Get to know these crazy Daufuskie folks.
Owner and Chief Executive Officer Brian J. McCarthy grew up working in his late father’s small flower shop in Dunmore, PA. After working full time through high school and Bucknell University, he worked full time for McCarthy Flowers and Martin’s Flowers in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His ambition and work ethic allowed him to purchase seven flower shops of his own by age 23, in locations from Wilkes-Barre to Lock Haven, PA. At the same time, Brian began a new wholesale flower company servicing over 60 flower shops in Pennsylvania and New York State.
At the age of 25, Brian purchased a bankrupt taxi company in Williamsport, PA for no more than the cost of the new taxicabs. The core business increased over 40% when the name ‘McCarthy Flowered Cabs’ was given to the once-failing business. Within two years, McCarthy’s was tapped to take over the bankrupt York PA Cab Company, which it also renamed. Three more cab companies eventually joined McCarthy Flowered Cabs – two in Scranton, and one in Lock Haven, PA. McCarthy Flowered Cabs were recently featured in the hit TV series 'The Office' on NBC. In 1985, he purchased his original family flower shop in Dunmore and opened others in Scranton and Clarks Summit. He also acquired three more flower shops in Virginia, forming 'The McCarthy Group', and opened up a ski shop in northeastern PA.
Shortly thereafter, Brian purchased two radio stations in Williamsport, PA as well as some commercial rental buildings, including one that houses a 'Dunkin Donuts'. In the 1990's, Brian McCarthy started a real estate company on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina with the purchase of 64 acres on the island, which is located just one nautical mile from Hilton Head. In 2001, the McCarthy Group purchased an additional 15 flower shops with locations in Nevada, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Brian also purchased a manufacturing company, which produced random case sealers for many Fortune 500 companies at this time.
In 2008, The McCarthy Group acquired Piccolo's Florist and Gifts – the largest florist in the state of Nebraska. The Omaha operation is home to two stores and is the official florist of the First National Bank of Omaha. Within the last two years, The McCarthy Group acquired four Amling’s Flowers locations in Chicago, one of the largest florists in that area as well as one of the oldest floral companies in the country.
In September 2010, Steve's Flowers of Indianapolis, Indiana joined the McCarthy Group. In October of the same year, Brian took The McCarthy Group into its ninth state by purchasing the floral giant, Lehrer's Flowers in Denver, CO. The acquisition of Martina's Flowers in Augusta meant that The McCarthy Group had a presence in Georgia for the first time. New York was added to the McCarthy map in the Summer of 2011, with the addition of the historic James Cress Florist, incorporating two branches, one in Smithtown and one in Port Jefferson Station. In the Fall, the group acquired three branches of Norton's Florist of Birmingham, Alabama became part of the family. Most recently. the group purchased Chalifours Flowers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Brian was quoted in the May 2010 issue of Forbes Magazine for his input on indicators of economic recovery as seen in small business. He has additionally been quoted in Florist’s Review Magazine several times. In October 2010, Brian was a keynote speaker at Teleflora's national headquarters in Oklahoma City, speaking to an invited audience of 200. He is now respected as one of the nation's most successful floral retailers.
Mr. McCarthy is also the owner of Bloody Point Golf & Resort on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina; home to The Eagle's Nest Restaurant. Today, Brian lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Erin. He has two children – Kevin, a graduate at the University of Georgia and Owner and C.O.O. of Bloody Point, and Meghan, a social media influencer and actress.
Owner and Chief Operating Officer Kevin R. McCarthy was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From an early age, he showed an interest in business and worked in his parents' flower shops. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 1999, and continued to play golf while taking a greater interest in his family's company, the McCarthy Group (mccarthygroupflorists.com).
In 2003, his enthusiasm for business won him a spot on the FTD float in the 114th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Consumer Economics and a focus in real estate and property management.
Kevin has been involved in several startup companies and has a passion for helping develop businesses that stand the test of time. He has a strong commitment to the success of Daufuskie Island, a destination he has been visiting for over 25 years. He and his wife, Julianna, were married on Daufuskie in 2010 and they currently reside in Savannah, Georgia.
General Manager Patrick Colin Ford was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The youngest of thirteen children, he started his golf career at the ripe young age of 10 years old as a caddy at Brooklawn, Country Club. From there he went on the Country Club of Fairfield as a shop assistant. After two years, he moved down south, ultimately making his way to Hilton Head South Carolina in 1992.
Patrick earned his membership to the PGA while working at Hilton Head National, where he was promoted to Head Golf Professional in 1998. After two years at Hilton Head National, Patrick decided to focus on teaching the game and the opportunity arose in Mamaroneck, New York, then spent two years as Head Instructor at Saxon Woods Golf Club. After two winters with an average of six feet of snowfall, he realized he was meant to be back in the south.
Patrick returned to the Hilton Head area, working at Palmetto Dunes and then Haig Point on Daufuskie Island. After 3 months at Haig Point, Patrick was promoted to the Head Professional position at Bloody Point. After Bloody Point was shut down, Patrick took on the role as Head Pro at the Melrose Golf Club. After working at the bankrupt golf course for two years, he relocated to Destin, Florida, for six months, and was then called back home to Daufuskie to help in the renaissance of Bloody Point.
