Brendan Chambers has joined First Citizens as executive vice president and commercial banking executive. He has more than 16 years of experience in corporate, commercial and business banking

Previously, he was a senior vice president with PNC Financial Services Group Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Credit union

Meredith H. Siemens has joined South Carolina Federal Credit Union as vice president of corporate communications. Previously, she was communications manager for Greater Louisville Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.


Beth Hamilton has been named associate director of career services at the Charleston School of Law. Previously, she was an associate attorney at Pierce Herns Sloan & Wilson LLC, where she practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice defense and personal injury law. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.


Mark Lazo has joined Ladson-based CEMS Engineering Inc. as a fire protection engineer.Previously, he was a fire protection engineer at O’Brien & Gere. He has more than 19 years of experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering from Maryland University.

Event planning

Kady McKenzie has joined the City Market as the evening art market and special events manager.

She has a bachelor’s degree in merchandising management from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Health care

Brad Griffin has been named CEO of HCA’s Colleton Medical Center effective May 1. Previously, he was COO for Ocala Health System in Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and computer information systems from Mercer University and a master’s degree in health administration and business administration from Georgia State University.


Matt Scherer, Johann Kroll and Pierre-Luc O’Brien have joined Visionary Insurance Advocates LLC. Previously, they were hockey players with the South Carolina Stingrays.


Peter M. Kaufman has joined Wigger Law Firm Inc. as an attorney. He practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law, workers compensation and Social Security. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.

Neil Thomson has joined Ford & Wallace LLC as a partner. He represent businesses and individuals in commercial litigation, personal injury and professional liability. He has 10 years of experience. Previously he was with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.


Michelle Sharp has joined AgSouth Mortgages, a division of AgSouth Farm Credit, as a mortgage originator, She is based in the Summerville office. She has about seven years of mortgage industry experience.


Starr Jordan has joined the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry as director of education. Previously, she was director of the College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, an education outreach for the School of Sciences and Mathematics.


Beverly Hutchison has been named director of development and marketing at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. She has been with the center for 10 years as the coordinator of fundraising events. She has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University.

Real estate

Bo Avel has joined Charleston-based Twin Rivers Capital LLC to expand new store developments in the Southeast. He has more than 15 years of real estate experience. He has worked in developing locations for Family Dollar Stores for the past five years.

Patty Scott of Carolina One New Homes has been named sales executive for Tides condominiums in Mount Pleasant. She has more than 20 years of experience in luxury real estate sales and development. Previously, she worked with The Ponds of Summerville.


Andy Stephens has joined Scopus Security Solutions as partner and vice president of the company’s U.S. operations. Previously, he was director of security and special services at Kestrel Horizons LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Clemson University and a master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont.