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OneSouthCarolina 2016 Speakers

Speakers 2016

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Ernest Andrade
Ernest Andrade
Charleston Digital Corridor

Ernest Andrade is founder and executive director of the Charleston Digital Corridor, a successful public-private business development partnership launched in 2001 to attract, nurture and promote tech and tech-related companies in Charleston. He has helped position Charleston as a premier destination for tech companies through strategies that include launching a community-sourced training program providing instruction in open source Web technologies and developing two business incubators in downtown Charleston. MORE

Bill Barnet, III
The Hon. Bill Barnet, III
CEO, Barnet Development Corporation

Bill Barnet is the former mayor of Spartanburg and is CEO of Barnet Development Corporation. Previously, he acted as the CEO of William Barnet & Son, Inc., a family venture founded in 1898 that manufactures, trades, and processes a wide variety of synthetic products for the fiber, resin, and textile related industries. A write-in candidate for mayor of Spartanburg in 2001, he served as mayor from 2002 – 2009. MORE

Sean Bennett
The Hon. Sean Bennett
Member, S.C. Senate

Sean Bennett was elected to the S.C. Senate in 2013. His committee assignments include Banking and Insurance; Fish, Game and Forestry; Judiciary; Labor, Commerce and Industry; and Transportation. He is a former board member of the Education Foundation, an initiative that connects the business community and the public school systems to ensure that students graduate from high school equipped with the knowledge, skills and work ethic they will need to succeed in post-secondary education and the world of work. MORE 

Kenny Bingham
The Hon. Kenny Bingham
Member, S.C. House of Representatives

Having represented District 89 for nearly a decade, Kenny Bingham serves on the powerful House Ways and Means committee, which is responsible for drafting the state spending plan. Committed to lower taxes and less spending, Bingham has consistently earned high marks from pro-business groups, and in July 2003 was named “National Legislator of the Year” by the National Republican Legislators Association. MORE

Danny Black
Danny Black
President and CEO, SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance 

HDanny Black was a founder and is president and CEO of the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, the nonprofit economic development organization representing Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton Counties. Since its inception in 1996, SouthernCarolina Alliance has played a critical role in bringing more than one billion dollars in capital investment and more than 4,000 jobs to this rural region. MORE

Gilda Cobb-Hunter
The Hon. Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Member, S.C. House of Representatives

Elected to the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 1992, Gilda Cobb-Hunter was the first African American woman in Orangeburg County elected to a statewide office. She became the first freshman ever appointed to and is now ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the Joint Bond Review Committee. MORE

Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis
President, Furman University

Dr. Elizabeth Davis became Furman University’s 12th President on July 1, 2014. Before coming to Furman, she spent 22 years at Baylor University in Texas, where she most recently held the position of executive vice president and provost. In addition to being a member of the accounting faculty at Baylor, she also served as vice provost for Financial and Academic Administration, associate dean for Undergraduate Business Programs, and acting chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law. MORE

Lydia Dobyns
Lydia Dobyns
President and CEO, New Tech Network

Lydia Dobyns joined New Tech Network in April 2010. She has combined careers as a technology entrepreneur and executive with education policy and nonprofit service. She served two terms as a school board member, led an education foundation, and directed replication strategies in the nonprofit education sector. Her vision is a nation where every public school has the capacity to realize the full potential of each student. MORE

Vernita Dore
Vernita Dore
Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Vernita Dore has built a wealth of experience within USDA, with twenty-eight years of leadership and support for rural communities across the United States. Formerly the South Carolina state director for rural development, in 2015 Dore was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development in Washington, D.C., overseeing Operations and Management, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Office of Civil Rights and State Directors. MORE

Werner Eikenbusch
Werner Eikenbusch
Chief Talent Manager, BMW in the Americas

After completing his technical apprenticeship and mechanical engineering education in Germany, Werner Eikenbusch earned his master’s degree in engineering management as a Fulbright Scholar at New Jersey Institute of Technology, then started his engineering career with BMW in Munich. His love for the USA and his passion for employee development brought him back to the USA to manage human resources for BMW in North America. MORE

Jack Ellenberg
Jack Ellenberg
Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects , South Carolina Ports Authority

Jack Ellenberg is responsible for the recruitment and location of port-dependent projects and the expansion of port-user businesses across the state. He also oversees the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer. He previously served as deputy secretary for new investment at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He joined Commerce in 1996 and was responsible for leading the agency’s efforts in new investment, both foreign and domestic, and overseeing the daily activities of state offices in Europe and Asia. MORE

Tim Ervolina
Tim Ervolina
President and CEO, United Way Association of South Carolina

Tim Ervolina is president and CEO at United Way Association of South Carolina, the training, technical assistance and program arm of the 28 local United Ways in the Palmetto State. Before coming to the Association, Tim served in local United Ways in South Carolina and in Florida. MORE

Don Gordon
Don Gordon
Executive Director, The Riley Institute at Furman University

Dr. Don Gordon has been the executive director of the Riley Institute at Furman since 1999. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Department of Political Science and director of Furman’s award-winning study away programs in East and Southern Africa. Gordon’s academic training is in African and Middle Eastern politics, state and local government, political economy, and methodology. MORE

