Stephen C. Warner
Vice President, Global Competitiveness
Steve serves as CRDA's chief strategist, utilizing his experience in corporate brand management to oversee research and planning initiatives that guide regional economic development and inform branding, marketing and business development initiatives. He also works to convene and connect stakeholders throughout the Charleston region to align and strengthen efforts related to key economic development issues and the community’s competitive edge.
Steve's career includes more than 25 years in the marketing communications field, where he provided brand planning services for such global brands as Ritz-Carlton, Dow Corning, CNN and Coca-Cola. Immediately prior to joining the CRDA team, he was partner in the Atlanta marketing firm Sawyer Riley Compton.
Steve is a co-founder of Charleston’s Creative Parliament, an all-volunteer adhocracy of creative professionals dedicated to helping Charleston realize its full potential as a creative community. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PURE Theatre, Charleston’s contemporary theater ensemble. A native of Ninety Six, South Carolina, Steve is a College of Charleston graduate with a degree in business administration. He and his wife Jan returned to the area in 2005, and enjoy travel, hiking and live music.