Charleston has a plethora of local speakers, authors and people of interest.  Present to us your meeting message and we will assist you in sourcing a local speaker.

This helps the budget and often just makes sense!


  • JOHNATHAN POSTON is the former director of Museum Houses for Historic Charleston Foundation and is the author of Historic Buildings of Charleston.


  • NATHALIE DUPREE & MARION SULLIVAN:  Nathalie Dupree has over ten cookbooks to her name and along with Marion Sullivan has authored Shrimp and Grits. Marion has also designed and styled a number of local books for chefs such as Magnolia’s long-standing chef Donald Barickman and currently McCrady’s and Husk’s Executive Chef Sean Brock.
  • HOLLY HERRICK:  Tart Love and Southern Farmers Market Cookbook.


  • LOUSIA PRINGLE CAMERON, Author of Gardens of Charleston and  More Gardens of Charleston.

Local Authors of Fiction:

  • DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK: Author of Sullivans IslandPlantationIsle of Palms, Return to Sullivans IslandFull of GraceMurrell’s Inlet.
  • PAT CONROY:  Beach MusicThe Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, The Lords of DisciplineThe Water is Wide.
  • SUE MONK KIDD:  The Secret Life of BeesThe Mermaid Chair , and Traveling with Pomegranates with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.   A Video of Sue can be seen at:
  • BETH WEBB HART:   Grace at Low TideSunrise on the BatteryThe Wedding MachineLove, Charleston, and Adealaide Piper.    A Video of Beth can be seen at:


  • SC POET LAUREATE MARJORY WENTWORTH:  The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary MiracleShacklesDespite GravityNoticing Eden

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  • CAPTAIN BRAD VAN LIEW AND CAPTAIN NEAL PETERSEN – We now have two sailors who have sailed around the world ALONE in the Ve Luxe Oceans Race and both are available to speak with your groups; Captain Neal Petersen and2010-11 WINNER  Captain Brad Van Lew.  Peterson survived apartheid discrimination to depart South Africa and live his dream to sail.  Van Lew’s three trips around the world alone offer great inspiration – how the power of one is only possible when the home team is in place.  A video can be seen at:
  • MAYOR JOSEPH P. RILEY JR. is the 9 term mayor of what Conde Naste Readers voted in late 2011 as the “Best City in America.”  A video can be seen at:
  • FRANK ABAGNALE JR. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. A video can be seen at:
  • MICHAEL BROOME, who has spoken to over 3000 groups in his career.  In his book, Be a Liver of Life, Not a Gallbladder, he sums up his philosophy, “The ultimate success is when your life overflows with things that money cannot buy.”  A video can be seen at:
  • SAM WYCHE can tailor a presentation to the specific needs of an audience weaving stories of triumph and the work ethic into a message that will inspire and motivate a group, learning how his approach to success on the field translates into all of life’s endeavors.  Sam Wyche was a successful head football coach in the National Football League for 12 years. In 1996, he was a sports analyst with Marv Albert on a weekly NFL game for NBC.  From 1998 through the 2000 season, Sam was an analyst by CBS with Kevin Harlan on the weekly NFL games. After a fight with heart disease, viral cardiomyopathy, Sam joined the Buffalo Bills as their QB coach in 2004 and 2005.
  • MIKE AYERS is the award winning coach from Wofford College.  After a long string of bad years,  The young, energetic coach was brought in after having built East Tennessee State into a Southern Conference contender and had knocked off Atlantic Coast Conference opponent North Carolina State in 1987.  Over milkshakes at the Biltmore Dairy Bar in Asheville, N.C., Wofford Athletic Director Danny Morrison and President Joe Lesesne discussed the opportunity with Ayers. A few days later, he was introduced as head coach. Ayers’ impact on the Terriers was immediate. He magically transformed that 1-10 Wofford team into a .500 squad in 1988 and then led the Terriers to an NCAA Division II playoff berth in 1990. Today, more than 20 years later, Ayers is the head coach of a Terrier team that, over the last six years, has been the epitome of success within the Southern Conference. p://


We also offer BOOK CLUB programs where you can send your attendees or spouses a copy of the book and we have an early breakfast gathering of those who wish to participate to come down and join in. This is a “Novel” idea! Ha! Get it” Novel….[push h=”1″](Luckily you do not pay JMC for puns!)