Max Metcalf from BMW Manufacturing in Greer SC – January 19, 2018 – Meeting in Lexington A at Convention Center

Max Metcalf, Manager of Government and Community Relations, has been employed at the BMW Manufacturing facility in Greer, SC since its beginning in 1991, working at that time with Bobby Hitt, who now heads the SC Department of Commerce.

Max will tell us how South Carolina benefits BMW and how BMW benefits South Carolina.

Michael Tran, of the Richland County Public Library, says “There’s an app for that.” on January 12, 2018

Michael Tran will give us an overview of how a library that was once full of books, shelves, and paper magazines has been transformed into a computer-oriented resource.

Are brick and mortar libraries obsolete?   Just a comfortable place for homeless people to spend their days?  Or a place to hear lectures from live presenters?  If you have a computer with Google, do you really need to have that library card?

Journalist Charles Bierbauer spoke: “Fake News is an Oxymoron”. Hear him this Friday, December 1, 2017.

Charles Bierbauer, for twenty-years, a CNN correspondent in Washington and at the White House, bureau chief for ABC News in Moscow and Bonn, Germany, and since 2002, dean and professor of the University of SC’s College of Information and Communications, spoke on December 1, 2017. He hosts SCETV’s public affairs program “This Week in South Carolina.” His topic was “Fake News is an Oxymoron”.   Continue reading

James Braun, Founder, President & CEO of AVANTech Inc. will speak to us about industrial water treatment.

Mr. Braun is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA. He developed AVANTech from its inception 18 years ago to the comprehensive water treatment company it is today. Mr. Braun has extensive experience in implementing water treatment solutions for numerous industries including power, government, industrial and remediation markets.

Dr. Peter Brews will speak to us on the Imbalances in the U.S. Economy

Dr. Brews is the dean of the Darla Moore School of Business and a native of South Africa. He brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the position, having taught at Duke University and UNC prior to coming to USC.

Brews started his career in banking and finance before charting a course in academia. He started in academia as a lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brews earned his undergraduate degree in business and an LL.B and higher diploma in corporate law from the University of Witwatersrand, 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.

Michael Hoffman with SC Ports Authority talks with us about SC Inland Terminals on November 3

Michael Hoffman is the General Manager of Intermodal Operations with the South Carolina Ports Authority and is responsible for the management and operations at the SC Inland Terminals in Greer and Dillon.  He also manages the rail drayage program between the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail yards and the marine terminals at the Port of Charleston.

Mark Vintner tells us all about Wells Fargo and investments on October 27

Mark Vintner is an economist with Wells Fargo, a highly respected banking empire founded in San Francisco in 1852.  One in three of all U.S. households bank at Wells Fargo.

He started his studies at the University of Florida by majoring in economics as an undergrad.   Then, he received his MBA from the University of North Florida.  He moved further north to the Queen City — Charlotte, NC, the east coast center of banking and finance.

Mark will tell us about the next step for the Federal Reserve under new leadership options, what we can expect in the U.S. economy in the near and distant future, and what our best options are for investment.