Beaufort News

Heritage names new board members; Tigges also tapped by SC Aquarium

The Heritage Classic Foundation elected three new members to its board of directors, which oversees the operations of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The new board members are Hilton Head Island resident David Tigges, Doug Smith of Spartanburg and Charles Rountree III of Columbia.

Tigges is CEO and managing shareholder of the McNair Law Firm and chairman of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. An Ohio native, Tigges was also named Monday to a three-year term on the board of directors for the S.C. Aquarium on Charleston Harbor.

"I have a lot of respect for the foundation and its work, and the tournament is vital to the economy of Hilton Head Island and South Carolina," Tigges said. "I was honored they asked me to serve. I think being an 18-year resident of the area, working throughout the state and (serving as) chair of the chamber of commerce gives me experience and insight in working with the business community."

As for the aquarium, Tigges said he's drawn by the way it engages schools to teach students about aquatic life and environmental stewardship.

Tigges has served on the S.C. Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Conservation Easements, the S.C. Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation, the Beaufort County Task Force on Economic Development, the Mayor's Task Force for Hilton Head Island's Future, The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

"Part of it is giving back to your community, and both the Heritage Classic Foundation and the aquarium are professionally run and managed," Tigges said. "It is a time commitment, but it's not as big as one might think."

Smith, a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina Law School, is a partner in the Johnson, Smith, Hibbard & Wildman Law Firm. He's president of the S.C. Golf Association and was a member of the S.C. House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008, serving as speaker pro tempore from 2000 to 2008.

Rountree is a lifetime resident of South Carolina. He's a former president of the S.C. Golf Association, serves on the board of the S.C. Junior Golf Foundation and is president of the Rountree Group, a public affairs company specializing in governmental relations.

The 44th annual RBC Heritage will be played April 9 to 15 at Sea Pines' Harbour Town Golf Links.