Charlie Banks, Managing Partner, SC Angels Network – to talk about Investing in South Carolina on February 10, 2017


Charlie is an experienced serial entrepreneur who has founded, run, and invested in multiple manufacturing, financial services, building science, and real estate companies in South Carolina.

Prior to co-founding VentureSouth, he served as a Portfolio Manager at a start-up financial institution based in Greenville, SC where he was responsible for developing and implementing many of its entrepreneur engagement strategies. He was recently named to the “50 Most Influential People” and “20 under 40” lists in Columbia, SC by two regional business publications.

Newberry College BS in Business Administration. Learn more about Charlie via LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter

Joel Collins of Collins & Lacy, P.C. will Speak on the 14th Amendment Friday January 27th at the Convention Center

collins_joelJoel Collins co-founded Collins & Lacy, P.C. in 1984, representing clients in defense litigation throughout SC, with his focus being on Professional Liability Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense and Complex Civil Litigation. Joel has served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after graduating law school and served a year in Viet Nam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals. Joel has held many leadership positions in civic organizations, some of which are Rotary, the National Safety Council and President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is an Adjunct Professor at the USC Honors College, teaching the U.S. Constitution. He will be speaking on the 14th Amendment.

Elena Osokina to Speak on Relations Between Russia and the NATO Countries on Friday January 20th at the Convention Center

Elena Osokina Less PixelsElena A. Osokina is a Professor of Russian History at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, USA). She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at Moscow University, Russia.  Author of The Heavenly Blue of Angels’ Vestments: Soviet Export of Religious Art (Forthcoming); Gold for Industrialization: Torgsin (Moscow: Rosspen, 2009, in Russian), Our Daily Bread: Socialist Distribution and the Art of Survival in Stalin’s Russia, 1927-1941 (Armonk, New York & London, England: M.E. Sharpe, 2001), Hierarchy of Consumption. Life under the Stalinist Rationing System. 1928-1935. (Moscow: MGOU, 1993, in Russian), and numerous articles on Russian and Soviet history published in Russia, USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, and France. Elena Osokina is a recipient of the fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Kennan Institute-Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, D.C., USA), National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), Fulbright (USA), the National Gallery of Art (USA, Washington, D.C.), Hoover Institution (Stanford, USA), La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris, France), Davis Center for Russian Studies (Harvard University, USA), Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki, Finland), and others. Elena Osokina taught at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Oberlin College, and Missouri State University, and internationally at the Donaueschingen Academy (on the invitation of the Council of Europe) and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (both in Germany).,

James Brannock to Speak on the Appraisal Process Friday at 1:00 PM at the Columbia Convention Center


James Brannock is a professional appraiser. He neither buys or sells the items that he appraises. He subscribes to the Code of Ethics for the American Society of Appraisers and performs work consistent with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). He received a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and has successfully completed appraisal courses at The George Washington University (in conjunction with the American Society of Appraisers). He continually is updating studies and certifications related to connoisseurship.   Prior to his appraisal business, he served as an Army officer and then had 28 years’ experience in executive positions with business and trade organizations. He is also the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto award from the Governor of South Carolina.

He is a member of the SC Federation of Museums; SC Silver Society; Historic Columbia Foundation; Columbia Woodworkers’ Club; Society of Period Furniture Makers; Friends of Old Salem; Winterthur; Columbia Museum of Art and a “business partner” with the Friends of the Richland County Public Library. He has volunteered for the conservation lab at the South Carolina State Museum for seven years.

For clients, he prepares a formal letter of agreement; it names the value to be concluded (for example: fair market value for divorce and estate purposes is very different from replacement value for insurance scheduling) and the intended use of the report.

His appraisal practice, established in 2003, has covered a wide range of properties: general household contents, high-end antiques, silver, art, guns, American Indian/African and other tribal art/artifacts, cars/trucks/motorcycles (stock and custom), boats, tractors/farm equipment, trade tools and equipment and commercial furniture, fixtures and equipment.   He provides professional appraisal services for individuals, insurance companies, banks, lawyers and their clients, universities and museums.

On Friday, Mr. Brannock will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Five Points about the appraisal process.

Chuck Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health, to talk with Five Points Rotary about the Future of Health Care in the United States at the Convention Center on Friday December 9th


Charles D. (Chuck) Beaman Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the midlands of South Carolina. Palmetto Health includes a regional teaching hospital and tertiary center, three acute care hospitals, a heart hospital, a children’s hospital, and a psychiatric and behavioral health hospital.
Mr. Beaman served as founding President of Palmetto Health at its inception in 1998. He was appointed by the Palmetto Health Board of Directors in January 2007 to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to the creation of Palmetto Health, Mr. Beaman served as President and CEO of Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., from 1987 to 1998. He began his career in healthcare with the Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., formerly South Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., in 1973.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine conferred upon Mr. Beaman an honorary Doctor of Public Administration, the first honorary doctoral degree ever conferred by the USC School of Medicine. The honorary degree, its highest recognition, was awarded at their graduation ceremonies on May 7, 2010. Beaman received the 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent’s Senior Level Healthcare Executive award. This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who exemplify the characteristics and qualities of professionalism, life-long learning and development, along with the high ethical standards promoted by the ACHE. Beaman served as a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association board of trustees in various leadership capacities and was twice elected chairman. He received the 2004 South Carolina Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to health care in South Carolina. He also served as the southeast regional healthcare representative to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy board. He has served as president of the National Baptist Healthcare Association.

