Leadership

AUSTIN STONE
Executive Director

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When asked to join the YEScarolina board six years ago, Austin took the opportunity very seriously. As he became more involved with YEScarolina he saw the impact the organization has on students, teachers, and school systems throughout the state of South Carolina. As Executive Director his vision is to take steps that grow the amazing foundation Jimmy Bailey has laid while keeping intact the core principles of YEScarolina.

 

 

 

MOLLY CRETE
Vice President of Programs 

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Molly grew up embracing her innate leadership characteristics. She thrives off of teaching, leading, and helping others, specifically youth, to improve their lives and reach their fullest potential. It was this passion that led Molly to the College of Charleston to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education, however, this quickly changed when Molly discovered the fields of business, hospitality, and entrepreneurship.

After working in the fine dining environment in Grand Rapids, Molly was thrilled to join the team of Halls Chophouse as a hostess in 2012. It was there that she built a mentor relationship with Mr. Bill Hall. Mr. Hall helped convince Molly to see the world of opportunities outside South Carolina. In 2013, Molly had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia. She was selected for an internship with a very successful young entrepreneur, medical doctor, and philanthropist, Sam Prince and was able to adapt to the lifestyle and work ethic of a different culture. Returning to Charleston, Molly continued networking with several top business professionals and leaders, including Tommy Baker of Baker Motor Company. Her bright personality, confidence, and drive impressed Baker and earned her a spot in his Seminar for Entrepreneurship. This seminar taught Molly the ins and outs of entrepreneurship along with many life lessons—the most prominent being, “Failure is your first step on the path of success.”

Molly’s path of success continued to unravel after meeting Harriett Lee and Jimmy Bailey during the seminar. From there she joined the YEScarolina team and immediately knew she was where she belonged. Molly translates her biggest passions—teaching, entrepreneurship, youth, and leadership—into educating today’s future business leaders and improving economic development for all.

 

JAMES J. BAILEY
YEScarolina Founder

Jimmy Bailey has a recurring theme in his life: People can achieve great success given the tools and the chance. In addition to YEScarolina, Jimmy served as a three term elected S.C. State House Representative and President of Bailey and Associates, a commercial real estate firm.

Since his retirement from the SC State House of Representatives, Jimmy Bailey has actively supported the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in South Carolina with the belief that entrepreneurship can connect young people to our community and the workplace. Since 2004, YEScarolina has provided entrepreneurial training to over 800 teachers in South Carolina using an innovative entrepreneurship curriculum thus impacting over 16,00 students.

In addition to his elections to the S.C. House of Representatives, Jimmy counts among his achievements five years as a football coach at Hazel Parker playground. He has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, as chairman of the City of Charleston Recreation Department, as co-chairman of the United Negro College Fund Drive, as chairman of the Local Development Corporation, as a member of the City Planning and Zoning Commission, as a member on the City Board of Adjustment, as one of first members of The S.C. Education Lottery Commission, as a member of The South Carolina Review Board for Excellence, as Chairman of The S.C. Grants Review Board, as Chairman of The Charleston Memorial Firemen’s Commission.

Jimmy is a devoted family man, friend, and neighbor.

Board of Directors

JAMES J. BAILEY
YEScarolina- Emeritus Founder, Former President & Executive Director
TOMMY B. BAKER - Emeritus Founding Member
Baker Motor Company, Owner & President
AARON BREWER TD Bank, Charleston City Executive
MARY ANN COPE
AuburnJames Winery, Owner
NATE DAPORE
PeopleMatter, Founder & Chairmen Emeritus
WILLIAM A. HALL
-Emeritus Member -Hall Management Group, Owner
LENWOOD HOWELL Southern First Bank, Executive Vice PresidentPAUL HULSEY
Philanthropist

WILL JAMIESON, Stre.am, Chief Executive Officer PAUL HEINAUER
Glasspro, Owner
ANGELINE BROWN LEONARD
C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation, Director
JOHN LINDSEY Lindsey Self Storage Group, Founder & President
NISE LOWELL Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Employer and Public Relations Officer
JOHN MISTRETTA Blackbaud, Executive Vice-President, Human ResourcesMELODY WEINSTEIN SHEMTOV
Butcher & Bee, The Daily, Mellow Mushroom, Director of Brand Innovation
KATHLEEN SHULER
King Street Hospitality Group, Director of Planning & Event Production
STEVE SWANSON
SnapCap, Director
ADAM WITTY - Chairman
Advantage Media Group, President & CEO
KATHLEEN KEENER ELSNER Founding Member 1971-2013 PAUL KITCHIN Anson Asset Group, LLCMARSHALL SIMON
Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, Owner
ERIKA V HARRISON - Law Office of Erika V. Harrison