Partner News | August 21

Public Invited to Attend Free Classic Car and Art Show August 23, 2014

Cropped-GTOFrom 9 AM to 1 PM on August 23, 2014, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will open its doors to the public for its Third Annual Classic Car and Art Show. During the event, about 300 classic cars will cruise into the church parking lot, and works by approximately 50 local artists will decorate the church building. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary drinks and hot dogs with chili, children’s activities, and music from the 60s and 70s. No tickets are necessary, and all activities are free.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church is located at 6952 St. Andrews Road, near Irmo, SC. Ample parking for the event will be available across the street from the church at Crossroads Middle School. If it rains on August 23, 2014, the makeup date will be Saturday, August 30, 2014.

According to Mike DuBose, coordinator of the car show, nearly 1200 people attended the 2013 show and 250 classic cars competed. Two of DuBose’s businesses, Columbia Conference Center and DuBose Web Group, are co-sponsors of the event.

The car show is free to enter and no preregistration is required. Only 1989 models or older may enter the show; cars made in 1990 or later are not eligible. Participation is open to the first 300 classic car owners who would like to compete in the following categories: Oldest Automobile, Best in Show, Pick-up, Mustang, Mopar, Ford, Paint Job, Street Rod, Corvette, General Motors, and Foreign Car (two trophies will be available in the Foreign Car category). Car show participants may begin entering the church parking lot at 8:30 AM. Classic car owners who would like to take part in the show may e-mail with any questions.

Inside the building, the art show will showcase many varieties of art, including painting, drawing, communications/commercial art, woodworking, photography, handwork, knitting, metal work, glass, rug making, sculptures, gardening, print art, sewing, and jewelry. Noel Fuoto, an artist and art educator who lives in Irmo, SC, is coordinating the art show portion of the event.

For a printable flyer with details on Third Annual Classic Car and Art Show, please visit Classic car owners who wish to be added to the mailing list for future car shows or those who would like to request hard copy flyers may e-mail or call 803-732-2273.


SC Telco Federal Credit Union Honored as Best Place to Work in South Carolina
Fast-growing credit union ranked #4 among Small/Midsized businesses

Best Places to Work 2014SC Telco Federal Credit Union has been named among the very Best Places to Work in South Carolina in the small/medium category.

The rapidly growing credit union, whose footprint spans the Upstate, Pee Dee and Midlands of South Carolina, was ranked #4 overall during an awards banquet held on August 7, 2014 in Columbia.  The Best Places to Work 2014 initiative identifies, recognizes and honors the top employers in South Carolina in two groups: companies with fewer than 250 employees, in which category SC Telco was recognized, and companies with over 250 employees.  The program is sponsored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Best Companies Group and SCBIZ.

The simple yet thorough assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company. Analysts determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies by reviewing employee benefits and compensation as well the responses to an Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey.  To earn Best Places to Work in South Carolina honors, an organization must be one of the state’s most innovative employers.

“Having SC Telco recognized as one of the best places to work reflects the dedication and commitment of everyone within our organization to work and grow together,” said Patti Seymore, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for SC Telco.  “A company does not win this recognition through the efforts of one or two – it takes everyone.”

SC Telco Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1935 as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, and today has over 45,000 members and $265 million in assets. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina the credit union also has branches in Easley, Spartanburg, Columbia and Florence.


Mills Gallivan Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

gallivan white and boydGallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that senior shareholder H. Mills Gallivan has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is an international organization composed of leaders in the legal community. FDCC membership is an honor, as members have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction, and are committed to promoting knowledge, professionalism, fellowship and the cause of justice.  Prior to his election as Secretary-Treasurer, Gallivan served the FDCC as a Senior Director.

Gallivan has spent 38 years serving clients as a civil defense litigator in the areas of workplace practices, personal injury and commercial matters. He is now focusing a major portion of his practice on mediation while continuing to be a significant influence on Gallivan, White & Boyd’s litigation practices. Gallivan’s election to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the FDCC continues his role as a leader in the community and the legal profession.  His long list of service includes:

  • Senior Director of the FDCC
  • Chairman of the Board of National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
  • Past President of National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
  • President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • President of the Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court,
  • Commissioner for City of Greenville Planning Commission
  • President of Rotary Club of Greenville Foundation.

