Member News | August 2

Jamie Addison Joins First Community Bank as Assistant Vice President



First Community Bank is pleased to announce that Jamie Addison has joined the company’s Lexington office as Assistant Vice President and Commercial Banker. He will be responsible for developing relationships with local businesses and professionals in the Midlands.

 “Jamie understands the financial needs of local business owners and is committed to helping them reach their goals and be successful,” said Ted Nissen, Chief Commercial and Retail Banking Officer at First Community Bank. “He will be a real asset to our team.”

Jamie received a degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina Aiken. In addition to his professional experience, Jamie is involved in Leadership Lexington County.

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 planning/investment advisory division and Palmetto South Mortgage, a separate mortgage division.


Elliott Davis Grows Financial Services Practice with New Shareholder



Elliott Davis, LLC, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast, announces the addition of Beverly Seier as a shareholder in its Columbia, S.C. office.

A Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter with more than 20 years of experience, Seier will focus on serving financial institutions, insurance companies and SEC registrants.

“Bev has in-depth knowledge of corporate tax planning and compliance, and she demonstrates strong leadership and team development abilities,” said Jason Caskey, financial services practice leader for Elliott Davis. “Her extensive experience within the financial services industry will be beneficial to both our clients and our people.”

More than 90 professionals comprise Elliott Davis’ financial services practice, which serves 110 financial institutions across the Southeast.

“Elliott Davis has an excellent reputation in the Carolinas and beyond,” said Seier. “Joining this talented team is exciting, and I look forward to being part of such a long-standing, dynamic firm.”

Seier is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining Elliott Davis, she was a tax partner and member of the tax management team at a Northeast-based accounting firm.

About Elliott Davis, LLC
Elliott Davis is one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast and ranks among the top 50 CPA firms in the U.S.  With offices in S.C., N.C., G.A. and V.A., the firm provides clients with customized solutions and its people with rewarding opportunities. Growing since 1925, Elliott Davis is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international professional association of independently owned accounting firms. Learn more at


MG&C Brings The Long Run 15k to Famously Hot Columbia

McAngus Goudelock & Courie is bringing an exciting new event to Famously Hot Columbia. The Long Run, a unique road race, will be held on Super Bowl Sat., Feb. 1, 2014. The Long Run will be a 15k course that winds through historic downtown Columbia, Cayce and West Columbia, beginning and ending on the revitalized Main Street.

Why is a law firm putting on a race? MG&C is the driver behind this event in an effort to combine firm values of charitable giving, community support and employee wellness. Net proceeds from the races will benefit Souper Bowl of Caring, the firm-wide charity for 2014.

“We founded MG&C in Columbia 18 years ago. We made the decision to put on The Long Run as a way to give back to a charity that was also started in our Midlands community,” said Hugh McAngus, a founder of MG&C. “Souper Bowl of Caring began 23 years ago in our hometown, and has grown to serve the hungry across the nation. Combining MG&C values of giving and wellness, we are excited to present the inaugural Long Run this February.”

The Long Run is a distance of about nine miles, and is aiming to draw both the serious and intermediate runner. The distance is more challenging than a 10k, but not as strenuous as a half-marathon. Runners wanting to do a shorter distance can register for the Not-So-Long Run 5k, sponsored by Midlands Orthopaedics, which will also run through downtown Columbia. Both courses will begin on Gervais St. in front of the State House and end on Main St. Cash awards will be offered to the top three male/female finishers in both racing events, as well as cash prizes for a Super Bowl themed costume contest. Online registration for The Long Run and Not-So-Long Run opens on Aug. 1.

“Not only will this event bring hundreds of runners to our city joining a wonderful tradition that includes the USMC Mud Run, the Governor’s Cup and the Columbia Marathon, it does so while promoting a truly worthy cause,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are very proud to host The Long Run and we sincerely thank the Souper Bowl of Caring for all the great work they do.”

The date and distance of this race was carefully selected with input from Strictly Running owner Selwyn Blake.  “With ideal running temperatures averaging from the mid-30’s to 60 degrees in Feb., and with many runners in mid-marathon training, this distance is a good compliment to the serious runner’s training calendar,” Said Blake. The race also ties in with nationwide events supporting Souper Bowl of Caring, the nonprofit benefitting from the race. Souper Bowl of Caring is a national charity born in Columbia who uses the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and in need.

“With the support of businesses like MG&C, the Souper Bowl of Caring will mobilize thousands of young people across the Midlands to raise funds for scores of local food banks and pantries,” said Brad Smith, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Souper Bowl of Caring. “Completing The Long Run will require strength, but I’m especially impressed that proceeds from this endeavor will help those that are weak, hungry and hurting.”

