Business Briefs


Wrapping up a 50-plus-year career in radio broadcasting, Mike Buxser has retired from the Lowcountry Radio Group, owners of WLHH-104.9 The Surf, WVSC-SC 103, WOEZ-Easy 93.7, and WVSC HD 2/106.5/99.1-Pure Oldies.

Buxser was hired by former owner, Apex Broadcasting, as general manager of the stations in April 2015. The current owners purchased the stations in September 2017.

Buxser has a long history of radio broadcasting in the Lowcountry. He was formerly vice president and COO for the Adventure Radio Group from 1991 thru 2004. He also managed stations in Charleston and Huntington, W.Va.; Charlotte and Statesville, N.C.; and Wilmington, Dela.

He started his radio career as an announcer in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1968. Buxser is a member of the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Buxser and his wife, Carol, are longtime residents of Palmetto Hall on Hilton Head Island.

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Bruce Trimbur and Gerald Helbig have recently joined the LED Lowcountry team's business development and sales team.

Trimbur is the new director of business development. He brings a wealth of experience to the lighting retro-efficiency market. Trimbur's emphasis will be in the digital fixture marketplace with a focus on commercial, retail and hospitality lighting design, controls and implementation.

His understanding of lighting technology will help facilitate the lighting industry shift to fixtures as a gateway to data stream, controls and the collection of information. His emphasis is to provide strategic solutions and realistic implementation methods for customers in the evolving digital fixture market.

Trimbur, an industrial engineer, holds lighting industry LC and LEED AP designations and is a long-term member of the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Helbig is LED Lowcountry's new sales associate. Previously, he owned and operated a Massachusetts-based turnkey lighting services company called Enercon for 24 years.

Helbig has experience providing lighting consulting services for major retailers and utility efficiency programs. Other experience includes serving as area manager for Alcoa, responsible for training and managing lighting sales teams.

He began his lighting career as a sales representative for GTE Sylvania, achieving Hall of Fame status. As a sales associate with LED Lowcountry, Helbig uses his extensive experience to continue providing both turnkey lighting and consulting services for industrial-commercial customers.

LED Lowcountry in Bluffton specializes in energy-efficient lighting installs and retrofits for commercial and industrial facilities throughout coastal South Carolina and Georgia. For more information, visit

  • Four agents have joined Century 21 Diamond Realty.

Dacia Allen, a resident of Hilton Head Island, has joined the firm as a Realtor. She also has been licensed with Burgan Real Estate in Canfield, Ohio, since 2015.

A former special education teacher for 23 years in the South Range School District in Canfield, she has won several sales awards in her new career. Allen was named a Distinguished Agent in 2016 and 2017, was named to the Presidents Sales Club, Rookie Year in 2017, and was a Million Dollar Producer in 2017, having sold $4 million in real estate.

Allen can be reached at 234-575-1020 or, or visit

Joseph O'Rourke V also has joined the company as a Realtor.

A resident of Bluffton for three years, O'Rourke moved to the area from the Syracuse, N.Y., area. He earned his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Previous experience includes sales and negotiations with a lumber yard, where he oversaw various minor construction projects for commercial, residential and rental properties. O'Rourke also has experience in commercial, residential and rental property management.

He currently is training to become an advanced commercial agent with Century 21 Diamond Realty.

O'Rourke can be reached at 315-225-7416 or

Jim Lowell also has joined the company as a Realtor.

A resident of Moss Creek for two years, Lowell moved to the Lowcountry from the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Thomas Moore College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

Lowell has more than 10 years' experience in real estate in Ohio. Prior to that, he was vice president of sales at Jaguar Land Rover in Cincinnati, with extensive experience in customer service, sales, marketing, pricing and negotiating.

Lowell can be reached at 843-422-1332 or

Jim Young, ABR, GRI has signed on with Century 21 Diamond Realty as a broker-realtor.

Young moved from Delaware and has lived in Okatie for more than nine years. He has 29 years in the real estate business as a Realtor, broker and broker-owner.

He can be reached at 843-295-0120 or, or visit

  • Peacock Automotive, based in Greater Bluffton, has announced it is expanding in Columbia with the purchase of Jim Hudson Hyundai and Genesis at 310 Greystone Blvd.

The acquisition of the Columbia properties will add 30 jobs to the group, which employs more than 700 people.

With this acquisition, the company adds more than six acres and 33,000 square feet of facilities to its footprint of 24 automotive dealerships in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

The company also owns Jaguar Land Rover Columbia.

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