David Ferrell discusses recent actions by the North Carolina Legislature and expected 2023 items to be addressed, as well as other news in North Carolina politics.
Jenna Godlewski highlights what it means to be on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) preclusion list and the consequences for providers.
Caitlin Walker discuses the recently approved incentives aimed to increase affordable housing in Greenville, South Carolina, as well as the eligibility of the plan and impact on the community.
Health care attorney Matthew Roberts discusses the significant impact of ESG, or Environmental, Social, and Governance, for life sciences companies.
Michael Traynham discusses a recent South Carolina case impacting citizen suits and regulatory enforcement actions regarding environmental law.
Business owners and managers should know what the law restricts a company to say to their employees about a union campaign. Companies should avoid threats, interrogation, promises, surveillance and discrimination (TIPS-D) involving support for a union.
Your business is likely your most valuable asset, and providing for the future of that business as you head toward retirement is key to maximizing its value and longevity. There are many things an owner should and should not do regarding contracts, taxes and the overall transition.
Organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries should be aware of the daily privacy and security issues facing them.
David Spratley has worked for over 25 years in economic development in the Carolinas. He's been a part of the team that helped NC achieve its best three years for economic development ever...
Business and commercial litigation attorney Dan Boyce shares answers the question "What do I do now?" when a company is faced with a civil, regulatory or federal criminal investigation.
Part 3: Nexsen Pruet is well-positioned to assist physicians in evaluating their employment agreement as well as their separation agreement. Attorney Mary Stuart King wraps up this video series with instructions on how to ensure fair contracts for all parties. We stand ready to help.
Part 2: Attorney Mary Stuart King outlines key contract terms for experienced physicians who approach new employment agreements. Learn more about tail coverage and indemnification clauses.
Attorneys Burnie Maybank and Andrew Saleeby recently shared an update on state tax and economic development incentives.
Nexsen Pruet’s Employment and Labor Law practice introduces a new video series with insight on physician contracts. Learn the fundamental contract terms a new physician should be aware of with Attorney Mary Stuart King.
Attorney David McCallum shares a review on corporate tax proposals. Will the Build Back Better Act get through the Senate before midterm elections? There’s more to come on the proposed framework.
More than half of all workplace discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involve retaliation. Attorney Mark Bakker discusses how employers can prevent and defend against retaliation claims.
Attorney Ernie Pearson discusses the keys to ensuring that clients receive the maximum amount of state and local incentives. Pearson discusses both new and existing operations and the importance of including incentives in the conversation.
George Smith discusses the economic impact the electric vehicle industry is having on North Carolina and the potential for even more growth in the near future.
Attorney Jim Warren offers steps for economic development organizations who are looking to invest in the Carolinas.
Nexsen Pruet Attorney Todd Davidson shares insight on helping clients navigate legal issues throughout the U.S. and abroad. The firm has helped many companies all over the world establish new business and expand their operations to successfully grow their American footprint.
Did you know that Nexsen Pruet is your guide with any North or South Carolina alcohol and licensing questions or needs? Our team is experienced in helping anyone across the three tiers in ensuring they can proceed with their work in compliance with local and state requirements. Member Erin Mosley walks through the recent North Carolina legislative actions creating social districts and new licensure levels, giving you the insight you need for your business.
Attorney Bryan Baysinger talks about the unified patenting system currently underway in the European Union (EU). A more cost effective, centralized option for patents across 25 EU member states is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.
With the recent passing of Senate Bill 219, significantly limiting the enforceability of certain lien waivers, now is the time for owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to review their lien waivers. Brett Becker provides an overview of the new protections and what to look for.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Greensboro attorney Ashleigh Greene shares the accomplishments of former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The growth of electronically stored information has soared since the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of an information governance plan has grown. Nextra Solutions Director, Angela O’Neal, shares how Nexsen Pruet’s eDiscovery subsidiary can identify and offer customized solutions to data driven problems that brings value and improves our clients’ data governance practices and procedures.
The Nexsen Pruet healthcare team has recently been busy advising on the federal No Surprises Act. The “Good Faith Estimate” rules, in particular, have generated many questions from clients. Chandler Martin addresses some of these questions in this video.
Preparing for document collection and discovery in litigated cases can be tricky. Business and Commercial Litigation attorney Chase Keibler delves into this topic using his experience as a member of Nexsen Pruet’s Antitrust Team. In this video, he shares insight on established patterns and procedures for these complex.
Health Care attorney Shannon Lipham breaks down HIPAA privacy rule as she discusses managing business associates and business associate agreements while staying HIPAA compliant.
Public policy attorney Bob Coble discusses how legislators and executive leaders are working to ensure recent federal appropriations, such as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), have a transformational impact on South Carolina.
Workplace romance is in the air this February. Employment attorney Bridget Blinn-Spears discusses best practices and considerations for employers when addressing workplace relationships.
Caitlin Mitchell explains North Carolina's recently adopted and required universal citation format and its impact on opinions.
In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting leaders who have made an impact on business, community, and law. Today, Charlotte attorney Yolanda N. Davis shares the accomplishments and influence of Dorothy Counts-Scoggins.
In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting leaders who have made an impact on business, community, and law. Today, Raleigh attorney David Bradin shares the accomplishments and influence of Judge Clarence Thomas.
In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting leaders who have made an impact on business, community, and law. Today, Charlotte attorney Bobby Robinson shares the accomplishments and influence of Julius Chambers.
The commercial connections between the US and China have multiplied exponentially over the past decade. Val Stieglitz and Weiwei Sun discuss how Nexsen Pruet assists Chinese businesses in the US market and US businesses dealing with Chinese business partners.
Anti-competitive conduct cant take a variety of forms and are often very difficult to uncover. David Eddy, co-chair of Nexsen Pruet’s Antitrust team, discusses what businesses need to understand about antitrust claims and violations.
Jimmy Long, Nexsen Pruet’s General Counsel, shares what titles and roles within the firm mean for the client.
Matthew Roberts examines the significant and sometimes positive changes occurring in clinical research processes in the life sciences industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With aesthetic medicine practices booming throughout the United States, Darra James Coleman discusses how providers should consider a number of factors before deciding to go down the path of offering aesthetic services.
The attorneys of Nexsen Pruet have long understood the importance of choosing to support the communities where we live and work. William Floyd highlights our firm’s most recent pro bono endeavors.
Sam Johnson discusses how South Carolina communities and business can best take advantage of opportunities presented in the American Rescue Plan and the historic infrastructure bill.
Due to the global pandemic, employers are regularly recruiting new employees virtually. Attorney Mary Stuart King discuss what employers need to know regarding laws and challenges surrounding virtual interviewing.
Condemnation actions present a unique set of legal issues. Alexandra Austin discusses what land owners and developers should be aware of during government condemnation.
Understanding incentives is critical in order to maximize the most competitive package available for your project. Attorney George Smith discusses what businesses and professionals should know about economic development incentive grants in North Carolina.
In part 1 of his video series, bankruptcy and financial services attorney Brooks Bossong discusses what receiverships in the commercial loan context are and how they work.
In part 2 of his video series, bankruptcy and financial services attorney Brooks Bossong continues to discuss what receiverships in the commercial loan context are and how they work.
Seasoned economic developer, Ernie Pearson shares the importance of creating local incentive structures that increase value to recruiting companies.
Dr. John Zimmer, intellectual property attorney and PH.D. Scientist discusses his unique practice and deep experiences with chemistry and materials sciences patents as a member of Nexsen Pruet’s robust intellectual property team.
The use of artificial intelligence, and subsequently the filing of patent applications thereon, is exponentially increasing. Intellectual property attorney Bryan Baysinger discusses what companies need to know when drafting AI applications.
Scammers often attempt to defraud a company’s customers by utilizing a fraudulent domain. Intellectual Property attorney Seth Hudson discusses how scammers use these domains and what business owners can do to protect their brand and their customers.
Bobby Robinson shares how student athletes can remain compliant and eligible while successfully building their brand under State and NCAA policies.
In recognition of National Black Business month, Nexsen Pruet’s Yolanda Davis Brisco highlights firm client Loyd Visuals, a family-based, full service video production company.
As more employers and health care consumers express concern about the cost of their health care, government entities have made some major changes to create more price transparency in the health care system. Health care attorney Matthew Roberts discusses how providers should prepare.
Health care and corporate attorney Chandler Martin discusses compliance for clinical labs with federal fraud and abuse laws like the anti-kickback statute, the Stark Law, EKRA, and the False Claims Act.
The Administrative Law Court is unique in many ways from other venues in which litigation occurs in South Carolina. Health care litigator Jennifer Hollingsworth explains the benefits to appearing before the ALC.
Nexsen Pruet provides decades of experience, language capabilities, and unique cultural understanding when assisting international clients in the U.S. and U.S. clients conducting business abroad. International team leader Val Stieglitz shares how we can help with all of your international legal matters.
The Farm Credit Administration, which is the regulator for the Farm Credit System, has been very active recently in modifying how Farm Credit institutions must govern themselves. Jay Hennig explains one recent development from the FCA which modifies how the annual elections are to be conducted.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of digital platforms for organizations of all sizes. As businesses experience waves of data like never before, data governance is more important now than ever. Angela O'Neal, the director of Nextra Solutions, discusses how businesses can appropriately handle data governance.
In response to recent developments, the FDA has revoked EUAs for decontamination systems and non-NIOSH-approved respirators. Health care attorney Hamilton Barber discusses the important details.
Public Policy attorney Bob Coble discusses key items for business and local governments to understand and take advantage of to improve their infrastructure.
Environmental attorney Mary Shahid discusses navigating bureaucratic channels when planning new developments in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
- Life Sciences Webinar Series Session 4 - Compliance Tips From the Trenches: How Effective Compliance is Good Business for Life Sciences Companies
Nexsen Pruet's newest webinar series is focusing on Life Sciences companies in the Carolinas. These webinars will focus on various legal and regulatory issues that Life Sciences companies deal with on a daily basis. They are also designed to provide updates and strategies on how to deal with these issues.
Intellectual property and ligation attorney Lica Colwell discusses tips for business owners to protect their company and their intellectual property.
Across the Carolinas, the food and beverage industry is growing, and the hospitality and tourism sectors are benefitting from that growth, too. Join Nexsen Pruet for an industry update highlighting trends, challenges, and recent successes.
Mandating and incentivizing vaccines remains a complicated and controversial topic. Nexsen Pruet's Bridget Blinn-Spears breaks down what the new EEOC guidance means for businesses and employees.
Health care attorneys Alice Harris and Jenna Godlewski discuss challenges faced by providers in the areas of health care reimbursement, coverage, overpayments, investigations, and administrative appeals.
When a business loan is delinquent or in default, but there's still the potential to right the ship, two options a lender may consider in resolving the problem loan are a loan modification or a forbearance agreement. Attorney Brooks Bossong discusses the details.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster recently signed South Carolina's COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act in to law. Employment attorney Brittany Clark discusses key takeaways for employers.
Now in its seventh year, we hope that you will join us for the 2021 Employment Law Certificate Series certification series as we expand upon content covered in previous programs to deliver more in-depth and advanced educational sessions across a range of areas critical to mitigating disputes and building highly effective and productive workplaces.
Christy Myatt discusses options for companies in need of financial relief following COVID-19
In part 3, bankruptcy and financial services attorney Lisa Sumner explains the risks that creditors face when they file an involuntary bankruptcy petition.
In part 2, bankruptcy and financial services attorney Lisa Sumner explains the rights of an alleged debtor to challenge an involuntary bankruptcy petition.
How does an involuntary bankruptcy case get started in the United States Court system? Bankruptcy and financial services attorney Lisa Sumner explains how a person or a company can be forced into bankruptcy by an outside party.
The future of the life sciences industry is bright in South Carolina. Nexsen Pruet's health care practice group leader Matthew Roberts highlights the economic impact of one of the State's fastest growing industry sectors.
Jenna Godlewski shares what health care providers need to know about current Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) audits and how to prepare for a potential review process
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth was used with increasing frequency by health care providers. Audits of telehealth policies and technologies are becoming the focus. Jenna Godlewski shares what health care providers need to know about current OIG audits involving telehealth services.
