Charlestonians honored

Insurance agent, politician are AFFA members

by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: May 16, 2009 in South Carolina News Notes

Two Charleston residents were recently honored in the “40 Under 40” compiled by Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Colleen Condon, a Charleston County Council member and attorney, and Philip Bradley, who owns real estate and insurance agencies, were named among 40 young leaders and businesspeople. Both are members and supporters of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, Charleston’s local LGBT education and advocacy organization.

Bradley, 39, is a board member of the Charitable Society of Charleston and the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust, president of Friends of Charles Towne Landing and active with the Bradley Family Foundation.

“Ultimately, my professional goal is to retire comfortably and successfully,” Bradley told the Journal. “I never want to be just known as a businessman. I believe you are more defined by what you do in life versus what you do for a living in life. But each day, week and year, I have goals that motivate me to be a better person and a better businessman.”

“Always do the right thing,” he said, was his personal mission statement.

He said his dad gave him the best career advice he’d ever learned.

“My dad taught me that taking care of your employees is just as important as taking care of your customers. They both have to be a priority.”

Condon, 38, serves on the Charleston County Council. As an elected official, she works hard to keep an open dialogue with constituents. Every Thursday at 8 a.m. at Sojourn Coffee, Condon holds “Coffee with Colleen.” She uses the time to speak to community members, hearing concerns and taking feedback.

Condon is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, coaches her son’s soccer team and volunteers with Blessed Sacrament School. She is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

“My grandmothers and mother have all passed away, but I try to live by the volumes of advice they gave me,” she said of her personal mission. “I know I wouldn’t be where I am without their prayers, faith, hope and advice. If any action I take won’t make my mother proud, then I shouldn’t do it.”

She said the best career advice she’d ever been given was to strive to have a job you truly enjoy.

As reported in Q-Notes’ April 18 issue, AFFA is currently running their annual media campaign. This year’s campaign focuses on LGBT rights and Civil Rights.

info: www.affa-sc.org