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#YeahTHATAgenda: SC Exports Up in 2018, BMW No. 1, Tiny Homes in Greer, Boeing Warning, Auro Hotels, Dolphins Dropping Acid

Mar 11, 2019 08:46AM ● By Chris Haire
Exports Up for South Carolina For Ninth Year Running: $34.6 billion -- that's the dollar value of products exported out of South Carolina in 2018, a 7.5 increase over the previous year, according to a new S.C. Commerce Department report

Since 2011, exports have increased $9.9 billion. Today, Palmetto State exports reach nearly 200 countries and terrorites, with 33 new markets added in 2018 as a result of the department's South Carolina Export Incentives Program, a progam designed to assist small- to medium-sized companies in reaching foreign markets.

“We’ve cultivated a globally-connected economy in South Carolina, and last year’s export sales total reflects that,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt says in a statement. “Moving forward, we will continue to prioritize the growth of our international trade footprint and will encourage companies of all sizes to expand their reach into new markets overseas.”

South Carolina's top four trading partners include nations the Trump administration has recently waged, or threatens to wage, trade wars against: China, Canada, Germany, and Mexico. The People's Republic accounts for 16% of SC exports, while both the Great White North and Deutschland make up 11%; our South of the Border neighbors are responsible for 8% of exports. 
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    Growing up in a hospitality family, D.J. Rama knows every aspect of the business. While holding on to the legacy that his family built through four decades of hard work and integrity, he adds his knowledge of current trends and best practices to lead Auro Hotels into the 21st century of the lodging industry. 

    Rama has a passion for providing a quality experience in every area of hospitality from design and aesthetics to customer service. His hands-on attitude, attention to detail, and keen listening skills set him apart.  He is known as a visionary and beloved by his associates. He has a heart for giving and created Auro O.N.E., the charitable giving and volunteer arm of the company, as well as the Beacon Fund, which offers employee assistance during times of crisis.

    Currently, Rama serves on the board of directors of the Peace Center and chairs the Greenville Heroes: Serve & Protect luncheon committee, raising money to support firefighters and police officers. Rama obtained his bachelors of science in hospitality management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I. and a masters of management in hospitality from Cornell University. He is also 2016 graduate of the Owner/President Management Program Program of Harvard Business School.