Meet the Team

If you’ve decided to bring your company to our area, we’ll be there to work with you through the entire process, helping you access the information and resources you need. If you’re already doing business here, bring us your challenges, and we’ll identify resources and programs that can enhance your opportunities for success.

Will Williams

President & CEO

Will Williams is a native of Georgetown, SC and a graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Will has more than 20 years of economic development experience in various capacities. Will is a member of several organizations such as, The SC Economic Developers Association, The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and the Aiken Technical College Foundation. Will is the past president of Rotary and the current Chairman of the Southeastern Economic Development Council.

Will has been recognized for his work in economic development with the 2017 SCEDA Local Developer of the Year and the W. D. Workman Buffalo Hunter Award. He also has the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer by the State of South Carolina.

Will enjoys playing golf, hunting, and fishing along with long distance running. He is married to Ellen, a native of Columbia, SC. They have two sons, one who attends The Citadel and one who attends Aiken County Public Schools.

Theresa Daugherty

Office Manager

Theresa Daugherty is a native of Aiken, SC growing up in the nearby Batesburg and Ridge Spring area. She is a 2014 graduate of Aiken Technical College with an Associate in Applied Science: Major in Accounting. Her previous career of nineteen-years was in the medical field as a physician assistant and leading coder/biller.

Theresa has a true connection with the outdoors. From a casual bike ride on her cruiser, to camping and fishing with her husband, and hiking with her dog. She enjoys participating in benefit walk/runs. Her outdoor enthusiasm also drives her love of nature photography.

Theresa is a member of Cedar Creek West Campus and enjoys participating in any area her talents can be utilized. Her and husband, Michael have one daughter, who is attending the University of Wyoming working toward a degree in Architectural Engineering.

Kelci Avery

Marketing & Development Director

Kelci is a native of Clinton, SC and a graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration, where she majored in Economics with a concentration in Applied Economics. Kelci comes to EDP after 2 years as a Product Development Specialist at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where she managed the LocateSC property database. Prior to Commerce, she interned with the Newberry County Economic Development Office, SC Power Team, and Central Electric Power Cooperative. Kelci is a member of the SC Economic Developers Association and the Southern Economic Development Council, as well as a graduate of the South Carolina Economic Development Institute.

Kelci enjoys cheering for Alabama and being outdoors, whether it’s being on the lake, hunting with her dad or friends, or shooting sporting clays. Kelci is new to Aiken, and is looking forward to relocating to the area and exploring all Aiken has to offer.