Collection: Glen McCaskey
A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Glen McCaskey and wife Virginia moved to Hilton Head Island in 1970 from New York City. They were previously married in Philadelphia where both had worked, Glen for several years for the Franklin Institute. Ginny is a Wisconsin gal. He also had received an MS from the University of Pennsylvania in Philly. Additionally, there is a BA from William and Mary and another degree in Bible Studies in South Carolina.
In the Big Apple, Glen oversaw Public Relations and marketing support for the Caribbean resort properties of RockResorts, headquartered in Rockefeller Center. While focusing primarily on the popular Caribbean properties in the American and British Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, Glen also was involved in other company resorts in Hawaii, Wyoming and Vermont. The McCaskey’s didn’t anticipate a move from Manhattan Island and Caribbean islands to yet another island, but in 1970 it happened. Both were quite ready to leave a 17-story East-side city apartment building and a 72-story office, that swayed in the wind, but they had no idea that 52 years later they would still be living in the ground level LowCountry with another island home.
Sea Pines was the major pioneer resort in those days and the changes the young team of visionaries brought to these shores may have seemed excessively upscale to old islanders, but they were almost primitive by today’s normalities. Vice President McCaskey oversaw Environmental and Recreational Planning and management both in the initial venture and later ventures other similar “resort communities” such as Hilton Head Plantation here, Amelia Island, Fl, Kiawah Island, SC, Palmas del Mar in Puerto Rico and teamed up on behalf of two mountain resort communities in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the North Georgia mountains, Wintergreen and Big Canoe. The term “Resort Communities” Sea Pines essentially invented turned out to be an international evolution that changed several major industries.
After leaving the Sea Pines Company for another degree, in Bible Studies, Glen went into private consulting on Hilton Head and later added one more several year stint as Vice President with Sun City Hilton Head and the parent company in Phoenix, AZ., while staying put in the LowCountry. McCaskey has had several involvements overseas including consulting and speaking stints in Hungary and Croatia representing Sea Pines and the United States. He also has squeezed in three books, two on the travel industry and a single coffee table book on the remarkable story of Henry Ford in Georgia. Glen and Ginny have both been very involved in Grace Community Church on Hilton Head since the 80s and have been blessed with two two children and two grandchildren, one family outpost being in Beaufort across Port Royal Sound the other being in what was the capitol of a little known state that later merged with Tennessee, Franklin, Tennessee.
Glen McCaskey is not widely recognized as a photographer but he has been one almost his entire life, with a substantial library to show for it. . He has loved “the sport” as he is inclined to call his brand of photography. He always has felt it was not to be an occupation. He has had some unexpected related events, triggered by others, such as an environmental centerfold spread in New York Magazine during his time on that island, numerous regional magazine covers in states where he has worked “real jobs,” and a spread in the Magazine of Washington Post while at William and Mary.
He has been prolific with his photographic proclivity during his five decades in the LowCountry and has agreed to share some his favorite images with The Frame Up team from the library he has amassed over the years in the LowCountry he has not been willing to leave
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