Founded in 2004

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AIER’s Bastiat Society program in Charleston, SC provides a platform for scholars and policy experts to share their insights and experiences with the general business community. Our events address sound economic principles, personal freedom, and opportunities created through markets.
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Individual Membership 

$250 / Yr  or $350 / couple

  • Annual Member Name Badge
  • 2 Drink Tickets Per Event (Redeemable for 1 Liquor / 2 Beer or Wine)
  • Invitation to event receptions and membership socials

Young Professional Membership (Under 30 Years) 

$100 / Yr

  • Annual Member Name Badge
  • 2 Drink Tickets Per Event (Redeemable for 1 Liquor / 2 Beer or Wine)
  • Invitation to event receptions and membership socials

Student Membership (With Valid Student ID) 

$25 / Yr 

  • Annual Member Name Badge
  • Invitation to event receptions and membership socials

The 1933 Club Membership

$1000 / Yr 

  • Individual membership benefits, plus:
  • 1933 Club Membership Name Badge
  • Exclusive 1933 Club membership lapel pin
  • A complimentary copy of the latest title from AIER publishing
  • Invitations to special 1933 Club events and receptions
  • Briefing calls with key AIER staff and leadership

Chapter Director

Tom Hardy is a dynamic, hands-on retired operations executive with a wealth of knowledge and experience with small to mid-size companies. Mr. Hardy ran American Production Products Company, American Pain Paddle Company, Chef Revival Company, and Industrial sales for Dexter Cutlery Company. He has volunteered as a Scoutmaster for troop 50 in Charleston, SC head of the Fathers Association at Porter-Gaud School, and was head of his neighborhood association. A friend introduced him to the Bastiat Society of Charleston back when it was getting started and he has been involved to varying degrees since.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Board of Directors

Tom Graham is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and investor. He has four children and five grandchildren. After his wife passed in 2018, he meditated about what to do with the rest of his life, determined to do what he can to make this world a better place. Tom would love to significantly help break government barriers that prevent people from flourishing, both in this country and abroad. He wants to help restore individual freedoms and government restraint originally sought in English and U.S. Constitutions, as well as help preserve those freedoms we still have left. Tom strives to savor the moment, create value for others, and enjoy life.

Brad DeVos is the Director of Programs at AIER. In 2009, he began working with the Bastiat Society as their Managing Director and now oversees the growth of AIER’s programs, as well as campus-wide operations and capital improvements. He earned a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston, as well as an associates degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.

Brad is a member of the historic Mont Pelerin Society, a L.E.E.D. Accredited Professional, a graduate of the Atlas Think Tank Leadership Academy, and a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network. He recently served a 2-year appointment on the South Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and daughter.