COR Table for Six: A Unique Dinner Connecting Aspiring Leaders with Seasoned Executives

TF6 | Table for Six
A unique dinner connecting aspiring leaders with seasoned executives
presented by COR | Columbia Opportunity Resource
sponsored by Regions Bank and Blue Marlin Restaurant

Table for Six (TF6) is a unique networking event in the Midlands that connects seasoned executives with aspiring young leaders in the community. Instead of the usual, stuffy networking event, Table for Six takes place over dinner to facilitate open and free conversation, Q&A and relationship building.

TF6 is a key part of COR's efforts to attract and retain top talent by providing opportunities for young professionals to gain leadership exposure and experience as a key element of Columbia’s efforts to attract and retain top talent.

Executives participating include:
* Mike Brenan, president, BB&T of South Carolina and chairman, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
* JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation
* Ernest Pringle, assistant dean for information technology, University of South Carolina School of Law
* Debbie Summers, Lexington County Councilwoman and sales executive, Sun Printing
* Dr. Louis Lynn, entrepreneur and horticulturalist, ENVIRO Ag Science, Inc.
* Dr. Linda Salane, executive director, Columbia College Leadership Institute


Michael "Mike" R. Brenan
Brenan received his B.A. in Economics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has held his current position as President of BB&T of South Carolina since January 2000. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of BB&T of North Carolina.

Active in business and civic affairs, Brenan is Past Chairman of the South Carolina Bankers Association Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation and is Chair-Elect of the United Way Association of South Carolina and the SC Independent Colleges and Universities. He serves on the Business and Industry Political Committee (BIPEC), Midland’s Business Leadership Group, Palmetto Leadership Council, President’s Advisory Board at Clemson University, South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and the Palmetto Business Forum. His current work with foundations includes involvement with the Palmetto Health Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation.

Ernest Pringle
Ernest M. Pringle, assistant dean for information technology, joined the University of South Carolina School of Law in September 2007. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for all information technology (IT) services, including the planning, delivery and management of academic and administrative technology for the law school.

Prior to joining the School of Law, Dean Pringle served as Associate Director of Student Development & University Housing for Information Technology. He also served as Network Manager for the College of Hotel, Restaurant and Sport Management (formerly the College of Applied Professional Sciences) at USC. Prior to that position he worked as a network operator for Policy Management Systems Corporation in Blythewood, SC.

Dean Pringle earned his BS degree in Office Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with an information systems emphasis, both from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified Novell administrator (CNA), an EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute graduate and was nominated by former USC president Andrew Sorensen to participate in Blueprint for Leadership, an eight week United Way leadership training program. He also serves on the board of directors of Latino Communications Community Development Corporation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia.

JoAnn Turnquist
Turnquist leads the Central Carolina Community Foundation in implementing the long-range strategic plan and works with the board of trustees and staff to set the vision for new initiatives. She provides stewardship services to new and existing donors and works to expand the role of the Foundation within the community.

Turnquist was previously Chief of Staff at The Moore School of Business, Director Corporate Accounts at JohnsonDiversey and Vice President of Sales Jan/San and Commercial Outlets at The Clorox Company Connections.

Dr. Linda Salane
Dr. Salane serves as executive director of the Leadership Institute and special assistant to the president at Columbia College. She organized the Institute and is its first and only executive director. She also organized Columbia College's Alliance for Women.

She was previously USC's Vice President for student affairs and the chief financial officer at Columbia College. She is a receipient of the James T. Rogers Meritorious Service Award from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Always recharging her batteries, Dr. Salane is a routine three-mile runner. She lives conveniently close to the gym at Woodhill Mall, where she is often seen in a workout. She serves on the board of directors of The Cooperative Ministery and she is one of Columbia's Women in Philanthropy.

Debra B. "Debbie" Summers
Debbie Summers serves as council member to Lexington County District 4, Oak Grove, Springdale and part of Lexington. Debbie is past chair of the council, the first female chair of the council and is currently the only female serving on the council. She works as a sales executive for Sun Printing in West Columbia.

Dr. Louis B. Lynn
Dr. Louis B. Lynn’s horticultural enterprise, ENVIRO Ag Science, Inc., established in 1985, is the largest African American-owned landscape firm in South Carolina. His company’s construction division has completed a number of showcase projects including the Columbia Convention Center, the University of South Carolina Colonial Center and BMW Manufacturing. Other clients include Ft. Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, Fort Gordon and the Savannah River Nuclear site. As a research scientist, Lynn worked at Monsanto developing the Roundup® herbicide.

Early in his entrepreneurial career, Lynn was challenged to own a socially responsible firm and from a public perspective to “pay his civic rent.” His civic engagement includes election to six four-year terms on the Clemson Board of Trustees since 1988. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the S.C. Workforce Investment, the State Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, the Palmetto Agribusiness Council, the Midlands Business Leadership Council, the State Museum Foundation, the S.C. Horticulture Society and the S.C. Commission of Higher Education.

A devout Christian, Dr. Lynn considers his business as his ministry, and that desire to use his vocation to advocate his faith has led to his pursuit of a certificate in Market Place Ministry at Columbia Bible College. Dr. Lynn often shares his faith by leading community prayers for Clemson vs. USC football games, the Mayor’s Inauguration, the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and numerous business events. His business mission statement is Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

The Darlington County native was in the second freshman class to integrate Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Horticulture. He earned his Ph.D in Horticulture at the University of Maryland.

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