Andrew Ingraham

Entrepreneur Andrew Ingraham was born on August 20, 1954, in Nassau, Bahamas, where his family owned several businesses, including one in the travel industry. After completing his education, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he began his career in the travel and tourism industry.

In 1999, Ingraham became the president/CEO of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, an organization created to empower African American in the hospitality industry. Ingraham is also the president of Horizons Marketing Group International, which focuses on African American and multicultural tourism.

As an appointee to the White House Conference on Tourism, Ingraham founded the International Multicultural Tourism and Hotel Ownership Conference. Ingraham was also appointed to the National Tourism Advisory Committee for the NAACP. Ingraham has lectured at the American Hotel & Motel Association, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, Congressional Black Caucus, and National Association of Black McDonald’s Owners Association. He is a member of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, National Black Hospitality Professionals, African American Travel & Tourism Association, and the National Black Hospitality Professionals. Ingraham lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his family.

Michelle Mapp

Michelle Mapp serves as the CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit, mission based lender that has facilitated the development of more than $246 million in community development projects throughout South Carolina.  A certified Housing Development Finance Professional, Michelle has been with SCCLF for 11 years and has served in her current capacity for the past 6 years.

She currently serves on the board of directors for Business Development Corp., Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, SC Community Capital Alliance, TogetherSC, and on the SC Rural Action Plan Taskforce.  She is a Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  A 2012 executive finalist for the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business, Michelle was recently named one of Charleston Magazine’s 50 Most Influential.

Michelle holds a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina, a Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Analysis with a concentration in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University.

Dr. Millicent Brown

Dr. Brown serves as a history, human rights and museum consultant currently advising CVB in its updating and improving of the A/A website, with ongoing plans for input into a new narrative of the city on its main website. She served as Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor of History in the Department of History and Sociology at Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)., and serves as Principal Investigator for the “Somebody Had to Do It” Project ( She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the College of Charleston, a Master’s of Education from The Citadel and a Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from Florida State University, but credits a transformative year as a Ph.D. student at Howard University for cementing her academic attachment to issues of race, gender and class struggle. She has held either faculty or staff positions at North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford College, Bennett College and the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Dr. Brown was one the first Black children to integrate SC schools and “Millicent Brown , et al v. School District 20” (Charleston, SC, 1963) was the landmark case for school desegregation in the state. Her personal experiences afford her the perspective of “activist-historian” for her “Somebody Had to Do It” research project. Dr. Brown credits having been born into an activist household during the height of the civil rights movement for her lifelong commitment to progressive social change, supplemented by her years of community service as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Dana Beach

Dana Beach founded the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League in 1989. Since that time, the organization has grown from 2 staff members and an annual budget of $90,000 to 25 staff members, with offices in Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, and Columbia, supported by an annual budget of $2.5 million. The Conservation League works with citizens and government to develop policies that promote sustainable patterns of development for people and the environment.

Dana is the recipient of a variety of awards including the Order of the Palmetto and Time Magazine for Kids “Hero for the Planet.” He is the author of the Pew Oceans Commission’s publication, Coastal Sprawl: The Impacts of Development on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States. Dana has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Penn Center, Smart Growth America, Governor’s Water Law Commission, the Butler Conservation Fund and the Conservation Voters of SC. He was a founding board member of the American College of the Building Arts.

Dr. Simon Hudson

Dr. Simon Hudson’s research focuses on tourism as a driver of economic development. His goals are to create a one-stop resource of advanced information and intelligence for tourism industry stakeholders and to improve South Carolina’s competitiveness as a tourism destination. He is currently consulting with the Aiken (South Carolina) Chamber of Commerce on the feasibility of developing an international horse park. Dr. Hudson is an internationally recognized tourism expert who has written bookson golf tourism, the international ski industry, sports and adventure tourism, and tourism marketing.

