The Beach Co. Chairman Charles Way has been named Person of the Year by The Times and Democrat.
Way was selected for the positive impact he has had on the Orangeburg community.
He has received numerous honors over the years, including a recent induction into the Orangeburg County Business Hall of Fame.
“The Times and Democrat is proud to name Charlie Way as the newspaper’s 2016 Person of the Year," Cathy Hughes, publisher of the Times and Democrat, said. "The year 2016 stands out among this Orangeburg native’s body of work over a lifetime of achievements as a successful businessman, family man and community servant that would certainly qualify him for this award. But the outstanding contribution he has made to the Orangeburg community as a whole and to South Carolina State University in particular over the past 12 months is remarkable.”
Way has been with The Beach Co. since 1975, transforming it into a full-service real estate firm.
In 1998, he led the purchase of the struggling Kiawah Island development Kuwait's royal family, amounting to one of the largest real-estate transactions ever in the state of South Carolina. The area is now one of the most desirable within the state.