Blake Hallman joined the hospitality faculty of the Trident Technical College in 2002. He has worked throughout industry food service and hospitality operations—from wait staff to regional operations manager. His positions have included Kiawah Island Resorts, Garibaldi Management Cooperation, Sunfire Grill and Bistro in the Charleston region. He still serves as an industry consultant for marketing, management, etiquette and protocol, and is a partner and director of operations for two high volume restaurants in Myrtle Beach, SC. Mr. Hallman was elected to Charleston City Council in 2010. Professional affiliations include The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust and the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Trust, along with the Fort Lamar Trust. A highlight is his work with the Morris Island Coalition, for which he has served as founder and spokesperson for the effort to save historic Morris Island. Mr. Hallman holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in business from The Citadel. He is a certified hospitality educator (CHE) according to standards achieved through the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute. He is also certified in alcohol awareness through the American Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.