F. A. Lowrey, Chair
President and CEO (retired)
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Andy Lowrey worked for the Farm Credit System for 38 years, retiring in 2012. In 1998, he became CEO of the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, a $30 billion financial cooperative serving Agriculture and rural America in 15 states and Puerto Rico. He served in that capacity for 14 years.
He also served for 10 years on the Board of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation, acting as its chairman for five years. This institution is responsible for issuing and marketing debt securities to fund the $217 billion portfolio of the Farm Credit System.
Lowrey is currently serving as a consultant to Cape Fear Farm Credit in North Carolina, a $1 billion lending cooperative. He is also chair of the Business Partnership Foundation of the Darla Moore School of Business and past chairman of the Education Foundation of the University of South Carolina. He serves on the board of the Jobs and Economic Development Association, and is chair of the Audit Committee for the National 4-H Council.
Michael R. Brenan, Vice Chair
BB&T of South Carolina
Brenan served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the former MainStreet Financial Corporation of Martinsville, Va., from June 1994 to March 1999, when BB&T acquired MainStreet. He served as head of non-bank acquisitions for BB&T from March 1999 to January 2000.
He has a B.A. from Bowing Green State University, Ohio.
His affiliations include University of South Carolina’s Moore School Business Partnership Foundation (past chairman), Claflin University, Midlands Business Leadership Group, Palmetto Business Forum, Invest SC, Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, South Carolina Bankers Association (past chairman), United Way of the Midlands (past chairman), United Way Association of South Carolina (past chairman), South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (Past Chairman), South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Central SC Alliance (chairman), SC Business and Industry Political Education Council (treasurer), Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation (past chairman), Palmetto Policy Forum, EngenuitySC, TransformSC, Co-Chairman, Trinity Forum and Washington D.C., Governor’s Appointee to the South Carolina Board of Education.
Charles W. Garnett, Treasurer
President and CEO
The National Bank of South Carolina
C. W. Garnett, president and CEO of NBSC is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, with more than 31 years of banking experience. Before joining NBSC, Garnett began his banking career with the C&S National Bank of South Carolina in 1984, serving in various management positions. He joined NBSC as senior commercial lender in 1993, then as senior vice president, Upstate Regional Executive in 1996. In 1997, he served as executive vice president and his responsibilities were expanded to include Multi-Region Executive. Garnett was named president and CEO of NBSC in December 2003.
He attended the University of South Carolina before serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Garnett earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Puget Sound and is also a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking of the South.
Garnett is currently serving on the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence Review Board, Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance Board and Executive Committee, Midlands Business Leadership Group Board and Executive Committee, Transitions Board of Directors, South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee Board of Directors, University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, South Carolina Economics Board of Directors, University Associates and Palmetto Business Forum.
Rodney L. Roenfeldt, Secretary
USC-Business Partnership Foundation
Board of Trustees
Jimmy E. Addison
Jimmy Addison, chief executive officer of SCANA Corporation, is a native of Lancaster, South Carolina, and has more than 25 years of financial experience. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, as well as a Master of Accountancy degree. He is also a certified public accountant in South Carolina.
Prior to joining SCANA, Addison spent seven years in public accounting with Deloitte and Touche’s Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, offices and was also a partner in a Columbia CPA practice for approximately one year. As CFO, Addison is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the organization’s finance functions including accounting, financial planning, investor relations, risk management, treasury and new nuclear finance, along with oversight of information services and technology.
Addison also serves as president of SCANA Energy Georgia, which provides retail natural gas, and as president of SCANA Energy Marketing, which provides wholesale and large retail natural gas sales across the southeast.
Peter J. Brews
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
Peter J. Brews, Ph.D., is the dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. Brews, a native of South Africa, brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the position having taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business before UNC. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, Brews taught global context to full-time and executive MBA students and global strategy to students in the OneMBA, a program he suggested to the school soon after joining in 2000. In 2006, he was named associate dean of OneMBA and served in this capacity for seven years. Prior to UNC he was assistant professor at Duke University for six years, teaching strategic management and global business strategy in Fuqua’s full-time and executive MBA programs.
