A Message From Our Founding Chairman
As a native South Carolinian, I proudly subscribe to our state motto: “While I breathe, I hope.” We are blessed to hail from a state where a solid majority of our citizens still believe in the opportunity of our country and its founding principles. The greatness of America has always been the courage and entrepreneurship of its people…and I’m convinced that this greatness and local leadership is alive and well in South Carolina.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet folks in every corner of our state who believe in our shared values of freedom, self-reliance and hard work. People who still understand America’s founding principles and believe our state is uniquely poised to be a beacon of freedom. Foremost among them are my friends at the Palmetto Promise Institute.
The hardworking folks at PPI are making an impact for freedom in our state, reaching out to friends, neighbors, and policymakers in Columbia to grow a collaborative, common sense network of support for conservative ideas. Ideas that we know can build and sustain a future of greater opportunity and prosperity for every South Carolinian, regardless of their birth or background.
PPI is our greatest hope for a bright, conservative future in our state. We need more courageous and patriotic citizens to stand up and support this growing network in South Carolina. For that reason, I hope you will take a moment to learn more and join me in supporting PPI’s work.
Board of Directors
We are deeply grateful for our Board’s civic leadership and personal commitment to make South Carolina a beacon of freedom to the world.
C. Dan Adams
Dan Adams is the President and CEO of The Capital Corporation, which under his leadership has grown into one of the most successful merger and acquisition boutiques in the Southeast. He has over 28 years experience in finance and has directed over 200 merger and acquisition transactions during his career….
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Honorary Founding Chairman, Greenville
A long-time proponent of freedom solutions in the halls of Congress, Jim DeMint developed his understanding of conservative principles in action as a husband, father and small business owner in Greenville, South Carolina. Now the President of the internationally-known Heritage Foundation, he continues to be a trusted advocate …
Phil Hughes is the President of Hughes Investments, Inc. located in his hometown of Greenville, where his projects include commercial, industrial, office, an mixed-use developments that demonstrate his passion for innovative architecture. He is an avid supporter of his community and serves as a Board Member on several civic, cultural….
The Honorable Stu Rodman
Vice Chairman, Hilton Head Island
Founder and Vice-Chairman of the PPI Board, Hilton Head Island resident Stu Rodman is a retired businessman and Army veteran. During his business career he has served as the founding partner in a private investment firm and held manufacturing, finance and general management positions with several major corporations…
Mike Brenan is the President of BB&T South Carolina, and has worked in various capacities for BB&T for nearly 20 years. He also serves or has served on the boards of University of South Carolina’s Moore School Business Partnership Foundation (Past Chairman), Claflin University, Midlands Business Leadership Group, Midlands Housing Alliance…
Van Hipp is Chairman of the Washington, DC-based American Defense International, Inc. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. In 1990, he was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Reserve Forces and Mobilization)…
Johnson brings a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing businesses in South Carolina. Johnson has been active in the state’s business community with positions on the SC Chamber of Commerce, the executive committee of the Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of…
A Spartanburg native, Barry Wynn’s history in the investment business spans over 35 years and includes a wide variety of investment and retirement planning experience. Before becoming President of Colonial Trust in 1992, he served as First Vice President at The Robinson-Humphrey Company, where he designed investment policy statements…