Kyle Longest
Kyle Longest
Associate Professor of Sociology, Furman University

Dr. Kyle Longest is associate professor of sociology at Furman University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s in sociology and history from Indiana University – Bloomington. His research focuses on understanding how adolescents make the transition to adulthood. MORE

Jacki Martin
Jacki Martin
Deputy Director, Riley Institute at Furman University

As deputy director of the Riley Institute at Furman, Jacki Martin assists the executive director in setting strategic direction; developing, funding and launching programs related to education, public policy and diversity leadership; and overseeing numerous program managers and other staff. MORE

 
Ken May
Ken May
Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission

A panelist, presenter, consultant, and facilitator for local, state, and national arts organizations, Ken May is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where he has served in several positions since 1985. He has been a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts and is a regular guest lecturer in the arts administration program at the College of Charleston. MORE

 
Mike McGirr
Mike McGirr
Co-founder and Executive Director, FEED & SEED

Mike McGirr is a farm consultant and private chef specializing in natural, vernacular foods in heightened, authentic preparations. He is co-Founder and executive director of Feed & Seed, a regional “food hub” project focused on the Upstate of South Carolina, whose mission is to increase the variety, quality and quantity of South Carolina farm products in the daily diet of all South Carolinians by connecting regional market demand to regional farm production in the 10 counties of Upstate South Carolina.  MORE

Carol Naughton
Carol Naughton
President, Purpose Built Communities

Carol Naughton helped found Purpose Built Communities in 2008. She previously served for seven years as the executive director of the East Lake Foundation, the lead nonprofit organization that developed and continues to implement a bold, innovative and successful model of community revitalization that helps families break the cycle of poverty. An expert in public/private partnerships, Carol has crafted groundbreaking alliances in housing and education. MORE

Katherine Newman
Katherine Newman
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Katherine Newman is the provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is also the Torrey Little Professor of Sociology. Newman is the author of 12 books on topics ranging from urban poverty to middle class economic insecurity to school violence. Her forthcoming book, coauthored with Hella Winston, is Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century, MORE

Ed Rendell
The Hon. Ed Rendell
Co-chair, Building America’s Future; former Pennsylvania Governor; former Philadelphia Mayor

As governor of Pennsylvania, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create “Building America’s Future,” an organization that focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to maintain America’s global economic competiveness. Rendell co-chairs the organization, along with Mike Bloomberg and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue. MORE  

Joe Riley
The Hon. Joe Riley
Former Charleston Mayor

Joe Riley was first elected mayor of Charleston in December 1975, and went on to serve an unprecedented ten terms. During Riley’s forty-year tenure as mayor, the City of Charleston saw a substantial decrease in crime, a revitalization of the historic downtown business district, the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., an expansion of the city’s park system, and the development of nationally-acclaimed affordable housing. MORE

Mike Riordan
Mike Riordan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Greenville Health System 

As president and CEO of Greenville Health System, Mike Riordan is responsible for leading a highly integrated healthcare system that is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the Southeast. He is responsible for eight medical campuses, more than 180 physician practice sites, more than 14,000 employees including over 1,100 physicians and providers, and operating revenues of approximately $2 billion. MORE

Pete Selleck
Pete Selleck
Chairman and President, Michelin North America, Inc.

Pete Selleck is responsible for coordinating all activities of Michelin in North America. With more than $10 billion in sales and more than 22,000 employees across Canada, Mexico and the United States, Michelin is the global leader in the tire industry, manufacturing tires for every type of vehicle including aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. Selleck joined Michelin in 1982 and has served in manufacturing and general management positions in Greenville and in Clermont-Ferrand, France. MORE

John Simpkins
John Simpkins
General Counsel, United States Agency for International Development

Prior to joining the United States Agency for International Development in 2015 as General Counsel, John Simpkins served for two years as the Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Simpkins has held a variety of positions in private practice and academia, including serving of counsel at Wyche, P.A., in Greenville, as a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Victoria, and as an assistant professor and Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Charleston School of Law. MORE

Ann Marie Stieritz
Ann Marie Stieritz
President and CEO, S.C. Council on Competitiveness 

Ann Marie Stieritz is president and CEO of the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan, business-led nonprofit that advances the long-term economic competitiveness of the state, its industries, and its citizens. Just prior to this position she served as the deputy executive director of the University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement. MORE

Joseph Von Nessen
Joseph Von Nessen
Research Economist, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business

Dr. Joseph Von Nessen is a research economist in the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business, where he conducts a wide variety of economic impact analyses, survey research, and other applied work involving regional economic modeling. In addition, he is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the University of South Carolina's annual statewide economic forecast. MORE

James (Jimmie) Williamson
James (Jimmie) Williamson
System President, S.C. Technical College System 

Dr. Jimmie Williamson became system president of the S.C. Technical College System in March of 2014.  Prior to his re-entry into higher education, he served as chief human capital officer for Agape Senior and as president of Northeastern Technical College and Williamsburg Technical College. MORE