Member News | Sept. 19 – Sept. 23

McNair Managing Shareholder David Tigges Named to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Aquarium

 McNair Law Firm today announced that the firm’s Managing Shareholder and CEO, David Tigges, has been elected to a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor.  The appointment was effective September 2011.

 “Whether through pro bono legal work or community involvement, service to the public is a timeless legacy at McNair,” Tigges said.  “Our clients expect the firm’s attorneys to be leaders — with the law, with business, and with the civic and charitable issues about which we care.”

 The Charleston aquarium is one of several civic and charitable organizations where Mr. Tigges has volunteered as an officer or director.  Others, past and current, include the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Classic Foundation, Beaufort County Task Force on Economic Development, Mayor’s Task Force for Hilton Head Island’s Future, The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, South Carolina Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Conservation Easements and South Carolina Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation.

 About the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor

Over 5 million people have visited the aquarium since it opened on Charleston Harbor in May 2000.  The regional attraction has over 60 exhibits that illustrate the life and character of the five major regions of the Appalachian watershed.  Highlights currently include Camp Carolina, an interactive, immersion exhibit about the upstate region of South Carolina.  According the aquarium Web site, “The Great Ocean Tank is the largest exhibit in the Aquarium. It extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium, holds over 385,000 gallons of water and contains over 450 animals.”

 About McNair

McNair Law Firm, P.A., is a full-service law firm serving businesses, government and individuals from eight offices in South Carolina and one in Charlotte, N.C.  The firm traces its origins to 1971, when former governor Robert E. McNair founded a firm dedicated to handling high-stakes legal needs in the Carolinas, especially where business and government interests intersect.



Teri K. Stomski, special counsel with Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, has been honored by two organizations in recognition of her service to the community.

The Rotary Club of Five Points recently presented her with “The Charles C. Foster Rotarian of the Year Award,” which the group bestows annually in appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary. She also received the award for her service in 2007-08.

Additionally, Stomski was recognized as a Healthy Learners Ambassador during that organization’s recent awards luncheon. She serves on the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees, holding the positions of vice chair and Fund Development Committee chair. The organization is devoted to removing children’s barriers to learning.

A native of Columbia, Stomski earned her bachelor’s and her Juris Doctor at the University of South Carolina. In 2009, the University of South Carolina School of Law honored her with the Compleat Lawyer Award, which recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and uphold high standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity.

She frequently writes and lectures about topics related to real estate and banking for the South Carolina Bar and USC School of Law. She is currently serving as president of the Palmetto Land Title Association.

At Rogers Townsend & Thomas, Stomski’s practice focuses on Business, Banking and Commercial Development.

About Rogers Townsend & Thomas
Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, with offices in Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has 65 attorneys practicing in a wide range of industries and practice areas. Rogers Townsend provides counsel to the banking, default services, insurance, real estate, construction, corporate, estate planning and probate, and title services industries. Visit us at


Cohn Construction Services, LLC Announces Official Fields Health Clinic Groundbreaking

Cohn Construction Services, a full-service design/build construction firm, hosted the official groundbreaking at the future site of the new Fields Health Clinic on Devine Street. The groundbreaking event began at 5.00pm on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 and took place at the new building site location in Columbia, South Carolina on Devine Street next to Dunbar Funeral Home.

Dr. James Fields welcomed the crowd of 40 plus people in attendance and explained the history of Fields Chiropractic Clinic and how they have achieved success. Key players in the project such as Dr. Sander Fields, Dr. James Fields, Dr. Andrew Fields, Keith Phillips, Rick Cohn, and Harris Cohn took the shovels and hard hats and broke ground on their new building site. Additional contributors for the project such as Drew Painter from First Community Bank and Eric Huffstetler from LTC Architects were also there to celebrate in the monumental day.

Cohn Construction Services, LLC, was hired by Fields Health Clinic to facilitate the entire process of designing and building their new health clinic. The firm conceptualized, envisioned and strategized the overall design for the facility while working closely with Fields Health Clinic officials to ensure the overall facility conformed to specific aesthetic, technical and functional expectations and requirements. Collaborating with local architecture and engineering firms (to program certain design aspects) their team conceived an integrated master plan seen through to project completion.

