Category: SPOTLIGHT

Bethesda Hires Veteran Educator with State, National Credentials to Direct Admissions

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.

Tia Adkins of Bethesda Academy

Tia Adkins of Bethesda Academy

“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.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

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Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Welcome New Patient Coordinator, Sandy Virgin

Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Welcome New Patient Coordinator, Sandy Virgin

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon are pleased to welcome Sandy Virgin to the general dentistry practices.

Sandy Virgin

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/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Local Jaguar Land Rover Columbia Wins Regional Land Rover North America’s TReK Off-Road Driving Competition

Local Jaguar Land Rover Columbia Wins Regional Land Rover North America’s TReK Off-Road Driving Competition

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Jaguar Land Rover Columbia took first place in the regional competition of the Land Rover TReK 2020, Land Rover North America’s off-road driving skills competition.Represented by Dustin Nielsen, Jeffery Thomas and Matt Wheeler, Jaguar Land Rover Columbia competed against 52 teams in six waves, with 10 in their wave. Their team will now go on to compete against five other regional teams in California in January.

Jaguar Land Rover Columbia TReK Team

Jaguar Land Rover Columbia TReK Team

Land Rover TReK 2020 is a two-day competition, comprised of a regional event and final event, for Land Rover retailer staff designed to educate and challenge sales, service and technician personnel with a variety of first-hand off-road experiences and challenges. The competition combines skills testing in off-road driving, navigation and team collaboration to test some of the best off-road driving experts across the U.S. and Canada.

“The TReK off-road competition began in 1996 as a team-building event for Land Rover North America employees and we are honored and excited to be participating in the official relaunch of the event after over a decade of waiting,” said John Guth, General Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Columbia. “Our three-person team showcases our greatest talent and is a true representation of our entire staff. We are so excited to be moving on to the final competition.”

Pictured Left to Right Matt Wheeler (Encore Specialist), Jeff Thomas (Jaguar Land Rover Level 3 Tech), Dustin Nielson (Jaguar Land Rover Shop Foreman)

Pictured Left to Right Matt Wheeler (Encore Specialist), Jeff Thomas (Jaguar Land Rover Level 3 Tech), Dustin Nielson (Jaguar Land Rover Shop Foreman)

The competition is being held this year during the launch of the highly anticipated New Land Rover Defender. The previous generation model of the Defender ceased global production in 2016 and has been absent from the U.S. market for more than 20 years; last being offered for the 1997 model year.

For more information about Land Rover TReK or the New Defender, visit LandRoverUSA.com.

For more information about Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, visit https://www.jaguarcolumbia.com/ or https://www.landrovercolumbia.com/.

 

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/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

Horizons Savannah Hosts its Seventh Annual Grab a Bag for Kids Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannah announces its seventh annual charity luncheon and purse auction, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at The Plantation Club at the Landings.

The auction will include gently-used, vintage and new designer handbags, bags from local designers, and special new silent auction packages that include trips, tickets to events and other local and regional items. Pop-up shops from vendors Kendra Scott, J. Parker Ltd. and Charleston Shoe Company will also be at the event, with a portion of all sales donated back to Horizons.

The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and a live auction to follow at noon. Guest speaker Lorna Smith, Horizons National CEO, will share more about Horizons’ national effort to close the opportunity gap for low-income students. Tickets are $40 apiece or $350 to reserve a table of ten.

“This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for guests and supporters to shop for unique items, enjoy the good company of friends and learn more about our work—all while giving back in a big way,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah executive director, “This is a great way to get together with friends over lunch and be a part of something positive in our community.”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The levels include $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Horizons is still accepting donations of new and lightly used designer handbags, as well as gift cards or other experiences for the silent auction.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, or to learn more about sponsorships and donations, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.org or call 912-961-8854.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
Horizons Savannah
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org
info@horizonssavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Betsy Portune Joins Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as Business Manager

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.

Betsy Portune, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Betsy Portune, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

“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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Provides Day of Service and Donation to Union Mission

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Provides Day of Service and Donation to Union Mission

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presented a $1,000 donation to Union Mission as part of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series.

Following the presentation, 15 volunteer representatives from Enmarket and Healthy Savannah remained onsite to repaint walls at Union Mission’s Ben and Bettye Barnes Center, 1407 Atlantic Avenue. The center provides permanent supportive housing for up to 16 single women living with disabilities. Program tenants are supported by such services as case management and community resource referrals.

“Our employees are always eager to give back to the community, and these volunteer days, which are new to the Encourage Health Series, have proven to be successful on all sides,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We appreciate the opportunity to learn about this organization and its mission. From this experience, our hope is that our team members will want to get even more involved.”

Union Mission tackles the major issue of homelessness in our area in a number of different ways, including operating an emergency shelter, providing permanent supportive housing, and addressing root causes of homelessness with specialized services in mental health counseling and employment training programs.

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, sponsored by Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.

Left to right: Nichele Hoskins of Healthy Savannah, Patricia Youngquist of Union Mission, Marian Moody of Enmarket, Jackie Coleman of Enmarket, Melody McCarthy of Enmarket, Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah, Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket, Pete Keller of Enmarket, Emily Bressler of Union Mission

Left to right: Nichele Hoskins of Healthy Savannah, Patricia Youngquist of Union Mission, Marian Moody of Enmarket, Jackie Coleman of Enmarket, Melody McCarthy of Enmarket, Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah, Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket, Pete Keller of Enmarket, Emily Bressler of Union Mission

Melody McCarthy of Enmarket

Melody McCarthy of Enmarket

Left to right: Marian Moody of Enmarket, Nichele Hoskins of Healthy Savannah, Jackie Coleman of Enmarket

Left to right: Marian Moody of Enmarket, Nichele Hoskins of Healthy Savannah, Jackie Coleman of Enmarket

Left to right: Pete Keller of Enmarket, Robert Creaseman of Enmarket, Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Left to right: Pete Keller of Enmarket, Robert Creaseman of Enmarket, Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Left to right: Robert Moore of Enmarket, Michael Sopko of Enmarket, Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah

Left to right: Robert Moore of Enmarket, Michael Sopko of Enmarket, Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah

ABOUT ENMARKET: Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Clements Vice President of Marketing Enmarket MClements@enmarket.com

Amanda Stewart Named General Manager at Porsche of Hilton Head

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.

Amanda Stewart General Manager Porsche of Hilton Head

Amanda Stewart General Manager Porsche of Hilton Head

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.”

Porsche of Hilton Head, one of 12 automotive dealerships within Peacock Automotive, sells and services new Porsche vehicles, as well as premium luxury pre-owned vehicles.

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/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch 
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Mobile: (912)-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com