Member News | October 22-26

Kelly Davis Elected to National Board of Directors of Public Relations Society of America

Columbia, SC – Kelly Jackson Davis, APR has been elected to a two-year term as a Director at Large on the National Board of Directors of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Davis is the founder and CEO of Davis Public Relations and Marketing, an independent, full-service communications firm based in Columbia. She has nearly twenty years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications management. Her company specializes in strategic public relations planning, brand development, media and grassroots advocacy, government relations and consumer marketing for clients in a wide variety of industries. Davis Public Relations is the exclusive South Carolina member of the PRConsultants Group, a nationwide affiliation of independent public relations firms with senior-level public relations professionals in each of the top 50 U.S. media markets.

Davis has been recognized both for her work and her contributions to the public relations profession. She has received more than three dozen statewide awards for public relations campaigns and tactics, including the 2006, 2009 and 2010 Best in Show Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of PRSA (SCPRSA). In 2007, SCPRSA named her the “W. Thomas Duke Distinguished Public Relations Practitioner of the Year,” just ten years after recognizing her as SCPRSA Rookie of the Year. She is a Past President of SCPRSA, Past Chair of PRSA’s Independent Practitioners Alliance and the current Secretary for the Southeast District of PRSA.

Davis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and her Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program, and she was recently elected to serve as Vice Chair of Communications on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool and as the Vice Chair of Communications for Women in Philanthropy.

PRSA is the largest professional association serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 111 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.


National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Fall Career Day
“Focus on Your Future”

South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy invites you and your business to participate in its Fall Career Day. This class of cadets has been working since early July to prepare themselves for life in ‘the real world”. This is an opportunity to speak directly to eighty Youth ChalleNGe cadets from all across the Midlands about the employment opportunities you offer, the services you provide, and education programs available to help them focus on their future.

Thank you for your participation in this worthy endeavor!

When: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Where: McCrady Training Center
Miller Simulation Center Drill Hall
5401 Leesburg Road
Eastover, SC 29044
Time: 9:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Set-up begins at 8:00a.m. – earlier by request only)

For more information, visit here.


New loan to the Columbia Museum of Art arrives in an unexpected and peculiar way

COLUMBIA, SC – A special and unexpected loan to the Columbia Museum of Art now provides visitors a view of Venice, Italy, by the renowned painter, Thomas Moran. Typically, the CMA researches and strategically plans for loans of art, but in this case, CMA Chief Curator Will South was surprised and delighted when the painting arrived at the Museum unforeseen.

The owners (also CMA donors) of this Thomas Moran painting weren’t expecting to see it here either. They asked their friends in Missouri to pick up and bring to Columbia a “small pastel of Notre Dame,” which was “leaning against the wall of the bedroom” in the owner’s Missouri home. Apparently, the friends only heard, “painting leaning against bedroom wall.” They found a painting in that position, got it into the backseat of their Toyota with no room to spare, and delivered it the next day. The owners were shocked to see the star of their art collection emerge from the car. Not about to risk their prized possession’s return to Missouri in their friends’ car or another night in a hotel parking lot, the owners asked CMA Chief Curator Will South if he could display it for museum visitors for a while. And of course, South was delighted to comply.

“This is a rare opportunity here in Columbia to see a Moran of this quality,” South said. “Local painters will marvel over its craftsmanship, students will be inspired to learn of its subject, and the average museum-goer will be overwhelmed by its beauty. We are extremely grateful to the owners for making it available to us for even a short time.”

Entitled The Grand Canal, Venice, Moran’s sweeping view of this famous Italian city is a panorama of sunlight and color poured over some of the world’s most romantic architecture. The painting is on view through January 2013.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926) was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York who is considered one of the premier painters of the American landscape.In 1886, Moran auctioned off the unsold works in his studio in preparation for a trip to Europe. He wrote to his wife, Mary: “Venice is all, and more, than travelers have reported of it. It is wonderful. I shall make no attempt at description but will tell you when I get back.” Moran was so enthralled with Venice that on his second visit he bought poet Robert Browning’s gondola and had it shipped home to East Hampton, Long Island.

In this view of Venice, Moran turns the city into a dreamlike space of shimmering atmosphere and brilliant, iridescent color. Moran’s level of skill in representing sky, water, architecture and the interplay of light among all these things is so remarkable that Moran is regarded as one of the greatest painters in American art.

“This work on view is a wonderful complement to the two great Italian paintings of Venice in our collection,” CMA Executive Director, Karen Brosius, said. “We greatly appreciate the owners’ generosity to loan their American painting to the CMA.”

About the Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina’s premier international art museum and houses a world-class collection of European and American art. Founded in 1950, the Museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1998 with 25 galleries. The collection includes masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, porcelain and works by significant furniture and silver makers, as well as American, Asian, and modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are Sandro Botticelli’s Nativity, Claude Monet’s The Seine at Giverny, Canaletto’s View of the Molo, a Dale Chihuly chandelier and art glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums and educational programs for all ages that include classes, lectures, films and concerts. It is the recipient of a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education and an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.



COLUMBIA, SC (October 25, 2012) Tom Milliken, Sr., and Tombo Milliken, both members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the sale of 800 acres in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The property fronts Highway 301 and K.W. Hodge Road in Summerton. The property, purchased by Taw Caw Farms, LLC, includes 300 acres of open farm land, 200 acres of drip irrigation (farm to market) and 500 acres of timberland. Tom and Tombo represented the seller in the transaction valued at $2,007,960.

Tom Milliken, Sr.
Tombo Milliken

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.

Contact: Bruce Harper, President and Broker-In-Charge, Columbia Office, 803-744-9805, or


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