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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured; Richland County Council’s Monique McDaniels to Chair Leadership Columbia Advisory Board

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program for emerging and existing leaders, is pleased to announce the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board of 2015-2016. This group of Leadership Columbia graduates will serve a 15-month term.

“The Chamber is honored to have such extraordinary alumni agree to serve on the Advisory Board,” said Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber President and CEO, “Each member of the Advisory Board is an invaluable resource not only to the Chamber, but the current class as well.”

The Advisory Board works alongside the Columbia Chamber to enhance the program and ensure the graduates develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in the region.

Leadership Columbia Class of 2015-2016 includes:

Zack Alford |BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Hilary Dyer Brannon |University of South Carolina
Maudra Brown |SC Department of Health and Human Service
Jesse Bullard |Southern Way Catering
Josh Elliott |LifeH2H
Tammie Epps |Palmetto Health
Ray Gray |City of Columbia
Nick Haigler |Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
Ryan Hyler |Tomlin & Company
Rania Jamison |BANCO/Bannister Company
Jason Langdale |First Community Financial Consultant
Allison Lee |AAC
David Looper |Wells Fargo
Cory Lorick |Community Relations Council
Amanda Loveday |Congressman Jim Clyburn
Monique McDaniels |Richland County
Taylor Miller |Senior Matters/One Matters
Joe Neary | University of South Carolina
Matt Nichols |On Point Strategy
Rachel Popkowski |Livingston Insuranve Agency
Kirk Randazzo | University of South Carolina
Sara Salley |EdVenture
Allison Sullivan | Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson
& Delgado, LLC
Brazand Thomas |Palmetto Health
Marshall Tinsley |Turner Padget Graham & Laney
Jessica Turner |First Citizens Bank

“The role of a good leader is an often exhausting and daunting task that cannot be filled by just anyone. It takes a person of character and commitment, to not only encourage others but also inspire them to find pride in service,” stated Monique McDaniels, Leadership Columbia Chair, “The outstanding members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Columbia Advisory Board exemplify true leadership and will provide the Class of 2016 with the incredible opportunity to learn, become inspired and fan the flame of leadership!”

About Leadership Columbia
Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10 month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit or contact Elizabeth Cardell at 803.733.1152.

About the Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit


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