Partner News | November 7

YMCA of Columbia Chief Development Officer Wendy Broderick Recognized as One of “Columbia’s Top 30 Women of Influence” by SESBM

Wendy Broderick HeadshotYMCA of Columbia Chief Development Officer Wendy Broderick was recognized at Southeast Small Business Magazine’s 2nd Annual Women of Influence Breakfast on October 31, 2014 as one of “Columbia’s Top 30 Women of Influence.”

The list reflects the names of women in metro Columbia communities who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry, have proven history-making feats or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically and in government. In addition to professional accomplishments, the women have demonstrated their commitment to the citizenry of metro Columbia by maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities.

As the Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Columbia, Wendy Broderick’s role ensures that the Y is accessible to all people. A longtime Y professional, Wendy has played an instrumental role in the growth and strategic development of the YMCA of Columbia.

Broderick believes Columbia can be so much more. With Y members, volunteers, staff and partners, she raises funds so the Y can help individuals and families in need participate in programs such as: school readiness, chronic disease prevention, employment skills training, teen leadership programs and so much more right here in the 2

Over the past century and a half, the YMCA of Columbia has been a community-transforming institution, not only in the Midlands, but also 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.


Colonial Life named top benefits partner in national awards program
Brokers vote Colonial Life number one in two Readers’ Choice Awards categories

CLColonial Life & Accident Insurance Company has been named a top benefits carrier by brokers across the country in the 2014 Benefits Selling magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards program. The national publication is targeted to brokers and agents who sell group and voluntary insurance products and features the results of its annual awards program each fall.

Benefits Selling asked brokers to name their top carrier in eight categories important to brokers today. Colonial Life was named the winner in two categories key to its business:

  • Best prepared for defined contribution future
  • Best prepared for health care reform

Colonial Life also tied as runner-up in a third category, for best enrollment company. It was the only company to win more than one top award in this year’s balloting. In the past nine years, Colonial Life has earned 36 top honors in categories recognizing service, innovation and insurance products.

“Many brokers are finding voluntary benefits can be an important extension of their business, and Colonial Life continues to be their preferred partner,” said Bob Ruff, vice president of broker market services at Colonial Life. “This continued vote of confidence demonstrates the value of the solutions and service Colonial Life offers to brokers.”

The magazine’s editors said Colonial Life won the best-prepared for health care reform contest by a 2-to-1 margin. “Colonial Life is in a strong position as we head into deeper PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) waters,” the magazine reported.

The magazine’s editors said Colonial Life also received twice as many votes as its nearest competitor in the defined contribution future category. “Colonial Life emerges as a carrier committed to not just consumer-driven health care, but an entirely new (although some might say old) way of funding health care,” the magazine reported.

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit or connect with the company at, and  


Mashburn Construction Welcomes New Employee
Mashburn Construction is pleased to welcome a new employee to the company:

Mackenzie BegleyMackenzie Begley joins Mashburn’s Columbia office as a Marketing Assistant. Mackenzie is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina working towards a double major in Marketing and Management as well as a minor in Hospitality, Retail, and Tourism Management. She has previously held internships with the advertising agency BBDO New York where she worked on the agency’s ExxonMobil Corporate account as well as the commercial real estate firm NAI Avant where she was a Marketing Intern.

Mashburn Construction is a full-service construction company providing construction management, design-build, general contracting and preconstruction services.  For nearly four decades, the company has exemplified Building with Integrity by providing superior service and quality to clients across many markets.

Headquartered in Columbia, Mashburn also has offices in Charleston and Greenville, SC. For more information, please visit  


EngenuitySC Announces Five Accomplished Speakers for Nov. 19, 2014 Ignite! Celebration
Representing the Five Indicators of Economic Competitiveness: Talent, Livability, Industry Clusters, Entrepreneurial/Business Environment and Innovation

ignite2EngenuitySC announces the five keynote speakers for Ignite! 2014, the Midlands’ annual celebration of our region’s economic competitiveness. New media, technology and business leaders, innovators, students and entrepreneurs will converge for Ignite! on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 5:00-8:30 p.m. at The Zone at Williams Brice Stadium.

The speakers for Ignite! 2014 were chosen to correlate with EngenuitySC’s five indicators of economic competitiveness in the Midlands: talent, livability, industry clusters, entrepreneurial/business environment and innovation.

Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, SHEEX Co-Founder/Co-CEO and former WNBA athleteignite

Brooke-Marciniak made her entrepreneurial debut in 2007 with SHEEX, the world’s first performance fabric bedding company with globally patented technology inspired by the feel and breathability of athletic performance fabrics. After her collegiate career at the University of Tennessee under coach Pat Summitt, Brooke-Marciniak went on to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association with the Portland Fire and Seattle Storm teams, where she is remembered as “one of the most outstanding point guards to ever play women’s basketball.” After retiring from the WNBA, she became Assistant Coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the Board of the Pat Summitt Foundation, is an Advisory Board member of the EY Women Athletes Business Network and is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Mark Plessinger, Owner of Frame of Mind and Founder of First Thursdays on Main Street

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Plessinger’s longtime goal of positively impacting his community has culminated with his role as one of the most influential forces in revitalizing Columbia, S.C.’s Main Street. A licensed and certified optician, Plessinger opened his optical shop, Frame Of Mind (FOM), seven years ago, which spurred the now popular FOM Series, a bimonthly art show open to the public. Seeing the success of the FOM Series, Plessinger established First Thursdays on Main, an open-house-style evening for local businesses along Main Street, drawing in approximately 2,000 people to dine, drink, shop and play in the heart of Columbia every month. A nationally-recognized entrepreneur, Plessinger’s most recent project is his event production company, Nova, through which he produces Shamelessly Hot, a series that brings established burlesque, sideshow, vaudeville and Americana acts and music to Columbia.

Industry Clusters
Jeff Archie, Sr. Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company

Archie is a native of Jenkinsville, S.C., growing up just a few miles from V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. He began his career there, working his way up through the organization to eventually oversee all operations, engineering, training and support at the facility. Archie serves on the boards and committees of the American Red Cross Regional Advisory Council, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Midlands Technical College QuickJobs and USC’s Parent’s Advisory Council, Mechanical Engineering and Board of Visitors.

Entrepreneurial/Business Environment
Andrew Askins, CEO and Co-Founder of the Krit online client management platform

A web-based project management platform, Krit makes it easier and more enjoyable for graphic and web design freelancers and agencies to work with clients, from project conception to completion. One of the first employees of South Carolina-based app development company 52inc (f.k.a. 52apps), Andrew Askins previously worked for a year and a half as an iOS and web developer and graphic designer for the company, which has topped the App Store charts with their developments and has been featured in Mashable, Bloomberg Business Week and more. After working at 52inc, Askins co-founded Krit with fellow USC students Bill Brower and Austin Price as part of the inaugural class of the Tminus6 Accelerating Startups program. A fourth-year Computer Science major at the University of South Carolina, Askins is a native of Columbia.

Maria Fabrizio
lllustrator, designer, early riser, owner of Studio Ria and creator of Wordless News

Fabrizio is the mind behind Wordless News, the daily illustration blog that depicts one prominent news headline for each day, “vowel and consonant free.” Fabrizio is an alumna of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and earned her BFA from the University of South Carolina, as well as an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Design/Visual Communication. With affection for the creative process, she works by hand and on screen for projects large and small, while maintaining Wordless News daily. Fabrizio has been recognized by and has worked with NPR, professional industry organizations NAEA and AIGA, ConvergeRVA and Illustration Age. Her first book (with words and pictures) will be published in March of 2015 by How+Print Media.

Tickets to Ignite! 2014 are $75 for a reserved seat at a table and can be purchased now at

In addition to short, engaging presentations by these Ignite! 2014 speakers, guests will enjoy valet parking, networking, an open bar, a light supper by Chef Scott Hall and live shark-tank-style voting for the winner of the Ignite! 2014 Ideas Contest winner.

Hosts include University of South Carolina President and executive committee co-chair at EngenuitySC, Dr. Harris Pastides. ABC Columbia anchor Anderson Burns will again serve as emcee. Anchor sponsors for Ignite! 2014 are BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo Bank and McWaters, Inc. Ignite! 2014 is once again a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Columbia, S.C.


Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. Named “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

gallivanGallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has been ranked in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® regionally in 23 practice areas.  The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.  Gallivan, White and Boyd has been ranked a tier 1 or tier 2 “Best Law Firm” in the following practice areas:

         Columbia, South Carolina – TIER 1

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.  The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firms.  Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations.

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


MGC Included in 2015 “Best Law Firms” List

mgc insurance defenseMcAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce its inclusion in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list for 2015. The firm received six Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in several metropolitan areas; the firm has also received 11 Metropolitan Tier 2 rankings in several metropolitan areas.

MGC received Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in:

Columbia, SC:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

MGC received Metropolitan Tier 2 rankings in:

Columbia, SC:

  • Appellate Practice

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

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


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