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2018 Annual Convention – Charleston

Date & Time October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
Venue The Francis Marion 387 King Street Charleston, SC 29403 United States

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Development Tours

Behind the Scenes at Boeing South Carolina (ticketed event – SOLD OUT)
Boeing South Carolina is home to the company’s second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility. It was the company’s first 100 percent renewable energy site. Up to 20 percent of that energy is supplied by more than 18,000 thin-film solar panels (approximately 10 acres) installed on the roof of the 787 Final Assembly building. No waste generated at the site goes to landfill. The Final Assembly building is nearly a fifth of a mile long (1,041 ft, or 317 m), and an eighth of a mile wide (618 ft, or 188 m).

Enjoy this one of a kind, behind the scenes tour!

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Tour (ticketed event)
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it – from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Home of the oldest public gardens in America, Magnolia will open its doors to The Counselors to tour the Plantation mansion, as well as participate in the “From Slavery to Freedom Tour” – exploring its street of slave cabins that document the full arc of African American life at Magnolia. Magnolia has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” (Travel + Leisure Magazine) and there will be hundreds of beautiful flowers blooming in the Fall.
To experience its rich history, join us at the Magnolia Plantation Development Tour!

Welcome Reception (ticketed event)
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Kick off the convention with a delightful cruise around Charleston on The Spirit of Lowcountry. Experience its elegant southern style and charm while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the company of fellow convention attendees. Your docent, Captain John Cameron, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), will take you on a tour of the Harbor, regaling you with unique insider stories about the city and its surrounding waters.

There is certainly no better way to enjoy this beautiful city, surrounded by water.

Monday, October 22, 2018

8:30A – 9:30A
Spouse/Guest Breakfast
The Francis Marion Hotel

10:30A – 2:30P
Southern Cooking Class (ticketed event)
Join Chef Matt Greene, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, for a cooking class laden with Southern hospitality. Born in New York, Chef Matt’s passion for great food and ingredients, sparked during his internship in Chicago, has been the driving force behind his cooking and his focus since moving to Charleston in 2009. To quote the Chef: “Charleston has an amazing food scene with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. The Southern hospitality and the gorgeous coastal beaches are an added bonus.” He is now the Executive Chef of Special Events with Hall Management Group.

CRE Celebratory Event: The South Carolina Aquarium (ticketed event)
Featuring the CRE Band: Sound Counsel
Honoring 2018 Chair Joe Nahas, Jr., CRE, and his wife Suzanne.

Panoramic waterfront views, remarkable animals, and an exclusive downtown Charleston location create an unrivaled atmosphere. You can explore the Aquarium’s exhibits while celebrating The Counselors organization and thanking 2018 Chair Joe Nahas, and his wife, Suzanne for their contributions this past year. We will also welcome 2019 Chair, Julie Melander. After dinner, enjoy the music of the CRE Band, Sound Counsel!

The Aquarium is guaranteed to make waves.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Choice of two tours:

A Tour of What’s Hip in Charleston (ticketed event for spouses/guests)
What’s Hip and Happening in Charleston

This walking tour will explore Charleston’s newest developments – as heard straight from the developers themselves. What were the lessons learned in creating Charleston’s newest developments? What are the challenges of building and developing new properties in a historic city?

This “foots on” tour will give attendees an insider’s view of numerous downtown projects.

A Tour of the Transformation of Charleston (ticketed event for spouses/guests)
Explore Historic Charleston: The Old and the New

What were the early drivers of change in creating the Charleston you see today? This tour will offer attendees a drive around Charleston – from Market and King Streets, the site of the city’s first big project – to Battery and White Point Gardens, the waterfront, and the Port Authority – to name just a few. Participants will also see some of today’s latest projects as well – a mix of the old and the new!

Farewell Reception
The Francis Marion Hotel

Take the opportunity to connect one more time with your fellow attendees. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before you embark on your evening plans.

Monday and Tuesday Evenings:
Chair’s Hospitality Suite

You are welcome to stop by the Chair’s Hospitality Suite for conversation, fun, and an after dinner drink.