Meet the CEO
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Henry L. Ravenel Jr.
Chairman & C.E.O
In 2005, after studying Psychology and Government & Foreign Affairs at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney VA, Henry headed back to the Carolina’s to pursue his dreams.
Installed as Chief Executive Officer of a Charleston Networking Association in 2005, by Former US Majority Whip James Clyburn, Henry began his journey as a leader. After six years of operating the alliance as a membership based networking association, Henry amended the name of organization to the Southeastern Chamber of Commerce, carrying all rights thereto.
Today, Henry L. Ravenel, Jr. leads this organization through a new millennium of success, structure and positive regional impact. He oversees the Chambers Future Agendas and Public Policy initiatives at the international level, along with the countless day-to-day operations of the organization at large.
In a short period, Henry has established a Southeast Regional Growth Plan, which has been effective for dozens of large and small companies within. Henry has assisted the Southeastern Chamber of Commerce, its Board of Governors and its hard working investors, in embracing new business challenges associated with aggressive communication initiatives and campaigns, all designed to bring great benefits for the region.
The Chamber's success across the region has been based on its vitality and ability to stay on the cutting edge of ever changing business and economic trends. As a young chamber, SCC has witnessed the need for a "millennial powerhouse", and has moved forward to define and establish such through seven core cluster target areas that effect business development. The "powerhouse" has provided support to business owners and individual entrepreneurs who have encountered tough advocacy issues that are currently in front of local, state and national government.
Prior to building the foundation of the Southeastern Chamber, Henry is a formerly employed Manager with Veolia- an international transit company, and a former employed leader with Kiawah Development Partners Inc., which operated many subsidiaries such as the Doonbeg Golf Club in Ireland, and the Christophe Harbor on the island of St Kitts- West Indies. Henry currently is the succeeding owner of Henry's Transmissions & Roadside Assistance, INC, based out of Ravenel, SC. Additionally; Henry serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Market Street Gentleman Society, a private wealth society based out of Charleston SC.
In Camden, SC, he serves as a member of the Camden Military Academy Board of Alumni in the capacity of former Class President & Battalion Adjutant, additionally holding numerous military leadership positions throughout his educational career at Camden. Most recently, Henry has been charged with a dual leadership tasks relating to the Southeastern Chamber, and serves as the Executive Board Chairman to its new Board of Governors.
Henry is actively involved in copious amounts of faith base projects, and holds various positions with the Sounds of Praise International Ministries, a growing international ministry lead by world renowned Christian leader, Dr. Allen H. Simmons. Henry is happily married to M. Denise Ravenel, a Human Resource Generalist with the US Department of State.