His most recent book, Golf Tourism, is the first text for both students and practitioners of this vast and growing worldwide industry. Dr. Hudson has also growing worldwide industry. Dr. Hudson has also published more than 40 journal articles and is a frequent speaker at international tourism conferences.

Prior to coming to South Carolina as a SmartState Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina, he held academic positions at universities in Canada and England, and has worked as a visiting professor in Australia, Austria, Fiji, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the US

Rashida Jeffers- Campbell & Kwadjo Campbell, JC & Associates

JC & Associates specializes in providing Community Economic Development, Planning, and Political Services to community based organizations, small businesses, government agencies, and political campaigns serving rural and urban communities. Underdeveloped communities are opportunities to realize untapped potential. We need to create an environment where living is sustainable and places of habitation are efficient, economically viable, culturally appropriate and environmentally accountable. Our firm is comprised of individuals dedicated to this end.

Que El-Amin

Que El-Amin is the principal at Scott Crawford, Inc. (SC). Operating since 2007, SC has grown into a real estate development company. Since its start, Scott Crawford, Inc. constructed over 35 residential real estate transactions totaling tens of millions of dollars, working with hundreds of real estate professionals. Currently, Scott Crawford is working on various projects in the hospitality industry, affordable family and senior housing along with commercial Developments. Additionally, El-Amin is a Co-Founder of Young Enterprising Society (YES). YES has three primary initiatives, Project Management, Community Orchards, and a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program based in Milwaukee, WI.

Que’s educational experience includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Art and he completed his Master’s Degree in Geography with a concentration in Community Development from Chicago State University in May 2015. El-Amin serves in a number of leadership capacities including Transform Milwaukee Executive Committee, 30th Street Industrial Board Member, member of the Building Owners & Managers Association-Wisconsin, former President of Chicago State University Aquaponics Association, a member of Gamma Theta Epsilon Honor Society, and John H. Scott Memorial Fund Member. Que’s accomplishments include being a graduate of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate program, Project Pitch It participant, Secure Futures Money Coach and a presenter at various national conferences on Real Estate and STEM.

Jason Korb

Korb & Associates Architects, the Milwaukee-based architectural firm founded to serve the commercial real estate, private development, K-12 educational and higher-educational markets in the southeastern Wisconsin region, is now taking their talents to cities around the nation. Korb & Associates Architects has led the planning and design efforts for a number of cornerstone projects not only in Milwaukee, but also in other parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.  Highlights include the St Marcus School Campus near 1st and North Avenue, Renaissance Place in West Allis – an adaptive reuse of an Allis-Chalmers building that now houses Wheaton Franciscan’s business office as an anchor tenant, the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare’s new facility on 27th & Wisconsin, and the recently completed Historic Core Project at Marquette University which revitalized Sensenbrenner, Johnston and Marquette Halls

Ashlea Pope

Ashlea Pope is the creator and founder of Nomadik Nation, an e-magazine dedicated to millennial culture and heritage travel.  She is also the co-founder of that explores black lifestyles globally.  A leading member of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an organization that boasts over 10,000 millennial members worldwide, she has already visited over 24 countries and six continents.  With a degree in Economics and German from Rutgers University, she has studied at Freie Universitat in Berlin Germany, and is fluent in Spanish and German. Ashela also does PR, event planning and grant writing for cultural artists.

Kitty J. Pope

The founder/ director of the International Association of Black Travel Writers, Kitty is also the publisher of, a website dedicated to exploring and promoting black lifestyles and cultural heritage globally. She is also the creator of the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards that honors movers and shakers in the cultural heritage tourism industry.  As assistant director of the National Cultural Heritage Tourism Center, Inc., she shares its mission of bringing all things related to black culture and tourism under one roof. A media specialist and event planner on Africa and African Diaspora Tourism, Kitty has spoken at conferences around the globe including South Africa and the Caribbean regarding the influence of cultural heritage on tourism.  

