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The Beach Company Chairman, Charles S. Way


Today The Beach Company employs more than 300 talented individuals, is responsible for dozens of landmark projects in the region, has ongoing projects in the pipeline in major cities throughout the Southeast and is poised for further growth on all fronts. But the success of The Beach Company did not happen overnight.

For more than 70 years, the five-generation family-owned business has been guided by visionary leaders with the foresight to steer the company successfully through unexpected world events, economic booms and recessions. The company has seen depression, wars, housing crises and a recession, yet has never defaulted on a loan. The company’s success is attributed to its nimble, strategic leadership and dedicated employees.  Last week, we shared the vision laid out by The Beach Company’s founder, J.C. Long.  This week, we’ll dive into the company’s next leader, Charlie Way.

Charlie Way, son-in-law of J.C. Long, took the helm in 1975 and focused on expanding the business by restructuring the company and creating an independent board of directors.  Way added commercial, construction and property management services to the existing multifamily and retail portfolio and attracted institutional partners for capital, focusing on national investors that shared The Beach Company’s core values. In 1988, he paved the way for a new era of resort development by spearheading the purchase of Kiawah Island from the Kuwaitis, which was the largest real estate transaction in the history of the state at the time. He was also instrumental in revitalizing King Street, transforming theatres into modern mixed-use commercial properties. Throughout his tenure, Way established the company as a leader in local corporate citizenship and served as the president of the chairman of the board for Spoleto Festival U.S.A for six years. Way served as Secretary of Commerce for South Carolina from 1999 – 2003 and is presently a board chairman at South Carolina State University.

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