Now in its seventh year, we hope that you will join us for the 2021 Employment Law Certificate Series certification series as we expand upon content covered in previous programs to deliver more in-depth and advanced educational sessions across a range of areas critical to mitigating disputes and building highly effective and productive workplaces.
- Webinar Series: Food & Beverage Session 2- Workforce Issues in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry
Across the Carolinas, food and beverage manufacturing is growing, with companies developing disruptive innovation and platforms. Join Nexsen Pruet for an industry update highlighting trends, challenges, and recent successes.
Across the Carolinas, food and beverage manufacturing is growing, with companies developing disruptive innovation and platforms. Join Nexsen Pruet for an industry update highlighting trends, challenges, and recent successes.
- Life Sciences Webinar Series Session 2 - Onshoring of the Industry- Targeted Economic Development Strategies
Nexsen Pruet's newest webinar series is focusing on Life Sciences companies in the Carolinas. These webinars will focus on various legal and regulatory issues that Life Sciences companies deal with on a daily basis. They are also designed to provide updates and strategies on how to deal with these issues.
Nexsen Pruet's newest webinar series is focusing on Life Sciences companies in the Carolinas. These webinars will focus on various legal and regulatory issues that Life Sciences companies deal with on a daily basis. They are also designed to provide updates and strategies on how to deal with these issues.
The CDC and FDA paused the distribution and use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine because there have been six cases of a side effect in the form of a rare type of blood clot. Health care attorney Alice Harris discusses what this means for the vaccine rollout in South Carolina.
When businesses merge and sell, there are important employment issues for them to consider. Employment attorney Sarah Sloan Batson gives a high-level overview of what to consider in the early planning process of buying or selling a business.
A summary of opportunities and challenges in the world of employee compensation and benefits, hosted by employment attorneys Jim Rourke and Mike Brittingham.
The Trademark Modernization Act is set to take effect on December 27, 2021. Bryan Baysinger discusses what clients should focus on to remain in compliance and other options when selecting brand names.
It is important for lenders to understand the new paycheck protection program loans, which are meant to help hard hit small businesses, and their responsibilities as lenders. Bankruptcy and financial services attorney Lauren Deyo gives an update about the new PPP funding and important considerations for lenders.
The topic of student athlete name, image and likeness has commanded national attention. Attorney Bobby Robinson shares considerations for parents and student athletes to best protect and position themselves for success as new endorsement opportunities arise.
Scott Saylor counsels businesses in a variety of industries in corporate matters including economic development initiatives, entity formation, joint ventures, acquisitions, and corporate expansion projects. He joins Nexsen Pruet from the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), following a 31-year tenure, serving as President since 2000.
Proprietary information can be your company's greatest asset. But when those assets are misappropriated by a current or former employee, the loss can be devastating to your business. Employment defense and trial lawyer Nikole Mergo discusses the legal protections afforded to proprietary information.
The USDA administers several programs designed to finance small businesses and community facilities in rural areas across the United States. The Nexsen Pruet team has a wealth of experience helping lenders navigate USDA regulations, assisting in the preparation of applications for loans, and preparing legal documentation for the process.
Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama, will soon decide if they want to remain union-free or to unionize. Employment attorney William Floyd discusses how the process raises questions and insights for other union-free employers and employees
Attorneys Chris Kouri and Yolanda Davis discuss strategic opportunities for growth, expansion and relocation.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and newly elected officials taking office, there are many uncertainties about what 2021 will bring to the construction industry. However, one certainty is that contractors will need to preserve their lien rights to ensure they are paid on construction projects if problems arise. Attorney Jeff Reichard discusses lien rights in North Carolina as they relate to subcontractors, specifically first-tier subcontractors.
E-Verify is an electronic employment verification program through which employers may confirm the work eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. Although E-Verify started as a voluntary program, except for federal contractors, it has become mandatory for many employers in several states. Immigration attorney David Garret discusses the expanding list of states requiring some or all employers to use the web-based system and adds to the ever-growing list of state mandates.
As many businesses are planning to come out of the pandemic and get back to business, those in the construction arena know one thing – construction never stopped and won’t stop. However, sometimes the business needs to stop, and reflect on best practices. Construction attorney Brett Becker discusses what suppliers need to do to ensure they are ready to secure payment even when the customer stops paying.
- 2021 Employment Law Certificate Series - New Year, New Administration, New Legal Changes for Employers
Recent elections will result in changes to employment laws and regulations. In this webinar, Nexsen Pruet attorneys discuss: Anticipated legislative and executive branch initiatives, probable changes to employment laws, regulations, and executive orders, and pro-union labor law plans.
Nexsen Pruet attorneys and GreerWalker CPAs discuss steps all business owners should take to increase the ROI on the sale of their business. The program focuses on ways to increase the purchase price for your businesses, as well as provides insights on lowering your costs (and shortening the time it takes to close the sale of your business), which can have a dramatic effect on your net return.
Eric Mills, Intellectual Property lawyer and practice group leader with Nexsen Pruet, introduces four new IP team members.
Out holiday message from Nexsen Pruet Chairman, Leighton Lord.
Now in its sixth year, Bringing Clarity to Workplace Complexity has become the go-to employment law certification series for professionals throughout the Carolinas interested in staying up-to-speed on the latest issues and trends influencing labor and employment law.
Mark Harmon, Nexsen Pruet Government Affairs Advisor, discusses upswings and downswings in the economy and how those downswings often result in the departure or closure of businesses, and subsequently, the abandonment of buildings that housed those business
75 Years of Nexsen Pruet.
David Ferrell, one of the leaders of the North Carolina Public Policy and Lobbying team at Nexsen Pruet, discusses the North Carolina elections results.
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights lawyer Susi Grigg discusses how COVID-19 has affected Creditors' Rights law across the southeast and the country.
- 2020 Employment Law Certificate Series - It’s that Time of Year: Workplace Campaigning and Benefits Open Enrollment.
This fall is filled with national and local election campaigning, which sometimes spills-over and disrupts the workplace. Also, what are some planning and implementation tips for employee benefits this season? During our virtual Quarterly Briefing, we discussed: Campaigning and the workplace, striving to maintain respectful, reasonable boundaries Employee benefits, planning and implementation tips and a 2021 open enrollment season, including DOL's new e-disclosure guidance.
Election Day is just under a month away. Will there be a “blue wave”? Will Republicans maintain control of the Presidency and the Senate? Who knows? But, at a high level, we can compare what tax policies may be implemented in 2021 (or shortly thereafter) based on the 2020 election.
There is a wealth of change in our world right now. Did you know that relatively new Federal regulations could have an impact on foreign investments into your company in the United States, or on the location of your company, if there is direct or indirect foreign control?
Flattening the COVID-19 Litigation Curve Webinar hosted by Nextra Solutions with Angela O'Neal, David Black, and Cheryl Shoun.
Bobby Robinson discusses FTC warnings and fines when promoting health-related products.
Business owners and nonprofit leaders are experiencing different effects of COVID-19 on their overall well-being and performance.
David Garrett, Immigration attorney with Nexsen Pruet discusses immigration compliance by employers in this Covid world and three basic ways to complete Form I-9s for new hires during the pandemic.
Tracking COVID-19 Litigation Webinar, hosted by Nextra Solutions with Angela O'Neal, David Black, and Cheryl Shoun.
Nikole Mergo discusses offering COVID-19 testing.
Bridget Blinn-Spears, Special Counsel with Nexsen Pruet’s Employment and Labor Team, discusses some recent shifts in EEOC’s enforcement efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
David Ferrell discusses the NC Legislature's return on September 2nd for brief session.
David Garrett, international and immigration lawyer at Nexsen Pruet talks about traveling internationally to the United States while there are travel restrictions.
William Floyd discusses ways to improve safety in the workplace during the pandemic including COVID-19 screening of employees and more.
Nexsen Pruet litigator David Black discusses nine steps you can take to mitigate litigation risks associated with COVID-19.
- VIDEO: Farm Credit Boards of Directors - Who They Are, How They Are Comprised, and What They Domore...
David Gossett, Nexsen Pruet attorney and Agribusiness Team Leader, talks about Farm Credit Boards of Directors, who they are, how they are comprised, and what their duties are.
Mark Bakker, employment attorney with Nexsen Pruet, discusses Farm Credit Associations and hiring best practices.
In this video, Sarah Batson, attorney with Nexsen Pruet, will discuss non-solicitations and protecting your customer base.
In this video, Lisa Sumner, creditors' rights attorney with Nexsen Pruet, talks about the impact of Chapter 12 bankruptcy on debts owed to farm lenders.
In this video, Sarah Batson, Nexsen Pruet attorney, discusses internal investigations for farm credit institutions.
In this video, Lisa Sumner, bankruptcy attorney with Nexsen Pruet, talks about when a lender should obtain a loan guaranty from a husband or wife.
In this video, Lisa Sumner, creditors' rights attorney with Nexsen Pruet, talks about how to respond when you receive a demand to pay back a preferential transfer in a bankruptcy case.
In this video, Lisa Sumner, creditors' rights attorney with Nexsen Pruet, talks about how Farm Credit Associations should handle patronage refunds when your borrower is in bankruptcy.
In this video, Lisa Sumner, creditors' rights attorney with Nexsen Pruet, talks about the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and its impact on the rights of secured lenders.
The number of COVID-19 related complaints filed with OSHA is on the rise. What are some things you need to know when facing an OSHA investigation?
Over the past several months, healthcare workers in the United States have provided care to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 patients. To protect themselves from becoming infected, healthcare personnel must have safe and effective personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as PPE.
As we continue to battle COVID-19, there are issues before state lawmakers and local elected officials that impact how our clients do business – and those issues seem to change on an almost daily basis.
- Keith Burns Discusses the Raleigh, NC Office and the Triangle's Vibrant Business and Thriving Market
The Triangle region of North Carolina is a vibrant business market. The businesses located here routinely expand with new investments and greater employment, and new businesses arrive with regularity. The Triangle’s business climate and quality of life routinely enjoy praise in the national press. But the accolades and success of the Triangle don’t make us immune to the impacts of COVID-19. We are well positioned not only to survive, but also to thrive. Survival will take cooperation and proactive communication.
Kelly Jones shares considerations regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As South Carolina’s state government response to COVID-19 continues to evolve, there are issues before state lawmakers that will be addressed this summer and fall.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, the construction industry in the Carolinas has been impacted less than many industries. Most construction projects have continued without significant interruption.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives and the work-from-home “new normal” presents future discovery challenges. Legal teams need to take into account the ways employees are communicating in work from home environments.
Tonya Powell shares her insight into handling a crisis in the commercial real estate industry with three tips you should institute now.
COVID-19 has impacted state and federal agencies – both from a financial perspective and how the agencies deploy personnel. If you are preparing to file a permit application, or in the midst of the review process, it’s important to modify how you proceed.
As we begin to come out of the pandemic and get back to business, business owners are considering what this means for the continuity and growth of their business. Before COVID-19, some business owners had hopes of selling their business this year, while others had plans to expand.
John Skvarla, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, discusses Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development Team and why businesses should relocate to the Carolinas.
Preparing for COVID 19 Litigation Webinar, hosted by Nextra Solutions with Angela O'Neal, David Black, and Cheryl Shoun.
Jim Warren discusses considerations for where real estate companies should focus their efforts following COVID-19.
1. What new capacities will your business need as the company emerges from this crisis?
2. What resources are available to identify transactional opportunities that might exist for your business?
How can companies begin preparing now to make the changes that are going to bring them success when life returns to normal? Here are two questions to consider:
- 11.08.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 120: Erin Ford, Executive Vice President and COO, SCBIO
SCBIO leader Erin Ford joins Heather and Darra to discuss life sciences in South Carolina as well as SCBIO’s recent programs and successes as an economic development association. Tune in to hear Erin discuss the impressive expansion of the life sciences industry in the state and its growing transformation on education, jobs, and economic growth!
- 10.31.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 119: Emily Suski, Clinic Director, Champs, and Kirby Mitchell, Founder, Medical Legal...
Joining Matthew and Tina this week is Emily Suski of USC School of Law’s CHAMPS, as well as Kirby Mitchell of Greenville’s Medical Legal Partnership, both organizations that directly assist people with legal health issues. Tune in to hear them describe the great needs of their clients and the collaboration between providers, non-profits, and social workers to help those in tough legal medical situations.