Gallivan has previously received the Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation and was the 2010 recipient of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association’s prestigious Robert Hemphill Award.  He is perennially featured as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a South Carolina Super Lawyer. Gallivan, White & Boyd Managing Shareholder John T. Lay, Jr. states, “Mills has been a leader in the legal profession since he began practicing nearly 40 years ago.  His continued contributions and past leadership has left a lasting mark on the practice of law.”

Partner Breon C. M. Walker Chosen by the South Carolina Chamber’s Diversity Council as a Committee Member

New Webpage HS Gallivan Close-Up 11-21-13Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce Breon C. M. Walker has been chosen by the South Carolina Chamber’s Diversity Council as its newest committee member.  The mission of the South Carolina Diversity Council is to encourage, support and educate employers as they seek to value and strengthen diversity in the workplace.

Walker joined Gallivan, White & Boyd as an associate in 2011 and was elected as a partner in 2013.  She is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Practice Group and Insurance Practice Group in Gallivan, White & Boyd’s Columbia, South Carolina office.  Walker’s practice focuses on motor vehicle liability, premises liability, product liability and commercial litigation, with extensive experience trying cases to verdict.

Walker’s dedication to her practice has led to her recognition in Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Bar Association in 2013. She also has been listed by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for three consecutive years (2012-2014) and was recognized as one of South Carolina’s Top Ten Emerging Legal Leaders in 2011 by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Walker is also very active in the legal and civic communities both locally and nationally.  Locally she is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar Association where she served as co-chair of the Young Lawyers’ Division from 2009-2014, and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association as a member of the Executive Committee and the 2013-2014 Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s publication, The Defense Line.  Nationally, Walker is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the National Bar Association and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.  She is also a member of the Columbia (SC) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the March of Dimes African-American Achievement Awards.

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has offices in Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, 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


EDTS Named to Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Five Consecutive Years
Southeastern technology team continues record growth pace

Inc 5000_color logoWhile hundreds of new faces appear on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list every year, one Southeastern brand has achieved that honor for 2014 — with an increasingly uncommon added distinction.

EDTS, the full-service technology consulting firm specializing in network security, managed IT services and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern business, was named to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the fifth consecutive year – a distinction fewer than 18% of honorees typically achieve annually – growing and expanding even during one of the worst recessions in American history along the way.

“We are delighted to be recognized for five consecutive years as one of America’s fastest growing companies,” stated EDTS CEO Charles Johnson. “As one of very few firms in our region to make the Inc. 5000 list and one of far fewer companies in America to celebrate this honor for five consecutive years, we dedicate this recognition to the commitment and hard work of our team, and to the successful partnerships that we have created with our clients.

EDTS comes in ranked at 3522nd place on this year’s Top 5000 list, and continues to rank highly among IT Service providers on the list – historically the fastest-growing segment.  The 2014 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2010 through 2013, with average annual growth for 2014 coming in at 516 percent, according to Inc. To qualify, companies must be U.S. based and privately held, independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — and have had at least $100,000 in revenue in 2010, and $2 million in 2013.

The magazine surveys private America’s independent businesses to take a comprehensive snapshot of that critical part of the economy.  Participating companies vary widely in their focus, ranging from digital media companies, retailers and food and beverage companies to advanced manufacturers, technology and telecommunications businesses.

“We attribute our growth and continuing success to an unwavering commitment to provide EDTS customers with comprehensive IT solutions, responsive and attentive service, and our passion for helping them grow their market share and profitability,” added Johnson.  “By helping clients lower costs and harness the full power of their technology investment, we empower them to achieve even higher levels of success.  This recognition is a recognition of their success as much as it is of ours.”

Over 27 million businesses are registered in the United States and thus eligible for consideration; past honorees have included Microsoft, Under Armour, Visa, Intuit, Timberland, Publix, Patagonia and

“Companies in the Inc. 5000 are great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” said Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

EDTS has also been named to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition list of the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs), and ranks #95 on that organization’s North American ranking.  WatchGuard Technologies has named EDTS as winner of the WatchGuard Security Partners Highest Growth Award for 2012-13, and CRN Magazine has recognized EDTS on its Fast Growth 100 and Next-Gen 250 lists annually since 2012.  Regionally, EDTS has been named as one of South Carolina’s top growth organizations in 2013 in both the Roaring Twenties rankings and by South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Companies competition.

