Member News | July 23-27

Midlands Authority Promotes Sarah Katherine Shearin to Director of Marketing, Columbia CVB Promotes Grayson Miller to Sales Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, July 23, 2012) – Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism (MACST), the governing arm over Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia Regional Sports Council and Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, is pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Katherine Shearin to director of marketing.

Shearin, formerly the MACST’s marketing associate, will lead and coordinate all marketing efforts for the organization. Additionally, Shearin will continue to broaden overall web presence through a host of social media tools to effectively promote the entire Columbia region.

“Sarah Katherine has proven to be a wonderful asset to this organization and I have no doubt she will continue to be in her new role,” said Ric Luber, president and CEO of MACST. “She is a strategic thinker with drive and passion for the industry and we’re lucky to have her.”

Joining the MACST team in 2009 as an intern, Shearin holds a bachelor of arts in public relations from the University of South Carolina. Away from the office, Shearin can be found attending local concerts, enjoying movies in the park and kayaking on the Congaree River.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau is also pleased to announce the promotion of Grayson Miller to sales assistant. Starting with the organization as an intern in March of this year, Miller quickly grasped the duties required of her role and was soon after promoted to full time status.

“Grayson fit seamlessly into the sales department and was able to convey a strong understanding of not only her role but the overall mission of the organization,” said Jason Outman, director of sales for MACST. “In her short time she has already reached and surpassed goals set for her and I know she will continue to do so in the future.”

Miller will be working to attract groups needing 50 room nights or less, such as weddings, reunions and executive retreats to the Columbia region.

A Lexington, SC native, Miller holds a bachelor of arts in communications studies and a minor in Spanish from the College of Charleston. On the weekends, Miller enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants and cheering on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

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 Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling of the entire Columbia region, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit



Paul Hartley, SIOR

COLUMBIA, SC (July 23, 2012) NAI Avant is pleased to announce that accounting firm Elliott Davis, LLC, recently renewed and expanded its presence at Bank of America Plaza in the Central Business District of Columbia, SC. NAI Avant Brokers Paul Hartley, SIOR, and Macon Lovelace, represented the landlord in this long term lease transaction

Macon Lovelace

Jason Caskey, managing shareholder for Elliott Davis’s Columbia office states he’s, “looking forward to expanding the office, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, in this premier Class A building. The additional square footage, convenient location and quality office space will be of benefit to both our clients and our people.”

NAI Avant’s Brokerage and Property Management Division handles all leasing and management for Bank of America Plaza. The 303,156 square foot “Class A” Office Building was the first in the Central Business District to receive the prestigious LEED Gold Certification and was just recently awarded the Energy Star Certification for the fourth consecutive year.


COLUMBIA, SC (July 25, 2012) Nick Stomski, SIOR, a member of NAI Avant’s Industrial Brokerage Team, recently represented the landlord in a 26,400 square foot industrial lease at 1117 Bluff Road in Columbia, SC. Total Flooring, LLC will occupy the freestanding single tenant facility.

Nick Stomski


COLUMBIA, SC (July 26, 2012) NAI Avant is pleased to announce the addition of Stacy Budzichowski as Director of Research. Mrs. Budzichowski will oversee and provide analytical market research for both the Columbia and Charleston Offices. She has extensive knowledge and experience with NAI Avant’s market leading proprietary geographic information system.

Stacy Budzichowski

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.


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