Member News | Oct. 25



Liz Crum Named 2013 Bissell Award Winner

The South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA) has named McNair attorney M. Elizabeth “Liz” Crum the 2013 winner of its highest honor, the Jean Galloway Bissell Award. 

The award’s namesake, Jean Galloway Bissell (1935-1990), was a trailblazer who paved the way for South Carolina women lawyers in multiple fields.  Her remarkable career and civic contributions serve as the standard by which the award nominees are measured.  The award is presented each year to an individual for his or her distinguished and noteworthy service to the public and legal profession, achievement of professional excellence and participation in activities that have paved the way to success for women lawyers on the national, state or local level.

The award comes as no surprise to Crum’s friend and colleague, Ariail Kirk.  “If you read through Liz’s bio, you will notice that one word continuously appears; ‘serve.’  For nearly 40 years, Liz has served the legal profession through numerous positions, both appointed and elected.   She has served her community as an advisor and advocate.  In doing so,  Liz has served the mission of SCWLA, by showing young women how truly rewarding a career in law can be.”

Ms. Crum was honored by SCWLA at a reception on Thursday, October 10 in Greenville, SC.

M. Elizabeth Crum is a shareholder in McNair Law Firm’s Columbia office and a member of its Administrative and Regulatory Practice Group.  She has extensive experience in the federal and state regulatory areas of health care, Certificate of Need and related matters, licensure, Stark and anti-kickback and HIPAA matters, state and local government procurement, as well as other state and local regulatory matters.  In addition to the Bissell Award, Ms. Crum is a recipient of the SC Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award, as well as the Athena Award, an honor bestowed by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce that recognizes efforts to encourage and celebrate the achievements of women in business.

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 Liz Crum and McNair, visit


Kirkpatrick Promoted to Banking Officer

NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, announced recently that Drew Kirkpatrick had been promoted to Banking Officer.

Kirkpatrick is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a degree in Retail Management. He currently serves as Assistant Branch Manager at NBSC’s Trenholm Road branch.

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 Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank, together with its affiliates, provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 29 locally branded divisions, 280 offices, and 375 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.  See Synovus Bank on the web at, and follow us on twitter @synovusbank. Equal Housing Lender.

WFMV to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

20_anniversarynew222WFMV Gospel 95.3 is celebrating 20 years of providing inspiration to the Columbia community.  On October 23, 1993, WFMV (With Faith, More Victory) signed on as the first 24-Hour Commercial Gospel Radio Station in the country. 20 years later, our mission is still to demonstrate a standard of excellence and professionalism in business. We would be delighted if you would join us Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:00pm for this Celebration.  It will be held at The Word Of God Conference Center located at 119 Diamond Lane, Columbia, SC  and will feature national recording artists Smokie Norful, Maurette Brown Clark, Paul Porter and more.

Ticket information: Reserved group seating (8) $250 – – – Individual (per person) $30

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS or purchase your tickets at these locations:

 (WFMV Studios) 2440 Millwood Avenue in Columbia.

SC Community Bank:

1545 Sumter Street, Columbia,

4103 West Beltline Blvd, Columbia

201 Main Street, Sumter.

9 South Harvin Street in Sumter,

1236 Five Chop Road in Orangeburg,

3656 Irby Street in Florence

4013 Byrness Drive in St. Stephen



NAI Avant brokers, Ben Kelly, CCIM, and Patrick Chambers, recently consummated the lease of ±2,408 SF at 931-A Senate Street in the Congaree Vista District of downtown Columbia.  The Mamas and The Tapas, a new locally owned restaurant, is now open to provide Columbia residents the opportunity to experience their “carefully portioned menu, perfect for pairing or sharing.”  The Mamas and The Tapas is a full service tapas restaurant with an emphasis on portioning and crafting special tapas that the entire table can share, small and large entrees.  The restaurant is open daily and offers a bar to accentuate the dining experience and overall atmosphere.


Derek Mathis, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently represented the tenant, BP Express, Inc., in the sublease of ±2.5 acres at 929-B Commerce Circle in Hanahan, SC.  BP Express Inc. operates exclusively as a truckload carrier providing local and line haul intermodal transportation service to shippers in the Southeastern United States. The company operates 200+ vehicles in regional dedicated lanes. Specialized services include the management of container yards and handling both import and export traffic into and out of the major Southeastern seaports and rail ramps.

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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