For information, visit EDTS online at

About EDTS
Founded in 1999, EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America for five straight years, and has grown to a staff of over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Greenville and Columbia, SC.  A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for businesses.  The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.  Visit them online at


Moore Beauston & Woodham Announce Kathleen M. Ford as Administrative Assistant

KATHLEEN FORD (2)Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P., a full service accounting and consulting firm with offices in West Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Hartsville, South Carolina is pleased to announce that:

Kathleen M. Ford has joined the administrative practice in the firm’s Charleston office as an Administrative Assistant and the Accounts Receivable Coordinator.  Kathleen has over fourteen years of experience in office management and administration in public accounting.


SOCO Celebrates a Year of Coworking in Columbia, SC
Columbia’s First Coworking Community Turns 1, Expands Team and Brings The Iron Yard Code Academy to Columbia, SC

SOCOSOCO, The Columbia Coworking Community, is celebrating its first year in business by announcing a new hire and a collaboration with The Iron Yard to bring a code academy to Columbia, SC.   Located at 823 Gervais Street, Suite 220 in the heart of the Vista Arts & Entertainment District, SOCO is the Columbia region’s first collaborative workspace for designers, freelancers, remote workers, digital entrepreneurs, hackers, bloggers and creative types. It is a member-based community model where people work in an open, collaborative and shared environment.

The group is celebrating its 1-year anniversary with more than 20 cowork members and more than 40 community events hosted under its belt.  “Our vision for SOCO was to create a sort of center of gravity for the creative community to work, convene and connect in unique ways,” stated Gene Crawford, Producer of the ConvergeSE Conference and one of the cofounders of SOCO.  “To have 20 plus creative professionals calling SOCO home is an incredible thing.  That’s a lot of talent.”

As a result of this growth, SOCO has brought Shannon Franklin onto the team as a Community Manager.  Shannon is a freelance marketing professional and recent transplant from Tucson, AZ.  She’ll be responsible for helping support and grow the coworking community and manage SOCO-hosted and supported community events like Refresh Columbia and Pecha Kucha Nights.

“When smart, talented, passionate people come together in an inspiring environment…powerful things happen.  That’s the mentality we’re trying to build here.  Let’s come together and do big things” stated Greg Hilton, a local entrepreneur and one of the cofounders.  “The startup, tech and creative communities are starting to embrace this new culture we’re trying to foster.”

SOCO is also launching the Columbia’s first Code Academy in partnership with the Iron Yard, one of the largest code schools in the U.S.  The Iron Yard Academy teaches intensive, three-month , mentor-driven courses that turn students into a professional junior-level programmers. Students can learn a range of coding skills from web design and front end engineering to mobile engineering and Ruby on Rails.  In January, the first in a series of boot camps will roll out in the Columbia market, starting with a web design offering.

“We see huge opportunities to grow the coding talent base in Columbia, SC.  With a massive student population, a growing tech startup community, and ever increasing global demand for technical talent, there has never been a better time to learn how to code,” stated Peter Barth CEO for the Iron Yard.

Applications are open now at

About SOCO
SOCO is Columbia’s first collaborative workspace (Cowork); a new collaborative way to work, connect and get awesome stuff done that is sweeping the globe. By day, we’re a coworking space for designers, freelancers, remote workers, digital entrepreneurs, hackers, bloggers and creative types.  By night, SOCO is an event space that helps connect our community in new and exciting ways.  SOCO’s vision is simple:  help people find better ways to work and more opportunities to connect to the community that they love., @socowork

About The Iron Yard
We are committed to training the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character. Our mission is to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. We believe that passionate, talented people who love what they do will create great families, jobs, companies and solutions to the world’s problems. @theironyard


Best Lawyers Names Fifty-Nine Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Attorneys to Annual List

hsb_logo_printFifty-nine lawyers from Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

The following attorneys and specific practice areas include:


  • Scott Y. Barnes (1993) – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Tax Law
  • Stephen E. (Steve) Darling (2011) – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Charlton deSaussure, Jr. (2005) – Public Finance Law
  • Julie O. Medich (2009) – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Wm. Howell Morrison (2015) – Commercial Litigation
  • Bachman S. Smith III (2009) – Mediation
  • James H. (Jeddie) Suddeth III (2013) – Real Estate Law
  • David M. Swanson (2009) – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • John H. Tiller (2011) – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • John Paul Trouche (2003) – Public Finance Law


