Rick Reames: South Carolina Department of Revenue

March 17, 2015:  Appointed by Governor Haley in July of 2014 as Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR), Rick Reames quickly transitioned from private sector tax attorney to public sector tax policy executor.  His focus is to ensure the state taxation and collection system is fair to all, and that no one carries the burden for others. This generally translates into ensuring “voluntary compliance” with the state’s existing tax and regulatory environment.  Read more

Lt. Colonel Phillip Woody: Hiring Vets

March 10, 2015 – Our club received a very timely message this week from Lt. Col. Phillip Woody (USMC Retired) who spoke on the topic of hiring veterans.  Col. Woody stressed through his introduction that the only relevant aspect of his curriculum vitae was his status as a veteran.  Speaking even though he was hoarse from participating in a “mud run” with fellow marines at Parris Island recently, he strongly urged members as leaders of the Charleston business community to hire veterans transitioning to the civilian sector.  At the outset he enlisted the aid of four volunteers from our club to give a demonstration.  He gave each a different color marker and asked them to put a mark on a piece of paper taped to the wall as high as they could without jumping.  He then told them that he had a $20 bill he would give to whoever was able to increase his mark on a second try.  After the winner of that competition was determined, he then gave a $50 bill to the contestant who was the closest to the second attempt on the first attempt – our own President Elect Paul Stoney.  The point was that veterans are already motivated to reach their highest potential even before they are told of monetary incentives.  Read more

Glenn McConnell: College of Charleston

March 3, 2015:  Rotarians were honored and delighted to have the College of Charleston’s 22nd President, Glenn F. McConnell, speak at our March 3rd meeting.  Well-known in South Carolina as a 30 year veteran of the Senate, former Senate President pro tempore of the state legislature and Lt. Governor of South Carolina, President McConnell left no doubt about his love, dedication and passion for the financial health, stability and vibrant future of Charleston’s marquee undergraduate educational institution.  Read more

Tom Tomlinson: The Gaillard Center

February 24, 2015:  Tom Tomlinson, Executive Director of the Gaillard Center, spoke to our Rotary Club about the new Gaillard Center currently under construction.

Mr. Tomlinson has over 30 years experience in the management of large performance centers, as well as smaller theaters. He has overseen the startup of a number of performance centers and his resume includes management of centers in Alaska, Orange County, Miami and Atlanta.  Read more

Michael Scarafile: State of Real Estate Market

February 17, 2014:  Almost everyone is interested in the state of the real estate market in our area and the speaker for our February 17 meeting helped educate us on what’s been happening here in residential sales.  Introduced by his Rotarian Club father, Vito Scarafile, Michael Scarafile, President of Carolina One Real Estate Company, challenged the membership with a real estate IQ test. No one got a perfect score on the 10 questions that were posed on the test, but we all learned that the residential market in 2014 reflected the continuing rebound in housing sales and prices since the recession. All data was according to statistics compiled from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.  Proof of the continuing housing recovery is evident in the comparison of the 9,366 active residential listings in 2008 to the 4,716 active listings in 2014.  The “absorption rate” of properties under $250,000 is 3 months and for properties listed at over $1,000,000, it is 18 months.  Read more