Partner News | October 24

Inc. Magazine Names Artisan Logistics to List of America’s Fastest-Growing Privately-Held Companies

artisan logistics logoInc. Magazine added Artisan Logistics to its eighth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, LinkedIn, Zillow and other globally recognized brands gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“We are honored to be recognized by Inc. magazine. I am so proud of the amazing team we have here at Artisan Logistics,” says Dennis Brannon, Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Logistics. “We continually strive to provide our customers valued-added solutions that positively impact their overall success. This recognition for our company is a testament to our customers’ success.”

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2014 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

As part of the honor for making the 2014 list, Artisan Logistics will be recognized at The Inc. 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony held later this year in Phoenix, AZ. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at Inc. Magazine’s website.

“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

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Experienced Transportation Leader Joins Artisan Logistics

Artisan Logistics ( is pleased to introduce Michael Tucker as a Business Development Agent.

Like many good leaders, Tucker started at an entry level position and has seen the transportation industry from almost every angle.  Tucker got his start in the logistics industry in 1994 when he signed on as a UPS driver in Akron OH.  By the time he left UPS, Tucker was the Supervisor of Drivers and Dispatch Control Systems for his district.

Tucker moved on as a management professional and led major start up and growth initiatives for C.R. England and Schneider National.  Recently he served as the Corporate Operations Manager for Action Resources in Birmingham, AL where he successfully managed a $60M budget and over 400 employees.  Tucker and his family moved back to Charleston where he became the Transportation Manager for Lee Distributors.  After Lee Distributors downsized, Tucker joined Artisan Logistics to continue his carrier in the transportation industry.

“Mike has a real talent for getting to the root cause of a customer’s issues and providing solutions that help them grow their business,” said Doug Wilkes, President of Artisan Logistics.  Wilkes went on to say that “Mike has a bright future and we are excited he chose to join our company.”

Tucker lives in North Charleston, SC with his wife and son.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Akron OH and a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University.


Adams and Reese Columbia Office Holds Pro Bono-Thon to Benefit South Carolina Bar

DSCN2588The Adams and Reese Columbia office held its first ever “Pro Bono-thon” in conjunction with the South Carolina Bar and University of South Carolina School of Law on October 17 at the firm’s office. Using the SC Law Answers program, operated by the SC Bar, 12 attorneys and seven law students answered more than 65 legal questions in two hours.

The SC Law Answers program allows individuals in the state of South Carolina who meet certain eligibility requirements to receive free legal advice using an easy-to-use online program.  The SC Bar pre-screens individuals for users who have household income less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level; do not have liquid assets exceeding $5,000 in value (including checking and savings account balances, as well as the value of any stocks or bonds); are not incarcerated; and do not request assistance with criminal law matters.

“Adams and Reese is proud to be the first law firm in the state of South Carolina to host a group pro bono blitz using the SC Law Answers program,” said Lyndey Zwing, Adams and Reese associate and coordinator of the volunteer pro bono program.

ColumbiaProBono13The pro bono-thon was promoted and was attended in conjunction with the firm-wide HUGS project for the month of October that is intended to raise awareness about breast cancer and provide support breast cancer patients and survivors.

The Adams and Reese employee volunteer program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support), was founded in 1988 and has since devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need. Every year throughout Adams and Reese’s regional footprint, employees donate time, money and supplies to more than 200 community organizations in need.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with more than 300 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – “The Am Law 200”. The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the “NLJ 350” list of the nation’s largest law firms.


Mungo Walk for Life Team Tops Fund-raising Effort

mungoMungo Homes raised more than $17,000 – the highest of any participating team — for Palmetto Health Breast Center in honor of a co-worker diagnosed recently with breast cancer.  More than 60 employees, family members and friends collected more than $15,600 and participated in the annual Walk for Life Saturday while Mungo project managers – on their annual golf trip in North Carolina this past weekend –donned pink golf shirts and played with pink golf balls and collected an additional $1,700 bring the Mungo total to more than $17,000.

Mungo Homes CEO Steven Mungo has repeated often, “We don’t hire people, we adopt them.”  Never has a mantra been truer than when long-time Mungo employee Joan Dalton was diagnosed recently with breast cancer and employees rallied in her support.

“This is amazing!  I am thrilled beyond words and truly honored!  What a positive way to face this.  I love my Mungo family — heart felt thanks to Stewart and Steven (Mungo) for their support and for everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” Joan said.

Having lost their mother to breast cancer in the late 1970s, brothers Stewart and Steven Mungo are especially passionate about the cause.

Currently ranked the 37th largest builder in the country by Builder magazine, family-owned Mungo Homes has a track record of success based on quality, value and stability.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Irmo, South Carolina, Mungo Homes currently builds in eight markets throughout the Southeast.

In 2012, Mungo Homes was named America’s Best Builder by Builder magazine and National Green Advocate of the Year by the NAHB for its exclusive energy efficient hauSmart program. Mungo also receive the 2008 National Housing Quality Award – the only South Carolina-based builder ever honored with this prestigious award.


EDTS Adds Deluca, Davis, Pothier to Technology Team

Already one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing information technology providers, EDTS is growing again with the addition of three experienced professionals in its Georgia and  South Carolina offices.

Jeff Davis Joins EDTSJeff Davis joins EDTS as a Business Technology Advisor, Alex Deluca has been added as a Support Engineer, and Gregg Pothier comes aboard as a Network Administrator at the rapidly growing IT firm, which provides managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses. They will support customer needs across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprint.

“EDTS continues to identify, recruit and add proven IT professionals with valuable experience in serving the sophisticated network administration, security and support needs of middle market and large organizations,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS.  “We welcome our new colleagues to the EDTS team, and are confident their experience and service focus will make them excellent additions.”