Dawn Dawson- House

Through a variety of communications channels, Dawn communicates the public service responsibilities of the department to multiple constituents including the parks, recreation and tourism industries, and state and local leaders. She fills SCPRT’s ex-officio seat on the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and helped advise the development of the new travel product called The Green Book of South Carolina: A Travel Guide to SC African American Cultural Sites.

Dr. Louis Venters

Louis Venters, Ph.D., teaches African American history and public history at Francis Marion University. He is a member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and of the board of directors of Preservation South Carolina. He is the author or co-author of several public history reports, site studies, and exhibits. His first book, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina’s Bahá’í Community, was published by the University Press of Florida 2015 and is now available in paperback. He blogs on issues related to race, religion, history, and culture at


Elizabeth M. Johnson

Ms. Johnson oversees the State Historic Preservation Office that is responsible for the statewide survey of historic properties, National Register of Historic Places, historical markers, historic tax incentives programs, Section 106 and state reviews, Certified Local Governments, and historic preservation grants.  She joined the Department in 1998 and has served as Deputy SHPO since 2007.  Born in Louisiana and raised in western North Carolina, she graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and from Ball State University with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.  She has served on the board of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, as an adviser to Historic Columbia and the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, and worked with the SC African American Heritage Commission on updates to the publication African American Historic Places in South Carolina.

Michael Allen

Michael Allen, Community Partnership Specialist at the National Park Service, is well known in local and regional circles. For 33 years he has worked at getting people to recognize their place in our American experience. From preservation to education, Allen’s hands have been on many items of cultural importance. In thanks to his dedication and commitment, he was nominated and has been chosen to receive the 2013 Historic Preservation Governor’s Award.

Allen is an education specialist at Fort Sumter and Charles Pinckney National Historical sites. He also is a board member for the African-American Historical alliance. He worked extensively to create the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, among many other resources.

Allen grew up in Kingstree and is a 1982 graduate of South Carolina State College with a degree in History Education. He began his public career as a Cooperative Education Student with the National Park Service in 1980. He has served as a Park Ranger, Education Specialist and is the Community Partnership Specialist for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor/Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

Local Development Corporation

The LDC is dedicated to the creation and retention of businesses in the Charleston region. The LDC takes the time to get to know businesses before the application process even begins to insure that they are matched with the right loan program and loan amount.

Should clients need assistance with business planning, accounting support, or other needs before they submit your application, the LDC can connect clients to their diverse partner network including SCORE, business development centers, and regional chambers of commerce.

Once you have all of your application materials together, the LDC can provide direct assistance with the loan process, giving clients advice on the appropriate loan size and terms.

Small Business Development Center

For more than thirty years, entrepreneurs have turned to South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) for help expanding an existing business or starting a new enterprise. Through free consulting, low-cost seminars and links to resources, the SC SBDC helps jump start startups and makes existing businesses thrive. SC SBDC consultants work with companies in all stages of development – from a person with an innovative product but no idea how to move forward to the owner of a company looking to capture new markets.

A statewide organization, the SC SBDC has 21 area centers in communities across South Carolina, serving both urban and rural business needs. The SC SBDC helps more than 6,000 clients each year. Since 2006, the SC SBDC has assisted the startup of more than 500 new ventures and helped generate more than $383 million in capital formation. In the past five years, SC SBDC consultants have assisted in bringing more than $1 billion in government contracts to small companies in South Carolina.

Cocktail Bandits

These ‘Curly Ladies’ curate hands-on team building experiences for corporate and group retreats. Learn how to shake a craft cocktail while interacting with your colleagues in a fun, relaxed environment. Add a little something extra special event planning for functions such as gala or fundraiser with a Signature Cocktail. Let the Cocktail Bandits provide a special touch to your next event. From social media management tips to affordable ways to step up your home bar. Johnny and Taneka have addressed large and intimate audiences entertaining and educating through craft cocktails and mobile interaction.