C. W. Garnett, division CEO of Synovus, is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, with more than 31 years of banking experience. Before joining Synovus, Garnett served as president and CEO of the National Bank of South Carolina. 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 began his banking career with the C&S National Bank of South Carolina in 1984, serving in various management positions.
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.
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.
BB&T of South Carolina
Brenan served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the former MainStreet Financial Corporation of Martinsville, Virginia, 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 Bowling 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.
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.
UofSC-Business Partnership Foundation
Board of Trustees
Managing Partner – Tax
Trey has more than 19 years of experience working with large private and public companies in various industries. In his role as Client Service Partner, Trey is responsible for coordinating all firm services to the clients that he serves.
Trey served for the previous five years as Market Managing Partner working with the firm’s leaders in Charlotte executing the market’s growth and performance strategy, building high performing teams and leading community engagement and support.
Trey now serves as the Managing Partner of the DHG tax practice. In this role, Trey is working with leaders across the firm and throughout the tax practice as we execute our strategy focused on growth, leadership, talent/teams, client service and performance.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Taxation, both from the Darla Moore School of Business.
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
Peter J. Brews 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, 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.
University of South Carolina
Bob Caslen, the University of South Carolina’s 29th president, is a retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent and president of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
During his time at West Point, the academy was recognized as the nation’s No. 1 public college by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes magazine. After retiring from the Army in 2018, Caslen became the senior counsel to the president at the University of Central Florida and served as interim chief financial officer.
Caslen grew up in Vermont, where he worked in his family’s ski lodge business and was on the high school ski and football teams. From there, he was recruited to play football at West Point. Along with his bachelor’s degree from West Point, Caslen holds an MBA in finance from Long Island University and a master’s in industrial engineering from Kansas State University. He and his wife, Shelly, have been married for 42 years and have three sons and four grandchildren.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Park City, UT
Bruce brings more than 25 years of financial operations and management excellence to Domo. For almost six years, he was CFO of SuccessFactors, guiding the company through a public offering, six acquisitions, and its $3.4 billion sale to SAP. Bruce has served as CFO for LANDesk Software, Auction.com, and Qualix Group. While at Qualix Group, he led its public offering and merger into Legato Systems, a company that was later acquired by EMC.
An entrepreneur in his own right, Bruce founded Renaissance Software, serving as its CFO and head of sales. He serves as the audit committee chair of various private and public companies. Being Domo’s CFO gives him an added perk of getting to spend more time with his family at their Park City ski home.
Vice President, Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary
John M. Florence, Jr., 41, is Sonoco’s Vice President, Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary. Previously, he served as Sonoco’s Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2016-2018. He joined Sonoco in 2015 as the Company’s Corporate Attorney. In addition to managing legal work for the company, Florence manages Sonoco’s Corporate Secretary and governance function.
Prior to Sonoco, Florence worked as an attorney at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Columbia, S.C., where he handled legal work for Sonoco and other clients. He holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina, a JD from Samford University and a BA in English from Presbyterian College.
Florence and his wife, Jeanette, live in Columbia with their three children. He is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Florence also serves on the Board of Trustees, Governors School for Science and Mathematics; Board of Directors, Coker University; is a Member of the UofSC Moore School of Business Partnership Foundation; and a 2018 Graduate of Liberty Fellows.
Vice President, Power Generation
Iris Griffin is vice president of financial management and integration for Dominion Energy. She is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the finance functions for the organization’s operations in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, she has responsibility for the integration of the Southeast Energy Group into the Dominion Energy structure.
Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy, Griffin served as chief financial officer and treasurer for SCANA Corporation. During her time with SCANA, she also was vice president of finance and held leadership roles in audit services, privacy, corporate compliance, investor relations, and rate and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining SCANA, she worked at Scott McElveen in Columbia, South Carolina, and Ernst & Young in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Griffin serves the community on the finance committee for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board for Central SC Habitat for Humanity. She also previously served in leadership roles on boards for Senior Resources and Columbia City Ballet.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of accountancy from the University of South Carolina. She is also a certified public accountant in South Carolina.
