Bob received an undergraduate degree in Accounting and MBA from the University of South Carolina, together with over 30 years of experience in both public and private Accounting, he has been fortunate to serve most of his career as an Operational CFO in the midlands of South Carolina. A long-time advocate for South Carolina business development and the University of South Carolina, Bob is excited to have the opportunity to remain active in the area’s continued growth and development. Bob oversees accounting and finance functions.
Our diverse team is equipped with unique, experienced, and visionary skill sets. Backgrounds include over 20 plus years of developing and galvanizing the way people live and work in the Metro Columbia Area. We believe diversity and inclusion drives creativity and innovation and this ideal is at the center of our team’s efforts to revitalize Metro Columbia.
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Finance and Operations
Attended the University of Mississippi, top ten accounting university, and obtained both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting and data analytics. Served as a business tax services intern at KPMG and has over two years of experience in the private equity sector working on high level development acquisitions, capital deployment planning, investor relations, and capital markets structuring. Currently a certified public accountant in the state of South Carolina. Will serve as lead supporter in financial activities over Colite City.
Director of Development
A Columbia native and hands-on developer from start to finish, Wade has pioneered real estate synergy in Metro Columbia. With over 25 years of development experience, Wade has utilized his skillset to transform the lifestyle of Columbia inhabitants. Wade holds an AA degree in marketing from Anderson College and attended the University of South Carolina. He gained invaluable knowledge and appreciation of design and architecture working and living in Manhattan, NY, Miami, FL, Cologne, Germany, Milan, Italy, and Athens Greece. After 29 years and counting of marriage and many challenges in life, he credits his wife and three daughters for their support and wisdom. Wade specializes in urban development and new territories; his visionary mindset continues to reshape and transform the Columbia market today. Wade has over $85.0M in hands-on development, handling marketing and leasing at 100%capacity on past projects. Hands-on experience also includes working from the ground up with Geo Tech, Structural Engineers, and environmental and historical tax credits. He sees what the Metro Columbia area has to offer; not what it is missing. Wade serves as the lead developer over Colite City.
Director of Business Development
A Columbia native, Alex has devoted his life to pouring back into the Columbia’s Metro Area. Alex holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina. As a creator, innovator, and entrepreneur, Alex brings 30 years of experience in real estate and business development. Along with real estate, he and his wife Vanessa were the owners of Wendy’s franchises and presently European skin clinics. Alex is a visionary in being one of the first twenty hemp farmers in South Carolina and starting GreenSmart Botanicals. As a retired NBA Hall of Famer and NBA ambassador, he dedicates his time on the WNBA Board of Advocates, Family Promise board, and the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees. Alex serves as lead recruiter for business development over Colite City.
Director of Construction
Experienced business development specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial and residential construction industries. Skilled in strategic partnerships, construction, networking, leadership, and team leadership. Strong understanding of market trends. Driven to provide value to business owners and commercial brokers by identifying and delivering strategic outcomes. With a passion to help change Metro Columbia, this team member brings vast experience in site development, project management, and business development in the construction industry. Holds a Bachelor of Science from a top South Carolina Private College and holds an Unlimited General Contractors License.
Matt is the founder and president of Davis Architecture, Inc. Matt has served as Project Architect since 1995. He and his firm have continuously maintained licensure during this time. He has organized and led design teams best suited for the scale of each of project so that his client’s resources are put to the best use. Services include consultation, design, and construction administration. Matt graduated from Clemson University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science. He later returned to Clemson University, earning a Master’s degree in Architecture in 1992. He is a member of many professional associations including:
American Institute of Architects National Council of Architecture Review Boards
LEED Accredited Professional Rotary Club of Spring Valley (Past President 2006-2007)
Architect and Designer
Todd is a 10-year Marine Veteran and founder of Studio HTL. He brings his unique vision from spending most of his life in San Diego California and absorbing the architectural landscape of the region. He has experience working in the architecture and planning industry. Todd’s skillset includes Revit, Sustainable Design, and Sketching. Todd is a leader in business development and obtained a Bachelor of Architecture (Barch) focused on Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture & Design.
