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Chamber Board of Directors

Our Board leads the direction of The Chamber as a whole. Each member is not only running successful businesses of their own, but their involvement in community matters makes their expertise so highly sought after.  Board members represent corporations and businesses of all sizes, across multiple industries.

The Executive Committees and Chamber Board are led by 2019 Chairman of the Board Melonie Hammond-Trace, Partner of Tideline CPA Group, LLC, and Charleston Metro Chamber President and CEO Bryan Derreberry. [Past Chairmen]

Get to know more about our incredible Board of Directors below.

2019 Executive Committee



Melonie is a Partner with Tideline CPA Group, LLC and has more than 25 years of public accounting experience. She looks at the full picture of individuals along with their business and assists clients by gaining a deep understanding of their business and determining where strategic, financial and tax planning can be utilized.

Melonie is a graduate of Clemson University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Charleston Estate Planning Council.

Melonie works extensively throughout the community and is involved in many civic and community organizations. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, where she is Chair-Elect, the Business Advocacy Chair and an active alumnus of Leadership Charleston.  She is also an alumnus of The Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative.

She is a Past President and Current Member of the Rotary Club of St. Andrews; a Past Board Member and Treasurer of Crisis Ministries; past Board member and Treasurer of Charleston Wine + Food Festival and a member of Stella Maris Catholic Church.

Chairman of the Board
Tideline CPA Group, LLC

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As President and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Derreberry leads one of South Carolina’s largest chambers in its regional advancement work, securing economic prosperity for businesses and residents of today and tomorrow.

Through the platforms of Talent, Advocacy, Global Commerce, Leadership and Business Development, Derreberry, the Chamber staff and a host of volunteer leaders drive regional private sector collaboration and success for businesses large and small.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is the oldest continually operating chamber in the U.S., is comprised of approximately 1,600 members collectively employing 160,000 people; more than one quarter of greater Charleston’s workforce. It is a accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with 5 Stars, and is one of 0.2% of chambers nationally that has achieved a 5-Star Accreditation three times.

Bryan has an established executive management track record featuring more than 29 years in chamber leadership and advocacy roles. Prior to joining the Charleston Metro Chamber, Bryan was president and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in Wichita, Kansas where he directed the state’s largest metro chamber for seven and a half years. He also served as president and CEO of the Catawba County, North Carolina and Mid-Miami Valley, Ohio chambers of commerce respectively. Bryan began his chamber career as the state lobbyist for the Greater Cincinnati (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and has completed graduate coursework toward a combined MA/PhD in American Politics and International Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Bryan and his wife Gail live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and are the proud parents of three adult children, Sarah, Claire and David and two grandchildren, Madison and William.


Michael Wilson joined Ingevity on Sept. 1, 2015, as president and chief executive officer.

Prior to this, Michael served as executive vice president of Albemarle Corporation and president of their Performance Chemicals business. He previously led Albemarle’s Catalyst Solutions business.

Michael was president of FMC Corporation’s Specialty Chemicals Group from 2011to 2013, after leading FMC’s Industrial Chemicals business from 2003 to 2010. During his tenure at FMC, Michael also served as a member of FMC’s executive committee, had corporate responsibility for the Asia and Central Eastern Europe and Turkey regions, and led FMC’s sustainability and philanthropy programs. He began at FMC in 1997 as division manager of FMC Lithium.

Prior to FMC, Michael was corporate vice president and general manager of the Technical Specialty Paper Division of Wausau Paper Corporation for two years.

Earlier in his career, he spent approximately 10 years with Rexam PLC, where he held various senior-level positions, including vice president of sales and marketing for Rexam Release, and vice president and general manager for Laminex, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rexam.

Michael has served on the boards of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Corporate Executive Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Lorraine Lutton, president and chief executive officer of Roper St. Francis, is a senior healthcare leader known for her progressive leadership and focus on patient outcomes.

Prior to taking on the role at Roper St. Francis, Lutton most recently served as president of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the healthcare system’s flagship facility with 529 licensed beds.

Lutton is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She’s married and has three children. Lorraine loves being outdoors, especially in our national parks. She runs, hikes and boats.

First Vice Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer
Roper St. Francis

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David Botzis is a Partner in the Charleston, South Carolina office of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, and also serves as the local partner with primary responsibility for serving physician practice groups.

David works with a variety of clients, providing services including strategic planning, income tax planning, compensation plan design and valuation services, and is well versed in the varying goals specifically related to small businesses, including professional service firms and health care groups.

