Member News | Dec. 18

Midlands Authority Announces New Board of Directors

downloadMidlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, the governing tourism organization for the Columbia region, is pleased to welcome the recently appointed members to their board of directors.

From the city of Columbia, the new board members include:

• Chris Asouzu, Director of Finance at Global Spectrum/Colonial Life Arena,

• Simon Hudson, Director for the Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development at The University of South Carolina,

• Janice Marshall, Executive Director at The James Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation.

Bill Ellen and John Hardee were both appointed to another term.

From Lexington County, the new board member is:

• Jana Medlin, Director of Sales at Wingate by Wyndham.

Bob Livingston remains a member of the board of directors through 2014.

Outgoing board members include:

• Mr. James Bennett

• Mr. Andrew Theodore

• Ms. Martha Scott Smith

• Ms. Tammy Shoffstall

Tasked with guiding the overall vision and mission of the organization, the board of directors, comprised of individuals of varying backgrounds including hospitality, tourism, finance, education and business, meets monthly. The new members’ terms will run 2013-2016.

“We are pleased to welcome these community leaders and industry professionals to our team and look forward to working alongside each of them as we continue driving the local economy through tourism to the region,” said Ric Luber, president and CEO of Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism. “Additionally, we’d like to thank the outgoing board members for their time and service to the Midlands Authority.”

About the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism
The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is a private, not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by revenue generated by visitors through accommodations taxes and is the parent organization of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling of the entire Columbia region, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit


USC School of Medicine welcomes surgical oncologist Dr. Amanda Arrington


Dr. Amanda Arrington

Dr. Amanda Arrington is Columbia’s new surgical oncologist joining the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Arrington knows the latest techniques and treatment options for surgical cancer care.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Arrington completed a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and received her general surgical training at the University of Minnesota.

“The Columbia community will benefit from the surgical expertise Dr. Arrington brings to the Midlands of South Carolina,” said R. Stephen Smith, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the USC School of Medicine. “Having a fellowship-trained, board certified surgical oncologist at the School of Medicine will mean that patients can receive optimal surgical care close to home and not have to travel several hours to see a surgical oncologist.”

Dr. Arrington possesses a breadth of experience in multiple surgical areas including robotic surgery. She specializes in surgeries for the following cancers:

• Breast

• Colon

• Endocrine (thyroid, adrenal)

• Liver

• Melanoma

• Pancreas

• Sarcoma

• Stomach

In addition, Dr. Arrington is involved in clinical outcomes research in the area of surgical oncology. She has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and 19 national and international presentations.

To make an appointment with Dr. Arrington, call (803) 575-5800 or visit for more information.


Adams and Reese Donates $2,000 to South Carolina’s Harvest Hope Food Bank for Holiday Season

Columbia2The law firm of Adams and Reese, as part of its annual holiday giving initiative to philanthropic agencies across the firm’s footprint, donated $2,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, South Carolina. Pictured are from left, Adams and Reese Managing Partner Chuck Adams, Harvest Hope CEO Denis Holland and Adams and Reese Columbia Office Partner in Charge Robert P. Bethea, Jr. The donation will help provide approximately 10,000 meals for the holiday season. On average, Harvest Hope feeds 38,000 people a week, and in 2012, distributed more than 28 million pounds of food. In total, Adams and Reese donated to 14 food banks across seven states for the 2013 holiday season.


MG&C Paralegal Nelda Canada Recognized as PPA Paralegal of the Year

Nelda CanadaThe law firm of McAngus Goudelock & Courie is pleased to announce that Nelda Canada, a paralegal in the firm’s Columbia office, received the Palmetto Paralegal Association Paralegal of the Year award.

The Paralegal of the Year award is the association’s highest award, given annually to recognize a paralegal’s individual commitment and contribution to the paralegal profession. The award was established in 1997. The Palmetto Paralegal Association was established in 1998 to promote professional development through continuing legal education and to enhance the recognition of the paralegal profession within the legal community.

“We are proud to have Nelda as a part of the MG&C family,” said Jay Courie, Managing Member. “This honor is well-deserved, and Nelda demonstrates her commitment to the legal community every day through her dedication and determination.”

Canada has been a paralegal for over 30 years, and has worked at MG&C for 13 years.

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, construction litigation, commercial litigation, products litigation, business law, real estate law, and health care and regulatory issues. For more information about MG&C, visit or call 803.779.2300.


Curtis L. Ott Begins Term as President of the
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association

gallivan white and boydGallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that firm partner Curtis L. Ott was sworn in as President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (SCDTAA) November 7, 2013.  Curtis has been on the SCDTAA Board of Directors since 2003.  He served as SCDTAA Secretary in 2011, Treasurer in 2012, and President Elect in 2013. Curtis states, “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve my fellow defense attorneys throughout South Carolina.  I am excited about the possibilities of what can be accomplished over the next year.”

Founded in 1968, the SCDTAA has grown to over 1,000 attorneys statewide.  The SCDTAA’s mission is to assemble lawyers in South Carolina who devote a substantial amount of their practice to the defense of civil litigation matters.  Additionally, the SCDTAA provides the opportunity for members to exchange ideas, techniques, procedures, and court rulings related to the handling of defense litigation.  These opportunities will ultimately lead to the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of defense lawyers.

With over 20 years of litigation experience, Curtis centers his practice on complex litigation defense is the areas of transportation, product liability, and appeals.  From his trial and appellate experience, Curtis is extremely familiar with all aspects of litigation, the venues, the attorneys, mediations, and the nuances of South Carolina law.  He has tried 75 cases to verdict in state and federal courts as well as briefed and argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Curtis has represented a wide array of clients throughout his career often including clients from the automotive, trucking, and industrial equipment industries.  He is also listed in prestigious publications including Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and product liability and South Carolina Super Lawyers for product liability.

Managing Partner C. William McGee states, “Curtis has been active in the defense bar for many years and is highly qualified to lead this exceptional and diverse group of attorneys as their President.  The firm is proud to have Curtis as part of the GWB team.”

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


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