Partner News | March 13

Kirstin Bolt Joins EDTS as Marketing Leader

Kirstin Bolt will lead EDTS MarketingMarketing and communications professional Kirstin Bolt has been named to lead marketing and strategy for EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses.

Ms. Bolt has more than 12 years of professional experience in marketing and communication management and business development support, most recently serving as Marketing & Communications Manager for Fluor Corporation’s global Power business. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree in Information Management and Systems and a minor in Business Administration, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

In her new capacity with EDTS, Ms. Bolt will be responsible for managing the organization’s marketing, communications, community relations and sales support functions, including strategy development, internal/external communications, advertising and public relations.  She will report jointly to Chief Executive Officer Charles Johnson and Chief Operating Officer Will McGee, and will work with other members of the EDTS management team to help the company continue its rapid growth across the organization’s Southeastern footprint.

“We are pleased to welcome Kirstin to the EDTS team, and look forward to her contributions in helping to grow and shape our organization moving forward,” said CEO Charles Johnson. “Kirstin’s diverse background in marketing, strategy, technology, and project management offers a unique combination of skills that will be invaluable to our plans to expand EDTS’ market presence.”

The company, which has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America for five consecutive years, has experienced record growth again in 2014, driven by solution offerings including Managed IT Services, Cloud Solutions, Networking, and Managed Security Services. Reflective of its growth, EDTS was recently named to the elite 2015 MSP Pioneer 250 list, and has been honored as one of the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.

Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 60 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


Allen University to Host Hip Hop Conference
logoDate: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public

 Allen University will be hosting its inaugural Hip Hop Studies Conference on Friday, April 17, 2015. The conference will feature panel discussions; keynote addresses by Chris “Play” Martin, Preach Jacobs, and Ricky Simone; a musical performance by the Allen University Jazz Ensemble entitled “The Songs Behind the Samples”; and an open mic session for hip-hop/spoken word performance. Featured Speakers and Performers: As half of the iconic hip-hop duo “Kid ‘n’ Play,” Chris “Play” Martin is a pioneering figure in hip hop. In addition to his well-known film roles and music career, Christopher is an award winning documentarian, and founder of the multimedia production company Playground Solutionz. He has recently served as a professional in residence at Florida A&M University in the Music Industry & Hip Hop Institute. He previously served in this role at Miles College, North Carolina Central University, and Healthy Start Academy Charter School. He has been an invited speaker at major universities from across the country, including Duke University, Stanford University, Florida State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Illinois, and Western New England University. In 2013, Christopher was named among the Grio’s “top 10 African Americans in technology” and acknowledged by the news organization for being a champion for education in the community. Christopher is a recipient of the 2007 New York International Film Festival Award for “best full-length feature documentary” for his production work on Welcome to Durham. He has also received Grammy and Stellar Award nominations for his production contributions to Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 and the successful release of Holy Hip Hop the Movie. He’s completing three additional documentaries titled: Can Hip Hop Go To School?, … AND iDANCE, and The Marching 100.

Preach Jacobs is an emcee and journalist from Columbia, SC as well as the founder of indie label Sounds Familiar Records and Cola-Con, the nation’s only hip-hop comic convention. He is a regular contributor to The Free Times, Columbia’s free weekly newspaper; the organizer for First Thursday, a monthly arts event for the city; and a candidate for a seat on the City Council in this year’s election. Preach will be speaking, performing, and premiering some of his recent film projects, including a new music video and clips from a documentary focusing on his current political campaign.

Ricky Simone, “The Hip Hop Activist,” is an emcee and human rights activist from Athens, GA. She is a recent recipient of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award at the University of Georgia. She has been nominated for two Athens Hip Hop awards, and she has performed or presented at Creating Change, Atlanta Pride, Athens Pride Artist Showcase, North Carolina Shades of Pride Stonewall Soiree, Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, Social Justice Day at the University of North Georgia, Ask Rayceen Show (DC), Take Back the Night, among many other events.

