Board of Directors

Chair
  • Chair

    Ms. Barbara Melvin

    Senior Vice President of Operations and Terminals

    South Carolina Ports Authority

    As Senior Vice President, Operations & Terminals for the SC Ports Authority, Barbara oversees terminal operations, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police and cruise operations. Barbara served as the Ports Authority’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project. Ms. Melvin is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership participant; a member of the South Carolina Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition; serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as Chair-Elect; Business Advocacy Committee of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Ports Caucus Advisory Board for the United States Congress; and is also a Liberty Fellow. She is a member of the Board of Charleston Wine+Food Festival and a Community Advisor for the Junior League and formerly served on the board for Communities in Schools and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.

Officers
  • Commerce Chair

    Leighton Lord

    Commerce Chair

    Nexsen Pruet

    Leighton Lord practices in the areas of economic development, corporate, partnership and real estate law at Nexsen Pruet. His legal practice has a special emphasis on siting economic development projects, real estate financing, general business law, and formation and opinions on Delaware entities. Leighton is the current Chairman of Nexsen Pruet and serves as Managing Director of the firm's communications affiliate, NP Strategy, LLC. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Leighton clerked for the prestigious Delaware Chancery Court before practicing corporate litigation in Wilmington, Delaware. He also served for three years as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He currently serves as Chair of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's electric and water utility, and serves on South Carolina's Coordinating Council for Economic Development.

  • Chair-Elect

    Mr. Jack Sanders

    President & CEO

    Sonoco

    Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors, executive committee and leads the Company’s management committee. During his 28-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the Company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation. In addition, he is the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s First Commerce Chairman and a member of the Palmetto Business Forum. He is also engaged with the Boy Scouts of America Pee Dee Area Council and helped establish the ScoutReach program in Hartsville area elementary schools. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Garden City, S.C., and have three grown children. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation. In addition, he is the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s First Commerce Chairman and a member of the Palmetto Business Forum. He is also engaged with the Boy Scouts of America Pee Dee Area Council and helped establish the ScoutReach program in Hartsville area elementary schools. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Garden City, S.C., and have three grown children.

  • Past Chairman

    Mr. John Uprichard

    President

    Find Great People Greenville

    John is president and CEO of FGP International, one of the fastest-growing executive recruitment, staffing and talent management firms in America. His company works with clients ranging from privately held companies to family owned businesses and publicly traded corporations. He is a frequent speaker on leadership development, hiring, organizational design and healthcare reform, including testimony before Congress on behalf of the recruiting and staffing industry. Uprichard is a Liberty Fellow, affiliated with the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network, a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and been appointed to serve on the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board by the Governor.

  • General Counsel

    Mr. Charles "Ted" Speth II

    Shareholder

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Treasurer

    Mr. Chris Barras

    Executive Director

    Ernst & Young, LLP

  • CEO

    Mr. Ted Pitts

    President & CEO

    SC Chamber of Commerce

Executive Committee Members
  • Mr. David Alexander

    Director of Taxes

    Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

    Tax Committee Chairman

  • Ms. Natalia Castillo

    Founder and President

    Escapada

    Chairman's Nominee

  • Chuck Claunch

    VP, State Government Affairs

    Duke Energy

  • Mr. Stephen Cox

    Attorney

    Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

    Education & Workforce Development Committee Chairman

  • Dr. Christine Crawford

    D&G Management

    McDonald's Franchisee

    Small Business Committee Chairman

  • Mr. David Cuda

    Director of Corporate Solutions

    Colliers International

  • Mr. James D'Alessio

    Vice President of Government Affairs

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Chairman's Circle

  • Ms. Tyler Easterling

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    The Brandon Agency

    Communications Committee Chairman

  • Mr. Sidney J. Evering II

    Attorney

    Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

    LATF Committee Chairman

  • Katarina Fjording

    Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing

    Volvo Car USA

  • Mr. Kenny Jackson

    SVP, Services/Rates & Regulatory Affair

    South Carolina Electric & Gas

    Chairman's Circle

  • Mr. Randy Lowell

    Attorney

    Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

    Chairman's Nominee

  • Mr. Steve Nail

    Dean

    Anderson University School of Business

    Human Resources Committee Chairman

  • Dan Sanders

    VP, General Counsel & Secretary

    Michelin North America

    Manufacturing Steering Committee Chairman

  • Cynthia Walters

    Corporate Director of Inclusion

    Palmetto Health

    Diversity Committee Chairman

  • Ms. Elizabeth Henry Warner (Babs)

