Member News | July 26

Arnold Family Challenge Gift Leads to Nearly $1.2 Million for Palmetto Health Women’s and Children’s Services

Arnold Challenge

Chuck Beaman, CEO, Palmetto Health; Gerry Sue and Norman Arnold; Ben and Lisa Arnold

Columbia businessman and philanthropist, Norman Arnold, recently issued a family challenge gift of $500,000 to Palmetto Health Foundation to benefit Palmetto Health Women’s and Children’s Services. Norman’s challenge was to match additional gifts dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. Hundreds of individual and corporate donors in the community helped Palmetto Health Foundation successfully meet and exceed the challenge within three weeks with more than $700,000 raised.

Norman and his wife, Gerry Sue, have been longtime advocates of public health in our community. Over the years, their passion has been fueled by their own health issues and family health challenges. Seven years ago, Norman and Gerry Sue’s family faced a crisis when their grandson, Aaron, was born prematurely. Aaron’s parents, Lisa and Ben Arnold, faced their second-born child being admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Palmetto Health Baptist. Because Lisa was moved by the excellent care Aaron received as well as the compassion she felt as a parent during that difficult time, she joined the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and has been an active member since 2007. The Arnold Family’s spirit of giving back to their community continued when Lisa and Ben gave a $150,000 gift to name the educational suite in the newly renovated Palmetto Health Baptist NICU in 2008.

“Ben and I experienced first-hand the outstanding care of physicians and staff of Palmetto Health. We believe it’s important for this community to have the very best in health care. That’s why our family is committed to improving quality of life for those in our community by enhancing and expanding the available health care options,” said Lisa.

After waging a successful battle against pancreatic cancer, Norman began to actively support public health initiatives not only in South Carolina, but also globally. He has served on many hospital boards, and Gerry Sue has been an active member of the International Board of the Hadassah Medical Center in Tel Aviv for many years. In 2000, the Arnold Family’s $10 million gift to The University of South Carolina was used to endow the Arnold School of Public Health. The purpose of the Arnold Family Challenge Gift was to engage the community to support the many health care needs of women and children served by Palmetto Health.

“Enhancing health care options in our community is my family’s passion, and we’re both excited and humbled to know our community exceeded our challenge,” said Lisa.

Funds raised will be used to support and enhance diverse programs such as the Pediatric Institute for Diabetes and Obesity led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital as well as CAMP KEMO, Camp Wonderhands and the Child Life department at Children’s Hospital. Because of the gift, Palmetto Health Baptist Women’s Services will continue to provide an exceptional birth experience, and the new Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge hospital will provide an enhanced labor/delivery unit and newborn nursery when it opens early next year. Equipment such as pediatric wheelchairs and a NICU portable X-ray machine also will be funded. The Arnold Family legacy will continue through the newly established Arnold Family Endowment that will support future Women’s and Children’s Services programming at Palmetto Health.

“Being able to positively impact the lives of the people we serve drives everything we do at Palmetto Health,” said CEO Charles D. Beaman Jr.  “Our team members are dedicated to bringing our organization’s vision to life every day by providing our patients and their families the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. We are very grateful to the Arnold family for their inspirational challenge gift to help Palmetto Health help others, and to our community’s donors who came together so quickly to meet and exceed the challenge.”

Palmetto Health Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, engages community partners to enhance healthcare for patients and families served by Palmetto Health. For more information, visit or call 803-434-7275.


McNair’s Adam Landy Named to Lawyers of Color’s 2013 Hot List



Columbia, S.C. –  Lawyers of Color (LOC) recently named 100 early- to mid-career minority attorneys under 40 from the Southern region to its inaugural Hot List. McNair Law Firm, P.A. is very pleased to announce that Adam B. Landy has been named to this exceptional group.

Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office is hosting a reception and photo shoot for the honorees, who will also be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s inaugural Hot List Special Issue (July 2013).

Adam is an associate in McNair’s Columbia office. His practice concentrations include taxation, tax controversy, estate planning and probate administration.  Adam joined the firm in 2010 after receiving his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his LL.M in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law.

In addition to building a successful practice, Adam invests his time in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Richland County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar.  He currently chairs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Committee of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division.  He is also involved with the United Way of the Midlands,  both through its Palmetto Society as well as its Young Leaders Society, where he served as chair of the Professional Development Committee.

