Member News | September 17-21

Scott and Company LLC Named One of the 2012 Best Places to Work in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC – Scott and Company LLC was recently named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in South Carolina.  This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

This recognition is particularly gratifying for Scott and Company LLC, as the firm was the only CPA firm its size to win.  “Our mission has always been to offer great quality client service and a good work and life balance for our people.  At times, public accounting can be a challenging profession for our employees,” says Don Mobley, CPA, Managing Partner.  “We have always strived for our people to excel among our peers, while at the same time, have a high quality of life outside of our firm.”

To be considered for nomination for 2012 Best Places to Work in South Carolina, Scott and Company LLC had to fulfill specific requirements, which included participation in a two-part survey process.  The first part, which counted for 25% of the total evaluation score, was designed to evaluate the company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics.  The second part of the survey process was designed to measure the employee experience and counted for 75% of the evaluation score.  The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.  A third party, Best Companies Group, evaluated the data collected from the participating companies and used its expertise to determine the final rankings.

The annual list of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina is brought to you by SCBIZ magazine, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.  For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit http://www.BestPlacesToWorkSC.com

Scott and Company LLC 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.  To learn more, visit www.scottandco.com

                                         

Columbia Metropolitan Airport Named Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award Winner!

(Columbia SC, Sept. 14, 2012) Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) was honored at the 8th Annual Excellence in Workplace Diversity Awards Ceremony, held on September 13th in Columbia, with the Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award for Small Employers (under 500 employees).

“This award would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of the Airport Commission as well as the commitment of our staff in believing in and embracing our diversity initiatives and taking the actions necessary to accomplish those goals,” said Dan Mann, CAE’s Executive Director.

In 2007, the Airport Commission adopted a Diversity Policy which laid the foundation to increase the Airport’s goals in hiring and working with Small, Minority, and Women Owned businesses. As of July 2012, the Airport has seen an over 300% increase in the total dollars spent with minority and women owned businesses over the same period last year. Steps have also been taken to ensure that there is a wide and diverse swath of applicants for positions available with the airport.

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport Named Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award Winner

September 14, 2012

Several components are key to the success of CAE’s Diversity Policy initiatives:

 – The development of a DBE group comprised of staff that attends training to keep up-to-date with rules and changes and to be airport ambassadors of the airport’s initiatives.

  – The creation of a Diversity Master Plan that covers all Airport DBE, Title VI, and Affirmative Action Programs.

– The establishment of a Master List of potential      DBE/minority/women/small business owners for every purchase made by the airport. The list is accessible to all airport employees and staff is required to reference this list prior to selecting a vendor.

– The accountability of each department to indicate their efforts towards working with a DBE on every purchase order.

– The promotion of DBE initiatives through public events and advertising avenues to ensure that DBE/minority/women/small businesses and potential employees are aware of opportunities available with the airport.

            CAE’s diversity efforts have received the attention of other businesses looking for ways to expand their own diversity policies. As the airport staff continues to attend meetings and events sharing the information about the initiatives, more progress will continue as the airport moves into 2013.

                                        

Twenty-One Gallivan, White & Boyd Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America

GREENVILLE, S.C.Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.is pleased to announce that21 of its attorneys have been named to the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America, one of the most respected peer-reviewed publications in the legal profession. The attorneys are recognized for their leadership in 23 different categories.

  • W. Howard Boyd, Jr., Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • James D. Brice, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Deborah Casey Brown, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Employment Law – Management, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • A. Johnston Cox, Shareholder, Columbia, S.C. – Insurance Law
  • Gray T. Culbreath, Shareholder, Columbia, S.C. – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Stephanie G. Flynn, Partner, Greenville, S.C. – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • H. Mills Gallivan, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Arbitration, Mediation, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • William R. Harbison, Partner, Columbia, S.C. – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Arthur L. Howson, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law
  • Jennifer E. Johnsen, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Insurance Law
  • John T. Lay, Shareholder, Columbia, S.C. – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • C. Stuart Mauney, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • C. William McGee, Managing Partner, Greenville, S.C. – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Curtis L. Ott, Partner, Columbia, S.C. – Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Phillip E. Reeves, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • T. David Rheney, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Luanne C. Runge, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Gregory P. Sloan, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Ronald G. Tate, Jr., Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Commercial Litigation
  • Daniel B. White, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants,  Railroad Law
  • Ronald K. Wray II, Shareholder, Greenville, S.C. – Commercial Litigation, Railroad Law

Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has offices in Greenville and Columbia, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C.  Practice areas include business and complex litigation, strategic risk assessment and counseling, and corporate representation. For more information about the firm, see www.GWBlawfirm.com.

                                       

12 McNair Attorneys Designated as “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

Columbia, SC, September 14, 2012 – McNair Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that twelve attorneys were selected by their peers as The Best Lawyers®’ 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” within their respective practice areas and communities.

With areas of practice, those selected in McNair’s Columbia office are:

Columbia, SC

  • O. Wayne Corley – Public Finance Law
  • John W. Currie – Securities Regulation
  • James P. Fields, Jr. – Government Relations Practice
  • Joel E. Gottlieb – Real Estate Law
  • Ethan R. Ware – Litigation – Environmental

John Currie

Wayne Corley

About The Best Lawyers of America®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For more information on The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), visit www.bestlawyers.com.

About McNair

McNair Law Firm, P.A., is a full-service law firm serving businesses, government and individuals from ten offices in the Southeast, including eight in South Carolina, one in North Carolina and one in Kentucky. For more information about the firm, see www.mcnair.net.

                                      

NAI AVANT REPRESENTS LANDLORD IN LEASE RENEWAL, LEXINGTON, SC

COLUMBIA, SC (September 13, 2012) Rob Lapin and Nick Stomski, SIOR, both members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently represented the Landlord, Southlake Associates, LLC, in a 9,485 square foot office lease renewal. Amedisys SC, LLC, a home health service provider renewed its lease located at 714 South Lake Center in Lexington.

Lapin

Stomski

Contact: Bruce Harper, President and Broker-In-Charge, Columbia Office, 803-744-9805, or bharper@naiavant.com

NAI AVANT BROKERS SALE OF 701 NORTH JOHNNIE DODDS BOULEVARD, MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

Charleston, SC (September 19, 2012) Dexter C. Rumsey, IV, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s Charleston Office, recently brokered the sale of the former site of Palmetto Ford in Mount Pleasant, SC. The seller, J Dodds Limited Partnership sold the property for approximately $2,200,000 to purchaser, Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC. Rumsey represented the seller in the transaction.

Contact: David Grubbs, Managing Principal, Charleston Office, 843-814-6111, or dgrubbs@naiavant.com

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 www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.

                                     

New advanced degree now offered in health information technology at USC

The University of South Carolina has been granted approval by the state Commission on Higher Education to launch a new degree program in health information technology.

The master’s in health information technology degree program launched this fall as a joint program between the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management’s Integrated Information Technology Program (iIT) and the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Services Policy and Management Department.

The program’s courses will be scheduled in the evenings, Saturdays and online.

Enrollment in the health information technology classes is open to graduate students in other health programs, as well as unclassified graduate students.

“This advanced program takes an integrative approach to preparing graduates with both health care and information technology expertise,” said Brian J. Mihalik, HRSM dean. “It fills a globally expanding need for producing highly qualified candidates entering the health information technology field, and by delivering this program jointly with the Arnold School of Public Health, it instantly puts USC on the national map for health information technology education.”

The program was established after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in 2009. The legislation provides incentives to the medical community to fulfill the federal government’s goal to change patient’s paper records to electronic documents by 2014.

Betty Regan, director of USC’s Integrated Information Technology Program, said a large majority of the fastest growing jobs today involve information technology, especially in the health care field.

“South Carolina has been aggressive in promoting health information technology and health information exchanges with health sciences organizations throughout the state. With this new master’s in health-information technology program, we will be able to prepare top professionals to lead this growing industry in South Carolina and beyond,” Regan said.

