John C.L. Darby

President & CEO

John Darby was born in Charleston, SC. With family roots tracing back for generations, John understands the area, its people, and Charleston tradition. Community involvement is a big part of that tradition. In addition to actively serving on The Beach Company’s Board of Director’s, John’s community involvement includes The Citadel Real Estate Foundation, Trident CEO Council, Palmetto Business Forum and East Cooper Land Trust Advisory Council, to name a few.

Upon graduating from The Citadel in 1985, John Darby started his career in banking with First Union Mortgage Corporation in Residential and Commercial Financing where he worked in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC, Orlando, FL and Columbia, SC. In 1990, John returned to Charleston to lead the family business, and became president in 1999.

Today, The Beach Company has grown to one of South Carolina’s largest privately-owned businesses, ranking #38 in the Top 100 privately-owned business firms in the state.