Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development
About Tony and Carrie Grant
- Tony and Carrie Grant (pictured above, center and second from right, respectively) with Mark Roach, CCU vice president for philanthropy; Barbara Ritter, dean of the Wall College of Business; and Stovall Witte, CEO of the Coastal Educational Foundation
The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics at Coastal Carolina University was launched in January 2016 through a major gift from Tony and Carrie Grant of Murrells Inlet. The center serves as an information hub for real estate and economic data.
Tony Grant has spent a lifetime in the real estate profession. He grew up in the United Kingdom and founded Grant & Partners in London in 1965. In 1987, he moved to New York after being named president and CEO of London & Leeds Development Corp., the U.S. property subsidiary of Ladbroke Group PLC (later Hilton PLC). He had direct responsibility for a 4.7-million-square-foot office development program in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami. He later returned to London to serve as board chairman and joint chief executive of Olives Property PLC. Grant's background includes serving as world president of FIABCI (the International Real Estate Federation) and chairman of the Americas region of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Carrie Grant, an artist and designer, earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in applied art and graphic design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She has operated her own graphic design and advertising firm since the early 1970s.
The Grants moved to the Grand Strand area in 2003.