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

Greenville, SC – 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

Medicinal Whiskey Charity Kentucky Derby Party

Benefiting Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children
and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital
BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center

Medicinal Whiskey Charity is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 4, 2024, featuring a viewing of the Kentucky Derby, a live performance by The Dirty Guv’nahs, bourbon tasting, food and much more! Tickets are available NOW!
All funds raised will benefit the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders through Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center.

For tickets, sponsorships or more information, visit

Raymond James Welcomes Parks Schoen

Parks Schoen recently joined the Schoen Capital Group of Raymond James as a Financial Advisor.

“I am pleased to welcome Parks to the Raymond James family,” said Complex Manager Brian Flemmer. “He’s a perfect fit for our client-centric approach to doing business.”

Parks brings an entrepreneurial and leadership background to his work as a financial advisor. He started his own acrylic art painting business in 2021 and has extensive experience in both coaching and mentoring youth. At the Schoen Capital Group, Parks offers a comprehensive approach to wealth management, from retirement and estate planning to education savings and legacy building.

“It is an incredible honor and pleasure to partner with my father, Craigen Schoen,” Parks said. “I believe my highly disciplined, motivated, creative, and enthusiastic personality and my passion for helping people achieve their financial goals will be a strong addition to our team.”

The Schoen Capital Group of Raymond James is located at 112 Haywood Rd in Greenville. For additional information, contact the team at 864-289-2164 or visit

About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 8,700 financial advisors. Total client assets are $1.38 trillion. Public since 1983, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC.

Greenville Jewish Federation participates in Advocacy Day

Leadership of the Greenville Jewish Federation took part in a day of advocacy in Columbia at the State House on March 6th.

Rep. Beth Bernstein read a pro-Israel resolution, condemning Hamas, followed by the House and gallery standing in a show of support for Israel. Representatives from Secure Communities Network (SCN), ACLU and the ADL participated. Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, State Rep. Wendell Gilliard and Sen. Larry Grooms each gave time to the group as part of the SC Jewish Advocacy Day at the State House.

“The goal of Jewish Advocacy Day is to help our lawmakers understand the threats the Jewish community in South Carolina faces and the importance of legislative action to recognize antisemitism and hate crimes,” Tessler said. “Our work isn’t over after Advocacy Day, as we will continue to encourage the Jewish community to engage with their elected officials and be heard.”

About the Greenville Jewish Federation:

The Greenville Jewish Federation is a dynamic organization dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community in Greenville and neighboring counties. With a rich philanthropy and community-building history, the Federation works tirelessly to support educational programs, social services, cultural events, and advocacy efforts that promote Jewish values, heritage, and unity.

To learn more about the Greenville Jewish Federation’s initiatives and upcoming programs, visit

Wallick Investments now offers holistic financial planning

Nick Shiver, Director of Wealth Planning at Wallick Investments

South Carolina-based RIA firm Wallick Investments, LLC is proud to announce the addition of a new financial planning service line to complement its long-standing investment advisory and portfolio management services. This new service line, called Fidelis Wealth Planning, continues the same strategic moral approach Wallick Investments has taken since its inception.

At the strategic level, the Fidelis Wealth Planning process will reflect and uphold the professional guidelines of the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Board of Standards by imitating its thorough process of addressing the comprehensive financial status of each client. At the moral level, the process will construct values-based plans and affirm a virtue-first approach to financial living.

Through Fidelis Wealth Planning, an individual’s finances will be viewed with a holistic lens, as a resource, a means to an end and tool for good. Clients will be assisted and accompanied towards good stewardship. Plans will be built around the core values held by each client to assist with the fulfillment of their unique calling. Ongoing advice and education will be given to encourage virtuous financial habits and decisions. Active relationships with clients will be established and maintained with the intention of providing ongoing support and assistance through the different stages of life.

