ABOUT TSG CHARLESTON EDITOR SUSAN GRAY:
A Southern California native, Susan grew up moving from state to state frequently due to her father’s job with IBM. Over the years, her education and career included finishing high school in Washington, D.C., studying architecture in Palm Beach, interning in West Palm Beach and New Orleans, and establishing a long-standing career working within the built environment for one of the world’s leading design and construction management firms at offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas. For the past decade, Susan has spent time between Charlotte and Charleston, and now she is preparing to become a permanent resident of Charleston with her husband, Max, and Boykin Spaniel (the State Dog of South Carolina), Barkley.
Susan’s professional background has given her a deep-rooted appreciation for architecture and design, a background in fundraising efforts and events, and experience in serving as a liaison between large and small businesses. Ultimately, she found her niche within the entrepreneurial small business community, and realized her passion was assisting business owners with marketing and growing their brands.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Susan is a world traveler with her self-described “explorer” husband, and together they have “Scouted” and developed their own library of guides to places they’ve visited for friends and family. Together, she and Max were introduced to The Scout Guide while visiting And George in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Susan began her quest to become a TSG Editor in Charleston, where she and Max love to immerse themselves in the history, culture, outdoors, sporting life, intimate nuances, and food of the city.
SUSAN’S THREE FAVORITE REASONS TO VISIT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA:
- The History. “A National Historic Landmark with over 2,800 historic buildings and well-preserved architectural elements and eight different architectural styles (including Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Classic Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Victorian, and Art Deco) are all represented in one quaint and romantic City! Charleston is a unique twist of architectural ‘romance’ and the conflict of war, being a focal point of the Civil War.”
- The Entrepreneurial Spirit. “The spirit and drive of endless small businesses, including boutiques, restaurants, specialty shops and more, both within the City center and in the incredible outlining areas over beautiful bridges and across multiple islands, makes Charleston a day-tripper’s paradise!”
- The Cuisine. “Grand traditions of Southern cuisine are paramount to Charleston, thanks to the rich history of Gullah in addition to the practitioners of lowcountry cuisine from our nation’s earliest settlers, including Spaniards, Italians, the French, English, and Africans who exchanged their cultures and knowledge of growing and cooking food.”
- The Natural Habitat and Scenery. “Charleston’s state-of-the-art bridges span multiple waterways leading to islands with wetlands, country, and beaches to explore. The city is a plethora of gorgeous foliage and distinct southern sea grass and Spanish Moss that houses incredible rare birds and insects that thrive in the coastal climate.”
WORDS SUSAN LIVES BY:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead