About Mollee D. Harper
Authored 23 articles.
South Carolina's Prysmian Group Lands $300M Verizon Contract: Growth Projections from CEO Hakan Ozmen
Features, November 06, 2017
We caught up with Hakan Ozmen, CEO of Prysmian Group North America, headquartered in South Carolina. During our time together, Ozmen shares details about the company’s recent success landing a $300 million contract from Verizon, and how the company has invested in local operations to build fiber optic cables for this global infrastructure upgrade for the telecom leader.
Features, October 17, 2017
We sat down with Diane V. Nugent, President and CEO of Victoria Capital Management, Inc. headquartered in South Carolina. During our one-on-one, Nugent shares her extensive background in investment management (both domestic and abroad), the history of the firm she founded and manages with her husband and partner, and the high level of service they provide to individuals and organizations to build wealth.
Bank of America’s Evolution of Workplace Policies: Insights on New 16-Week Leave Policy for Mothers and Fathers
Features, September 27, 2017
Bank of America recently expanded its parental leave policy from 12 to 16 weeks of paid leave for new mothers and fathers – one of the most competitive offerings across the industry. We sat down with BofA’s Jennifer Darwin, SVP of Corporate Communications for the Carolinas to learn more about this workplace evolution.
Features, August 30, 2017
We sat down with Kelly Callahan Cruise, President and CEO of the United Way Association of South Carolina, to learn about her work supporting 24 local member United Ways throughout the state. During our one-on-one, Cruise provides insights into her focus on SC 2-1-1 for the past decade, and how they are leveraging technology and a new phone app to provide additional avenues for people in need of assistance, to connect with services in their communities.
Easy to Find, Hard to Leave Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach: Insights on Lakewood Camping Resort from Owner Blayne Perry
Features, July 11, 2017
Retail Recruitment Strategies for South Carolina Cities: A Look at Florence with Bob Sager of the Florence Downtown Development Corp.
Features, May 30, 2017
We met with Bob Sager, Retail Recruitment Consultant with the Florence Downtown Development Corporation. During our one-on-one, Sager highlights the ongoing revitalization efforts in downtown Florence and the role of recruiting retail businesses to fill historic districts.
Harby Moses of Coastal Structures Corporation: Commercial Construction in S.C.’s Grand Strand and Lowcountry
Features, May 19, 2017
We met with Harby Moses, owner and president of Coastal Structures Corporation in Georgetown, South Carolina. During our one-on-one, Moses shared the highs and lows of his life’s work in commercial and industrial construction, how he weathered the recession, and the secrets to his success in building relationships with his employees and clients.
Leadership Workforce Development for SC Manufacturers: Insights from Dave Baker and the Palmetto Leadership Center
Features, May 01, 2017
We sat down with Dave Baker, Principal and Sr. Consultant of Palmetto Leadership Center to discuss employment, engagement, and succession planning related to workforce leadership development. He shares insights into the importance of human relations in organizations today.
Preview of the Global Fluency Forum at BMW: Insights from Ten at the Top's Executive Director Dean Hybl
Features, April 25, 2017
South Carolina is one of the leaders in global investments. SC per capita is among the top capitol investments in foreign businesses in the U.S. This is not something that is new. This is longstanding with our state.
Features, April 14, 2017
Organizations need to create a crisis committee whose members will assess its vulnerabilities. For example, a large accounting firm may need to discuss the possibility of layoffs, an employee embezzling funds, the unexpected death of a top executive or a natural disaster. Then rank each possibility from 1 to 10 on the likelihood of the event occurring and the impact the event will have on the organization.
Features, April 04, 2017
South Carolina CEO spoke with CEO Clay Sikes and CFO Doug Baird of Coastal Solar Power with a heavy presence in South Carolina. During our time together, Sikes and Baird share the history of the company, their vision, mission and values, and the exciting projects they are working on in South Carolina. Sikes and Baird also share news of their new solar mobile unit they are showcasing at the Vidalia Onion Festival.