The Long Run is presented by McAngus Goudelock & Courie. Other sponsors include Midlands Orthopaedics and Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. For sponsorship and more information about The Long Run, visit For more information about Souper Bowl of Caring, visit

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 MGC, visit or call 803.779.2300.


Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2014 Silver Crescent Awards Honoring South Carolina’s Leading Manufacturers

Twelfth annual awards to recognize world-class standards in innovation, sustainability, workforce engagement, citizenship and performance

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence, the acclaimed annual program which recognizes the achievements and contributions of South Carolina’s leading manufacturers.

The Silver Crescent Award is the most prestigious award that a South Carolina manufacturer can receive. Presented annually by the Silver Crescent Foundation, its partners and the statewide manufacturing Community, the Award recognizes the most excellent manufacturing operations demonstrating superior performance in each of 7 Crescents of Excellence. Awards are made in each of three size categories: Small (<200 employees), Medium (200-499 employees) and Large (>500 employees).

Now in its twelfth year, the exclusive annual recognition program honors manufacturing organizations from across the state for their citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity in South Carolina.  Past Silver Crescent Award recipients include such notables as Robert Bosch, Bridgestone-Firestone, Nucor Steel, Alcoa, Sonoco, GE Energy, Cytec Industries and Packaging Corporation of America.

A significant change implemented last year is use of an initial “Intent to Apply” form, due by November 15, 2013, which allows any organization to quickly indicate their interest to apply for honors.  This one-page form can be filled out in under two minutes by any manufacturer or partner/vendor of a manufacturer, and extends their deadline to submit the complete application until December 15th.

The application process has also been streamlined and reorganized to allow for easier third party nominations, and to enable organizations with a strong story to tell, but only limited access to statistical data, to remain competitive in the program, noted Tony Smith, president of The Silver Crescent Foundation, which annually bestows the awards.

“Our evaluation system will review each applicant’s commitment to community citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity,” said Smith.  “Each section of the revamped application form has been shortened to capture the most pertinent information from each candidate company, and letters or quotes of support are encouraged.  Our goal is to recognize the best of the best in South Carolina manufacturing – whether large, medium or small in company size.”

To be eligible for honors, companies must submit the Intent to Apply form, indicating their decision to proceed with the process, by November 15, 2013.  Once submitted, the Intent form will be acknowledged by the Silver Crescent Foundation and a nomination package sent to each candidate company.  Application forms and guidelines are also available online at  All nominations must be submitted by December 15, 2013.  Applications may be submitted by companies directly or by third parties, and will be evaluated for completeness and ranked by a review panel from the Silver Crescent Foundation based solely on responses received.

The top companies will be honored on March 17, 2014 at the Salute To Manufacturing Awards Luncheon at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Awards will be presented in the Small, Midsized and Large Manufacturer Categories.  A private best-practices forum will precede the luncheon.

Presented annually by The Silver Crescent Foundation, the 2014 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and by SC Biz News, LLC.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the awards luncheon and best-practices forum in March, Smith noted.

To encourage eligible manufacturers to participate in the 2014 program, a broad-based awareness campaign has been launched in media markets across the state and via Internet channels, viral marketing and grassroots public relations efforts, added program director Sharon Halsey of the Silver Crescent Foundation.

“We want to encourage as many eligible manufacturers, or individuals with supplier-partners to manufacturers, to apply for consideration in this important honors program,” said Halsey.  “By applying, they can benefit from expanded awareness of their organization, networking with top manufacturing executives, positive employee morale and regional/national recognition.  It’s a great opportunity for Palmetto State manufacturers.”

To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards or the Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon, or to nominate an organization, visit or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.


Walbridge |Brasfield & Gorrie JV Wins DBIA Merit Award
Two companies earn national honors for work performed on Main Exchange Replacement

The Walbridge | Brasfield & Gorrie Joint Venture was announced as a 2013 Merit Award winner in the national Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards program. The joint venture was the design-builder for the two-story, 150,000 sq ft Main Exchange Replacement at the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The DBIA awards program recognizes the best design-build projects from across the nation. This year’s program was the most competitive to date. Each project was rigorously graded by a panel of experts who decided on projects that exemplified “design-build done right.”

The Main Exchange Replacement was built to serve the retail and personal needs of active duty, wounded warriors, reserve and retired personnel in the Washington D.C. area. It was constructed under a 26-month design-build contract. The construction of the facility involved several steps, including building a 15,000 sq ft temporary shopping center; demolishing a 20-year-old facility; and finally constructing the new Navy Exchange and adjacent 100,000 sq ft elevated parking structure. The new facility fits comfortably in the same small space as the former Exchange but offers greater accommodations and is more energy-efficient.

