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Metro Leadership Visit

2017 Metro Leadership Visit:
May 3-5
Chattanooga, TN and Jacksonville, FL

The 2017 Metro Leadership Visit (MLV) provides you with the unique opportunity to travel to Chattanooga, TN and Jacksonville, FL aboard a chartered flight with 100 regional influencers. Explore the development of Chattanooga’s automotive industry and gain insight on how Jacksonville tackled regional transportation in an innovative and effective way. #MLVJAXCHATT

Cost $2,350 per person*

*includes most meals, ground/ chartered air transportation and overnight accommodations

Have questions or want to reserve your spot now? Contact Alex Glasgow  at 843.805.3087


2017 Confirmed Travelers:

Sonya Addison StewartBerkeley County School District
David BotzisDixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Gary Brewer*Banks Construction
Patrick BryantBidr
Mamie BushHilton Garden Inn on Lockwood
Lillie CaldwellBerkeley County School District
Willis CanteyCantey Technology Consulting
Paige CarltonThompson Turner Construction
Mona CaudleDorchester District 2
Amy ChicoHLA Inc.
Kerri ChisolmFirst Citizens
Tammy CoghillSCANA
Rick DayStantec Consulting
Carter DeupreeHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA
GP DiminichSmith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Steve DudashThomas & Hutton
Sally EhrenfriedBlackbaud
Nicole EwingNexsen Pruet LLC
Michael FerrerRock Creek Real Estate Advisors
Archie FranchiniBerkeley County School District
Mary GarciaBNC
Richard GarciaTy Lin International | Lindbergh
Pat GarnerTotal Comfort Solutions
William GearyBoeing Company
Elizabeth GibbesParker Poe
Joe GrechSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
Adrian GrimesMedical University of South Carolina
Melonie Hammond TraceElliott Davis Decosimo
Dustin HaynesHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
Will HelmlyHome Telecom
Ryan JohnsonCity of North Charleston
Brent JonasCharleston Regional Development Alliance
Mark LattanzioSunTrust Bank
Tom Leonard*Leonard Strategic Advantage
Nise LowellHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
Dom MaddaloneSantee Cooper
Chappy McKayTrident Construction
Ron Mitchum*BCD Council of Governments
Councilman Bill Moody*City of Charleston
Kyra MorrisMorris Financial Concepts
Jennifer MurraySouth State Bank
Luci NelsonOgletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Paul PatrickCollege of Charleston
Craig PelletierDorchester District 2
Hernan PenaCharleston County Aviation Authority
William QuantzTD Bank
Chairman Vic Rawl*Charleston County
Robert Robbins*Robert Robbins Attorney at Law LLC
Madelyn RobinsonTown of Summerville
Laura RyanMorris Financial Concepts
Matt SeveranceRoper St. Francis Healthcare
Meredith SiemensSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
Councilman Mark SmithTown of Mount Pleasant
Josh SorkinSAIC
Melissa StowasserTrident Technical College
Brig. Gen. Hank TaylorDorchester County
Hal TurnerThompson Turner Construction
Chad VailCharleston County School District
Barrry WhalenHLA Inc.
Stuart WhitesideSeamon Whiteside + Associates
TBDBanks Construction
TBDThe InterTech Group

Chattanooga Lunch Sponsor

About Metro Leadership Visit

Each year, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce conducts the Metro Leadership Visit, in which a delegation of local leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors travel to other communities to garner insight on best practices and program ideas.

Innovative ideas introduced during the visit may then be adapted and implemented in the Charleston Region. Past visits include Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Chamber’s Metro Leadership Visit seeks to accomplish two things:

  1. Provide an exclusive experience to deepen bonds between the dynamic regional leaders who play a significant role in shaping the Charleston region.
  2. Enhance our region’s future performance by embracing actions we can import. We’ll use these lessons to advance the Chamber’s key priorities.


2016 Metro Leadership Visit: Seattle, WA

Charleston’s economic evolution has positioned our region as a global competitor alongside major metros – one of which is Seattle. Though much larger, Seattle boasts similar economic assets, including aerospace, port and transportation logistics, an exploding tech sector and many of the challenges Charleston faces, including managing growth as well as attracting and retaining young professionals.

The 2016 Metro Leadership Visit was a two-day immersion into Seattle’s development and the challenges and differences of operating on the West Coast versus the East Coast. Through the visit, our region’s leaders had the opportunity to learn from and improve upon Seattle’s progress, by allowing innovative techniques to be applied in Charleston. The visit featured tours with Boeing, Microsoft and the Port of Tacoma to explore the newly formed Northwest Seaport Alliance – the only one like it in the country.