Monday, December 11, 2017: Christy Hall – Secretary, SC Department of Transportation

Please join us on Monday, December 11th when we will welcome Christy Hall – Secretary, SC Department of Transportation to our podium.

Ms. Hall has the honor and privilege as serving as the Secretary of Transportation for the State of South Carolina. In her capacity as the head of the agency, she is responsible for directing and guiding the agency’s planning, financial, legislative, maintenance and operational efforts for the nation’s fourth largest state-owned highway system.

Secretary Hall rose through the ranks of the agency and has served in a variety of roles in both Headquarters and the Field during her twenty-plus-year career with SCDOT. She has just about done it all at the agency from design, to construction, to maintenance to serving in several different leadership positions on the Finance and Engineering sides of the agency. Secretary Hall’s unique experience has served the agency well so far whether it was during the recent natural disasters that struck our state or the $5 Billion financial plan that was crafted last year for our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Ms. Hall is a South Carolina native, a graduate of Clemson University, and a registered Professional Engineer.

Monday, December 4, 2017: Joseph “Hilik” Shenkar – Legal Counsel, SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

Please join us on Monday, December 4th when we will welcome Joseph “Hilik” Shenkar – Legal Counsel, SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services to our podium.

Mr. Shenkar is the legal counsel for the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). Aside from handling the legal needs of the agency, Mr. Shenkar is also heavily involved with addressing the opioids epidemic in South Carolina. Prior to working with DAODAS, Mr. Shenkar was the designated Drug Diversion prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. His prosecution focused on criminal cases involving the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs to the illicit market. Mr. Shenkar also held a position with the United States Attorney as a Special Assistant US Attorney. In addition to prosecution, Mr. Shenkar spearheaded legislation in the field of drug diversion prosecution and opioids abuse. Mr. Shenkar has also handled various appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including both Magistrate Appeals in Circuit Court and arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to focusing on drug diversion prosecution, Mr. Shenkar prosecuted a variety of crimes, ranging from burglaries to assaults.

Monday, November 27, 2017: Gary Bradham – District Governor, Rotary District 7770

Please join us on Monday, November 27th when we will welcome Gary Bradham – District Governor, Rotary District 7770 to our podium.

Gary Bradham is President of Bradham Services LLC and has an MBA and a BA in Business Administration. A few of the honors he has received as member of the Myrtle Beach Club are as follows: 11 years of Perfect Attendance, Bequest Society, Benefactor, Major Donor, PHS – Paul Harris Society, PHF – Paul Harris Fellow, Past President 2011-12, Club Rotarian of the Year: 2013, Sustaining Member, and New Members Sponsored: 13.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2017

Here is a brief explanation for the logistics of the “shift” system. Each location should be manned from 10:00am-8:00pm.  The end time for Green’s is 7:00pm.   Typically, we do two hour shifts with two people per shift.  The red kettles are in the businesses and should be set up by the first shift and a driver from Salvation Army will collect the kettles at the end of the final shift.  Let’s all have fun and enjoy the fellowship while raising dollars for the Salvation Army!!!!

Below is a spreadsheet identifying the captains for each day and their contact email addresses. Contact the appropriate party for the times you are available. Thanks to all who have offered to help with this very worthwhile project. 

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Monday, November 13, 2017: Carl Blackstone – President and CEO, Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Please join us on Monday, November 13th when we will welcome Carl Blackstone – President and CEO, Columbia Chamber of Commerce to our podium.

In his role as President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber, Carl is focused on creating a business environment where businesses prosper. His experience working with small and large businesses, as well as professional trade associations on local, state and federal levels enable him to look long-term at how today’s actions impact businesses in the decades ahead.

Just as the Columbia Chamber is accountable to its Partners to work to create and sustain a pro-business climate, The Chamber is clear in its expectation of transparency and accountability for all elected and appointed officials. That accountability is essential to establish and to maintain the public’s trust.

Before joining the Chamber, Carl worked as government relations advisor for the clients of Copper Dome Strategies, LCC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinker Boyd, P.A. He assisted clients with legislative and other governmental actions before the South Carolina General Assembly, South Carolina Governor’s Office and executive branch of the state of South Carolina. He also worked closely with the members and staff of the South Carolina U.S. Congressional delegation.

Carl served as senior legislative advisor to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford where he was the governor’s liaison to the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives. Previously, he served as district field manager for Mark Sanford when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Carl’s professional experience also includes working as the manager of state government relations for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Carl is an active member in the community and attends First Presbyterian Church. He has served as a member of the Riverbanks Society and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital board of directors. Carl received his degree in business administration from the College of Charleston and is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.