South Carolina Chamber Elects New Leadership
October 15, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced its newly elected Officers and Board of Directors for 2018-19.
Leadership terms for the Chamber’s officers and board of directors began on October 1, 2018.
"The Chamber once again has some of the strongest private sector leaders in South Carolina serving in our leadership," said Ted Pitts, President and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. "The state's business community is strong and their interests are well represented with the group on this board."
Lou Kennedy (Chairman): Lou Kennedy is President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001 and accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2007. Along with her husband Bill, Kennedy helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in conjunction with the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy. She serves on a variety of business and civic boards.
Jack Sanders (Past Chairman): Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. During his nearly 30-year tenure with Sonoco, Sanders played an integral role in growing the company by leading all consumer, industrial and protective packaging businesses at various points. Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as National Sales and Marketing Manager, Wire and Cable Reels. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation. Sanders retired from Sonoco in April 2018.
Steve Spinks (Chair-Elect): Steve Spinks serves as CEO of The Spinx Company where his main responsibilities include overseeing the executive leadership team, directing finance, wholesale and real estate activities. Previously, he served The Spinx Company as President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Price Analyst, Construction Manager and Territory Manager. Steve completed his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and received a master’s degree from Duke University.
Mike Shetterly (General Counsel): Mike Shetterly is the managing shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office. Shetterly began his legal career as a litigator in an array of cases, including construction, insurance, toxic torts and non-compete and trade secret cases. He still litigates today, including employment law cases. He therefore has a blended practice, focusing on litigation and proactive advice to clients.
Chris Barras (Treasurer): Chris Barras is an Executive Director in the Greenville office of Ernst & Young LLP. He has more than 28 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in tax services. Barras oversees E&Y’s state and local tax advisory practice in South Carolina and has Carolinas/Southeast area responsibilities within E&Y’s indirect tax practice, providing tax advisory services to companies in a wide variety of industries. Barras specializes in multistate income and franchise taxation, state tax advocacy, and tax accounting considerations for public and private companies. In addition, he oversees services in the areas of property tax, sales & use tax, incentives, employment tax, etc.
David Lominack (Commerce Chair): David Lominack is market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state. A stalwart community supporter, David has served on numerous community boards, including United Way of Greenville County, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Bankers Association, Peace Center and Greenville Health System.
Newly-elected members of the Board of Directors include:
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
President & CEO
South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization
President & CEO
Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
NextEra Energy Resources
Director of Government Relations
President & Managing Principal
Executive Vice President
John T. Lay
Gallivan, White & Boyd
Dr. Forest E. Mahan
Aiken Technical College
Executive General Manager
Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Regional Manager, State Government Affairs
Director of Development, Natural Resources Division
The full board can be viewed here.