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Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured above left to right board members Sam Johnson, Dave Britt, and Charles Appleby with Sarah Lewis, Executive Director of the Congaree Vista Guild.

Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects talented professionals in the Columbia area to diverse and meaningful networks for leadership, service and fun, has announced its 2015 board of directors. The board includes seven new members who have been elected to serve three-year terms.

This year’s board takes the helm of COR as the organization celebrates the tenth anniversary of its founding. Newly elected board members include:

Moe Brown | SC Department of Commerce
Murray Coleman | United Way of the Midlands
Ryal Curtis | BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Ashley Griffin | Colonial Life
Darius “Fat Rat da Czar” Johnson | Jam Room Recording Studio
Andrew Saleeby | McNair Law Firm, P.A.
Tia Williams | SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia & Lexington

Returning board members include:

Sarah Ford, Chair | First Citizens
Chris Zimmer, Chair-Elect | BB&T
Laura Corder, Secretary | USC/Columbia Technology Incubator
Jeff Lawler, Immediate Past Chair | 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning
Charles Appleby | Collins & Lacy, P.C.
Dave Britt | Greater Rosewood Merchants Association
Andrew Epting | South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance
William Hefty | United States Marine Corps.
Evan Hobbs | The Hobbs Group
Sam Johnson | City of Columbia
David Laird | Central Carolina Community Foundation
Tom Ledbetter | Midlands Technical College
Chris Near | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Marshall Newton | Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.
Linda Salane | WNN Consulting

Anissa Floyd joined COR as its Executive Director in late 2013. She is excited about the new board and the year ahead for COR. “As a native Columbian, I am truly honored to work alongside such a dedicated and passionate group of professionals that represent a broad cross section of my hometown’s diverse and vibrant community.”

As Columbia experiences unprecedented development and growth, COR has emerged at the forefront of the city’s movement to attract, engage and retain talent. “COR is the premiere organization in the Columbia area for talented professionals,” Floyd said. “As COR celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, it is an ideal time for us to reflect on the vital role our organization has played in cultivating the current leaders of our community’s venerable institutions. We look forward to ushering in a new era with a renewed commitment to our mission and to our members.”

Newly elected board member Andrew Saleeby is encouraged by the influence that COR has earned in Columbia and is looking forward to being a part of all that COR has planned for the future. “I am excited to be joining such an esteemed group as a director of COR and look forward to helping provide its members with ample opportunities to develop relationships… that will be mutually beneficial to both them and the city of Columbia.”

About COR

COR is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a strategic partner of the Columbia Chamber and the City of Columbia. Our vision is an innovative, energized and successful Columbia community that attracts, inspires, develops and retains the best talent in the world. To learn more, visit


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