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Published on October 1st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2015-16, who take office October 1, 2015.

Executive Committee

John Uprichard (Chaiman) – John is president and CEO of FGP International, one of the fastest-growing executive recruitment, staffing and talent management firms in America. His company works with clients ranging from privately held companies to family owned businesses and publicly traded corporations. He is a frequent speaker on leadership development, hiring, organizational design and healthcare reform, including testimony before Congress on behalf of the recruiting and staffing industry. Uprichard is a Liberty Fellow, affiliated with the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network, a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and been appointed to serve on the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board by the Governor.

Mikee Johnson (Past Chairman) – Mikee is president and CEO of Cox Industries, based in Orangeburg. A manufacturer of pressure-treated wood products, Cox Industries is a third-generation family-owned business. The company provides scholarships to employees’ children through the Cox Foundation, awarding $640,000 since 1986. The company is also involved with Habitat for Humanity and will begin construction on their 10th house in as many years this October. Johnson serves as chairman of the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board and was honored with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)-National Workforce Development Leadership Award.

Barbara Melvin (Chair-Elect) – As Senior Vice President, Operations & Terminals for the SC Ports Authority, Barbara oversees terminal operations, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police and cruise operations. Barbara served as the Ports Authority’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project. Ms. Melvin is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership participant; a member of the South Carolina Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition; serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as Chair-Elect; Business Advocacy Committee of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Ports Caucus Advisory Board for the United States Congress; and is also a Liberty Fellow. She is a member of the Board of Charleston Wine+Food Festival and a Community Advisor for the Junior League and formerly served on the board for Communities in Schools and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.

Charles ‘Ted’ Speth II, Esq. (General Counsel) – Ted is a shareholder in the Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak and Stewart, P.C. Columbia office. He practices in the area of employment litigation with an emphasis over the last decade in complex and class action litigation. Speth is a past chair of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Barras (Treasurer) – Chris is an Executive Director in the Greenville, SC office of Ernst & Young. He has over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting, specializing in tax services. Chris serves as Tax Account Leader for several clients in the Greenville area, with a focus in state and local taxation. Chris has Carolinas and Southeast area responsibilities within EY’s tax practice, providing tax advisory services to companies in a wide variety of industries.

Executive Committee Chairs

Kenny Jackson (Chairman’s Circle) Sr. Vice President, Services/Rates & Regulatory Affairs, SCANA, Columbia

Clark Gillespy (Chairman’s Circle) SC President, Duke Energy, Greenville

James D’Alessio (Chairman’s Circle) VP of Government Affairs, BCBS South Carolina

Sam Konduros – Communications Committee Chairman – Exec. Director Research Devp. Corp., Greenville Health System

Melanie Steinbach – Membership Committee Chairman – Chief HR Officer, Milliken & Company

Stephen Cox – Education & Workforce Development Committee Chairman – Attorney, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, PA

Steve Nail – Human Resources Committee Chairman – VP HR, Hubbell Lighting

Sidney Evering – LATF Committee Chairman – Special Counsel, Director of Diversity, Parker Poe

Al Reid – Manufacturing Steering Committee Chairman – Operations Leader, Boral Stone Products LLC

Elizabeth ‘Babs’ Warner – ETC Committee Chairman Vice President Legal Services and Corporate Secretary, Santee Cooper

David Alexander – Tax Committee Chairman Director of Taxes, Mount Vernon Mills

Hal Stevenson – Small Business Council Chairman Owner, Grace Outdoor

Cliff Bourke – Diversity Committee Chairman Manager of Legal Claims, Southeastern Freight Lines, Columbia

Patrick Michaels (Chairman’s Nominee) CEO, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands, SC

Board of Directors

Michael M. Renner, SC Business Banking Executive/Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Barry Saunders, CFO/Vice President, Sonoco
Richard Kizer, VP Public Affairs, Santee Cooper
Linda L. Stanley, Market Executive, Commercial Banking, North & South Carolina Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jeff Price, Division President, Milliken
David Dubberly, Partner, Nexsen Pruet
Thomas F. Eller, Jr., S.C. Corporate Banking Manager, BB&T South Carolina Region
Daniel S. Sanders, Jr., VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Michelin North America, Greenville
Richard Lackey, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Cox Industries
Boyd B. (Nick) Nicholson, Jr., Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.
Jane Sosebee, Director Legislative Affairs, AT&T
Michael M. Shetterly, Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Allen Fore, Vice President Public Affairs, Kinder Morgan
Thomas L. Rhodes III, President, Rhodes Graduation Services Inc.
Rex Query, Vice President & General Manager, Nucor Steel South Carolina
Dr. David Cole, President, MUSC
Walt Tobin, President, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Tyler Easterling, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Brandon Agency
David Tigges, Managing Shareholder/CEO, McNair Law Firm
Deepal Eliatamby, President, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Chris McCorkendale, VP of Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales, Hargray Communications Group, Inc.
Schylver (Sky) V. Foster, Department Manager, Corporate Communications, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Robert Friedman, Manufacturing Finance Specialist, The Timken Company
John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Domtar
Sidney Locke, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, Sage Automotive Interiors
Janet Lewis Matricciani, Chief Operating Officer, World Acceptance Corporation
Blanton Phillips, CEO, Phillips Staffing
Mark Crocker, Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Sharon Marra, Senior VP & Savannah River National Laboratory Deputy Director, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director, SCDEW
Roger Stonecipher, Executive Vice President, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.
Lauris D. Finney, District Operations Manager, UPS
Cathy Novinger, Executive Director, Palmetto AgriBusiness Council
James Bennett, Executive Vice President, First Citizens Bank, Columbia
Randy Lowell, Attorney, Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.
Rich Williams, Senior Vice President of Growth Markets, Colonial Life
Dan Lebish, Executive VP & COO, AFLAC
Robby Hill, President & CEO, HillSouth IT Solutions
Keith Wood, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, AECOM, Aiken, SC
Mark Elam, Director State and Local Governmentt Operations, The Boeing Company
Kay Biscopink, Shareholder and International Services Practice Leader, Elliott Davis Decosimo
Ben Rex, CEO, Cyberwoven
Ben Green, Chief Operating Officer, DP Professionals, Inc.
Jodie McLean, President & CIO, Edens
Adam Hatcher, General Counsel, Management Analysis & Utilization
Brent Yarborough, President, TeamIA, INC.
Grey Humphrey, Executive Vice President of Sales & President, PalmettoNet Spirit Communications Columbia
David Jones, Executive Vice President/CMO, Jackson Marketing
Gene King, Managing Director, Sequence Holdings, LLC
David Summer, Partner, Parker Poe Adams Bernstein, Columbia
Lou Kennedy, President and CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
David Cuda, Director of Corporate Solutions, Colliers International
Steve Shelton, Sr. Vice President Technology, Manufacturing and Procurement, Bridgestone
Chris Stormer, Shareholder, Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer, P.A.
George R. Jurch III, General Counsel The Americas, Continental Automotive, Inc.
George Wolfe, Partner, Nelson Mullins & Scarborough LLP
Richard Jackson, CEO, C. R. Jackson, Inc.
Keith Avery, President & CEO, Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Michael Allen, Project Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith
Natalia Castillo, Founder and President, Escapada
C.W. (Chuck) Garnett, President and CEO, NBSC

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.


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