Features, February 17, 2017
We sat down with Joseph A. Seiner, labor law expert and Employment Law Professor at University of South Carolina School of Law to discuss yesterday’s landslide vote not to unionize by workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant.
Spotlight on Myrtle Beach: Josh Kay, CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation
Features, February 13, 2017
In this month's Spotlight, we take a look at the Grand Strand area of Myrtle Beach. Josh talks about the challenges and opportunities associated with economic development in a region known for tourism.
The Latest News from the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau with Scott Schult, EVP of Marketing
Features, February 09, 2017
Today we visit with Scott Schult, Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. During our interview, Schult shares insights into the important role the CVB plays in attracting tourism and visitors to the Grand Strand, and their lofty strategic goal to host 20 million people to the area by 2020.
South Carolina Success: Interview with Jim Thompson, VP Component Operations at Johnson Controls Recycling Center
Features, February 08, 2017
We sat down with James (Jim) S. Thompson, Vice President of Component Operations for Johnson Controls. During our interview, Thompson provides a high level overview of Johnson Controls International Plc. and shares details about the Florence-based recycling center opening in 2011 and its significant growth and economic contributions to the State over the past five years. He shares why the area was selected, his work with colleges and his pride in the local workforce and community.
Features, February 07, 2017
We sat down with Thornton Kirby, President and CEO for the SC Hospital Association. During our one on one, Kirby shares background and insights into the important role the Association plays in the State’s healthcare system. He also provides details about how the Association’s advocacy focus has expanded over the past decade in concert with national efforts and new regulations in order to improve patient wellness for all South Carolinians with a focus on value over volume.
Features, January 27, 2017
Barbara Melvin gives us a rare glimpse into her water world with insights on the real value of the 52-feet channel deepening, how technology has changed the landscape in shipping, and what’s next for Charleston’s deep-water port in growth and economic benefits to the State.
Features, January 26, 2017
We sat down with Matt Dunbar, Managing Director of Upstate Carolina Angel Network and VentureSouth. We learned about this investment group supporting and funding many entrepreneurs and startups in the southeast over the past eight years.
Features, November 29, 2016
Shaw provides insights into the Greenville community and her work that has impacted all of South Carolina as Chairman of the Board and Trustee for The Duke Endowment, The Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Hollingsworth Funds, and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. In her spare time, she also serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, the Columbia Mutual Fund Group and on the Advisory Board for Duke Energy.
Features, November 10, 2016
South Carolina CEO had the privilege of talking with Ben Moseley, second generation owner and Operations Manager for The Heirloom Companies headquartered in Campobello, South Carolina. Moseley shares insights into the success of the family-owned and operated artisan business, how diversification during the recession of 2008 not only kept their business alive but allowed them to thrive in new markets throughout the U.S., and how succession planning is preparing the three brothers for the passing of the torch to continue building on their father’s 25-year legacy.
Features, November 01, 2016
South Carolina CEO had the privilege of talking with David Morrow, chief executive officer of CresCom Bank headquartered in Charleston, a leader in the community banking sector for both North and South Carolina over the past 16 years. During our interview, Morrow shares the history of the bank’s beginning, the impressive growth it is had in the past six years, and what they are doing to stay competitive with the big banks and better meet the needs of the communities they serve through a combination of brick and mortar and digital offerings.
Features, October 31, 2016
Grand Strand CEO had the privilege of talking with Brad Dean of the award-winning Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, twice awarded a five-star accreditation for excellence and performance from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a distinction held by less than 1 percent of U.S. Chambers. Dean shares insights as the chamber’s chief executive officer, about the important role the chamber plays in disaster recovery from storms like the recent Hurricane Matthew, as well as economic growth plans for the 60 miles of coastland and communities of the Grand Strand the chamber serves.
Features, October 12, 2016
Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains, winds and record-breaking flooding caused significant damage to the state of South Carolina as the largest and most deadly storm to hit the state since Hurricane Hugo 27 years ago. Three South Carolinians lost their lives to Matthew – two in Florence County, and one in Richland County. An estimated 834,000 power outages were reported.