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The Business Narrative: Seeking the White House (Again)

Jan 26, 2024 09:46AM ● By Donna Walker

Former President Trump Headed to Greenville

By David Dykes


Former President Donald J. Trump plans to be in Greenville, South Carolina, on Feb. 20, 2024, for a campaign fund-raising event, with a $6,600-per-person reception, according to information sent to supporters by the Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee.


There also will be a Write/Raise photo opportunity with Trump and a VIP reception for $23,200.


The event location wasn’t disclosed. Trump's appearance would come just before South Carolina's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 24.


Trump Save America JFC is a joint fund-raising committee on behalf of Donald J. Trump for President 2024, Inc. and Save America.


Committee officials say joint fundraising proceeds will be allocated 90 percent to Donald J. Trump for President 2024, Inc. (2024 primary election), 10 percent to Save America, and any contribution exceeding the legal amount that may be contributed to either of the committees will be allocated to Donald J. Trump for President 2024, Inc. (2024 general election).


Those inviting supporters to the Greenville event included Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife, Peggy; Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott; Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette; Sloan and Wallace Cheves; and former University of South Carolina head football coach Lou Holtz.


In announcing the Greenville invitation, Meredith O’Rourke, finance director of the Trump Save America JFC, wrote, “After President Trump’s victory in Iowa, victory in New Hampshire, and the endorsement of former presidential candidates Governor Ron DeSantis, Governor Doug Burgum, Senator Tim Scott, and Vivek Ramaswamy it’s time for us to unite as a party and defeat Joe Biden. Please join us and help us Make America Great Again this November!”


Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are fighting for the Republican presidential nomination to compete against President Biden, a Democrat, in November.  

Former S.C. Gov. Beasley to Join Faculty of USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley will join the faculty of the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law on March 1.


As governor from 1995 to 1999, Beasley is credited with reforming state government and revitalizing the state’s struggling economy. He then undertook two decades of humanitarian and peacemaking work all over the world.

Nominated by American presidents of both parties, he became executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, feeding hundreds of millions of starving people in more than 80 countries.


Beasley served in that role from 2017 to 2023, and in 2020, he received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization for its efforts to combat hunger and conflict around the world and make peace.

While serving as governor, Beasley also advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House dome. His efforts earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2003.


The flag was finally removed from the State House grounds in 2015 after nine people were killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

“Little did I know the challenges and adventures I was being prepared for in law school. But the way the University of South Carolina Law School taught me to think and act with integrity was very important to it all,” Beasley said. “To now have a chance to give back to a new generation of future leaders is one of the great opportunities of my life.”

Beasley will receive a full-time appointment in USC’s Rice School of Law as Distinguished Professor of Practice and Public Service in the Department of Legal Studies.

Said Dean William Hubbard: “Gov. Beasley’s example of exemplary leadership and public service will inspire our students, broaden their perspectives and enhance their international understanding.”

In addition to teaching, Beasley will give guest lectures at the law school, the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences, where he will actively engage with students across a range of disciplines.


He also will share his experiences with student organizations, participate in special events and seek opportunities to host government leaders and policymakers on campus.

A native of Lamar, South Carolina, he earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from USC in 1979 and graduated from the university’s School of Law in 1983.

His lifetime of public service began while he was still an undergraduate when he was elected to serve in the S.C. House of Representatives at the age of 21.


He earned his law degree while serving in the state Legislature, where he represented constituents for more than 14 years before being elected governor in 1994.

Beasley also co-founded the Center for Global Strategies in 2005 with fellow USC law school alumnus Henry L. Deneen, who had been chief legal counsel for Beasley’s administration.


The center’s mission is to integrate developing communities into the global economy via investment, market solutions and a message of peace.


The University of South Carolina’s Joseph F. Rice School of Law, one of the nation’s oldest, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. It is home to the nation’s first voluntary Pro Bono Program.


The Rice School of Law also created one of the nation’s first clinical programs and now offers eight in-house clinics supervised by full-time licensed attorneys where students can practice law as student attorneys representing real clients pursuing matters such as health, children’s and veterans’ law.

Dale Stigamier Named President of LCK; Mickey Layden Continues as CEO

LCK, a professional project management services firm and partner of Colliers | South Carolina, announced that Dale Stigamier has been named president of the company.


Officials said the strategic appointment is in response to the growth that LCK has experienced over the past decade and positions the firm to continue that success under his leadership well into the future.  


Stigamier joined LCK in 2017 as senior vice president of Project Management Services and, officials said, has been a significant contributor to the organization’s expansion and delivery of project management services.


In his role as president, he will assume more executive responsibilities across LCK’s footprint within the state and beyond while leading a team of project management professionals, the officials said.


With over 20 years of work in the real estate industry, Stigamier has experience in development, construction and project management.


Said Mickey Layden, CEO of LCK: “I have been blessed to have worked alongside Dale and know that he brings the commitment to excellence and passion required to lead LCK in the future. I look forward to continuing to work with him as he takes on this higher level of responsibility.”


LCK operates across a statewide footprint with offices in Greenville/Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston and employs 18 project managers.


LCK’s volume of work in recent years has exceeded $1B annually and serves an array of clients, providing professional project management services nationwide.


Projects include a range of market sectors such as commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, healthcare, municipal and nonprofit.  

Your Right to Get Information About Funeral Services By Phone

Whether you’re making funeral arrangements for a loved one in another state, or simply can’t or don’t want to meet with the funeral provider in person to learn about the goods and services they offer, the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule gives you the right to get accurate information over the phone.


FTC investigators recently discovered many violations of the Funeral Rule, including some providers that didn’t give accurate price information over the phone and others that didn’t give out any price information over the phone.


If you’re inquiring about funeral arrangements by phone, here are some things you’ll want to ask — and that the law requires the provider to answer:


* What type of services do you offer?

* How much does the service cost and what’s included?

* Will there be other costs, like for transportation, death certificates, or obituaries?


FTC officials said if a funeral provider won’t give you information about prices, services, and merchandise over the phone, look elsewhere.


Learn more about your rights when shopping for funeral services.

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