Member News | March 18-22

WebsterRogers’ Adkins Appointed to State Board of Accountancy

COLUMBIA, SC. (March 21, 2013) —WebsterRogers is pleased to announce Ellen Adkinsthat Ellen K. Adkins, CPA has been appointed to the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. Ms. Adkins is a partner in WebsterRogers’ Summerville, SC Office. She specializes in audit and attest and management consulting services for governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations and small to medium-sized manufacturers, contractors, retailers and service enterprises. Ms. Adkins also serves as the quality review partner for the Firm and is responsible for the design and maintenance of all quality control policies and procedures.

Ms. Adkins graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. In addition, she holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is deeply involved in both. Ms. Adkins is a member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Committee Technical Standards subcommittee. She serves, or has served, on multiple committees within SCACPA, including the Technical Standards Committee, Peer Review Committee, Behavioral Standards Committee, Audit Committee and Editorial Board Task Force.

Ms. Adkins is an alumna of Leadership Dorchester and has been involved with various PTAs within Dorchester County School District #2.
About WebsterRogers LLP WebsterRogers LLP is a leading South Carolina-based accounting and consulting firm that provides a broad spectrum of assurance, tax and advisory services to our clients. Founded in 1984 on the principles of quality, integrity and dedication to client service, the Firms success is directly related to a strong commitment to its people and its clients. WebsterRogers offers the degree of personal attention, responsiveness and accessibility clients expect and deserve—coupled with the knowledge and resources that can satisfy their needs.
WebsterRogers has a staff of over 125 professionals and 20 partners serving a variety of industries and individuals from 8 offices across the state of South Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.websterrogers.com.

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COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST-KNOWN LIVING ARTISTS

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: PILGRIMAGE ON VIEW OCTOBER 4, 2013 – JANUARY 5, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living artists.  Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, these photographs were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The exhibition, including 78 photographs, taken between April 2009 and May 2011, will be on view at the Columbia Museum of Art October 4, 2013 through January 5, 2014. The CMA is the only exhibition presentation in the Southeast. Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage is an evocative and deeply personal statement by a photographer, whose career now spans more than 40 years, encompassing a broad range of subject matter, history and stylistic influences. The work shows Leibovitz at the height of her powers and pondering how photographs, including her own, shape a narrative of history that informs the present.

“These pictures may surprise even those who know Leibovitz’s photography well,” guest curator Andy Grundberg, former New York Times photography critic, said. “They are more intimate, personal and self-reflective than her widely published work, combining the emotional power of her recent black-and-white portraits of her family with an awareness of her own cultural legacy. All photographs are in a sense intimations of mortality, but the pictures of Pilgrimage make this connection explicit.”

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage

took Leibovitz to places she could explore with no agenda. She wasn’t on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. The first place was Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. “That’s when I started making lists,” Leibovitz said. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Darwin in the English countryside and Freud’s final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes.

“From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, this project was an exercise in renewal,” Leibovitz said. “It taught me to see again.” The pictures, although there are no people in them, are portraits of subjects that have shaped Leibovitz’s distinctly American view of her cultural inheritance. Visiting the homes of iconic figures, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Pete Seeger and Elvis Presley and places such as Niagara Falls, Gettysburg and the Yosemite Valley, she let her instincts and intuitions guide her to related subjects-hence the title Pilgrimage.

ABOUT ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. Her father was an officer in the Air Force and her childhood was spent on a succession of military bases. She began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since. Leibovitz’s large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time.

Leibovitz’s first major assignment was for a cover story on John Lennon. She became Rolling Stone‘s chief photographer in 1973, and by the time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot one hundred and forty-two covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975 Rolling Stones tour. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she developed a large body of work-portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs-that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. In addition to her editorial work, she has created several influential advertising campaigns, including her award-winning portraits for American Express and the Gap. She has also collaborated with many arts organizations. Leibovitz has a special interest in dance, and in 1990 she documented the creation of the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris.

