On the Move: June 8, 2018


Elliott Goldsmith

Has been elected to the board of directors of Bank of Travelers Rest. Goldsmith has served on the advisory board at the bank’s North Pleasantburg location since 2014. Goldsmith is a franchise owner for the Firehouse Subs chain. His franchise includes seven locations throughout the Upstate. Goldsmith attended Christ Church Episcopal School and Wofford College.

Blake Whitaker

Has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as office leader for the firm’s location on Laurens Road. Whitaker has more than 25 years of financial services experience and previously worked at Capital Bank. Whitaker earned his degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Lauren Starks

Has joined Nachman Norwood & Parrott as senior wealth planner. Starks brings 12 years of experience in the wealth management industry. She comes from Smith & Howard Wealth Management in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Georgia and earned a certificate in personal finance planning at UGA’s Terry College of Business.

Katie M. Brown

Has joined Nexsen Pruet as an associate. Brown will focus her practice on employment-related issues. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from Wofford College and attended the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Alan Benson

Has been named vice president for student development and discipleship at Bob Jones University. Benson has 25 years of pastoral experience as a youth pastor and senior pastor in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. Benson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible at Bob Jones University in 1992 and a Master of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. He is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at BJU Seminary.


SC Launch Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Springhard and Stephen Wiggins to the SC Launch board of directors. Dr. Springhart is the vice president for institutional innovation at Greenville Health System. Wiggins is retired after 37 years with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as executive vice president and chief information officer.


OneDigital Health and Benefits, the nation’s largest employee benefits-only company, has merged with Susan E. Crocker Human Resources Consulting Inc. in Greenville.


Doug Campbell recently created RDS Communication LLC to help coach soft skills for professionals. The company focuses on skills like public speaking and communication skills.


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