President, The Maritime Association of South Carolina
Heather Holmquest is not on social media. It’s a personal choice for her. Her style of management is to build relationships in-person. As president of the Maritime Association of South Carolina, she oversees an association that includes 240 member companies in Charleston and across South Carolina. “My way of disconnecting is to be in relationships, to be one-on-one with people, to be learning from them, to be listening and having a dialogue,” she said. As a champion for workforce development, she points out that many positions in her field pay 40 percent higher than entry-level wages out of college.
Her advice to emerging leaders: “You have to be your biggest champion and your most vocal advocate. … Be loud and proud and talk about your accomplishments.”