Monday, October 16, 2017: Robert Hughes III – President, Hughes Development Corporation

Please join us on Monday, October 16th when we will welcome Robert Hughes III, President of Hughes Development Corporation to our podium.

Robert Hughes III serves as President of Hughes Development Corporation (HDC), a third generation, family owned real estate development firm based in Greenville, SC. HDC has developed and owned projects across the southeast in virtually all product types. Over the last 15 years, HDC has refined its focus to mixed-use, urban developments with a focus on place-making.

Recent projects include Greenville ONE, RiverPlace and the Bank of America Building renovation, all located in downtown Greenville. Currently, HDC’s focus is the 181-acre BullStreet Neighborhood in downtown Columbia, SC. As master developer, HDC is overseeing up to 3.3 million square feet of commercial development and 3,553 residential units, all centered around a new MiLB ballpark.

Prior to joining HDC, Robert worked as Assistant Vice President in sales and trading in New York City for Barclays Capital, after starting his career in the same division at Lehman Brothers. In 2011, Robert left Barclays Capital to pursue his MBA at Columbia Business School with a focus in Real Estate. He graduated with honors in 2012 and received the William J. Heffernan Memorial Award for Service.

Robert is also a graduate of Duke University and the Lawrenceville School. He serves on the Academic Advancement Council for the USC School of Medicine- Greenville, the Artisphere Board of Directors, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, the Accelerate Strategic Leadership Council, and is a member of Leadership Greenville Class 40.

About the BullStreet Neighborhood

The BullStreet Neighborhood is a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood district in downtown Columbia, S.C. The state’s first urban gigabit community, BullStreet is home to Spirit Communications Park, where the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team has hosted more than 400,000 guests to date, as well as the First Base Building (the largest private office building constructed in Columbia, S.C. since 2009), home to Ogletree Deakins law firm, TCube Solutions software company and Founders Federal Credit Union. Bone-In Barbeque restaurant opens in the historic Ensor Building in Fall 2017, the 196-unit Merrill Gardens senior living community is under construction, and 28 residential townhomes are under construction at TownPark at BullStreet, adjacent to the renovated historic Parker Annex office building. The award-winning historic Bakery at BullStreet building is home to the SOCO cowork and event space, the Central Energy Facility is the future home of Downtown Church, and plans are underway for a new USC Health Sciences campus. Smith Branch Creek will be daylighted and run through a 20-acre public park, mitigating flooding downstream. BullStreet contains 125,000+ square feet of commercial/office and retail space and is zoned for up to 3.3 million square feet of commercial use and 3,553 residential units. Follow @BullStreetSC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and learn more at http://www.bullstreetsc.com.

Monday, September 18, 2017: Pamela P. Lackey – President, AT&T South Carolina

Please join us on Monday, September 18th when we will welcome Pamela P. Lackey – President, AT&T South Carolina to our podium.

Pamela P. Lackey is President, AT&T South Carolina, a position she has held since 2007. She is responsible for the public policy, economic development and community affairs activities of AT&T, the premier integrated communications company in the world. In her role, she works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Ms. Lackey is extensively engaged in community and civic affairs through leadership roles with numerous local and state organizations. She is currently a co-chair of the Transform SC education initiative, a Past Chair of the SC State Chamber Of Commerce, the Chair of the S.C. Ports Authority Board, having been appointed by former Governor Haley and originally confirmed by the State Senate in 2011. The boards on which she serves include the Business Partnership Foundation at USC’s Moore School of Business, the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board, and the International African American Museum Board.  She is the 1st female Chair of the Palmetto Business Forum.

September 11th meeting cancelled due to Irma

Very heavy rains and strong wind gusts due to Irma are forcasted in Columbia during our meeting time tomorrow.  After consulting with some members of the Board, we have made the decision to CANCEL the September 11th meeting.  Additionally, I know many of you will be home with your children since school has been cancelled so attendance would be low.

Please make plans to join us NEXT Monday, September 18th, when we welcome Pamela Lackey, CEO of AT&T.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!

I hope everyone stays safe and please keep those in the path of this terrible storm in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, September 11, 2017: Jay Richardson – Assistant US Attorney and Deputy Criminal Chief

Please join us on Monday, September 11th when we will welcome Jay Richardson – Assistant US Attorney and Deputy Criminal Chief to our podium.

Jay grew up in Barnwell, South Carolina before attending Vanderbilt University.  After graduating in 1999 with a Biology degree, Jay moved to Hawaii and worked at a pool-side bar-and-grill.  Jay then earned his JD from University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review and right fielder for the law school’s championship softball team.  Following law school, Jay served as law clerk for Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner and US Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He then practiced with Kellogg, Huber, Hansen in Washington, DC, representing a variety of companies in contract, fraud, intellectual property, and antitrust disputes. Jay returned to South Carolina in 2009 to prosecute gangs, violent criminals, and narcotics traffickers as an Assistant United States Attorney. He is currently the US Attorney’s Deputy Criminal Chief, focusing on white-collar financial crimes and public corruption.  He recently served as lead prosecutor in obtaining the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof as a result of his attack on parishioners at the Charleston Emanuel AME Church.

 More importantly, he is married to Macon and blessed with four girls. They are active members of Trinity Cathedral and involved at Heathwood Hall.