Ron Chatham of Florence County has been named executive
of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) by the organization's
Chatham, director of community affairs/governmental relations at
Roche Carolina Inc., will assume his new duties no later than July 1.
In his new role, he will report to NESA co-chairmen Ron Ingle,
president of Coastal Carolina University, and Fred Carter, president of
Francis Marion University.
NESA was formed six months ago to promote the joint development of
the historic Pee Dee and Waccamaw regions of South Carolina. The
alliance was formed to bring about public and private partnerships in
coordinating, planning and sharing resources from Chesterfield,
Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion,
Marlboro and Williamsburg counties.
Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. of Florence and Rep. Douglas Jennings
Jr. of Bennettsville have also been added to the NESA advisory board,
expanding the group to eight members. Other board members are Carter,
Ingle, Rep. Mark Kelley of Myrtle Beach, Sen. J. Yancey McGill of
Kingstree, Billy Alford of the Council of Myrtle Beach Area
Organizations and Frank Willis, mayor of Florence.
Chatham joined Roche Carolina in 1992. He was the first person
hired in South Carolina by the pharmaceutical company and was involved
in the Florence project from the design phase through completion of the
local site. In addition to his human resource duties, Chatham has been
the point person in community relations and public relations on the
local and state levels. He also has been instrumental in establishing
numerous partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, health care
providers and civic organizations.
Chatham began his career in Atlanta, where he worked for a
Beechcraft corporate aircraft distributor. He earned a bachelor's
degree from Georgia State University while working full-time. From
there, he moved to Charlotte where he was vice president of human
resources with PCA International, a retail photographic company.
Chatham came to Florence in 1985 to join L-TEC. The company later
became the ESAB Group Inc., where he was vice president of human
resources. He subsequently was recruited to Hoffmann La-Roche Inc. to
assist in the start-up of the Florence site.
Chatham has been involved in economic development in the Pee Dee
through his chairmanship of Florence County Progress. He also has
served on the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee for the past
He was certified as a senior professional in human resources in
1990 and was named Human Resources Professional of the Year in 1995 by
the Employers Association, Palmetto Division.