Partner News | January 9

Colonial Life announces leadership changes
Nine professionals have recently taken on new roles and responsibilities

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company in recent months has named nine professionals to new roles and responsibilities within the company:

Tim_Arnold 300 dpiTim Arnold, Colonial Life’s president since July, has taken over the position of chief executive officer following the retirement of Randy Horn. Arnold previously served as the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing (2012-14) and chief operations officer (2011-12). He came to Colonial Life in 2011 following a 27-year career with Unum.

David Parker 2014David Parker has been named senior vice president for growth operations. In this role he is responsible for product development, underwriting, new business, sales compensation, incentives and awards, and business information and analysis services. Parker previously served as a senior vice president in the finance department and as chief financial officer at Colonial Life.

Shaffer picRichard Shaffer has been named vice president of enrollment. In this new position, Shaffer will oversee enrollment strategy and capability development for both Colonial Life and Unum. He was previously a vice president for sales and distribution in Unum’s large employer practice.

Kyle AddyKyle Addy has been named vice president of core market services, responsible for providing close support of Colonial Life’s sales teams and leading development of acquisition and retention strategies in the small and mid-sized employer market segments.

Ronda TranterRonda Tranter has been named an assistant vice president for public sector strategic partnerships. In this role, Tranter is responsible for developing national, state and local strategic partnerships in the public sector market. She previously was an assistant vice president and senior counsel in the law department.

ConstanteMelissa Constante has been named assistant vice president in the portfolio management office. She will be responsible for leading the project management team and ensuring effective management and execution of large corporate projects. Constante previously served as a director of business planning in the sales and marketing department.

Lozynski_HeatherHeather Lozynski has been named a director of public sector market services. She is responsible for oversight of acquisition, inforce enrollment plans for public sector accounts and advocates for services and programs to protect and grow all size segments. Lozynski was previously a senior public sector account manager.

LivengoodJohn Livengood has been named director of enrollment solutions and will oversee relationships and connections with Colonial Life’s enrollment technology partners.

Mason_ToddTodd Mason has been named territory sales manager for the California South Coast Territory. Mason is responsible for building a sales team to market the company’s products, programs and services for all markets in the territory. He previously served as territory sales manager for public sector business in California and as public sector regional sales director for the west region.

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 indemnity 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 www.coloniallife.com or connect with the company at www.facebook.com/coloniallifebenefits, www.twitter.com/coloniallife and www.linkedin.com/company/colonial-life.  

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American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Greater Columbia Will Hold Kickoff on January 13th

relayThe American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Columbia will hold a kickoff for the annual event on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Homewood Suites, 230 Greystone Boulevard in Columbia, SC. The Society is inviting people who are interested in learning more and getting involved in the event to attend.

The kickoff program will honor cancer survivors and caregivers and feature the Society’s mission to save lives from cancer. Food, fun and neat door prizes will be available as we flashback to the 80’s in honor of the 30th year of Relay For Life. Attendees will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life event, which will be held May 16th from 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

 Relay for Life is a community event where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times and participates in fundraising that supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and finish the fight against cancer. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide in 2014. Last year, over 200 people who participated in the event in Greater Columbia raised over $57,000 to help finish the fight.

“The Relay for Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” said Stephanie Reely, Relay for Life Specialist, American Cancer Society. “This is our community’s opportunity to fight back against cancer.”

Visit http://www.relayforlife.org/greatercolumbiasc to learn more about the program. Additionally, you may contact Stephanie Reely at 803.750.1693 ext. 29220 or sreely@cancer.org for more information.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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Landrum Human Resources CEO Commends Enactment of the Small Business Efficiency Act

landrum ewb pick 5-2889Landrum Human Resources’ CEO, H. Britt Landrum, Jr., applauded the recent enactment of the Small Business Efficiency Act, a new federal law which codifies the authority of Certified Professional Employer Organizations (CPEOs) to pay wages to worksite employees and to collect and remit payroll taxes for those wages.  The Act also provides protection for those employers who utilize the services of a CPEO.  Certification will be granted by the IRS and not all PEOs are expected to qualify.  “This is an exciting time for our industry.  We believe that getting this legislation in place will broaden our reach within the small business community,” said Landrum.

Landrum’s PEO division, Landrum Professional Employer Services, currently serves over 750 small to medium sized businesses, and pays over 11,000 worksite employees in forty states.  Founded in 1970, and headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, the company has branches in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Panama City, Florida, Columbia, South Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina, and an international location in the Netherlands.

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Spirit Communications Park Groundbreaking
Spirit Communications Park Coming to Downtown Columbia

groundbreakingProfessional baseball’s return to Columbia took another major step forward this morning. Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with Jason Freier (CEO, Hardball Capital), Bob Hughes (President, Hughes Development), Bob Keane (President and CEO, Spirit Communications), and Greg Hughes (President, Contract Construction, Inc. and Project Manager for CCEB Venue Partners) and other City, State and company officials ceremonially broke ground on Spirit Communications Park at Columbia Common in Downtown Columbia.

The state-of-the-art multi-use sports and entertainment venue will be home to an affiliated professional Minor League Baseball team beginning in April, 2016.

“This is a milestone day for our entire city,” Mayor Benjamin said. “It’s taken hard work by many to make this possible, and more hard work is still in store, but our vision for a more vibrant Columbia is coming closer and closer to fruition. The countdown is now on to Opening Day in 2016.”

