Service members often make the ultimate sacrifice in the fight to defend freedom for the U.S. Now, some will be honored by having aircraft at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant named after them.
The recently launched Aircraft Naming Committee, chaired by Patriots Point volunteer and former Marine artillery officer Capt. Mike Sudzina, have selected the names of five individuals for the first aircraft to be named.
The SH-3G Sea King helicopter, which is undergoing renovations, will be named on one side of the fuselage for three men (Charles K. Moran, Thomas D. Vincent and James I. Pratt), who lost their lives while flying on a mission from the Yorktown.
The other side of the aircraft will bear the names of Dr. Art Schmidt and James B. Dorsey, who distinguished themselves while flying helicopters during combat operations and were involved with the Apollo space program, including the recovery of Apollo 8.
Their names will be unveiled in a ceremony in the fall, along with a placard detailing their service.
The committee has adopted stringent criteria for the naming process.
Within weeks of announcing $14 million in fresh venture capital, PeopleMatter, the North Charleston-based human resources software firm, also has two new senior managers: Michael LaBorde, who is chief financial officer, a job he previously held at other tech companies such as bulbstorm and ShopperTrak, and Brogan Taylor, a sales veteran who has worked at WebEx and Cisco Systems and now is vice president of strategic accounts.
Meanwhile, former VP of strategy Charles Wyke-Smith has left the company he co-founded in 2009. Wyke-Smith said last week his departure was amicable and that it had little to do with the funding infusion. Instead, it was the opportunity to grow an unidentified software-as-a-service start-up into “the next big thing” and an invitation to write a third edition of his web development book, “Stylin’ With CSS,” that drew him away. “A lot of things just fell into place,” he said.
PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore mentioned the hires at a recent appearance at the College of Charleston. A company spokeswoman declined to comment further last week, citing company policy.
No one wants to think about losing a loved one, but it will happen eventually.
For those who rush in to protect lives and property as others rush out of harm’s way, that thought is probably more acute.
To that end, the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough will offer free estate planning for first responders from Charleston police and fire departments and their spouses during the firm’s “Wills for Heroes” event 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 18 in Liberty Center at 151 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston.
The program was developed in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Since that time, the firm has provided thousands of free wills to first responders throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
“Wills for pubic safety professionals are critical and help to reduce stress and confusion when unexpected tragic events occur,” Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said.
First responders interested in a free will should register with the law firm by May 16 by calling 800-237-2000, ext. 9331. Go to www.nelsonmullins.com/pages/wills-for-heroes/ 367.
The crash and burn of commercial real estate brokerage giant Grubb & Ellis Co. earlier this year prompted its only Charleston-area affiliate to consider all of its options.
Now the bankrupt California-based franchise has been sold to BGC Partners Inc. for $30 million, Mount Pleasant-based Grubb & Ellis|WRS has made a decision: It’s cutting ties and moving on.
The independently owned firm plans to drop the Grubb & Ellis name next month, said Chris Fraser, president.
“We’ve given notice that we’re terminating our franchise agreement May 15,” Fraser said last week.
BGC Partners is incorporating Grubb & Ellis into its existing brokerage unit and calling the merged business Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Inc.
WRS plans to align itself with another big real estate firm. Fraser, who also is chairman of the Charleston County School Board, said negotiations had not been finalized last week.
Law firms, news organizations and other businesses that routinely download documents from the federal court online filing system are paying 25 percent more for the service to support upgrades.
The jump in the “electronic public access fee” rose to 10 cents a page from 8 cents on April 1. The last time the charge went up was 2005. The Judicial Conference of the United States authorized the latest increase in September.
There are exceptions. Local, state and federal government agencies will be exempt from the increase for three years. Also, registered users who rack up less than $15 in charges per quarter won’t be charged. Previously, the limit was $10.
Going paperless can put the power in your hands.
During April, South Carolina Electric & Gas will contribute $1 to Palmetto Clean Energy, a nonprofit that supports renewable energy generation, for every customer who signs up for paperless billing, up to a total of $2,500.
As of the end of February, more than 176,000 SCE&G customers, about 28 percent, had signed up for paperless billing, twice the national average of 12.7 percent among other utilities.
With paperless billing, customers receive an e-mail from SCE&G when their current bill is available to view online. Customers can sign in to their secure account online, view the bill and choose how to pay it. Go to sceg.com/paperless.