He also has extensive experience in employee benefit audits and provides tax planning, consulting and compliance work for small, medium and large businesses and individuals.

Finance Committee Chairman
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP


Mark Lattanzio is President & CEO of the Charleston Region for SunTrust Banks, Inc. In this role he was tasked with leading SunTrust’s 2006 de novo entry into the Charleston market.

Lattanzio has spent the past 30 years in banking the Charleston market with SunTrust Bank and was previously with Wachovia and its predecessor banks. He has extensive banking and managerial experience gained through his years of banking service.

Lattanzio earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1985 and a MBA in Finance in 2000 from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of Lexington High School in Lexington, SC.

Actively involved in the business community, Lattanzio currently serves on the board of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the board of Trident Technical College Foundation. He is a member of Rotary International, Rotary Club of Charleston-Breakfast and served as President in 2004. He is an alumnus of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Charleston 1991. He is married with one child.

Immediate Past Chairman
President & CEO of the Charleston Region
SunTrust Bank


As Vice President and Division Manager for Choate Construction Company’s Charleston division, Matt is responsible for establishing and overseeing the execution of the division’s short term and long term business strategies. Matt has been with Choate for over 13 years and brings over 19 years of experience in construction and land development.

Before joining Choate, Matt held an executive position with a development company that successfully established over a dozen residential communities across South Carolina. Most recently, Matt was the Managing Partner of a 140-acre development located in Berkeley County, SC.

Brewer received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, and has completed MBA coursework at the Citadel Graduate College and the University of South Carolina.

Matt is an active member of the Charleston community, where he serves in the following organizations:

  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (SC Chapter) – Board of Directors
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC) – Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Member
  • South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) – Member

Matt attends Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC, along with his wife, Fernanda, and their two children, Lauren and Logan.

Vice President and Division Manager
Choate Construction Company

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Willis Cantey is a graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee and the Masters of International Business Program at USC. He is on the executive board of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, a member of Trident Technical College’s Foundation Board, and is mentor to the Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s Business Accelerator Program and the College of Charleston’s Technology Accelerator. He and his wife, Susanne, are the proud parents of two children. When he has free time, he surfs.

President & Co-Founder
Cantey Tech Consulting

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Mike Carter started eGroup in July of 1999 after he spent time working with organizations across the southeast and saw a need to efficiently deliver applications and information to end-users without tethering them within the walls of the office.

This emerging and enabling trend to provide application and information mobility, but with corporate security and cost-efficiency, has continued to shape the contemporary information technology landscape giving rise to impact-driven business solutions within private and public cloud services, hybrid and visual platform architectures, data center availability, disaster recovery, business intelligence, workflow and collaboration solutions.

From day 1, his team at eGroup has been fanatically customer driven. Their de facto motto, “We would rather be great than big,” is repeated throughout their offices across the Southeast and frequently with their clients and partners.


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Tammy Coghill is the Manager of Economic Development & Local Government for SCE&G, a division of SCANA.

Tammy has more than 20 years experience in community and economic development, including almost 10 years in county government. Since 2005 she has focused on business development in the private sector and has been with SCANA since 2010.

At SCANA, Tammy is responsible for the Beaufort, Florence, and Charleston-based offices of Economic Development and Local Government. Her team works internally to support South Carolina Electric & Gas operations and initiatives such as renewable energy. They also work with external partners such as elected and appointed local government officials, local and state economic developers, regional development alliances, Chambers of Commerce, and business leaders to recruit and retain industry, develop growth opportunities, provide infrastructure solutions, and support community development.

Tammy earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. Prior to her current path, she worked with several non-profit organizations providing services to children and adults with special needs. She stays engaged in the non-profit and education sectors through various volunteer and board participation.

In addition to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, Tammy is an active member of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, Trident Technical College Foundation Board, and College of Charleston Alumni Board.

Manager, Economic Development & Local Government
Dominion Energy

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Dan Doyle’s role is to expand the The Beach Company’s rapidly growing multi-family residential real estate portfolio in Charleston, SC and beyond. “Creating great places for people to live is a much bigger challenge than construction alone. Working with the community to gain buy-in for new developments is what I enjoy most. My job is to convince people that change can be positive.”

Joining The Beach Company’s Development division in 2004, he earned his BS in Architecture and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Dan Doyle has over 16 year’s experience of multi-family management and development experience. Prior to joining The Beach Company, Doyle spent eight years with Village Green Companies, one of the country’s largest multifamily real estate companies with more than 100 properties throughout the Midwest.

