Pure Barre of Bluffton is under new ownership. Annamaria Gould is the new owner of the fitness studio in Belfair Towne Center in Bluffton.

Pure Barre offers a full-body workout inspired by the barre technique. The method focuses on small, isometric movements that create a high intensity, low impact workout.

Gould has previously worked as an instructor and front-desk staff.

For more information, call 843-815-6015, email bluffton@purebarre.com or visit purebarre.com/sc-bluffton.

Valerie Shreckengost and Rick Shreckegost have joined Real Estate Five of the Low Country.

Valerie’s experience includes a career with Delphi Packard and Electric in quality control and administration. She also worked in residential and commercial maintenance and cleaning, and has helped sellers and agents getting homes ready for showings.

Valerie may be contacted at 843-540 3829 or valerie@realestatefive.com.

Rick’s experience includes a career with General Motors, serving in the military, automobile sales, and home remodeling. Over the past few years, he has performed house repairs required by home inspections.

Rick may be contacted at 843-540-2944 or rick@realestatefive.com.

Carolyn Kraus and Larry Stoller are brokers with Real Estate Five of the Low Country. For more information, visit realestatefive.com.

• The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Pinnacle Plastic Surgery will host an evening of networking from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 12 at Pinnacle, 7 Mallett Way Bluffton.

The event will offer a variety of refreshments, a giveaway door prize, and a brief presentation by Dr. Audrey Klenke, the only female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, along with a tour of the branch location.

Dr. Klenke and her staff will share their strategy and mindset driving the mission behind their methods and practices. Guests will also have the chance to meet the skilled dermatology providers, medical aestheticians and certified permanent make-up artists.

The event is free for members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber, and $10 for non-members, which includes two drink tickets.


Brandon Brown and Travers Davis have joined Hilton Head Insurance and Brokerage.

Brown moved to Hilton Head in the summer of 2018 with his wife, Christie. He grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010.

Previously, he worked for State Farm in Georgia and Protective Life Insurance in Alabama. He is a member of the Bluffton Chamber of Young Professional’s leadership team, as well as an ambassador for the Home Builders Association.

Davis is a Lowcountry native. He graduated from Hilton Head Christian Academy and attended the College of Charleston, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Throughout his time in college, Davis was a part of his family’s local outdoor recreation retail store. Upon college graduation, he went directly into the insurance business as a provider of outdoor recreation insurance nationally, in addition to providing insurance products locally.

He has been in the insurance business through internships and as a licensed agent for 10 years.

Hilton Head Insurance & Brokerage is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J-13. For more information, call 843-252-0840.

Joan E. Diamond has earned the credential of Certified Luxury Home Specialist and has been awarded Million Dollar Guild recognition from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

The designation is a mark of distinction for real estate professionals who have a proven performance in the upper tier of their community. It is based on outstanding performance in the million-dollar-plus luxury home market.

In addition, Diamond has earned the official designation from the National Association of Realtors as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and has received the Realtor Service Award for seven consecutive year from the Hilton Head Association of Realtors.

In 1973, Joan and Bob Diamond came to Hilton Head Island as resort guests and were inspired by its beautiful beaches, live oaks, bike trails, tennis and golf facilities and the friendly charm of the Lowcountry. They returned every year with their six children and, in 2006, made Sea Pines their permanent residence. They watched the island grow and know it well.

Diamond, who represents Century21 Diamond Realty, has sold properties on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton since 2010. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the local market and a unique perspective and understanding of the luxury market in the Lowcountry.

For more information, visit joanediamond.com or call 843-706-2162.

Brooke Messenger has joined the practice of Wiseman Law Firm, LLC as a paralegal.

Messenger has more than 12 years of experience in the field of real estate.

Originally from Boca Raton, Fla., she now lives in the Lowcountry with her husband, Dustin. They have a daughter and a son.

Wiseman law Firm is located at 62 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-341-3397.