CEO and President of Central SC Alliance, Mike Briggs, Will Be Our Speaker This Week

Mike Briggs is President and CEO of Central SC Alliance.  He will speak on “Business Development in Central Carolina.”  Whether you’re a Central South Carolina business looking to expand or a company interested in relocating to the region, Central SC can provide valuable assistance that will ease the transition. (Courtesy of:  Central SC Alliance).

The meeting will be held at the Main Street Methodist Church on Friday, January 30 at 1 p.m.

“SC Supreme Court’s Ruling on School Funding” Will Be this Week’s Topic by Carl B. Epps III of Nelson Mullins

Carl B. Epps, III is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia. He practices in the areas of business and real estate litigation, product liability, mass torts and class actions.


  • Business litigation, including partnership, corporate, limited liability companies
  • Serves as coordinating trial counsel for clients on national and regional levels
  • Experience in both federal and state courts and an active trial lawyer throughout his career
  • Has represented clients in, among other areas of litigation:
    • banking disputes
    • directors and officers’ liability
    • professional negligence claims
    • chemical exposures
    • real estate development
    • product liability
  • Has been lead counsel in approximately 100 cases that have gone to verdict
  • Speaker on subjects related to his areas of practice

Leadership Positions

  • Served as a faculty, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Former President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Columbia-Greenville Chapter (1991)
  • Former President, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (1987-88  (Courtesy of:  Nelson Mullins)

The meeting will be held at MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1830 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201 on Friday, January 23rd at 1 p.m.

Novella Beskid, USC Scholarship Office, Applauds Rotary’s “No Limits” Commitment to Scholarship

Novella Beskid is Director of the Fellowships & Scholar Programs at the Unversity of South Carolina.  She received her B.A. in English and Sociology at Wofford and an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services, Higher Education at USC.  She has been at USC for 30 years beginning in January 1984 as a graduate student.  Best part of daily life as a Gamecock is helping students crystalize their dreams and start on the path to achieving them, which is an honor and a privilege.  (Courtesy:  University of South Carolina.)

John Sherrer Spoke About 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia

John is currently Director of Cultural Resources for the Historic Columbia Foundation.  His previous experience is with the South Carolina Federation of Museums and the University of South Carolina Public History Program.  His specialties include  historic preservation advocacy, historical research, academic format and popular style writing, editing and proofreading, developing historical and architectural tours, exhibit text and label coy development.


Deborah Cameron, Director of Aerospace Initiatives, Spoke Dec. 12th

In 2012 the Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness created a partnership to advance state’s aerospace sector.  Deborah was hired to build on the efforts of the Aerospace Task Force and has served as the Director of Aerospace Initiatives since November 2013.  Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2013, she served as the Director of Business Development for the Colorado Office Economic Development where she lead a team of five business recruiters and guided projects the site selection and incentive approval process.  (Courtesy:  SC Council on Competitiveness)

The meeting will be held in the Hall of Fame Room in the CMCC at 1 p.m., December 12th.

Robert Brown, Asst. Special Agent in Charge – Columbia, Spoke on Isis & Other Threats in SC

In August of 2014, Mr. Brown was named as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for criminal investigations in South Carolina, the FBI resident agencies in Greenville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Aiken, Rock Hill, and Florence.  He began his career with the FBI on 1/13/2002.  He has worked in the Miami Field Office, and in the Washington Field Office conducting protective operations and security in advances in over 15 countries.  In 2011 he was named as Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the Raleigh Durham Resident Agency and the Greenville Resident Agency covering 37 counties.  He is a native of Pickens SC, and graduated from The Citadel.  Prior to joining the FBI Mr. Brown served as a deputy sheriff with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, SC.  He will talk about “The FBI’s Operations in South Carolina”.(Courtesy:  FBI)

The meeting will be on Friday, November 21 at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Hall of Fame Room.