- 10.25.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 118: Matthew Roberts and Darra Coleman, Health Care Attorneys, Nexsen Pruet
Hosts Matthew Roberts, Darra Coleman, and Tina Emerson sit down together for a compelling conversation about health care hot topics currently impacting the industry. They discuss everything from behavioral health issues and pharmaceutical costs to access to care. Tune in now for their insights on the state of health care and life sciences in the Carolinas and beyond!
- 10.18.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 117: Chris Severn, Co-Founder & CEO, Turquoise Health
Chris Severn of Turquoise Health joins Matthew and Tina for the 2nd time on Taking the Pulse to give us an update on all things price transparency. Chris provides insight on the market’s reaction to the price transparency requirement of hospitals, how his software company helps clients navigate pricing, and much more!
- 10.11.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 116: Michael Carlin, Manager, Engage HCP by TrialCard
Matthew and Amanda chat with Michael Carlin of TrialCard, a life sciences company that provides digital solutions to pharmaceutical companies, connecting them to health care providers and patients while also simplifying access to prescription medications. Tune in to hear Michael share how TrialCard uniquely solves challenges and serves as a resource to clients as well as his work in the company's Health Care Provider (HCP) Engagement and Education efforts.
- 10.04.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 115: Dr. Michael Havig, CEO, HealthMe
Matthew and Amanda welcome Dr. Michael Havig, HealthMe founder and CEO, to episode 115. Michael is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who created HealthMe to help patients find the best health care and save money while also helping providers grow revenues and simplify pricing. Tune in to hear Dr. Havig discuss how his engagement platform is a leader in the price transparency trend and his insights on the No Surprises Act!
- 09.27.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 114: Joe Dickinson, Cybersecurity Attorney Nexsen Pruet
Hosts Matthew Roberts and Amanda Loveday welcome their colleague Joe Dickinson, a Nexsen Pruet cybersecurity attorney, for episode 114. Joe discusses how matters of data governance, privacy, and cybersecurity are increasing concerns in the health care and life sciences sectors. They dive into what health care leaders should do to protect their business, meet regulations, and more.
- 09.20.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care & Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 113: with Ryan Loehr, Managing Director, AMB Wealth
On episode 113, Amanda Loveday and Darra James Colman sit down with the Managing Director of AMB Wealth, Ryan Loehr. They discuss his experience advising private equity firms and public companies across the health care and life sciences industries, the investment banking opportunities for health care and life sciences businesses, and much more. Tune in now!
- 09.15.2022 | The Buzz: A SC Economic Development Podcast | Episode 88: James Chavez, President & CEO of SC Power Team
This episode, we are joined by President & CEO of the SC Power Team, James Chavez. With a 20-year track record of success in serving suburban, second-tier and rural communities Chavez leads a team that supports South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives, powering more than 1.6 million South Carolinians.
- 09.07.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care and Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 112: Logan Plaster, Chief Content Officer, StartUp Health
StartUp Health is uniting entrepreneurs and investing in transformative innovation in the health care sector. On this episode, we're joined by their Chief Content Officer, Logan Plaster, who tells us about his work, StartUp Health's unique practices, and how the health care industry is evolving. Tune in!
- 08.23.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care and Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 111: Will Britt, Chief Counsel for Public Health, SC DHEC
On this episode we're joined by Will Britt, Chief Counsel for Public Health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. He offers up his perspective on how people's perception of public health has changed in the wake of a pandemic, what exactly his role is at the agency, and more.
- 08.18.2022 | Taking the Pulse: A Health Care and Life Sciences Podcast - Episode 110: Meg Kinnard and Vickie Eslinger
On this episode we're joined by Meg Kinnard, a journalist with the Associated Press, and Vickie Eslinger, Nexsen Pruet attorney, to discuss their health care experiences.
- 08.09.2022 | Episode 109: Kelly Calabria, President and CEO, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation
On this episode we're joined by Kelly Calabria, President and CEO of Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation based in Cary, NC. Kelly dives into her work at FHLI and how the organization's innovative, community-driven partnerships aim to build a healthier North Carolina.
Cosmetic procedures are on the rise across the nation, and there are a number of factors that could be contributing to that. We're joined by Dr. Donen Davis, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon based in Columbia, SC...
We're joined by Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Murrell Smith. Speaker Smith breaks down some of the latest legislative hot topics in health care and beyond and talks to us a bit about his new leadership role.
- 07.20.2022 | Episode 87: Henrietta Baskins
This week, we are joined by Henri Baskins, Executive Vice President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Henri leads the Minority Business Accelerator program in Columbia.
- 07.13.2022 | Episode 106: Dr. James McElligott, Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth at MUSC & Dr. Shawn...
we're joined by two doctors who, at first glance, may seem to be at cross-purposes. In reality, Dr. James McElligott, Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth at MUSC and Dr. Shawn Stinson, Senior VP of Healthcare Innovation and Improvement at BlueCross BlueShield of SC are actually both working to expand access to health care while serving as stewards of health care resources.
- 07.06.2022 | Episode 105: Sara Goldsby, Director, DAODAS
We welcome Sara Goldsby, Director of DAODAS. She answers questions about how the pandemic has impacted substance abuse disorders and their treatment and offers insight into some of the troubling trends experts are seeing in the illicit drugs that are coming into our country.
- 07.06.2022 | Episode 86: Tom Komaromi
This week Kara and Tushar, sit down with General Counsel of Samsung Electronics Home Appliances America, Thomas Komaromi to discuss the five-year anniversary of the Newberry, South Carolina plant.
We're joined by Dr. Nicholas Vafai, Founder and President of Viro Research. Dr. Vafai tells us about the innovative work he and his father, Dr. Abbas Vafai, are doing at their company, along with some of the unique challenges that come with the complex FDA approval process.
Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs, are different from your typical healthcare facility in many ways. Joining us to talk about these differences is Pam Davis, CEO of Little River Medical Center— an FQHC based in Horry County, South Carolina.
We're joined by President and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare, Dr. Matt Logan. He breaks down what it's like to run a hospital as we emerge from a pandemic, and touches on everything from initiatives to boost staff morale to the lessons they learned during that difficult time.
- 06.15.2022 | Episode 85: Michelle Fowler
This week Kara and Tushar, co-host of The Buzz, discuss workforce development in the low-country with Michelle Fowler, Chief Administrative Officer at W International in Goose Creek, SC.
- 06.08.2022 | Episode 84: Tony Toups and Darian Harris
This week Kara and Burnie, co-host of The Buzz, discuss investing in rural areas with Tony Toups, principal and member of senior management at Advantage Capital and Darian Harris, an associate on Advantage Capital’s national expansion team.
- 06.07.2022 | Episode 101 - Lara Hewitt, VP of Workforce and Member Engagement at the SCHA, & Russell...
We're joined by Lara Hewitt, Vice President of Workforce and Member Engagement at the South Carolina Hospital Association, and Russell Baxley, President, and CEO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
For this very special 100th episode of Taking the Pulse, we're joined by Nexsen Pruet attorney Marguerite Willis. Marguerite is a highly experienced litigator, and was featured on the cover of the latest Super Lawyers Magazine.
- 05.25.2022 | Episode 83: Duane Parrish
This week Kara and Tushar, co-host of The Buzz, discuss tourism after the height of the pandemic with the Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Duane Parrish.
We are joined for episode 99 by David Stefanich, Co-founder and CEO of Rymedi, a healthcare technology company based in Greenville, SC.
- 05.18.2022 | Episode 82: Burnie and Kara
This week Kara and Burnie, co-host of The Buzz, discuss South Carolina’ Economic Development and Tax Rankings. Burnie brings years of research and expertise to the episode as the former Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue and a Nexsen Pruet attorney.
- 05.10.2022 | Episode 98: Jennifer Hollingsworth and Ralph Barbier, Nexsen Pruet Attorneys join us for this episode
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Ralph Barbier and Jennifer Hollingsworth dive in to the history and the tentative future of Certificate of Need programs across the nation and in South Carolina.
Ashley Shaw, Executive Clinical Director of 3C Wellness, tells us about her work making mental health care more accessible and approachable for her clients.
We are joined by Dr. Les Hall, Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine who talks with us about his role and weighs in on health care and life sciences topics.
Kara and Tushar are joined by Jeff Ruble, Director of Richland County Economic Development. Jeff has a seasoned history working on some of the largest economic development projects to approach South Carolina in his 30 years experience.
- 04.12.2022 | Episode 95: Edward Bender, General Counsel and Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for the SC Hospital Association
Host Matthew Roberts and Heather Matthews are joined by Edward Bender, General Counsel and Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for the South Carolina Hospital Association.
- 04.11.2022 | Episode 78: Harry Lightsey, Secretary of Commerce
Secretary Harry M. Lightsey III was appointed by Governor McMaster to serve as Secretary of Commerce in June of 2021. A fixture in South Carolina’s business community for decades, Lightsey is bringing his expertise and knowledge to the Department of Commerce.
- 04.11.2022 | Episode 79: Amy Tinsley, SC Automotive Council
Amy Tinsley, Executive Director of the South Carolina Automotive Council, sits down with Kara and Burnie to discuss workforce development and the blossoming automotive industry in South Carolina.
Kara and Burnie are joined by Dan Ellzey, Executive Director of South Carolina’s Department Employment and Workforce. They tackle job rates, insurance tax rates, and new opportunities that are arising in workforce development in South Carolina.
Tina is joined by Nexsen Pruet Health Care attorneys Alice Harris and Matthew Roberts. Alice and Matthew talk about Nexsen Pruet's reimbursement practice and audit predictions and trends for 2022. Tune in!
- 03.22.2022 | EPISODE 93: Dr. Melodie Hunnicutt, Executive Director, James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation
ina and Matthew are joined by Dr. Melodie Hunnicutt, Executive Director of the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Hunnicutt explains the work of the Foundation in education and treatment, and the prevalence of Sickle Cell Disease in South Carolina. Tune in!
- 03.15.2022 | EPISODE 92: Joel Lourie, CEO, Lourie Life and Health
Tina and Mathew are joined by Joel Lourie, former South Carolina State Senator and current CEO of Lourie Life and Health. He shares his expert insight on the health insurance marketplace, Medicare, and the challenges consumers face when navigating the options available to them. Tune in!
Brantley Strickland, Senior Project Manager at SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, is one of only 60 people in South Carolina to earn advanced accreditation as a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer. Brantley, Kara + Burnie discuss workforce development, broadband, and golf!
- 03.08.2022 | EPISODE 91: Matt Walsh, CFO, Blue Sky Pharmacy
Tina and Mathew are joined by Matt Walsh, CFO of Blue Sky Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We dive deep into how Blue Sky Pharmacy dares to be different by transforming the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, the growth they have seen as a company, and patient experience with prescription drugs. Tune in!
For 20 years, Future Scholar has helped South Carolina families reach their financial educational goals for their children. Curtis Loftis, State Treasurer, joins Kara + Burnie to talk about this amazing program and Mr. Loftis's other duties as State Treasurer.
- 03.01.2022 | EPISODE 90: Laura Gunter, President, NCBio
Tina and Matthew are joined by Laura Gunter, President of North Carolina BioSciences Organization (NCBio), a state trade association with members across the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, clinical research and agricultural biotechnology sectors. We dive deep into how NCBio bridges the gap between policy and science, their progressive business model, and the importance of intellectual property in the life sciences industry. Tune in!
This week, Tina and Matthew welcome Shawn Regan, CEO and co-founder of Rhythmlink International, an organization that champions innovative engineering solutions to improve patient care. Shawn shares his insight on how his company reduces medical costs, the type of products they manufacture, and how Rhythmlink has pivoted amid the ongoing pandemic. Listen now!
Swati Patel, Executive Vice President of public policy and counsel for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, chat with Kara and Burnie about the Chamber’s annual competitiveness agenda. Workforce development is all the buzz in this episode.
Tina and Darra chat with Dr. Emily Touloukian this week, President of Coastal Cancer Center and a leader in cancer care. They discuss how Coastal Cancer Center alleviates the stress that a cancer diagnosis brings on, how telehealth has enhanced the quality of cancer care, and the future of oncology services in South Carolina. Listen now!
