FLOURISH, presented by Atlantic Packaging Co., is fresh thinking about the business of conservation. It's a half-day brainstorm-meets-summit-meets-celebration. It's conservationists, leading companies, creatives, entrepreneurs, citizens and corporations coming together to converse, collaborate and create new ways to protect and preserve the lands, waterways and way of life that make the Lowcountry one of the world's most beloved places. If the land teaches us anything, it's that where trust lives, life flourishes.
For more than a century, the Charleston Navy Base provided defense for the United States. Through World Wars, the Cold War, and peace time, hundreds of thousands of people were employed, two hundred fifty-six vessels built, thousands of others supported and millions of dollars poured into the area’s economy. In 1996, that activity came to a screeching halt with the closure of the Charleston Navy Base. Today we honor the contributions of thousands of sailors, civilians and their families and celebrate the lessons in sustainability that ensure that this place lives on.
Flourish’s main session will be held in the historic Eternal Father of the Sea Chapel. The Chapel was originally located on the southern section of the Navy base built in 1942 and completed in 1944 which served as a non-denominational chapel serving all sailors and their families. In 2006 the City initiated plans to restore, relocate the chapel about a mile from the original location to the new location amid the historic officer’s housing. The chapel still features some of the original doors, windows, light fixtures and pews.
Perk joined Orvis in 1977, and had positions in nearly all phases of the business until November 1992 when he was named CEO. He led the company as CEO from 1993 until 2018 during which time sales grew from $88 million to $375 million. In 2019 he became Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Orvis Company is a family owned business governed by a board of directors, a majority of which are independent directors.
Perk’s legacy at Orvis was the development of a renowned business culture built around clear core values. One of those core values is “Protect what we love” driven by his mantra “If we are going to benefit from our natural resources, we must be willing to take action to protect them.” To that end, Orvis dedicates 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature through conservation projects. Throughout his career, Perk also committed his time to numerous conservation boards such as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Trout Unlimited, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and numerous watershed protection boards. His avid outdoor pursuits include fly fishing, Wingshooting, canoeing, XC skiing, bird watching, diving, sailing, hiking.
South Carolina Aquarium
Albert George has the honor of serving as the first Director of Conservation for the South Carolina Aquarium and is also the Co-Founder of the Amazon Reforestation Project. Prior to the Amazon Reforestation Project, he worked as the Director of Education for the Georgia Aquarium Inc. He has also held appointments as a Management Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and as a Research Associate for the Center for Marine Environmental Science and Biotechnology. He completed his B.S. in Marine Biology and Chemistry from Savannah State University and the P.R.E.P. program at Yale University concentrating in physiology cellular molecular genetics. He then completed programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government/MIT in addition to completing a Master’s of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the founder of the Georgia Green Economy Summit and the Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE), which has worked to promote green economy growth and resilience strategic planning in the state of Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Helen T. Hill
Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Helen T. Hill
Helen Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization that represents 849-member businesses and nine municipal governments in Charleston and Dorchester counties. Growing up in Charleston provided Ms. Hill with unique insights she has put to use every day during her 30 years of marketing Charleston as a destination. The Bureau is celebrated for their creative, innovative and authentic marketing programs that have assisted our Charleston area accommodations to achieve one of the highest success rates in the country. Ms. Hill serves on numerous national boards, including the US Travel Association. Regionally she serves as the Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. Helen is also a board member of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, as well as many statewide tourism organizations. Ms. Hill was the 4th person and the 1st woman to receive the Fred Brinkman Award for Outstanding Tourism Leadership in the State of South Carolina and was recently named a “Vanguard of Travel” by Afar Magazine.
Becky joined Volvo Cars in April of 2017 as the environmental lead for Volvo Cars’ first U.S. manufacturing plant in Ridgeville, S.C. As the Environmental Services Manager, she is responsible for the plant’s environmental compliance as well as implementing the company’s corporate objectives such as climate neutral operations, electrification and focus on circular economy.
Becky’s career in environmental work spans over 15 years in the consulting field prior to joining Volvo. She has worked with various industries including chemical, tire, aerospace, oil and gas and pulp and paper specializing in air permitting and regulatory compliance. Her work with Volvo originated with writing the air permit for Ridgeville’s greenfield site. She currently oversees the Zero Waste to Landfill program, the onsite solar project pursuant to climate neutral operations by 2025, and fulfilling Volvo’s directive to eliminate single use plastics by the end of 2019 from all canteens and office spaces.
Becky received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Eric J. McCarthy
Eric J. McCarthy
Eric McCarthy is Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal Affairs at Proterra. Eric brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to Proterra. In 2017, he was selected as a SC Liberty Fellow, Class of 2019, and was invited to serve as a Commissioner for the Alliance to Save Energy’s 50x50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency. Before joining Proterra as its general counsel and head of government relations, he served as general counsel of both private and public companies, including Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., a Honeywell subsidiary. Prior to joining Honeywell, Eric was an antitrust trial litigator and a partner in the antitrust and competition practice groups of Latham & Watkins LLP and Howrey in Washington, D.C. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. And he is a youth lacrosse, basketball and gymnastics enthusiast.
Jennifer Noel Fletcher
South Carolina Department of Commerce
Jennifer Noel Fletcher
Jennifer Noel Fletcher was promoted to Deputy Secretary of Commerce in January 2015. She previously served from 2011 to 2014 as Director of Global Business Development, responsible for managing the recruitment of new industry to the state and the growth of existing businesses in South Carolina. Major wins for the state during her tenure at SC Commerce include deals with the top global tire manufacturers, recruitment of top aerospace suppliers and automotive manufacturer Volvo Cars; and expansions by BMW, Boeing, GE and many more globally-respected brands. She came to SC Commerce from the Upstate SC Alliance, where she was Executive Vice President. During her time there, Fletcher secured and administered more than $2 million in grant funding and championed the award-winning “I Was Blown Away” regional branding campaign.
Fletcher holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership South Carolina and is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Economic Developers Association.
After graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University and spending nearly a decade in the sustainability field doing everything from installing solar panels, manufacturing biodiesel and working in sales and marketing at few green building software companies, Rick Crawford founded the sustainable business consultancy Emerger Strategies in 2016. Emerger Strategies improves the social, environmental and economic bottom lines of its clients so that they profit sustainably. Rick is also the creator + host of the award-winning podcast, The Sustainable Angler, whose intent is to educate and create more awareness about environmental threats to our fisheries, while also sharing success stories that inspire positive change by interviewing the biggest names in fishing.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA
Heather L. Hodges became the Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA in November 2017. During her tenure, she has placed an emphasis on developing educational programs, supporting cultural documentation and historic preservation efforts, encouraging heritage tourism, and fostering new research. She is a frequent speaker and author on the issue of the impacts of environmental change and development on Gullah Geechee communities, their built heritage and challenges to preserving land ownership. She has addressed groups ranging from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her recent article, "The Gullah Geechee: Reflections on the warp and weft of cultural tradition and landscape" was commissioned by the Network for Landscape Conservation and can be found here.
Ms. Hodges did graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Law. She spent most of her legal career in private practice in Washington, D.C. She sits on the advisory boards of South Carolina Sea Grant, Reconstruction Beaufort and the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in downtown Charleston and a supporter of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, a social justice advocacy network of faith-based congregations.
Join us for music and libations in Storehouse 7 from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Presented by Powerhouse Partners.