SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 6, 2014**

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Check - In

On The High Deck - Near the Vagabond

Harbour Town Marina

149 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island

 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour of Calibogue Sound - Vagabond Cruise

Harbour Town Marina

149 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island

Plankton Tow - Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of South Carolina Beaufort

 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Welcome Reception

Liberty Oak - Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort

5:15 pm - Plenary Presentation

Todd Ballantine

Ballantine Environmental Resources

 

** In Case of Inclement Weather-

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration

Magnolia Room - Plantation Golf Club

100 North Sea Pines Drive

Sea Pines Resort- Hilton Head Island

 

4:00 p.m.

Best of Borgianini  Presentation

Magnolia Room - Plantation Golf Club

100 North Sea Pines Drive

Sea Pines Resort - Hilton Head Island

 

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Magnolia Room - Plantation Golf Club

100 North Sea Pines Drive

Sea Pines Resort - Hilton Head Island

 

 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Plantation House

Sea Pines Resort

 

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Over the River and Save the Woods

Water Quality and Land Management

South Carolina has an estimated 400,000 acres of coastal marshes and 100,000 acres of tidal swamps. Beaufort County and Charleston County have the greatest share of salt marshes in the state. Because the economy of the Lowcountry is heavily reliant on the health of the watershed, this session includes panel speakers that will discuss this regions efforts toward balancing development with maintaining the health of the watershed. Session speakers representing the golf industry, landscape architecture, and local government will share with the audience their observations on best practices.
 
Presenters:
Maureen McAvey, Senior Resident Fellow, Bucksbaum Family Chair for Retail, Urban Land Institute, Washintong D.C.
Alan Warren, Ph.D. pdf, MPH, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Dan Keefer pdf,  ASLA, ULI, Witmer-Jones-Keefer, Ltd., Bluffton, South Carolina
Ed Saxon pdf, General Manager, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, Okatie, South Carolina
Joseph L. Staton, Ph.D. pdf, University of South Carolina Beaufort
 
Moderator:
Steve Borgianini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of South Carolina Beaufort
 
 
 
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Break
 

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Green Begets Green

Tourism with a Sustainable Mindset

The tourism industry is inextricably linked to the health of its immediate environment. In the last decade various global, national, and regional tourism development strategies have been implemented to mitigate tourism’s impact on its local community. For this session, attendees will learn of best practices of local and national organizations that have grown the demand for their tourism product while maintaining a sustainability mindset.
 
Presenters:
Jay Wiendl pdf, General Manager, Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Robert Stenhammer pdf, Vice President - Hospitality, Telluride Ski and Golf, Telluride, Colorado
Tony Wartko pdf, Director of Facilities Services, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island,  South Carolina
Todd Ballantine pdf, Ballantine Environmental Resources, Boulder, Colorado
 
Moderator:
John Salazar, Ph.D. pdf
Professor - Hospitality Management
Director - Lowcountry and Resort Island Tourism Institute
University of South Carolina Beaufort
 
 
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch
Topside Restaurant
 Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort
Transportation Provided
 
 
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
All for One and One for All
Community Well Being
 
Beaufort County continues to be a county in transition due to its development growth and demographic changes. Consequently, the economic, social, and environment characteristics need to be balanced to achieve community well being. Speakers will present best practices and challenges to maintaining community well being.
 
Presenters:
Laura Simmons pdf, Social Research Specialist, University of North Carolina Charlotte Urban Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina
Rob Carey, Ph.D. pdf, Director - Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory, Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University; Owner - Regional Transactions Concepts, Pendleton, South Carolina
Fred Leyda pdf, Director - Beaufort County Alliance for Human Services; Facilitator - Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth, Beaufort, South Carolina
Brandon J. Cosley, Ph.D. pdf - Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of South Carolina Beaufort
 
Moderator:
Randy Lamkin, Ph.D.
Visiting AssociateProfessor
Coordinator, Human Services Program
Department of Social Sciences
University of South Carolina Beaufort
 
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Break
 
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Keep Them Coming Back
Sustaining Tourism
 
Speakers will present information about the future of tourism in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire Region, including special events to seasonal challenges…from Urban Landscapes to Island Destinations. 
 
Presenters:
Charlie Clark pdf, Vice President of Communications, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Angela McSwain pdf, Marketing and Communications Director, RBC Heritage, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Carolyn Vanagel pdf, President, The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Joseph Marinelli pdf, President, Visit Savannah, Savannah, Georgia