Mr. Davis is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and current resident of Greenville, and holds a B.S. degree in Management from Clemson University.  His experience includes sales, marketing, account management and network design, much of it in the manufacturing and retail environments. He joins EDTS from Merit Technologies.

Alex Deluca Joins EDTSWith over 6 years of IT systems support, mobile device management and account management experience across multiple industries, Mr. Deluca is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and current resident of Graniteville, South Carolina.  He joins EDTS from CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure’s mixed oxide fuel (MOX) project where he served as a security analyst and support specialist, and also served as a systems analyst and administrator with a major national retail chain.  He holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology from Kent State University.

Greg Pothier Joins EDTSMr. Pothier is a native of Bedford, New Hampshire and current resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina.  He has nearly a decade of experience providing network management, virtualization, security and advanced infrastructure solutions to a broad range of organizations in the governmental, non-profit, healthcare and other arenas.  He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), LabTech Certified Professional (LTCP), and holds numerous other certifications and accreditations.

Mr. Davis, Mr. Deluca and Mr. Pothier will help ensure that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure for EDTS clients, while assisting those organizations in increasing team productivity and reducing cost associated with information technology.

Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC.  A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business.  The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.  EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years, and honored among the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.  Learn more at

EDTS Ranks 23rd Among Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina 2014
Third straight year among honorees in Palmetto State competition

Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS

Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS

EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses, has been named #23 among South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Companies for 2014.  Winners in the competition were announced October 21st at a luncheon attended by hundreds of business and governmental leaders in Columbia, SC.

“This honor reflects the growing regional recognition of EDTS as an IT service provider that is committed to providing the highest level of support to our growing client base,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS.  “All of us at EDTS are proud to have earned this recognition and we are committed to keeping our clients’ business networks running at the highest levels of performance and efficiency.”

EDTS was one of a select few IT service providers among the 2014 statewide honorees, with the list seeing representation from logistics, financial services, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and software development organizations.  The awards are presented annually by The Capital Corporation, Scott & Company CPAs, Wells Fargo, McNair Attorneys, and other sponsors.

From scores of entries spanning dozens of communities and industries, the companies were selected on the basis of income and employee growth in a process overseen by statewide accounting firm Scott and Company CPAs and the investment bank, The Capital Corporation. To be eligible for consideration, companies must: Have been in operation for at least three full fiscal years, and Have reported revenues of at least $3 million ($50 million in assets for financial institutions) in the most recent reported year.

Company rankings were based on the three most recently completed fiscal years at the time of nomination.  Nominees were judged on financial growth and employee growth over the three-year period from 2011 – 2013.  Scott & Company’s CPAs inspect company tax returns and federal employee tax filings to verify income and employee growth over the period.

“We were impressed with the energy and passion we saw on the site visits,” said Don Mobley, Columbia managing partner of Scott and Company CPAs.  “We are encouraged about the outlook for the continued growth and success of these companies and for our state.”

The keynote speaker of this year’s ceremony was Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.


Local Business Professional Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Leading Global Family Enterprise Membership Association Awards Distinguished Certificate

HollandCheryl (2)Cheryl R. Holland of Abacus Planning Group has been awarded the FFI GEN (Global Education Network) Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) by the Family Firm Institute.  The certificate is presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional knowledge and gained significant expertise as an advisor to family business owners.  The Family Firm Institute (FFI) Certificate in Family Business Advising is designed to increase awareness and exposure to concepts, skills and knowledge necessary to optimize effectiveness as family business advisors and consultants.

Abacus is a comprehensive, fee-only financial planning and investment counsel firm managing over $850 million on behalf of individuals, retirement plans and endowments.  Abacus consists of a team of multi-disciplinary experts who work collaboratively to serve its clients in making smart financial decisions.   Abacus is located at 2500 Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina.  Visit Abacus’s website:

Abacus Planning Group proudly announces Erin C. Letts has completed all requirements for the Registered ParaplannerSM (RP ®) credential

Erin_Letts_144Individuals who hold the RP® designation have completed a course of study encompassing the financial planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial planning concepts, terminology and product categories. In addition, Individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

Erin graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications.   She joined the Abacus team in May 2013.  At Abacus, Erin is responsible for administrative duties on behalf of Abacus clients.  Erin also provides support to Abacus through business development and marketing.


Collaborating for the Cause: SC Alliance of YMCAs Statewide Training Features Impactful Philanthropy Panel 

Garrett - Bankson - Laird - WeeksThe YMCA of Columbia recently hosted their 3rd annual statewide Annual Campaign training thanks to support from the South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs.

YMCA employees and volunteers from across South Carolina gathered to collaborate and share ideas about planning and executing a year-round fundraising campaign.

The event also featured a panel of top philanthropists in the state that are working to better our communities. The panel addressed best practices when applying for grants and took questions from the audience.

Panel members included:

Anita M. Garrett: Chief Strategy Officer, The Weathers Group; Chair, Women in Philanthropy
Susan Bankson: Vice President, Community Affairs Officers, Wells Fargo South Carolina
David Laird: Director of Community Impact, Central Carolina Community Foundation
Gage Weeks: Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. in Greenville, S.C.; Formerly with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors of New York

Other topics throughout the day included aligning with YMCA of the USA’s Nationwide Campaign effort, volunteer recruitment, donor cultivation and stewardship.

Over the past century and a half, the YMCA of Columbia has been a community-transforming institution, not only in the Midlands, but in the entire United States. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background – the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Please visit for more information.

The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs represents the interests and concerns of 21 independent YMCA Associations throughout the Palmetto State. As a grassroots-driven and governed organization, SCYMCAs advocates and educates on behalf of the Y and its mission to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsbility. The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs works to foster statewide communication and cooperation among  all 50 Ys, thus increasing reach and impact. Please visit for more information.


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