined the Pepsi Cola Allied Beverage Company as a manager trainee. He worked five years with Pepsi before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 1997.

He worked the next 24 years with Sanofi and Cipla, and most recently was the vice president, head of sales, and vice president, head of U.S. Market Access.

Prior to accepting the role, Wentworth and his wife, Michelle, had planned to move fulltime to the Lowcountry and started building a new home a year ago. They are the parents of two children.

As CEO, Wentworth’s responsibilities will include leading the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of organizational operations, financials, programming, brand reputation, talent recruitment, resource development, and stakeholder relationships.

The CEO also serves as the organization’s primary ambassador and lead communicator.

Wentworth, in partnership with his team, will oversee the organization’s clubs.

Jackson Massey

Jackson Massey of RE/MAX Island Realty has earned the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation.

The SRS designation is the premier credential in seller representation and was designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance.

The designation is recognized by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

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Alex Meintel

Alex Meintel, CMT has joined  Dividend Assets Capital, LLC (DAC), an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in Ridgeland. Meintel will serve as portfolio manager with the expanded Private Client Group in the firm.

Meintel’s expertise includes technical and tactical equity research, authoring research reports as well as developing equity selection criteria to assist in generating potential excess return within client portfolios. As portfolio manager, he will be responsible for working directly with DAC’s clients to ensure their financial goals and objectives are being met.

With 10-plus years in the financial services industry, Meintel most recently served as a vice president at Goldman Sachs in the Tactical Research Group. Prior to Goldman, he was a director and research analyst with Renaissance Macro Research, LLC, a boutique macro research firm in New York.

Meintel is a member of the Market Technician’s Association and is a CMT charter-holder. A native of Portland, Maine, he holds a B.A. in government studies from Harvard University, where he played on the men’s ice hockey team and, after graduating, he played professional hockey in Germany.

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• Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie’s, an award-winning gift basket business based on Hilton Head Island, with a mission to help adults with disabilities learn job skills, announced an expansion of fulfillment and warehouse activities with a new partner, Spectra, a fully integrated fulfillment services provider based in North Charleston. Walter Kohn is its CEO and president.

With increasing nationwide order volumes and growth of product offerings, Aunt Laurie’s will expand its operations. The company’s mission will continue its focus to help adults with disabilities learn job skills.

Aunt Laurie’s is a national e-retailer and winner of a 2018 Excellence in Workplace Diversity Finalist from the South Carolina  Chamber; 2017 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year; and 2017 SCORE National Community Impact Business of the Year. 

Wood+Partners Inc., an award-winning regional land planning and landscape architecture firm, recently received an Award of Excellence and The Frederic B. Stresau Award through the Florida American Society of Landscape Architects for their work on the Captain Leonard Destin Park in Destin, Fla.

The Frederic B. Stresau Award is bestowed upon an Award of Excellence winner that best exhibits innovation and design excellence of the profession.

Wood+Partners Inc. is located on Hilton Head Island, and integrates sustainable design practices to create places that enhance quality of life. WPi specializes in providing landscape architectural services for resorts, communities, urban design and downtown redevelopment, parks and recreation, institutions, private residences and retail village projects throughout the Southeast.

Patrick O’Keefe has been named director of tennis at Sea Pines Resort. He replaces Job de Boer who retired in June after 30 years.

O’Keefe previously served as director of tennis at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Va., and as a coach to notable college-bound junior players at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy. He holds a degree in business and marketing from Radford University in Virginia, where he was a four-year varsity athlete, the 2015 Big South Player of the Year, and a two-time All Big South First Team Player.

In his new role, O’Keefe will be responsible for overseeing all tennis operations, including lessons, clinics, tournaments and camps.

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