Charleston Metro Chamber Announces Leadership Charleston Graduates

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Tuesday, June 19th, 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, 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. To learn more about Leadership Charleston, visit

Leadership Charleston Class of 2018

Eric Adams    Charleston County - Transportation Development

Nelson Akwari    The Boeing Company

Nathan Allen    Sandis Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners

Phillip Anderson    Pinnacle Financial Partners

Patrick Arnold    Charleston Home Builders Association

Paul Asper    DaVita Inc.

Tom Black    Frampton Construction Company

Laurie Boeding    Trident Technical College

Amy Bower    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Chris Carter    Hightower Construction Company

Nicholas Carusos    South Carolina Federal Credit Union

Kevin Coats    JLL

Billy Connell    Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects

Carlyle Cromer    Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A.

Stuart Day    Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Christie DeAntonio    The Brandon Agency

Zandria Dickens    SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic

Brent Duncan    South Carolina Aquarium

Jennifer Flanagin    Kase & Associates, P.C.

Paul Ford    The Reveer Group

Shawn Gaffin    First Citizens Bank

Joseph Garcia    Buist Byars & Taylor, LLC

Scott Greene    Thomas and Hutton

Kaneshi Hart    InterContinental Hotels Group

Bryan Heffner    Trane

Courtney Hilliard    South State Bank

Justin Hoyle    Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ashley Jackrel    Carolina One Commercial Real Estate

Ashton Johnson    Beyond Basics

Casey Johnston    O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc.

Cristen Jones    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Meredith Kidd    Charleston County Aviation Authority

Miriam Langley    Operation Home

Hank Maxwell    Hill Construction

Jamie McAdams    Medical University of South Carolina

Eddy Medina    Choate Construction

Ashleigh Messervy    Provence Messervy

Debbie O'Hara    Charleston Animal Society

Joanna Orlando    The Boeing Company

Terryn Patterson    Southern First Bank

Andrew Preston    Welch, Roberts, Amburn & Hutto, LLC

Joe Queenan    Frontline Engagements

Jill Rowley    Jill Rowley LLC

Barbie Schreiner    College of Charleston

Ian Scott    Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Don Smith    Hendrick Automotive Group

Chad Smith    Ameris Bank

Michael Sosnowski    Water Mission

Lindsey Stang    LS3P Associates, LTD.

Nick Tanana    Avison Young

Brandon Thomas    Elliott Davis

Frances Timmons    Seamon Whiteside + Associates

Shannon Utsey    Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Lindsay Van Slambrook    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Bryan Webb    Davis & Floyd Inc.