The Weekly Standard Editor to Keynote Annual Business Summit at Wild Dunes

September 26, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC – September 26, 2011 – William Kristol, editor of the Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard, will join more than 250 business leaders at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd Annual Summit, Fast Forward: Defining the Next Decade. The Annual Summit, presented by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C, is November 9-11 at Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms. 

Kristol, who will speak to the state’s business community during the Annual Summit Banquet on November 10, is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading political analysts and commentators, with regular appearances on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel. He will speak on American Politics Today, including the current state of the economy and how it ties in to the 2012 elections. As an advocate for a strong American foreign policy, he pushed forward the foreign policy debate after September 11 and continues to be a prominent advocate for a strong U.S. foreign policy. In addition to his already impressive record, Kristol was a columnist for TIME magazine, The New York Times and now writes an occasional column for The Washington Post. Before The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican Congressional victory. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. 

The South Carolina Chamber’s Annual Summit Banquet will also honor South Carolina’s Business Leader of the Year and South Carolina’s Public Servant of the Year. From 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on November 10, the Annual Summit will present a compelling symposium. Topics of interest will include health care, comprehensive tax reform, a federal legislative update, an update on labor issues and an update on the Environmental Protection Agency.

A noon luncheon will announce South Carolina’s 25 Fastest-Growing Companies, presented by The Capital Corporation. The Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award winner will be honored as well. In addition, two scholarships will be awarded to bright, young students who attended the prestigious South Carolina Business Week this summer.

The Chamber’s 32nd Annual Summit, Fast Forward: Defining the Next Decade, will bring together the state’s most powerful business leaders to discuss future goals to increase South Carolina’s global competitiveness. There is still time to register for this exciting event. For more information about attending this year’s festivities and a full agenda, please visit, or call Tish Anderson at 800-799-4601.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.