Alicia Walker to Direct University of South Carolina Men’s Choir at the Convention Center 1:00 PM on Friday November 17th

alicia-walkerAlicia W. Walker is Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she directs the University Chorus, the USC Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate Conducting and Choral Methods, and supervises student teachers. At the graduate level, she teaches courses in Conducting, Music Education, and Sacred Music. She holds degrees from Florida State University (B.M.E.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). An experienced music educator, Dr. Walker taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Florida and Georgia prior to joining the music education faculty at the University of Georgia.  She was a 2013 Teaching Fellow in USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence in the area of Service Learning.  Recently, Dr. Walker has taught and conducted in St. Lucia and South Africa, and in 2015 she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall.  She maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.  Her research interests include the life and music of Herbert Howells, as well as the effectiveness of international service-learning experiences for teacher preparation.

In addition, Dr. Walker is currently President of Southern Division ACDA (American Choral Directors Association. A long-time church musician, she was the first national leadership team coordinator for Polyphony, an organization for pastoral musicians, and she served as a committee chair for the 2010 hymnal, Celebrating Grace.  Her commitment to mentoring has prompted Dr. Walker to found “Facets,” a leadership retreat for women conductors.

Todd Shaw, Interim Chair of USC Political Science, will provide Post Election Perspective at the Convention Center

todd-shawTodd Shaw has been on faculty since 2003 and has appointments both in USC’s Department of Political Science and the African American Studies Program. He was appointed the College of Arts & Science Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies in August of 2012. He currently serves as the Interim Department Chair of Political Science. He researches and teaches broadly in the areas of African American politics, urban politics and public policy, as well as citizen activism and social movements.

His current research agenda is to explore the political, sociological, and ideological ramifications of changes in the post-Civil Rights Movement African American community. Specifically he is very interested in how class, gender, age and other social factors create differing definitions of what constitutes African American group interests and how groups of African Americans and their allies have acted upon these perceived interests. Toward these ends, he has a 2009 book out from Duke University Press, “Now Is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism.” He is also the lead investigator on a National Science Foundation, multi-university collaboration examining black neighborhood attachment, social capital, and political participation in Atlanta, GA.

Shaw is a recipient of the 2008 USC Black Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Teaching Award, has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association as well as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, a recipient of the 2002 Department of Political Science Charles Berdahl Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois, and a 1999-2000 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Minority Fellowship.

Melissa Moss, PhD will speak on Engineering Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease at the Convention Center at 1:00 on Friday

moss-melissa-1_255x300Dr. Moss received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic. She joined the faculty at South Carolina in 2004, where she now serves as Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program.  She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with a current research focus in the area of amyloid protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Moss was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and an AHA Postdoctoral Fellow.  As a faculty member, she has been the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a New Investigator Research Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a Beginning Grant-In-Aid from AHA.  Currently, she is part of the NIH-funded COBRE for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation from which she is funded to study the role of plant polyphenols in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease.  In addition, Dr. Moss is currently funded by the NSF to study the evolution of early amyloid protein aggregates and by the NIH to investigate the propagation of small Ab oligomers.  Dr. Moss received the 2012 Governor’s Young Scientist Award and was named a 2010 Rising Star by the University.  In addition, she has received a Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, and the Joseph M. Biedenbach Service Award.

Brenda Lisbon to talk about Labor Trends in Columbia MSA for Five Points Rotary at 1:00 PM in the Convention Center

lisbon-brendaBrenda Lisbon has been with the SC Department of Employment & Workforce for just over 32 years.

She currently serves as the director of the Business Intelligence Department, where she oversees the Bureau Labor Statistic programs, the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Information Grant, performance and reporting for several Department of Labor workforce programs and statistical reporting for the Unemployment Insurance program.

Brenda holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Science from the University of South Carolina and recently became a Certified Public Manger after completing the state government’s CPM certification program this year.

Brenda is a single parent to Kinard Lisbon, who happens to be a junior enrolled at Newberry College and is an offensive lineman for the Wolves. She is an avid sports fan (all Gamecock) and in her spare time, she spends a lot of it during the fall and winter months commuting back and forth for football and/or basketball games with Newberry College or USC. Other times are spent reading or learning a new hobby.