Stephen Bedard


stephen bedardStephen Bedard, MBA, University of Georgia

Stephen Bedard is currently working as the President and CEO of the Charleston Gailliard Management Corporation, where he is responsible for operating and maintaining the Gaillard Center. His efforts are laser focused in 4 key areas: developing a customer centric espirt de corps in the Center's workforce, developing a sustainable long-term financial model for the center, refining the quality and mix of live performances, and improving the quality of the experience of those usng the ballroom spaces. As CEO, he guided the Center to an amazing financial turnaround (15.4 times increase) in just 4 years. Stephen was awarded the Order of the Silver Cresent Award by the Govenor of SC for a career of exceptional service in the Charleston region.

Before his work with the Gaillard Center, Stephen worked for 18 years as the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Charleston. During this time, he was responsible for the development and execution of an annual $190 million operating budget. He also spearheaded the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan that spent $75-$100 million per year on capital additions and improvements within the city. In 2014, Stephen was awarded the Medical University of SC's Presidential Medallion, the highest honor the president of MUSC can bestow, for his multifaceted efforts that accured great benefit to the medical university. In Stephens career, he has also served as chief of staff of Charleston County government, Budget and Business Manager of Vail Research Company/DARPA, and Supply Corps Office in the U.S. Navy. Stephen can be reached at