Brews started his career in banking and finance before charting a course in academia. He started as lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was visiting professor at various U.S. universities before serving as an assistant professor at Babson College for a year prior to Duke. Brews earned his undergraduate degree in business and an LL.B and higher diploma in corporate law from the University of Witwatersrand. He went on to earn a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University and two doctorates in business administration from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.
He has written extensively about strategic management for internet-generation companies and over the past decade has developed a deep understanding of the struggle for productivity worldwide, focusing on how nations, firms and individuals are coping with the fast-changing, complex, highly competitive global environment of the early 21st century. Companies often invite Brews to share his views on the structure and evolution of the global economy and how globalization and the internet and information technology are altering business practice and corporate competitiveness. The companies span industries and include The Boeing Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Caterpillar, Inc., Progress Energy, Siemens AG, Lucent Technologies Asia/Pacific, The Mandarin Hotel Group of Hong Kong, Ford Motor Company, LG of South Korea and Barclays Bank PLC. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of Asia-Pacific Business and has earned numerous teaching awards for his graduate level instruction.
Walter L. Davis
Financial Services Executive
Peachtree Providence Partners
Walter L. Davis is a founding member and Principal of Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company, LLC. Peachtree Providence Partners is a holding company with full or partial ownership in companies in key business sectors which include energy, financial services, health care, technology, manufacturing/ distribution and consulting.
Davis is the former vice chairman, chief executive officer and a founding member of CertusBank, N.A. In his role, he developed the strategic direction, capital formation and investor interaction that helped grow the organization into a $1.9 billion company organically and through acquisition.
Prior to Certus, Davis was an executive vice president of Retail Credit and Mortgage
Direct Lending with Wachovia Corporation while it was the fourth largest bank in the
country with more than $800 billion in assets. During his tenure at Wachovia, he was responsible for leading Wachovia’s nationwide
originations, underwriting, servicing, settlement services and default management
functions for the Bank’s $70 billion Retail Credit and Small Business portfolio.
A. C. Fennell III
Elliott Davis, LLC
A. C. "Bubba" Fennell is a Certified Public Accountant and was a shareholder in the Greenwood office of Elliott Davis, LLC, a regional C.P.A. firm. He retired from the company on June 30, 2012. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina (USC) and has served as president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Regents. He is also past chairman of the USC Board of Visitors.
Fennell also currently serves on the following Boards: Deacon and past chairman of the Board of Deacons at Greenwood First Baptist Church; treasurer and past chairman of The Greenwood First Baptist Church Foundation Board; Greenwood County Community Foundation; is an Eagle Scout and sits on the Executive Board of the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who recently presented him with the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. Fennell has previously served and held offices on many state and community boards including the following: chairman of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers; lieutenant governor of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis; treasurer of the South Carolina United Way Board of Directors; chairman of the Self Regional Healthcare Board of Trustees; president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce; president of the Greenwood Kiwanis Club; and was the initial chairman of the Bowers-Rodgers Home for Abused, Neglected and Abandoned Children.
Other honors he has received include: the American Institute and South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants Distinguished Public Service Awards; USC Friends of Accounting Alumni Service Award; Greenville WYFF Jefferson Award; and the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award.
The Honorable James H. Hodges
President and CEO
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Governor James Hodges is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and is the President and CEO with McGuireWoods Consulting LLC. He advises clients on energy, health care, education, economic development and other issues, dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Columbia, S.C.
Hodges provides strategic and policy advice to a wide range of clients dealing with issues with the nation's governors and state level cabinet agencies. He has assisted clients on matters in all fifty states, and regularly works with clients having matters at the National Governor's Association, Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Attorney Generals Association, and National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Hodges served as a national co-chair of the Obama for President Campaign in 2008, and regularly advises political and business leaders on a wide range of state, regional and national policy issues.
As governor of South Carolina, he led efforts to improve the state's education system, including establishing the education lottery that is credited with providing more than 100,000 scholarships. He is also responsible for funding "First Steps," a public-private preschool readiness program. Under his leadership, the South Carolina Department of Commerce achieved record breaking economic development results. Since 2003, he has been the CEO of Hodges Consulting, a business, government relations, and economic development consulting firm.