This week, Heather and Matthew are joined by Amy Splittgerber, the Executive Director of Healthy Learners, an organization that Matthew has championed as a multi-term board member and Chair. They discuss how Healthy Learners connects school-aged children to health care providers to help remove barriers to school success, how health access affects education performance, and how the organization successfully serves 148 schools in South Carolina. Listen now!
Heather and Matthew are joined by Chris Severn, an advocate for price transparency in health care and Co-Founder and CEO of Turquoise Health, a software solution where patients can compare prices and physicians as well as a tool for providers. We dive deep into how the No Surprises Act is transforming health care, including provider compliance, consumerism, and Turquoise Health’s products and business model. Tune in now!
Landscapes are changing all around from the success in the Upstate but especially in Cherokee County. Jim Cook, the Executive Director for the Cherokee County Development Board, joins Kara + Burnie to discuss expansion and growth in the county and the diverse industries it hosts.
For episode 84, Heather and Matthew welcome family medicine specialist Dr. Saria Saccocio, who has more than 15 years of experience as a primary care physician and health care executive in South Carolina. Dr. Saccocio shares her insight on the role of physicians in health care reform, public health, concierge medicine, and more. Tune in now to hear Dr. Saccocio share her unique knowledge gained from her impressive career!
This week, Heather sits down with co-hosts and attorneys Matthew and Darra for a deep dive into 2022 trends impacting the health care industry in the Carolinas and beyond. They share their insights on important topics like the No Surprises Act, provider consolidation, CON, vaccine policies, and much more. Tune in now for their forecast of the health care landscape for the coming year!
- 01.04.2022 | Episode 82: James Chappell, SCBIO, President & CEO
Heather and Mathew are joined by special co-host Nexsen Pruet attorney Tushar Chikhliker for a crossover episode with The Buzz to introduce SCBIO’s new leader, James Chappell. After a nationwide search, James has been named as SCBIO’s new President & CEO to lead the organization’s great work in directing the flourishing life sciences industry in South Carolina. Tune in for this special episode to learn about James Chappell, the future of life sciences in the state and SCBIO’s development efforts at www.thepulsehealthcast.com or www.buzzpodcast.com.
Tushar is joined by special co-hosts Matthew Roberts and Heather Mathews for a crossover episode with The Pulse – A Health Care and Life Sciences Podcast - to introduce SCBIO’s new leader, James Chappell. After a nationwide search, James has been named as SCBIO’s new President & CEO to lead the organization’s great work in directing the flourishing life sciences industry in South Carolina. Tune in for this special episode to learn about James Chappell, the future of life sciences in the state and SCBIO’s development efforts at www.thepulsehealthcast.com or www.buzzpodcast.com.
- 12.15.2021 | Episode 71: Micah Mallace, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, South Carolina Ports Authority
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, South Carolina Ports Authority plays a crucial role in helping Santa deliver the goods. In this episode of The Buzz, Kara and Tushar talk with Micah Mallace, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales for the South Carolina Ports Authority, about the impact the pandemic has had on the global supply chain - and how years of planning have helped SC Ports productivity shine during these turbulent times.
Dr. Elizabeth Mack, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at MUSC, joins Heather and Matthew to share her experience treating COVID-19 in children over the last 20 months and discusses the long-term impacts of COVID in children as well as vaccinations. Tune in now for Dr. Mack’s expert insight and to learn about her impressive career!
On episode 80, Darra and Heather welcome back South Carolina epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss the status of the pandemic. They dive into the omicron variant, vaccination rates in children, and the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and increased overdoses. Tune in now for her expert insight!
In the last decade, York County has seen a 24% growth. Hannah Horne is the Executive Officer of Gravity Center, the hub for entrepreneurialism in York County. Hannah joins Kara + Burnie to talk about all things economic development in York County.
- 12.06.2021 | Episode 79: Brian Argo, CFO and President of Provider Network Services, Conway Medical Center
Matthew and Heather welcome Brian Argo of Conway Medical Center, a non-profit, full-service hospital serving the needs of Horry County, South Carolina, and the surrounding communities. We discuss how he has helped lead the medical center through the pandemic, the challenges and opportunities around the growth of the Grand Strand area, and hot health care topics. Tune in now!
- 11.30.2021 | Episode 78: Bart Strickland and Shannon Hudson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
On episode 78, Bart Strickland, VP of Provider Services and Health Systems, and Shannon Hudson, Director of Health Care Regulation, join Matthew and Heather for a deep dive into the No Surprises Act. We cover implementation, what plans are included and excluded, the details on covered services, and much more. Tune in now for everything you need to about the No Surprises Act!
- 11.30.2021 | Episode 69: Nelson Lindsay
Nelson Lindsay, a seasoned and state-certified economic developer with more than two decades of experience, joins Kara Gormley Meador + Tushar Chikhliker to talk about his new role as CEO + President of Central SC Alliance. Nelson and Tushar discuss all things workforce development on episode 69 of The Buzz.
With more than 55,000 residents, York County has become one of the fastest-growing counties. York County Economic Development CEO & President David Swenson joins Kara & Burnie to talk about the Carolina Panthers' commitment and relocation of their headquarters and practice facilities to Rock Hill, SC.
Joining us again is Representative Murrell Smith, an attorney and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for an update on COVID-19’s continued impact on the Statehouse. We discuss the State’s 2022 legislative outlook, including the DHEC restructuring bill, the Affordable Care Act, and hospital consolidation. Tune in now for Murrell’s insights on health care law in South Carolina!
- 11.09.2021 | Episode 76: Nikole Mergo and Jennie Cluverius, Employment and Health Care attorneys, Nexsen Pruet
Nexsen Pruet employment and health care lawyers Nikole Mergo and Jennie Cluverius join Matthew and Heather to navigate the whirlwind of new issues and changes in State and Federal laws affecting employers since the pandemic began. We dive into managing risk, requiring tests, the vaccinate mandate, and exemptions. Listen now for their insights for employers on all things vaccines and more.
*This episode was recorded on 11/5/21 and some information may have changed as the laws continue to shift. If you would like recent updates regarding these topics, visit www.nexsenpruet.com.*
- 11.02.2021 | Episode 75: Rozalynn Goodwin, Vice President of Engagement, South Carolina Hospital Association
On episode 75, Heather and Matthew are joined by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Vice President of Engagement, Rozalynn Goodwin. Rozalynn has been a force in the community advocating for quality and accessible health care with SCHA for years, and shares her insights on the Affordable Care Act and rural health care and as well as her personal story of loss with COVID-19. Tune in to hear from a South Carolina health care leader now!
- 10.27.2021 | Episode 67: Laura Jordan, Assistant Director of Agribusiness Development, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture likes to say that agribusiness is the state's "largest single industry sector," and it is making significant impacts on the S.C. economy and creating new jobs every quarter. Yet there are many tax credits that are going unclaimed by agribusiness owners in the state. Do you own a medium or small agribusiness, but confused about which tax credits your company qualifies for or don't know how to apply? The SCDA's Assistant Director of Agribusiness Development, Laura Jordan joins Kara & Burnie to talk about new tax incentives for business and manufactures involved in S.C. agriculture. Burnie is a bit of a pro on this one... he helped write one of the discussed tax incentives with the SCDA's Assistant Commissioner, Clint Leach!
- 10.26.2021 | Episode 74: Dr. Kashyap Patel and Dr. Sashi Naidu, Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates
This week, Heather and Matthew speak with Dr. Patel and Dr. Naidu, practitioners and leaders of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates, a medical practice that promotes both physical and emotional wellbeing for patients diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Kashyap and Dr. Naidu share their deep knowledge of cancer care, explain their holistic approach, and discuss their dedication to positioning patients at the forefront of their battle against cancer. Tune in to learn about Carolina Blood and Cancer Care’s unique practice now!
For episode 73, our hosts chat with Dr. Sarah Allen, the founder, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of The Skin Clique, a growing company comprised of physicians and nurse practitioners who see patients from the comfort of their own home. Dr. Allen describes her innovative medical group and how they help patients look and feel their best, their effective business model, trends in aesthetic medicine, and more! Tune in now.
Site selection in the economic development world can be a daunting process - thankfully, Didi Caldwell, Founding Principal at Global Location Strategies, joins Burnie & Kara on episode 66 to give us her insider tips and tricks. As a site selection incentive negotiation firm, Global Strategies matches companies with communities for mutual, sustainable prosperity. Tune in now to hear how Didi creates prosperity in South Carolina and beyond!
- 10.12.2021 | Episode 72: Josh Arant, COO, Mako Medical
Joining us again is Mako Medical COO Josh Arant, who first sat down on Taking the Pulse at the beginning of the pandemic. Josh and our hosts discuss how the diagnostic lab has continued to rapidly expand and innovate to meet the demands of COVID-19 testing, what the Mako team has accomplished over the past 1.5 years, and what they will continue to do to help serve countless communities and schools. Tune in to episode 72 now!
Effective community + economic development often has its challenges across all levels - locally, affordable housing has been a particular point of stress in South Carolina. Greenville Housing Fund President + CEO Bryan Brown joins Burnie and Kara on this episode to discuss exactly what affordable housing is, how it can be achieved (and maintained), and what the GHF is doing to make it a reality in the Upstate. Join us for a deep-dive on the subject!
- 09.28.2021 | Episode 70: Foster Jordan, Corporate Senior Vice President of Microbial Solutions, Charles River
On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Foster Jordan of Charles River Laboratories, which provides products and services to help expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of novel drugs and therapeutics. We have a lively conversation about health care and patient safety – including how horseshoe crabs right here in South Carolina contribute to keeping injectable pharmaceuticals and medical implants safe. Tune in now!
What does a medical practice that operates without the constraints of insurance look like? Dr. Cory Annis, the founder of Unorthodoc, sits down with Heather and Matthew to discuss how her practice provides patients with affordable, relationship-driven health care through the Direct Primary Care model. Dr. Annis explains her improved physician-patient relationships, monthly membership fees, and the future of the DPC model. Tune in now to learn more about this game-changing health care trend!
Bon Secours St. Francis President Matt Caldwell joins Heather and Matthew for episode 68 to discuss how the Upstate of South Carolina is battling the Delta Variant, a low vaccine rate, and burnout in medical professionals. A veteran of hospital leadership, Matt also dives into trending health care issues such as Certificate of Need, value-based care, and hospital provider consolidations. Tune in now!
- 09.08.2021 | Episode 64: Dr. Robert Carey, Director, Clemson University Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory
Who doesn't love good ol' economics? In this episode, we've got two guys who definitely do (and one female co-host slowly being converted). Burnie + Kara sat down with Clemson University Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (CU-REAL) Director Dr. Robert Carey to explore exactly what (and who) CU-REAL is, and deep dive into a couple of recent economic impact studies. If you don't know, CU-REAL performs public policy, economic and fiscal analysis for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients - around the Palmetto State, they're kind of a big deal. Tune in and learn something with us!
On episode 67, Heather and Darra are joined by Stuart Barber, the Director of Senior Living at Charleston based architecture firm McMillan Pazdan Smith. Stuart focuses his work on environments for seniors and discusses the relationship between design and the quality of life for adults residing in senior living facilities. We also dive into how COVID has affected senior care, the future of design for senior facilities, and more. Tune in now!
Inspire. Innovate. Scribble. Generate. However you create ideas, we're here for it - and South Carolina's Office of Innovation is, too. This week, Burnie and Kara sat down with S.C. Office of Innovation and Scribble SC Managing Director Laura McIntosh, and we got the scoop on tech fellowships, how the office nurtures South Carolina's innovation and knowledge economy, and MUCH more. Laura gave us a peek into her background and how she's risen to her current role, plus a peek into what's to come. Don't miss this interview! Listen now.
- 08.31.2021 | Episode 66: Debbie Barbier, Attorney
South Carolina criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Debbie Barbier joins Heather and Matthew to discuss her 25 years of experience in both state and federal courtrooms. She shares her thoughts on cases and legislation impacting the health care industry including COVID relief fraud, her methods when working on health care related cases, and much more. Tune in to episode 66 now!
Joining Heather and Darra from Prisma Health, Dr. Kevin Walker, a pain medicine specialist and anesthesiologist, and Doug Furmanek, Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services, dive deep in to the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. They share first-hand accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the incidence of opioid misuses in South Carolina, ways the medical community can reduce opioid reliance, and much more. Tune in to epsiode 65 now!
