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Metro Leadership Visit

2018 Metro Leadership Visit: October 3-5
Raleigh, North Carolina


2018 Metro Leadership Visit Sponsors

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Nexsen Pruet 300x300

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KL Gates 200x200

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2018 Attendee List

First NameLast NameCompany
ErinAylorCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
HeathBeamSingular Private Wealth, P.C.
TomBlackFrampton Construction
MattBrewerChoate Construction Company
PatrickBryantGo To Team
BrianBucherPNC Bank
ElizabethBurwellWells Fargo
MamieBushHilton Garden Inn - Charleston Waterfront
AdrianCainCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
PaulCampbellCharleston County Aviation Authority
WillisCanteyCantey Tech Consulting
AmyChicoHLA Inc.
BryanDerreberryCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
CarterDeupreeHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA
DanDoyleThe Beach Company
SteveDudashThomas & Hutton
JoelEvansCharleston County
AdamFerraraFerrara & Buist LLC
MaryGarciaPinnacle Financial Partners
RichardGarciaTY Lin
ShawnaleaGarvinAETC Airport Employment & Training
RyanGibsonCF Evans Construction
DavidGinnCharleston Regional Development Alliance
JohnGoldingFirst Citizens Bank and Trust Company Inc.
RichGordonCharleston County School District
JoeGrechSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
JessieHaggertyMorris Financial Concepts Inc.
MelonieHammond-TraceTideline CPAs
DustinHaynesHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
WilliamHelmlyHome Telecom
AshleyHolbrookThe Boeing Company
KatieIstnickCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
RyanJohnsonCity of North Charleston
RonJonesNexsen Pruet LLC
JohnKincaidLee & Associates
BryanKizerStantec Consulting Services
PeterLaMotteChernoff Newman
MarkLattanzioSunTrust Bank
AnthonyLaVecchiaThe InterTech Group, Inc.
LorraineLuttonRoper St. Francis Healthcare
AdamMacConnellCity of North Charleston
SteveMallettTotal Comfort Solutions
StephanieManginiVolvo Cars USA
JeanMeeks-KochPositively People
KyraMorris, CFPMorris Financial Concepts Inc.
NancyMullerCollege of Charleston
JasonMundaySeamon Whiteside + Associates
SteveMungoMungo Homes
JenniferMurraySouth State Bank
LauraMusselmanK&L Gates
JamesMyrickWomble Bond Dickinson
MattNicholsPush Digital
CarolineO'NealMedical University of South Carolina
LisaPiccoloTrident Technical College
RustyPorterCF Evans Construction
SandyQuinquePositively People
VicRawlCharleston County
RhettReidenbachReveer Group
MickeyRennerPinnacle Financial Partners
IanScottCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
MikeSeekingsCity of Charleston
ScottSharpTD Bank
MeredithSiemensSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
SamSkardonOne Region
JoshSorkinScience Applications International Corp. (SAIC)
ChrisStaubesCharleston County School District
MelissaStowasserTrident Technical College
HankTaylorDorchester County Economic Development Corp
SeanTraceyCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
RichardTurnerCharleston County
StanVan OstranSouth Carolina Ports Authority
JosephWechslerKnowledge Capital Group
BarryWhalenHLA Inc.
MelvinWilliamsS&ME Inc.
TinaWirthCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
KaiYehMPS Engineering and Construction

About Metro Leadership Visit

Each year, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce conducts the Metro Leadership Visit, in which a delegation of local leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors travel to other communities to garner insight on best practices and program ideas.

Innovative ideas introduced during the visit may then be adapted and implemented in the Charleston Region. Past visits include Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Chamber’s Metro Leadership Visit seeks to accomplish two things:

  1. Provide an exclusive experience to deepen bonds between the dynamic regional leaders who play a significant role in shaping the Charleston region.
  2. Enhance our region’s future performance by embracing actions we can import. We’ll use these lessons to advance the Chamber’s key priorities.

The 2017 Metro Leadership Visit (MLV) offered the unique opportunity for travelers to visit Chattanooga, TN and Jacksonville, FL aboard a chartered flight with 100 regional influencers. They explored the development of Chattanooga’s automotive industry and gained insight into how Jacksonville tackled regional transportation in an innovative and effective way. #MLVJAXCHATT

View Highlights from the 2017 Metro Leadership Visit


Charleston’s economic evolution has positioned our region as a global competitor alongside major metros – one of which is Seattle. Though much larger, Seattle boasts similar economic assets, including aerospace, port and transportation logistics, an exploding tech sector and many of the challenges Charleston faces, including managing growth as well as attracting and retaining young professionals.

The 2016 Metro Leadership Visit was a two-day immersion into Seattle’s development and the challenges and differences of operating on the West Coast versus the East Coast. Through the visit, our region’s leaders had the opportunity to learn from and improve upon Seattle’s progress, by allowing innovative techniques to be applied in Charleston. The visit featured tours with Boeing, Microsoft and the Port of Tacoma to explore the newly formed Northwest Seaport Alliance – the only one like it in the country.

Thirty-six of our region’s business leaders boarded a plane on May 12, launching them into an exploration of Richmond, VA. For three days, the travelers were immersed in Richmond’s progress and had the opportunity to learn more about their efforts in infrastructure, innovation, biotechnology and more. The Metro Leadership Visit provides a unique experience for business leaders to learn, collaborate and form relationships, bringing back valuable insight to help steer the future of the Charleston metro.

Beginning with a stop in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of our State Delegation and staff on Capitol Hill, the traveler’s on the Metro Leadership Visit had a full itinerary. After arriving in Richmond, travelers were given an overview of Rocketts Landing Mixed Use Development, followed by a tour of Stone Brewery.

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