Monday, April 10th, Andy Smith from The Nickelodeon

Join us on Monday, when Andy Smith from The Nickelodeon addresses our club. Andy spent most of his childhood wandering around the South before attending Swarthmore College at the end of the last millenium. After receiving his Masters Degree from UCLA in Film, Television and Digital Media, he finally returned home to Columbia.

In 2007, he joined the staff of the Nickelodeon and founded the Indie Grits Film Festival. In a desperate search for a hobby, Andy spends much
of his time eating foods he denied himself during his 15 years of veganism and failing as a backyard gardener. If he could, Andy would love to remake Dog Day Afternoon using the cast of The Kids in the Hall. He currently serves on the board of the Art House Convergence and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

Join us Monday, March 27 for Tommy Preston from Boeing

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Tommy Preston, Jr., is the Director of National Strategy and Engagement at Boeing South Carolina, where he focuses on regulatory, public policy, grassroots strategy, and community engagement. Most recently, he practiced law at Nexsen Pruet, LLC in Columbia, South Carolina where he represented companies and organizations, including Boeing, on economic development, public policy, and regulatory matters. He was also the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Initiative.

Monday, March 6, David Kerr, Lexington Public Saftey

IMG_0577Mr. David Kerr has served as the Director of Public Safety for Lexington County since October 2011.  Prior to assuming this position he served in the United States Army for 22 years. He entered Basic Military Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1989 and served as a Counterintelligence Agent for 11 years.  After serving in Europe, Bosnia, Kuwait, Panama and Stateside, he attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and in 2000 he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.

He served in positions of increasing responsibility, which included Platoon Leader in the Republic of Korea; two company commands in Missouri; Operations/Police Advisor in Baghdad, Iraq; Law & Order Operations Officer in Maryland; and Senior Security Advisor, to the Saudi Arabian National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Kerr retired as the Chief of Police at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 2011.  Mr. Kerr is American Board Certified in Homeland Security – Level II and has extensive experience in the management of law enforcement, emergency response, security and antiterrorism programs worldwide.  He currently serves as the Chairman of Leadership Lexington County and serves as an advisor on the State Palmetto 800 Communications Committee.

r join us from Lexington Public Saftey.