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Day One

Wednesday, August 25; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


The Driving Force Behind South Carolina's Economy

Joey Von Nessen, Research Economist, University of South Carolina


Building an Ecosystem to Accelerate Minority Business Success

Carl Blackstone, President & CEO, Columbia Chamber

Bryan Derreberry, President & CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber

Carlos Phillips, President & CEO, Greenville Chamber

Moderator: Stacy Brandon, Bank of America


Infrastructure Systems for the Next 20 Years

Christy Hall, Secretary of Transportation, SCDOT


Fueling a 21st Century Economy Through Entrepreneurship

Herbert L. Drayton III, Managing Partner, HI Mark Capital

Matt Dunbar, Managing Director, VentureSouth

Moderator: Matt Bell, SC Launch Director, SCRA


Tourism: Recovery, Resiliency and the Future

Bill Ellen, President and CEO, Experience Columbia SC

Helen Hill, CEO, Explore Charleston

Sheryl Lang, President and CEO, VisitGreenvilleSC

Karen Riordan, President and CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Duane Parrish, Director, SCPRT


Tools for Economic Prosperity

Jim Clyburn, United States Representative

Lindsey Graham, United States Senator

Nancy Mace, United States Representative

Tim Scott, United States Senator


Day Two

Thursday, August 26; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


The State of Commerce

Harry M. Lightsey III, Secretary of Commerce, SC Department of Commerce

Moderator: Leighton Lord, Chairman, Nexsen Pruet LLC


Opportunity Cost of Policy Decisions

Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast U.S. & Latin America, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Moderator: Anita Zucker, Chair and CEO, The InterTech Group


Developing Career Pathways and Innovative Workforce Solutions

Amy Firestone, Vice President, Apprenticeship Carolina

Cheryl Garrison, Director of Talent and Workforce Solutions, Greenville Chamber


Protecting South Carolina's Competitiveness: Tort Reform

Leslie Clark, Vice President of Operations and Director of Government Relations and Divisions, Carolinas Associated General Contractors

Sarah Hazard, President & CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

Moderator: Shannon Bruning, Consultant, Burr & Forman LLP

Moderator: Lynn Stokes-Murrary, Government Relations Director, Burr & Forman LLP


South Carolina's Economic Forecast

Jim Glassman, Head Economist, Commercial Banking, J.P. Morgan Chase