The honorees were chosen through a two-pronged process. Our selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar publications and legal blogs in order to identify promising candidates. We accepted nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues. We also made editorial picks based on our research of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or were active in legal pipeline initiatives.

Lawyers of Color, which was founded as On Being A Black Lawyer, has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. Founded in 2008 as a news and resource center, the company has grown into a social media firm providing research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to clients.

Ethan Ware Appointed to Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation Board 



Columbia, S.C. –  McNair Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder Ethan Ware has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation. Ware will serve a three-year term.

Ethan has long supported education in South Carolina.  He is president and co-founder of Hope Christian Academy, a school established to help students with disabilities develop to their highest potential academically, spiritually and socially.  Ethan’s devotion to the community is matched by his commitment to the legal profession.  He serves as the managing shareholder of McNair’s Administrative/Regulatory Unit and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006.

“Ethan will be such an asset to the Foundation Board,” said former member Ned Johnson.  “In addition to a law practice that focuses on deeply scientific and technological matters, he has a genuine passion for education.”

The GSSM Foundation supports GSSM by giving voice to its needs, providing supplemental funds to augment its programs and informing the public of its accomplishments and contributions to the quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina. The Foundation Board’s core objectives include fundraising, recruitment, marketing, advocacy and alumni relations.  To learn more about the GSSM Foundation, visit

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 Ethan Ware and McNair, visit


Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. Attorney Childs Cantey Thrasher Accepted into the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014

 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Childs Cantey Thrasher has been selected for the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014. Established in 1973 by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Columbia program provides existing and emerging leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge and network. The program will provide Thrasher with insight into community issues, leadership skills, opportunities for community involvement, and access to community leaders to discuss current issues in Columbia.

Thrasher’s law practice is based out of the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina office.  Her practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, and environmental law, including products liability, professional liability, internet law and ADA premises compliance.  Thrasher also has experience practicing in state and federal courts. She is dedicated to the community through her involvement with the South Carolina Arts Foundation, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, and the Washington and Lee Palmetto Alumni Association.

Thrasher’s dedication to her profession is just as impressive as her dedication to the community.  Thrasher is a member of the SC Defense Trial Attorney Association, Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section and Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Section of Environment as well as the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute. Managing Shareholder C. William McGee stated, “Childs continues to rise as a leader in the Columbia community.  We look forward to seeing the continued positive impacts of her hard work at the firm and in the community.”


Over 200 Classic Cars Expected at Free Cruise-In/Car Show and Art Show in Irmo

On August 24, 2013, classic car enthusiasts and owners alike are invited to attend Irmo, SC’s second annual classic car show, which will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. More than 130 classic cars participated last year and more than 200 are expected this year. The event will be sponsored by Columbia Conference Center and DuBose Web Group and is being coordinated by Mike DuBose, a member of the Capitol City Corvette Club and Columbia Classic Chevy Club.

Owners of classic cars from 1989 and older are invited to enter the show. There is no fee to enter, and the public is also invited to attend free of charge. Cars participating in the show must be parked by 10:30 AM. Trophies will be awarded at 12:15 PM in the following categories:

  • Best in show
  • Pick-up
  • Mustang
  • Mopar
  • Ford
  • Paint job
  • Street Rod
  • Corvette
  • General Motors
  • Foreign Car
  • Oldest Car

Ample parking will be available at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (6952 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212). Attendees not entering a car in the show should park across the street at Crossroads Middle School. A police officer will assist guests in crossing the street.

Attendees will receive free hot dogs and bottled water. The church will also host an art show with exhibits from local artists. Air-conditioned bathrooms, seating, and children’s activities will be available inside the building.

Those who require hotel lodging are invited to book a reservation at the Hampton Inn at 101 Woodcross Drive, Columbia, SC 29212 at the Columbia Conference Center group rate of $84/night (mention the group rate when making the reservation).

For more information, call (803) 732-2273 or visit Car owners who need more information should contact In the event of rain, the show will be rescheduled to August 31, 2013.


