Skylar Lanier Joins Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketing as Public Relations Specialist
(SAVANNAH, GA) Skylar Lanier has returned from graduate school in Scotland to her hometown of Savannah to accept the position of Public Relations Specialist with the collaborative companies Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.
Lanier will coordinate communications, media and print collateral to build strong relationships between local businesses, nonprofits and the community.
“I had the privilege of working with these firms as an intern before I completed my undergraduate degrees, so this homecoming has been twofold for me,” Lanier said. “I am looking forward to rediscovering Savannah through the exciting lens of this career.”
Lanier will be working with public relations and marketing veterans Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing and Marjorie Young of Carriage Trade Public Relations®, along with junior partner Cynthia Cradduck and a team of writers, photographers, videographers and marketing and public relations coordinators. The two companies conjoin to serve a diverse clientele across the Southeast.
“We were impressed with Skylar’s talents during her internship and are thrilled that she has matured into a full-time role with us,” said Turner. “Her addition has been a reinforcement of the strong work ethic and positivity we always strive to embody as a team.”
Lanier earned bachelor’s degrees in public relations and English from the University of Georgia, where she was enrolled in the Honors Program and graduated summa cum laude. She minored in Spanish and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, as well as in Oxford, England, during her time at UGA. Lanier went on to earn a master’s degree in contemporary literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she was an editor for the FORUM Postgraduate Journal and a member of the finance and investment club.
In addition to undergraduate internships with The Georgia Review and South Magazine, Lanier was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She also served as Public Relations Chair and Head Mentor with the Thomas Lay After-School Program, where she was responsible for coordinating mentors, running a kids’ cooking club and raising awareness among UGA students to maintain a steady base of volunteers.
During her free time, Skylar enjoys reading, practicing Zumba, taking long walks on the beach and blogging about cooking.
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO MARKETING, LLC
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com
Lowcountry Commercial Construction Firm, Dewitt Tilton Group, Welcomes New Superintendent Aaron Cradduck
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group is pleased to announce that Aaron Cradduck has joined the commercial construction company as a superintendent. Cradduck will be responsible for managing vendors and resources to ensure quality construction and timely builds that meet clients’ commercial construction needs.
“We are extremely pleased that Aaron has joined our team,” said Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “He has a tremendous amount of talent and brings a toolbox of construction management skills with him. He will be a great asset to our business.”
Cradduck was most recently employed as chief of operations for a home repair and remediation company in Pooler, Ga. He studied economics at Clemson University.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Dewitt Tilton Group,” said Cradduck. “The company has a reputation of high integrity, quality and innovation in the commercial construction industry, all of which I am excited to now be a part of.”
A native of Lake Leelanau, Mich., Cradduck enjoys woodworking in his spare time. He is married to Cynthia Cradduck of Savannah, and they are expecting their first child in December.
ABOUT DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Bethesda Hires Veteran Educator with State, National Credentials to Direct Admissions
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy has hired a director of admissions who is a veteran teacher with state and national credentials and nearly two decades in the classroom.
Tia Adkins joins the staff at the private college-preparatory day and boarding school for young men in grades six through 12.
“Ms. Adkins brings a wealth of experience to this position, and we are delighted that experience ranges from classroom teaching to statewide remediation to work with national curriculum publishers,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Her leadership will be invaluable to the students we serve.”
Her education career began in Gadsden and Pooler elementary schools, where she became a finalist for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools’ teacher of the year and was named the 2006 Grammy Foundation Character Through the Arts national teacher of the year. She also served as the local school district’s literary specialist for two years.
At the state level, Adkins worked on a literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, she led teams of teachers at struggling schools who were working to find innovative ways to teach in challenging situations. As a mentor to other teachers, she taught how to implement Common Core curriculum elements and other strategies and worked often with low-achieving schools in remediation efforts.
She also spent six years with Scholastic Achievement Partners, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as a manager of professional learning. Plus, she has worked as an independent contractor writing content for a new pre-kindergarten curriculum and is the author of the forthcoming book “Setting the Standards for Centers.”
