Hilton Head chamber announces leadership grads

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program recently held its graduation ceremony at Bear Creek Golf Club, honoring business professionals who completed the yearlong program.

The program focuses on the culture, history, environment, economics and civics of southern Beaufort County. The event's keynote speaker, Thomas Barnwell Jr., was chosen as the 2011 honorary graduate in recognition of his community contributions, the chamber announced.

As its project, the class created the Calhoun Street Promenade gathering place, which features paths, benches and perennial gardens surrounding a fire pit. A sign tells the history of old town Bluffton.

The class members are: Jim Hess, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Denise Hatcher, Main Street Inn & Spa; Thomas Curry, Lowcountry Paver; Chris Scheriff, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; Jan Gourley, Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry; Diana Bourgeois, Magic Marketing USA/Networking in High Heels; Rob Kerdasha, Premiere Coastal Insurance Group of Bluffton; Shannon Stephens, Carolina First Bank; Tamara Bream, Equity Payment Inc.; Duncan Teed, Novit Scarminach P.A.; Al Bischoff, Professional Consulting Group; Alisa Caruso, Law Offices of Catherine West Olivetti; Ronnie Godshalk, University South Carolina Beaufort; Joe Buckingham, Mission Resources Group LLC.