Member News | April 16 – 20

Columbia Metropolitan Airport Redoubles Efforts to Support

Small, Minority, and Women Owned Businesses

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is redoubling efforts to award contracts to and purchase goods and services from small, minority, and women owned businesses.

With 43 businesses providing over 1,500 jobs and countless other opportunities for contracts and services, CAE is an economic force in the Midlands region and recognizes that by supporting these small businesses it can have an even greater impact on the local economy.

Airport director Dan Mann says that engaging more businesses ultimately just makes sense for the airport’s bottom line.  “By widening the range of businesses we look to for contracts and services we’re leveling the playing field and creating a more competitive arena in which all companies can compete for airport business.  Ultimately, this is going to ensure that we’re getting the best quality work at the best rate,” says Mann. “More importantly,” he continues, “This initiative will result in airport business going to a more complete representation of the communities that it serves.”

Business opportunities with CAE range from industrial supplies providers and equipment to financial and promotional.  Businesses that would like to be considered for work with the airport are encouraged to contact Teresa Deliz ( and submit their name, the name of their business, their industry, and all contact information.



Tom Milliken, Tombo Milliken and Nick Stomski, SIOR, all members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the sale of 4.6 acres within Overlook Business Park in West Columbia, SC. Stomski represented the purchaser, Two Men and a Truck who plan to utilize the site for construction of their Corporate Headquarters. Tom and Tombo Milliken represented the seller in the transaction valued at approximately $207,000.

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 Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. 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 <> . Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.


New Employee at Mashburn Construction

Mashburn Construction is pleased to welcome Zach Bearden, RLA, LEED® AP, to the company’s Charleston, SC, office as Business Developer.   Zach graduated from the University of Georgia Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, licensed Landscape Architect in the state of South Carolina, and a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Zach is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the International Society of Arboriculture, and is an associate member of the AIA.  He is an active member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Developers Council, Public Policy Committee, and a recent graduate of Leadership Charleston.  Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club and the Coastal Executive Committee for ULI South Carolina. In 2009 he was chosen as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

Zach lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Meredith and son Walker.


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