“I view public hearings for new projects as a great opportunity to listen to comments from the community and then go back and address those comments in our plans.

Everyone knows that a premier location is the most important component of a real estate opportunity. While that is favorable for long-term value, it makes for a very lively approval process. I enjoy the challenge of incorporating external and internal feedback, while still maintaining the project’s viability. It’s rewarding because The Beach Company’s track record reflects that we follow up on what we say we will do.”

Senior Vice President, Development
The Beach Company

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Dudash joined Thomas & Hutton in 2014 and is currently chair of the Sustainable Leadership Institute of ULI South Carolina.  He brings more than 30 years of experience in land-use planning, master planning and landscape architecture. 

Dudash earned a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Clemson University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.

Charleston Regional Director
Thomas & Hutton

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Since 2005, Joe has served as the Chief Financial Officer for South Carolina Federal Credit Union. As part of their Executive Team, in addition to focusing on positive financial performance, his mission is to lead the team in developing strategies that ensure continued growth.

Joe earned his accounting degree from The Citadel, his MBA from the University of South Carolina and is a CPA. In addition to our chamber, he has served on boards for Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross.

Though business is very important to Joe, he believes his greatest opportunity to serve is at home for his wife and 3 children. “They inspire me everyday”, he says.

Chief Financial Officer
South Carolina Federal Credit Union

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Anton Gunn brings a wide range of experience to his role as chief diversity officer and executive director of community health innovation at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he wants to “transform lives and move the needle.”

Gunn recently completed a semester as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and before that served as a senior official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina, where he played football for the Gamecocks.

His work as chief diversity officer involves a pair of concepts central to the identity of MUSC: diversity and inclusion. Diversity refers to the richness of human differences, including socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, gender identity, religion, age and other characteristics. Inclusion refers to active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity.

“Diversity and inclusion are both internal and external,” Gunn said. “How do we build inclusivity internally across the organization while recognizing that diversity exists outside of the organization?”

He answered the question himself: “We’re part of the community, and every part of the community deserves to be valued. Just because you’re not a patient right now doesn’t mean you’ll never be a patient. An important part of our role is to be a part of the community in every way, shape and form, so people feel a connection to the organization and we’re recognized as a valued part of the community.”

The other part of Gunn’s job, director of community health innovation, involves addressing the health of the community. He said it’s one of the things MUSC has to get right as an institution.

A patient coming to the hospital needs to come “for the right thing at the right time.” Statistically, he said, not only does this lead to better outcomes for patients. It also lowers health care costs.

Gunn was at the center of national discussions about outcomes and costs when President Barack Obama named Gunn regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region IV, which includes eight Southern states.

After nearly two years as the senior member of that office, he was appointed director of external affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at HHS. Serving as a senior official in the Obama Administration, Gunn advised the president and secretary of Health and Human Services on public engagement strategies to introduce the Affordable Care Act to the country. Gunn gave more than 800 presentations on the act throughout the nation.

The lessons he learned during that process inform his approach to his work at MUSC. For MUSC to continue to succeed, he said the community must be engaged in the conversation.

“How do we continue to find ways to innovate, using the assets we have to deliver the best care, offer the finest education and conduct cutting–edge research?” Gunn asked. “The community has to be a part of that and population health has to be part of the discussion.”

Executive Director of Community Health
Innovation, Chief Diversity Officer
Medical University of South Carolina

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Kin Hill, P.E., was named Chief Executive Officer in December 2006 by the Charleston Water System’s Board of Commissioners.

As the utility’s top executive, Mr. Hill is responsible for the daily operations of CWS and its 430 employees. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Hill served as chief operating officer, overseeing the water distribution and wastewater collection operations, which include 1,800 miles of water mains, 700 miles of sewer mains, and more than 200 pump stations maintained by 130 associates.

Mr. Hill came to CWS in 1987 to serve as director of wastewater operations and became director of collection and distribution in 1994. Under Mr. Hill’s leadership, the Water Distribution department led CWS efforts to earn ISO 14001 certification for the implementation of an Environmental Management System.

Before CWS, Mr. Hill worked for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for more than nine years, lastly serving as district director of the Aiken Environmental Quality Control Office where he was responsible for management and administration of six county areas in all fields of environmental quality control.

Mr. Hill is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of South Carolina. He earned his master of science degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Clemson University. Mr. Hill is active in water and wastewater industry organizations including the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF), and is an “A” level registered water distribution and wastewater collection system operator.

Mr. Hill serves on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Technical Committee, the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce Board, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, and Trident United Way Board.

