Interview: Steve Dexter

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
Almost 15 years. Job opportunity and closeness to grandparents.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
Relaxed.

Which season is Charleston at its best?
Spring.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
Clay Center.

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
Easy to navigate. Hassle free.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Blossom Deli, Ichiban, Soho’s, Chop House, Tidewater.

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
The Capital complex, the riverfront and Kanawha state forest.

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
Carriage trail, symphony, WV Power game.

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Hiking in the Kanawha state forest, visiting the capital complex and the cultural and history museum, and walking the riverfront area.

Stephen P. Dexter is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Memorial Hospital and CEO of the Thomas Health System which includes both Thomas and St. Francis hospitals. Born in Detroit, Stephen grew up in New York and moved to the city from Ft. Lauderdale. For him, Charleston and West Virginia, are the best kept secrets east of the Mississippi.