  • James Y. Becker (2012) – Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • William C. (Bill) Boyd (1993) – Antitrust Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law
  • John C. Bruton, Jr. (2010) – Insurance Law; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Joseph D. (Joe) Clark (2009) – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Suzanne H. Clawson (2008) – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Frank W. Cureton (2005) – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Donald (Donny) Dial, Jr. (1983) – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Clarke W. DuBose (2011) -Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Theodore B. DuBose (2003) – Public Finance Law
  • Randolph B. (Randy) Epting (2005) – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Tax Law
  • Thomas R. (Tom) Gottshall (2011) – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Manton M. Grier (2003) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust
  • William R. (Will) Johnson (2013) – Tax Law
  • George S. (Chip) King, Jr. (1993) – Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Edward G. Kluiters (2010) – Economic Development Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law
  • Robert Y. (Bob) Knowlton (2010) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Securities
  • Steve A. Matthews (2010) – Appellate Practice
  • John B. McArthur (2008) – Real Estate Law
  • Stanley H. (Stan) McGuffin (2005) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Stephen F. (Steve) McKinney (2010) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental
  • Gary W. Morris (2011) – Corporate Law; Real Estate Law
  • Hamilton Osborne, Jr. (2010) – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking & Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • John K. Van Duys (2005) -Public Finance Law
  • Benton D. Williamson (2010) – Real Estate Law


  • John R. Chase (2005) – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Benjamin T. Zeigler (2012) – Economic Development Law


  • Ben Alexander (2009) – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Thomas H. (Tom) Coker, Jr. (2008) – Litigation – Construction
  • David Conner (2012) – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Frank T. Davis III (2011) – Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Economic Development Law; Tax Law
  • Robert S. Galloway III (2003) – Public Finance Law
  • Christine (Chris) Gantt-Sorenson (2013) – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Ellis M. Johnston II (1995) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities
  • Sam Mabry III (2003) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Banking & Finance; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation – Real Estate; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Francis (Frankie) Marion, Jr. (2003) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants;
  • J.W. (Jay) Matthews III (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Charles E. (Bud) McDonald, Jr. (2008) – Real Estate Law
  • Moffatt G. (Mott) McDonald (2010) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Environmental
  • Kathleen C. McKinney (2003) – Economic Development Law; Public Finance Law
  • Arthur F. (Mac) McLean (2010) – Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Boyd B. (Nick) Nicholson, Jr. (2013) – Litigation – Construction
  • Sarah M. (Sally) Purnell (2008) – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Derrick Quattlebaum (2011) – Insurance Law; Litigation – ERISA
  • Margaret R. (Meg) Scoopmire (2013) – Real Estate Law
  • Donald (Don) Sellers (2011) – Commercial Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendant
  • Tyler Smith (2008) – Public Finance Law
  • Matthew P. (Matt) Utecht (2006) – Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Andrew J. White, Jr. (2010) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law
  • Knox H. White (2013) – Immigration Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed.

Seven Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Lawyers Named “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The following lawyers from the firm have been named Best Lawyers’ 2015 Lawyers of the Year:


  • Stephen E. Darling has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Charleston, SC Products Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”


  • Joseph D. Clark has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Columbia, SC – Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Robert Y. Knowlton has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Columbia, SC – Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year”


  • J. Ben Alexander has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Greenville, SC – Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Francis Marion, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Greenville, SC – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Charles E. McDonald, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Greenville, SC – Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Arthur F. McLean III has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Greenville, SC – Litigation – ERISA “Lawyer of the Year”

About “Lawyers of the Year” The Best Lawyers in America©
Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” by the The Best Lawyers in America© publication are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation, financial legal services, and government relations to national and international clients. With a history dating back to 1887, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with more than 110 attorneys. The Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SC.


MGC Ranked in Best Places to Work in SC

Best Places to Work 2014McAngus Goudelock & Courie was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The firm was ranked #15 in the Large Employer Category. This ninth annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

“It is because of our dedicated and talented team of attorneys, legal support and administrative staff that we are again included in the Best Places to Work in South Carolina,” said Jay Courie, MGC’s Managing Member. “Over the past 19 years, we have worked hard to create a culture where we value each and every member of the MGC family.”

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 50 companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in the state of South Carolina
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina
  • Be in business a minimum of one year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies were recognized at a reception and dinner, presented by Colonial Life, on August 7, 2014 and the rankings will be published in the August 2014 issue of SCBIZ magazine.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit

McAngus Goudelock and Courie is a metrics-driven law firm built specifically to meet the needs of insurance companies and their customers. From ten regional offices, we serve clients across the Southeast. For more information, please visit


Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC establishing research and development operations in Greenville County
Company seeking cures for muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers to locate at Greenville Health System’s ITOR facility

Mannan-Pharma-logoMannan Pharmaceuticals LLC, an organization dedicated to developing and delivering effective pharmaceutical solutions to various muscular dystrophies and metastatic cancers, will establish operations at the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville County. Mannan plans to expand its research and development team to create up to 34 new positions over the next several years.