On episode 64, Heather and Nexsen Pruet health care attorneys Matthew Roberts and Nikole Mergo sit down with Tod Augsburger, the President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, a 557 bed nonprofit hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. As the delta variant surges throughout the nation, Tod shares his insights on how Lexington Medical Center and the Lexington community has battled COVID since 2020, as well as health care trends like consolidation, pricing, and certificate of need. Tune in now for Tod’s first-hand account of leading a health care system during a global pandemic.
Matthew and Heather welcome back Sam Konduros to discuss his new role as President and CEO of KOR Medical. KOR Medical is a recently launched health innovation company that plans to set the standard in the arena of personalized, clinical cannabis to benefit patients suffering from diseases like epilepsy and cancer and to help alleviate the nationwide opioid crisis. Tune in now and learn more about this exciting South Carolina based company!
The Buzz alum Jim Stritzinger is BACK to discuss rural broadband connectivity in South Carolina! You may remember him from an early Buzz episode (from July 2020), discussing his career in broadband mapping and outlining the finer points of South Carolina's 'digital divide,' along with what it would take to close that gap. Today, Jim is back in his new role as Director of the NEW South Carolina Broadband Office to discuss next steps - how is the state tackling broadband accessibility challenges? What infrastructure is in place, and what is being built to connect South Carolinians? What kind of money does that even take? Kara and guest host Tushar Chikhliker dive into all of that and MORE with Jim. Tune in!
Dr. Ada Stewart, a physician at Eua Claire Cooperative Health Center, returns a year after first joining Heather and Darra on the podcast to give us an update on how the pandemic has impacted her work and patients. Dr. Stewart shares the details of her experience as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians during a tumultuous time, her service to underserved communities in South Carolina, and the rise of the Delta variant. Tune in now!
DYK that some of the U.S. Navy's latest technology is being developed and implemented right here in South Carolina? The Palmetto Tech Bridge is linking innovative tech developers directly to our Lowcountry military operations. PTB Regional Director Michael Merriken explains more about the program, part of the South Carolina Research Authority umbrella. Find out more about that technology incubator-style operation - who they are, what they do, and how they're poised to change the future of military operations, right here in the Palmetto State! Tune in!
South Carolina Representative Kambrell Garvin of District 77 joins Heather and Darra to discuss Legislative initiatives helping the Palmetto State recover and thrive post-pandemic. Representative Garvin also provides insights on the health care issues impacting his District, challenges in the education system, and vaccinations in SC. Tune in to epsiode 61 now!
Workforce development is always a *hot* economic development topic - join us to learn more about what one technical college program is doing to fill that pipeline! Midlands Technical College Business Solutions Director Jeremy Catoe sat down with Kara and surprise guest host Tushar Chikhliker. We explore internships vs apprenticeships, the benefits of apprenticeships, and how MTC's program is working with students as early as their high school careers. Interested in hosting an apprenticeship, or know someone who may want to participate? Tune in and learn the ins and outs!
For our 60th episode, political journalist Meg Kinnard of the Associated Press joins us to share her fierce and focused fight against stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. Meg discusses the personal details of her journey, including what she has learned about the health care system, how she continues to work, stay active, and spend time with her family, as well as her important story of detection. Tune in now for this informative conversation about self-examination, self-advocacy, and more.
Dr. Joseph Von Nessen is one of South Carolina's leading researching economists and, as he explains it, a specialist in "So What? Economics." As in, those numbers and data look great, but - so, what? Dr. JVN gets into the details of a recently published report on South Carolina's manufacturing sector, and why we (and all of us) should care. The report, published by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance and SC Future Makers, provides a big-picture look at the $206 billion industry - and what the future of manufacturing in South Carolina may look like. Tune in to get the manufacturing scoop, and click here to find out more about the report.
Just before the 4th of July weekend, we sat down with Karen Riordan (MBACC President & CEO) to discuss the rebound in Myrtle Beach-area tourism and hospitality. DYK, Myrtle Beach was recently named a top U.S. travel destination? Plus, we got to discuss some emerging trends, like e-sports and gaming - bet you didn't expect us to go there! Tune in today.
This week, Kara & Burnie sat down with Mark Williams, an economic developer, site selection consultant, founder & president of Strategic Development Group, and now, an author! Mark gives his perspective on South Carolina's current econ dev landscape - from challenges to advantages, COVID recovery, and what sets S.C. apart from other states (+ more!). Listen in for some great insight from a site selector!
Our guest this week, Dr. Caughman Taylor, has spent nearly 4 decades dedicated to improving the lives of children in South Carolina. As the senior medical director at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Taylor shares his insights with Tina and Matthew on the benefits of a freestanding Children’s hospital and what sets Prisma Children’s hospital apart. Tune in now!
On episode 58, Allendale County Hospital CEO Lari Gooding joins Tina and Matthew to discuss the county-owned, non-profit hospital that has been serving Allendale and Hampton counties for nearly 70 years. We dive into the difficulties of rural health care, strategic partnerships and that help provide and expand health care services, and vaccinations in rural communities. Listen now!
Our cup runneth over with excitement for this episode! We spoke with Chester County Economic Development Director Robert Long, CEcD, to get the scoop on the recent (6/15/21) E. & J. Gallo Wines location announcement! The $423 million investment will create nearly 500 jobs over the next eight years, a 'mega project,' indeed! We spoke to Robert about the recruitment and site selection process (and the SERIOUS teamwork involved), and much more. Tune in!
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This week, Tina and Darra welcome Dr. Graham Adams, CEO of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, a statewide non-profit dedicated to improving health care in rural and under-served communities. They chat about the challenge of health care providers remaining viable while serving rural communities, how the SCORH addressed the pandemic, and the future of rural hospitals. Tune in now!
- 06.08.2021 | Episode 56: Randy Covington, Director of Special Projects and Newsplex, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Randy Covington, award winning television news journalist and Director of Special Projects and Newsplex at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, joins Heather and Matthew for episode 56 of Taking the Pulse. As a television veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, Randy shares his thoughts on the unparalleled media coverage during the pandemic and the dramatic changes taking place in the industry. Tune in now!
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and women in the United States? To get some insight into colon cancer’s widespread impact on Americans and other digestive issues, Heather and Darra welcome renowned Gastroenterologist Dr. March Seabrook. He shares important information about colon cancer, including brand new screening recommendations, as well as discusses reflux, indigestion and heartburn and what lifestyle and genetic factors can impact these conditions. Tune in now!
Newberry County has been on the up-and-up of economic activity over the past several years. We were lucky to catch up with Rick Farmer (Newbery County Economic Development Director) and chat more about local development tactics and news - setting up your county for success; nurturing existing industries and recruiting new ones; addressing community needs (like food deserts); and advice to another developer.
For epsiode 54, Heather and Darra chat with Hope Barber, the owner of one of South Carolina’s favorite restaurants, Bowens Island. They dive into how COVID has drastically changed the restaurant industry, including shut downs, staffing shortages, masking, vaccinations, and much more! Tune in now to hear from this long running, family-owned restaurant.
Current trends in the health care industry could soon create dramatic changes in how health care is provided and delivered. Matthew and Heather welcome this week’s guest, PYA Principal Orlando Alvarez, to get his insight on pressing issues like consolidation, value-based care, downside risk, consumerism, tech use with rural providers, and much more. Listen now!
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is tackling a lot of major issues and trends in economic development, like onshoring/reshoring, electric vehicles and life sciences (to name a few). Burnie & Kara spoke with Mike Graney, CRDA's VP of Global Business Development, and Tushar Chikhliker, CRDA Board Member and head of Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development group, about this and more - including sustainable growth and workforce availability in the Lowcountry. Tune in!
For international nurse’s week, Heather and Darra sat down with two health care heroes who have been serving on the frontlines of the pandemic in rural South Carolina at McLeod-Loris Hospital. Layla Soles and Kaila Bonnett share their challenges, successes, and overall experience of caring for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. Tune in now for their first-hand accounts.
The rapid changes and complexities of the healthcare industry can be difficult to follow. This week’s guest, Kevin Locke, leads a national health care consulting practice with decades of experience advising his clients on evolving trends in the industry. Tune in to hear Kevin, Matthew, and Heather take a deep dive into the most important trends impacting healthcare such as provider consolidation, the shift from volume based care to value based care, and much more. Listen now!
- 04.28.2021 | Episode 53: SCRA & New Forge Technologies
The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) is helping recruit and launch some of South Carolina's leading tech start-ups around the state. We spoke with SCRA Industry Manager Catherine Hayes and New Forge Technologies Co-Founder Javier Ortiz to learn more about SCRA's many programs - what they are, how they're mutually beneficial to existing industries and start-ups alike, and how innovations - like New Forge's augmented reality tech is changing the game for manufacturers. Tune in!
For our 50th episode, Heather and Darra sat down with Reverend Stacy Lawton, an unsung COVID hero who serves as a Clinical Staff Chaplain at MUSC. Reverend Lawton shares the details of how COVID has drastically changed her job, the challenges of administering support to patients under COVID protocols, and how hospital chaplains are maintaining their own energy and mental health. Tune in now!
The Buzz is On The Road Again and Truckin' right along with another episode, where we sat down with South Carolina Trucking Association President & CEO Rick Todd. Logistics and supply chain movement remain critical to econ dev activity around South Carolina, especially with COVID-19 straining logistics capabilities. We discuss that, plus the state of S.C. roads (thank you, DOT!), plus training the next generation of trucking pros. And more! Check it out.
This week, Heather and Matthew chat with Dr. Steve Skinner of the Greenwood Genetic Center, a nonprofit that provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic lab testing, and much more. We dive into how the center has evolved over the past four decades, the unique services they provide, and the future of genetic testing and research. Tune in to epsiode 49 now!
Burnie + Kara recently sat down with David Lockwood (Colliers International South Carolina) to discuss the status of commercial real estate in South Carolina. What are the major sector trends David is seeing? What has COVID recovery looked like? How was his latest run? (looking at you, F3ers!) We had fun with this interview, and know you'll enjoy it, so tune in!
- 04.13.2021 | Episode 48: Dr. Brent McLaurin, M.D. Anderson Heart
With heart disease causing nearly 655,000 deaths in the United States each year, cardiovascular health has never been more important. Dr. Brent McLaurin, a skilled cardiologist and Medical Director of an internationally acclaimed research program, joins Heather and Darra to talk all things heart health. Tune in to episode 48 to learn about Anderson Heart, cardiac trends, and how COVID-19 infections may impact a patient’s cardiac health in the long term.
- 04.07.2021 | Episode 50: Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Julie Medich (CHS) and John Skvarla (RAL) on Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Food and beverage manufacturing is an economic development sub-sector that's taking off across the Carolinas, so Nexsen Pruet is diving deeper into the subject. Why is this taking off here, and why now? Attorneys John Skvarla (Raleigh) and Julie Medich (Charleston) join The Buzz to discuss trends they are seeing, as well as to highlight NP's upcoming Food & Beverage Friday Webinars. Both sessions are *free* and *virtual,* so anyone can join from anywhere (need we say more?).
- 04.06.2021 | Episode 47: Carl Humphries, CEO, and Dr. Heather Leisy, Director of Preventative Medicine, HopeHealth
For this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew chat with Carl Humphries and Dr. Heather Leisy from HopeHealth, a Federally-Qualified Health Center providing care to patients across multiple South Carolina counties. We discuss HopeHealth’s unique structure, the range of services they provide to more than 50,000 patients, and the future of community health centers post-COVID. Listen now!
Shennice Cleckley is a small-business owner, SHE-EO, and mom, among MANY things. Recently, she spoke with Burnie and Kara about her role as a Google Digital Coach. In this position, she helps educate and equip South Carolina small business owners - especially minority business owners - with the *FREE* tools they can use to promote, grow and sustain their business. Looking for new customers? Don't know who your target customers are or should be? Shennice can help with that, and MUCH more. Listen to hear more, or visit Shennice online to register for a class.
On episode 46, Heather and Matthew welcome back South Carolina’s epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss the vaccine rollout in South Carolina. They dive into vaccine phases, efficacy, safety, strains and much more. Tune in now to hear from an expert in all things regarding the pandemic!
