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58 professionals named to Leadership Charleston class of 2018

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The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected the 2018 class of Leadership Charleston, a professional development program established in 1974.

The 58 program participants will spend the next 10 months working with community leaders and organizations to learn about the challenges facing the Charleston area. The program focuses on issues such as infrastructure, workforce development and global competitiveness.

“The Leadership Charleston program provides our up-and-coming leaders the opportunity to learn about our community, to collaborate with their peers and to find areas in which they can contribute their talent in moving our community forward,” Mary Garcia, senior vice president of BNC Bank, said in a statement.

The program consists of monthly meetings, each covering a different regional issue. Sometimes presenters speak at the meeting and other times participants go on outings, such as a police ride-along or a trip to the Statehouse in Columbia.

Participants are also asked to attend one community meeting a month, which could be a city council meeting or school board meeting. They also participate in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, which this year is on Nov. 17.

Participants are expected to continue being active in the community after graduating the program.

“It’s a community leadership program,” said Erin Aylor, vice president of marketing for the chamber. “It’s really engaging these participants in our community and helping them grow as leaders to make community impact.”

Leadership Charleston class of 2018

Chad Smith

Nick Tanana

Ashton Johnson

Phillip Anderson

Nelson Akwari

Joanna Orlando

Joseph Garcia

Ashley Jackrel

Debbie O’Hara

Eric Adams

Meredith Kidd

Ian Scott

Eddy Medina

Barbie Schreiner

Kristen Hopson

Patrick Arnold

Bryan Webb

Paul Asper

Cristen Jones

Brandon Thomas

Shawn Gaffin

Tom Black

Joe Queenan

Amy Bower

Donny Smith

Chris Carter

Hank Maxwell

Kaneshi Hart

Jill Rowley

Kevin Coats

Shannon Utsey

Lindsey Stang

Jennifer Flanagin

Jamie McAdams

Jason Locklair

Lindsay Van Slambrook

Justin Hoyle

Casey Johnston

Miriam Langley

Ashleigh Messervy

Nathan Allen

Frances Timmons

Brent Duncan

Nic Carusos

Courtney Hilliard

Terryn Patterson

Zandria Dickens

Stuart Day

Billy Connell

Matt Simpson

Christie DeAntonio

Davis McNair

Scott Greene

Bryan Heffner

Laurie Boeding

Carlyle Cromer

Michael Sosnowski

Andrew Preston

Ameris Bank

Avison Young

Beyond Basics

BNC Bank

Boeing Co.

Boeing Co.

Buist Byars & Taylor LLC

Carolina One Commercial Real Estate

Charleston Animal Society

Charleston County – Transportation Development

Charleston County Aviation Authority

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Choate Construction

College of Charleston

CresCom Bank

Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

Davis & Floyd Inc.

DaVita Inc.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Elliott Davis Decosimo LLC

First Citizens Bank

Frampton Construction Co.

Frontline Engagements

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Hendrick Automotive Group

Hightower Construction Co.

Hill Construction

InterContinental Hotels Group

Jill Rowley LLC

Jones Lang LaSalle

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

LS3P Associates Ltd.

McNair Law Firm P.A.

Medical University of South Carolina

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nexsen Pruet LLC

O.L. Thompson Construction Co. Inc.

Operation Home

Provence Messervy

Sandis Civil Engineers Surveyors Planners

Seamon Whiteside

S.C. Aquarium

S.C. Federal Credit Union

South State Bank

Southern First Bank

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic

Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects Inc.

TD Bank

The Brandon Agency

The Reveer Group

Thomas and Hutton


Trident Technical College

Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A.

Water Mission

Welch, Roberts, Amburn & Hutto LLC

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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September 08, 2017

Ashton Johnson is a very impressive young lady

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