Chairman of the Board
Charles S. Way Jr., is as widely recognized for his civic and philanthropic contributions in Charleston and South Carolina as he is for his professional accomplishments.
Way, a former Spoleto chairman, is known for his work on behalf of the S.C. Aquarium, the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina. He was appointed Chairman of the South Carolina State Retirement Systems Investment Panel by Governor David Beasley, elected to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and appointed by Governor Jim Hodges as Secretary of Commerce for South Carolina, serving for four years.
Charlie Way has twice received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest award to one of its citizens, and is a member of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award given by the S.C. Arts Commission in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts, and The Ramsay Award, in honor of philanthropic leaders in the Lowcountry who have made extraordinary civic and charitable contributions to the community. He is on the Board of Directors of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the Gaillard Management Company.
In 1975 Charlie Way joined The Beach Company, and over the next three decades transformed it into a full service real estate firm offering development, construction, property management and real estate brokerage.
Way led the group that purchased the struggling Kiawah Island development from the royal family of Kuwait for $105 million in 1988. It was transformed into one of the most desirable destinations in the state.
“The success of The Beach Company has all to do with our people. We have a very fine assortment of associates who are committed to doing their best and doing the right thing, every step of the way. Our longevity is attributed to their dedication, as well as our involvement in the community and the relationships we have maintained over the course of several generations. “In complex transactions, those relationships set us apart from the rest. We know who to call and they trust us to get the job done.”