Audrey is an experienced professional interior designer with a passion for bringing the most value out of living space while staying within budget. Audrey is originally from Shanghai, China. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at Auburn University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing at the University of South Carolina. As a designer, Audrey seeks inspiration from nature, historical buildings, and human creation to form her design style. She uses natural hues with texture along with natural organic elements to create simple, chic, clean, and meaningful spaces, and emphasizing minute details. She is currently an NEWH member and planning to become a LEED AP and NCIDQ certified designer in the near future.
Artist and Designer
Fashion designer, Brianna Etheridge, was born and raised in West Columbia, SC She attended and worked at schools in Lexington District 2 One of Brianna’s passions is sewing and designing clothes She attended and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Brianna worked on various clothing projects, including working on her clothing line which she started in 2018 Brianna started Bri L Designs as an activewear line because of her love for working out and living a healthy lifestyle Brianna’s passion for Metro Columbia and design talent will help serve Colite City’s inspiration for design and help develop youth programs within the Colite City campus.
Creative Designer and Illustrator
Cait owns Cait Maloney Creative and is a published illustrator, award-winning graphic designer, and experienced exhibition artist. In 2008 she earned her bachelor’s degree with a focus in illustration from Syracuse University She has worked nationally and internationally with clients like Abita Brewing Company, Diesel Fragrance, the YMCA, TD Bank, and PGA Junior League Golf and locally with clients like the Central Midlands Council of Government, The City of Columbia, Charleston County, and the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association Cait serves on the board of the Columbia Design League, an affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art Her mural, “Lady Vista,” was commissioned by the Congaree Vista Guild and is located on the east wall of 916 Gervais Street in downtown Columbia, SC
Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Alfredo has deep experience in designing and building art displays and creatively reshaping spaces for events and gatherings. As a show maker at Colite City, Alfredo will utilize his skill set and his passion for connectivity within the Metro Columbia region His unique vision will be used to bring community-focused events and activities to life at Colite City Alfredo will help design and plan the layout for gatherings, festivals, holiday events, and local projects at Colite City.
International Business Development
Lin Wang is an MBA graduate from Simon Business School in Rochester, NY Lin has over a decade of experience in purchasing, marketing, and corporate planning He focused his work on international education before moving to Columbia, SC He recruited a significant number of international students to the University of South Carolina via extensive cooperation with academic partners around the world Lin is involved in multiple non-profitable organizations, including Chinese Association of Columbia, International Festival Committee of Columbia, and Asian American Advancing Leadership He helps these NGOs build strategic partners and oversees their event management He is also on the advisory committee of South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Lin’s cultivated passion for Metro Columbia and expertise in international support and recruiting will help spur diversity and innovation at Colite City.
The Hobbs Group, CPA
The Hobbs Group prides itself in using dynamic and creative thinking to help their clients reach their financial goals With over 30 years of experience the company has established itself as a staple firm across many industries The Hobbs Group offers personalized, quality service delivered in a timely manner, and offers a full range of services Due to their unique and personal execution, the Hobbs Group has specialized in maintaining close personal relationships with clients The Hobbs Group will serve as Colite City’s accounting team that handles third party accountability procedures, review of in house accounting procedures, and audits of returns for historical and state tax credits.
Rogers Lewis is a full-service civil law firm with a proven record of listening to and working closely with clients to reach solutions that meet their specific needs The firm offers a full scope of services regarding legal matters in court, closings, and business operations, Rogers Lewis will serve as a key partner to Colite City by delivering corporate legal advice The firm has already guided Colite City through the historical accreditation process of adding Colite City to the National History Register Rogers Lewis is highly credible and renowned in the handling of historic and state tax credits and having a firm of this caliber assisting Colite City adds tremendous value to all of the campus’s projects.
City of West Columbia
The City of West Columbia has an inspired vision to help develop key components of growth within West Columbia Current plans and developments include developing walkways, bike lanes, and parks. With the city’s execution on development, the region will benefit from business growth, improved street landscaping, and beautification projects that will help connect key infrastructure components, engage the community, and play a major role in establishing what is possible with future developments and projects for growth As a key strategic partner to Colite City, the City of West Columbia will work with Colite City to help the campus drive business growth within the region and establish a more cohesive and diverse community.