The Benton House of Bluffton was recently awarded a 2022 Pinnacle Quality Insight Customer Experience Award.

Benton House is a senior living community located in Bluffton, offering assisted living and memory care.

Pinnacle, a customer satisfaction measurement firm specializing in healthcare, conducts more than 150,000 phone surveys each year and awards communities that score in the top 15% of their more than 2,700 care providers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Over the course of 2021, a regular sampling of Benton House residents and families participated in monthly telephone interviews that included open-ended questions, as well the opportunity to rate Benton House in specific categories.

For more information call the community at 843-757-3111.

Jana Wheeler, DNP, APRN, CHSE, is a finalist for the 2022 Simulation Star of the Year Award, which recognizes the nation’s most influential and impactful nurse educators. The award is presented by Sentinel U, a provider of web-based simulation education technology for nursing schools, hospitals and healthcare professionals. Simulations expose students to real-world scenarios to develop clinical judgement and critical thinking.

Wheeler is simulation lab coordinator and assistant professor of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). She is currently writing a simulation textbook and developed and co-teaches a course with USCB’s theater department to promote simulation and train actors to portray patients.

To learn more about the Sentinel U Simulation Star Award program visit

Christopher L. Tassone is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC).

The accreditation makes Tassone the only Certified Financial Planner professional  in the Lowcountry to also have earned the AEP designation.

Tassone is with the Principal Financial Group, located at 200 Main St., Suite 101H, Hilton Head Island. He is insurance licensed for life, health, disability income insurances, and annuities in the state of South Carolina, and currently holds FINRA Series 7, 66, and 24 registrations.

Tassone has also earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The AEP designation is a graduate level, multi-disciplinary specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning.

Brian C. Kiel has joined Carr Legal Group as an Associate Attorney at Law.  Kiel will be based in Carr Legal Group’s Beaufort office, and his practice will focus on personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and general civil litigation matters.

Born and raised just south of Atlanta, Kiel obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University and began his path to a legal career after college when he served in law enforcement for more than a decade.

In 2014, Kiel attended Charleston School of Law where he served as president of the Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) program and competed in multiple national competitions, winning several best advocate awards. After law school, Kiel clerked for the Honorable Edgar W. Dickson in the 1st Judicial Circuit, and thereafter he served as a public defender and assistant solicitor.

Carr Legal Group has offices in Beaufort and on Hilton Head Island. For more information, visit

• The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented Minto Communities USA with nine awards at the 2022 International Builders Show (IBS) held in Orlando, Fla., in February.

Among the awards, Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head received a Gold Award for Best Community Lifestyle Program.

The awards included recognition by NAHB’s 55-plus Housing Industry Council and the National Sales and Marketing Council for Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville communities.