Class is in session; Leadership class that is.
This week, your Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber will welcome 19 professionals to the Leadership Class of 2024. Over the next nine months, they will take a deep dive into Beaufort County’s economy, culture, history, government and more. For them, it doesn’t just show their commitment to learning and growing professionally, but also to the community.
We grow leaders. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Leadership is one of our longest-running programs at the chamber. Now in its 39th year, over 700 leaders and professionals have graduated from the program and have made their mark in the community. Each class also gives back by completing a capstone project. There’s been over $133,000 invested in the last few years into projects like the Bluffton Library Park, playground equipment, recycling and sunscreen stations, and more.
Here is the roster of our 2024 Leadership Class. We're eager to see what they accomplish:

  • Bethany Marcinkowski, United Way of the Lowcountry
  • Brooke Mingledorff, Palmetto Electric Cooperative
  • Claudia Reid, Tetelestai Foundation
  • Emily Kraus, The Sea Pines Resort
  • Jai Faison, Beaufort County School District
  • James Dismond, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
  • Jamie Mitchell, South Atlantic Bank
  • Jeb Bush, Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity
  • Jessica Bigos, TidePointe - Broad Creek Care Center
  • Kim Bortle, Coastal States Bank
  • Kimberly Shedd, Town of Hilton Head Island
  • Lee Jenkins, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue
  • Liz Trujillo, Town of Bluffton
  • Lori Trimble, Hilton Head Island Hilton Head Regional Healthcare
  • Nicol Rupol, Retired
  • Ryan Larson, SERG Restaurant Group
  • Ryan Williams, Sharonview Credit Union
  • Vicki Smalls, Town of Bluffton

Class is also in session for students! The school year gets underway in the Lowcountry as some private schools start this week and public schools next week. We’re also welcoming USCB students for Sand Shark Week August 20-26, and TCL students back to campus. We wish both students and educators a successful year!

Make it a great week!  

Bill Miles,
President & CEO