Member News | Feb. 6 – 10

Columbia Business Monthly Names 50 Most Influential People of 2011

Columbia Business Monthly was delighted to host a reception to honor its 50 Most Influential People of 2011 on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The intimate, invitation-only event recognizes the hardworking men and women of the Midlands who have significantly impacted their organizations or communities during the past year.

Nominations for the honor were accepted from throughout the Midlands, and submissions were evaluated by an expert panel familiar with the Columbia business community. The choices acknowledge important work that was begun, continued, or completed in 2011 in the fields of business, government, education, and nonprofit service. When several people collaborated on a deal, project, initiative, or event, they were grouped as a single entry.

The reception – held at and catered by the Capital City Club in downtown Columbia – was supported by SCANA (presenting sponsor), Lexington Medical Center (gold sponsor), and Midlands Technical College (silver sponsor).

For more information on Columbia Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential People, visit, call 803-731-7794, or email

Those professionals honored as the Most Influential People of 2011 are as follows:

Nikki Haley – Governor of SC Bobby Hitt –SC Dept. of Commerce Duane Parrish – SCPRT Jenny Martin – Southern Savers Merritt McHaffie – Five Points Association Ric Luber – Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism Otis Rawl – SC Chamber of Commerce Randy Halfacre – Lexington Chamber of Commerce Cathy Novinger – Palmetto AgriBusiness Council Dick Wilkerson – Michelin North America Miriam Hair – Municipal Association of SC Paula Harper Bethea – SC Education Lottery Dr. Belinda Gergel –Columbia City Council Don Tomlin – Tomlin & Company, Inc. Matt Kennell, David Lockwood – City Center Partnership Neil McLean – EngenuitySC Derrik Huggins – USC Chief Justice Jean Toal – Supreme Court of SC Judy Davis – BlueCross BlueShield of SC Dr. Darrel Staat, Susan Pretulak – SC Technical College System Dr. Harris Pastides, Patricia Moore-Pastides – USC Darla Moore, Dr. Hildy Teegen – Moore School of Business Dr. Sonny White – Midlands Technical College Don Herriott – Innovista Steve Benjamin, DeAndrea Benjamin – City of Columbia Bill Mahoney, Dave McNamara – SCRA and SC Launch Terry Brown, Joe Edens – EDENS Mike Briggs, Jim Apple – Central SC Alliance Dave Clark – Steve Gantt, Teresa Wilson – City of Columbia Randy Horn, Kevin Marsh – Colonial Life & SCANA Harry Ott – SC House of Representatives Gregg Robinson, Chuck Whipple, Nelson Lindsay, John Truluck – County Economic Developers Wesley Donehue, Joel Sawyer – Political Consultants Kenny Bingham – SC House of Representatives Mick Zais – SC Dept. of Education Bakari Sellers – SC House of Representatives Chad Connelly, Dick Harpootlian – Political Party Chairs Bobby Harrell – SC House of Representatives Ike McLeese, Mike Brenan – Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Bill Kennedy, Lou Kennedy – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. JoAnn Turnquist, Hagood Tighe – Central Carolina Community Foundation Jeffrey Graham, Charlene Herring – Camden and Ridgeway Michael Couick – Electric Cooperatives of SC George Fletcher – New Carolina Dr. Karen Woodward – Lexington School District One Mac Bennett, Jim Lehman, Sarena Burch – United Way of the Midlands George A. Zara – Providence Hospitals Charles D. Beaman, Jr. – Palmetto Health Michael J. Biediger – Lexington Medical Center

About Columbia Business Monthly

Columbia Business Monthly, a publication of Integrated Media Publishing, is the only Columbia monthly dedicated to delivering an insightful perspective on the business of our community. Our content introduces readers to local business leaders – people to watch and people making a difference – and takes them behind the scenes to learn about the businesses that sustain Columbia and move it forward. With the help of industry experts, we look at national trends and their local impact, revealing Columbia’s place in a changing business climate. For more information, visit or contact Rhonda Hewson, CBM publisher, at 803-731-7794.


Mashburn Construction Selected for Cross Hill Market Project, including the Midlands’ First Whole Foods Market

Mashburn Construction has been selected by EDENS for the Cross Hill Market project in Columbia, South Carolina. The new retail development will be approximately 75,000 SF and will feature the first Whole Foods Market in the area.

Mashburn’s scope includes renovation work of a former grocery store to prepare for the Whole Foods Market. The new construction phase includes 4 new buildings; 2 will be attached to the Whole Foods Market and 2 will be outparcel retail buildings. The center will feature a unique architectural style and will be a pedestrian friendly retail experience.

Mashburn’s Executive Vice President, Lee Mashburn commented, “We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project for the Columbia area and its residents. This just goes to show how much Columbia is growing and how well our community supports high quality developments like Cross Hill Market.”


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