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    SMPS Palmetto Lowcountry Event: One Region - A Global Competitiveness Strategy

    April 27, 2017
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Embassy Suites North Charleston - Airport/Hotel & Convention
    5055 International Blvd.
    N. Charleston, SC 29418


    The Charleston region is expanding on all cylinders.  Come hear an update on what is happening in our region, the outlook for the future and how the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is addressing top issues including infrastructure, funding, and growing our talent pipeline.



    Mary Graham - Chief Advancement Officer
    Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

    Mary Graham is the Chief Advancement Officer for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business advocacy organization, with more than 1,700 members.  The Advancement area of the Chamber includes the organization’s advocacy and advancement functions that include local, state and federal government relations, Leadership Charleston and talent development including professional development and the Chamber’s focus on Career Academies and higher education, military base retention and expansion, transportation and infrastructure, the World Trade Center Charleston, other issues impacting the business climate in the region.

    Graham has been with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce since 1989 working in Business Advocacy, Business Development and the Center for Business Research. Prior to joining the Charleston Metro Chamber she worked with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

    Graham is a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg SC with a degree in Economics. She is both a Certified Community Researcher and a Certified Chamber Executive.


    Bryan Derreberry - President & CEO     
    Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

    As President and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Derreberry leads one of South Carolina's largest chambers in its regional advancement work, securing economic prosperity for businesses and residents of today and tomorrow.

    Through the platforms of Talent, Advocacy, Global Commerce, Leadership and Business Development, Derreberry, the Chamber staff and a host of volunteer leaders drive regional private sector collaboration and success for businesses large and small. 

    The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is the oldest continually operating chamber in the U.S., is comprised of approximately 1,600 members collectively employing 160,000 people; more than one quarter of greater Charleston's workforce. It is a accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with 5 Stars, and is one of 0.2% of chambers nationally that has achieved a 5-Star Accreditation three times.

    Bryan has an established executive management track record featuring more than 29 years in chamber leadership and advocacy roles. Prior to joining the Charleston Metro Chamber, Bryan was president and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in Wichita, Kansas where he directed the state's largest metro chamber for seven and a half years. He also served as president and CEO of the Catawba County, North Carolina and Mid-Miami Valley, Ohio chambers of commerce respectively. Bryan began his chamber career as the state lobbyist for the Greater Cincinnati (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and has completed graduate coursework toward a combined MA/PhD in American Politics and International Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C. 
    Bryan and his wife Gail live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and are the proud parents of three adult children, Sarah, Claire and David and two grandchildren, Madison and William.




    Would your firm like to sponsor a program? Through the generous donations of our sponsors, our chapter is able to continue to provide high quality programs in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. Additional program sponsorship opportunities for this program are available. If you would like to become a program sponsor, please contact Betsy McDonald or Geoff Lewis.  Program sponsorships are $250 and limited to non-competing firms.

    The ticket price for members and non-members includes lunch.  Due to limited seating, online registration is highly encouraged. A $10 late fee will be incurred for all walk-in registrations. Payment via cash, card, or check is accepted when paying at the door, and all checks should be made out to: SMPS Palmetto

    Refunds will only be granted if cancellation is made within 48 hours of the start time and will only be provided in the form of a credit to another program. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Email for substitution or refund requests.


    $25.00 SMPS Members Only
    $35.00 after 5:30 pm April 24
    $20.00 Earlybird rate before April 19

    $40.00 Non-SMPS Members
    $50.00 after 5:30 pm April 24
    $35.00 Earlybird rate before April 19

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship

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