November 17, 2017

2017-2018 Leadership Columbia Advisory Boards Announced

November 15, 2017


Marshall Minton to Chair Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and Ryan Newton to Chair Leadership Columbia Alumni Association Board.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program for emerging and existing leaders, is pleased to announce 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 connectivity 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


About Leadership Columbia

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 or contact Charlotte Bian-Lingle at 803.733.1146.

About the Columbia Chamber

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

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