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SmartState Review Board Members

Regan Voit

Appointed by Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

Voit is the retired president of Chem-Nuclear Systems in Columbia. While at Chem-Nuclear Systems, he received the 1997 S.C. Governor’s Total Quality Award and the 1996 Tennessee Valley Authority Key Supplier Award. Voit previously worked for LN Technologies Corporation, NUS Process Services Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Plant. Voit has served on various committees related to the S.C. Education and Economic Development Act and is a past participant of the SC Teachers Education Performance Standards Steering Committee and SC 2020 Vision Steering Committee. He is a member of the SC Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Council, New Carolina Education and Workforce Development Task Force, and SC Quality Forum Advisory Committee. Voit received an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. Serving first term (ended 7/15/11).

Robert W. Pearce, Jr.

Appointed by Speaker of the House

Pearce is a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLC, where he practices corporate law, private securities offerings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, lender representation, and trademark law. He has served as general counsel for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; as past local board member of BB&T Bank; a past board chairman and cofounder of ThinkTEC; and serves on the SC Council of Competitiveness. In 2004, Pearce was honored by the Governor as an Economic Development Ambassador. He is the cofounder and editor of the technology newsletter, CyberWatch®. Pearce earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law, an MBA from USC, and a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University. Serving second term (ended 8/26/12).

Melvin C. Williams

Appointed by President Pro Tempore of the Senate

Williams is the business developer of the Charleston branch of SM&E, a southeastern engineering firm. He is director at-large of the South Carolina section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the board of the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas. He is a member of the Charleston Civil Engineers Club, the Charleston Contractors’ Association, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He is an alumnus of South Carolina State University and was recognized as a “Stellar Alumnus” in 2006. Serving first term (ended 10/14/12).

Lisa Main

Appointed by Speaker of the House

Main serves as the general manager for M & W Outdoor, LLC, an outdoor advertising company in South Carolina. Previously, Main was employed within the McDonald’s system, first as a store manager in restaurants and later as purchasing and customer services manager in the distribution center. A Columbia College graduate, she worked with Gamble, Givens and Moody (now Dixon Hughes) in Charleston. Main serves on the finance committee for the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, on the Women’s Council at Charleston Southern University, and on committees at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Filling vacated term (ended 8/26/11).

Roberta Bankhead Wood

Appointed by the Chairman, House Ways & Means Committee

Roberta Bankhead Wood is a retired South Carolina public school teacher. She also served as the South Carolina college representative of McGraw Hill publishing company. In 2003, Wood was chosen for the inaugural class of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellows and sponsored by the Springs Close Foundation. In 2010, Wood traveled to China to visit schools and study education reform in the first Global Education Policy Fellowship Program coordinated by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Wood has served on the Governor’s Education Task Force, he Catawba Region’s Junior Achievement Board, and as county chair and legislative appointee for First Steps, South Carolina’s Early Childhood Education Initiative. Most recently, she served as president of the Rossville Community Center. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Winthrop University and a Master’s of Education from the University of South Carolina.

Jason P. Premo


Appointed by the Governor

Jason Premo is chairman of PREMO VENTURES, a Greenville, South Carolina—based venture capital firm focused on investing and accelerating small to mid-size advanced manufacturing companies with high-impact potential in the aerospace, defense, energy, and medical device industries. Premo’s diverse career has encompassed a wide variety of roles, ranging from design engineering to CEO, in startups to Fortune 500 global organizations. He is an active angel Investor and serves as a director on the boards of multiple early stage start-up companies. Premo earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on the boards of numberous nonprofit organizations and businesses and is a certified Lean Manufacturing-Kaizen Facilitator, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and ISO 9000 auditor. He is a senior examiner for the prestigious Presidential Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA). Premo lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife and daughters.

C.W. (Chuck) Garnett

Appointed by the Governor

C.W. (Chuck) Garnett is the president and chief executive officer the National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC). Garnett joined NBSC in 1993 as vice president, rising through the ranks until being promoted to his current position in 2003. Prior to joining NBSC, he served in various management positions The C&S National Bank of South Carolina. Garnett attended the University of South Carolina (USC) before earning a Bachelor’s of Arts and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. Garnett graduated from the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking of the South. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Garnett is very active in the community. Among his many positions, he is president of USC’s University Associates, board member, Central Carolina Economic Development Associates and a member of the board and executive committee of the Midlands Business Leadership Group. He is married with three children.


Karoly (Charles) Kerekes

Appointed by the Governor