Rhett Graham serves as the Director for Corporate Sales and Sponsorships for the Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics. Appointed to this position in July 2016, Graham oversees the creation and fulfillment of corporate sponsorships, both local and national in scope, with the objective of helping grow Chanticleer Athletics into one of the NCAA’s premier athletic programs.
Further objectives include fostering the highest level of customer service and constantly generating sponsorship revenue and corporate partnerships. Adding value both to the University and the sponsor, Graham embraces the fact sponsorships grow the reach of both the Chanticleer brand and the corporate partner. This is evident in the 2012 study noting that CCU has a $452 million annual economic impact on the Grand Strand alone.
A native of Myrtle Beach, Rhett earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from CCU in 2001 while a member of the Chanticleer golf team from 1998-01 (transferred from Arizona State, where he played golf from 1997-98). He also had the privilege of serving as the men’s golf representative for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Prior to serving in his current role as Director for Corporate Sales and Sponsorships, Graham served as the Director of Development for the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation from 2014-16. It was in this role that he generated new and interactive fundraising initiatives that spurred a surge in membership donations and community involvement. He also implemented new team-specific fundraising opportunities, was responsible for a surge in luxury suite sales (selling out occupancy for first time in CAF history) and increased annual CAF Gala proceeds by more than 60% over any other year’s event.
Prior to joining CCU Athletics, he served from 2005-14 as a commercial insurance Account Executive for Wells Insurance where he specialized in property/casualty insurance. Just a few of his clients included Minor League Baseball, golf and country clubs, entertainment venues and contractors.
Much of his focus on customer service and community relations was instilled during his time in the golf business as an assistant professional in Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, N.C. A highlight and great source of customer-relations background certainly stemmed from his employment at TPC Scottsdale as home of the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open.
Graham’s tournament golf during and after college on the national amateur and professional stage continues to serve as a door to share his passion for the Chanticleer brand.
He and his wife, April, live in Conway with their son Campbell.