South Carolina Ports Authority Announces 2018 Port Ambassador Program Graduates

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, June 15th, 2018

This week South Carolina Ports Authority celebrated the 2018 Port Ambassador Program graduation, recognizing 24 participants for completing an eight-month deep-dive into Port operations, economic development and the challenges facing the maritime and transportation industry.

“The Port Ambassadors Program engages a diverse group of South Carolina leaders in support of the Port’s mission and provides a deeper understanding of the maritime community’s critical role in our region,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “We’re proud of the program’s success and value the opportunity to educate the statewide community about our business and plans for the future.”

Launched in 2016, the program exposes delegates to the Port’s multiple business segments and operating locations across the state. Port Ambassadors meet with experts in maritime-related industries and port-dependent businesses through a series of full and half-day educational sessions and tours. Small class sizes offer the opportunity for discussion and networking with industry leaders.

“The Port Ambassadors Program was a great opportunity to learn not only about the Port’s role in economic development and job creation, but the way it connects South Carolina businesses to the global economy,” said Chakisse Newton, Principal, Cardinal Consulting. “The Port improves our daily lives in ways many people don’t know, and it was an honor to be a member of the second class of Port Ambassadors.”

The mission of the Port Ambassadors Program is to increase public awareness and understanding of SCPA’s strategic plan and foster support for the Port’s key statewide initiatives and activities. Participants are selected from nominations by the Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority, the SCPA Board of Directors and Senior Management Team.

Each program is limited to 25 ambassadors. More information is available at

Port Ambassadors Class of 2018:

Bob Barrineau, CBRE

Mac Bennett, Capital Development Services

Danny Black, Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance

Doug Boston, Charleston International Airport

James Burns, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Susanne Buck Cantey, Jupiter Holdings

Sky Foster, BMW-US

Tavia Gaddy, Greenville Area Development Corp.

Tommy Hall, Hall Management Group

Brad Henry, Henrico Holdings

Elizabeth Hills, Charleston Branch Pilots Association

Grayson Kelly, Tri-County Technical College Foundation

Craig Kinley, Growler Haus Holdings LLC

Mark Lattanzio, SunTrust Bank

Christin Mack, Find Great People, LLC

Bill Medich, South State Bank

Leah Moody, Law Office of Leah B. Moody, LLC

Chakisse Newton, Cardinal Consulting, LLC

Kenneth Nix, Land South of Charleston

Lowndes Pope, Riley Pope & Laney, LLC

Keith Rourk, Michelin North America

Jamie Scott, Jamie Scott Fitness, Inc.

Anna Thies, Maritime Association of SC

Walt Tobin, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College