Board of Directors

Executive Committee 2017

Jay Wiendl
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Immediate Past Chairman
Tom Upshaw

Vice Chairman, Bluffton Regional Business Council
Justin Rice
First Citizens Bank

Vice Chairman, Finance
Ray Warco
Webster Rogers

Vice Chairman, Govt. Relations
Walt Nester
McNair Law Firm

Vice Chairman, Membership
Patricia Owen
FACES Day Spa & FACES Lash Studio

Vice Chairman, Small Business
Grant Cully
Harbour Health Insurance Solutions

Vice Chairman, Workforce & Education
Warren Woodard
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Vice Chairman, Visitor & Convention Bureau
Greg Kelly
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport 

General Counsel
David Tigges
McNair Law Firm

President & CEO
Bill Miles
Hilton Head Island • Bluffton COC

Board Of Directors 2017

Roni Allbritton
Shelter Cove Towne Centre

Jean Beck
HH Area Assoc. of Realtors

Steve Birdwell
The Sea Pines Resort

Dru Brown
The Vacation Company 

David Burke
Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy

Jeremy Clark
Hilton Head Hospital

Susana Cook
Park Lane Hotel & Suites

Tim Freisen
The Westin HHI Resort & Spa

Marcus Jackson
Montage Palmetto Bluff

Janice Malafronte
Companions, Nurses & Nannies

Karen Ryan
Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties

Andrew Schumacher
Palmetto Dunes P.O.A.

Steve Stauffer
BB&T Carswell Insurance Services

Terry Tadlock
Coastal Plains Insurance

Carolyn Vanagel
HHI Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance

Rob Welch
Marriott Vacation Club International

Baker Wilkins
NAI Carolina Charter

Chamber BOD Announcement:
The Nominating Committee of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has met to designate a slate of candidates to run for election to the Board of Directors. Terms will commence January 1, 2018, and expire December 31, 2020. The individuals selected by the Nominating Committee are as follows: Steve Birdwell, Sea Pines Resort; Tim Freisen, Westin HHI Resort & Spa; Chris McCorkendale, Hargray Communications; Walter Nester, McNair Law Firm; Karen Ryan, Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties; Ray Warco, Webster Rogers; and Baker Wilkins, NAI Carolina Chapter.

Additional names of candidates for directors may be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least 10 percent of the voting membership as of September 1 of the current year. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within 10 days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. In keeping with the guidelines set by the bylaws, the petition must contain the genuine signatures of at least 160 qualified members of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for additional nominations by petition is 5 p.m. December 2, 2017. Documents may be mailed to Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 5647, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 or dropped off at the chamber headquarters. Emailed or faxed copies will not be accepted. If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the Board of Directors at its next board meeting.