Member News | Nov. 22

Ameris Bank donates to feed city’s homeless

download (1)At-Large Councilman Cameron Runyan today thanked Ameris Bank for generously donating 100,000 food items collected through its 4th Annual “Helping Fight Hunger” initiative, to Christ Central Ministries for use in the city’s Emergency Homeless Shelter calling it an “shining example of leadership from one of our most prominent downtown businesses.”

“We are truly grateful for this remarkable act of kindness and civic service,” said Councilman Runyan. “By stepping up like this and helping provide a way forward for so many who desperately need it, Ameris Bank has clearly demonstrated its commitment to this city and to all the people of Columbia.”

Ameris Bank launched its 4th Annual “Helping Fight Hunger” initiative during the month of October. The Ameris Bank Midlands locations collected over 288,800 non-perishable food items, and over 500,000 non-perishable food items collected Company-wide. Ameris Bancorp collectively donated $75,000, with the donation distributed amongst all local food banks receiving the locally collected items. In addition to Christ Central, other groups receiving donations collected in the Midlands include Palmetto Project (Snack Pack – Richland 1), McGregor Presbyterian Church (Snack Pack), Sharing God’s Love, and Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS).

Regional President, Richard Sturm stated, “I am so proud of the results of our efforts and I am extremely thankful for the support from our employees, customers and the community. We all know that one food drive won’t completely eliminate the need, but we hope it brought attention to a growing issue and provided help to our local food bank. Additionally, we thank our business partners who graciously agreed to display a collection box in their business – their partnership made the initiative even more successful.”

According to, hunger in America exists for over 50 million people, which is 1 in 6 of the US population, including more than 1 in 5 children.

For additional information about the Ameris Bank Helping Fight Hunger food drive initiative, please visit  Ameris Bank is headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia, and has locations in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The parent Company, Ameris Bancorp, is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ABCB.


ABC of the Carolinas Honors Brasfield & Gorrie for Excellence in Construction
Company earns accolades for projects in the Carolinas

brasfield-gorrieBrasfield & Gorrie today announced that it is recipient of honors from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas. During an awards ceremony this week, Brasfield & Gorrie received three first-place Eagle Awards, the Carolinas Green Award, the Free Enterprise Award and the prestigious Project of the Year award.

“This honor really belongs to our project teams, subcontractors, clients and business partners for their significant contributions to these outstanding projects,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Regional Vice President and Division Manager Scott Duckworth.

The three projects recognized by ABC of the Carolinas with first-place Eagle awards are Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital North Tower, Greensboro, N.C.; Carolinas HealthCare System Morehead Parking Deck Vertical Expansion, Charlotte, N.C.; and Mission Health State Employees Credit Union Cancer Center, Asheville, N.C.

In addition to receiving the Eagle award, the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital North Tower was awarded the prestigious Project of the Year award, which recognizes the project that best exemplifies the contributions of quality construction in the Carolinas. This project also received the Carolinas Green Award for environmentally friendly building techniques.

Brasfield & Gorrie also earned the Free Enterprise Award, which recognizes the general contractor that used the most ABC members on its 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 31 among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.

About Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit us at


Palmetto Awards recognize excellence in business communication

More than a dozen businesses and organizations from across the state have been named the best in the business in communication. The Palmetto Awards are sponsored annually by the International Association of Business Communicators South Carolina chapter to recognize excellence in internal and external communication work. Categories include writing, design, corporate communications, event planning, design, and multimedia campaigns.

Entries are judged by IABC chapters in other states on a 7-point scale on criteria including strategic planning, achievement of measureable objectives and creativity. Entries scoring 6.0-7.0 earn an Award of Excellence, and those scoring 5.0-5.9 earn an Award of Merit. In addition, the highest-scoring entry across all categories is named The Star of the Show. This prestigious honor went to Richland Library for its rebranding campaign.

Organizations earning Awards of Excellence included:


  • 70S Fusion Splicer Marketing Campaign and Motion Graphics Campaign
  • Lobby Rebranding

Colonial Life/Unum

  • Reveal Your Inner Hero Volunteer Hours Campaign

Crawford Strategy

  • Inaugural Western North Carolina Primary Care Summit

DNA Creative Communications

  • Renewable Water Resources – Be Freshwater Friendly and Project RX: A River Remedy

Palmetto Health

  • Office of Community Health – Healthy Palmetto

Richland Library

  • Changing From the Inside Out: Richland Library Enhances Look and Services for the Community

S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

  • Survey Says…It’s Ok to Talk About Sex

S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs

  • Increasing Identity Theft Awareness

S.C. Farm Bureau Insurance

  • SC Farmer
  • Discounted Ticket Member Benefit
  • Member Recruitment Campaign
  • Shark Tank: Ag Edition

Colonial Life/Unum

  • Corporate Communications-We Are Unum

Organizations earning Awards of Merit included:


  • Hidden Lake Grand Opening
  • United Way Annual Campaign


  • Avtec’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Crawford Strategy

  • O’Neal, The Apostrophe
  • Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. “Truth” Campaign
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport – WINGSPAN Blog

DNA Creative Communications

  • FAVOR Greenville-Center Capital Campaign
  • Asbury Hills-Summer 2013 Brochure
  • SC Camps, Retreats and Ministries
  • Upstate Business Journal-Nonprofit Matters Column
  • Mobile Meals Brand

Municipal Association of South Carolina

  • 2013 Achievement Awards
  • Risk Management Services
  • Cities Mean Business

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

  • Owens-Illinois Honors Bruce Shaw Career
  • A Common Vision, An Uncommon Man

Palmetto Health

  • Palmetto Health Cares Week 2013

Roper St. Francis

  • Corporate Communications-Vital Signs

SC Farm Bureau Insurance

  • Member Benefits Campaign
  • South Carolina is our home too
  • Preventing Farm Equipment Fires

The Carolina Agency (University of South Carolina)

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities – Share the Lights of Hope

Colonial Life/Unum

  • Beyond Benefits Return to Work Story
  • Well on the Way: Engaging Employees in Workplace Wellness
  • Company Results Communication

Proceeds from the awards benefit the University of South Carolina IABC Student Scholarship, which is given each year to a student in the USC School of Journalism.

IABC/SC links organizational business communicators to a global network of communication professionals who develop, establish and adhere to the highest professional standards of quality and innovation in organizational/business communication. The association strives to foster understanding and respect toward integrating communication activities in organizations/businesses. For more information on IABC/SC, visit



Thomas Boulware, VI, CCIM, and Ruth Marie Embler, both Senior Brokers with NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently represented the landlord, Realty Income Corporation, in the lease of retail space at 1058 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, SC. The tenant, Paws in Paradise, LLC, will occupy approximately ±5,042 square feet.  Paws in Paradise is scheduled to open February 1, 2014.


David Ingle, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s Charleston office, recently represented the tenant in the lease of office space at 409 King Street in Charleston, SC. The tenant, Garden & Gun, LLC, will occupy Suite 300, consisting of approximately ±3,410 square feet. Tim Weldon with King Street Commercial represented the landlord.

About Garden & Gun, LLC
Garden & Gun magazine, a popular national magazine headquartered in Charleston, SC, focuses on the allure and charm of southern living. The magazine has seen double-digit increases in subscription every year, with 45% of their subscribers reading from outside of the South.

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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