Member News | June 3 – 7

McNair Appoints Three New Shareholders

COLUMBIA, S.C. McNair Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been elected to shareholder in the firm’s Columbia, Greenville and Charlotte offices.



Jeffrey T. Allen

Jeffrey T. Allen (Columbia) focuses his practice in the areas of economic development, employee benefits and tax.   He assists clients with a variety of state and federal tax planning, compliance and controversy matters and represents clients before the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), South Carolina Administrative Law Court and United States Tax Court.  Jeff joined McNair in 2006 after obtaining his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received both his J.D., cum laude (2005) and B.S., cum laude (2001) from the University of South Carolina.

Hunter S. Freeman (Greenville) works in McNair’s intellectual property and litigation practice groups. He assists a variety of clients with preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright  applications, drafting intellectual property related agreements, as well as consulting in the fields of cyber-law, trade secrets and general intellectual property protection and portfolio management.  His litigation practice consists primarily of enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights and resolving commercial disputes in both state and federal courts.  Hunter received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2003 and his B.S. from Rhodes College in 2000.


Jeremy A. Stephenson

Jeremy A. Stephenson (Charlotte) practices in the areas of litigation and labor and employment, where he provides counseling and litigation services to management clients in employment matters. He has successfully defended employers against claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, workplace bodily injuries, and wage and hour violations, and represents businesses in the enforcement of non-compete and similar agreements. Jeremy earned his J.D. in 1999 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.A. in 1995 from the University of Virginia.

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 these attorneys and the firm, visit

David J. Tigges, Managing Shareholder
McNair Law Firm, P.A.
1221 Main Street, Suite 1800
Columbia, SC 29201


Loan Officer Jeff Holman Will Bring Experience and Opportunity to New Home Buyers.


Jeff Holman

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc., a full-service regional banking firm, continues to serve home buyers throughout the Southeast by growing their team of leading loan officers. Homeowners Mortgage is excited to welcome Jeff Holman as a loan officer focusing on securing opportunities for new home buyers in the Columbia, S.C., region.

Holman’s network of financial planners and real estate professionals will bring a fresh resource to the region. Holman has been recognized throughout the county for his ability to customize each financing option to the individual client’s needs.  In his experience, he has been able to secure financing for home buyers county-wide, as well as build a strong base of referral and repeat clientele.

“We are constantly looking for professionals that can bring experience and leadership to the firm,” said Ed Kubec, COO and managing director of Homeowners Mortgage. “Mr. Holman will certainly be an addition to our already high-achieving group.”

Jeff Holman comes to Homeowners Mortgage from Columbia, S.C., where he resides with his wife, Tiffany, and their young son.

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



COLUMBIA, S.C. – The YMCA of Columbia has selected Vance J. Bettis, Senior Litigation Partner at Gignilliat Savitz & Bettis LLP, as the new President of its Metropolitan Board of Directors. Bettis was appointed to the position, which carries a two-year term, on May 23, 2013, during the YMCA of Columbia’s annual meeting. He succeeds Bruce T. Williams, Vice President of BB&T – Boyle Vaughan Insurance, who completed his term as Presiden t.

“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding tradition of strong volunteer leadership at the YMCA of Columbia. I am thankful for the direction Bruce has provided to our organization over the last three years, and enthusiastic to see where Vance’s vision, humanity and love for our cause will take us,” said Bryan Madden, CEO of the YMCA of Columbia.

“The YMCA impacts the lives of tens of thousands in the Midlands every year and I am honored to serve as chair of this important organization,” said Vance Bettis, President of the YMCA of Columbia Board of Directors. “I am excited to continue working with the Y as we strengthen our programs and develop new ways to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

Bettis grew up attending camps and playing church league basketball at the Y in Charleston, and he has been a member of the Downtown YMCA in Columbia for over 30 years. He has served on the Metropolitan Board of Directors at the YMCA of Columbia since 2006.

Along with the change in leadership, the Y also recognized employees and volunteers of the year from all five branches and donors to the annual campaign. It was a joyous celebration of the Y’s belief that lasting change only comes about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. For additional information, contact Megan Plott at 803.799.7159 ext. 26 or the Y

The Y is one of the Midlands leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. As part of the fabric of the Greater Columbia community for over 150 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit for more information.


BillBLAST© Hires Director of Business Development

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Beth Thompson

 Columbia, S.C. – BillBLAST© is pleased to announce that Beth Thompson has joined the team as Director of Business Development.

 With years of experience in sales and sales management, particularly in the legal technology space, Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and eagerness to help BillBLAST© take off. Thompson has spent the past five years with BigHand, Inc., and was instrumental in helping grow their client base in the US. Thompson also has experience helping law firms find innovative ways to streamline processes and improve efficiencies.

 “I am thrilled to be a part of the BillBLAST© team and look forward to introducing our solutions to firms needing assistance managing the arduous ebilling process. In addition, I am eager to debut our software at the ILTA conference in August,” said Thompson.

 “We are extremely excited to have Beth join the BB team. Her experience and enthusiasm is the perfect addition,” said Leah Beckham, CEO of BillBLAST©. “I am confident Beth will enable us to spread the word about our e-billing application before our official launch at ILTA’s Annual Conference in August.”

 BillBLAST© offers a comprehensive end-to-end electronic billing management system in the cloud.

 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.

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.

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Jim Kinard Joins First Community Bank as Vice President


Jim Kinard

Lexington, S.C. – First Community Bank is pleased to announce that Jim Kinard has joined the company’s Red Bank office as Vice President and Commercial Banker. With more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, Jim will focus on relationships with existing First Community commercial clients and look for opportunities to serve other businesses in the Midlands.

In addition to his position at First Community Bank, Jim has represented Lexington District One for seven years on the Lexington County Council. He is an active member of the community serving as a leader for the Royal Ambassador boys group, a volunteer Upward Basketball coach, a volunteer with Riverbanks Zoo and a member of Swansea First Baptist Church.

 He received a degree in financial management from Clemson University and attended the South Carolina Bankers School.

First Community Bank Expands its Financial Planning Division

Bill Addison

Lexington, S.C.– First Community Bank is pleased to announce that Bill Addison has joined its financial planning/investment advisory division, First Community Financial Consultants (FCFC). With more than twenty years of experience in the banking industry, he has served in various roles including consumer and mortgage lending.

As part of the FCFC team, Mr. Addison will assist clients with retirement strategies, selecting appropriate-term investments, and general financial decision-making.

He received a degree in finance from the University of South Carolina and attended the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. A native of Lancaster, South Carolina, Bill and his family live in Irmo.

First Community Bank is a local community bank based in the Midlands of South Carolina. First Community operates 11 banking offices in Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Kershaw counties in addition to First Community Financial Consultants, a financial services division and Palmetto South Mortgage, a separate mortgage division.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products are offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. First Community Bank and First Community Financial Consultants are not registered broker/dealers and are not affiliated with LPL financial. Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value | Not a Deposit | Not Insured by a Federal Government Agency


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