August 2020

Editor's Note: August 2020

Author: Maggie Washo

Hunter and Maggie couldn’t resist a photo op in front of the Station 7 fire engine on Hilton Head Island.

Let’s hear it for the boys…
… and by boys I mean MEN. This issue is dedicated to the gentlemen who grace these pages. The guys who get up every morning and go to work, take care of their families, donate what little spare time they have to our community and make our lives a little better.

Our second Men in Business section is almost 30 pages, and Hunter and I had a memorable month meeting all of these hard-working, dedicated entrepreneurs. As I read through each of their profiles, I nodded in agreement at quite a few of their statements concerning business success and learned a few things in the process. One of the things we asked the men to share was their personal life mottos. Although it’s so simple and obvious, Larry Baker’s answer just sort of struck a chord with me. “Never take criticism from someone you don’t respect.” He also shared some thoughts about persistence and how sometimes “no” means “just not right now.” Read his profile on page 56.

John Kautter, owner of a marketing & web design company in Bluffton had some insight on standing apart with this statement: “Marketing isn’t anything new. It’s the processes that make us different. Don’t focus on being better than the competition; focus on being different.” There’s only one YOU, so make it work to your advantage in every way possible. Check out his profile on page 84.

We also decided, since August is the hottest month of the year and we live in the deep South, that we would just go with it and feature some other hot things. Like hot yoga. Hot sauce (because everything is better with the hot sauce). Firefighters. Because fire is hot. ;-)

In a salute to one of the last places men can be men, Barry Kaufman writes one hell of an article about how local barbershops are making a comeback (see page 45). He also drinks $500 worth of bourbon in one evening at the Old Town Bluffton Inn as he spends some time with the Bluffton Bourbon Club. Can’t wait for that expense report to come rolling in.

There’s just so much to love about this issue. Be sure to check out our features on Hilton Head Island’s Town Manager Steve Riley as he prepares to say farewell, along with features on Bill Herbkersman, La Isla’s Eric Esquivel, and two men whose business is sports: trainer AJ Staley and former pro baseball player Shane Monahan.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we loved putting it all together.

Until next month my friends … love & pixie dust.

Maggie Washo

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