Ken Lam has been Music Director of the Charleston Symphony since 2015.
He has conducted throughout the US and Asia. In recent seasons, he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Baltimore, Detroit, Buffalo, Hawaii, Memphis, Meridien, as well as Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seongnam Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists including Leon Fleisher, Yo-Yo Ma, Stephen Hough, Sir James Galway, Ricky Skaggs, Neil Sedaka and Steep Canyon Rangers.
Maestro Lam also holds the posts of Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices and Conductor Laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Previous positions have included posts as Associate Conductor for Education of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.
Richard Gordon started his educational career as a high school math and computer science teacher (in both Colorado and South Carolina). Prior to being named Executive Director of Career and Technology Education for the Charleston County School District, he served as a high school Assistant Principal and Principal.
Richard Gordon is also a U.S. Army Veteran who currently serves as a Battalion Commander in the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Larry Dandridge is our guest speaker today. He is from Charleston, SC and is a retired Army Aviation Lieutenant Colonel and a highly decorated Vietnam War wounded warrior. He served in the Army as an enlisted Infantryman, Warrant Officer Attack Helicopter Pilot, and a Commissioned Officer for 24 years.
Larry is also a well-known LowCountry military history writer and motivational speaker. His leadership and aeronautical articles have been published in the USA, Germany, Canada, and England, in over 23 magazines and newspapers and three books. His latest book, the award winning and all five-star reviewed, BLADES OF THUNDER (Book One) was written to raise money for Fisher House Charleston. His book sales and speeches have raised more than $70.000.00 for Fisher House Charleston.
Larry is also an ex decorated police officer, past owner of the most successful hospice in Missouri, a retired Aerospace Company Regional Manager, college business and aeronautics instructor, and the owner of Tigers, Vikings, and Vipers Publishing LLC. Most of his time these days, he serves as a volunteer Patient Adviser for our local VA Hospital, the Good Will Ambassador for Fisher House Charleston, and the Vice President for Veteran Affairs for the Charleston Chapter of the Army Association.
A certified Veterans Service Officer, Larry is married to his beloved wife, Judi Dandridge, and has five children, nine grandchildren, and one great granddaughter —– and a miniature Italian Greyhound.
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center raises awareness about the issue of child abuse through its public awareness campaign held each April in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention month. We would love the opportunity to speak to the North Charleston Rotary about the issue of child abuse.
Throughout the entire year and especially during the month of April, we strive to give adults in our community the knowledge and tools to keep children safe. Adults who understand the problems of child abuse are better equipped to help prevent abuse from occurring, know how and when to the report suspected abuse, and can help raise awareness of the services and resources available to victims and their families.
One of the nation’s leading business innovators, Parker’s CEO Greg Parker has earned acclaim for his commitment to high-quality foodservice, technology, consumer rights and charitable giving. Parker has been recognized as the 2018 Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year, the Convenience Store News Tech Executive of the Year, the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club Citizen of the Year, the Savannah Morning News Entrepreneur of the Year and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year.
Under his leadership, Parker’s has grown from a one-store operation in Midway, Georgia to an award-winning, 64-store company with state-of-the-art convenience stores located throughout Georgia and South Carolina, serving delicious Southern-inspired food made from scratch. The company has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for four consecutive years. Parker is currently leading the company through an ambitious growth plan and will expand Parker’s into the Charleston, S.C. market in 2019, opening nine retail stores throughout the area.
Over the past 17 years, Parker’s revenue has grown by 20% annually, thanks to the visionary leadership of the company’s award-winning CEO. At the same time, Parker has elevated the convenience store industry, exceeding consumer expectations and setting the standard for exceptional foodservice.
A steadfast advocate for consumer rights, Parker launched the Parker’s PumpPal loyalty program, which includes more than 150,000 members and has saved customers more than $10 million to date. He also founded the company’s Fueling the Community charitable giving initiative, which gives back to every community where Parker’s does business, and endowed the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.
In the Fall of 2018, Parker made a record $5 million donation to name the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, supporting the next generation of business leaders in Georgia. The new funding will establish the Parker Business Scholars Program, Parker Business Scholarship Fund and Parker Faculty Support Fund, allowing Georgia Southern students to excel in the areas of professional development and scholarship.
Parker is also an accomplished speaker who has delivered the State of the Industry keynote address for the National Association of Convenience Stores for five consecutive years and was the keynote speaker at the Outlook Conference. He has also been a featured presenter at the NACS Leadership Assembly, Leadership Southeast Georgia, the Savannah Downtown Business Association, the City of Savannah, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University.
A national industry leader, Parker is active in the Petroleum Marketers Study Group and previously served as the vice chairman of research for the National Association of Convenience Stores. He previously served as chairman of the BPAmoco Marketers Association and was a member of the Pepsi Retail Advisory Council and the Coca-Cola Retail Advisory Committee.
Parker donates his time and resources to a number of nonprofit organizations in Savannah, Ga. and currently leads a city-wide anti-litter initiative, serves as the chairman of the Mayor’s Business Roundtable and contributes to the Mayor’s Crime Task Force.
Over the years, Parker has served as the chairman of the Savannah Master Plan Task Force and on the board of directors for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Memorial Health Foundation.
Parker is the proud father of three children – Olivia, Bennett and Lily – and is based in Savannah, Ga.