Center for Strategic Planning

USCB Center for Strategic Planning LogoOur Mission

USCB's Center for Strategic Planning enables businesses and organizations  — including local non-profits — to achieve their vision. 

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Our Vision

The University of South Carolina Beaufort, through its Center for Strategic Planning, is recognized nationally as a resource for helping organizations shorten the distance between now and “Wow!”

Let us help your team go from now to wow adOur Services

The University of South Carolina Beaufort, with campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, provides planning services for businesses and organizations through its Center for Strategic Planning. These services include:

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  1. Working with you and your team to facilitate the development of your strategic plan through our proprietary, 10-step process called Bridge to Better.  
  2. Facilitating your board meetings, workshops and retreats, enabling you to participate more fully in these settings and to focus on content and results. 
  3. Delivering the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile® ( to help leaders and entrepreneurs assess the degree to which they are utilizing an entrerepeneurial mindset and to provide resources to leverage their competitive edge.

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Our Facilitators

  • Tom Henz, Director and Facilitator
  • Ray Warco, Facilitator

Tom is an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and director of the USCB Center for Strategic Planning. He served as market president for Synovus locally from 1992 until retiring from banking in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Miami University (B.S. in Business Administration), The University of Dayton (MBA) and The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Active in the community, he has served on numerous local boards including United Way of the Lowcountry (past chairman), Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Sea Pines property owner’s association, Leadership Hilton Head, Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, Miami University Hilton Head Alumni Club, Boy Scout Troop 245, the Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the Greater Island Council, He now serves on the Town of Hilton Head Island Planning Commission, the Town’s Capital Improvement Projects Committee and the Gullah-Geecchee Land & Cultural Preservation Task Force, He also serves on the Synovus Hilton Head Island-Bluffton advisory board.

Ray retired in 2019 as a Certified Public Accountant. He was in public practice for 49 years in both North and South Carolina, and served as a partner with local firms for 31 years prior to retirement. He graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1970 (B.S. in Business Administration) and became certified in 1975. Community activities include serving on local boards, councils and committees, including the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Board (past chairman), the Hilton Head Hospital Board (past chairman), the Hilton Head Island Rescue Squad, the Elementary, Middle and High School Improvement Councils, (past Chairman), the Children’s Center Board, the Volunteers in Medicine Board, the Hilton Head Council of Estate and Financial Planners Board, the Sea Pines Property Owners Finance Committee, and Community Association Institute of South Carolina. His current involvement with the community includes the Beaufort County School Board Citizens Led Oversight Committee, Ex officio member of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Center finance committee, the Greater Island Council Board, the Hilton Head Hospital Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, and a member of the VanLandingham Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island.

Advisory Committee

Su Gibson
Assistant Director, USCB's Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training

Courtney Hampson
Assistant Executive Director, Bluffton Self Help

Adam Pegan
Chief Strategy Officer, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare

Charlie Stone
Senior Project Manager, Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation

Ray Warco
Certified Public Accountant, Hilton Head Island


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Our Contact Information

Tom Henz 

Office: 843-208-4845
Tom Henz

Ray Warco 

Office: 843-208-4845
Ray Warco

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