Way inducted into Orangeburg Business Hall of Fame


Charles Way joined The Beach Co. in 1975.   Contributed photo

The Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce recently inducted The Beach Co. Chairman of the Board Charles Way into its Business Hall of Fame, recognizing him as a top executive who has contributed to the county’s economic development and community enrichment.

The Orangeburg County Economic Development Partnership selected Way for his impact as a business leader, his demonstrated improvement of the Orangeburg community, and his display of ethics in all business dealings.

Way joined The Beach Co. in 1975 and over the next three decades transformed it into a full-service real estate firm offering development, construction, property management and real estate brokerage. In 1998, Way led the group that purchased the struggling Kiawah Island development from the royal family of Kuwait for $105 million, which was one of the largest real estate transactions in South Carolina. Kiawah Island was subsequently transformed into one of the most desirable destinations in the state.

Born in Orangeburg in 1937, Way is recognized for his civic and philanthropic contributions in Charleston and South Carolina as he is for his professional accomplishments.

Way’s fellow inductees include Wallace Bethea and DeWall Waters.

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