Columbia Chamber announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Friday, September 25th, 2020

The Columbia Chamber is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Board of Directors with the addition of nine new members.

Tim Arnold, CEO and President of Colonial Life, has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Kim Wilkerson, South Carolina State President, Bank of America. Jean Cecil Frick, NP Strat, will serve as Chair-elect. New members joining the Chamber’s Board this year include: John Cadena, Dominion Energy; Renee Chow, Historic Columbia; Patrick Cleary, Bowman and Brooke; Bo Cofield, Prisma Health; Solon Flowers, Starbucks; Karen Jenkins, KRJ Consulting, LLC; Keller Kissam, Dominion Energy; Montague Laffitte, South State Bank; and Ann Thomason, Ann Thomason Real Estate.

“This is an important year as we address issues around economic development, growth, and unity amid a global pandemic,” said Tim Arnold. “We will continue to build strong partnerships and connections that benefit the Columbia business community.”

The 2020-2021 Columbia Chamber Board of Directors:

*indicates Executive Committee Member


Tim Arnold* | Colonial Life
John Boyd | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. P.A.
Mike Brenan* | BB&T
John Cadena* | Dominion Energy
Robert L. Caslen, Jr. | University of South Carolina
Holt Chetwood* | Wells Fargo
Renee Chow | Historic Columbia Foundation
Jared Clary | Splash Omnimedia
Patrick Cleary | Bowman and Brooke, LLP
Bo Cofield | Prisma Health
Bryant Davis | Richland County
John Durst | South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Brett Edwards | Enterprise Holdings
Bill Ellen | Midlands Authority for Convention, Sports & Tourism
Mike Farmer* | TD Bank
Scot Fischer | FN America, LLC
Solon Flowers | Starbucks
Andy Folsom* | BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
John Folsom* | Colliers International
Jean Cecil Frick* | NP Strategy
Benjamin Green | Insurance Advantage
John Griggs* | Synovus
Michael Gula | Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Ron Harvey* | Global Core Strategies & Consulting
Will Holmes | PNC Financial Services
Felicia Rhue Howard | Dominion Energy
Mark James* | Cypress Commercial & Investment Real Estate
Karen Jenkins* | KRJ Consulting, LLC
Matt Kennell | City Center Partnership, Inc.
Bill Kirkland | USC – Office of Economic Engagement
Keller Kissam* | Dominion Energy
Montague Laffitte | South State Bank
David Lockwood* | Colliers International
Scott McClelland* | Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC
JT McLawhorn | Columbia Urban League, Inc.
Heather Mitchell | The Boudreaux Group, Inc.
Brian Morris | Fulcrum Risk Solutions
Dr. Ronald Rhames | Midlands Technical College
Will Riley | Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
Ann Thomason | Ann Thomason Real Estate
John Welsh | First Citizens Bank
Kim Wilkerson* | Bank of America/U.S. Trust
Chris Zimmer* | BB&T

“Business leaders who agree to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors share a commitment to creating an environment where all can thrive,” stated Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “The visionary guidance that our Board will give to the Chamber’s Partners will be of particular value as businesses emerge from the impact of this pandemic.”