“We thought this groundbreaking celebration would be a great way to build anticipation around the arrival of Fields Health Clinic’s new building on Devine Street,” said Cohn Construction President Harris Cohn, “We are very pleased to be part of the Fields family’s exciting business expansion and we look forward to beginning work on this new project.”

Cohn Construction Services is scheduled to complete the new project in January, 2012. The single-level medical clinic will provide general medical exams and treatment, chiropractic exams, therapy, and x-ray services.  The new location will feature more spacious procedure rooms and nicely appointed patient and staff areas.  An environmentally conscious design has been incorporated into this facility, utilizing innovative and efficient products which include energy conserving HVAC and lighting control systems, high efficiency windows, and an increased insulation package.  The exterior will be aesthetically pleasing having a combination of brick and stone veneer with stucco accents.

About Fields Health Clinic

 In 1983, Dr. Sander Fields opened Fields Chiropractic Clinic in Columbia, SC. In 1997, Dr. Andrew Fields joined his father in his practice, and in 2001 Dr. James Fields completed the family team. Most recently Andrew and James have completed a bachelors in nursing and are on tract to complete their family nurse practitioner degrees in May 2012. The practice will soon be known as Fields Health Clinic because of the vast services they will provide. These services include a family medical practice, podiatry, chiropractic manipulation of the spine, spinal (disc) decompression, therapeutic ultrasound for selected sub-chronic and chronic conditions, electrotherapy for relaxation of muscle spasms, massage therapy, exercise and nutrition counseling, along with many others. The physicians and staff at Fields Health Clinic pride themselves in providing safe, quality, and natural care to cure pain. For more information, contact Fields Health Clinic at 803-787-7050 or visit

About Cohn Construction Services, LLC

Richard H. Cohn, Sr. founded Cohn Construction Services in 1992. Company President, Richard H. Cohn, Jr., joined his father in 2004. Cohn Construction Services specializes in medical, dental, industrial, and commercial building projects across the state of South Carolina. The Cohn Construction Medical Building Division has established a reputation for excellence working closely with clients and employing a tailored design/build approach. Cohn Construction delivers innovative, efficient and high quality buildings with traditionally aesthetic materials such as brick, stone, tilt-up, concrete or glass meaning their medical buildings can meet any appearance requirement, while delivering quick turnaround, cost savings and faster occupancy to clients. For More Information visit


“Buy Local” marketing company opens territory in Greater Columbia Metro

September 21, 2011 – New to the Chamber and the communities of the Greater Columbia Metro area is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to gain a low cost marketing solution, while coming together and contributing to the overall economic health of the area. RelyLocal is pleased to announce Kem Oliver as the territory owner of RelyLocal of Greater Columbia. Longtime area residents, Kem and his wife Sherry, have strong roots here and are eager and committed to help with the economic health for main street businesses from Chapin to Blythewood, Lexington to Forest Acres, and all places in between.

“My great grandfather started his own business in Columbia at the corner of Main and Elmwood back in 1929 which operated under my grandfather and great uncle through the 70’s” Oliver says. “My sister and brother-in-law own a business in 5 points now, and after owning my own restaurant for several years, I have a good feeling for what local business owners are up against.”

RelyLocal was born in response to the economic problems that have plagued our country. The idea for RelyLocal was very simple – empower local business owners to stabilize their local economy, while educating residents on the important role that local business plays in the overall health of the community. The company began with three main goals; 1) To provide new, locally-driven, cost-effective marketing resources to small businesses, 2) To develop a grass roots campaign, uniting business owners and residents in a fight for the economic health of their community, and 3) To create as many new jobs across the country as possible.

RelyLocal’s mission and business model really has struck a chord across the country.” states RelyLocal’s Co-Founder, Steve Ramsey referring to the over 405 cites in 121 markets and 25 states in which RelyLocal has become active since it’s inception in late 2009. ”Having local business leaders involved with our growing company shows how passionate people are to make a difference in their local communities and in their local economy.”

At RelyLocal’s core is a powerful, location-specific online directory devoted to locally owned and operated businesses. In addition to the web site’s core feature set of maps, photos, video marketing, reviews, job-board and coupons.  Local businesses are promoted through search engine marketing, social media platforms, co-op advertising, old-fashioned networking, and locally driven grass roots campaigns.