Adkins earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Armstrong State College and has a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in Boston.
“It’s exciting to open a new chapter in my education career, working with older, college-bound students,” Adkins said. “Bethesda Academy fills a unique niche in Savannah education, and I’m proud to be a part of an education program with centuries of experience in serving youth.”
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Welcome New Patient Coordinator, Sandy Virgin
Her duties as patient coordinator will entail greeting visitors and patients, answering the telephone, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient files, and submitting and processing insurance claims and payments.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sandy to the practice,” said Angela Canfield, owner of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs. “She is genuinely enthusiastic about the well-being of our patients and will be a great asset to our team.”
Virgin’s previous experience includes serving as an operations expert for a mental health agency and as a patient coordinator for a large nonprofit dental agency. She attended Rockhurst University, where she studied business and office management.
“I am excited to work for a dentist who is always giving back to her community,” said Virgin. “Not only is this a supportive environment for both patients and staff, but the work we do and the projects we undertake are engaging and gratifying.”
Outside of her work duties, the Rumford, Maine, native enjoys going to the beach, hiking through wildlife preserves and reading. She is married and has two children.
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
Betsy Portune Joins Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as Business Manager
(SAVANNAH, GA) Betsy Portune has joined Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as business manager. Her duties at Roto-Rooter will include maintaining company policies and procedures, handling employee relations, assisting with recruitment and overseeing daily reconciliations and banking.
“I’m excited to welcome Betsy Portune to our team here at Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah,” said Sherry Daniel, owner of the local franchise. “Her experience in the hospitality industry shows that she is customer-service oriented, so I know she will fit in well with our organization.”
Portune, a graduate of Savannah’s Alfred E. Beach High School, logged more than 20 years in the hotel and restaurant industry, working with Marriott and IHG (Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites). She has been recognized as regional general manager of the year and was honored with Marriott Market Share Excellence, Marriott Service Award and IHG Sales Solution Selling Certification.
Her hobbies include fishing, boating, biking and knitting, as well as spending time with her fiancé, three daughters and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.
ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html
Amanda Stewart Named General Manager at Porsche of Hilton Head
(BLUFFTON, S.C.) Amanda Stewart, a veteran employee of the Peacock Automotive family of companies, has been named general manager of Porsche of Hilton Head. As general manager, Stewart will manage the new and used inventory, appraise trades, ensure service and parts departments are operating efficiently and take responsibility for customer experience.
Within the Peacock organization, Stewart has been both manager and director of the Business Development Center as well as a sales manager and general sales manager.
“My career at Peacock Automotive has been incredibly rewarding. I started with the company 10 years ago, and have received a tremendous amount of support from my supervisors and colleagues, providing me with endless opportunities to train and grow within the organization,” Stewart said. “I have a strong passion for excellent customer service. Coupling that with my passion for the Porsche brand has made this job a perfect fit.”
Stewart holds a master’s degree from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association Academy, where she served as class president.
Her hobbies are bodybuilding, reading and family time with husband Doug, daughter Libby, 6, and son Parker, 4.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology
(BEAUFORT, SC) Nurse practitioner Jo Ann Cullen has joined the staff of Beaufort Dermatology, 1096 Ribaut Road, which recently opened under new ownership after its purchase by the Pinnacle Medical Group.
“Jo Ann is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “We know that she will be an asset in helping us continue to deliver excellent service to the people of Beaufort and the Lowcountry.”
Cullen is a Florida native who grew up showing horses competitively. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Florida State University and a Master of Science in family health nursing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Cullen began her clinical experience as a cardiac nurse in 2001 and later moved into the operating room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She became the Clinical Educator for perioperative services at Moffitt while she was working on her master’s degree and later served as the Clinical Specialist for perioperative services. In 2011, she helped launch a new dermatology practice in south Florida.
“I’m excited to be part of developing Beaufort Dermatology into the leading dermatology practice in the Lowcountry,” Cullen said. “This area is just what I was looking for in a home, and it’s great to be getting back to the coast.”
Cullen and her husband Joe, along with their Pug, Peanut, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.