S.C. Chamber of Commerce names new board

Staff Report
Published Dec. 7, 2012

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced its new executive committee and board of directors for 2012-13, to be led by new board Chairman Mike Brenan.

The following business leaders will serve on the executive committee:

  • Brenan, the new chamber board chairman, is president of BB&T South Carolina. Brenan has served on the boards of numerous South Carolina businesses, nonprofits and organizations, including the United
    Mike Brenan
    Mike Brenan
    Way of the Midlands, Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Foundation, Business and Industry Political Education Committee, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Bankers Association and Central South Carolina Alliance. He was appointed by the governor to serve on the South Carolina State Board of Education.
  • Pamela Lackey, the chair-elect, is president of AT&T South Carolina. She previously oversaw the company’s public policy strategies in regulatory, legislative and community affairs activities in the state. In 2011, she was appointed to the South Carolina State Ports Authority Board by Gov. Nikki Haley.
  • Jim Reynolds, the past chamber chairman, is CEO of Total Comfort Solutions, a provider of HVAC services in South Carolina. He is also past chairman of the South Carolina Chamber’s Excellence in Education Council.
  • Chris Barras, the chamber board treasurer, is the executive director of the Greenville office of Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in tax services. Barras also specializes in multistate income and franchise taxation, state tax advocacy and tax accounting considerations of state taxation.
  • Ted Speth, the chamber board general counsel, is the managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins' Columbia office. He practices in the area of employment litigation with an emphasis on complex and class action litigation. Speth is a past chair of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation Board.
  • Cliff Bourke serves as in-house counsel for Southeastern Freight Lines Inc., a regional less-than-truckload carrier headquartered in Columbia.
  • Marvin Dickerson is the human resources manager for Alcoa, Mount Holly. He currently chairs the South Carolina Chamber’s human resources committee.
  • Sara Fisher serves as senior executive vice president and COO of NBSC. She was named secretary of the board in April 2008.
  • Mary Anne Jacobs serves as senior director of government relations for Time Warner Cable. She is responsible for monitoring the legislative and regulatory environment and communicating the company’s position on public policy in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama.
  • Josef Kerscher is president of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg County, appointed to the position in April 2007. From 2004 to 2006, he was plant manager of Plant Munich. He joined BMW in 1979.
  • Ray Lattimore is the president and CEO of Marketplace Staffing Services Inc., headquartered in Greenville. He currently chairs the South Carolina Chamber’s membership relations committee.
  • John Moloney is senior director of state and local government operations for The Boeing Co. in South Carolina. He currently chairs the South Carolina Chamber’s Legislative Agenda Task Force.
  • Jim Newsome became president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority in 2009. He was previously president of Hapag-Lloyd (America) Inc.
  • David Pankau serves as president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

In addition to the executive committee, the South Carolina Chamber board of directors comprises the following business leaders:

  • Jimmy Addison — executive vice president and CFO, SCANA Corp.
  • Charles Beaman Jr. — CEO, Palmetto Health
  • Butch Bowers — partner, Womble Carlyle law firm, Columbia
  • Jeff Brown — senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Colonial Life
  • Bruce Brumfield — president and CEO, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lancaster
  • Sharon Bryant — South Carolina banking executive and director of wealth management, First Citizens Bank, Columbia
  • Allen Creighton — vice president of environmental, health and safety and corporate compliance, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Greenwood
  • Charles Dalton — president and CEO, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Pickens
  • Rick Davis — managing shareholder, Elliott Davis LLC, Greenville
  • Walter Davis — vice chairman, CertusBank, Easley
  • Tom DeLoach — president and CEO, SC BIPEC, Columbia
  • Richard Dillard — director of public affairs, Milliken & Co., Spartanburg
  • Fred Dohse — executive vice president and COO, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Aiken
  • Dwight Floyd — partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Columbia
  • Clark Gillespy — South Carolina president, Duke Energy, Greenville
  • Greg Guerra — executive vice president of product management and business development, Spirit Communications, Columbia
  • Randy Halfacre — president and CEO, Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Lexington
  • Randy Hatcher — president, Management Analysis & Utilization Inc., Augusta, Ga.
  • Michael Johnson — president and CEO, Cox Industries, Orangeburg
  • Gene King — managing director, WRSequence LLC, Charleston
  • Richard Kizer — vice president of government and community relations, Santee Cooper, Moncks Corner
  • Steve Matthews — shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A., Columbia
  • Chad Melvin — vice president of human resources, Aflac, Columbus, Ga.
  • Scott Middleton — CEO, Agape Senior, West Columbia
  • Robert Pearce Jr. — attorney, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charleston
  • Arthur Perry II — president and CEO, 2AM Group, Spartanburg
  • Ronald W. Prestage — DVM and managing member, Prestage Farms, Camden
  • Jeff Price — division president, Milliken & Co., Spartanburg
  • Mark Propst — plant manager, The Timken Co., Gaffney
  • Rex Query — vice president and general manager, Nucor Steel South Carolina, Darlington
  • Mickey Renner — senior vice president and business banking executive, Wells Fargo, Columbia
  • Andy Satterfield — partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Greenville
  • Barry Saunders — chief financial officer and vice president, Sonoco, Hartsville
  • Kenneth Seeger — president of community development and land management, MeadWestvaco, Summerville
  • Pete Selleck — chairman and president, Michelin North America, Greenville
  • Jack Shuler — president, Palmetto Agribusiness Council, Florence
  • Ron Smith — principal, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Spartanburg
  • David Tigges — managing shareholder, McNair Law Firm P.A., Columbia
  • John Uprichard — president, Find Great People International, Greenville
  • Gary Williams — vice president of human resources, Mount Vernon Mills Inc., Mauldin
  • Gene Wise — general manager, Target Distribution Center, Target Corp., Lugoff
  • Keith Wood — director of public affairs, URS, Aiken
  • John M. Worley Jr. — CEO, Zeus Industrial Products Inc., Orangeburg
  • Mick Zais — South Carolina superintendent of education, Columbia
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