Brasfield & Gorrie partnered with Detroit-based Walbridge for the project. The two companies teamed with CMH Architects to design and build the new facility.

“This award holds a special meaning for all of us because our project is being formally recognized as one of the best in the nation by experts in the design-build industry. We are honored to have worked with Walbridge to have successfully built the Main Exchange Replacement and to share this award with them. It was truly a team effort,” said Alan Anthony, Division Manager at Brasfield & Gorrie.

An awards dinner and ceremony will be held on November 5 at the DBIA’s 2013 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas to honor all winning projects.

About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2012 revenues were $2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31st among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.

About Walbridge:
Walbridge is an Engineering News-Record “Top 50” global construction company with more than a dozen offices across the United States and international offices in Mexico, South America and the Middle East. Headquartered in Detroit, Mich., Walbridge serves a broad range of markets including automotive, aviation, commercial, education, federal, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, mission critical, power and energy, and water/waste water. The company self-performs concrete placement, as well as the rigging and transport of equipment for various industrial clients, and offers delivery systems to fit every client’s needs. In continuous operation since 1916, Walbridge currently employs roughly 1,000 employees who are committed to sustainable construction and maintaining injury-free workplaces. Revenue in 2012 exceeded $1.2 billion.





NAI Avant is pleased to announce the addition of Marilynn Joyner to the Brokerage Team.

Miss Joyner previously served as the Marketing Coordinator & Project Manager for NAI Avant’s Columbia office. In her new role as a Broker at NAI Avant, she will be an active member of the Retail Brokerage Team where she will specialize in providing tenants, owners and investors with a variety of commercial real estate services.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Miss Joyner received her bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina with a dual degree in political science and dance performance. She is actively involved within the community including her acceptance into the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia Class of 2014.


Charleston, SC (July 29, 2013) David Grubbs, Managing Principal, Thomas Boulware, Senior Broker and Thomas Otis, all with NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently brokered the sale of ±5.22 acres at 39 Folly Road.  Grubbs and Boulware represented the seller, Folly Albemarle Road, LLC, in the transaction.  The purchaser was represented by Will Irvin with Southeastern Property & Equity Management.  This site was previously Concrete Products at the intersection of Folly and Albemarle Road in West Ashley.  The purchaser, Porter-Gaud School, intends to reserve the property for future use.


NAI Avant brokers, Patrick Palmer, CCIM, and Bess Winn, represented the landlord, MB Jack, LLC, in the 10 year lease transaction of 115 Afton Court in Harbison for a gross lease value of $1.6 million.  The 10,000 SF location, formerly Bailey’s Sports Bar & Grill, will be renovated into a Hibachi, Seafood and Sushi restaurant and is set to open in the fall of 2013.


Charleston, SC (July 31, 2013) NAI Avant is pleased to announce its involvement with MeadWestvaco’s Nexton project, an exceptional mixed-use development project located in Summerville, SC. Managing Principal David Grubbs, and Senior Brokers Thomas Boulware and Dexter Rumsey are representing MeadWestvaco in the pre-leasing of Phase I of the Nexton Retail Village with up to ±125,000 square feet of commercial retail space and pad sites available. In addition to retail space, Phase I will also feature an apartment community named The Parks, and a ±750,000 square foot office campus with ±50,000 square feet of medical office space.

About Nexton
Strategically located at the intersection of I-26 and Highway 17A, Nexton is a community designed and created by MeadWestvaco, a Fortune 500 company with deep roots in the Charleston region. The Nexton concept is a 7-phase, 4,500 acre development with up to 10,000 single family homes, 2,000 apartment homes and over 6 million square feet of commercial space.

For more information, visit  Inquiries can also be made to NAI Avant Brokers Thomas Boulware at (843) 518-5305, David Grubbs at (843) 518-5300 or Dexter Rumsey at (843) 518-5315.


Gerald Steele, Senior Broker with NAI Avant, represented the seller in the disposition of 510 Old Lexington Hwy in Chapin, SC.  The 5,000 SF office building was purchased by S.C. Whitmore School, a state-wide, progressive online high school, for $385,000.


Senior Broker Tom Milliken and Tombo Milliken, both members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, represented the seller in the sale of ±336 acres of timberland/recreational property on Lightning Road in North, SC.  The property, which includes 2 miles of frontage along the North Edisto River, sold for $504,000.

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.


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