Ed Sutton

Ed Sutton is the owner of Simply Commercial Real Estate in Charleston and serves in the Air Force Reserve instructing pilots to fly C-17s. Simply Commercial is a boutique development company focusing on restoring historic structures and building mixed-use developments.

Ed has a degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and a master’s in Military Operations from the Air Force Air Command and Staff College. After graduating from The Citadel, he served nine years on active duty flying C-17 cargo planes. Ed joined the Air Force Reserves in 2015 and continues to fly C-17 missions worldwide. In 2021, he and his crew flew a C-17 into Kabul during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, evacuating nearly 1,000 Afghan refugees.

Ed is a graduate of the leadership program at the Air Force Squadron Office School and is a Roper St. Francis Foundation Fellow. He is on the board of Art Forms and Theater Concepts, an African American theater company in Charleston, and is active with the Rotary Club of Charleston. Ed is a former president of the Reynolds Avenue Merchants Association, a nonprofit working to revitalize an area in North Charleston that took an economic hit with the closing of the Charleston Naval Base in the mid-1990s.


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