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The South Carolina Ports Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, each appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, along with two non-voting, ex-officio members - the state Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation. Despite its status as a public agency dedicated to the economic development of the State of South Carolina, the Ports Authority does not receive direct appropriations from the state for capital or operations expenses. Instead, the Ports Authority operates like a private business, and funds its operations and investment efforts through its own revenue stream and ability to issue bonds.

Bill H. Stern, Chairman, Columbia, SC - South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board Chairman Bill Stern is President and CEO of Stern & Stern, a commercial real estate and investment company which owns and manages real estate throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Stern has been with the firm for over thirty-five years, and during that time he has also dedicated a great deal of time to public and community service.  Mr. Stern was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest civilian honor, in 1999. [complete bio]

Willie E. Jeffries, Secretary, Elloree, SC - Willie Jeffries was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board in 2010. He is a native of Union, South Carolina, earned his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from South Carolina State University. Jeffries has received numerous honors, including the Order of the Silver Crescent, the Palmetto State’s highest award for outstanding community service. He also received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award and the Patriot’s Award, the highest award given by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. [complete bio]

Michael Sisk, Treasurer, Lexington, SC - Mike commenced his term on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board in March 2013, and he serves as the Board Treasurer. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, PLLC (“ICE”). Prior to joining ICE, Mike worked with such companies as Ben Arnold Beverage Company, Arthur Andersen and Elliot/Davis, LLC in public accounting and Standard Corporation, a third party logistics provider. [complete bio]

Whitemarsh S. Smith, III, Charleston, SC - First appointed in 1999 by Governor Hodges, Captain Smith has served as Board Member of the South Carolina Ports Authority for 15 years, under three South Carolina governors. He has held every elected position within the board, and was elected as Chairman of that Board from 2001 to 2004, and in this capacity was selected to testify to U.S. Congress on a national debate on governance of maritime issues. In addition, Captain Smith serves as the longest-standing President of Charleston Branch Pilots’ Association, with 33 years at its helm.  [complete bio]

David J. Posek, Pawleys Island, SC - Governor Sanford appointed Mr. Posek to the SC Ports Authority Board in October 2005 and Governor Haley reappointed him in 2014. He was elected Chairman of the Board for the years of 2008 and 2009. He continues to serve on the SCPA Board, where he currently is the Chairman of the Bi-State Commission between SC & GA to build a new Port on the lower Savannah River. [complete bio]

Pamela P. Lackey, Columbia, SC - Pamela P. Lackey was appointed to the South Carolina Ports Authority Board by Governor Haley in 2010. She is President of AT&T South Carolina, a position she has held since 2007, and is responsible for the public policy, economic development and community affairs activities. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. [complete bio]

Patrick W. McKinney, Charleston, SC - Patrick W. McKinney joined the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors in June 2011 and will lead the Board as Chairman beginning in January 2016. Mr. McKinney’s 40-year career in real estate sales and development included the $105 million purchase of Kiawah Island in 1988 from the Kuwait Investment Company, the largest single real estate transaction in South Carolina history at the time. [complete bio]

Kurt D. Grindstaff, Hilton Head Island, SC - Mr. Grindstaff, who joined the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors in June 2015, is Chief Financial Officer of DBH Global Incorporated. His responsibilities include developing financial controls and implementing strategic planning and budgetary disciplines to improve profitability, cash flow and eliminate debt. He planned and managed the first audit of the company by an independent CPA firm. [complete bio]

Richard L. Stanley, Greenville, SC - Richard L. Stanley, who joined the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directs in June 2015, has served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at GE Power & Water since 2005. He provides technical oversight of research, development, technology, and product design activities spanning the GE Power & Water portfolio, which includes Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Generators, Wind Turbines, Nuclear Power, Aeroderivatives, Reciprocating Engines, Water, and Services Engineering. [complete bio]

Christy A. Hall (ex-officio) - SCDOT

Robert M. Hitt III (ex-officio) - SCDOC

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