Member News | August 20-24

Earl E. McLeod, Jr. Recognized With Home Builders Association Excellence Award and EOC Career Achievement Award 

Congratulations to Earl E. McLeod, Jr. of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Columbia for receiving the Association Excellence Award! The awards recipients were honored at a luncheon held at the HBA Leadership Institute in New Orleans, La. on Aug. 9. Earl was also recently recognized with the Career Achievement Award from the Education Oversight Committee (EOC). This award pays tribute to Executive Officers who exemplify the highest level of dedication, loyalty and commitment in their fields and is the highest honor awarded by the EOC.  Since Earl’s addition to the HBA staff as Executive Director in 1983, their political involvement has increased and membership has remained strong despite the economic downturn. Earl is recognized for his leadership, drive and networking skills that have had an impact on not only his workplace, but on the community as a whole.


Public and Classic Car Owners Invited to Free Classic Car Show

(COLUMBIA, SC—August 21, 2012)

Whether a classic car aficionado or just looking for something fun to do on Saturday, there’s something for everyone at the 2012 Classic Car Show at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church! The public and classic car owners are invited to check out or show off classic automobiles and new mean machines on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the church, which is located across the road from Crossroads Middle School at 6952 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212 (near Irmo, SC).

More than 100 classic cars, some worth more than $100,000, are expected to participate in the car show, which runs from 9 AM to 12 noon. Entry is free for both spectators and car owners, who will showcase antique automobiles dating from the 1920s-50s, muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, old and new Corvettes, Mustangs of all years, new high-performance cars, and much more! Door prizes will be awarded during the day, and car judging begins at 11 AM. At noon, trophies will be presented to the winning car owners in several categories. Free refreshments will also be provided.

The Classic Car Show is sponsored by DuBose Web Group and Columbia Conference Center. For more information, call the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church office at 803-732-2273 or contact Matthew Rings at 803-479-7699 or


Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at
Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

WASHINGTON – This summer millions of business across the country were forced to close their doors in the aftermath of power outages, approaching wildfires, and flooding caused by tropical storms. Business interruptions, even if lasting just a few hours, cost business owners greatly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month. SBA wants to help business owners take charge of the well-being of their own companies, the safety of their employees, and the sustenance of their local economies by being prepared to rebound quickly from any kind of disaster.

Here’s a list of the webinars, held each Wednesday in September at 2 p.m. ET:

Sept. 5:   “10 Steps to Prepare Any Organization for Disaster” with an introduction from James Rivera, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Sept. 12: “Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees”

Sept. 19: “Utilization of Social Media During a Crisis”

Sept. 26: “Surviving a Crisis, Large or Small: Real Life Lessons Learned” Business owners who recovered from disasters discuss their proactive emergency planning.

A question and answer session will follow each of the presentations. Go to to register for any of the webinars.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access past webinars and for useful preparedness tools.

Economic Development & Public Information | SBA South Carolina District Office | 803-253-3753


Avtec’s Newest Dispatch Communication Software Deployed to Public Safety Customers
Product Demonstrations Scheduled During APCO Trade Show in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minn. (Aug. 20, 2012) – Avtec Inc. announced its latest software release, ScoutTM 2.4, is now in controlled deployment to six customer sites. Scout 2.4 is a Project 25 (P25)-compliant solution that incorporates several elements that enhance connectivity capabilities, reporting, and the dispatchers’ experience. With this release, Avtec introduces Scout with FrontierTM technology, a new software application that simplifies network deployment by eliminating multicast Internet Protocol (IP) traffic across wide area networks.

Two-thirds of the participants in the Avtec Scout 2.4 controlled deployment program are public safety customers. “We understand the public safety market. We installed our first console solution in a public safety call center in 1991. Now, we have more than 100 public safety customers who rely on our technology to dispatch emergency services in mission-critical situations,” said Avtec’s Director of Product Marketing, Michael Ridge.

The Scout with Frontier  solution will be demonstrated in Avtec’s booth #413 during the 2012 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 19-22.

Scout Reports TM is an optional tool that monitors voice traffic, call load, and channel use; and based on that data, allows call center managers to effectively allocate resources.  Also available is the optionalScout Console API Software Development Kit (SDK) that includes tools, documentation, and samples that can be used to write, build, test and deploy Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) applications to communicate with the Avtec Scout product suite.

Key Scout 2.4 features:

  • Pure alert tones for P25 radios that support tone specs
  • Duplex radio support using Internet Protocols (IP)
  • Expanded support for radio manufacturers’ key fill devices
  • Redundant automatic failover for P25 DFSI
  • Audible and visual notification of input alarms for fire alarms, door entry, floods, etc.
  • Supervisory “Barge-in” capabilities
  • Built-in Outpost support for (Motorola Data Communications) MDC1200 Signaling
  • Enhanced support for computer aided dispatch (CAD) tools
  • New connectivity features for radios and SIP telephones
  • Answerback tones
  • Optional Scout with Frontiertechnology

About Avtec, Inc.
Avtec, Inc. provides Internet Protocol (IP) dispatch console solutions for the public safety, transportation, utility, business and government markets. For more than 30 years, customers have chosen Avtec’s award-winning technology for their mission-critical dispatch centers. There are thousands of Scout voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) consoles installed worldwide. Visit to learn more.


Sam Wheeler Joins Scott and Company LLP

Columbia, SC – August 17, 2012 – Sam Wheeler has joined the staff of Scott and Company LLP, as In-Charge Accountant, Assurance and Advisory Services in our Columbia, South Carolina office.  Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lander University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Winthrop University.  Sam has public accounting experience as an auditor with a top 25 accounting firm and internal audit and compliance experience in financial services and higher education.

Sam is pursuing his certification as a Certified Public Accountant licensed in South Carolina.  He is affiliated with the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Scott and Company LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina and is an independent member of the BDO Seidman Alliance.

 For more information contact:  Carol Browder, Marketing/ (803) 256-6021 (bus)

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