South Carolina’s Largest Regional Development Alliance Elects New Regional Leadership

July 29, 2008

Jim B. Apple, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer First Citizens Bank of South Carolina to lead Central SC Alliance

COLUMBIA, SC – July 29, 2008 – Central SC Alliance today announced that Jim B. Apple, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer First Citizens Bank of South Carolina will serve as Chairman of the Board for 2008/09. The Alliance Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve the selection of Mr. Apple at the organizations recent annual meeting held at the historic state museum in Columbia.

I am honored to continue to support the mission of the Alliance by serving in the role of Chairman.  In the past decade, I have seen the Alliance change dynamically to meet the economic development needs of our region and state.  We are blessed to have a great staff, board, and membership to pursue our key objective of improving the employment prospects and household incomes for our fellow citizens.  The entire Alliance Team is committed to do what it takes to get the job done for our region to be successful in the global economy,” said Jim Apple.

“We are delighted that Jim Apple will serve as Alliance Chairman. His experience in business and genuine interest in advancing South Carolina will serve our region very well in the coming 12-months,” stated Alliance President & CEO Mike Briggs.

Apple is the successor of Chairman George J. Bullwinkel, Jr., who will remain on the Central SC Alliance Board as a director.

New Officers Elected for 2008/09
• Vice Chairman – William C. Derrick (Lexington County)
• Funding & Finance Chair – James E. Hazel
• Development Chair – George J. Bullwinkel, Jr

New Board Members Elected for Three-Year Term 2008-2011
• Pamela P. Lackey (AT&T)
• John McAllister, Jr. (John McAllister Realty Consulting)
• Athena J. Leventis (Bank of America)


Board Members Elected to Serve another Three-Year Term 2008-2011
• Jim B. Apple (First Citizens Bank)
• James E. Hazel (Elliott Davis & Company, LLC)
• J. Thomas Johnson (First Community Bank)
• Michael A. Wolfe (Community Resource Bank – Corporate Office)

About the Central SC Alliance

Established in 1994, the Central South Carolina Alliance has worked directly with companies investing over $6.9 billion and creating over 45,000 new jobs. The mission of the organization is to encourage, enhance and foster economic development in Central South Carolina, bringing in new business and promoting and facilitating the expansion of existing industry for the city of Columbia, and the counties of Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter. 

For more information, visit the Alliance web site at