People and Achievements


ADCO has earned four awards at the Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina's annual Best of the Mountains competition for its work with Park Ridge Hospital.


Mandy Baibak, a membership development officer for SAFE Federal Credit Union, has been selected as the Overall Young Business Leader by the South Carolina Jaycees.


Taylor Gaines has joined Cohn Construction Services as property management coordinator.


Harry Huntley, CPA, has been named executive director of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority.

Carl Williams Sr., of CW & Sons in Lugoff, has been certified by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association to install ground source heat pump systems.



Beverly Chrisman has been elected to Baptist Healthcare System's board of trustees.

Lexington Medical Center has been honored with the 2009 Summit Award by Press Ganey for the hospital's Inpatient Services Department.

Palmetto Health has earned five Wallie awards from the Carolina's Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society: Gold Wallie, for PalmettoScope; Silver Wallie for Oh, Baby! Logo design; Silver Wallie, for 28 Heart Days mixed media campaign; Silver Wallie, for 28 Heart Days Web site; and Gold Tusk, for Doctors' Day 2009 (Physician Relations)

Providence Hospitals has been recognized with two Distinction Awards by the 2009 eHealthcare Leadership Awards from eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. Providence won best overall Web site and best site design.

Steve Prochak has been named regional sales manager for EHS.


Best Lawyers named the following attorneys Columbia's best in 2010 for certain practice areas based on peer review surveys:

Ellis Lawhorne & Sims: F. Earl Ellis Jr., workers' compensation

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd: J. Donald Dial Jr., trusts and estates, and George S. King Jr., banking

McNair Law Firm: Michael M. Beal, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights, and John W. Currie, corporate

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough: Stephen G. Morrison, company litigator, and Joel H. Smith, personal injury litigator (Smith is now with Bowman & Brooke)

Nexsen Pruet: Mark Knight, mergers & acquisitions


Melinda Ray and Amy Yates have joined W Realty as real estate professionals.

Bluebird Property Management has received a 2009 Best of Business Award in the business management category from the Small Business Commerce Association.