“We are eager to ‘carry the torch’ for locally owned businesses in the Midlands and hope to help create an atmosphere of support to bolster our local communities economic health” says Oliver, “we are proud to be local business owners and look forward to being active in the community and continuing contributors to our local economy”

Please visit their website and blog to see more at or contact them at or 803-937-3113.


Lexington Medical Center Begins “Every Woman” Blog

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that ten women from the Midlands have been selected as featured bloggers for its new Every Woman Blog at  The women were selected during the summer in a contest sponsored by Lexington Medical Center. 

“The Every Woman Blog is an excellent way for women in our community to educate and inspire each other,” said Jennifer Wilson, public relations manager at Lexington Medical Center.  “The compelling stories of each of the women are entertaining, insightful and valuable, and will help women who read them be the best they can be.”

Meet the winning bloggers:

Jordan Addison:  Jordan is the reigning Miss Black South Carolina USA who combines brains and beauty.  This University of South Carolina student is passionate about awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and empowering women to be leaders in their communities. 

Elizabeth Webber Akre:  Elizabeth is a food and wine enthusiast trying to balance life as a realtor, Sunday school teacher, daughter, sister and friend.  Her most important roles are as a wife and a mom to an energetic 5-year-old.

Katie Austin:  Katie is a 43-year-old working mother and wife in the male-dominated computer profession who loves connecting with people.  As a one-year breast cancer survivor, she is dedicated to raising awareness and bringing women together to fight this disease.

Summer Brons:  Summer is a 26-year-old runner, writer and coffee enthusiast currently training for a marathon.  She shares her experience of finding the perfect balance of work, friends, family, relationships and time for herself.

Mary Pat Baldauf:  Mary Pat loves sharing her experiences as a 44-year-old woman striving to improve her life through exercise and healthier eating.  She has lost nearly 80 pounds in the last year.  She is also passionate about environmental initiatives and sustainability.

Brady Evans:  Brady, a high school biology teacher, shares her passion for cooking healthy meals and the trials and tribulations of owning horses with her husband.  Her intelligence, organizational skills and excellent writing and photography abilities are highly noteworthy.

Crissie Miller Kirby:  In the last 12 years, Crissie has survived college, marriage, having two children, a miscarriage and the heartache of a divorce.  She has gained strength through sharing her experiences and connecting with women on life lessons learned. 

Roshanda Pratt:  Roshanda is a former television news producer turned “mompreneur,” wife and ministry leader.  She is the mother of a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and one-year-old who is navigating the runway of life as a “supermomdel.”

Staci Rutherford:  Staci has a self-confessed obsession with handbags.  She helps women to look and feel their best with articles on the latest in handbag and accessory trends.  Her writing has garnered the attention of some of the top designers in the industry.

Shannon Shull:  Shannon recently moved home to Lexington County after more than a decade in Los Angeles.  With her movie star good looks, she shares her experiences as a self-proclaimed “small down desperate housewife,” combining marriage, motherhood, starting a new business and falling back in love with the South.

Readers of the Every Woman Blog will find an abundance of helpful health information, but topics are not limited to health care.  Each woman will write one to two posts per month beginning in September.  You can view videos of each of the women on the blog to get to know them.  Some of the blog entries will be in the form of video.  There will also be guest posts by medical experts from Lexington Medical Center who will provide valuable and timely health care information to readers.


About Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,200 health care professionals.  The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the state, two occupational health centers, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and physician practices.  At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.  Visit


City Center Partnership Announces New Director of Retail Recruitment for Downtown Columbia

City Center Partnership (CCP) is excited to welcome Heather Spires as the new Director of Retail Recruitment for downtown Columbia.

“Heather brings a wealth of experience in sales from recruiting members and soliciting donations for non-profit organizations,” said Matt Kennell, president and CEO of City Center Partnership.  “Heather was selected from a group of very qualified people.  Ultimately her background, personality, and relationships in Columbia are a major asset to our organization.  We feel she will do an outstanding job.”

About Heather Spires

Spires is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  She has worked with various advocacy and nonprofit organizations and was previously the Development Director of the Nickelodeon Theatre.  As Development Director, Spires oversaw the Nick’s $4M capital campaign through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and public prospects. 

About CCP

CCP is a nonprofit organization that strives to keep downtown Columbia a safe and clean environment for business and patrons.  CCP is focused on keeping the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion streets, a thriving business center with constant improvements.  The organization also handles public space management, economic development, marketing services, and public advocacy.


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