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Meet Your Board Vice-Chair, Beth Zampino
KICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS | VICE-CHAIR
I am thrilled to be the KICA board’s vice-chair and look forward to a very productive year. Two of my personal objectives this year focus on board partnerships. I believe that strong partnerships yield honest discussions, which are the backbone of impactful decision making. My first objective is to strengthen our collaboration with other organizations on the island, specifically the Town of Kiawah Island, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Kiawah Partners. By leveraging our combined knowledge to address island issues, our community will benefit. The second is to improve the partnership with my fellow board members and help us develop into a highly effective team.
Additionally, I am the chair of the Human Resource Committee. We are a small group focused on supporting KICA’s HR leaders with strategies for retention, recruitment, and staff development. We are currently finalizing our 2022 priorities with the HR team and look forward to another year working with KICA’s incredible employees.
My husband, Danny, and our four children fell in love with Kiawah and the Charleston area on our very first vacation here in 2001. In fact, we purchased our first home on that visit and have never looked back. The beauty of the island, the gorgeous beaches and the spectacular golf courses made it an easy decision to purchase a vacation home. Because we enjoyed Kiawah so much, we decided that upon retirement, we wanted to live full-time in Kiawah. We purchased our current home in 2005 and happily became full-time residents in January 2015. Since then, we have built a great friendship network and immersed ourselves in the community. I am an avid golfer, walker, swimmer and bridge player. Danny and I enjoy golfing together on Sundays, and before COVID, I could usually be found in the gym exercising and enjoying classes. Our very favorite times on Kiawah are when our children, grandchildren, parents and siblings visit. Kiawah has become a very special place for our entire family and we are creating new memories all the time.
Upon retirement in 2015, Danny and I became full-time residents. At first, we spent our time making friends and enjoying the beauty of Kiawah. Having just retired, my initial desire was to slowly acclimate to my “new normal” by relaxing and learning how to play bridge. Soon enough, my new friends urged me to join Arts, Etc. which quickly led to my further involvement and dedication to the community. I became a committee member of Arts, Etc. and served as a key leader for the annual House Tour for several years. I am also involved in The Gift Today, a woman’s organization supporting many different local charities and we actively support Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach and the Conservancy. Earlier this year, the KICA board formed an HR Task Force and I was asked to participate. I have enjoyed my time on the task force and believe that my background and experiences could be useful on the KICA board as well.
I hold a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Fredonia and a MBA in Finance from Pace University School of Business. I have over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, specializing in customer service and technology. I spent the majority of my career at Chase Manhattan Bank and Prudential Insurance Company. My last 10 years I was the chief operating officer of Prudential’s Individual Life Insurance Business, which during my tenure, was the largest division of the company. In that role, I was a member of the Individual Life Insurance Strategic Leadership Team with responsibilities for Service, Administration and Technology, a $400M budget, ten direct reports and 4,000 associates under my leadership across the country. These broad experiences will enable my service on the KICA board, specifically, my background in customer service, project management, finance and budgeting.
Board Service Statement
I believe that your home is more than just the four walls of your house – it is the community you live in, the people you support and the causes you champion. Kiawah is my home and I feel a strong desire and duty to be an active participant in what makes the island a great place to live and enjoy. Having enjoyed the beauty of Kiawah since 2001, I understand the importance of KICA’s mission to preserve and enhance the quality of life and property values of its members. I believe my background and over 30 years’ experiences will help KICA strategically manage our future challenges. I am a collaborative, engaging individual, and desire to ensure the prosperity of our beautiful island.