SOUTH CAROLINA PORTS AUTHORITY
Jack Ellenberg is Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Projects, responsible for the recruitment and location of port-dependent projects as well as the expansion of port-user businesses across the state. He also oversees the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, S.C.
Ellenberg previously served as Deputy Secretary for New Investment at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He joined Commerce in 1996 and was responsible for leading the agency’s efforts in new investment, both foreign and domestic, and overseeing the daily activities of state offices in Europe and Asia.
During his 20 years with the Department of Commerce & the Ports Authority he has been directly involved in the recruitment of over $35 billion in new investment and over 100,000 jobs to South Carolina. He has a vast knowledge of the aerospace and automotive industries and represented the state working with numerous companies such as Amazon.com, BMW, Boeing, 3M, Eastman Chemical, Daimler, Google, Inc., Michelin, Honda, Fujifilm, ZF Group, Robert Bosch and Volvo.
Ellenberg was named Southern Business & Development’s “Person of the Year” for his work on Boeing’s new $750-million 787 Dreamliner assembly operation in the Charleston area. In December, 2010, Governor Mark Sanford awarded Ellenberg the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, for his service to the citizens of South Carolina.
Ellenberg holds bachelors and masters degrees in history from Clemson University. He joined the Ports Authority in January 2011 as Vice President, Cargo Development, and was promoted to his current position in the fall of 2012.