Member News | Oct. 4

Push Advocacy public affairs firm announced Michael Rentiers to lead new government and public affairs firm

Push Digital founder and CEO Wesley Donehue today announced the launch of Push Advocacy, a sister company of Push Digital that will focus on public and government affairs. Push Advocacy will focus on clients by innovating traditional public affairs services through incorporating a strong digital tie-in, utilizing digital grassroots organizing, online advertising, and other emerging technologies.

Push Advocacy offers its clients a full menu of cutting-edge issue campaign services ranging from lobbying and communications to grassroots issue advocacy and digital campaign organization. The new firm will be led by managing partner Michael Rentiers, with Push CEO Donehue and Push Senior VP Joel Sawyer assisting in the firm’s growth and leadership.

“Push Digital has established a brand as a national leader in digital campaigns, having rapidly grown its footprint from the Southeast to coast to coast,” Rentiers said. “Our goal is to deliver results in the advocacy arena that Push has become known for in the digital arena by blending our team’s expertise in government, politics and digital campaigns at all levels of government. The Push Advocacy team is unmatched in its experience in taking our clients’ issues from idea to reality.”

“We’re really excited about Michael’s addition to the Push family and about expanding our business beyond digital,” said CEO Wesley Donehue. “Michael is someone I’ve known for years and he has an incredible reputation in the world of lobbying and public advocacy. This division of our business is poised to grow rapidly, and will have the capacity to work hand in hand with our digital team on a number of projects. It’s a natural fit, and is one of a number of business expansions we plan to announce over the course of the next year.

Over the course of his career, Rentiers has built a solid résumé of experience in government relations, campaign management, marketing and public affairs. Rentiers comes to Push Advocacy from the firm Moore & Van Allen, where he was the Director of Public Affairs. He was responsible for designing and implementing numerous lobbying and grassroots issue campaigns in South Carolina and across the country. Prior to that, he worked in Washington, DC as Special Assistant to United States Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and as a Coalitions Director for the Republican National Committee.  He has worked on numerous federal and state campaigns in South Carolina and around the southeast.

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nbsc-logo-for-webNBSC Supports Governor Haley’s Book Drive 

NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank partnered with Governor Nikki Haley and The Original Six Foundation to collect new and gently used children’s and South Carolina history books. NBSC team members across the state participated in this initiative and the total collection was in excess of 1,600 books. These along with other books donated by the public will be distributed to libraries, schools, and after school programs in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Marion, Marlboro, and Union counties to benefit students in those areas.

NBSC team members proudly participate in numerous community initiatives throughout the state and encourage others to join them in reaching for the best in themselves and their communities.

NBSC is a division of Synovus Bank and currently serves 26 communities in South Carolina from 42 locations.  For more than 100 years, NBSC has focused on relationship banking and remains dedicated to the communities it serves. Together with affiliates of Synovus Bank, NBSC offers diverse lines of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services and Mortgage Lending.  For more information, visit

Synovus is a financial services company with approximately $27 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus’ divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 29 locally branded divisions, 280 offices, and more than 400 ATMS in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at, and follow us on twitter @synovusbank. Equal Housing Lender



Columbia, SC – The law firm of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as being among the 2013 Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly. GWB’s Legal Elite in the Midlands include:

  • James Brogdon – Personal Injury
  • Johnston Cox – Insurance
  • Will Harbison – Workers Compensation
  • John Hudson – Healthcare
  • John T. Lay – Civil Litigation
  • Shelley Montague – Construction
  • Grayson Smith – Insurance
  • Childs Thrasher – Environmental

GWB’s office in Columbia opened in June 2011 with six attorneys.  Over the last two years, it has expanded to sixteen lawyers who focus their practices on business and complex litigation.  In March of this year, GWB exercised an expansion option in order to acquire additional space within the Capital Center in order to accommodate plans for future growth in the midlands. C. William McGee, the firm’s Managing Shareholder, stated, “Our Columbia attorneys are incredibly talented and we are grateful for their recognition as part of the Legal Elite of the Midlands.

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has offices in Greenville, Columbia and Anderson, SC and Charlotte, N.C.  Practice areas include business and complex litigation, strategic risk assessment and counseling, and corporate representation. For more information about the firm, see





NAI Avant is pleased to announce that E. David Grubbs, Jr., Managing Principal and Broker-in-Charge of NAI Avant’s Charleston office, has been engaged to represent Ecovest Development and the City of Charleston in the leasing of the ±7,300 square foot East Shed facility. The East Shed, located between John and Ann Streets in downtown Charleston, is also home to the Best Friend Train Exhibit, a City-owned museum, and will front a pedestrian promenade with custom designed outdoor dining areas.

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

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