The concrete financial components of Fidelis Wealth Planning are organized into four initiatives: Organize, Optimize, Grow, and Protect. Within these four initiatives, the following areas will be assessed and addressed for the betterment of each client’s present and future financial needs: objectives, budgets, cash flows, balance sheets, taxes, debts, investments, retirement plans, education, giving, risk analyses, insurances, and estate plans. All documents can be stored and progress tracked with our customized Fidelis Wealth Planning software.

The Fidelis Wealth Planning service line will be led by Nick Shiver, Director of Wealth Planning at Wallick Investments. For more information, please call 803.699.8828, e-mail [email protected], or visit

GreenWood, Inc. Earns Bronze Medal Sustainability Rating Through EcoVadis

Greenville, SC – – GreenWood, Inc., an industrial maintenance, operations, and construction solutions provider, announces the receipt of the EcoVadis sustainability bronze medal and certificate. EcoVadis is the world’s largest provider of business sustainability ratings where they assess companies on their environmental, social, and ethical performance. To qualify for this recognition, GreenWood successfully completed the EcoVadis assessment process that scores companies on 21 sustainability criteria. The Bronze Medal places GreenWood within the top 50% of all assessed companies.

“It’s a privilege to receive this recognition from EcoVadis,” sates GreenWood President Kevin Crittendon. “Our dedicated project teams work tirelessly every day to perform their work well and this bronze medal is a reflection of their accomplishments.”

About GreenWood, Inc.
GreenWood provides industrial maintenance services, production support, and construction solutions designed to extend the life of critical assets, influence operational efficiencies, and deliver bottom line improvements for plants and facilities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. We operate under a “Customer-Centered” philosophy where safety performance is always first and our flexibility to respond to customer needs is an ongoing priority as it has been for over 30 years. GreenWood, Inc. is certified as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). For more information, visit

About EcoVadis
EcoVadis is the world’s leading provider of business sustainability ratings. EcoVadis assesses companies on their environmental, social, and ethical performance. EcoVadis ratings are used by companies of all sizes to track and improve their sustainability performance. Learn more at

Amanda Herlihy Named GSA Business Report’s 2024 Woman of Influence Honoree

Amanda Herlihy, SCGSAH Foundation Executive Director

Amanda Herlihy, executive director of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation, was named a 2024 Woman of Influence by GSA Business Report. This honor is bestowed upon Upstate businesswomen who are reaching inspiring heights in their careers and providing inspirational examples by giving back to the community. Nominations for the award are submitted annually by businesses, organizations and individuals.

A native of Cortlandt Manor, New York, Herlihy holds a bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts and arts management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She began working at the Governor’s School in 2018 as the director of development. She served as the interim executive director and was named executive director in June 2023. Herlihy has been instrumental in raising funds to support arts education across the state.

Relationship building has been Herlihy’s passion, and in the Greenville community, she has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Piedmont Chapter since 2021 in various roles, including vice president of membership, vice president of communications, and mentorship chair. Herlihy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville and serves as the Association Health Plan Trustee for Together SC.

“We are honored to recognize Amanda for her outstanding contributions to our community. Her dedication and impact speak volumes, quietly influencing and enriching the lives of those around her,” said Fain McDaniel, Governor’s School Foundation board chair. “Amanda’s humility and genuine commitment to making a difference exemplify the spirit of service that defines a Woman of Influence. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to her on this well-deserved honor.”

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support the Governor’s School. The foundation uses its  resources to increase access to the school for students who need financial support, aid the  school’s efforts to provide arts education in under-resourced counties, and bridge the gap  between state funding and the unique needs of South Carolina’s premier public arts school. Visit or call (864) 282-1570.

New DOL Rule in Effect March 11, 2024. Is your business compliant? Don’t Pay Double for your Independent Contractors

Attorney Casey Martens will review the new Independent Contractors classifications for businesses March 7 Lunch & Learn in Greer

GREENVILLE, SC – Area businesses which rely on independent contractors should note the US Department of Labor’s recently adopted a new six-factor test for determining worker classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which narrows the definition of who is an independent contractor. This new rule goes into effect on March 11, 2024.

