J. Elliott Summey
Charleston County Council
Charleston County’s rich blend of culture, economic activity, environmental beauty and historic tapestry makes it one of the most distinguished counties in the nation. A recognized leader, Charleston County is a proud community that strives to protect both its historic treasures and its environment, while still keeping an eye toward future development and citizens’ needs.
Charleston Water System
Charleston Water System is a public water and wastewater utility whose mission is to protect public health and the environment by providing clean water services of exceptional quality and value. Charleston Water provides drinking water to more than 400,000 people and wastewater service for more than 180,000 people in the Greater Charleston Community. With over $1 billion in assets and a plentiful water supply, Charleston Water’s infrastructure supports our economy and quality of life—and provides fire protection. Named a “Best Place to Work in South Carolina” for the last four years, Charleston Water is ISO certified for environmental management and has received numerous awards for drinking water quality and wastewater operations.
City of Charleston
Mayor John J. Tecklenburg
The City of Charleston is a progressive and energetic city and its goal is to provide its citizens with the best service and its visitors with the best vacation or business trip that a city can provide. It has an active and ongoing interest in the protection and restoration of its buildings, which tell the story of its past. Through careful conservation, creative and innovative financing, and meticulous planning, Charleston is a city which celebrates a rich history.
City of North Charleston
Mayor Keith Summey
Incorporated in June 1972, North Charleston had a population of 21,000 and an area of seven square miles. Since that time, the city has tripled its population to over 85,000 and now encompasses more than 73 square miles. Today, North Charleston is a vibrant city that attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. This thriving region has excellent shopping facilities, malls, restaurants and beautifully planned neighborhoods.
Ingevity (MWV Specialty Chemicals) is a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions for the cosmetics and personal care, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, home and garden and media industries. They design and manufacture solutions to meet their needs globally, no matter how challenging the requirements.
The InterTech Group, Inc.
Chairperson and CEO
The InterTech Group is a family-owned holding company that is always looking to invest, diversify and create opportunities. By providing leadership and support, we collectively achieve our full potential. Our belief in family values applies to everyone throughout our corporation and to the communities in which we work and live.
General Manager, Public Sector Group
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
As General Manager in Microsoft’s Public Sector group, Jeff’s organization has responsibility for the citizenship, sales, solutions and services that support Microsoft’s efforts in all State & Local Governments throughout the eastern half of the United States. Prior to this, Jeff has held various positions with Microsoft since 1998 including senior roles supporting public sector business applications, core product development, as well as industry channel management.
Before joining Microsoft, Jeff has held leadership positions at AT&T, Lucent Technologies – Bell Labs, and Lockheed Martin. In addition to receiving training at the Center for Executive Education at Babson College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Executive Education Program, Jeff has his Bachelor Degree from Seton Hall University as well as his Master of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Jeff’s diversity of experiences as a senior leader in technology, financial, sales and general management have built a strong entrepreneurial and innovative style toward creating both rapid and sustainable business results. Jeff and his wife Jamie, who is also an executive at Microsoft, both live with their three boys in Mount Pleasant.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare
President and CEO
Roper St. Francis has three flagship hospitals strategically located in key growth areas across the region: Roper Hospital on the Charleston peninsula, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in the West Ashley region and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The system intends to build a fourth flagship hospital in the Carnes Crossroads section of Berkeley County. Roper St. Francis is one of the Lowcountry’s largest private employers with nearly 5,400 employees. The healthcare system has a robust, active medical staff of nearly 800 doctors representing every medical specialty and provides services in more than 125 locations in seven counties. In total, Roper St. Francis provides: five full-service Emergency Departments; three helipads, including the region’s only hospital-rooftop helipad at the Roper campus; and the regionally renowned inpatient Roper Rehabilitation Hospital. Each of the system’s three hospitals includes adjacent medical office buildings, and the Bon Secours St. Francis campus boasts a freestanding comprehensive Cancer Center.
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
South Carolina Federal is there for its members, understanding everyone’s need to live more simplified lives. We help people in all walks of life prepare for life’s challenges and enjoy its rewards. Our full range of financial services includes savings and investments, checking, credit cards and loans. We’ve been around since 1936 and we are committed to staying one step ahead of your needs.
South Carolina Ports Authority
President and CEO
The mission of the South Carolina State Ports Authority is to contribute to the economic development of South Carolina by fostering and stimulating waterborne commerce and shipment of freight. With more than $60 billion in cargo across the docks each year, the Port of Charleston is the sixth largest U.S. port in terms of cargo value. International trade through South Carolina’s public ports offers tremendous economic benefits.
Town of Mount Pleasant
Mayor Will Haynie
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is not just your average place to visit. Offering an escape from your everyday life, the taste you crave, and the relaxation you desire – Mount Pleasant won’t disappoint. Filled with an unbelievable array of restaurants, taverns, activities, and accommodations, the vacation you’re anticipating will be more than just a trip from home; it will be an experience of indescribable magic and warmth.
Charleston Area President
Wells Fargo is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through a variety of channels across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.