    Vice President Legal Services and Corporate Secretary

    Santee Cooper

    Environmental Technical Committee Chairman

Board
  • Mr. Michael Allen

    Architect

    McMillan Pazdan Smith

  • Mr. Keith Avery

    President & CEO

    Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • Mr. Don Balderson

    Senior Client Manager - Middle Market Banking

    Bank of America

  • Michael Baxley

    Sr. VP & General Counsel

    Santee Cooper

  • Dan Becker

    Senior VP and Controller

    AECOM, Aiken

  • Mr. James Bennett

    Executive Vice President

    First Citizens Bank, Columbia

  • Ms. Kay Biscopink

    Shareholder and International Services Practice Leader

    Elliot Davis Decosimo

  • Frank Bullard

    Regional President- Coastal Region

    BB&T, Charleston

  • Dr. David Cole

    President

    MUSC

  • Mr. Mark Crocker

    Partner

    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

  • Mr. David Dubberly

    Partner

    Nexsen Pruet

    President's Circle

  • Bill Dudley

    Vice President

    AFLAC

  • Mr. Deepal Eliatamby

    President

    Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.

  • Mr. Lauris D. Finney

    District Operations Mgr.

    UPS

  • Ms. Schylver V. (Sky) Foster

    Department Manager, Corporate Communications

    BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

  • Mr. C.W. (Chuck) Garnett

    President & CEO

    NBSC

  • Mr. Ben Green

    Partner

    Insurance Advantage, LLC

  • Christian Gullott

    Director, State & Federal Government Affairs

    Bridgestone

  • Mr. Adam Hatcher

    General Counsel

    MAU

  • Mr. Robby Hill

    President & CEO

    HillSouth IT Solutions

  • Mr. Grey Humphrey

    Executive Vice President of Sales & President of PalmettoNet

    Spirit Communications, Columbia

  • Len Hutchison

    Senior Vice President and Lowcountry Business Banking Manager

    Wells Fargo

  • Todd Hyneman

    President

    Total Comfort Solutions

  • Mr. Richard Jackson

    CEO

    C.R. Jackson, Inc.

  • Mr. David Jones

    Executive Vice President/CMO

    Jackson Marketing

  • Mr. George R Jurch, III

    General Counsel

    The Americas, Continental Automotive, Inc.

  • Ms. Lou Kennedy

    President & CEO

    Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

  • Stephanie Kindregan

    Director, Public Policy

    Kinder Morgan

  • Mr. Gene King

    Managing Director

    Sequence Holdings, LLC

  • Mr. Richard Lackey

    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    Cox Industries

    President's Circle

  • Aaron Lawrence

    VP, Corporate Strategic Planning & Business Analytics

    Zeus Industrial Products

  • Lindsay Leonard

    Senior Director of State & Local Government Operations

    The Boeing Company

  • Mr. Sidney Locke

    Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication

    Sage Automotive Interiors

  • Ms. Sharon Marra

    Senior VP & Savannah River National Laboratory Deputy Director

    Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

  • Ms. Janet Lewis Matricciani

    Chief Operating Officer

    World Acceptance Corporation

  • Mr. Chad McAllister

    CFO- Specialty Fabrics Division

    Milliken & Company

    President's Circle

  • Mr. Chris McCorkendale

    VP of Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales

    Hargray Communications Group, Inc.

  • Steve Mitchell

    Regional Managing Partner

    Fisher Phillips

  • Mr. Boyd B. (Nick) Nicholson, Jr.

    Shareholder

    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

    President's Circle

  • Mr. Blanton Phillips

    CEO

    Phillips Staffing

  • Zeb Portanova

    President & CEO

    Swiss KRONO USA

  • Mr. Ben Rex

    CEO

    Cyberwoven, LLC

  • Mr. Thomas L. Rhodes

    President

    Rhodes Graduation Services, Inc.

  • Mr. Daniel S. Sanders, Jr

    VP, General Counsel & Secretary

    Michelin North America, Greenville

    President's Circle

  • Roger Schrum

    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs

    Sonoco

  • Mr. Michael M. Shetterly

    Attorney

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    President's Circle

  • Ms. Jane Sosebee

    Director Legislative Affairs

    AT&T

    President's Circle

  • Ms. Cheryl Stanton

    Executive Director

    S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

  • Mr. Roger Stonecipher

    Executive Vice President

    Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

  • Mr. Chris Stormer

    Shareholder

    Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer, P.A.

  • Mr. David Summer, Jr.

    Partner

    Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP

  • Jonathan Taber

    Shareholder

    McNair Law

  • Dr. Walter Tobin

    President

    Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

  • Mr. Rich Williams

    Senior Vice President of Growth Markets

    Colonial Life

  • Mr. George Wolfe

    Partner

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

  • Rob Youngblood

    President

    York County Chamber of Commerce