The six factors to consider when determining a worker’s status are:

1. Opportunity for profit or loss depending on managerial skill;
2. Investments by the worker and the potential employer;
3. Degree of permanence of the work relationship;
4. Nature and degree of control;
5. Extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the potential employer’s business; and
6. Skill and initiative.

The Department of Labor has said that these factors are not exhaustive. Instead, the analysis uses a totality-of-the-circumstances “economic reality” approach, which allows consideration of other relevant, but unenumerated, factors that “in some way indicate whether the worker is in business for themself.” Where the worker is dependent on the employer for work, they will not qualify as an independent contractor under this rule.

Misclassifying workers can mean serious consequences for employers, including:
• Owing double the worker’s damages
• Paying the other side’s attorney’s fees and costs
• Individual liability – you’re not shielded by the corporation– for individuals who had a hand in the misclassification; and
• To the extent a settlement is reached, the agreement itself—and the amounts paid—is public information.
• (And this list doesn’t include IRS and/or DOL penalties.)

Kim, Lahey & Killough attorney Casey Martens will review the US Department of Labor’s new six-factor test and the new Fair Labor Standards Act independent contractor classification changes during a Lunch & Learn event on Thursday, March 7th from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM at the Thornblade Club in Greer. This event is complimentary; however seating is limited and registration is required:

About Attorney Casey Martens:
Casey Martens heads up Kim Lahey & Killough’s Brevard, North Carolina office and works with clients throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. Her law practice focuses in the areas of employment law counseling and compliance, employee investigations, wage and hour disputes, business disputes and litigation, contracts, trademark analysis and registration. She has been recognized as a South Carolina Rising Star in Employment Law, and a SC Legal Elite of the Upstate by Greenville Business Magazine. Casey Martens is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

About Kim, Lahey & Killough Law Firm
With offices in Greenville and Charleston, SC and Brevard, NC, the Kim, Lahey & Killough Law Firm is devoted to helping clients establish, enforce, and leverage their intellectual property rights from the Upstate, to the Lowcountry to across the globe. For more information, visit the firm website at

USC School of Medicine Greenville Holds David A. Wilson, MD Innovations in Medicine Lectureship

USC School of Medicine Greenville holds its 2024 David A. Wilson, MD Innovations in Medicine Lecture Series March 26 with Jeffery S. Mogil, PhD., presenting an overview of his research titled, “Sex Differences in Pain Throughout the Lifespan.” Dr. Mogil will discuss how men and women experience pain differently, citing examples of research indicating divergent experiences based on sex.

As the E.P. Taylor Chair of Pain Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Mogil’s behavioral neuroscience research seeks to better understand the nervous system mechanisms that mediate and inhibit pain perception. In addition to this research and teaching, Mogil serves as the Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Pain (Tier 1).

The Wilson Distinguished Lecture series highlights advancements in medicine, engages local community members and draws national attention to the professional advancement occurring at Greenville’s medical school. The series recognizes Dr. David A. Wilson, the first board-certified general surgeon in Greenville. Dr. Wilson initiated the accreditation of surgical training at Greenville Health System (now Prisma Health) and developed innovative contributions to the surgical treatment of tuberculosis.

Greenville Mayor Knox White recently honored Dr. David Wilson’s wife, Ruth Wilson Nicholson, in a proclamation declaring Feb. 3 as the School of Medicine Greenville Day of the Woman for her contributions to the growth of educational opportunities for nurse practitioners.

Dr. Wilson’s family, with support from the Sargent Foundation, established the lecture series to highlight advancements in medicine. The Sargent Foundation, founded in 1953 by Earle and Eleanor Sargent, and led by trustees Dr. Robert and Mrs. Teresa Wilson and Dr. Bob Jones III, seeks to improve the Upstate’s medical health care system. Each year, the foundation sponsors student and faculty research, scholarships, and facility upgrades to the school of medicine. Contributions from the Sargent Foundation and awareness raised by the Wilson Lectures further the medical school’s mission to train future healthcare practitioners committed to improving the health outcomes of the Greenville community.

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.