Business Briefs


Ryan Knapke has joined Collins Group Realty in the position of listings coordinator on the Hilton Head Listings Team.

He will provide complete support and assistance to broker-owner Chip Collins, who acts as the firm's sole seller-client specialist on the Island. Knapke will assist in the processing and marketing of properties listed for sale on Hilton Head.

A native of Hilton Head Island, Knapke attended Clemson University prior to completing his degree at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. He is an avid golfer and enjoys boating with his wife, Katie, whom he married in 2015, and their two dogs, Bogey and Maizy.

Knapke can be reached at 843-341-6300 or

For more information about Collins Group Realty, contact 800-823-7516,, or visit

Mike Ivester and Kristen Brockman have joined the Heritage Classic Foundation to fill newly created sales positions.

Ivester, a resident of Greenville, joins the staff as director of corporate sales. He is responsible for expanding the Foundation's corporate sales across upstate South Carolina.

Most recently, he served as director of corporate business development at The Cliffs, a private gated golf community. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as director of sales at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, one of the premier events on the PGA Tour.

Ivester is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Brockman fills a newly created sales and marketing coordinator position, supporting the sales team and Pro-Am operations, and focusing on the Foundation's inside sales. She joins the Foundation following an internship for the 2016 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

In addition, Brockman interned at the Greenbrier Classic, a PGA Tour event in West Virginia. She most recently was events and operations assistant at the National Soccer Coaches Association. Brockman is a Texas native and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in sports management from Hardin-Simmons University.

For more information, visit

Jan Paxton has joined the team of master stylists at House of Color. She has been in the industry for 45 years and spent 15 of those years owning and operating Images of Hilton Head.

House of Color, located near Belfair in Bluffton, is a Kevin Murphy session salon. For more information, call 843-757-7516.

  • Carolina Heritage Insurance is offering a new college scholarship for Beaufort County students.

A one-time scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually to a Beaufort County resident student to attend an institution of higher learning.

Highlights of eligibility can be found at A printable application form can be found at www.CarolinaHeritage .net/Scholarship.pdf.

Applications must be received no later than March 17, 2017.

Maria Bilotta has joined Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.

Bilotta is a master barber with three years' experience and has studied with some of the best professionals in the industry.

She specializes in classic tapers, gentlemen's cuts, military fades, pompadours, hard parts and conservative fades. For more information, call 843-338-1530.

Margaret S. Day, a Bluffton attorney, has been appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to serve as a commissioner on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission.

The Commission was created by the Supreme Court in recognition of the need to expand access to civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means.

Day's appointment comes after her service as the chair of the South Carolina Bar's Pro Bono Committee last year and her recent appointment by the South Carolina Bar president as the 14th circuit delegate to the state's Pro Bono Board.

Day will work with judges and commissioners from around the state to further access to justice for all citizens in the state.

Day is a solo practitioner of family and probate law in the Law Office of Margaret S. Day in Plantation Business Park. For more information, call 843-836-3714.

Matt Richardson has joined Lowcountry Paver as vice president of sales and business development. In his new role, Richardson will manage paver sales and offer support to clients in Bluffton and Hilton Head and beyond.

He will work with designers, architects, installers, landscapers and builders, as well as clients.

Originally from Newnan, Ga., Richardson most recently served as vice president and branch manager for South State Bank. He has been a resident of Bluffton and Beaufort County for more than 15 years.

Richardson's community involvements include Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, Sea Island Rotary, Crossroads Community Support Group and Family Promise of Beaufort County.

Lowcountry Paver, a manufacturer of pavers, pool coping and retaining wall systems, is located in Hardeeville.

Longtime real estate professional John M. Weber has joined Charter One Realty as an agent. He will be working out of the Berkeley Hall office, 1024 Berkeley Hall Boulevard in Bluffton.

Weber, who has been involved in the real estate industry since 1986, brings extensive knowledge and experience.

He was the broker in charge for Hilton Head Plantation in the early 1990s, and has sold and marketed exclusive private club communities throughout Florida, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean.

Some of the more notable communities where Weber sold and marketed luxury properties were The Greenbrier in W.Va., Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club and Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla., Ritz Carlton's Tiburon and The Vineyards in Naples, Fla., Governor's Club in Chapel Hill, N.C., and many of the Ritz Carlton communities in the Caribbean.

He can be reached at 843-295-2114 or by email at JohnWeber@CharterOne

Toni LaRose-Gerken has joined Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties in the Sun City office. She was formerly with Re/Max Coastal Realty.

LaRose-Gerken was named Sun City's top listing and selling agent in 2015 by MLS. For more information, call 843-384-3574.

  • Two new team members have joined the team of experienced professionals at Diamond Realty & Property Manage-ment, serving Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

Michael Apy is a licensed Realtor with specialized Lowcountry experience since 2008.

He was born and raised in New Canaan, Conn., and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and insurance. He returned to New Canaan to raise his family of four children and owned an independent insurance agency for 30 years.

While living in Connecticut, Apy served on the Town Council for 16 years, was a two-time president of the New Canaan Lions Club, and was an active volunteer in many town activities.

Katie Fletcher has joined the company as an administrative assistant. She will be helping renters and assisting in the daily operations of the office.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to the Lowcountry in the late 1990's. She attended the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Beaufort, and graduated with her B.A. in psychology in 2014.

For more information, visit

Alex Madeiros has joined the Berkeley Hall Club team as director of sales and marketing.

A graduate of the San Diego Golf Academy, Madeiros holds a degree in golf course management and operations. Born in Bermuda, he brings more than 20 years' experience in golf operations and management.

Most recently, Madeiros served as director of golf with Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course, home of the PGA Grand Slam from 2009-2014. He also worked with the Bermuda Tourism Department where he played a major role in advanc-ing Bermuda as a golfing destination.

Berkeley Hall Club is located at 366 Good Hope Rd. in Bluffton. For more information, visit www.BerkeleyHall

Vita Canizaro joined the The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa as its newest sales manager.

Recently transferring from The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Canizaro started her hospitality career as a corporate meeting planner in Baton Rouge and Dallas, then made the transition into the hotel industry as group sales manager and meeting and event manager.

She has worked at several locations in the South, including Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala., Marriott Bay Point in Panama City, Fla., and Emerald Grande in Destin, Fla.

Canizaro was awarded Starwood Meeting and Event Manager of the Year for Hawaii in 2015.

For more information, call 843-681-4000 or visit

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