Amy Covington

• Financial advisor Amy Covington, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Hilton Head Island, has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist (SM).

Covington successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist, or AAMS, professional education program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam, and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the AAMS designation.

This advanced training offers investment professionals the hands-on information needed to provide comprehensive financial services. Study topics include understanding the asset management process and understanding asset allocation and strategies.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.2 trillion in client assets under care.

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Cross Schools of Bluffton was presented the prestigious W. Keller Kissam School of Honor Award by the South Carolina Independent School Association. 

The award was presented to Peter Laugen, head of school, at the association’s annual Fall Heads’ Conference virtual meeting in November.     

The award was established to recognize member schools that have demonstrated extraordinary academic service to their school community and our association as a whole. Dr. Spencer A. Jordan, executive director, said that Cross Schools was being recognized for the school’s cutting edge interactive academic programs and the school’s commitment to STEM education initiatives. 

Additionally, Cross Schools was recognized for its overall commitment to parental involvement and community-centered outreach education. For these reasons and many others, Cross Schools exemplifies honor in all they do.

David La Pour, a golf professional at Colleton River Club, has been named a 2020 Top 50 Golf Coach by the golf player development program Operation 36.

The Operation 36 Top 50 Golf Coach list is the only one of its kind that uses quantitative measures to determine who is making the biggest impact on golf through their program.

Golf coaches are evaluated by their use of formal golf matches throughout the year, application of the Operation 36 curriculum, assessing golfers’ progress throughout the season, and the use of online social tools to encourage more practice and play.

La Pour said he is “not a method teacher, but use more of a holistic approach to help students enjoy this great game of golf.”

Colleton River Club has been honored with the Platinum Clubs of America Recognition for 2021-2022. This distinction is given to only 150 Country Clubs across the country each year. 

Platinum status has been the most revered recognition in the private club industry since the franchise was established in 1997 by John R. Sibbald.

“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our devoted members and hardworking staff,” said Tim Bakels, general manager and chief operating officer. “During such an unprecedented year, our team has stepped up to make the Colleton River experience a perfect fit for every family. It is because of this that we are honored to accept such a reputable honor alongside the best golf clubs in the country.”

Moss Creek Golf Club has been recognized in the December 2020 issue of Club + Resort Business as a top innovator. The club was noted for introducing meal kits, a “Home Cooking with Lenny” video series, and a “Sunday Sauce Menu.”

As at many clubs, the culinary and food-and-beverage teams at Moss Creek Golf Club quickly hurdled the dining restrictions imposed by the pandemic by responding with innovative and enticing to-go menus and other marketplace services.

Moss Creek’s Executive Chef Lenny Giarratano developed a special following for his meal kits, a “Home Cooking with Lenny” video series, and especially his “Sunday Sauce Menu.” Moss Creek members were also able to order and pick-up groceries from the newly developed Marketplace menu, which provided a convenient way to grocery shop without leaving the community.

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Abby White

Abby White has been promoted to community manager of the Bluestone Apartments in Bluffton.

Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), a Baltimore-based real estate investment and management company, announced the promotion recently. The Bluestone Apartments is a 360-unit multifamily community.

White, who has worked for CRC since 2016, was formerly the community manager of The Flats at Ballantyne Apartments in Charlotte, N.C. 

White will lead and direct leasing and property management operations for the multifamily community located at 4921 Bluffton Parkway. Her role will include planning and implementing marketing programs that attract prospects to The Bluestone Apartments; and creating an environment that retains existing residents.

White will also oversee activities of all on-site team members and work with asset management professionals to maintain the property’s peak operating performance.  Additionally, White will engage with the local community to establish and strengthen relationships for the property.

White earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Towson University and a Certified Apartment Manager designation from the National Apartment Association.

While in North Carolina, she was involved with the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association and served on its Government Affairs Committee.   

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