The team will begin taking reservations for ticket packages on February 2, 2015.  Information and pricing will be available online at ColumbiaProBaseball.com and SpiritCommunicationsPark.com on January 27, 2015.

“It’s exciting to think about how Spirit Communications Park will add to what is already one of the Southeast’s great cities,” said Freier, who was at a similar groundbreaking for Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2007. Parkview Field has since been named the “No. 1 Ballpark Experience” in Minor League Baseball in three of the past four years.

Spirit Communications Park will anchor development at Columbia Common, the new gateway to Downtown Columbia. The 181-acre Columbia Common, under the guidance of master developer Hughes Development, is primed to become the ultimate live-work-play community in the region.

“We’ve seen this kind of development centered around a ballpark work throughout the country, including not so far away from Columbia,” said Bob Hughes, who has developed in the area around Fluor Field in Greenville’s West End. “Folks in Columbia are in for a treat with Spirit Communications Park.”

More than 900 jobs are expected to be created during the construction of the ballpark. Once complete, Columbia’s professional baseball team will bring on approximately 35 full-time and 550 part-time employees.

Construction of Spirit Communications Park is being managed by CCEB Venue Partners, a joint venture among Contract Construction, Construction Dynamics, and EnviroAg Sciences — all local firms — as well as Barton Mallow Construction, national ballpark experts.

“Contract Construction is proud to be part of the CCEB Venue team,” said Greg Hughes. “Our focus will be to involve local companies in the construction of THEIR venue s on Opening Day we will have a facility built FOR the City of Columbia, BY the City of Columbia.”

Spirit Communications Park has been designed by Populous. The world’s premier venue architectural firm also has designed 20 of Major League Baseball’s 30 ballparks, in addition to the University of South Carolina Baseball Stadium.

One aspect that will make Spirit Communications Park unique from so many others around the country is that it will play host to far more than just baseball. The facility will serve as a public gathering place for hundreds of indoor and outdoor non-baseball events each year. From concerts to community events, Spirit Communications Park will welcome thousands. The park will host approximately 8,000 fans for baseball games and 14,000 for concerts.

“Spirit Communications is excited to have our name on this fantastic, multi-use venue,” said Keane. “People from all across the Midlands will make memories at this park that will last a lifetime.”

Said Benjamin: “Today we break ground; In April of 2016, we’ll play ball.”

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Central Carolina Community Foundation Accepting 2015-2016 Scholarship Applications

centralcarolinaCentral Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands expert on philanthropy, is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year through March 16, 2015. Interested students should visit yourfoundation.org to view eligibility criteria and complete their online application.

The Community Foundation manages 41 scholarship funds that provide education opportunities for students across the Midlands. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria according to the recommendations of the donor.  In 2014, the Foundation awarded 70 scholarships totaling $158,020 to some of South Carolina’s best and brightest students. Since 1998, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community Foundation and the scholarship application process, please contact David Laird at david@yourfoundation.org and (803) 254-5601 x 322, or visit yourfoundation.org.

Happening Now at the Foundation:

  • The Foundation is celebrating its 30th year as the expert in philanthropy in the Midlands.
  • Registration for nonprofits is underway for Midlands Gives, May 5, 2015, at org.
  • Over $150,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Foundation across its 11-county service area in the Midlands last year.
  • The Foundation’s Board of Trustees was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Boards of Directors by Columbia Regional Business Report.

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

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Adams and Reese Partner Rob Bethea Appointed by Gov. Haley to South Carolina Venture Capital Authority

Bethea_robert_hsAdams and Reese Partner Rob Bethea has been appointed to the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority by Governor Nikki R. Haley. Bethea will serve the appointment through July 2017.

The South Carolina Venture Capital Authority program was created to attract new venture capital investments to the State. The VCA has partnered with four venture capital funds that are willing to invest in companies looking to locate or expand within the state.

The Venture Capital Investment Act (2004) creates two funds within the Department of Commerce: the South Carolina Venture Capital Fund and the South Carolina Technology Innovation Fund. Deals must be for South Carolina-based firms that are emerging, expanding, relocating, or restructuring.

At Adams and Reese, Bethea serves as the Partner in Charge of the Firm’s Columbia office.

Practicing law since 1996, Bethea is ranked by Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax Law. His practice focuses on business transactions including startups, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, recapitalizations, taxation, business contracts and agreements, succession planning, franchising, securities and company finance. He advises clients on tax consequences of business decisions and options. He also plans and structures transactions in close coordination with clients’ accountants, bankers, and other advisors.

Bethea currently serves on a committee of practitioners that is reviewing, revising, and making recommendations to the South Carolina legislature regarding amendments to the South Carolina Limited Liability Company Act. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a member of the USC School of Law faculty teaching an advanced course in South Carolina Limited Liability Companies.

In the community, Bethea is a graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program. He has also served on the Discovery Council Board for EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Hammond School Alumni Board.

Bethea earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1997; received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996; and received his B.A. from Wofford College in 1993.

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.

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Michael Nail Joins MGC’s Columbia Office

WEB2014_MichaelNailMcAngus Goudelock & Courie, an insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Nail in the Columbia office. Nail will focus on workers’ compensation defense.

Nail earned his juris doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. He also holds an MBA from Liberty University and a BSBA from the University of South Carolina. Nail is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Richland County Bar Association.

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

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