Leadership Charleston Announces Graduates of Class of 2018

On Thursday, June 14, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce celebrated the graduation of the Leadership Charleston Class of 2018. For more than 44 years, Leadership Charleston has been identifying and developing leaders in our community, producing over 2000 graduates that have become leaders in local, regional and global industries, legislative appointments and civic stewardship.

The mission of Leadership Charleston is to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their leadership potential by introducing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of our civic and business communities. Graduates experience the power of working with other community leaders and organizations for positive growth and advancement of the region.

“It has been an absolute pleasure and delight to be a part of Leadership Charleston this year,” said Kaneshi Hart, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Class of 2018. “One of my favorite things about the program was the CARTA ride, which was an eye opening experience for me with our public transportation system. The other part of Leadership Charleston I enjoyed was the incredible new contacts and friendships that I made throughout this program. In the future, I hope to be an advocate for the community and a voice in our region to improve the area in which we live and work.”

This year’s graduates participated in Day of Caring, attended more than 450 public meetings, rode CARTA to experience public transportation availability and services and participated in a police ride along. These experiential activities aided students’ vision of their community from different viewpoints, allowing them to focus on where they can make a positive difference using their unique perspective.

The Leadership Charleston Class of 2018 was sponsored by Kiawah Island Golf Resort, LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD., Pinnacle Financial Partners and South Carolina Aquarium.

Leadership Charleston Class of 2018

Eric AdamsCharleston County - Transportation Development
Nelson AkwariThe Boeing Company
Nathan AllenSandis Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners
Phillip AndersonPinnacle Financial Partners
Patrick ArnoldCharleston Home Builders Association
Paul AsperZucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina
Tom BlackFrampton Construction Company
Laurie BoedingTrident Technical College
Amy BowerHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Chris CarterHightower Construction Company
Nicholas CarusosSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
Kevin CoatsJLL
Billy ConnellStubbs Muldrow Herin Architects
Carlyle CromerTurner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A.
Stuart DayStantec Consulting Services Inc.
Christie DeAntonioThe Brandon Agency
Zandria DickensSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Brent DuncanSouth Carolina Aquarium
Jennifer FlanaginKase & Associates, P.C.
Paul FordThe Reveer Group
Shawn GaffinFirst Citizens Bank
Joseph GarciaBuist Byars & Taylor, LLC
Scott GreeneThomas and Hutton
Kaneshi HartInterContinental Hotels Group
Bryan HeffnerTrane
Courtney HilliardSouth State Bank
Justin HoyleNexsen Pruet, LLC
Ashley JackrelCarolina One Commercial Real Estate
Ashton JohnsonBeyond Basics
Casey JohnstonO.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc. 
Cristen JonesDixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Meredith KiddCharleston County Aviation Authority
Miriam LangleyOperation Home
Hank MaxwellHill Construction
Jamie McAdamsMedical University of South Carolina
Eddy MedinaChoate Construction
Ashleigh MesservyProvence Messervy
Debbie O'HaraCharleston Animal Society
Joanna OrlandoThe Boeing Company
Terryn PattersonSouthern First Bank
Andrew PrestonWelch, Roberts, Amburn & Hutto, LLC
Joe QueenanFrontline Engagements
Jill RowleyJill Rowley LLC
Barbie SchreinerCollege of Charleston
Ian ScottCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Don SmithHendrick Automotive Group
Chad SmithAmeris Bank
Michael SosnowskiWater Mission
Lindsey StangLS3P Associates, LTD.
Nick TananaAvison Young
Brandon ThomasElliott Davis
Frances TimmonsSeamon Whiteside + Associates
Shannon UtseyKiawah Island Golf Resort
Lindsay Van SlambrookNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Bryan WebbDavis & Floyd Inc.
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