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NP Strategy Expands Social Media Team

NP Strategy Expands Social Media Team
Digital Media Specialist Maryanne Grinnell Joins NP Strategy

COLUMBIA, S.C. – NP Strategy, a strategic communications firm providing crisis, media and public relations assistance, continues to expand its social media team with the hiring of Maryanne Grinnell who will work out of the Columbia, South Carolina office as a Specialist. Grinnell’s expertise will help support the ever-growing social media team and better meet the needs of its clients.

Maryanne Grinnell

“We’re thrilled to add another talented member to our rapidly growing team with an exceptional background in social media,” said CEO Heather Hoopes Matthews. “Maryanne’s skillset aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing top-notch digital solutions to our clients and we believe she will be an invaluable addition to our team.”

Grinnell joins NP Strategy with extensive experience crafting compelling online communications strategies to enhance client engagement. Prior to joining NP Strategy, Grinnell supported the Retail Services and the Industrial Brokerage Teams at Collier | South Carolina through property marketing and business development initiatives. At Colliers, she executed highly successful social media strategies across four offices bolstering brand awareness. She also spearheaded rebranding efforts for a local consulting firm and established its first-ever presence on social media.

“The integration of social media into PR efforts is essential for building trust and fostering meaningful engagement between organizations and their audiences,” said Maryanne Grinnell. “I am thrilled and honored to work alongside the talented professionals at NP Strategy and contribute together to the continued success and growth of our clients.”
A South Carolina native, Grinnell studied Marketing at the University of South Carolina. She completed the Seasons Leadership Program in 2021, a 12-month workshop led by former female executives at Boeing. Grinnell also founded a podcast empowering women in the workforce called the “Seasons Leadership Podcast.”

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NP Strategy is a strategic communications firm composed of former journalists, communications professionals, political insiders, and public relations executives. NP Strategy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Maynard Nexsen, a 550-attorney national law firm with 24 offices from coast to coast, providing NPS access to deep relationships across the United States. For more information visit

Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc. Announces Key Leadership Promotion to Spearhead Business Development

Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc. (BLE), a leader in providing comprehensive engineering and environmental solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Prescott May to lead Corporate Business Development efforts. In his new role, Mr. May will be at the forefront of BLE’s strategic initiatives, focusing on enhancing marketing endeavors, guiding business development, and strengthening client relationships across the firm’s extensive network of branches and service lines.

Since joining BLE in 2016 as a Business Development Representative, Mr. May has been an instrumental figure in the growth and success of the company’s Construction Materials Testing (CMT) and Geotechnical departments. His promotion is a testament to his outstanding dedication, expertise, and leadership within the company.

Mr. May brings a robust educational background to his new position, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Winthrop University. His active engagement in the community is evident through his membership in several organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Rebuild UPSTATE, showcasing his commitment to not only BLE’s success but also to the welfare and development of the broader community.

As a Greenville native, his deep-rooted connection to the region further enhances his ability to foster meaningful community and business relationships, aligning with BLE’s core values and mission.

About Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc. (BLE): BLE provides engineering and environmental solutions for projects in commercial, industrial, institutional, and infrastructure markets. BLE’s services include environmental consulting and engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering and inspections, and construction materials testing. The firm maintains a full-service in-house geotechnical and materials testing laboratory. Utilizing a team approach, BLE provides clients with the technical expertise required to successfully complete each project. Founded in 1996, BLE is headquartered in Greenville, SC with offices in Columbia, SC, and Asheville, NC. For more information, visit

CarolinaPower Promotes David Farmer to Branch Manager in North Augusta

CarolinaPower, a leading employee-owned, regional electrical contractor, has promoted David Farmer to Branch Manager for the firm’s operation in North Augusta, S.C. – one of four offices in South Carolina. Farmer has more than 25 years of project management experience in electrical contracting – the past five with CarolinaPower.

In his new role as Branch Manager, Farmer is responsible for day-to-day operations of the North Augusta office, which serves the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of South Carolina and Georgia. The branch’s project experience reflects all of the company’s key markets – industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal.

“David has been a strong member of our North Augusta team for several years now. He has clearly demonstrated his leadership and project execution skills, while living out Carolina Power’s core values, which includes an unwavering commitment to CarolinaPower’s culture of safety. These traits, combined with his overall career history, made David an obvious choice to take over this operation as we continue to implement an aggressive plan for growth throughout the Carolinas electrical service and construction community,” said Chris Moore, President of CarolinaPower.

Farmer is passionate about promoting CarolinaPower’s “earn-while-you-learn” apprenticeship program as an ideal way for young people – and those wanting to change careers – to enter the construction industry. Registered with the S.C. Department of Labor, CarolinaPower’s comprehensive electrical apprenticeship program teaches the skills for both construction and maintenance electricians, providing a combination of classroom, laboratory, and work experience. The program is administered by Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) in South Carolina, and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) in Georgia.

About CarolinaPower — CarolinaPower is a leading regional electrical contractor serving industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in South Carolina and North Carolina. CarolinaPower has a total of four offices across South Carolina with plans for opening additional offices in North Carolina. To learn more, visit

Hussey Gay Bell Columbia Expands with the Hire of Sweat

Wade Sweat, PE

Columbia, SC – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of Mr. Wade Sweat, PE as a Senior Project Manager. Wade joins the firm’s Civil Division in Columbia with 25-plus years of experience designing and permitting civil/site development and infrastructure projects for industrial, commercial, residential, healthcare and liturgical projects. He is responsible for project management and coordination, applying for regulatory permits, developing concept reports and project models, producing project plans and specifications, overseeing project bidding, construction administration and site observations. Wade is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of South Carolina. Of unique note, he has served many years as a mentor for the ECIV 470 capstone senior design course at USC and previously developed a comprehensive customized automated drafting and CAD standards software package for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s (SCE&G) GIS department.

Attorney Lane Cook Promoted to Partner at LawyerLisa

Irmo, SC – LAWYERLISA, an elder law and estate planning firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Lane Cook to Partner with the firm. LawyerLisa serves clients throughout the state of South Carolina with their aging needs.

Lane joined LawyerLisa in 2018 and over the years has become a vital cornerstone to the success of the firm and the confidence clients have in the firm. Lane’s extensive experience as a former trust officer and designation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional allows precision drafting and review that the firm and clients rely on daily.

“Lane’s skill in this area is unmatched. He provides key financial insights to our clients who want more than just some documents to file away in a drawer. His working knowledge allows clients and their families to proactively plan for their future legal and financial needs. We are thrilled to recognize Lane’s contributions to our firm and our clients,” said Lisa Hostetler Brown, Founder of LawyerLisa.

Lane is an honor graduate of Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, Magna Cum Laude, in 2008.

Originally from Aiken, SC, Lane has his own personal cheering section with his wife, Brittany, and their three children.

About LawyerLisa
Serving the entire state of South Carolina from locations in Irmo, Simpsonville, and Bluffton LawyerLisa, LLC delivers comprehensive elder law and estate planning with a personalized approach. For more information, please visit Managing Attorney: Lisa Hostetler Brown Main Office: 7511 Saint Andrews Rd, Ste 3 Irmo, SC 29063.

John Bradley Named Managing Partner at Moore Bradley Myers

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Moore Bradley Myers (MBM) is excited to announce that John C. Bradley, Jr., has recently been named Moore Bradley Myers’s new Managing Partner.

John C. Bradley, Jr. is a South Carolina native that represents hospitals, physicians, nurses and pharmacists in Professional Licensure Disputes & Disciplinary Actions cases in both the state and federal court. He also represents public school teachers in Disciplinary Matters at the local School District Level and before the South Carolina Department of Education.

Bradley practices in the areas of Healthcare Law, Professional Licensure Disputes and Civil Litigation. He has been with Moore Bradley Myers since 2011 and has taught webinars, seminars and courses in medical and pharmacy law and ethics. Mr. Bradley is a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and the Defense Research Institute. He was selected as one of the 2021 Midlands Legal Elite. In 2022, Mr. Bradley was named an AV Distinguished Attorney in Healthcare Law: one of the highest ratings for an attorney selected by his peers for high professional achievement and ethical standards.

Mr. Bradley has served on the Board of the Carolina Marathon Association, on the Friends of the Richland Library Friends and Foundation Board and as President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries. He has also served as Moderator for the South Carolina Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the South Carolina Christian Action Counsel. John is presently trying to compete in all the Abbot World Major Marathons and is scheduled to run, along with his wife Tracy, in the London Marathon in April.

MBM Partner, Christian Spradley, stated, “Our firm management is in excellent hands with John at the helm. At a time of growth and changes in the legal field, we know John is the right choice to lead at Moore Bradley Myers.”

About Moore Bradley Myers: Our firm has represented government agencies, businesses large and small, and individuals across South Carolina since 1971. With more than 40 employees working as support staff, paralegals, and attorneys with offices in both Saluda and Columbia, our firm has served as Counsel for generations of families and businesses. Find out more by visiting our website at or following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Adams and Reese Launches Aviation and Aerospace Practice Team, Adds Industry Power Players to National Footprint

Marc Warren

The national law firm of Adams and Reese has launched an Aviation and Aerospace Practice Team with the recent additions of legal industry power players Marc Warren, former FAA acting chief counsel and deputy chief counsel; Paul Alp, former Boeing senior counsel; and Laura DiBella, Florida’s first female secretary of commerce and chair of the Aerospace Alliance.

Adams and Reese is a member of the AmLaw 200, Law360 Top 400, and NLJ500, with 315 attorneys and advisors representing business and industry in more than 75 practice areas across 20 offices, 10 states, and Washington, DC.

The Aerospace and Aviation Team of attorneys and advisors represents clients in aviation law and regulation under domestic and international authorities, related to compliance, safety, security, enforcement, risk management, and commercial issues. Subsections include Airworthiness, Manufacturing, and Products; Drones, Advanced Air Mobility, and Future Transportation; Investigations, Enforcement, and Disputes; and Regulation and Compliance.

Paul Alp

Warren and Alp bring over 60 years of combined experience representing the aviation and aerospace industry’s leading companies. DiBella brings more than 25 years of experience in economic development and government relations strategy. Warren and Alp will serve as co-leaders of the Adams and Reese Aviation and Aerospace Team.

“Marc and Paul are recognized around the world for their expertise, relationships and leadership in the aviation and aerospace industries, and together we have a shared vision of building the top aviation law practice in the country. We could not have two better partners to lead us on this journey,” said partner Brad Lampley, Adams and Reese Intersection of Business and Government Practice Group Leader. “We view Laura as a game-changer for our clients and prospective clients throughout our footprint. She understands business in Florida and the Southeast and understands how to get things done at all levels of government.”

Laura DiBella

Lampley added: “The Aviation and Aerospace practice provides great synergies with our global trade, transportation, government relations and economic development practice areas, and we are excited to see how our clients will benefit from their extraordinary capabilities.”

In addition to Warren, Alp, and DiBella, Aviation and Aerospace Practice Team members – across a wide range of cross-section, practice area disciplines – include IBG Practice Group Leaders and Partners Lee Reid and Brad Lampley; IBG Partner and Executive Committee Chair B. Jeffrey Brooks; EC Member and IBG Partner Britton Bonner; IBG Partner and Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Team Leader Chris Kane; GTTL Partner and DC Partner in Charge Matt Paxton; IBG Partner Michael Berson; Public Finance Partner Cindy Barnett; MMM&A Partner Rob Breunig; IBG Partner Cole Callihan; IBG Partner and Baton Rouge Partner in Charge Susan Eccles; Litigation Partner Tom White; Litigation Attorney Luke LaHaye; and Real Estate Attorney Jordan Barley.

Warren and Alp have launched a Liftoff Blog with insights, analysis, and the latest news around Aviation and Aerospace Law. Warren is the former FAA acting chief counsel and deputy chief counsel for operations. Warren previously led the Aerospace and Aviation Practice teams at Crowell & Moring and Jenner & Block. Alp was most recently a Jenner & Block partner. He formerly served as The Boeing Company senior counsel, where he advised on all regulatory aspects of product certification, compliance, and safety for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Marc and Paul have impressive careers driving solutions, shaping policy, and resolving complex matters for clients at the intersection of regulatory, legal, and technical issues,” said Adams and Reese Executive Committee Chair and DC Partner B. Jeffrey Brooks. “The addition of Marc and Paul is a testament to our commitment to growth in specialized practice areas in which our clients are doing business. Their established aviation industry relationships position us uniquely to serve and excel in these complex sectors.”

About Adams and Reese: Adams and Reese, founded in 1951, is a multidisciplinary law firm with 315 attorneys and advisors strategically located throughout the United States and Washington, D.C. The American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms, the Am Law 200. The National Law Journal also includes the firm among the top 200 on the NLJ 500 list of the nation’s largest law firms.

Susan Dunn receives DuRant Award from SC Bar Foundation

Susan Dunn

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Susan Dunn, longtime legal director of ACLU of South Carolina, is the 2024 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award recipient for meritorious service to the law and community.

The South Carolina Bar Foundation announced the honor at the recent annual Bar Convention in Charleston.

“Ms. Dunn has had a long and distinguished career as a practicing lawyer, and I could spend all afternoon listing her accomplishments and honors,” said Foundation Board President John K. DeLoache. He went on to cite the praise in her commendation packet, including this passage: “She is brilliant, tenacious, and effective. She’s also a wonderful mentor. She always makes time for a call, and she freely shares her knowledge of the court system and her advice. Despite all of her work, Susan remains one of our community’s unsung heroes.”

The DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award was established in 1980 in memory of Charlton DuRant, a Manning attorney who served as state senator and special associate justice of the S.C. Supreme Court. This award is one of the most prestigious statewide honors that members of the Bar can bestow on a fellow attorney. Recipients are nominated by their professional peers and selected by the South Carolina Bar Foundation Board.

“Charlton DuRant was, without a doubt, a lawyer’s lawyer,” said Dunn in accepting the award. “He shared his talents with Manning, his hometown, and with the entire state. I am honored to receive this award, which carries on his legacy. And I am humbled to be added to the list of elite attorneys who have been chosen by the SC Bar Foundation for this award.”

Susan Dunn retired in 2021 after 12 years as legal director of the ACLU of South Carolina and more than 40 years as a civil rights lawyer in South Carolina.

Before joining the ACLU, she worked in private practice in Charleston. She was the 1998 recipient of the Jean Galloway Bissell Award, presented annually by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.

“Thanks to Susan, the ACLU of South Carolina has been at the forefront of the most important civil liberties fights of our time,” said Frank Knaack, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina, upon her retirement. “Susan has made South Carolina a more just and equitable place for all.”

About the SC Bar Foundation
The South Carolina Bar Foundation promotes justice by funding legal access and education. It is the only statewide funding source contributing to those purposes. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to various law-related organizations and programs throughout South Carolina. Learn more:

D. Garet Strange, CFP has been promoted to Shareholder of Hobbs Group Advisors, LLC

COLUMBIA – D. Garet Strange, CFP has been promoted to Shareholder of Hobbs Group Advisors, LLC in the Columbia office. Prior to being named Shareholder, Garet was the Executive Vice President of Hobbs Group Advisors.

Hobbs Group Advisors was founded in 2006 by Mark T. Hobbs, CPA and Pete Pigeon, CFP and has grown to a team of 10 dedicated professionals. Garet Strange joined as the fourth member of the firm in 2011.
Garet graduated Magna cum Laude in May 2011 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management.