“We are thrilled to establish operations at ITOR in Greenville, as we believe that ITOR provides an ideal environment for Mannan to develop solutions to various muscular dystrophies (MDs) and metastatic cancers,” said Dr. Xiaohua Wu, senior executive with Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC.  “Some of the most advanced cancer treatments anywhere in the world are being offered at ITOR, which provides organizations like ours with the services, technologies and facilities required to develop life-saving drugs for patients in need. We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received from the Department of Commerce, the Greenville Area Development Corporation, Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System in making this announcement a reality.”

Mannan is the first pharmaceutical company to pioneer development of compound-based drugs that target a novel pathway to treat various MDs and metastatic cancers.  With the World Health Organization reporting an estimated 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012, and forecasts of 19.3 million new cancer cases per year by 2025 due to population growth and aging, the anti-cancer drug market is estimated to approach nearly $200 billion by 2015. At least 50 types of MDs have been identified, impacting over 500,000 patients worldwide. Most MD patients are children and facing premature death. Mannan Pharmaceuticals’ drugs in development are anticipated to target more than half of all MD patients, a drug market estimated at nearly $15 billion.

“Mannan’s decision to come to Greenville County is another example of our growing research and development sector – and the fact their company focuses on combatting some of the most debilitating cancers and diseases is great news for our state. We welcome them to South Carolina and celebrate the 34 new jobs they are creating in Greenville,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has seen significant growth in bioscience industries, particularly among pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and Greenville has been ranked among the Top 25 MSAs for employment in the drug and pharmaceutical field.

“South Carolina continues to diversify our economy, with more companies engaged in the innovation and life sciences sectors taking root in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Mannan Pharmaceuticals’ R&D facility at Greenville Health System represents how the knowledge economy is bringing both jobs to the area and viable solutions in healthcare.”

Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC is a privately held company, and had been considering locations nationwide before deciding to open at ITOR, Dr. Wu noted. Mannan expects to add up to three more associates in 2014 and then will continue to grow and expand its team as “investment and developments warrant.”

 “We’re pleased that Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC has chosen to locate their research and development operations here in Greenville County, and appreciate the valuable roles played by Commerce, the Upstate Alliance and Greenville Health System and ITOR in making this happen,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “Their decision is an important affirmation of this region’s continuing strategic focus on further developing the bioscience cluster here, and we welcome them to Greenville.”

“We want to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals to the Upstate and congratulate all the many partners that worked together to locate them here,” said John Lummus, CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.  “We especially want to thank the members of the Upstate’s Bio Task Force, particularly SC BIO, for the role they played in connecting Mannan with the resources critical to their success. Their announcement today is great testament to the strength of the Upstate’s growing bioscience ecosystem. “

Details on hiring plans and specific position requirements will be announced in late Fall 2014.

“GHS’ Clinical University and ITOR are very pleased to welcome Mannan Pharmaceuticals as the newest early stage innovation company to establish a research presence within the ITOR Innovation Zone on GHS’ Memorial Campus,” said Sam Konduros, Executive Director for the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation.  “Mannan’s focus on developing new drugs to combat cancer and muscular dystrophy makes them an excellent fit as our newest on-site private sector collaborator.  We look forward to establishing a high-impact, collaborative relationship between Mannan and our clinicians and university partners, as we continually strive to improve the health of our region and enhance patient care by actively facilitating the development, implementation, and widespread use of healthcare delivery advancements.”

For more information about Mannan Pharmaceuticals, please visit


Abacus Planning Group Welcomes Eileen M. Stevens

STEVENS, EILEEN M. (A0230095)Abacus Planning Group welcomes Eileen M. Stevens to its financial planning team as a support advisor.

Ms. Stevens is a 2014 graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Business, where she majored in Finance with a financial planning concentration.  She joined Abacus in June of 2014 and is currently working towards her CFP® designation.

Abacus is a comprehensive, fee-only financial planning and investment counsel firm managing over $850 million on behalf of its 190 clients.  Abacus consists of a team of multi-disciplinary experts who work collaboratively to serve its clients in making smart financial decisions.   Visit Abacus’s website:




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