5. Bill Hall, owner, Hall Management GroupFor many area diners, Hall went from being the guy who shook hands at his eponymous steakhouse to an undeniable scene-shaker with the purchase of Maverick Southern Kitchens in 2015. Hall's company employs hundreds of people at its six area restaurants and is perpetually looking to expand its brand, with another outlet now planned for Savannah. Hall was last year named president of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.
Written By: Hanna Raskin and Stephanie Burt