John Wilson

Council Member|jwilson@kiawahisland.org

My wife Linda, and I have been property owners on Kiawah since 1987.Our first vacation home was in Inlet Cove. Subsequently we purchased a lot and built our current home in 2001. We’ve lived on Kiawah as full time residents since February of 2001.

I’m a retired Managing Director and was head of an Institutional Investment Unit of Prudential, managing a portfolio of approximately $4 billion. My career included assignments in portfolio and asset/liability management, strategic planning, interest rate risk management, information systems, accounting and auditing.

I’ve attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Boston University Graduate School of Management, completed the ICFA Investment Management Program at Princeton and The Program on Futures and Options at Northwestern, have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and am a member of the CFA Institute.

Local positions since my retirement include former Chair of the KICA’s Finance Advisory Committee and subsequently a member of the KICA Board, serving as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and liaison to the Town. More recently I have served the Town of Kiawah as Chair of the Election Commission. I’ve tutored for several years at the Angel Oak, Frierson and St. Johns schools with Communities in Schools.  For both the Senior PGA and PGA Tournaments I served as volunteer Chairman of Contestant Transportation. I was one of the principals who conducted the highly successful Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat at the Ocean Park.

The Town of Kiawah is one of the most financially sound municipalities in the State and the Mayor and Town Council need to make certain that continues. This takes on added importance as the Town constructs its new Municipal Center and recovers from the issues caused by the previous administrator and treasurer. Looking outward, I feel it is critical that the extensive contributions, both financial and otherwise, of Kiawah to Charleston County receive appropriate recognition. In particular, the inadequate roads on Johns Island deserve far more attention from the County and our elected representative on County Council.