Have you ever wondered where most of the items in your home came from or how your stores are always reliably stocked with your favorite items?  You can thank the proud men and women of your Maritime community and associated industries that support the movement of goods and services.

Join us for a replay of the Maritime Gala to hear how the resilience of the Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) members allowed them to not only succeed in 2020, but also surpass records from prior years.  Help us recognize and celebrate those leaders whose sustained performance stood out as the best of the best while learning how this industry drives the economy and allows South Carolinians to sustain their quality of life.

Annual Meeting Program


Mr. Nick Wong, Executive Director

Presenting Sponsor Message

Mr. Jim Newsome

President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority


Mr. Jeffrey McWhorter

Maritime Association Chairman of the Board

President & CEO, Palmetto Railways

Presentation of Awards

Emerging Leader Award

Mr. Mike Hedgepath, Southeastern Freight lines

presenting to:

2020- Ms. Elizabeth Hills, Charleston Branch Pilots Association

2021- Lt. Chad Ray, U.S Coast Guard

Maritime Advocate of the Year

Ms. Jessica Sage, Charleston Rigging and Marine Hardware

presenting to:

2020- CMMC Navy Yard

2021- Mr. Kyle Ward, NOAA

Beacon Award

Mr. Bill Bean, Charleston Stevedores Association

presenting to:

2020- Mr. Paul Ferri, Charleston Stevedores

2021- Mr. Loy Stewart Sr. (posthumously)

Legislator of the year

Mr. Jeffrey McWhorter, Palmetto Railways

Presenting to:

2020- Mr. Jay Lucas, Speaker of the house, South Carolina

2021- Mr. Tim Scott, U.S. Senator of South Carolina

John Hassell Award

2020- Mr. David Posek, South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors

2021- Mr. Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority CEO

Billy Adams Outstanding Volunteerism Award

Ms. Kathleen Buckley, American College of the Building Arts

presenting to:

2021- Mr. Jerry Baldwin (posthumously)

Closing Remarks

Governor Henry McMaster