Director of Operations Rod “Rocket” Rossman was born and raised in Atkinson, Nebraska on a corn and soybean farm just south of the Niobrara River. In 1986, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where he started his service experience while attending the University of Nebraska, then graduating with an Agricultural Education Degree. Since then he has picked up 18 years of management experience. From 2002-2010 he moved to Hilton Head Island and worked at Market Street Café, Captain Woody’s, and Fat Baby’s Pizza. He co-owned Darn Good Bagels and Subs for his last 5 years there. Rocket moved back to Nebraska in 2010 where he opened and managed Balers Fine Dining for local investors and the Corner Bar in Butte, Ne. Patrick Ford called and offered the position as Food & Beverage Manager at The Eagles Nest in 2013 which was an opportunity he could not refuse. On April 1, 2015, he became the Director of Operations where he oversees all of the “behind the scenes” operations.
Rocket is a huge fan of Cornhusker football, Kentucky Wildcats basketball, and THE Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the epitome of “you can take the boy from the country, but you can’t take the country from the boy”. He enjoys golf, fishing, country music, and being on the water. He is extremely excited for the opportunity here and the potential of the success to follow.
Director of Member and Resort Services Tai Richmond Ford was born and raised in the mountains of Bristol, Tennessee. She attended Pellissippi State University studying business. In 2003, she moved to Hilton Head, SC to work at Palmetto Dunes in the Food & Beverage Department, where she met her future husband, Patrick Ford. They moved to Daufuskie in 2006, where they got married and built their home.
Tai started working for the Daufuskie Island Resort as a beverage cart attendant and later became Recreation Manager. After the resort closed, she moved on to work with RBC and the Ocean Front Residence Club in Melrose. She was heartbroken when she had to move away from the beautiful island she had called home, but was excited to accept a job opportunity in Destin, Florida as Membership Sales Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, where she played an important role in launching their new membership program.
Tai was thrilled to move back to her home on Daufuskie, only six short months after moving to Florida, when she and her husband were hired at Bloody Point Golf Club. She served as the Food and Beverage manager until August 2012 and is now excited to move into a new position as Bloody Point's Resort and Member Services Manager. Tai is dedicated to Daufuskie and will be here to help Bloody Point succeed.
Food and Beverage Manager Chris Spivey
Originally from: Atlanta
Worked before: Flatbread Grill, Hilton Head Island
Describe your responsibilities: I am in charge of all front and back of the house operations for the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and all resort food and beverage outlets, as well as catering, event planning, and coordination. I joined the Bloody Point team 9 weeks ago and have spent most of the time thus far assisting with our busy summer events calendar. Now I am working on planning a menu re-launch for fall along with some exciting new weekly specials.
What made you decide on a career in the food industry? After graduating from the University of Georgia, I was offered the opportunity to open an Athens, GA-based franchise in Atlanta. I owned that franchise for 11 years and then was offered an operating partner position in a historic Atlanta landmark restaurant. In my 27 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, I have split my time between only four restaurants, and I am looking forward to bringing that dedication to my new position at Bloody Point. I have chosen to stay in the food and beverage industry for so many years because I enjoy the daily problem solving and finding solutions that make the guest experience more enjoyable.
What is the greatest challenge in working on Daufuskie: The logistical complications of transporting staff, food, and alcohol to the island is without a doubt our greatest challenge. Between trucks, boats, and vans, there are many different aspects to consider; especially when planning for a large event.
What do you enjoy most about your current position and/or what do you hope to achieve: I enjoy the team I work with, and hope to make the Eagle’s Nest a destination for not only locals but also those who live in the surrounding area.
Favorite cuisine to cook: Prime Rib
Favorite meal to eat: Any spicy Thai dish cooked with basil.
Are there any foods you don’t like: Sweetbreads
What do you hope to bring to Eagle’s Nest: I want the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant to have a warm, welcoming atmosphere where guests can relax and enjoy great service alongside high quality dishes that incorporate fresh, delicious ingredients.
Advice for aspiring chefs and home cooks: Surround yourself with talented people and listen.
Director of Marine Operations Steven McNulty is a USCG licensed captain with a 100 Ton Master endorsement. His diverse marine experience includes work on passenger, parasail, and recreational watercraft. His goal is to provide a safe, reliable, and comfortable experience for all passengers on the Bloody Point water taxi. Steven is originally from England and enjoys running, rugby, and spending time with his family.
Golf Concierge Fleeta Smith-Baggett was born and raised right outside of Atlanta, Georgia in Covington. Fleeta graduated from Valdosta State College with a degree in Marketing and Hospitality but grew up "Between The Hedges" in Athens, Georgia. Go Dawgs! Fleeta has had various careers over the years; everything from owning her own business, "Trinkets," a thriving gift shop, to working in the family business of Electrical Supply Houses and being a teacher. After 27 years of spending every spare moment on her beloved Daufuskie she moved there full time in April of 2012. She made her full-time move when only child Madelyn began attending the College of Charleston. Fleeta's roots run deep on Daufuskie. Her knowledge of the island and it courses is vast. Her love of golf comes from her father and grandfather. Her grandfather had his ﬁrst hole in one at the age of 91 before he died at the age of 96. Her father continues to play. Not only is Fleeta wiling to help you with your golﬁng needs, but she is more than willing to accommodate you or your family with everything from acquiring tee times and private cart rentals, as well as groceries from the general store. "The most important part of my job is making sure you and your family have a happy, enjoyable and memorable experience while here on Daufuskie." Please let Fleeta know if she can be of any assistance of any kind.