Hodges received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, the Citadel, Winthrop University and Francis Marion University. While earning his law degree at the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the mock trial team and received the Compleat Lawyer Silver Medallion. As an undergraduate, he was named Outstanding Senior in Economics.
John V. Jonson
Lyrical Partners, LP
New York, NY
John Jonson joined Lyrical Partners as a managing director in July 2013. Jonson manages the firm’s private equity portfolio of direct investments. Before Lyrical, Jonson was a managing principal and co-founding partner of Capricorn Investment Group, originally the single family office for Jeff Skoll, the first president of eBay.
Jonson served as Capricorn’s chief operating officer from 2004 to 2010 with responsibility for all operational aspects of the firm. From 2010 to 2013, he directed strategic business development for Capricorn and its affiliates. Prior to Capricorn, Jonson was CFO and partner at Sanderling Ventures, a biomedical venture capital firm with over $1 billion under management.
From 2000 to 2002, Jonson was the senior financial executive of Iospan Wireless, which pioneered non-line-of-sight wireless broadband technology and was backed by some of the top venture firms in Silicon Valley. Jonson also spent three years at Cisco Systems on the finance staff from 1997 to 2000, and before that worked at General Motors in Detroit, Tokyo and Singapore.
Jonson received a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA with high honors from the International Business Program at the Moore School at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on Japanese finance. He now serves on the Moore School’s Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Board’s Finance and Investment Committee.
Pamela P. Lackey
AT&T South Carolina
Pamela P. Lackey, President, AT&T South Carolina is responsible for the company’s regulatory, economic development, legislative and community affairs activities in the state. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. Before being named to her current position in 2007, she was director of government relations and, previously, the company’s primary interface with education and government customers.
Prior to her telecommunications career, Lackey served as the senior executive assistant to the sate superintendent of education. Her numerous honors include being named the 2011 Business Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the highest award bestowed by the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association. Lackey is currently a co-chair of the Transform SC education initiative, the immediate past chair of the South Carolina State Chamber Of Commerce, and a member of the SC Ports Authority Board. She previously served four years on the Research Centers of Excellence Review Board, including as chair.
Lackey has earned a Bachelor’s in Education, a Master of Library Science and an Ed.S in school media supervision from the University Alabama.
Reginald B. McKnight
Reginald B. McKnight’s career has spanned the legal, policy and corporate landscapes. With more than a decade of experience as a lawyer and policy advisor, he has counseled major corporations on a wide array of matters involving policy issues, government affairs, and complex investigations and litigation. In his previous role at Facebook, Reginald was responsible for helping shape the company’s government affairs strategies across the United States and working on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, policy, and technology.
Prior to joining Facebook, Reginald served as Counsel for BP America and was a key strategist on the company’s government affairs and communications response to the Gulf oil spill. Among other things, he managed the litigation communications for all U.S. and U.K. litigation and was responsible for leading the company’s communications strategy on environmental and science issues related to the spill.
Before going to BP, Reginald was Counsel at WilmerHale LLP in Washington, D.C., where he represented corporations in high-stakes government enforcement actions, internal investigations, congressional investigations and complex litigation; and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen J. Williams, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Reginald has also been a leader in the community and demonstrated a commitment to service through his involvement in various civic activities. Among other things, he is an At-Large Trustee on the USC-Business Partnership Foundation; a member of the International African American Museum Board of Directors; and he has served as a member of the Duke University School of Law Young Alumni Board.
Reginald’s accomplishments have been recognized locally and nationally. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by The Washington Post Magazine, and he was named to the National Bar Association’s “40 Lawyers Under 40” List.
Reginald received his law degree from Duke University School of Law, where he was a recipient of the John D. Fite Mordecai Scholarship, a select full-tuition scholarship awarded for merit, character, and leadership. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a decorated student-athlete and four-year starter on the Men’s Soccer Team. For his academic and athletic accomplishments, Reginald received numerous awards, including the NCAA Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the distinction of being Notre Dame’s first African American athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar candidate.
Reginald is a native of Greenville, South Carolina.