Chief Executive Officer
Charleston Water Systems

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Dustin currently serves as the Employer & Public Relations Officer for Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union.

Employer & Public Relations Officer
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

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Stasmayer started out as an idea between two college friends, David Stasaitis and Richard Krenmayer. Since 2003, the idea has become a thriving business with a large client base throughout Charleston and the state of South Carolina and North Carolina.

Working in their dorm room at the University of Massachusetts, Rick and Dave realized their goals were similar. They wanted to develop a creative and stylish approach to IT, while providing the best possible service to professional organizations. Together, they turned an idea into reality by founding Stasmayer, Incorporated. Today, Rick and Dave continue to develop their ideas and work on innovative IT solutions for their clients.

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Peter LaMotte is a skilled marketing, public relations and advertising executive with experience in complex communications, reputational issues, marketing and advertising strategies.Over the last two decades, Peter has built his expertise by working with clients all over the world. Peter brings this diverse background to Chernoff Newman to provide holistic and integrated solutions to needs of their clients.

Prior to joining Chernoff Newman, Peter spent ten years in Washington, DC including leadership of digital strategy for a premier crisis and reputation firm where his client base included Fortune 100 corporations, international associations, individuals and foreign governments. Prior to that he ran an online advertising agency that created rich media content for global brands through a network of creative professionals from around the globe. Peter also served as a marketing and communications consultant. He also has rich technology and marketing experience working for firms in Los Angeles, CA and Memphis, TN.

Peter is often quoted in national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes and industry publications such as Stat News and PR Week. He has taught classes and seminars at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University and American University on the topics of reputation management, entrepreneurism, and marketing.  He holds a BA in International Business from Rhodes College and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management. Born and raised in Beaufort County, SC, Peter now lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and daughter.

Senior Vice President
Chernoff Newman


Marc Marchant joined LS3P after receiving a Master of Architecture with a concentration in healthcare design from Clemson University. He is the Office Leader of the Charleston Office and firm-wide Practice Leader for Healthcare Design. Marc is also a member of the LS3P Board of Directors. His earlier experience includes acting as Healthcare Studio Leader of LS3P’s Healthcare Studio, and Project Manager for a wide variety of healthcare projects.

Marc understands and excels at all development phases of design, as well as masterplanning, programming and contract administration, and detailed coordination with clients, consultants, and design-team members. Marc excels at project delivery, process design, and sharing in the expertise and experience with the members of the LS3P design team.

In addition to serving as a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Board and Executive Committee, Marc has served other organizations in the community. He has been a board member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, President of the Vestry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and currently serves on the Board of the Clemson Architecture Foundation and the Trident United Way Program Investment Review Council. Marc is an alumnus of Leadership Charleston and a Roper St. Francis Foundation Fellow. A devoted husband and father, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Currie (daughter) and Haze (son).

Healthcare Practice Leader, Office Leader for the Charleston Office

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Ms. Martin is the Chief Financial Officer of ATI. In this role, she works with ATI’s leadership team and its Board of Directors to develop strategy for the organization. She provides financial leadership, serves as liaison for financial reporting to federal agencies, external auditors and company stakeholders and provides supervision and management of the day-to-day financial operations of ATI.

She directs banking and credit activities, ensures the development of the Annual Operating Plan, and maintains appropriate capital structure to support the plan. Ms. Martin ensures regulatory compliance and establishes appropriate internal controls for the business in order to manage and reduce risk, and oversees the estimating, pricing and rate development for federal contracts. She also serves as primary interface with corporate legal counsel for governance, financial and tax issues.

As CFO, she serves on the Ethics and Compliance Committee and the Retirement Plan Committee. She currently supervises two departments within ATI: Accounting and Treasury Management and Financial Planning and Analysis.

Julia earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, with an additional Major in Accounting. She has completed graduate coursework at the College of Charleston and is a Certified Management Accountant. She is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Financial Executives Institute, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Martin is a Class of 2014 Liberty Fellow and an alumnus of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for Charleston Southern University. She previously served on the Chamber Board’s executive committee as its Vice-Chair for Innovation and Vice-Chair for Finance.

She also previously served on the board of the City of Charleston Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) and the Board of Directors for STEM Premier. In 2014, the American Business Awards named Ms. Martin the Non-Profit Executive of the Year.