Several collections of Leibovitz’s work have been published. They include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), in collaboration with Susan Sontag; American Music (2003); A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 (2006); Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008), a first-person commentary on her career; and Pilgrimage (2011). Exhibitions of Leibovitz’s work have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors. In 2006 she was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. The previous year, in a compilation of the forty top magazine covers of the past forty years by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), she held the top two spots (#1 for the photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken for Rolling Stone the day Lennon was shot, and #2 for the pregnant Demi Moore in Vanity Fair). In 2009, she received the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ASME’s first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. She was the recipient of the 2012 Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She lives in New York with her three children.

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Easter Weekend at the CMA

OPEN:

Friday, March 29  |  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 | Noon – 5:00 p.m.

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art will be open all Easter Weekend for you and your family to enjoy the colors of Spring with Impressionism from Monet to Matisse.

TAP into CMA

Immerse yourself in our popular TAP multimedia tour. This engaging and thought-provoking experience includes insightful commentary from CMA curators, USC Art History Professor, Dr. Bradford Collins and musical selections from CMA Adjunct Curator of Music Peter Hoyt. Ask for it at the admission desk!

Bringing the kids? Perfect!

Art Explorer Backpacks are free and encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack is designed for children ages 2-10 and includes Monet inspired activities, a sketchbook, colored pencils, a pair of binoculars and a compass for exploring the galleries. Ask for it at the admission desk!

Impressionism To Go

Complementing the exhibition, this full-color, 50-page catalogue extends your CMA experience and provides insight on some of the world’s most famous artists and their work. We hope it will allow you to see and appreciate these works more fully. The catalogue is available for $14.99 in the Museum Shop.

Admission:

Adults: $15   | Seniors & Military: $12  | Students: $5

                    Children (5 and under): Free  | Members: Free

 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.

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The South Carolina Women in Business Appoints a New Intern Team

The South Carolina Women in Business (SCWIB) is thrilled to kick off the new year because now more than ever women can choose to take a big step towards success for their business by joining SCWIB.  The primary goal of this dynamic association is the well-being and achievement of the community of women entrepreneurs involved.  SCWIB achieves this objective by increasing the economic development of women business owners by offering resources to start and grow businesses, providing mentoring programs, as well as establishing strategic alliances between members and community business leaders throughout diversified geographical areas in South Carolina.

Joining SCWIB on this mission are two new interns from the University of South Carolina, Shannon Rogers and Jordan Marturano. They will offer special assistance with administrative and technological tasks to Rose E. Jackson, the organization’s Founder.

 Shannon Rogers is a sophomore pursuing a degree in advertising with a minor in art history. She is a Capstone Scholar and serves as a Capstone Ambassador.  In the past year, Shannon has been named to the dean’s list and achieved the Golden Key award. Her primary work with SCWIB will encompass the social media and online aspect of the organization. She has competed in national and international competitions for online marketing plans and international business and hopes to bring knowledge from these experiences to SCWIB.

Jordan Marturano is also a sophomore at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor’s Society and achieved the president’s list and Golden Key Award. Jordan will specialize in the business media aspect of SCWIB including newsletters, member calendars, new member additions, and marketing.

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HOMEOWNERS MORTGAGE WELCOMES CHANDLER ABBOTT TO ITS COLUMBIA TEAM

Abbott Will Serve as Account Executive for Correspondent Services in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 18, 2013) – Homeowners Mortgage HOMEOWNERSMORTGAGEEnterprises, a full service regional mortgage-banking firm headquartered in Columbia, S.C., is proud to welcome Chandler Abbott to its team as an Account Executive for Correspondent Services in South Carolina. Mr. Abbott has 14 years of commercial and mortgage banking experience, and he previously worked with an independent mortgage banking company in North Carolina; served as Builder Account Executive for several large regional builders in the Carolinas; and while working with SunTrust Bank as a loan officer was recognized as a top producing loan officer of their builder account division.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in business administration, Mr. Abbott has lived in the Carolinas all of his life. He is an active member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Mortgage Lenders Association, and he volunteers his time with the Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte, N.C.

“We look forward to Chandler joining our team at Homeowners,” said Ed Kubec, COO and Managing Director of Homeowners Mortgage. “His experience is an asset as is his drive to originate and manage new correspondent accounts for Homeowners Mortgage.”

About Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises

A wholly owned subsidiary of CoastalStates Bank on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. is a full service regional mortgage-banking firm headquartered in Columbia, S.C. The company arranges and buys loans from community banks, Farm Credit Banks, mortgage brokers and credit unions throughout the Southeast. In addition, the company benefits from a strong retail presence in South Carolina and now emerging into North Carolina, making it one of the largest privately owned and most successful mortgage banking firms in the Southeast. Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. corporate offices are at 2530 Devine Street, Columbia S.C., 29205. For more information on Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc., call Claudia Satterfield at the Corporate Office at (803) 765-9932 or visit the company’s website at www.homeownersmtg.com.

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McAngus Goudelock & Courie Donates $10,000 to Special Operations Warrior Foundation

COLUMBIA, SC—The law firm of McAngus Goudelock & Courie donated $10,000 to Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the military’s special operations forces and their families.

This contribution was made in honor of Retired First Sergeant Matthew P. Eversmann and in memory of Sergeant James C. Joyce and his Fallen Comrades from Task Force Ranger, Mogadishu, Somalia. Eversmann spoke at MG&C’s Educational Seminar in Nov. 2012 about his experience in Somalia in 1993, which has been documented in the award-winning film Black Hawk Down. The contribution will cover a year of college for an SOWF scholarship recipient, as well as provide a cash stipend to the family of a severely-injured Special Operations Forces warrior, so his family can get to his hospital bedside as quickly as possible.

“McAngus Goudelock & Courie is honored to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the military’s special operations forces and their families. These men and women have sacrificed all for our country, and we are humbled to give back in this way,” said Rusty Goudelock, a founding member of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a former US Army Officer and Veteran. “The emotional and physical effects of military deployments and war have been experienced first-hand by many of us or our families.  On behalf of all our employees, we salute you.”

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants, as well as educational and family counseling, to the surviving children of special operations personnel who lose their lives in operational or training missions, as well as immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Find out more about Special Operations Warrior Foundation at www.specialops.org.

About MG&C

Founded in 1995, McAngus Goudelock & Courie is a law firm with offices in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC, and Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. The firm’s practice areas include workers’ compensation defense, employment law, banking and consumer law, administrative law, government relations, construction litigation, commercial litigation, products litigation, business law, real estate law, and health care and regulatory issues. For more information about MG&C, visit www.mgclaw.com or call 803.779.2300

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New Tech Company in SC Responds To Changes in Legal Industry with Launch of New eBilling Software

Columbia, S.C. – Rocketship Solutions, LLC is proud to announce the launch of its new eBilling application, BillBLAST©. The application designed to simplify the delivery, tracking and collection of electronic bills for law firms.

BillBLAST© is the only product on the market to offer comprehensive eBilling and dynamic tracking and reporting in the cloud.

The Software as a Service (SaaS) structure of BillBLAST© has many design features not found in other eBilling solutions, including the option to send batches of bills as eMail, fax or eBill. The system uses a highly secure structure (no proprietary information is stored) and gives firms the ability to track invoices and their related Accounts Receivables.

The BillBLAST© eBilling solution grew from a recession-era change in the way law firms are now required to bill. Client demand for eBilling has prompted many firms to hire additional staff to manage and track electronic invoices, creating greater administrative expense for firms.

“In my former role as COO of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, we tried the best available eBilling software on the market but it was not cost effective and didn’t provide the functionality we needed,” said Leah Beckham, CEO of BillBLAST©. “We knew MGC was not the only law firm impacted by the new eBilling requirements, so we decided to offer BillBLAST© to other firms.”

“After processing more than 100,000 legal bills over two years through BillBLAST© our cash flow increased, errors decreased and our billing staff’s capacity increased by 160%,” said Tammy Flowers, CFO of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC.

On the market for only a short time, BillBLAST© has been well received by the industry. The new company is a Silver Sponsor of the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) 2013 Conference in Las Vegas in August 2013 and is partnering with ILTA to sponsor the Future Horizon research project, which will identify innovative growth strategies in the legal industry for the coming decades.