Twenty-two of South Carolina’s 50 largest employers are health care companies. National labor statistics indicate that jobs in information technology will grow 45 percent by 2018; health care jobs are projected to grow by 4 million.

M. Mahmud Khan, chair of the Health Services Policy and Management Department in the Arnold School of Public Health, said “The collaboration between the integrated information technology program of the College of HSRM and the health services policy and management department will help train hundreds of health information technology experts who will be at the forefront of using the technology for health sector development.”

Details about the master’s of health information technology degree program are available online at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/iIT/graduate/mhit.html.

                                    

Quackenbush Architects + Planners Announces New Hire

COLUMBIA, SC – September 6, 2012 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is proud to welcome Brian Ballok to the firm as junior architect.

A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning where he won a scholarship for design excellence, Ballok has a diverse portfolio that includes residential, hospitality, corporate, healthcare, sporting venue and performing arts projects.

In 2010 Ballok interned in Los Angeles at Michael Maltzan Architecture, where he worked with a schematic design team on the $250 million Mashouf Center for Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University. Still under construction, the building will include five spaces with interconnected transparent hallways, a design that emphasizes connections and interaction among public, performance, and academic communities. Ballok also worked on Skidrow Housing Trust’s Star Apartments, a mixed-use structure, which serves as part of the trust’s supportive services and housing for the homeless. The design has been admired as one that will nourish and uplift a community seeking stability.

Ballok’s other previous work includes high-end progressive residential and healthcare projects in Cincinnati, and large office towers in Shenyang and Chongqing, China.

Ballok was an environmental graphic designer for 10 years prior to architecture school, working with architects and fabricators from schematics through construction on a number of retail, restaurant, hospitality and sporting venue projects.

Ballok is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian join our team,” says Doug Quackenbush, President of Quackenbush Architects + Planners. “His domestic and international experience complement the ideas and concepts we have about designing space for people,” he says. “In particular, Brian’s background as an environmental graphic designer strengthens our team’s diverse and distinctive capabilities.”

Quackenbush Architects + Planners is a full-service architecture and planning firm located in Columbia, SC. The firm specializes in institutional, civic, educational, and commercial projects. Its services span from building design to land planning to interior design. The firm’s portfolio includes projects for universities, cities, colleges, government agencies, school districts, and private clients. The team’s work reflects commitment to innovation, sensitivity to our regional context, and the richness that comes from collaboration with our clients and the community.

                                   

ROGERS TOWNSEND CHAIRMAN ELECTED TO LEADERSHIP ROLES WITH MORTGAGE BANKERS OF THE CAROLINAS

COLUMBIA, SCSamuel C. Waters, shareholder and board chairman of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, was elected Associate Director of the Mortgage Bankers of the Carolinas (MBAC) and will serve a two-year term. He was also reappointed chair of the organization’s South Carolina Legislative Committee for the 2012-2013 term.

Waters has focused his practice on residential foreclosures, bankruptcy, litigation, evictions, and loan workouts since 1986.  His previous legal experience was as counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he gained experience in governmental and regulatory law.  Waters is a frequent speaker on mortgage default topics and serves or has served on the boards of the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN), and the Committee on Actual Real Estate Solutions (CARES). He regularly contributes materials on mortgage lending issues for trade publications and client training programs. He is a Colonel (retired), Judge Advocate Generals Corps, United States Army Reserve.

The MBAC represents companies that participate in the mortgage lending industry within North and South Carolina.  Its members include residential and commercial mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, wholesale lenders, savings & loan associations, commercial banks, credit unions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies that provide affiliated services to mortgage bankers.

About Rogers Townsend & Thomas

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, with offices in Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has more than 60 attorneys practicing in a wide range of industries and practice areas. Rogers Townsend provides counsel in the areas of banking, default services, insurance, real estate, construction, corporate, estate planning and probate, and title services.

Visit us at rtt-law.com.

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