The AU Jazz Ensemble has been under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Green since 2010 with Dr. Alvoy Bryan, Jr. joining as the assistant director in 2012. Over the past five years, the Jazz Ensemble has performed at numerous events in Columbia and throughout the Southeast. The ensemble was invited by the Skipp Pearson Foundation to perform on the lawn of the South Carolina State House for the 2012 Jazz Under the Stars Weekend Jazzfest. In 2013, the ensemble was featured at the Mayor’s State of the City Address at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The group has performed concerts at the Columbia Museum of Art, presented a Big Read Grant concert focusing on the music of the Harlem Renaissance, and, most recently, collaborated with Nikki Giovanni and other poets in a tribute concert to the late Maya Angelou.

Registration for the Allen University Hip Hop Studies Conference will begin at 10 am on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Mattie Scott Center at the Campus Mall, 2300 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29204. Participants and attendees are encouraged to pre-register through Eventbrite. The conference is free and open to the public.

For further information about the conference, please, contact Kevin Trumpeter at

Allen University is a private, coeducational institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. It is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. To learn more about Allen University, please visit


Attorney John E. Cuttino Elected First Vice President of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

Gallivan White and BoydGallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney John E. Cuttino has become First Vice President of DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar.  Cuttino has long been involved with DRI, serving on the Board of Directors from 2009 -2012, as Secretary-Treasurer in 2012-2013, and as Second Vice President in 2013-2014.  He will serve as President of DRI in 2016-2017. DRI is the leading organization of lawyers and in-house counsel involved in the defense of civil litigation for businesses and individuals. DRI was established over 50 years ago and has approximately 22,000 members worldwide.  DRI is committed to improving the civil justice system; enhancing the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of its members; and anticipating and addressing issues relevant to defense attorneys and the civil justice system.

Cuttino joined Gallivan, White & Boyd in 2014 as a shareholder. His practice focuses on the litigation of a variety of matters including class actions, design and construction defects, toxic and mass torts, insurance coverage, tort and personal injury, intellectual property, products liability, professional negligence, and alternative dispute resolution. Cuttino has tried over 75 cases to verdict as lead counsel during his legal career and is regularly retained by insurers, self-insureds, risk management entities, corporations, and individuals.  His dedication to his clients and legal skill has led to recognitions by:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Construction
  • Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ – AV®

Beyond DRI, Cuttino is also very active in other areas of the legal profession and community.  He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. Additionally, Cuttino has served his community through organizations such as Huguenot Society of South Carolina (past President) and the Columbia World Affairs Council (past Chair of the Board.)

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


bonitz logoBonitz Names Pete Larmore as Chief Executive Officer Company Strengthens Leadership Team and Aligns Organization for Future Growth

Bonitz, Inc., the leading supplier of flooring and flooring solutions for over 60 years, today announces the appointment of Pete Larmore as Chief Executive Officer of Bonitz Flooring Group,effective March 1, 2015. Mr. Larmore will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and profitabilitly of the Bonitz Flooring Group and Bonitz Floor Care divisions. In assuming this new role, Mr. Larmore will also maintain his position of Chief Operating Officer of Bonitz Flooring Group, North.

“Pete has contributed significantly to Bonitz’s profitability since joining our team in 1986. He displays exemplary behavior and is providing great leadership as a corporate executive and board member. I am extremely proud of Pete and the entire Bonitz family extends their full support to Pete in this new role, “ said G. Harold Chapman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bonitz, Inc.

Mr. Larmore continues to bring more than 25 years of expertise in the flooring industry to Bonitz. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Bonitz Flooring Group, Mr. Larmore served in the roles of Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Assistant Vice President, and Business Development Representative, all for Bonitz Flooring Group, North.

Pete Larmore received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Founded in 1954, Bonitz, Inc. ( specializes in commercial interiors, such as ceilings, walls, carpets, flooring, floor coverings, raised flooring, roof decking, and modular wall systems. Bonitz, an industry leader in construction and flooring, is committed to providing quality products and superior service worthy of the highest level of confidence and satisfaction to their clients.


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