Meet the team behind the BillBLAST© eBilling software and learn more about its benefits on the product’s new website, www.bill-blast.com

About BillBLAST©

BillBLAST was created in 2010 by Rocketship Solutions, LLC to offer eBilling in the cloud. BillBLAST© delivers electronic bills as eMail, fax or eBill to any client or third party vendor via a Software as a Service (SaaS) structure that lets firms pay as they use the software.

Learn more at www.bill-blast.com

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MEDcare Urgent Care to Open Spring Valley Location

Urgent Care provider to open 3rd Columbia center on Tuesday, March 26th at 9:00 a.m.

Columbia, SC- MEDcare Urgent Care announced that their Spring Valley center located at 10136 Two Notch Road, in the Kroger Shopping Center, next to Chick fil A is set to open on Tuesday, March 26th at 9:00 a.m.. The site, formerly a Hollywood Video, is being retrofitted to a state-of-the-art medical facility where residents of Spring Valley and beyond can go for a wide range of medical care under one roof.

“We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the residents of Columbia for the tremendous support, said Radwan Hallaba, MD, CEO of MEDcare Urgent Care. “We will continue to deliver on our commitment to an awesome healthcare experience with our new Spring Valley location”.

The Spring Valley MEDcare Urgent Care Center will be open every day, from 9am to 9pm, with a physician always on-site. The Company boasts an inclusive, community relations approach to medical service.  Anyone, young or old, can just walk in, with or without insurance.  This location will be MEDcare’s third location to open in the Columbia area in the past 12 months.

MEDcare Urgent Care offers high-caliber, affordable, patient-focused care for illness and injury, treating patients off all ages, with most insurance accepted. Low cost pricing is available for those without insurance.

Every MEDcare Urgent Care Center has a physician on-site, leading medical technology, electronic medical records and radiology equipment, on-site diagnostic testing and clean, inviting facilities.

To find out more about MEDcare Urgent Care, go to medcareurgentcare.com

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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS LEE MARSHA TO COLUMBIA’S CLIMATE PROTECTION ACTION COMMITTEE

COLUMBIA, SC (March 18, 2013)  Lee Marsha, Senior Broker with NAINAIPR1Marsha Avant’s Brokerage Team, was selected to serve on the Climate Protection Action Committee by Columbia City Council for a second term.  The CPAC was established by the City of Columbia to identify and reduce factors in the city that harm the environment, like greenhouse gases, and to initiate impactful changes, such as focusing on conservation and recycling.  Mr. Marsha serves as Co-chairperson of the Land Use and Development sub-committee for CPAC.

EXCEPTIONAL COASTAL PORT ROYAL PROPERTY BACK ON THE MARKET

COLUMBIA, SC (March 19, 2013)  Rob Lapin, a member of NAI Avant’s NAIPR2Grubbs DavidBrokerage Team, announced that the new website for the Port Royal Development Tract is live, featuring updated listing information and a new listing price of $22,500,000.  The ±317 acre property comprises nearly one mile of scenic waterfront and ±51.6 acres of high ground along the confluence of Battery Creek and the Beaufort River.  Surrounded by a business-friendly climate and just minutes from I-95, Port Royal is ideally located in Beaufort, between the port cities of Savannah and Charleston.  This uniqueNAIPR2Lapin redevelopment opportunity is 14 miles from the Atlantic Ocean via Port Royal Sound.

For more information, visit www.NAIAvantPortRoyal.com.  Inquiries can also be made to NAI Avant Brokers Rob Lapin at (803) 744-9800 or David Grubbs at (843) 518-5300.

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.