- 03.24.2021 | Episode 48: Ethel Bunch, President & CEO, Sustain SC
In South Carolina, among many things, we love seeing our businesses thrive, and we love our beautiful outdoors. Ethel Bunch explains how Sustain South Carolina is the organization at the intersection of industry and conservation, bringing together Palmetto State business leaders to discuss, set, and achieve their sustainability goals.
This week, Heather is joined by co-hosts and attorneys Matthew and Darra for a deep dive into the most important topics impacting the health care industry in the Carolinas and beyond. Listen now for their insights on pressing issues that providers and health care professionals need to know, from shifts to value-based care and price transparency to the continued growth of telehealth.
Business seems to have been BOOMING in Lancaster County as of late. So, what's the secret? We may not have gotten a magical recipe, but we did have a *golden* conversation with Jamie Gilbert. To what does the county attribute its success? How are they battling some of the emerging industry challenges? Listen in - it's always fun to catch up with Jamie.
On our latest episode, Heather and Darra welcome Dr. Hugh Durrence, a physician who has been working non-stop to help his community fight COVID-19. We dive into his greatest challenges over the past year, how Liberty is providing the vaccine as a family practice, and his designation by the Board of Medical Examiners to help develop the Protocol for Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists. Tune in now for Dr. Durrence’s insightful perspective!
This week, we're bringing the TAX FACTS. Specifically, property taxes. We spoke with Dr. Daphne Kenyon to get the details on the Lincoln Institute's recent report on the state of South Carolina. With a foreboding title ("A Deep Dive on South Carolina's Property Tax System: Complex, Inequitable and Uncompetitive"), Dr. Kenyon explains the key findings and what it really means. Commissioned by the South Carolina Chamber Foundation and South Carolina Realtors to better understand how the South Carolina property tax system could be improved. Buckle up, and tune in!
On episode 43, Heather and Matthew welcome AnnMargaret McCraw to the studio, a health care reform advocate and CEO of Midlands Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. AnnMargaret shares her passion for creating meaningful health care reform as well as her insights on cost transparency, ensuring quality care, and telehealth services. Listen now!
What exactly is the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness? We guarantee you've seen them, or maybe you know President & CEO Susie Shannon. Or, perhaps you've seen one of their several clusters (SC Aerospace, SC Logistics, Transform SC, SC Tech, or SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance). We deep dive with Susie about who is the Council - what they do, and how they do it. How does one organization advance the competitiveness of an entire state? Susie doesn't give away the secret sauce, but she does give us a great look behind the curtain.
- 03.02.2021 | Episode 42: Sheriff Lee Foster, Newberry County
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster joins Heather and Matthew on episode 42 to discuss the ongoing struggles of his personal fight with COVID and the many challenges of leading a department during the pandemic. Tune in to hear Sheriff Foster’s insights and the details of his ordeal now.
- 02.25.2021 | Episode 44: David Rousse, President, INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry)
Nonwoven fabrics surround us every day - wipes, hygiene products, face masks. What are they? How are they made? Today, we sit down with David Rousse, President of INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry). Dave explains what nonwovens are - how they're made, material sourcing, how manufacturers have easily adjusted to nonwovens production and why the Carolinas (and the southeast) are a hotbed for manufacturers. Learn more about this industry, and how they're helping to safely and quickly create solutions for PPE manufacturing. Listen now!
This week, Heather and Matthew are joined by a leader in the infectious disease community, Dr. Krutika Kuppalli of MUSC. Dr. Kuppalli, a COVID-19 expert witness to the United States Congress, provides her perspective and shares her vast knowledge on vaccine timelines and effectiveness, new COVID variants, super spreader events like the super bowl, and much more. Tune in now!
It's been 8 months (!) since we've last spoken to SC Realtors CEO Nick Kremydas - and a lot has changed in that time. As COVID continues to play out, the Palmetto State's residential real estate industry has seen significant impacts. As Nick says, with high demand and very low inventory, it's truly a seller's market.
On epsiode 40, Heather and Darra are joined by Dr. Kyle Guyton, a Pediatrics Specialist and Co-Owner of SouthernMed. We dive in to how his practice has changed during the pandemic, his participation in a COVID vaccine trial, and his views on in-person and virtual learning as a Lexington School District One board member. Tune in now!
Today, we're joined by SC Technical College System representatives Michelle Fehr and Karmen Hewitt to discusses the EZone (Enterprise Zone Retraining Program) retraining program. Did you know that your company could earn 67% back on expenses for tools and programs used to retain your employees? Are you taking advantage of available incentives? Tune in and find out more about EZone - what it is, who is applicable, how to apply and MUCH more! Listen in!
- 02.09.2021 | Episode 39: John Carrington, Founder & CEO, ZVerse
Joining Heather and Matthew for episode 39 is John Carrington, the Founder and CEO of ZVerse, a South Carolina 3D printing company taking the PPE industry by storm. John discusses how he quickly pivoted ZVerse to meet the demands of the pandemic and became a critical supplier of face shields. Tune in now to hear ZVerse's success story, the latest on PPE and more!
David Edwards, CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, joins Kara & Burnie on #TheBuzz. Edwards details traffic levels, investment projects and hints at a major announcement coming soon! You don’t want to miss this!
For episode 38, Heather and Matthew welcome back our first ever guest: Thornton Kirby of the South Carolina Hospital Association. As President & CEO of SCHA, Thornton has been helping lead the health care industry and SC during the pandemic. Tune in to hear his unique insights on everything from supplies and hospital capacity to the possible salvation on the top of everyone’s mind- the vaccine. Listen now!
- 01.27.2021 | Episode 37: Jed Suddeth, CEO, Suddeth Health Care Solutions, and Dr. Mac Knight, CMO, Coker Group
On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Jed Suddeth of Suddeth Health Care Solutions and Dr. Mac Knight of the Coker Group. As heads of numerous health care businesses throughout their careers, Jed and Dr. Knight have been at the forefront of creating innovative health care reform to decrease costs and build a more value based care delivery platform. Tune in to learn about their important efforts to help patients by improving the health care system now!
The South Carolina legislature is back in session, and we needed a primer on key issues expected to be taken up. Nexsen Pruet Governmental Affairs Advisor Mark Harmon stepped in to brief us on key economic development issues, like Abandoned Buildings Tax Credit extensions, the state's Unemployment Fund, broadband accessibility, liability protections, and more. (And yes, this was filmed in advance, so these issues may have seen action since we recorded.) Listen and learn with us!
- 01.20.2021 | Episode 39: Amanda Loveday, COO, NP Strategy
Inauguration Day calls for a special edition of #TheBuzz - today, we interview NP Strategy COO Amanda Loveday, a longtime South Carolina + Democratic politics pro to discuss her work alongside the Biden administration. She gives us a look behind the curtain at what to expect after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, and how his policies and relationships might impact the Palmetto State. Get an insiders' look with us before the inauguration!
Joining Heather and Darra to kick off season 2 of Taking the Pulse is Mako Medical VP of Operations Steve Hoover. We dive in to how the diagnostic lab has rapidly expanded to meet the demands of COVID-19 testing since we last spoke to Mako in July, news on the new COVID variant in the United States, the current vaccine roll out, and much more. Tune in now!
What better way to kick off the new year than with something so near and dear to our hearts? That's right - we're talking TAX CREDITS with South Carolina Department of Revenue Tax Attorney Jerilynn VanStory. Jerilynn explains all aspects of job tax credits, especially in Tier 1 - 4 counties. How much are businesses eligible for? What do they mean? How do you even claim the credits? We review it all - listen in!
- 01.05.2021 | Epsiode 35: Lauren Sausser, Features Editor and Health Care Journalist, The Post & Courier
On episode 35, Heather and Matthew chat with Lauren Sausser, an award winning health care journalist and features editor for The Post and Courier. They discuss how COVID-19 has impacted journalism, Lauren’s recent COVID coverage, and the role of the media during the pandemic and ongoing vaccination roll outs. Tune in now for more!
This week, Heather and Matthew are joined by the Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Freddie Strange, a life-long health care worker known for his hands-on care and leadership. We discuss how the Free Medical Clinic provides high quality health care to South Carolina’s working poor as well as the pandemic’s impact on the non-profit and those they serve. Listen now!
On episode 33, Heather and Darra welcome back South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman to discuss how the Palmetto State has met the challenge of maintaining instruction during the fall semester as the pandemic continues. We dive into case numbers, testing strategies within schools, rural broadband services, and much more. Tune in now!
So you want to know about COVID-19 vaccines? Attorneys aren't usually ones to dole out free legal advice, but we sat down with Nexsen Pruet Employment & Labor Law chair David Dubberly to discuss employer and employee rights. Of course, South Carolina is an at-will state, but how does that play a part in vaccination recommendations, proof of COVID-19 testing/vaccines, or employee opt-outs? What role do liability protections play in all of this? We dive into all that - and more - with David on this episode of The Buzz!
Heather and Darra welcome back South Carolina’s epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss the pandemic’s continued stronghold within South Carolina. They cover rising COVID cases throughout the state, virtual and in person schools, vaccine timelines and distributions, and more. Tune in to hear from an expert in all things regarding the pandemic now!
- 12.08.2020 | Episode 31: Lara Hewitt, South Carolina Hospital Association and Andy Hartung, Self-Regional
On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Lara Hewitt of the South Carolina Hospital Association and Andy Hartung of Self-Regional Healthcare. As heads of a state-wide healthcare association and a medical center, Andy and Lara have been on the frontlines of ensuring that SC healthcare systems have been safe and prepared during the pandemic. Tune in to hear about the impact of unexpected healthcare partnerships, PPP procurement, the future of the vaccine in the palmetto state, and much more!
Railroads: the logistics and supply-chain giant, particularly critical across the Carolinas. For many companies and site selection professionals, access to rail is a must; but, rail as we know it is evolving. Enter Scott Saylor, former president of the North Carolina Railroad Company and current Nexsen Pruet Of Counsel. An expert on rail in the region, Scott built his career in the industry over several decades - and is here to update Buzz listeners on all things rail (types, infrastructure, major players, role in economic development, etc.). Listen in for a lesson on Railroads 101!
This week, Tina and Matthew are joined by Brian Morris, President of Fulcrum Risk Solutions, a full service brokerage firm dedicated to providing holistic risk management and insurance strategies to their clients. We discuss how Fulcrum assists medical practices and other employers as well as COVID-19’s impact on risk management, insurance, benefits and more- listen now!
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On episode 29, Tina and Darra speak with Dr. Addison Livingston, the owner of Hawthorne Pharmacy and Medical Equipment, a local drugstore that has been serving the midlands for nearly 70 years. We dive in to how the pharmacy sector has evolved in response to COVID-19, the clinical care side of the industry, emerging trends, and much more. Listen now!
This might be the best trivia episode of The Buzz, ever. Calling all film buffs: test your knowledge of movies shot around the Palmetto State! Or, do you know the film industry's economic impact on the state? We also get into incentives (of course), how COVID-19 has impacted movie and television sets, (several) Burnie anecdotes, and much more. Tune in to the latest episode now! We promise you'll enjoy it.
- 11.17.2020 | Episode 28: Matt Shaffer, Senior Vice President, and Dr. Shawn Stinson, Senior Vice President of Health Care Innovation and Improvement, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
This week, Tina and Matthew sit down with South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield executives Matt Shaffer and Dr. Shawn Stinson to discuss how the state’s largest health insurance provider has weathered the pandemic. We cover long-term changes to the industry, innovative strategies to assist the community, and much more- tune in now!
- 11.11.2020 | Episode 27: Brandon Neal, Deputy Chief Legal Officer, and Mindy Staley, Assistant General Counsel, Novant Health
On Episode 27, Heather and Matthew are joined by Deputy Chief Legal Officer Brandon Neal and Assistant General Counsel Mindy Staley of Novant Health. They dive into how the award winning integrated network of hospitals has continued to succeed during the pandemic, the consolidation of hospital systems, and working in the legal department of a healthcare provider. Tune in now!
