John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources for the Historic Columbia Foundation will speak on Columbia during Reconstruction at the Five Points Rotary Club on August 26, 2016 at the Convention Center Hall of Fame Room @ 1:00 PM

SherrerJohn is a Columbia native who holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and history and a Masters of Arts in English from Clemson University, a Masters in Public History from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in museum management from McKissick Museum. Continuing education has involved a summer program with the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts and a certificate from the Southeastern Museum Conference’s Jekyll Island Management Institute.

John’s museum experience includes stints at Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, the National Trust’s Drayton Hall Plantation, Old York Historical Society in York, Maine and Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Since 1996, he has served Historic Columbia in a variety of curatorial and administrative capacities. Currently he is its Director of Cultural Resources. Professional service has included work with the South Carolina Federation of Museums, for which he is a past president, the Southeastern Museum Conference and the Association for State and Local History. John was a member of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014 and recently held an ex officio position on the board of the Columbia Design League.

This fall he is pleased to have been very busy offering book signings of Remembering Columbia, which was published in September and chronicles the capital city from its earliest years through the late 1970s.

Friday, Sherrer will talk to the Five Points Rotary Club about Columbia during Reconstruction.

Dr. Robert Henry Cox to speak on the impact of Brexit and the Future of the European Union at 1:00 PM on Friday August 19th at the Convention Center – Carolina Room

Robert Henry CoRobert Coxx is Professor, Chair of the Department, and Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Cox specializes in European politics and also serves as Co-Editor for the journal Governance.

Dr. Cox’ research examines public policy issues in advanced industrialized societies. Many of his publications have examined the politics of welfare reform in European countries. His recent research focuses on the role of the European Union in promoting sustainability programs among its member states.

On Friday, Dr. Cox will talk speak on the impact of Brexit and the future of the European Union.

Meeting Place: The Convention Center – Carolina Room

Meeting Time: 1:00 PM

Adjutant General – Major General Robert E. Livingston will talk about the South Carolina National Guard on August the 12th at the Main Street United Methodist Church @ 1:00 PM


MG Livingston BioMeeting Location: Main Street United Methodist – 1830 Main Street

Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr. is The Adjutant General, South Carolina. General Livingston’s military service began when he enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard in March 1978. He was commissioned through the Palmetto Military Academy, Officer Candidate School in 1980 as the Top Honor Graduate. His military education began with his completion of the U.S. Army Infantry School in 1978 and Airborne School in 1979. General Livingston commanded the Task Force 218th in support of Operation Noble Eagle from June 2004 to January 2005. From May 07 to April 08, he commanded Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix (VI) in Afghanistan where he was responsible for the training and mentoring (advising) of the Afghan National Security Forces. His next assignment was Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia. His last assignment was as Director, J5 Coalition Coordination Center, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, and Florida where he was responsible for facilitating the exchange between the Command Staff for the United States Central Command and Military Senior National Representative from over 60 countries. He was also charged with providing deployment support for Coalition Countries within the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility.


Patrick Nolan to speak on the Behind the Scenes at the Republican National Convention on August 5th at Nelson Mullins on Main Street

Patrick Nolan Photo

Patrick Nolan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University, where he was a National Defense and Education Act Title IV Fellow,* in 1978. He has taught at the university level for more than 40 years and has published a number of papers on macro-sociology, social theory, and societal evolution, singly, and in collaboration with his graduate students, and the late Gerhard Lenski. With Professor Lenski, he is a coauthor of the last six editions of Human Societies, a text used at over 100 major universities in the United States and Canada.

His latest journal publication, “Dead Men Do Tell Tales: the Apotheosis of Celebrities in 20th Century America,” used a century of New York Times obituaries to document the shift of attention in popular culture away from scientists, inventors, and business leaders and toward actors, entertainers, and athletes. While the Greeks turned to their gods for guidance, we increasingly look to “celebrities.”

Since his seventh-grade teacher inspired him, he has continued to be a student of The Constitution and is a staunch defender of its Bill of Rights. He is also an active competitive pistol shooter and is an NRA and Sled certified firearms and Concealable Weapons Permit (CWP) instructor.

He is married to Lou Nolan and remains active in National and local politics.

*This act, inspired by the launch of Sputnik and the fear that the U.S. was falling behind the Soviet Union in technology and science, funded the graduate education of candidates who would commit to a career in university teaching.

On Friday, Patrick Nolan will provide the Rotary Club of Five Points a behind the scenes look at what happened at the convention.

This meeting will be at the Nelson Mullins Law Firm at 1320 Main Street!

USC Defensive Football Coordinator, Travaris Robinson, to speak at the Convention Center Hall of Fame Room on July 29th – Outlook for the 2016 season.

Travaris RobinsonTravaris Robinson was one of the first hires made by head coach Will Muschamp when he began assembling his first coaching staff at South Carolina. Robinson will serve as the Gamecocks’ defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2016.

Robinson, who is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, has spent the past five seasons coaching defensive backs under Muschamp, first at Florida (2011-14), then at Auburn (2015). The former Tiger standout also began his coaching career at Auburn under Muschamp, first as a staff assistant in 2006 while finishing up his undergraduate degree, then as a graduate assistant in 2007.

