Charles S Way, Times and Democrat Person of the Year 2016


The Times and Democrat named The Beach Company’s Chairman, Charles S Way, Person of the Year for his contributions and the positive impact they have had on the Orangeburg community in 2016. Way’s achievements in leading the SC State University board and the success the university has enjoyed under his leadership earned him the honor, as these successes are directly tied to those of the Orangeburg community. Born in Orangeburg in 1937, Way, has received many honors and accolades over the years, most recently being inducted into Orangeburg County Business Hall of Fame.

Cathy Hughes, publisher of the Times and Democrat, explained how Way was chosen in a recent article, saying: “The Times and Democrat is proud to name Charlie Way as the newspaper’s 2016 Person of the Year. The year 2016 stands out among this Orangeburg native’s body of work over a lifetime of achievements as a successful businessman, family man and community servant that would certainly qualify him for this award,” Hughes said. “But the outstanding contribution he has made to the Orangeburg community as a whole and to South Carolina State University in particular over the past 12 months is remarkable.”

Charles S Way joined The Beach Company in 1975 and over the next three decades transformed it into a full service real estate firm offering development, construction, property management and real estate brokerage. In 1998, Way led the group that purchased the struggling Kiawah Island development from the royal family of Kuwait for $105 million, one of the largest real estate transactions in South Carolina. It was transformed into one of the most desirable destinations in the state.

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