Oct. 3: Insights from Veteran Journalist Andy Shain

Andy Shain, Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier, will share stories and insights from his 30 years as a journalist. Shain will discuss his role in covering South Carolina’s landmark 1990 FBI sting, Operation Lost Trust, including a brief time he spent in jail for refusing to reveal his sources. He’ll also share his perspective on how journalism has evolved during his career and what it takes to effectively report on public issues today. Andy Shain is The Post and Courier’s Columbia Bureau Chief where he oversees a three-person Statehouse reporting team from the newspaper’s office on Main Street. He also heads up the expansion of South Carolina’s largest newspaper into Columbia and Myrtle Beach. After graduating from Northwestern, Andy worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia. He spent nine years at The State covering business, sports and politics, and a little more than a year as editor of Free Times after the weekly paper was bought by The Post and Courier’s parent company in 2016. He started a weekend backpack food program at his daughter’s elementary school, Meadowfield, that has grown threefold over the years, and he volunteers at the Washington Street United Methodist Church soup cellar. On the personal side, Andy is convinced he’s the only person who can live in Myrtle Beach for eight years and come out a worse golfer. And he’s a fan of Arsenal, the Phillies and the Eagles – all of which prepares him for life’s disappointments. When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 11:45 AM  – 1:15 PM Where: Farm Bureau Insurance, 724 Knox Abbott...

Sept. 12: Weathering the Storm

Cancelled due to weather! Meteorologist Richard Okulski is unable to join us next week due to Hurricane Irma. We wish everyone in Irma’s path the best in weathering the storm! From hurricanes to ice storms, floods and even a total solar eclipse, South Carolina’s climate has provided Rich Okulski plenty of opportunities for sharing critical weather information in recent years. Learn how Rich and his team at the National Weather Service’s Columbia, S.C. bureau develop and share weather messaging with government leaders and media outlets and what it takes to adapt the messaging to suit the public’s needs as a storm progresses. Rich will also discuss how the NWS engages the public on social media through the Weather Ready Nation brand ambassador program. Plus, his reflections on the recent total eclipse! Richard J. Okulski is the Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) at the National Weather Service (NWS)’s Forecast Office in Columbia, SC.  Previously, Rich was the MIC of the Caribou, ME Office from 2011 to 2016, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Memphis, TN from 2006 to 2010, Executive Officer for the NWS Director in 2005, the NWS Severe Weather Program Leader from 2002 to 2004, and served at various field offices in the Western U.S. from 1993 to 2001. Prior to being hired by NOAA/NWS, Rich served as a U.S. Army officer in Germany and the Persian Gulf. He led a platoon in close combat during Operation DESERT STORM. Rich also worked for a private weather company named Compu-Weather Incorporated in 1989. He earned a degree in atmospheric science (B.S. 1989) from Rutgers University. When: Tuesday, September, 2017 from 11:45 a.m. to...

IABC/SC Announces 2017 Board of Directors

IABC/SC Announces 2017 Board of Directors IABC/SC is proud to announce the 2017 Board of Directors. The Board consists of both returning members and new members. The following were elected: President – Alison Shuman, corporate communications coordinator, Farm Bureau Insurance President Elect – Cynthia South, president, South Company Past-President – Kevin Floyd, director of marketing and communications, Murphy & Grantland, A. Secretary – Bailey Crafton, graphic artist, Nelson Mullins Vice President of Communications – Dickson Monk, executive director, Columbia World Affairs Council Vice President of Finance – Patrick Cobb, director of communications, AARP Vice President of Membership Development and Retention – Michael Ettlemyer, principal, MGE Communications Vice Presidents of Professional Development and Programs – Ginny Jones, senior public affairs specialist, SCANA Member-at-large – Kimberly South, communications specialist, Palmetto Health The Board also consists of five directors who serve under a vice president. The director roles are designed to help surface potential officers, acquaint them with the inner workings of the chapter and be a senior advocate for the chapter. The following members are serving as directors: Social Media  Director  –  A.  Sully,  public  affairs  officer,  United  States  Army  Recruiting  Battalion Columbia Lowcountry Outreach Director – Liz Guthridge, managing director, Connect Consulting Group Upstate Outreach Director – Mike Deas, principal, DEAS Abound Monthly Lunches Director – Todd Hudak, senior communications specialist, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Special Events Director – Lauren Prettyman, media specialist, South Carolina Farm Bureau...

April 20: Power up Your Presentations

IABC/SC is powering up its efforts to bring Charleston area business communicators together to meet other professionals, enjoy relevant programming, and explore professional opportunities. Please join us for our first event on Thursday, April 20, from 5 to 6:30 pm. for a panel discussion and dialogue on “Power Up Your Presentations.” The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Panelists Laura Camacho, Lisa Bowers and Chris Noland will explain how they’re evolving the way they’re creating presentations for themselves and others they support in our ever-changing environment. Let’s face it, if people even show up for events, they’re often more excited to engage with their devices and peers than listen to the expert in front of the room. Brain-friendly meeting facilitator and longtime IABC member Liz Guthridge will work to engage you and your colleagues in sharing your points of view on this topic. We’ll also have plenty of Q&A with the panelists as well as each other. And we’ll explore what types of future programming, events and community you’d like to create. Special bonus for this free event! Our hostess at the American College of the Building Arts has offered to give anyone who comes at 4:30 pm a tour of the building, which is the restored Trolley building. When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: American College of the Building Arts 649 Meeting St, Charleston, South Carolina 29403 Free parking in front of the school (limited), next door, in the lot across the street and on the street. Registration deadline:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 This event is free of charge. If you...

March 7: Starbucks. Dominos. EdVenture. What does it mean to change your brand?

Learn about Columbia-based non-profit EdVenture, its programs and its recent rebranding campaign related to a move toward statewide initiatives and programs outside of its children’s museum facility. Louis Fawcett is passionate about moving organizations forward to change and save lives.   He serves as Senior Vice President at EdVenture where he leads their fundraising efforts.  In his current role, he focusses on corporate sponsorships, individual major gifts, relationships with foundations and forging new and creative partnerships.   Louis has played a key role in new statewide initiatives at EdVenture including satellite locations, a mobile health RV and programming for children with special needs. Prior to joining the EdVenture team, Louis worked for nine years raising support for orphans and school children in China, Russia, Ethiopia, and Haiti.  In China, Louis helped raised funds for surgeries for children with special needs.  He also raised support to buy coats for children in Eastern Europe and equipment for orphanages.  In Ethiopia, Louis led the capital campaign to build Acacia Village, a home for children in crisis and transition.  He then went to work for Haiti Children to raise support for an orphanage for special needs children, three schools, five feeding programs and a vocational training center. Louis grew up in Virginia and graduated from Randolph-Macon College. He also holds Masters degrees from Wake Forest University and the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia. Louis serves as the President of the Central SC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and President of Lighthouse for Life, an organization working to end human trafficking in South Carolina.  Louis lives in Columbia with his three children. When: Tuesday, March...