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Staff & Board Members

Get to know the passionate people working behind the scenes at SEWE.

SEWE Team

John Powell

John Powell

President and CEO

A native of Greenville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Davidson College, John lives in downtown Charleston and joined the SEWE staff full-time in April 2007. As Executive Director, John oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. He works with SEWE corporate partners, and oversees the coordination of all SEWE exhibitors and layouts for all SEWE venues. John lives downtown with his wife, Davy, and their dog.

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Meagan Trotta

Meagan Trotta

Marketing and Sales Director

The daughter of an Army Colonel, Meagan spent her childhood between Vicenza, Italy, and various states in the U.S. before moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2008. Meagan graduated from The College of Charleston Honors College with a B.S. degree in Marketing. She joined the SEWE team in 2020 to assist with special projects and events, and now serves as the marketing and sales director and brings a wealth of design and technological support to the team.

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Hannah Shannon

Hannah Shannon

Artist Coordinator and VIP Liason

Hannah is a South Carolina native and College of Charleston graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education. While attending CofC Hannah served as the Panhellenic Board President; it was in this role that she realized her passion for event coordination and love for creating strong relationships in the Lowcountry community. After graduation, she worked as a corporate planner and wedding coordinator in Charleston for several years. Hannah now serves as the Artist Coordinator and VIP Liaison for SEWE where she also spearheads the Kids for Conservation Competition and SC Junior Duck Stamp Coordination. Hannah, her husband Ryan, and their dog, Jango, live on Johns Island.

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Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Special Events

Julia is a native of South Carolina and spent her childhood on her family farm where she grew her love of the outdoors and all that SC has to offer. She studied at the College of Charleston and majored in Arts Management while interning with SEWE her senior year in 2021. Julia grew up going to SEWE and especially loved attending during her years at COFC. She continues her roll in special events, exhibitors, and day-to-day operations around the office. Julia spends her free time with her Boykin, Indy, or at any local live music venue.

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Parker Walters

Parker Walters

Special Events

A native to Charleston, Parker has grown up attending SEWE, with her dad as a board member and her mother previously in a marketing position. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Parker puts her entrepreneurship major to use helping with day to day operations, merchandise and special events. Parker enjoys spending her time on the boat with friends and family.

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SEWE Board Members

Neil C. Robinson, Jr., Chairman

Nexsen Pruet, LLC, Attorney

Charleston, South Carolina

Tommy Baker

Owner and President, Baker Motor Company

Charleston, South Carolina

George J. Bullwinkel, Jr.

SCANA Energy, Retired President and COO

Columbia, South Carolina

George J. Bullwinkel, Jr.

Member, Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Harry J. Butler, Jr.

Butler Properties, Chairman

Atlanta, Georgia

Senator Paul Campbell

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Mark C. Fava

The Boeing Company

Charleston, South Carolina

Ronnie M. Givens

Summerville, South Carolina

Thomas A. Hall

President, Halls Management Group

Charleston, South Carolina

Helen T. Hill

Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chief Executive Officer

Charleston, South Carolina

Leonard L. Hutchison, III

SVP and SC Region President at First National Bank

Charleston, South Carolina

Richard Jackson

C.R. Jackson Co., CEO

Columbia, South Carolina

David L. Morgan

Litton Entertainment

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Kenneth T. Seeger

Charleston, South Carolina

O.L. Thompson

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

John F. Walters

M.D., FACEP

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Claudius E. Watts, IV

Charleston, South Carolina

Members Emeriti

Bill Hall*

Hall Management Group

Charleston, South Carolina

Jack Hanna

Retired, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, conservationist, author, and television personality

Columbus, Ohio

Dr. S. Lloyd Newberry

Retired, Dean of Faculty with the University System of Georgia, land developer, author and conservationist

Townsend, Georgia

* deceased

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