Robinson, a Miami, Fla. native, spent one season each as a defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky (2008), Southern Miss (2009) and Texas Tech (2010) before reuniting with Muschamp on his staff at Florida.

Before embarking on his coaching career, Robinson played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Auburn posted a 30-19 record during his playing career, including a Top-20 ranking in both the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ polls after his senior season. He was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Iron Bowl after recording 12 tackles — including 10 solo — and breaking up a pair of passes to help the Tigers to a 13-9 victory over rival Alabama, as they would go on to defeat Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day. He was a first-team AP All-SEC selection at the end of the season after collecting 92 total tackles, second on the squad, with four interceptions. He concluded his collegiate career with 166 tackles, seven passes defended and five interceptions.

Robinson was born in Miami, Fla. and attended Coral Park High School where he was a four-year letterman and earned all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver.

Robinson received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Auburn in 2007. He is married to the former Mandisa Skyers. Their family includes sons, Tyson Jerod and Travis Jerod, and daughter, Jordyn.

Randy Folks and Nancy Buchan to speak at the Convention Center on July 22nd – International Business at the University of South Carolina: It’s Not Just MIBS anymore!!!

Randy Folks

William R. Folks, Jr. (Randy) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, retiring from the University of South Carolina In May 2014 after having served 45 years in various capacities, as first Chair of the International Business Department (1976-1985), Director of the Center of International Business Education and Research (1990-2914), Associate Dean for International Activities (2010-2013), Director of the MIBS Program (1976-1985 and 1993-2000). He currently serves at the Director Emeritus of the Folks Center for International Business. In addition he has served on the Board of Trustees of Erskine College, the Board of Directors of Laurel Crest, the State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Session of First Presbyterian Church, and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Five Point (1986-87).

Nancy R. Buchan

Dr. Nancy R. Buchan is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor of International Business at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  Her research focuses on trust in cross-cultural relationships and cross-cultural communication and interaction styles.  Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Economic Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Psychological Science, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of International Business Studies, and others.  She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Business Studies and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.   She earned a PhD is from the Wharton School and a Masters in International Administration from the Lauder Institute, both at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Fred Delk – to Speak on Development in Downtown and the Vista at the Convention Center on July 15, 2016

FDelkFred Delk is the Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation, the City of Columbia agency that has worked for the past 32 years to develop the Congaree Vista and the South Columbia area of the city.

Fred has held the CDC position for the past 19 years, working with a wide range of projects including upscale commercial and residential development.  Most recently the corporation purchased and later sold the 100 year old Palmetto Compress Warehouse  a 320,000 square foot mill property that will be renovated into a mixed use historic preservation project.   CDC projects include Columbia’s Governor’s Hill, Vista Commons Apartments, the Publix Grocery Store and the renovation of 701 Whaley.  These developments and others assisted by the corporation were accomplished by a unique blend of creative finance and public/private partnerships.

Delk has extensive experience in Brownfields redevelopment and was the National Brownfields Renewal Person of the Year for 2012

The CDC is a non-profit is charged with carrying out public private partnerships and creation of economic development opportunities throughout the City of Columbia.

Derek Gruner, LEED, AP, AIA, NCARB to Speak on Innovista Project at the Convention Center on July 8, 2016

Derek GrunerThe Innovista Project is a visionary framework for the urban redevelopment of a 500-acre brownfield site in downtown Columbia—the state capital of South Carolina and home to the University of South Carolina.

University Architect / Director of Planning and Programming
Mr. Gruner has 24 years of experience in Master Planning, Programming, Architectural Design and Construction Administration for University, Corporate, Institutional, Athletic and Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse projects.
Mr. Gruner, a former Principal in a Columbia architectural and engineering firm, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

During the meeting, Mr. Gruner will update the club on the Innovista Project, as well as other significant projects underway at the University of South Carolina.

The meeting will be on Friday, July 8th, at the Columbia Convention Center at 1 p.m.

Kealy Carter, Assistant Professor at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business Will Speak to the Club This Week

Kealy Carter

Kealy Carter (Ph.D., University of South Carolina 2014) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.  She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC and an international master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina.  Her research interests are in the area of sustainability and marketing strategy.

Kealy has six years of work experience in logistics and supply chain industries, including logistics, planning and sales positions at CHEP, a global equipment pooling company, and marketing product management for FedEx.  Her research interests are sustainability (consumer & firm topics); Marketing Strategy, Inter-Organizational Relationships (B2B Marketing), Marketing and Operation Interface.  (Courtesy:  USC School of Business)

The meeting will be held on Friday, June 17th at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Congaree Room.

Our Speaker This Week is Jason Berry from the State’s GAL Program

Jason BerryJason Berry is the Region 1 Public Awareness/Recruiter/Trainer for the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program which is directed by the State of South Carolina–Office of the Governor.  Prior to holding that position, he was a paralegal for the Daniel E. Hunt law firm.

What do Guardians ad Litem do?

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life, including family, teachers, doctors, social workers and others.  They gather information about the child and what the child needs.  Their recommendations to the court help the judge make an informed decision about a child’s future.  GAL volunteers provide a stable presence in a child’s life, remaining on each case until the child finds a safe, permanent home.  (Courtesy of:  Cass Elias McCarter GAL Program)

The meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.