Nigel Redden: Spoleto Festival

May 5, 2015 – This week our club was fortunate to receive an update on the annual Spoleto Festival USA from Nigel Redden.  Redden, who graduated from Yale in 1972, has been associated with the festival for 25 of its 39 year history, serving for many years as the general manager of the festival and currently serving as General Director.  As general director, Redden is responsible for all aspects of Spoleto USA from production and program decisions to fundraising and marketing.  Redden joked that his wife often wonders how curious he is since he has held a position with the festival for such a long time, but he says the festival truly re-invents itself every year with the result that every year brings new and different challenges to his job.  This year was no different as Spoleto learned just two weeks before the program was to be finalized that Gaillard Auditorium would not be available necessitating quick, last minute changes many aspects of the program.  Read more

Nate Dapore: People Matter

April 28, 2015: Nate Dapore, President and CEO of People Matter spoke to our club. People Matter is venture backed workforce management software company headquartered in Charleston. Nate was a principal at Battery Park Ventures, and VP of Enterprise Sales at Benefitfocus previously. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Digital Corridor, Youth Entrepreneurship of South Carolina (YESCarolina) and on the Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sydney College. Read more

Norm Brody: Nexton Update

April 21, 2015: We were joined this week by Norm Brody, Director of Commercial Development for MWV (formerly Mead Westvaco). Norm is responsible for developing office, multi-family, and retail options for two large scale development projects – East Edisto and Nexton. His comments focused on Nexton, a 5,000 acre development being constructed in Summerville and Berkeley County.

The project generally runs from the intersection of I-26 and Highway 17-A at Exit 199 to a future exit 2 miles northward. In the first stage of a 25-year build-out plan, Nexton will eventually have 2,000 acres of green space and 50 miles of trails, as well as commercial, retail and residential components. Along with the focus on green space, another component getting notice is the Gigabyte Wi-Fi. The entire development will be fiber optic, with 1G at each home site. Read more

Spring Social: An Evening with the Charleston Riverdogs

April 14, 2015:  Our Spring Social was a family event held at the Riverdogs game.  In spite of the all day threat of rain, dedicated Rotarian baseball fans came out and enjoyed what ended up being a perfect evening and even better game.  After a slow start, the Riverdogs made a comeback and sealed the win with a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4 over Augusta. Rotarians and their families enjoyed a pre-game cookout under the tent at Murray’s Mezzanine. There was plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone!  A good time was had by all!

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary