About Nesa

Chairman's Message

On behalf of our executive committee, board, member counties, our private sector supporters and the great citizens of the NESA Region, let me welcome you to our website. We hope that this site serves as a resource as you consider investing in northeastern South Carolina. Our staff is here to assist your company in finding an ideal location for any manufacturing, distribution, or back-office operations that you may be considering.

With more than 50 years of combined experience and expertise in assisting companies in making important site selection decisions, our experience along with deep local knowledge and a wealth of comprehensive resources will help your company identify a location that makes sense from both a logistics and workforce perspective.

We look forward to working with you as you explore the abundant opportunities offered by the communities of northeastern South Carolina. Please call or email us so that we can begin working for you today.


Former South Carolina Lt. Govenor Yancey McGill

NESA Chairman


Jeff McKay

Executive Director

(843) 661-4669


Andrew Golden

Marketing Director

(843) 661-1267


John Sweeney

Director of Business Development

(843) 661-1665


Amber T. Sellers

Director of Investor Relations

(843) 661-1170


Jeffrey DeLung

Director of Research & Special Projects

(843) 661-1206


Board Members

Executive Committee Members

Mr. Yancey McGill

Chairman of the NESA Executive Committee

Former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor

Senator Luke Rankin, Esq.

South Carolina Senate

Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

President Pro Tempore of South Carolina Senate

Chairman of Senate Finance Committee

Senator Kent Williams

South Carolina Senate

Dr. Fred Carter


Francis Marion University

Dr. David DeCenzo


Coastal Carolina University

Doug Jennings, Esq.


Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC.

Mr. Fred DuBard

Retired CEO

Crown Beverages

Mr. Mark Lazarus


Horry County Council

Mayor Stephen Wukela, Esq.


City of Florence

Board Members

Mrs. Mary Anderson

Representing Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County Council Member

Mr. W. Stuart Ames

Manager, Economic Development

Duke Energy Progress

Mr. John Q. Atkinson

Representing Marion County

Marion County Council Member

Mr. Todd Setzer

Board Member

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Mike Cool

Manager, Economic Development

Santee Cooper

Mr. Jeremy Crady

Office Manager


Mr. Brad Erwin

President and CEO

Farmer’s Telephone Cooperative

Mr. Benjy Hardee

Board Member

Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority

Dr. Linda Hayes

Representing Dillon County

Mr. Sel Hemingway

Representing Georgetown County

Georgetown County Administrator

Senator Gerald Malloy

Representing Darlington County

South Carolina State Senator

Mr. Stanley Pasley

Representing Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County Supervisor

Mr. Mike Skarupa

President and COO


Mr. K.G. “Rusty” Smith, Jr.

Representing Florence County

Florence County Administrator

Mr. Jason Steen

Representing Marlboro County

Marlboro County Council Chairman

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Florence, South Carolina, USA 29502


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