Michael J. Mizeur
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Mike Mizeur serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BlueCross). In this capacity three divisions report to Mr. Mizeur: Financial Services, Human Resources, and Facilities. Mike is also the senior officer responsible for our Companion Life Insurance Company and Companion Capital Management subsidiaries.
Mizeur has been with BlueCross since 1998 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Prior to joining BlueCross, Mike spent seven years with EY. Mr. Mizeur is a CPA and has an MBA from Duke University, a Master’s in Taxation from DePaul University, and a BBA in Accounting from Western Michigan University.
Roger Nanney serves as Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP, one of the nation's leading professional services organizations and the national leader of Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, responsible for the delivery of services to the firm’s mid-market and privately held clients. He joined Deloitte in 1982 and served as Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte's Mid-America region, among the fastest growing of the organization's seven U.S. regions. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients across a number of industries and geographies. His extensive experience serving both mid-size and private companies and multinational public organizations has provided him with a broad and in-depth understanding of the challenges clients face in today’s ever-changing business environment.
Nanney is active in his community and serves a number of civic organizations. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas and an Executive Board Member of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He also is a trustee of the PGA of America Foundation and served as a Vice Chair of Carolina’s Promise Campaign in support of the University of South Carolina.
A CPA and CMA, he received a bachelor of business administration and master of accountancy from the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business. Nanney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants.
University of South Carolina
Harris Pastides began his presidency at the University of South Carolina in Aug. 2008. A few months later, the Great Recession began. Strong in the face of adversity, Pastides promised to accelerate USC’s momentum as a world-class university. He has kept that promise. Under his leadership, USC is experiencing remarkable growth and positive change.
USC Columbia’s freshman classes have grown while posting the highest average SAT scores in university history. USC’s Honors College is the nation’s top-ranked public honors college as are the undergraduate and graduate international business programs. Forty-seven of USC’s academic programs of study are ranked nationally including engineering, education, tourism and nursing, all programs that provide a path to highly employable fields.
An advocate for a superior student experience, Pastides encourages engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships and undergraduate research. Innovative programs like Palmetto College, On Your Time Graduation, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee are successfully providing greater access, flexibility and affordability to South Carolinians seeking a higher education degree.
Prior to joining USC as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his master’s in public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Pastides and first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides live on USC’s Historic Horseshoe.
Donald R. Tomlin, Jr.
Tomlin & Company, Inc.
Donald R. Tomlin, Jr. is a serial entrepreneur and investor headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. He currently operates Southeastern Private Investment Fund, an investment banking and advisory business, a multifamily property ownership fund, and city-sized, mixed-use real estate communities.
Over his career, Tomlin has provided merger and acquisition advisory services for more than $10 billion of transactions for companies in the print and electronic media arena. During his decade and a half in the media business (TV, radio and newspapers), Tomlin Interests acquired, managed, and sold a diversified media company that owned 22 radio stations, 9 television stations, and 104 daily newspapers in the United States that included acquisition values of over $700 million.
Tomlin Interests is currently the lead investors and largest shareholder of a privately-held, national portrait studio, Portrait Innovations, which has 190 studios throughout the country and a significant online operation.
Mack I. Whittle, Jr.
M&J Partners LLC
Mack Whittle served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of South Financial Group, a bank holding company, he founded in 1986. He retired from the company at the end of 2008, and is now an investor and adviser for several entrepreneurial ventures.
Whittle has served as chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, where he remains on the board. Other affiliations include the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and many state and community boards including the South Carolina Arts Foundation, the Palmetto Business Forum, South Carolina State Museum Foundation, the Greenville County Art Museum, Midlands Business Leadership Group, The Palmetto Institute, the SC Council on Competitiveness, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenville Symphony Advisory Board.
Whittle is a past president of the South Carolina Bankers Association and was named that organization's "Outstanding Young Banker." Other honors include the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, the Whitney Young Humanitarian Award from the Greenville Urban League, and Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young. In addition, Whittle created the Carolina First Bank Foundation in 1999 to demonstrate Carolina First Bank’s commitment to elevate the quality of education in South Carolina and other markets served by the company.