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NuHub, State of South Carolina Announce Exclusive Partnership with Holtec International to Compete for Up To $226M Department of Energy Award 

Partnership Supports Construction and Jobs in SC

COLUMBIA, SC (March 19, 2013) – NuHub and the State of South Carolina are pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Holtec International, Inc., a diversified energy technology company supplying equipment and systems for the nuclear, solar, geothermal and fossil power generation sectors of the energy industry, to compete for the second round federal funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for small modular reactor (SMR) development.  Building off the cost-share agreement announced in November 2012, this follow-on award is focused on SMR innovation, design and licensing.  The program, announced last week, will award up to $226 million to at least one vendor.  Winning the award would support the development, licensing, construction, commissioning and operation of Holtec’s flagship reactor, named SMR-160, at the Savannah River Site (SRS) by the 2025 target date.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to be a global leader in nuclear technology by developing the nation’s first small modular reactors,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “Holtec International is a highly competitive firm in SMR technology, and we are excited to partner with them.”

Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt agreed, noting “The nuclear industry has a robust history in South Carolina, due in part to partnerships that span local, regional and state and federal boundaries. Our statewide team approach to attracting business investment and jobs will serve a strong company like Holtec International well, and strategically position South Carolina to continue to lead the advanced manufacturing renaissance in a number of sectors including the nuclear industry.”

NuHub was launched in October 2010 by EngenuitySC and has been pursuing this technology for nearly two years now.  With a strong team including South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), the Southern Carolina Alliance Region, the Aiken Edgefield Economic Development Partnership, Central SC Alliance, and other partners around the state, NuHub feels well positioned to finally bring this technology home to South Carolina.

“SCE&G is pleased to be a part of the NuHub team that is seeking to bring this innovative technology to South Carolina,” said Steve Byrne, Co-Chair of NuHub and Chief Operating Officer and President of Generation and Transmission for SCE&G. “SCE&G has a long-standing relationship with Holtec at our current nuclear plant, V.C. Summer, and we hope to bring our new nuclear construction expertise to the table to support the development of the project.”

“We are gratified by the breadth and depth of support for our SMR-160 program being provided by South Carolina, which is our nation’s third largest host of commercial nuclear power and only one of two states presently building nuclear reactors,” remarked Dr. Kris Singh, President and CEO of Holtec International.  “With the hope for DOE funding and engagement serving as the catalyst, we are committed  to partnering with the State, NuHub, and its affiliated organizations to build the first SMR-160 at Savannah River. We will reciprocate the State’s faith and confidence in our technology by directing our industrial development focus on the State and by playing a major role in building it as a center of excellence to insure America’s preeminence in the evolving age of small modular reactors.”

As a global leader in power generation technologies, Holtec has designed an indigenously developed SMR. Holtec’s SMR-160 is a 160 MW pressurized water reactor that has been designed to withstand the most severe natural disasters by relying on gravity under all operating and emergency conditions. Holtec International hails DOE’s support for SMR development and NuHub’s willingness to support the operation of prototype SMR designs in South Carolina.

NuHub will continue to support Holtec both during and after the DOE application process, with the deadline slated for July 1, 2013.

About NuHub

NuHub, an initiative of EngenuitySC, is a collaborative group of public, private, higher education and workforce development stakeholders working to maximize economic and job creation opportunities for the nuclear industry in the Midstate region of South Carolina, and to establish the Midstate as a hub and global leader for nuclear energy innovation. Please visit www.NuHubSC.com for more information.

About EngenuitySC

Headquartered in Columbia, EngenuitySC is public/private partnership formed to develop and grow the South Carolina Midlands’ knowledge-based economy by fostering an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of the region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy. Through collaboration with business, government, and higher education, EngenuitySC leads initiatives that support research development, promote commercialization, and leverage the region’s assets. Please visitwww.EngenuitySC.com for more information.

About Holtec International, Inc.

Holtec International is a world leader in nuclear technologies with ongoing projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Ukraine, China, Korea, Belgium,Sweden and Switzerland. The Company is carrying out some of the most challenging nuclear projects around the world including the de-fueling of Chernobyl’s shuttered reactors. The equipment and systems supplied by Holtec to its worldwide clients are largely based on the Company’s own patents and proprietary technologies. The Company is the largest exporter of capital equipment in the US and is recognized as the operator of manufacturing plants in three states with an excellent record of safety. Please visitwww.holtecinternational.com for more information.