“Garet has demonstrated leadership qualities since very early in his career. He’s developed into a highly skilled Financial Planner, and we are most certainly better as an organization with him as a Shareholder. We are really excited to continue growing with talented, quality people like Garet” said Pete Pigeon, Chief Executive Officer of Hobbs Group Advisors, LLC.

“I am honored and excited to have this opportunity. This opportunity represents not just a milestone in my career, but a testament to our shared vision of unwavering client dedication and strategic growth. I look forward to continuing to navigate the complexities of our industry, providing top notch service to our clients, and elevating the culture of our firm,” added Garet Strange.

For more information, please visit or reach out by phone at 803-540-3034.

Hobbs Group Advisors, LLC provides a full suite of wealth management, financial planning, and retirement plan consulting services to individuals, families, and small and large businesses, including non-profits, qualified retirement plans, endowments, and foundations.

McCrory Construction CEO Allen Amsler elected 2024 Board Chair for ABC Carolinas

Allen Amsler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbia-based McCrory Construction, has been elected 2024 Board Chair of Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas). ABC Carolinas is a leading construction industry association representing more than 450 member firms in the two-state Carolinas region. Seven of the 20 board members, including Amsler, are based in South Carolina with the remainder located in North Carolina.

Having spent his entire professional career in construction, Amsler is passionate about elevating the construction industry in our region and beyond. On the heels of celebrating ABC Carolinas’ 25th anniversary year, Amsler and his fellow board members are focused on strategically paving the way for the next 25 years through ongoing initiatives with emerging professionals and across all workforce development efforts.

“ABC Carolinas represents many successful member organizations – general contractors, construction management firms, specialty contractors, material and equipment suppliers, and service providers – and it’s clear that developing future leaders is the lifeline to our collective long-term success,” said Amsler. “Of course, we will continue to be champions of safety and workforce development. Equally important, we will continue to be a voice heard nationally and regionally when it comes to shaping policy to further our deeply rooted merit shop philosophy.”

Amsler went on to say, “As I step into my role as 2024 Chair, I am energized by the unprecedented growth potential for our industry in the Carolinas. In keeping with our vision for ‘Building the Next Generation,’ this theme will be evident throughout the year, including our annual Construction Convention in downtown Greenville, South Carolina this August.”

Amsler began his extensive career with McCrory in 1987 following graduation from the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. After immersing himself in all aspects of the business through increasingly responsible roles — ranging from Assistant Project Manager to Project Manager, to Vice President of Operations — he assumed the title of President and CEO in 2006. In 2020, Amsler passed the torch to current McCrory President Allen Bridgers, while retaining his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Amsler has held leadership roles in various civic and non-profit organizations over the years, most notably serving seven years as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) after being appointed by then Governor Nikki Haley. He is also past Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina; the Special Olympics South Carolina; and Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters. In addition, Amsler served on the board for the Humane Society of South Carolina and as a Lexington advisory board member for the National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC).

About ABC Carolinas — Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) represents general contractors, construction management firms, specialty contractors, various material and equipment suppliers, and service providers all dedicated to the construction industry in North and South Carolina. Based in Charlotte, NC, ABC Carolinas is one of 69 chapters of ABC, a national association representing more than 20,000 members. South Carolina has three regional ABC councils – Midlands, Upstate and Lowcountry. North Carolina has four regional councils – Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Coastal. For more information and news, visit

About McCrory Construction — McCrory Construction, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., with an additional office in Greenville, S.C., is a full-service general contractor that has operated continuously since 1918. At 106 years old, McCrory is South Carolina’s oldest general contractor. Licensed in 13 states throughout the Southeast, McCrory has served an array of private and public sector clients through more than 3,000 general construction, design-build and construction management projects. Now under fifth generation private ownership, McCrory continues to be a leading force in retail, commercial, industrial, healthcare, and multi-family construction in the Southeast. McCrory is consistently honored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as a Top Performer, a prestigious national ranking that recognizes contractors for demonstrating world-class performance in five specific areas: safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours. Known for its people-focused culture, McCrory has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by SCBiz. To learn more, visit