Entrepreneur, Managing Partner and co-founder of Southern Shores, Cheryl F.C. Ludlam, MBA, is the resident nerd and matriarch of the Southern Shores team. You might find her wearing her pink hard hat at construction sites—she’s a S.C. licensed residential builder—or you might find her in conference rooms reviewing company performance with her team. She thrives on a full calendar as a businesswoman, church and civic volunteer, and wife and mother of four children ages four through fourteen.
Cheryl’s zest for learning showed up early when she graduated from Goose Creek High School as the class valedictorian, and her passion for entrepreneurship and business blossomed when she helped start a biotech company after she graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with degrees in Physics and Math (with a study abroad stint at Oxford University in England). She later earned an MBA with High Honors also from Boston U.
After helping to launch the successful startup of the Boston biotech company, her career took some twists and turns as she decided to get big corporate experience at publicly traded companies in Boston and Denver. Shortly after 9/11, she decided to move back to Charleston to be closer to family. By then, her experience working in larger, publicly traded corporations combined with her experience with startups positioned her well to understand how to start, grow, manage and sustain a successful business. She puts those tools to use every day at Southern Shores, which started as a real estate sales company right before the Great Recession and grew to serve thousands of clients and employ scores of agents, employees and contractors in multiple industries including general brokerage, property management, regime management, construction and maintenance, cleaning and custodial, new home construction and vacation rentals.
In her copious amounts of spare time, Cheryl serves on the governing board for the SC Human Affairs Commission, an agency that eliminates and prevents unlawful discrimination. She and her husband of over twenty years also teach a course on marriage to engaged couples through the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. Cheryl is also very active at her children’s schools (Bishop England and Charleston Catholic) and at her church (Sacred Heart). She loves to read (shock!), crochet afghans and write non-fiction (she’s published a number of articles as well as a faith-based business book entitled Stay Driven).