- 11.11.2020 | Episode 34: Jay Bender, FOIA Attorney
Confidentiality is a big part of economic development projects - but so, too, is transparency (at least when it comes to governing bodies and government entities). Enter the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. We called in a FOIA expert - attorney Jay Bender - to explain the ins-and-outs of FOI. What exemptions apply to economic developers? Who does FOIA apply to? Jay Bender lays down the facts in this episode - listen now!
- 11.03.2020 | Episode 26: Josh Baker, Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
For episode 26, Heather and Matthew welcome South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Director Josh Baker to discuss how the agency oversees health care benefits for the state and COVID-19’s impact on their services. Tune in now to hear about telehealth, the CARES Act, and more!
- 10.28.2020 | Episode 33: Dr. Matt Martin, SVP and Charlotte Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
On today's episode, Kara and Burnie spoke to the good doctor: Dr. Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. We spoke up and down about the economy - how COVID has impacted certain sectors (and how they have or have not bounced back), how that will have a ripple effect on real estate markets, and how manufacturing and workforce retention are also affected. You don't have to be an economics major to track this one - Matt makes it easy (and, honestly, kind of uplifting). Listen now, and learn something new!
Heather and Darra chat with Dr. Anne Cook of AnMed Health, an internal medicine physician with nearly 40 years of experience and a member of the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Cook walks us through what it’s like to work on the frontlines of the pandemic, how medical workers are protecting their mental health, the expansion of telemedicine, and regulatory challenges during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Tune in now!
- 10.21.2020 | Episode 32: Anita Patel, Deputy Director of International Strategy and Trade Division, S.C. Dept. of Commerce
Our latest guest has traded her frequent flyer miles for Zoom credits, but she's working as hard as ever to facilitate international trade in the Palmetto State. S.C. Department of Commerce's Anita Patel, Deputy Director of International Strategy and Trade Division, walks us through her day-to-day - under normal circumstances AND since adjusting to COVID-19 procedures. For South Carolina manufacturers looking to export products to international markets, Anita is your go-to. How does Commerce support companies through the export process, or target market growth? Anita walks us through it - tune in to learn more!
On episode 24, Heather and Darra welcome back Representative Murrell Smith to discuss the most recent South Carolina legislative session. We dive into how the Statehouse addressed CARES Act funding, the absentee voting process, rural broadband access, the budget for 2021, and much more – listen now!
- 10.14.2020 | Episode 31: Will Williams [South Carolina Economic Development Partnership, President & CEO]
You may know him for his dad jokes on social media- President and CEO of Economic Development Partnership, Will Williams talks about the post COVID economy and new investment on the latest episode of #TheBuzz.
- 10.13.2020 | Episode 23: Bobby Williams, CEO, Lizard’s Thicket
For episode 23, Heather and Matthew are joined by Bobby Williams, the co-founder and CEO of Lizard’s Thicket, a local restaurant chain known for its southern home-style food and hospitality. We discuss how the family owned business has adapted to the pandemic, the future of the restaurant industry amid COVID-19, and Bobby’s role as Chair of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Listen now!
Boeing is the buzzword this week in economic development. You’ve seen the announcement in the news, but today we get a behind the scenes look from an elected official who has been close to the discussions between Boeing and South Carolina. Listen to learn more about Boeing’s decision to consolidate the production of its 787 Dreamliner in the Palmetto State.
Heather and Matthew sit down with Community Integrated Management Services CEO Peter Leventis to discuss how the independent association, which is made up of 14 federally qualified health clinics, provides care to more than 350,000 patients across South Carolina. We dive into what CIMS is doing to adjust their services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of community health centers in health care systems, and more. Listen now to episode 22 of Taking the Pulse!
- 09.30.2020 | Episode 29: Greg Jones, Founder, Founder & Vice President, Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation
Foreign Trade Zones (or, FTZ's as they are affectionately known) are a huge buzzword in econ dev. Whether it's the site selection process, incentives, manufacturing or imports/exports, there's a lot to unpack on the subject. So, we sat down with Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation Founder & Vice President Greg Jones to get into the nitty-gritty (but not too nitty-gritty, the just-right level of nitty-gritty). What even are FTZ's? How can they benefit your company, or a company looking to invest in your region? What are the limitations of the program? How does one even apply? We'll give you the skinny in under 23 minutes. Tune in!
- 09.29.2020 | Episode 21: Will Hamilton, CVA, BuckheadFMV
On this episode, Heather and Matthew dive into the valuation sector with guest Will Hamilton, a health care valuation consultant with BuckheadFMV. We discuss the importance of fair market valuation in the health care industry and how it has exploded in growth, the financial impact COVID-19 has had on health care providers and how it affects valuations, and more. Listen now!
- 09.23.2020 | Episode 28: Jeff McKay - Executive Director, NESA
We had the honor of being escorted in episode 28 by a real pro - a pro's pro, if you will - North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Executive Director Jeff McKay! If you don't know, Jeff has been with NESA for nearly 15 years, making him a NESA savant, if you will. We talked to Jeff about lots of #econdev topics on the local and regional level, like site selection processes, project involvement, and how COVID has impacted it all. We also discussed the Dillon Inland Port, and its tremendous impact on Jeff's region (ports are just for seafaring folks anymore). Hear more about local development from a longtime pro - and an all-around great guy - listen now!
- 09.22.2020 | Episode 20: Angela O'Neal, Nextra Solutions Director, and Dawn Staley, USC Women's Basketball Coach
For episode 20, Heather and Matthew are joined by special guests Angela O’Neal, attorney and Director of Nextra Solutions, along with the legendary Dawn Staley, Coach of the University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball team. We discuss how COVID-19 has dramatically altered the sports industry, what leagues at the college and professional levels are doing to safely bring back games, and how the pandemic and recent social justice movement has impacted athletes. Tune in for all that and more!
So, what exactly is EXIM Bank? What do they do and who do they help? You may have heard a lot about them, but now you can hear from them - Burnie and Kara interview Eastern Region Managing Director Sharyn Koenig all about EXIM's presence in S.C., and how our companies can benefit from EXIM. No, they're not just for the 'big boys' of business. Listen now!
For episode 19, Heather and Matthew sit down with Dr. Bill Massey, the Chief Scientific Officer of Vikor Scientific, to learn about the specifics of COVID-19 testing and how the pandemic has forced the life science company to quickly pivot their business. Dr. Massey, a world renowned neuropharmacologist and pharmacogeneticist, discusses how Vikor has dramatically increased their workforce and equipment capacity, recent developments in the types of tests and their efficiency, and the state of testing and tracing in South Carolina. Tune in now!
Burnie and Kara had the pleasure to speak with South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers on the heels of a huge agribusiness announcement (Agriculture Technology Campus) in Hampton County. We discussed a lot about that project - what went into it (years of research and planning), how it became a reality, and what it means for the future of agribusiness in S.C. We also discussed SCDA's ACRE program, its farm-to-food bank initiative, and MUCH more. Tune in!
Heather & Darra dive in with South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman to discuss the challenge of operating schools and maintaining instruction during the pandemic. Tune in as we cover strategies for reopening, the delivery of broadband services for virtual learning, how educators and administrators are adjusting, and much more. Listen now!
- 09.02.2020 | Episode 25: Bret Sowers, Southern Current
Southern Current's Bret Sowers (VP of Development + Strategy) was positively beaming about solar energy in this episode of The Buzz. The discussion was illuminating - Burnie, Kara and Bret (& Bret's cat) discussed everything about the industry (taxes, tax credits, incentives, residential vs corporate and a lot more). Burnie beamed at the subject, Kara shined, and Bret brightened our day. If you had any questions about South Carolina's solar industry, we're certain this episode covers it - listen in!
- 09.01.2020 | Episode 17: South Carolina Senator Shane Massey
Heather and Darra sit down with South Carolina Senator and Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey to discuss how the pandemic is impacting the Statehouse- from reopening procedures for schools and plans for absentee voting, to creating a new budget for the state and much more. Hear Shane provide insight on what the South Carolina legislature plans to address during their September session as the COVID-19 pandemic continues – listen now!
Burnie and Kara brought in Rich Fletcher (President & CEO, I-77 Alliance) to break in the new studio - can't you just hear the difference?? The trio get into the latest in the I-77 Alliance region: the Fairfield County megasite, possibilities of reshoring, and how Charlotte is our friend - not a cross-state rival. Anyone else feel that *buzz* in the air? That's football season trying to work its way back. Yes, we got into the Carolina Panthers development, which is basically our version of Hard Knocks. All that, and much more. Give it a listen!
On this episode, Heather, Matthew and Darra dive into the current landscape of the health care industry and the trends and changes Matthew and Darra are seeing as they serve clients amid the pandemic. They provide insight on how COVID-19 has forced organizations outside of the health care system into participating in major health care decisions, the upward trend in employers closely monitoring employee’s health, the consolidation of providers, and what organizations are doing to stay innovative and agile. Listen now!
On our latest episode of The Buzz, we're talking about all things apprenticeship - they've become a widely successful tool in developing South Carolina's workforce, and introducing young people to career opportunities they may never have had exposure to otherwise. Kara and Burnie sit down with Amy Firestone, Vice President of Apprenticeship Carolina, to discuss the programs available. We discuss apprenticeship eligibility, how companies can get involved, and how COVID-19 has adjusted the apprenticeship process. Listen in for that and much more!
For episode 15, we’re joined by Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President Tom Keith. Tom and hosts Heather and Matthew discuss how the non-profit world has reacted to COVID-19 and what the Sisters of Charity Foundation is currently doing to support organizations throughout South Carolina. Tom gives insight into how the pandemic has altered how the Foundation assists communities, including the formation of new partnerships and quickly awarding nearly 30 grants to address COVID-19 related problems. Listen now to hear how Sisters of Charity has adjusted, it’s rich history, the future of non-profit and public health partnerships, plus much more.
- 08.12.2020 | Episode 22: Jamie Suber, Chief of Staff, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW)
Economic developers will be the first to tell you - their work means nothing without a workforce. While COVID-19 has caused record unemployment numbers in South Carolina, it's also a huge hiring opportunity for companies looking to build their workforce. So today, Burnie and Kara spoke with South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) Chief of Staff Jamie Suber abut life at the agency - what are they seeing and doing day to day? How did they adjust (basically immediately) to respond to the pandemic? What unemployment trends are they seeing? Plus much, much more. Tune in!
- 08.11.2020 | Episode 14: Sara Goldsby, Executive Director, DAODAS
Heather + Darra sat down with South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Executive Director Sara Goldsby to discuss how the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on mental health and exacerbated substance abuse issues in individuals throughout the state. We discuss exactly what DAODAS is and their resources for SC citizens, how they've used telehealth to maintain their services and social media to track alcohol and drug abuse trends, and demographic changes in overdoses since the pandemic began. Stream the full episode now.
- 08.05.2020 | Episode 21: Burnie solo-cast
Today, we dive a little deeper with our hosts - that's right - Kara and Burnie go one-on-one in Episode 21. Kara (a former journalist - and it shows!) finds out what makes Burnie tick (don't we all want to know??). We talk about Burnie's background, his professional experiences, and a little bit about how he's become the Burnie Maybank we all know and love. Take a walk down Maybank Highway Lane with us for a a little fun.
We jumped into the frontlines of health care workers with this episode, where Heather and Matthew interview Dr. Mitch Nimmich about what it's like to treat COVID-19 patients at Lexington Medical Center. We discuss how his team is doing - and what they are doing to make critical care patients feel more comfortable, even in the isolation of the COVID ward. Dr. Nimmich shares how he and the medical staff manage the stress associated with a quarantined unit, plus much more.
Burnie and Kara get into some GOOD NEWS with Dorchester County Economic Development Director John Truluck. We discuss the the details of Dorchester Co.'s recent Walmart announcement (a major win), opportunity zones, COVID-19, re-shoring, honey harvests and a little reality television. Never a dull moment over here. Listen now!
- 07.28.2020 | Episode 12: Dr. Ada Stewart, President-Elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians; Physician, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center
Heather and Darra sit down with Dr. Ada Stewart, a physician at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center around the Midlands, to discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on her patients and treatment experiences. They discuss Dr. Stewart's service to largely underserved communities around South Carolina, her growing up without a physician or access to health care, and how she came to work become a doctor. Dr. Stewart is driven by a desire to serve others, and we couldn't think of a more inspiring individual who embodies that service. Listen now!
