Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina and the S.C. Business Hall of Fame Committee have announced the names of the 2017 honorees, to be inducted at the 33rd South Carolina Business Hall of Fame this spring.
· Emmett Davis, chairman of Davis & Floyd, Inc., (Greenwood)
Chairman of Davis & Floyd, Inc. an engineering firm in Greenwood, SC that is recognized as one of the preeminent engineering and environmental firms in the Southeast. He is a leader in professional engineering societies as well as in civic and community organizations, serving as an elder in his church, a member and former chairman of the board of Erskine College, a former director and president of The Citadel Development Foundation and many other organizations.
· Patrick W. McKinney, former partner of Kiawah Partners, (Charleston)
Patrick W. McKinney joined the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors in June 2011 and will lead the Board as Chairman beginning in January 2016. Mr. McKinney's 40-year career in real estate sales and development included the $105 million purchase of Kiawah Island in 1988 from the Kuwait Investment Company, the largest single real estate transaction in South Carolina history at the time. Mr. McKinney was a partner in Kiawah Partners, Kiawah's master developer, until its sale in 2013, and serves as a consultant to Kiawah Island Real Estate, from which he retired as President in 2006. Mr. McKinney's coastal real estate sales and development experience also includes Sea Pines Plantation in Hilton Head, Wild Dunes Beach & Racquet Club, and partnership in the Brumley/McKinney Company in Charleston. During his career Mr. McKinney worked alongside various architects in the development of nine golf courses on Kiawah Island, Sea Pines Resort and Doonberg Links in Ireland. Mr. McKinney has served in leadership positions in numerous local, state and national golf associations and numerous non-profit organization boards. In addition to the SCPA Board, Mr. McKinney is an active Board member with The Horizon Project, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, as well as The Original Six Foundation. Mr. McKinney earned his BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University.
· James M. Smith, Sr., founder of JM Smith Corporation, (Spartanburg)
The J M Smith Corporation was born from the seed of a single pharmacy opened in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1925 by James M. Smith Sr. Smith actually prospered during the Great Depression and opened 15 other pharmacies in the Carolinas and Georgia, partnering with a local pharmacist in each store. The consummate businessman, he traveled over the roads of that day to visit each store every week. In December 1943, Smith founded Smith Drug Company in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a distributor of wholesale drugs, first to supply the Smith Drug Store chain, then to other pharmacies across the Southeast. As the wholesale distribution expanded, he began divesting his interest in the pharmacies. In 1959, under the direction of Smith's son, James Smith Jr., the company began utilizing the unused capacity on its new IBM mainframe computer to provide data processing services to area businesses and local government agencies under the name Smith Data Processing. Then, in 1977, the QS/1 Pharmacy System was launched, bringing automation to America's pharmacies. With its technology offerings soaring, the company changed its name to the J M Smith Corporation in 1979 and created two divisions, Smith Drug Company and Smith Data Processing. In 1990, QS/1 was established as a third division of the company. Since then, the company has continued to expand, most recently acquiringRxMedic.
The South Carolina Business Hall of Fame is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina. Long regarded as the ultimate prize among the S.C. business elite, the black tie event will be held March 16, 2017 at the Columbia Marriott. Many previously honored laureates and their families will be present as the 2017 inductees are added to the prestigious roll.
All Laureates are chosen for their unique contributions to South Carolina's business landscape, for being an agent of positive change, for their leadership, and for being a source of inspiration to the leaders of tomorrow. South Carolina Business Hall of Fame Laureates have dedicated their careers and lives to leading their companies with distinction. They have nurtured the talents of their employees, motivating them to share their vision for a bright South Carolina future. They have demonstrated the courage and character to prevail and inspired the next generation of leaders to follow suit.