john darby

The Beach Company President & CEO, John C.L. Darby


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.  Over the weeks, we’ve shared the focus areas of the Beach Company’s founder, J.C. Long, and his successor, Charlie Way. Today we’ll take a look at the company’s current leader, John Darby, who joined The Beach Company in 1988.

John Darby is the grandson of J.C. Long and has contributed to turning The Beach Company into a full-service real estate business with the addition of brokerage, development, leasing and management services. Under Darby’s direction, The Beach Company saw tremendous diversification, growing from 18 to 300 employees, increasing the average deal size and significantly expanding the company’s development platform. He strategically repositioned the company’s focus from affordable housing to Class A multifamily mixed-use development, demonstrating his agility and vision to adjust to the needs of the marketplace. Darby contributed to putting The Beach Company on the map in the Southeast region with industrial, multifamily, retail and office projects, leading The Beach Company to be named one of the top 40 private companies and one of the largest real estate businesses in the state. Darby shares his grandfather’s passion for property rights, pursuing and winning an appeal which led to the reformation of the Charleston Board of Architectural Review’s 1930s ordinances.

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