Chief Financial Officer

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Kyra began her financial planning career in 1983. She obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1986. Mrs. Morris is committed to the development of financial planning as a profession. Kyra was one of the founders of the SC Society for the Institute of Certified Financial Planners in 1985, and from 1993-1997 she served in a national position on the board of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. From 2000 – 2004 she served on the CFP Board of Standards, which maintains the certification mark and the ethical standards established for CFP® professionals.

Kyra’s accolades include being named six times by Worth Magazine, Mutual Fund Magazine and Bloomberg Wealth Management as one of the top financial planners in the country. In addition, Dow Jones Investment Advisor featured her on their cover, and Financial Planning Magazine named her one of the “Movers and Shakers” in the profession. Ms Morris speaks at many conferences both in America and abroad.

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Chappy McKay – Vice President for Development and a partner at Trident Construction, a local construction services company founded in Charleston, SC, in 1981. Prior to joining Trident Construction, he held leadership positions with McDevitt Street Bovis, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Office of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and South Carolina National Bank.

McKay received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. He earned an accreditation in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to his service to the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, McKay serves on the Foundation Board of the College of Charleston, is a member of the Board of Visitors for Charleston Southern University and serves on the City Advisory Board for SunTrust Bank. McKay is active with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the Urban Land Institute and the Carolinas Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). He is the Past Chair of the Friends of the Addlestone Library, Past President of the College of Charleston Alumni Association, former Secretary/Treasurer of the Mount Pleasant Waterworks and past Secretary of the Board for Porter Gaud School.

McKay is an active member and a former Vestryman at Saint Michael’s Church. He also serves as a volunteer Chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

Partner, Vice President for Development
Trident Construction


Emily Reynolds is a Senior Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union. Her role is multifaceted and includes leading the organization’s Wealth Management, Sales & Service, Marketing, Employer & Public Relations, Employee Development & HR departments. She also is focused on omni-channel technology delivery platforms, new product development and new business ventures.

She helps the organization manage risk and ensure financial soundness through her role on the Assets & Liabilities, Information Security Management, Compliance and Fiduciary Committees. Reynolds helps lead the strategic planning for the organization and implement effective results-driven business plans.

Prior to returning to SC, for seven years, she was a Consultant with Willis Towers Watson in Los Angeles, advising Fortune 100 and 500 companies where she worked across multiple lines of business for the firm. Before her West Coast stint, she started her career in Upstate, SC at AnMed Health.

Reynolds leads her organization’s community outreach initiatives and also serves on the Metro Chamber Board, the Tri-County Society of HR Management Board as the Workforce Readiness Chair, The Citadel’s Zucker School of Education’s Development Advisory Board, MS&C Client Advisory Board and the Career Academies advisory groups.

Reynolds is a cum laude, Honor Society graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a BA in Journalism & Telecommunications. She and her husband Erik are James Island residents.

Senior Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

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Robert D. “Robby” Robbins was born in Charleston, S.C. A native of St. George, South Carolina, Robby was the Valedictorian of the Dorchester Academy class of 1980.

He obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and also obtained his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated in 1987.

Upon graduation from law school, Robby returned to his home town of St. George and joined the practice of attorney Jim Bell. He later became a partner in the firm of Bell and Robbins. During this time he helped shape policies for the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division as its First Circuit Representative.

In 1988, as a member of the Board of the St. George Development Corporation, Robby was instrumental in the action to enroll the Town of St. George in the State of South Carolina downtown revitalization program. As a result of these efforts, the town created the Lourie Theatre Corporation, which serves as the performing arts center in the Town of St. George.

In 1997, Robby left the private practice of law to become the First Circuit Deputy Solicitor for Dorchester County, South Carolina, where he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Dorchester County Solicitors Office. From 2001 until 2003, Robby also served as the First Circuit Deputy Solicitor for Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties, making him responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the entire First Circuit.

In 2004 Robby was appointed First Circuit Solicitor for Dorchester County by Governor Mark Sanford. He was a prosecutor of violent crimes and significant drug cases. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Robby attained a 98% trial conviction rate and participated in five death penalty trials, which all resulted in the ultimate punishment. He also solely prosecuted another dozen murder trials.

Robby returned to the private sector in 2005, when he joined Nelson Mullins law firm in Charleston. His practice focused on criminal and civil litigation and governmental relations. In December 2007, Robby founded Robert D. Robbins, Attorney at Law, LLC, in Summerville, SC, where he has practiced for the last ten years.

In June of 2018, Robby joined Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. to launch their Dorchester office, where he will continue to practice in the areas of criminal defense, DUI defense, personal injury, workers compensation, business litigation, and local government relations.

