CWIT's 2014 Women of the Year to give port update at organization's first meeting of 2016

Barbara Melvin, Charleston Women in International Trade's (CWIT) 2014 Women of the Year, will be a special guest at CWIT's first meeting of 2016.

Melvin, senior vice president of operations and terminals with the South Carolina Ports Authority (SC Ports), will give guests at the Jan. 12 luncheon an update on major projects taking place within the authority.

In her role at SC Ports, Melvin is in charge of not only terminal operations, but also information technology matters and maintence and engineering of the company's equipment. She also handles Port Police and cruise operations.

Melvin, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Georgia Southern University, worked her way up in the organization, where she has also served as senior vice president of external affairs. In that position, she oversaw SC Ports' public communications initiatives as well as government relations and community philanthropy projects. She has also been the authority's vice president of government relations and director of government relations.

Melvin was the lead staff person for two of the authority's recent initiatives — Charleston Harbor Post 45 project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project.

The CWIT luncheon will take place at the Courtyard Marriott Historic District, 125 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for CWIT members and $30 for guests.

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