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CREATIVE BUILDERS, INC., HIRES PROJECT MANAGEMENT/ENGINEER ASSISTANT

Penny Mashtare joins Creative Builders, Inc.

GREENVILLE – Penny Mashtare has joined Creative Builders Inc. With a degree in Architecture, she worked previously as an Architectural Project Manager with LaBella Associates in Rochester, NY. Penny has 25+ years experience in architectural design and project management.

Penny will aid in design coordination, project coordination and administrative assistance including shop drawing and submittal reviews.

Founded in 1971, Creative Builders, Inc. is one of the fastest growing commercial builders in the region with a diverse portfolio including mixed-use developments, financial, medical, restaurant, multi-family and industrial throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia; offering a full range of “Master Builder” services, including site evaluation, master planning, project design, budgeting, scheduling, construction services, and customer service after completion. Creative Builders Inc. is a privately held company and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.

For further information about this topic or Creative Builders Inc., please call Jennifer Jeffries at 864-233-1631 or visit http://www.creativebuilders.net

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SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE FEDERATION OFFERING PROGRAM
TO TRAIN CITIZENS IN BIRD IDENTIFICATION & CONSERVATION

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) will hold a class in bird New PB Logobiology, identification, and habitat conservation on March 23 & 24 at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC.  This class is open to the public and will be a great module for beginners.  The hardwood forest in an urban setting is the perfect place to learn to identify birds common to SC backyards by sight as well as sound.  Some species expected include: Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Pine Warbler.  This module will also include information on the best optics to use for birding, and how to attract more birds to your own backyard.

Ornithologist Drew Lanham will instruct this 2-day birding class.  Drew is a lifelong birder, and a professor at Clemson University. His research interests include: songbird ecology and conservation; integration of game and nongame wildlife management; the African American land ethic and its role in natural resources conservation. Drew is a Certified Wildlife Biologist & Certified Senior Ecologist, and the co- host of the popular birding show on the “Your Day” radio program.

This class is part of the SCWF’s popular Palmetto Pro Birder program.  The goal of this program is to expose motivated citizens to the diversity of birdlife in the Palmetto State and build an understanding of the importance of conserving native habitats to maintain or restore the state’s avian diversity. SCWF envisions building a core of Citizen Scientists who are equipped with field ornithology skills to contribute important data to bird conservation programs in our state and across the nation.

Several modules are held each year.  Participants can register for any single module to learn the basics of bird biology, identification, and habitat conservation.  To become a Certified Palmetto Pro Birder, you will need to attend four SCWF training modules.  You can start at any time, with any module, if there is space.  Each module will be appropriate for beginners, and include basics of bird identification, and will also include varying species and habitats to interest those attending multiple modules.

For more information, visit www.scwf.org or call (803) 256-0670.

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation facilitates effective habitat conservation and respect for outdoor traditions for current and future generations through statewide leadership, education, advocacy and partnerships. More information can be obtained about the organization by visiting http://www.scwf.org or calling (803) 256-0670.

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McNair and Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor
HR Planning Seminar, Tuesday March 19th

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (March 13, 2013) — Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to sharing  knowledge for the purpose of advancing business and the greater community at large, McNair Law Firm, P.A. in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor a complimentary live seminar on Tuesday, March 19 entitled Effective HR Planning in 2013.  Breakfast and registration will begin at 8:00AM.  The seminar will begin at 8:30AM.

Melissa L. Azallion, Immigration and Labor/Employment Shareholder at McNair will present on recent regulatory and case law developments with topics including:

  • Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • What agencies are doing with regard to FMLA, FLSA, OFCCP
  • The myths and realities of Immigration Reform
  • And more …

The seminar is geared towards HR professionals and will be held at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce located at: 1 Chamber Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.  Interested parties can register to attend by emailing services@mcnair.net.

This program has been pre-approved for 1.0 General re-certification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR re-certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI.)

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 this seminar and McNair, visit http://www.mcnair.net.

About the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

As stated on its website, the  mission of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is to advance the common interest of its membership, stimulate the expanding regional economy and enhance the quality of life for all.  For more information about the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.hiltonheadchamber.org.

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