2010 acquisition is fully integrated into Infrastructure Corporation of America

Florence & Hutcheson, Inc. (F&H), a large regional engineering services firm acquired in 2010 by Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA), will now be known as ICA Engineering, Inc.

The name change is the final step in the acquisition of F&H in a strategy by ICA to create a more innovative delivery of engineering, operations, and maintenance services for all transportation infrastructure assets.

“Over the past three years, F&H and ICA have merged services, ideas, and cultures to create an integrated company able to provide complete infrastructure services,” said Butch Eley, CEO of ICA. “Together we form a stronger, more dynamic enterprise that is able to deliver enhanced efficiencies and cost savings to our clients, maximize the value and extend the lifespan of infrastructure assets.”

Infrastructure Corporation of America’s maintains public transportation infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, toll ways, rest areas and welcome centers. The addition of F&H’s award-winning engineering services has allowed ICA to take a holistic approach to creating and sustaining infrastructure assets that are vital to the U.S. economy. The broadened expertise allows the company to begin with initial project design, work through the construction phase, and ultimately to develop an operations and maintenance plan that will maximize the life cycle of the infrastructure asset and save taxpayers’ money.

ICA Engineering specializes in the complete spectrum of civil engineering and environmental services for the infrastructure of the built environment with an integrated sensitivity to the natural environment. ICA Engineering has offices in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida.

Founded in 1965 in Paducah, Kentucky by Bob Florence and Dave Hutcheson, the original F&H team rapidly began serving the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and municipalities throughout Kentucky. The F&H footprint first expanded beyond Kentucky in the 1970’s when work was contracted with Departments of Transportation first in Tennessee, North Carolina and then expanded throughout the Southeast.

Over the years, F&H developed a solid reputation with federal, state, county and municipal agencies, as well as industrial, commercial and private developers and property owners. The firm is known for combining technical resources and a wide scope of services to implement the most complex and extensive projects with the flexibility to ensure responsive, one-to-one client service and proactive, visionary solutions.

“F&H is known for exceptional and passionate client service; ICA has quickly become known as a market innovator,” said Mark Acuff, President of Engineering Services. “Our clients are excited that the project managers they’ve come to trust and rely on now have additional capabilities to offer that will save them time and money.”

ICA and ICA Engineering employ about 750 people in offices across the Southeast and Midwest. ICA Engineering employs 42 people in South Carolina.

About ICA (
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA) provides innovative delivery of engineering, operations and maintenance services for all infrastructure assets. ICA combines expertise for planning and implementing engineering projects with performance-based asset maintenance operations to provide efficiencies essential to agencies looking to lower costs and improve quality. A proficient blend of expert service lines and innovative delivery systems maximizes the value and lifespan of all infrastructure assets. Specifically, ICA provides full service, life-cycle-based operations and management; multidiscipline infrastructure engineering services; and expert design/build services and other project delivery systems.

ICA’s asset management division manages over 20 long-term asset maintenance management contracts in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. These projects include approximately 3,650 structures, 333 facilities, and 5,454 lane-miles of roadway.

ICA manages performance-based operations and maintenance contracts for roadway, structures, and facilities, including the following: District 6 in Miami-Dade County in Florida, I-65, I-24, SR-840 in Tennessee, Northern Virginia (NOVA) District in Virginia, Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida, Ravenel Bridge in South Carolina, Zone 3 of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, all Rest Area Facilities in Missouri, and all Rest Area Facilities in District 2 and District 3 in Florida.

For more information visit or, or contact Heather Robinson, ICA Engineering, (919) 900-1626, or Matt Beasley, Infrastructure Corporation of America, (615) 983-4158.




Charleston, SC –  Dexter Rumsey, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently consummated a 2,200 square foot office lease at 501 Bramson Court in Mount Pleasant, SC. Rumsey represented the tenant, Ashton Woods Homes, in the transaction. Edward Oswald, with Oswald Cooke & Associates, represented the landlord.




Charleston, SC –  David Grubbs, Managing Principal and Broker-in-Charge of NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently brokered the sale of the ±4,222 square foot building at 445 Savannah Highway. Grubbs represented the seller in the $633,500 transaction. Eve Green, with Keller Williams, represented the buyer. The building, formerly a dance studio, will reopen as a physical therapy practice.


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