Member News | Oct. 10 – 14

Best Lawyers Names MG&C’s Thomas E. Lydon Columbia’s Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year

The law firm of McAngus Goudelock & Courie is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has named attorney Thomas E. Lydon as Columbia’s Best Lawyers Litigation – Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

2012 is the first year that Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Mr. Lydon’s practice includes litigation involving business, bankruptcy, and probate matters.  Mr. Lydon is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He regularly appears in state and federal courts representing individuals, financial institutions, and other corporate clients, and he was selected as one of the Midlands Legal Elite for 2010 and 2011 by Greater Columbia Business Monthly magazine.


Mashburn Construction Employees Are Appointed Within Community

Mashburn Construction is pleased to announce news for two of their employees. 

Paul Mashburn, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been elected Vice Chair of the Carolinas AGC Building Division.  With 2,300 member firms, the Carolinas AGC is the largest construction trade association in the Carolinas and has been the nation’s largest chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America since 1920.

Dean Wilson, LEED® AP, Vice President of Columbia Operations, has been appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the S.C. Building Codes Council. The Council oversees the adoption of building electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas, fire, energy and property maintenance codes (referred to as building codes) by all cities and counties in the state and assists in use and interpretation when necessary. Mr. Wilson’s term will run through the year 2013. 


Four Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to “Legal Elite of the Midlands”

Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been listed in Greater Columbia Business Monthly magazine’s “Legal Elite of the Midlands.”  The listings appear in the October 1st edition.

The Greater Columbia Business Monthly invited Midlands attorneys who are a member of the South Carolina Bar to vote in ten categories.  Nearly 300 lawyers received votes with the top ten in each category being named as one of the “Legal Elite.”

Nexsen Pruet’s Ed Menzie and Board Chairman John Sowards are listed in Business Law category, while Rick Mendoza is named to Bankruptcy Category and Tommy Lavender in the Environmental Law Category.  Each earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Additionally, the October 2011 edition of The Greater Columbia Business Monthly features a full-page profile of Menzie.  That is the result of Menzie’s high marks in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, a legal publication that ranks attorneys on factors including legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities valued by clients.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 185 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.  For further information, see



Samuel C. Waters, the chairman of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC, has been honored as Associate/Affiliate of the Year by the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas.

The organization represents companies that participate in the mortgage lending industry within North and South Carolina. Waters received the award at the association’s recent convention at Myrtle Beach.

The honor goes annually to an associate/affiliate member who has deeply invested time and effort in the MBAC and who displays an ongoing commitment to the industry. Waters currently chairs the association’s South Carolina Legislative Committee. He’s previously served on the board of directors.

Waters has focused his legal practice on residential foreclosures, bankruptcy, litigation, evictions and loan workouts since 1986. A member of Rogers Townsend & Thomas’ Default Services Department,

Waters is a graduate of Presbyterian College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He’s also a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel.

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


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia Announces New President & CEO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is thrilled to announce thatHeidi Johnsonhas been named President & CEO. 

“I am excited to join Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Johnson.  “I look forward to helping improve the lives of young people in our community and building stronger communities for all.”

Johnson previously served as the Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful for four years.  She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management and fifteen years of experience working in nonprofit organizations.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with proven results.  This year marks the organization’s 45th year of successfully serving children in the Greater Columbia area (Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield Counties).  We are a proud affiliate member in good standing of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 



‘FAM’iliarization tour of Columbia region gives guests a taste of Cosmopolitan City

The Midlands Authority is set to host a ‘FAM’iliarization tour of the Columbia region for meeting and convention planners in an effort to attract events to the Columbia region. The trip, October 12 and 13, will take visitors to a number of attractions, restaurants and shopping districts, allowing them to fully experience the area.

“It is important and very necessary to bring in guests from outside the Columbia region,” commented Director of Sales for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, Jason Outman. “From visits like these, the booking potential increases. When this happens, it directly affects both the number of tourists that visit the Columbia region in the future, as well as it aids in our regions overall economic development.”

While here, the visitors, some traveling from across the country, will have the opportunity to tour the South Carolina State House, Columbia Museum of Art, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, South Carolina State Farmer’s Market and enjoy a cruise on the Spirit of Lake Murray.

“These tours are yet another way we as the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism are working to increase tourism across the Columbia region,” stated President and CEO, Ric Luber. “We as an organization are focused on not only promoting from within, but getting visitors here to see why we are so proud of Columbia, SC.”

About the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism:
The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is a private, not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by revenue generated by visitors through accommodations taxes and is the parent organization of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and the Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling Columbia, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit


Richard W Trent, President of a local manufacturing firm, Carolina Heat Pipe, Inc. was just awarded a patent for its Split Heat Recovery System.  This product will soon be available in a new Sensible Heat Recovery (SHR) product line series that recovers the heat from exhaust air and transfers it to the supply air to conserve energy.  TRAHP™ heat recovery systems require no external energy and are custom designed to save the cost of winter heat while providing the ventilation air required for today’s tight building construction techniques. 

This is the 4th US Patent Office product patent issued to Carolina Heat Pipe’s President and allows the SHR series to join the Controllable Run Around Thermosyphon Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers, Subcool Reheat Heat Exchangers and Hot Gas Reheat Heat Exchangers that provide energy efficient recovery and dehumidification solutions for the Heat Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Industry. 

Often Building designers that include these products are able to add    points toward LEED certification. LEED is a Green Building designation that stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”.

Founded in 1993, Carolina Heat Pipe is a manufacturing company based in Charleston, SC that grew out of the need to provide an energy efficient dehumidification solution in a climate where a healthy building must control both temperature and humidity to minimize the growth of mold and viruses frequently associated with high levels of humidity. In November of 2001 Carolina Heat Pipe Inc was called upon to install its Controllable TRAHP™ Dehumidification system at the White House Visitors Center, a 25,000 square foot ballroom where travelers congregate before official tours of the President’s Washington DC home and office. In 2002, CHP garnered Federal recognition by the Department of Commerce as the first South Carolina business to earn an Export Achievement certificate for its work with Italian Shipyard Fincantieri of Trieste, Italy. In November 2004 their systems were incorporated into the SC Governor’s  Complex Columbia SC to help correct a mold issue.

The Company CEO and President is a graduate engineer who majored in Heat Engineering at SUNY Maritime College and completed graduate refrigeration work at Columbia University (NY). He was a new product manufacturing program manager in the Machinery and Systems

Division of Carrier Air Conditioning Company and is past President (1998-1999) and Regional Vice Chair (2000-2003) of the Charleston Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In the January 2001 issue of the

ASHRAE Journal he authored a feature article titled “Air Conditioning in Submarines” and is a long time member of ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC8.10) “Mechanical Dehumidification and

Heat Pipes”.

Some of their most recognizable projects include:

White House Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

Fort Sumter Tour Boat Facility, Charleston, SC

Aiken Rhett Historical Home, Charleston, SC

Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, SC

Governor’s Complex, Columbia, SC

Citadel Archives, Charleston, SC

Howard Baker County Court House, Knoxville, KY

UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

NOAA Facility, Charleston Naval Base, SC

Strom Thurmond Fitness Center, Columbia, SC

U.S. Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC

Wright State University Biolab III Dayton, Ohio

Miami University of Ohio Cincinnati Ohio



NAI Avant welcomes Thomas “Tombo” Milliken, Jr. to its Columbia Brokerage Group. Tombo joins us from BB&T Boyle Vaughan where he served as Vice President of Employee Benefits for 17 years.

Tombo will focus on Commercial Properties, Industrial Land, Investment Land, Timberland and Recreational Properties.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe.  NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at


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