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DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS INITIATIVES
Suzanne Dickerson joins the Council after serving for 8 years as the Director for International Business Development at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Suzanne’s experience includes 20 years in the automotive industry: 12 years within BMW working in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning.
She began her career with BMW in Munich Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of the prestigious Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Suzanne speaks fluent German and is also a Fellow of the BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum. Suzanne serves as Vice President of the multi-state Southern Automotive Women’s Forum and is a Board Member of the South Carolina Automotive Council. Locally, Suzanne is a member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum and a Fellow of the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Program. In 2015, Suzanne was the recipient of the Clemson Women in Leadership Award.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Wayne joined the Council after retiring in early 2014 from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where he developed a specialization in the aerospace industry. In his role, he supports the aerospace group by helping to facilitate new domestic and international business opportunities. In addition, he maintains ongoing industry relationships as well as that of the various economic development representatives and organizations in the state. He was the project manager who facilitated the $1 billion investment from Toray Carbon Fibers of America that created 500 new jobs, the single largest new investment in the state. He also facilitated the location of many other aerospace facilities that ultimately chose a South Carolina location.
A native of Charleston, Wayne graduated with a B.A from the University of South Carolina and the University of Oklahoma School for Economic Development. Wayne lives in Columbia and is married with two grown children.
SENIOR PROJECT COORDINATOR
A native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Rob Bockman received his bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on British literature and writing for the screen and stage.
With a background in research and marketing, he now supports the Council’s initiatives and assists with communications to implement strategy and convey to the public the message of the Council.
Prior to joining the Council, Bockman served as a marketing coordinator for nonprofits in South Carolina and as the Director of Marketing for Lake City, South Carolina. He has five years of experience as a copyeditor, social media manager, content manager, and marketing professional.