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SC Ports Announces 2019 Port Ambassadors

Nov 19, 2018 12:48PM ● By Kathleen Maris
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced its 2018-2019 Port Ambassadors class, consisting of 25 delegates who will complete a nine-month program that immerses participants into Port operations, economic development, and the maritime and transportation industry.

“The Port Ambassador Program offers a diverse group of South Carolina leaders an opportunity to meet and hear from experts in maritime-related industries and port-dependent businesses through a series of full and half-day educational sessions and tours,” said Jordi Yarborough, SCPA Senior Vice President of External Affairs. “The program has seen great success in educating community leaders from across the state, and the small class size is ideal for in-depth discussions that lead to a better understanding of the Port’s mission.”
The program, which launched in 2016, was developed 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 here.

Port Ambassador Class of 2019:

Ann Angermeier, Upstate Workforce Board, Spartanburg

John Brand III, Stifel Financial Corp., Florence

Van Cato, Office of Senator Lindsey Graham, Greenville

Andrew Cook, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Hilton Head Island

Christine Crawford, D&G Management, North Augusta

Johnny Cribb, City of Hanahan, Hanahan

Suzanne Dickerson, SC Council on Competitiveness, Columbia

Alexander Fournil, Vista Insurance Group, Columbia

Jamey Goldin, Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A., Columbia

Sara Hazzard, SC Manufacturers Alliance, Columbia

Angie Leidinger, Clemson University, Columbia

Thomas Lorenzo, Domtar, Fort Mill

Bill McCarthy, Charleston Gate Company, Charleston

Sunny Philips, SC Chamber of Commerce, Columbia

Tony Pope, State Farm Insurance, Summerville

Buddy Pough, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg

Brian Rauschenbach, Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, Sumter

Anne Smith Reid, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Charleston, Charleston

Tiffany Santagati, Southern First Bank, Greenville

Mark Schmidt, Daimler AG, Fort Mill

Steve Sydow, Kapstone Kraft Paper Corp, Fort Mill

Tom Trouche, ServisFirst Bank, Charleston

Marlon Walters, PhD, Bank of America, Elgin

Tom Winslow, Goldfinch Winslow Attorneys at Law, Murrells Inlet

Jason Zacher, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Greenville