Nikki Haley


Nikki Randhawa Haley was inaugurated as the 116th Governor of South Carolina in 2011. One of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state government, Governor Haley was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004, when, as a virtual unknown, she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In […]

Mikee Johnson


Mikee Johnson is CEO and President of Cox Industries, a family-owned business specializing in the manufacturing and global distribution of the pressure-treated wood business. With 16 plants and over 400 employees, Cox Industries provides pressure-treated wood products to the pro-build residential construction markets and the electric utility industry. In an industry where environmental conscientiousness is […]

Pamela Lackey

Vice Chair

Pamela P. Lackey is currently State President, AT&T South Carolina, responsible for the company’s regulatory, economic development, legislative and community affairs activities in the state. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. Pamela brings […]

Mike Sisk


Mike Sisk recently joined the rapidly growing engineering firm, Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, PLLC (ICE), as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining ICE, he worked for 15+ years as the Executive Vice President/CFO of Ben Arnold Beverage Company. He has also worked with other companies such as Arthur Andersen, Elliot Davis, and Standard Corporation. He […]

Myra Foster


Myra Hughes Foster is a native of Columbia, SC.  In 1988, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She continued her studies at Clemson receiving the Raymond Sarber Fellowship Award for outstanding research and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology. She began her […]

Crystal Freie

  Crystal Freie is the Manager, External Relations at Absolute Total Care, a Medicaid managed care organization serving members throughout the state of South Carolina. Ms. Freie is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University and holds a certificate in International Event and Wedding Planning from QC School of Event Planning.  She served on the Lead […]

Jimmy Jones

Pastor Jimmy Jones is the CEO of Christ Central Ministries. He is married to Karen M. Jones and has lived in the Pine Ridge Community for 25 years. They have one son, Tyler Jones, 23, who has recently completed his Military term as a U.S. Army Calvary Scout. Pastor Jones is a native and life […]

Eleanor Kitzman

Eleanor Kitzman is an insurance/reinsurance law, regulation and operations consultant based in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her professional career as an associate attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Austin, Texas, and then spent several years working in the insurance industry before moving to South Carolina in 1999 where she founded Driver’s […]

Pat McKinney

Pat McKinney serves as 2016/2017 Board Chair for the State Ports Authority. His career has involved South Carolina coastal real estate sales and development. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, McKinney graduated from Georgia State University in 1971 with a B.B.A. in marketing before moving to the South Carolina. In 1988, McKinney successfully organized a group of investors […]

Smyth McKissick

Since 1988 E. Smyth McKissick, III has served as President & CEO of Alice Manufacturing Company in Easley, SC. Mr. McKissick also currently serves as a trustee of Clemson University. He has previously served as Chairman of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations, Co-Chair of the American Manufacturing […]

James T. McLawhorn, Jr.

Mr. McLawhorn has been president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Urban League since 1979. Under Mr. McLawhorn’s leadership, the Columbia Urban League has been recognized locally and nationally as a pacesetter for its advocacy and programmatic expertise in promoting youth leadership development for disadvantaged and foster care youths, along with its advocacy and […]

Robert “Bob” Paulling

Bob Paulling is President and CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Lexington, SC. Paulling serves as Chairman of the Board for The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina; he also serves on the Boards of the following organizations: Central Electric Power Cooperative; The South Carolina Power Team; Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply, and Line Equipment […]

Terry Peterson

Terry K. Peterson is an education consultant to the CS Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow at the College of Charleston and Riley Institute at Furman University after serving as a Senior Education Fellow at the University of South Carolina Foundation. He started as a teacher, parent involvement specialist and research director in education.  Later he […]

Zeb Portanova

Zeb Portanova has held numerous leadership roles throughout nonprofit and for profit companies, and currently serves as President and CEO of Swiss KRONO USA, one of the largest laminate flooring manufacturers in the world, a subsidiary of Swiss KRONO Holdings. Prior to joining Swiss KRONO, Zeb held sales and marketing positions at Eli Lilly and […]

Kimberli Scott

Kimberli Scott is Vice President and Director of Human Resources of Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC in Allendale, SC. where she is one of the three 4th generation family owners. CLP, which has grown to be one of the leading Southern Yellow Pine producers in the Southeast includes one of the most modern sawmill and planer […]

Kevin Shwedo

Kevin Shwedo was appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet by Governor Nikki Haley on January 14, 2011 and confirmed to lead the Department of Motor Vehicles by the South Carolina Senate on February 10, 2011. Prior to his appointment as the SCDMV Executive Director, Colonel Shwedo was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army […]

Abraham Turner

Major General (Ret.) Abraham J. Turner is CEO and owner of AT CONSULTING, LLC and serves as Chairman of the Save Your Colon non-profit organization. Prior to his current assignment, General Turner was Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Other previous assignments include serving as Commanding General, […]

Butch Bowers

Legal Counsel

Butch is a native of Estill, SC and has been married to his wife Julie of Lake Charles, LA, since 1994. They currently reside in Columbia, SC with their four children: Kale, William, Mary Evelyn, and Virginia. EDUCATION Tulane University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1998 College of Charleston, Master of Public Administration, […]

Alecia Milling


A lifelong resident of Columbia, Alecia Kelly Milling opened her accounting practice more than 13 years ago with particular emphasis on small businesses and charitable organizations. Prior to that, she held positions in benefits administration, customer service, accounting, and executive administration. Alecia graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of […]

Nicholas Washington

Program Manager

Nicholas Washington serves as the Program Manager of The Original Six Foundation. The Foundation was founded by Governor Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina in 2012. The Foundation’s mission is to empower rural, economically challenged counties in the areas of workforce readiness, quality of life, and education. Nicholas oversees the implementation of all programs in these communities. Nicholas may be […]

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