Robby primarily practices in Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston counties and will accept cases throughout the Lowcountry and Midlands regions of South Carolina.

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Josh Sorkin is a Vice President at SAIC, a technology integration company with a primary mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal market. In this role he oversees 600+ employees who provide platform integration and engineering services all across the country and overseas. Prior to this position, Josh held numerous executive roles ranging from corporate strategy to overseeing multimillion-dollar program portfolios.

Prior to joining SAIC in 2008, Mr. Sorkin was a civil servant for Naval Air Systems Command where he functioned in a variety of technical engineering and leadership roles throughout the national capital region.

Throughout his career, Mr. Sorkin has held board and advisory positions for local schools and government, as well as administering leadership development programs for multiple organizations.

Mr. Sorkin holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland, University College.

He resides in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife, Erica and two children, Kaylin and Kyle.

Vice President, Service Line Director


Melissa’s title at Trident Technical College is Dean, School and Community Initiatives.

Dean, School and Community Initiatives
Trident Technical College

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Jordi Yarborough joined the South Carolina Ports Authority in 2017 as Senior Vice President of External Affairs. In this role she manages relationships with SCPA’s external stakeholders and leads the organization’s government, media and public relations, advertising, website and digital efforts, as well as community outreach programs, including the Port Ambassadors business leadership program.

Ms. Yarborough has 20+ years of experience in the Government Relations field, lobbying and managing lobbyists on both the state and multi-state levels. Prior to joining the Port, she directed government affairs efforts in the Southeast region on behalf of Check Into Cash Inc., one of the largest consumer finance companies in the United States. She was a partner with The Yarborough Group from 2005 until 2011, assisting clients with legislative activity in Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi. And from 1998 until 2005, she served as Director of Government Relations for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, where she managed all legislative and regulatory communications for the healthcare system.

Ms. Yarborough currently serves on The South Carolina Automotive Council Board, The SC International Trade Conference Board, and The South Carolina Logistics Council and is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership graduate. She has previously served on numerous boards and legislative committees in the healthcare industry including The South Carolina Hospital Association Legislative Committee, The American Hospital Association Government Relations Officers Committee, and The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee. In 2003 she was named a Charleston Regional Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ms. Yarborough holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee. During her downtime, she enjoys boating and relaxing with her husband of 17 years at their home in Bennett’s Point, SC.

Senior Vice President of External Affairs
South Carolina Ports Authority

2019 Board Of Directors

Alan BolducAvison Young
Anthony (Tony) BoorBlackbaud
Cindy BramsElliott Davis LLC
Hal BurtonMaritime Association of South Carolina Representative
Elizabeth BurwellWells Fargo
Mamie BushHilton Garden Inn-Charleston Waterfront
Melissa CappsWild Dunes Resort
Paige CarltonThompson Turner Construction
Bill CollardTrane U.S. Inc.
Gary CollinsSeamon Whiteside & Associates
Elizabeth Colbert-BuschClemson University Restoration Institute
Carter DeupreeHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA
Erin DhandSouth Carolina Ports Authority
Jonathon DussaultBenefitfocus
Dave EcholsCharleston RiverDogs
Mary GarciaPinnacle Financial Partners
Willy GearyThe Boeing Company
Nick GillBP Amoco Chemical Company
David GinnCharleston Regional Development Alliance
John GoldingFirst Citizens Bank and Trust Company Inc.
Will HelmlyHome Telecom
Ashley HolbrookThe Boeing Company
Dr. Jairy HunterCharleston Southern University
Len HutchisonWells Fargo
John LacourPhishLabs
John C.McElwaineNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Michael MooreInternational African American Museum
David MorrowCresCom Bank
Steven MungoMungo Homes
Bruce MurdyRawle Murdy Associates Inc.
Lauren NewmanCarolina One Real Estate
Matt O'NeillMatt O'Neill Real Estate
Paul PatrickCollege of Charleston
Hernan PenaCharleston County Aviation Authority
Dr. Gerrita PostlewaitCharleston County School District
Ed RiggsCharleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Representative
Jeremy RossRoss Printing
Scott SharpTD Bank
Jeff TozziMicrosoft
Barry WhalenHLA, Inc.
Anita ZuckerThe InterTech Group Inc.

2019 Board Liaisons

Col. Terrence AdamsJoint Base Charleston
Jay ByarsDorchester County
Johnny CribbBerkeley County
C. Ryan JohnsonCity of North Charleston
Katherine LandingTown of Mount Pleasant
John MitchellCity of Charleston
Vic RawlCharleston County Council