Charleston Metro Chamber congratulates Leadership Charleston Class of 2021

September 10, 2021

On September 2, the Charleston Metro Chamber celebrated the graduation of the Leadership Charleston Class of 2021. For 48 years, Leadership Charleston has been identifying and developing leaders in the community, producing over 2000 graduates that have become leaders in local, regional and global industries, legislative appointments and civic stewardship.

The mission of Leadership Charleston is to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their leadership potential by introducing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of the region’s civic and business communities. Graduates experience the power of working with other community leaders and organizations for positive growth and advancement of the region.

“The 2021 class represented the best of our region and a commitment to overcome the on-going challenges associated with the pandemic,” said Adrian Cain, Senior Vice President of Leadership for the Charleston Metro Chamber. “Representing the 47th year of Leadership Charleston, these leaders proved themselves to be creative, resilient and resolved to contribute to our communities’ greatest assets and be an active participant in helping to solve our most significant challenges.”

This year’s graduates toured the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, boarded a C-17 Static at Joint Base Charleston, rode CARTA to experience public transportation availability and services and much more. These experiential activities aided participants’ vision of their community from different viewpoints, allowing them to focus on where they can make a positive difference using their unique perspective.

The Leadership Charleston Class of 2021 was sponsored by Presenting Sponsors, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and South Carolina Stingrays, and the Training Sponsor, Positively People.

Leadership Charleston Class of 2021

Name Company
Chris Abbott First Horizon Bank
Jennifer Baez Charleston County School District
Preston Bankson First National Bank
Janet Bates JE Dunn Construction
Ben Brackett Evans General Contractors
Karl Brady City of Charleston
Lauren Brown
Will Cannon McWaters, Inc.
Sarah Castle Amazon
Carter Crawford Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Lynette V. Duggins Teacher’s Supply Closet
Robert Edwards Home Telecom
Monifa Ellington Ingevity
Sarah Exell Merril Lynch
Beth Garrett Life Cycle Engineering
Daniel Green Town of Kiawah Island
Keaton Green Frampton Construction Company
Richelle Greenberg The Brandon Agency
Meg Grier South Carolina Federal Credit Union
John Edward Griffith Trident Construction Co.
Ashley Heffernan Advanced Technology International (ATI)
Winston Helena WH Ventures
Joanna Hoiles Elliott Davis
Amber Johnson City of Charleston
Domonic Jones Thomas & Hutton
Julie Jones JDJ Law
Bryan Kitz Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Paige Knowlson Pattison’s Academy
Ryan Kunitzer St. John’s Fire District
John LaCour PhishLabs
Matt Laney Reveer Group
Kristen Lanier Berkeley County Economic Development
Justin Lee Charleston Metro Chamber
Jesse Malan ADC Engineering
Ashley McCormick Novus Architects
Lauren McFadden K&L Gates
Tim McIntosh Choate Construction Company
Darrell Mitchell Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Nick Murray Chernoff Newman
Laura Musselman K&L Gates
Jeff Nelson Greystar
Mike Nixon SGA | Narmourwright Design
Joe Owens Willoughby & Hoefer
Andew Pardue Novus Architects
Lisa Pearce Charleston Animal Society
Paul Peeples Seamon Whiteside
Kella Player Hanna SCRA
Bryan Powell Trinity Wealth Partners
Mark Raines Synovus
Megan Ramsey
Priscilla Rochelle Truist
Deseret Scharett Augusoft, Inc.
Kevin Schildt South Carolina Stingrays
Andrea Scott ZF
Tracey Sigler The Citadel
Jessica Simpson Moore & Van Allen
Leslie Skardon Global Prairie
Adam Smith Miller-Valentine Group
Rashaad Smith 100Yard Investments
John Taylor Town of Kiawah Island
Mike Tecosky Pinnacle Financial Partners
Eric Tuttle City of Charleston Police Department
Angel Waterfield Charleston Animal Society
Sierra Williams Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic
Robin Willis Charleston Metro Chamber
Tonya Willis U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Charleston District


About the Charleston Metro Chamber

With approximately 1,600 member organizations representing 160,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community, and a catalyst for regional economic advancement and member success through Talent, Advocacy, Leadership and Business Development. Visit