GASC Board of Directors
Building on more than 25 years of strong relationships in Estonia in education, visits among Estonian and United States delegations, and business development, Mr. Huge has joined forces with Jonathan Zucker, president of InterTech Group, to form the Global Alliance of South Carolina, which presents a broader opportunity to combine these same interests among Israel, Estonia and South Carolina.
Harry Huge is an attorney who concentrates on complex, commercial litigation in federal and state courts; international business and transaction law; and corporate matters, including securities, criminal defense, venture capital, biotechnology, communication, and investment transactions. He has represented both US and foreign clients in commercial and financial transactions in numerous European, Asian, and South American countries.
Mr. Huge is chairman of the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, which has established scholarship programs for young men and women high school graduates from around the country. The Huge Foundation has scholarship and international exchange programs with Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE; the College of Charleston and the Citadel Military College, each in Charleston, SC; the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; and Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia. Currently, the Foundation has, as of the end of 2016, awarded more than 150 scholarships.
Mr. Huge recently formed Change Ventures LP (the “Fund”) in Delaware with offices in Tallinn and Charleston. The Fund will present US-based investors with a unique opportunity to invest in emerging growth companies from countries bordering the Baltic Sea (excluding the Russian Federation). Building on the decades-old relationship between the Fund’s founder, Harry Huge, and Estonia’s political, educational, and business leadership, the Fund’s Tallinn-based investment professionals will source investment opportunities for the Fund throughout the Baltic region.
Mr. Huge serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia for the state of South Carolina and is the Chairman of the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, which has established scholarships and international exchange programs across the country and internationally.
Jonathan Zucker is a founding member and Chairman of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration effort to stimulate new business and research & development partnerships between the two innovative states. As a result of Mr. Zucker’s work with the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, he recently joined with the esteemed lawyer and Honorary Consul General to Estonia, Harry Huge, to activate a similar economic development and collaboration with Estonia. He and Mr. Huge joined forces to form the Global Alliance for South Carolina which now manages joint research and development agreements between South Carolina and both Israel and Estonia.
Mr. Zucker is president of The InterTech Group, Inc., listed by Forbes (in the 2003 listing) as the thirty-eighth largest private company in the United States and by The Grant Thornton South Carolina 100, as South Carolina’s second largest privately held company. The InterTech Group, Inc. is a diversified holding enterprise with operating companies and portfolio investments in multiple sectors including aerospace, industrial and engineered products, financial transaction services, utilities and energy, specialty chemicals, recreation and leisure, medical technology, security and real estate with operations in North America, Latin America, South America, Europe and the Far East.
Mr. Zucker is a founding advisor for the Zucker Institute for Applied Neuroscience, at the Medical University of South Carolina, and the incoming board chairman of the Roper-St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute, both of which act as technology incubators, accelerators, and commercialization engines for their respective organizations. Mr. Zucker also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the South Carolina Research Authority, fostering the state’s innovation economy, and serves on the Board of Governors of the College of Charleston School of Business.
Mr. Zucker is President of the InterTech Group, a family-owned holding company headquartered in Charleston, SC. He currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina – Israel Research and Business Collaboration.
In November of last year, Jim Melville moved to Charleston to become CEO and President of the Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC), a non-profit organization comprised of academic, business and economic development leaders across the state of South Carolina. Simultaneously, Melville is the Associate Dean for International and Community Outreach at the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs (LCWA).
From 2015 to 2018, James D. Melville Jr., was the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, the culmination of 33 years of public service in the U.S. diplomatic corps with the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Melville’s prior positions included serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in U.S. Mission Germany from 2012 to 2015, where he also frequently served as Chargé d’Affaires and was the chief U.S. interlocutor with German government officials. From 2010 to 2012, Ambassador Melville served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs. As Executive Director of EUR and IO, he directed support for all of EUR and IO’s 79 overseas posts, as well as the domestic requirements for both bureaus, and was responsible for operating budgets totaling approximately $700 million and payments to international organizations of over $4 billion.
Melville also served earlier in his career as Minister-Counselor at Embassy London and at Embassy Moscow, where he frequently served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, leading American diplomatic relations in those two important capitals. Melville’s first Foreign Service assignment was in the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic from 1986-1988. He has also served in Seychelles, St. Petersburg, at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and in Paris. In Washington, he has worked in Legislative Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and at the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.
Over the course of his diplomatic career, Ambassador Melville was the recipient of six Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, six Superior Honor Awards, a Meritorious Honor Award and the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Excellence. The Republic of Estonia awarded Ambassador Melville the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 1st Class. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, as a Member of the Board of the American School in London and as Honorary Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce of Estonia.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Melville spent three years as a litigation attorney in New Jersey, specializing in general practice. He speaks Russian, German, and French. Melville graduated from Boston University with an honors degree in history, and earned J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. He is a retired member of the bars of New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Steiner is co-founder (with Harry Huge) of Change Ventures Fund I, LP, where he identifies and funds the growth of emerging technology companies in the Baltic region, including Estonia. In addition, building on his participation in the 2017 SC-Israel Collaboration mission, Mr. Steiner strives to facilitate partnerships and collaborations among growth companies and other enterprises in Estonia, Israel and South Carolina.
Ed Steiner is a member of the Global Corporate Practice Group at Squire Patton Boggs in Cincinnati, Ohio. The focus of his practice is corporate, securities and financing law, where he has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing both public and closely held corporations and other entities. Mr. Steiner has been listed in Chambers USA as among America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2004 and has been listed as among the Best Lawyers in America since 2001.
Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Steiner was a partner from 1993 to 2017 at Keating Muething & Klekamp. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he taught Corporate Finance (2005-2007), Venture Capital & Private Equity (2008-2013) and Mergers & Acquisitions (2014-2015).
Mr. Steiner is a Board Member of Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, a national, Charleston SC-based nonprofit corporation focused on identifying and funding organizations that develop technologies that are useful in treating warfighter injuries and other medical conditions. He also served on the Board of Directors of Armstrong World Industries from 2009 – 2010. Additionally, Mr. Steiner is a member of the Global Corporate Practice Group at Squire Patton Boggs in the firm’s Cincinnati, Ohio office, where he focuses on corporate, securities and financing law. He is also a co-founder of Change Ventures Fund I, LP, which seeks to identify and fund the growth of emerging technology companies in the Baltic region, including Estonia.
Mr. Monk serves as an ex-officio director of GASC. He was appointed by the South Carolina Secretary of Commerce pursuant to the Department of Commerce’s delegation of authority to GASC to administer the SC-Israel and SC-Estonia collaboration agreements on behalf of the state of South Carolina.