McLean previously served as Executive Director for EngenuitySC. Having worked for Fortune 100 companies, economic development agencies and technology startups, Neil brings over 20 years of experience providing top tier strategies, technology, economic development and implementation to clients. McLean received his BS-Engineering and MBA from the University of South Carolina and is also a graduate of The CIO Academy and several Wharton School of Business executive education programs. Neil served for 21 years as an officer in the SC Air National Guard.
George joined New Carolina in 2006. Before being selected as the first Executive Director, he was President of Fletcher Group, Inc, a group of environmental management companies headquartered in Greenville. He is a Professional Engineer registered in seven states and a Diplomat in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. George's community involvement has included serving as Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair (with his wife) of the Greenville County United Way Campaign, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies - SC, and District Governor for Rotary District 7750. He has been recognized by Greenville Magazine as their 2000 Business Person of the Year, by Clemson as a 2004 inductee into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Scientists and Engineers, and by the SC Society of Professional Engineers as their 1999 SC Engineer of the Year. He has been recognized as the SC Engineer of the Year in 1999 by the SC Society of Professional Engineers and as Greenville Business Person of the Year in 2000 by Greenville Magazine.
A Columbia native, Laura McKinney returns to South Carolina after 15 years in service to the U.S. government and business community overseas. She began her professional career abroad as the founding Executive Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Tallinn, Estonia. Working closely with the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, Laura was introduced to the Diplomatic Corps of the U.S. Department of State and joined the Foreign Service in 1999. She served as a Public Affairs Officer in Tbilisi, Georgia and as the Vice Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia. Laura traveled extensively with her family in support of her husband Jim’s military career to Leavenworth, Kansas; Tirana, Albania; Honolulu, Hawaii; and most recently to Ljubljana, Slovenia where she again supported U.S. national interests working at the U.S. Embassy. Laura is a graduate of AC Flora High School in Columbia and the University of Virginia in Slavic Languages and Literature. Laura and Jim live in Columbia and have 5 wonderful children.
Jennifer provides Administrative support to New Carolina’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Task Force Chairs. Jennifer is responsible for keeping the organization's office systems running smoothly, playing a vital behind-the-scenes role supporting the organization's economic development efforts. She resides in Columbia with her husband, Eddie, and their two children.
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