Camden businessman and civic leader Jack Brantley is Kershaw County’s new Ambassador for Economic Development for 2014, recently named by the S.C. Department of Commerce. Brantley owns Aberdeen Catery in Camden and is among 46 “ambassador” honorees, one from each county in the state.
S.C. Secretary of Commerce Robert M. Hitt III congratulated Brantley in an April 9 letter.
“It was our honor and privilege to be able to recognize your contributions at the annual Industry Appreciation Week ceremony,” Hitt wrote. “Over the last several years, we have been very successful in proving to companies around the world that South Carolina is a great place to locate and grow a business. You are vital to that larger effort that involves enhancing our business climate, helping existing companies to expand and encouraging new companies to locate to our state.”
Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean said Brantley is a strong ally in economic development for the county.
“The (office) is fortunate to have Jack as a partner. Through his food and hospitality, Jack proves just how special we are,” McLean said. “He is a true ambassador for his community. Thank you, Jack for all you do to promote Kershaw County.”
Brantley was born and raised in Ridgeland and is a 1958 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Industrial Management. His career began with Savannah Bank and Trust and then C&S National Bank. He also worked as Projects Coordinator for the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. He later became associated with Sheheen, Brantley and Associates in Camden.
He has a long association with the Jaycees, having been president and vice president of the S.C. Jaycees, national director of the SC Jaycees and vice president of the United Jaycees in 1969. He has been named in Outstanding Young Men of America, Outstanding Personalities of the South, Outstanding Civic Leaders of America and the National Register of Prominent America. Through his association with the Jaycees, Brantley became involved in the Miss America Pageant system. He has hosted a number of queens at Aberdeen -- his Camden residence.
He resides in Camden where he actively supports a number of organizations. He has been recognized by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center with the President’s Award in 2006 and the William F. Nettles Award in 1984.
“I was quite excited. It’s great every time we see new industry coming into Kershaw County,” Brantley said. “It was a surprise honor and I was thrilled. It makes me want to work even harder to help bring in new industry.”