S.C. Chamber Elects 2017-2018 Executive Committee, Board of Directors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today announced its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

Leadership terms for the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors begin on October 1, 2017.

“We are grateful for the leadership of our Executive Committee and Board of Directors,” said Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts. “We look forward to working together not only to make the Chamber stronger but to make South Carolina’s business environment more competitive than ever.”

Members of the Executive Committee include:

Jack Sanders (Chairman) – Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leads the company’s Management Committee. During his 28-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as National Sales and Marketing Manager, Wire and Cable Reels. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation. Read more about Sanders’ career here. A photo of Sanders is available here.

Barbara Melvin (Past Chairman) – As Senior Vice President, Operations & Terminals for the S.C. Ports Authority, Barbara Melvin oversees terminal operations, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police and cruise operations. Melvin served as the Ports Authority’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project. Melvin is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership participant; a member of the South Carolina Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition; a member of the 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. Read more about Melvin’s career here.

Lou Kennedy (Chair-Elect): Lou Kennedy is President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001, and accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2007. Along with her husband Bill, Kennedy helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy. She serves on a variety of business and civic boards.

Charles ‘Ted’ Speth II, Esq. (General Counsel): Ted Speth 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.

Pete Selleck (Commerce Chair): Pete Selleck is Chairman and President of Michelin North America, Inc.  He is responsible for coordinating all activities of Michelin in North America. Selleck joined Michelin in 1982 and has served in manufacturing and general management positions in Greenville, S.C., and Clermont-Ferrand, France. The first half of his Michelin career was focused on engineering, quality, operational and leadership roles in North American manufacturing plants. Subsequently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the North American Passenger Car Tire Division, Chief Operating Officer of the European Passenger Car Tire Division and President of the Global Truck Tire Division.

Newly-elected members of the Board of Directors include:

Matt Puckett

Senior Vice President

Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

 

Dee Dee Henderson

President

Piedmont/Upstate region at Agape Senior Care

 

Greg Taylor

Managing Partner

Dixon Hughes, Greenville

 

Paul Mitchell

Managing Partner

South Coast Paper & SC Community Bank Chairman of the Board

 

Richard Shaffer
Sr. VP, Growth Markets & Enrollment Center

Colonial Life

 

Henry Tisdale

President

Claflin University

 

Dave Solano

General Manager

Enterprise Holdings

 

John Harvey

Plant Manager, BP

Cooper River Petrochemical Plant

 

Tim Norwood

President

Bistro Holdings

 

Steve Spinks

President

The Spinx Company

 

Bryan Hamrick

Director, HR

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

 

Ben Mustian

Shareholder

Willoughby & Hoefer, PA

 

Dan Weekley

Vice President

Southern Operations, Dominion Energy

 

Mason Hogue

Partner

Nelson Mullins

 

Paul Patrick

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

College of Charleston

 

Members of the Board of Directors elected to a second term include:

 

Thomas Rhodes

Vice President

Rhodes Companies

 

Dr. David Cole

President

MUSC

 

Stephanie Kindregan

Director, Public Policy

Kinder Morgan

 

Chris McCorkendale     

VP of Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales

Hargray

 

Sky Foster

Manager Communications

BMW

 

Sidney Locke

Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication

Sage Automotive

 

Janet Matricciani

Chief Operating Officer

World Acceptance

 

Sharon Marra

Senior VP & Savannah River National Laboratory Deputy Director

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

 

Aaron Lawrence

VP, Corporate Strategic Planning & Business Analytics

Zeus Industrial Products

 

Lauris Finney

District Operations Manager

UPS

 

James Bennett

Executive Vice President

First Citizens Bank, Columbia

 

Kay Biscopink

Shareholder

Elliott Davis

 

Grey Humphrey        

Executive Vice President of Sales

Spirit Communications, Columbia

 

David Jones

Executive Vice President/CMO

Jackson Marketing

 

Lou Kennedy

President and CEO

Nephron

 

Chris Stormer

Shareholder

Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer, P.A.

 

George R. Jurch, III

General Counsel

Continental

 

Richard Jackson

CEO

C.R. Jackson, Inc.

 

Keith Avery

President & CEO

The Electric Cooperatives of SC, Inc. (Newberry)

 

Michael Allen

Project Designer

McMillan Pazdan Smith

 

Chuck Garnett

President and CEO

NBSC