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Columbia chamber announces new advisory board

Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program for emerging and existing leaders, has announced the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and the Leadership Columbia Alumni Association Board of 2017-2018. These groups of Leadership Columbia graduates will serve until the Columbia Chamber’s fiscal year ends in September 2018.

“Both advisory boards are essential in the development of young leaders in Columbia,” said Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber President and CEO, “The Leadership Columbia Advisory and Alumni Advisory Boards strengthen the connectively between its members and the Chamber, thus developing a more capable bench of talent of the region.”

The Advisory Board works alongside the Columbia Chamber to enhance the program and ensure the graduates develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in the region.

Leadership Columbia Advisory Board of 2017-2018 includes:

Zach Alford | BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Hilary Brannon | University of South Carolina

Maudra Brown | SC Department of Health and Human Services

DeAnna Bookert | Community Relations Council

Jesse Bullard | Southern Way Catering

Murray Coleman | United Way of the Midlands

Josh Elliott | Life H2H

Tammie Epps | Palmetto Health

Anna Fender | 1×1 Design

Austin Gawler | TEKsystems

Kiosha Boyles | Richland School District One

Kristin Hudson | Palmetto Health Foundation

Rania Jamison | BANCO\Bannister Company

Claire Jones | SC Education Lottery Commission

Jason Langdale | First Community Financial Consultant

Allison Lee | AAC

David Looper | Wells Fargo

Amanda Loveday | NP Strategies

Taylor Miller | Senior Matters/One Matters

Marshall Minton | Turner Padget Graham & Laney PA

Joe Neary | University of South Carolina

Ryan Newton | Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

Matthew Pollard | First Citizens Bank

Rachel Popkowski | Livingston Insurance Agency

Kirk Randazzo | University of South Carolina

Annie Scott | NBSC


The Leadership Columbia Alumni Association Advisory Board works with the Columbia Chamber to keep LC alumni engaged with the community and continue to strengthen their leadership skills.

Leadership Columbia Alumni Association Advisory Board of 2017-2018 includes: 

Allen Bridgers | McCrory Construction Company, Inc.

Peyton Bryant | NAI Avant

Terry Buchmann | Garvin Design Group

John Cadena | SCANA

Kyle Carlson | Roger Townsend & Thomas, PC

Renee Chow | Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism

Tina Emerson | Roger Townsend & Thomas, PC

Ryan Hyler | Tomlin & Company

Will Johnson | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Heather McDonald | Building Industry Association of Central SC

Kim McMahon | USC – Department of Student Life

Brian Morris | Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Ryan Newton | Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

Henry Simons | Palmetto Health

Season Zeigler | Synovus

Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10 month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders. For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com or contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at 803.733.1146.

The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902. To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.

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