For episode 19, Kara and Burnie sat down with Jim Stritzinger (Revolution D, Inc. Founder, President & CEO), an expert in rural broadband infrastructure development and deployment. You may have heard him referred to as "Mr. Broadband;" he's been in the industry for decades, but is working double-time trying to get South Carolina connected. We discuss how S.C. is deploying rural broadband, how the allocated CARES Act funds come into play (and how far they'll really get us), what exactly defines 'high-speed internet,' and much more. Listen now!
For episode 11, we're joined by Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina CEO Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant, and Nexsen Pruet health care attorney Alice Harris makes her Taking The Pulse debut. Dr. Fant, Heather and Alice discuss COVID19's impact on senior living facilities, especially in a place like Presbyterian Communities, which offers a huge range of services for senior citizens (assisted living, independent living, health care and hospitality services, and more).
- 07.15.2020 | Episode 18: S.C. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis
Kara and Burnie sit down with South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis about all things budgets - how he has saved South Carolina and South Carolinians, alike, huge amounts of money. We discuss COVID's impact on the state's budget, revenue, small businesses and much more (Treasurer Loftis brought the jokes). Listen now!
For ep. 10 of Taking the Pulse, Heather + Matthew sat down with Representative Murrell Smith to discuss COVID-19's impact at the statehouse - everything from how the legislature has (and will) manage the pandemic, to its impact on the state's budget, Medicaid in S.C., and much more. We discuss a few pieces of legislation that are currently in motion (like liability protection) and the status of S.C. schools returning in the fall. We dive into all that and MUCH more - listen now!
- 07.08.2020 | Episode 17: Swati Patel, EVP of Communications and Public Policy + Of Counsel, SC Chamber of Commerce
Our dynamic co-hosting duo sit down with Swati Patel, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce EVP of Public Policy, Of Counsel, and Chamber Foundation President. We did not ask her about having the longest title(s) of any of our guests to date. We did ask her about the Chamber's public policy priorities (notably, liability protections), and where they stand with the legislature. We also discuss broadband, essential workers, and how legislation gets passed.
Heather and Matthew sit down with Mako Medical COO Josh Arant to learn about how COVID-19 sparked innovation for an N.C.-based medical manufacturer. Business was booming - then COVID hit, bringing production to a near stand-still. Now, Mako is producing COVID-19 tests in record numbers, and business is booming in ways Josh never could have imagined a year ago. We chat about the process of becoming licensed to produce these tests, what the current virus testing market looks like, as well as a bit more about Mako's work as a stateside medical product manufacturer.
- 06.30.2020 | Episode 8: Bob Quinn, Executive Director, SCRA
Heather + Darra sat down with South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) Executive Director Bob Quinn to discuss how COVID-19 has sparked innovation among SCRA member companies, and the impact they are having on S.C.'s health and life science industries. We discuss exactly what the SCRA is (and how you can get involved with them), how SCRA start-ups are chosen, and even some several SCRA success stories. Tune in
This week, Burnie + Kara sat down with SC Technical College System President Dr. Tim Hardee for an update on higher education and workforce development in the Palmetto State. We discuss everything from how students are retooling due to the pandemic, to how the technical college system is adjusting its approach for students, to workforce development programs like readySC and SC WINS - and MUCH more! Listen now.
- 06.23.2020 | Episode 7: Dr. Gerry Harmon, President-Elect, American Medical Association; VP of Medical Affairs, Tidelands Health
In this episode, Heather & Darra sit down with Dr. Gerry Harmon, President-Elect of the American Medical Association and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Tidelands Health in Murrells Inlet. They discuss the impact of COVID-19 on health care providers, both locally in South Carolina and nationally. We'll get into how associations like the AMA - and health care systems - are supporting patients and frontline health care workers, the prioritization and allocation of PPE and critical health care devices, and how health inequities have been exasperated by the pandemic.
Burnie and Kara sit down with Nick Kremydas, CEO of the South Carolina Association of Realtors, and discuss all things real estate: taxes, trends (residential and commercial), local legislation, COVID-19 impact, pandemic response + adjustments, and MUCH more. Stream this episode to hear the latest on real estate around South Carolina.
Matthew & Heather dive in with South Carolina's epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss COVID-19's stronghold in South Carolina. Tune in as we discuss the upward trend in positive cases, why we've seen that trend, where testing and vaccines stand, and MUCH more. Dr. Bell reinforces best practices for preventative safety and her recommendations for all South Carolinians. Listen now!
- 06.10.2020 | Episode 14 - Sunnie Harmon, SC Lobbyist
Need a legislative primer? We did, too. South Carolina's 2020 legislative session was anything but normal, so cue veteran lobbyist (and renowned tennis phenom) Sunnie Harmon to catch us up to speed. She spoke to Kara and Burnie about what the legislature accomplished before its unusually early sine die, what we can (or might) expect from the legislature when they return to Columbia, and how COVID-19 has changed the way business is done around the state house. Check out that - and MUCH more - on this episode of The Buzz!
- 06.09.2020 | Episode 5: Sam Konduros, President + CEO, SCBIO
On Episode 5 of Taking the Pulse Podcast, Matthew Roberts & Heather Matthews interview SCBIO President + CEO Sam Konduros about South Carolina's pharmaceutical and life sciences industries - and their current economic impact on the state, as well as their potential impact on the knowledge economy. Sam also shares great stories about how Palmetto State companies in those sectors have stepped up in the battle against COVID-19. Hear that and much more - listen now.
- 06.04.2020 | Episode 4: Richele Taylor, General Counsel & Senior VP of Advocacy & Communications, SCMA
Heather and Darra speak to South Carolina Medical Association's GC & SVP of Advocacy & Communications Richele Taylor about many of the challenges and changes she's seeing throughout South Carolina's health care system as a result of COVID-19. Everything from the telehealth boom to the battle between public health vs. economic impact. Richele also shares some interesting - and uplifting - stories about physicians introducing innovative practices to comfortably and safely treat patients.
Kara and Burnie chat with John Lummus, leader of Upstate SC Alliance, a regional alliance based in - you guessed it - the Upstate. Representing 10 counties, John and his team have their fingers on the pulse of quite a bit of economic development action. Check out our interview with John, where the trio discuss hot topics like reshoring, COVID-19's impact on Upstate businesses, tax revenue projections, addressing workforce shortage, and some of the things Upstate SC Alliance has on their radar for the next 20 years.. All that and MUCH more on this episode of The Buzz!
**Producer's note: this interview was done before Governor McMaster's announcement reopening attractions on 5/20/20, so some conversations may be out of date** Burnie and Kara interview Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President + CEO Karen Riordan for a business update from the Grand Strand. The trio discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Myrtle Beach businesses, how they plan to bounce back, and how we might expect the city to reopen. Join us for that, and MUCH more, with Karen Riordan!
Nexsen Pruet Health Care attorney Darra James Coleman makes her co-host debut, joining Heather Matthews for an interview with Palmetto Care Connections CEO Kathy Schwarting, MHA. The trio discuss the rise of telehealth - as well as its inherent challenges. They also chat about rural healthcare access, and how telehealth can help bridge that divide. Listen for all that, and much more, now.
Burnie and Kara catch up with a friend abroad - United States Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein Ed McMullen. Ed, a South Carolina local, began working with the Trump administration during the 2016 election as the Trump campaign lead in the Palmetto State. The trio chat about the impact of COVID-19 on Switzerland and, more broadly, Europe, as well as the status of international countries reopening for business and tourism. Burnie was also curious about what European businesses really think about American closures and precautions due to COVID-19, and how it could impact the possibility of re-shoring, especially in South Carolina. Tune in for all that, plus MUCH more - this was a fun one!
Heather and Matthew kick off Episode 2 of Taking The Pulse with Charles Williams, President + CEO of Regional Medical Center. Williams has the unique insight as the leader of not only a rural hospital system, but also one of - if not the - largest employer in the region. The trio dive into the impact of COVID-19 on RMC's staff and patients, how RMC is supporting its employees, and even the impact of COVID-19 on rural and minority communities. Hear that, and much more, on this episode of Taking The Pulse: A Health Care Podcast.
Burnie and Kara sat down with Lilyn Hester, the Head of Southeast Public Affairs for tech giant Google. Lilyn - and Google - are no strangers to South Carolina. They've been a community partner in the Lowcountry for over a decade, and Lilyn and her team have gotten ahead of issues like lack of access to rural broadband or basic health care. Lilyn explains the innovative ways Google has been serving the greater-Berkeley County community, and much more..
In the inaugural episode of Taking The Pulse, hosts Heather Matthews and Matthew Roberts chat with Thornton Kirby, President and CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association. They talk to Thornton about the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system - everything from supplies and inventory to personnel - and what it will take for the industry to bounce back. Stream the full episode now.
- 05.11.2020 | Episode 9: Jonathan Yarborough, Director of Government Affairs & Economic Development, Dominion Energy
Kara & Burnie sat down with Jonathan Yarborough, who oversees government affairs and economic development for Dominion Energy, one of South Carolina's largest energy providers. Prior to going in-house with Dominion, Jonathan began his econ dev career with the S.C. Department of Commerce; he's also no stranger to the famed Edisto Honey Harvests.. Listen in as the trio talk all things energy, Dominion's COVID-19 response, community involvement and giving, plus MUCH more!
- 05.06.2020 | Episode 8: Barbara Melvin, COO, South Carolina Ports
Burnie + Kara spoke with Barbara Melvin, Chief Operating Officer for South Carolina Ports, about the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and supply chain, as well as the local impact on all ports in the Palmetto State. They also look beyond coronavirus, discussing the port's long-term expansion and investment plans (like the Leatherman Terminal & Jasper Ocean Terminal projects), and much, much more.
Burnie & Kara caught up with South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President + CEO Ted Pitts on a number of things about the impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina's economy and getting the Palmetto state back to work. We spoke about the impact of the shutdowns (from schools to businesses, was it worth it, from a business perspective?), how we get the state's economy moving again, his involvement in the Accelerate SC task force, and more.
Burnie and Kara dive into a local developer's perspective in Episode 6 with Gregg Robinson, Executive Director at Orangeburg County Development Commission. AND - we're joined by special guests Mike Newman with QM Group and Robert Ferguson with ExxonMobil, sharing how QM is adjusting production to combat COVID-19 and announcing a new partnership with ExxonMobil.
- 04.27.2020 | Episode 5: Sara Hazzard, SC Manufacturers Alliance
Burnie and Kara chat with SC Manufacturers Alliance President and CEO Sara Hazzard about the manufacturing industry - one of South Carolina's largest industries - and what the organization is doing during COVID-19. They cover everything from what SCMA is hearing from its member companies, to restarting South Carolina's 'economic engine.' Sara was also recently named to the accelerateSC advisory committee - we cover that, and a LOT more.
Kara and Burnie sit down with SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director Duane Parrish to check in on how COVID-19 in impacting the state's hospitality and tourism economies, and what SCPRT is doing to combat that. They chat everything from beaches and hotels, to restaurants and golf tournaments - and even Carolina/Clemson football?.. We covered a LOT with Duane - check it out now!
- 04.20.2020 | Episode 3: James Chavez, SC Power Team
Kara and Burnie catch up with SC Power Team President & CEO James Chavez about how he serves South Carolina's electric cooperatives, and the special role his team plays in the Palmetto State economic development landscape. They chat about the impact of COVID-19, how SC's economy can bounce back, and MORE!
- 04.14.2020 | Episode 2: S.C. Economic Developers' Association Leadership (Andrena Powell-Baker & Richard Blackwell)
Kara and Burnie catch up with SCEDA President Andrena Powell-Baker (Lockhart Power) and Incoming President Richard Blackwell (Agracel, Inc.) to discuss what the state's largest economic development professional association is seeing right now - from COVID-19 impact and response to rural broadband, and more.
- 04.07.2020 | Episode 1: Lou Kennedy (Nephron Pharmaceuticals)
Kara and Burnie talk BEES, plus a few things that make Nephron kind of unique. Interview with Nephron Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Lou Kennedy talking pre-coronavirus investments and production, Nephron's teacher-hire program, adjusting production for COVID-19 response, advice for companies looking to make adjustments, U.S. vs. overseas pharmaceutical production, importance of investing in health/life sciences and rural broadband.