Caliber Collision Centers
Steve Grimshaw is chief executive officer of Caliber Collision Centers, the largest collision repair company in the U.S.
Since Grimshaw joined in 2009, Caliber Collision has grown from 68 locations in two states to 651 locations in 19 states across the U.S. Concurrently, Caliber’s revenue has increased from $284 million to more than $2.4 billion.
Prior to joining Caliber, Grimshaw served as executive vice president and general manager at Safety‐Kleen Systems, one of the nation’s largest environmental services companies.
Under Steve’s inspirational leadership, Caliber Collision’s philanthropic efforts are tightly woven into the fabric of the Caliber culture including the annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive with more than 10 million meals collected for children in need of nutritious meals and the Caliber Recycled Rides program which has donated more than 150 vehicles to military and first responder families in need of reliable transportation.
Grimshaw is a board member of the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association and chaired the 2016 Côtes du Coeur event raising a record $4 million to fight heart disease and stroke.
He also sits on the board for 22Kill, an organization dedicated to ending military veteran suicide.
Grimshaw and Caliber also received the 2016 Ernst & Young Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the services category and were a national finalist.
Grimshaw is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 23 years and they have three children: Brittany, Henry and Steven.
President and CEO
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Gov. 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.
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 ten 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 chairman of Cape Fear Farm Credit in North Carolina,, a $1 billion lending cooperative. He is also vice president 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, is chair of the Audit Committee for the National 4-H Council and serves as an Elder for Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
Head of Public Policy, External Affairs, & Community Development, SE
Reginald B. McKnight has been at the forefront of solving some of the nation’s most complex public policy, legal and crisis communications issues as a lawyer and strategic advisor for a variety of multinational corporations, particularly in the tech industry since 2004. He is Google’s Head of Public Policy, External Affairs, and Community Development for the Southeastern United States.
Previously, Reggie led U.S. state policy for Google’s autonomous vehicle company, Waymo. Before joining Google, he served as Facebook’s Head of Economic and Community Development. In that role, he directly advised Facebook’s CEO and led U.S. economic development and community engagement, including fostering billions of dollars in investments and community-focused initiatives throughout the United States. And prior to his career in tech, Reggie was a key strategist for BP’s public policy response to the Gulf oil spill and helped to shape the company’s public affairs and communications strategies. Reggie began his career as a corporate lawyer at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. and served as a federal law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Reggie is a frequent speaker on diversity issues in the technology industry and a leader on numerous tech initiatives focused on empowering underrepresented youth. Among other things, he has successfully pioneered engaging the country’s most well-known tech companies to serve as ongoing sponsors of the largest HBCU college festival in the world, and he serves as a strategic advisor to The Five Network -- the world’s first mentoring operating system, which is s focused on cultivating leaders from underrepresented backgrounds.
Reggie earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, which he attended on a full academic scholarship, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a decorated student-athlete on the men’s soccer team and the first African American athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. A native of Greenville, SC, Reggie has served on several other boards, including the International African American Museum Board, the Mother Emanuel AME Church Memorial Foundation Board, and the Duke University School of Law Alumni Board. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by The Washington Post and a top lawyer under 40 by the National Bar Association.
Bank of Clarendon
A native of South Carolina, Rose is a third-generation banker who has dedicated the past 25 years of her professional career in banking, with the majority of that time in Executive Management and Marketing at the Bank of Clarendon in Manning, South Carolina. In 2017, she was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Clarendon.
She is passionate about all things South Carolina, with a specific passion for the health and well- being of rural South Carolina and those individuals living and working in our rural communities. She believes that "the soul of South Carolina lives in the rural areas of our great state and it is our responsibility to insure the viability of these communities for years to come." She holds a specific interest in improving financial literacy though education and training for both students and adults.
She holds a degree in Finance and Economics from Converse College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional and has completed the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership South Carolina and is a member of the 2017 Liberty Fellowship Class.
She serves as director for the South Carolina Bankers Association, serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina and is the Chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee, and serves as a member of the Board of Governors for Coastal Carolina Hospital.
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.