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.

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.

Monday, August 28, 2017: Congressman Ralph Norman, who won the recent special election for SC’s 5th congressional district

Please join us on Monday, August 28th when we will welcome Congressman Ralph Norman, who won the recent special election for SC’s 5th congressional district to our podium.

Ralph Norman is a lifelong resident of South Carolina’s 5th district. He studied at Rock Hill public schools, graduating from Rock Hill High School in 1971. He attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

Ralph has established himself as one of South Carolina’s leading businessmen. He joined his father’s property and construction business right after college, and grew it into one of South Carolina’s most successful commercial real estate developers.

Over the course of his career, Ralph has served with a number of organizations dedicated to improving the community. These organizations include the York County Home Builders Association, the Children’s Attention Home, the Salvation Army, and the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors.

He has consistently demonstrated his dedication to conservative principles. In his 10 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Ralph consistently voted in favor of limited government, financially sound policies, and a strong national defense.

Ralph has been Married for 42 years to Elaine Rice Norman. Elaine also is a lifelong resident of South Carolina, growing up in Belton. Together, they have 4 children: Ralph Warren, Anne, Mary Catherine, and Caroline, and 15 grandchildren.

Monday, August 14, 2017: Congressman Jeff Duncan, SC’s 3rd Congressional District

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Please join us on Monday, August 14th when we will welcome Congressman Jeff Duncan, SC’s 3rd Congressional District to our podium.

Jeff Duncan is a South Carolina native and a 1988 graduate of Clemson University. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2002-2010 and was the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions.

Elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress, Jeff currently sits on two House committees including the Homeland Security Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.

 Jeff has been married to his wife Melody for twenty-eight years and they have three sons: Graham, John Philip, and Parker. The Duncan family are members of First Baptist Church of Clinton, South Carolina.

Monday, August 7, 2017: Steven Rodney, Asst. Professor, USC Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Miriam Atria, President/CEO for the CCLMC

Please join us on Monday, August 7th when we will welcome both Steven Rodney, Asst. Professor, USC Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Miriam Atria, President/CEO for the CCLMC to our podium.

Dr. Steven Rodney is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the department of physics and astronomy.  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Physics and Astronomy, and then went on to graduate school at the University of Hawaii.   After completing his PhD he spent 6 years as an postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University, and joined the faculty at USC in 2015.   His current research interests rely on the Hubble Space Telescope for observations of distant supernova explosions that are magnified by gravitational lensing.  

Miriam Atria is President/CEO for the Capital City / Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (CCLMC).  This organization promotes the tourism region of Lexington, Richland, Newberry, Saluda Counties.  Atria has worked in the tourism industry and served in her position since 1983.  Prior to joining CCLMC, she was the Marketing & Communications Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.  In this position, she designed sales and marketing materials as well as created a formal training program for sales representatives and independent agents for BCBS throughout the state.

Miriam Atria moved to Columbia in 1973 after serving as Director of Communications for Johnson & Higgins in Charlotte, NC.  At the time her cliental included Harris-Teeter Supermarkets, Ruddick Corporation and Prudential Insurance Company.

Atria has also served as the Executive Director and Producer of the Boat Show in Columbia for 20 years and created South Carolina’s RV Show and SC Golfers Showcase.   She continues to serve as a member of the South Carolina Association of Tourism Regions (SCATR), an organization formed in 1989 of all tourism regions in the state.   She also currently serves as an ex-officio member of the Greater Columbia Hotel/Motel Association along with several other tourism and hospitality related organizations.

Atria has been the catalyst for creating such events and programs for the tourism region as Lake Murray’s July 4th Celebration, Taste of Lake Murray and lead the way in securing funding to create and maintain the Reference Light Program on Lake Murray.  She is responsible for bringing national events to this region such as the upcoming Forrest Wood Cup in August 2017. (Forrest Wood Cup fishing event which created a $46.5 million-dollar economic impact for the region in 2008 and returned in 2014).   Atria’s leadership has brought several state awards to the regional tourism program including the 2009 SC Governor’s Cup on Tourism, the 1990 Recipient of SC Most Outstanding Tourist Attraction presented by the SC Chamber of Commerce for her leading role in the relocation and renovation of the Historic Lorick Plantation House.    Also in March 2009, Atria received the Palmetto Patriot Award and in 2016, Atria received the prestigious Rudy Award from the Greater Columbia Hotel & Restaurant Association.

Atria is married to local attorney Nicholas Atria and acknowledges her proudest accomplishment is rising twin sons now 29 as faith based professionals.

Monday, July 31, 2017: Shawn Stinson-Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

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Please join us on Monday, July 31st when we will welcome Shawn Stinson of Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC to our podium.

Shawn Stinson serves as Senior Vice President of Managed Care & Population Health at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.  In 2014, Dr. Stinson came to BlueCross to serve as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Clinical Innovation.  Prior to that he was the Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer of Palmetto Health.

A native of Greensboro, NC, Dr. Stinson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  He attended medical school at Duke University and completed his internship and residency training Johns Hopkins Hospital in Internal Medicine.  He began his career as Assistant Chief of the Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1991 and advanced to Assistant Professor of Medicine before coming to the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine in 1995.

Dr. Stinson serves on the Quality Advisory Council of the South Carolina Hospital Association.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and is board-certified in Internal Medicine.  Of many notable career highlights, he is a recipient of The Lewis W. Blackman Award for a SC Healthcare Executive as well as multiple O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Awards and Faculty Member of the Year Awards from the USC School of Medicine.  Since coming to BlueCross in 2014, Dr. Stinson has been working on efforts to further the Quadruple Aim in healthcare: initiatives that Improve the Quality of Care; Lower Costs; and Improve Patient and Provider Satisfaction.