Harold Singletary

September 29th, 2015

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Harold Singletary is a dedicated accountant with over nineteen years of progressive experience developing and implementing financial systems, strategies, processes and controls that significantly improve P&L scenarios. Expert in establishing accounting and human resource functions, systems and best practices; cost-reduction, automation and tax strategies; and lasting business relationships to ensure goal-surpassing fiscal performance. Harold brings an exceptional ability to engage others in development and execution of the company vision and strategy. Harold has held various accounting positions from CFO, Controller, Senior Accountant and Finance Manager in his career.  The various industries include construction, banking, manufacturing, health care, retail, hospitality and tax compliance.  Harold has always had an entrepreneurial spirit passed down from his grandparents who were native farmers on James Island. He loves working with small business owners to help them succeed by championing strong corporate values. He started his own tax & accounting solution business in 1999 and has accounting offices located in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston. Harold is a husband and father of two beautiful girls who loves to travel abroad and experience new adventures.

McKenzie Eddy and Elliott Smith

September 28th, 2015


McKenzie Eddy is a South Carolina native who spent six years in NYC as a professional musician and President of Bluroc Records. The label was most touted for 2009’s Blakroc album with the Black Keys, Mos Def, The RZA, and many more. Her music has been featured in films such as “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and she has toured nationally and internationally with many of today’s most well known hip hop artists.

She moved back to Charleston in 2012 and opened King Dusko on upper King Street- a music/art/coffee/beer haven where the patrons were as eclectic as the space. The space became a creative hub for some of Charleston’s most notable up and coming original art and music. During Dusko’s 3 year stint on Upper King Street, she met Elliott A. Smith and the two began collaborating on a variety of creative projects.

She sits on the board of BACE League of Charleston and has had a hand in planning and executing most of the events that the non-profit puts together. She and Smith frequently play music around town as a duo, but put together larger bands that perform at private events and festivals. She also is co- owner of Promotional Team 78-B alongside Smith, a boutique agency that among other things, strives to help make events the most “rad” they can be.

Elliott A. Smith is an attorney, musician, singer, songwriter/M.D., illustrator, designer, and community activist. Having spent much of his childhood around Walterboro and Edisto Island, Smith moved to Charleston after college in 2006 to live with his brother Madison. He worked as an illustrator and designer until 2009, when Smith threw himself a curveball and enrolled in law school. Although initially motivated by academic and intellectual pursuits, in school he thrived in oral advocacy and writing. He has now been practicing law since 2012, with experience including the Public Defender’s Office, the Florida House of Representatives Criminal and Civil Justice Subcommittees, Charleston municipal law and policy, and criminal appeals.

Smith is also the chief spokesperson and legal counsel for BACE League of Charleston (“Business | Art | Culture | Entertainment”), a non-profit organization devoted to promoting civic engagement among millennials and creatives in order to cultivate a more inclusive, engaged, and transparent city government. Smith works with partner McKenzie Eddy and friend Parker Hastings in the organization, and often writes and speaks publicly regarding local policy topics. He recently spoke as a panelist for Lowcountry Local First’s Good Business Summit, and will serve as the moderator for the upcoming F&B Mayoral Forum.

In his daily professional life, Smith balances his interests in art, music, law, and activism, and works frequently with Eddy. The two spend most of their time performing music, as well as organizing arts and community events like the Voter Registration Rally at the Brave Baby Album Release, and the Hi Harmony Community Concert. In his spare time, Smith enjoys film, swimming, and freedive spearfishing. Ultimately, Smith is driven and fulfilled by the sense of community, creativity, and positive change that he has found in Charleston.

Michelle Mapp

September 25th, 2015


Michelle Mapp is the CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund, a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) based in Charleston, SC that advances equitable access to capital by providing loans, technical assistance, and advocacy for the development of affordable housing, healthy food, community facility, and community business enterprises to create thriving, prosperous, economically resilient communities for all South Carolinians.

Michelle has more than 20 years of executive experience in program management. Prior to joining SCCLF, she worked as a BRAC operations research analyst, high school math teacher, and as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies on supply chain and transportation planning solutions in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. Michelle is a Joint Base Charleston Honorary Commander, a Leadership Charleston alumna, Furman University Diversity Leadership Institute alumna, Urban Land Institute South Carolina Sustainable Leadership Initiative alumna, a 2012 executive finalist for the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business, a Liberty Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She serves on the board of directors for the South Carolina Association of Nonprofits, South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development, South Carolina Community Capital Alliance, and the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

Michelle holds a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston, a Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Analysis with a concentration in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. She is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional. Michelle has been with SCCLF since 2006.  She has been married to Marquette for 19 years and they have two children, Seth Alexander and Jordan Alexis

Cathryn Zommer

September 24th, 2015


Cathryn Zommer is the Executive Director at Enough Pie, a nonprofit devoted to catalyzing community engagement in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula through dynamic partnerships, artistic collaborations, and creative place-making. Most recently EP hosted a Mayoral Forum on Race Equity (9.18.2015) and a Community Pizza Party (9.19.205) in the Pie Park of Romney Urban Garden, and will be igniting an installation in a dark cavernous warehouse titled SOUND + LIGHT the week before Day of the Dead (Nov 1).

Cathryn began her career at The Charlie Rose Show in Manhattan and spent a decade in global marketing, facilitating corporate and artistic collaborations including a 3-ton chandelier in JFK’s Terminal 4 and the world’s longest couch in Milan’s International Airport. During this time, she conceived, directed, and produced FULLY AWAKE (2007), a feature documentary film on Black Mountain College, one of America’s most legendary experiments in education and the birthplace of the geodesic dome and the first multimedia happening. The film has screened globally and afforded numerous opportunities to connect with a diverse and engaged community of unique and passionate creators. Cathryn led the communications effort for last year’s Charleston Wine + Food Festival and currently leads a weekly dance class called Magic Monday. Cathryn is a passionate advocate for social justice, community engagement, and the use of creativity — including visual arts, dance, song, and storytelling — to transform both the individual and the community.

Herb Kowalski

September 23rd, 2015


Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Herb Kowalski stumbled upon Charleston five years ago while taking a cruise ship to the Bahamas. He was immediately smitten by the obvious charm, but dismayed at the apparent lack of development. Needing to avoid potential indictment in Ohio, Herb moved to the Lowcountry with his family. He soon became involved with local politics, mostly through the comment section of the Post and Courier website. Herb believes Charleston has the potential to free itself from its primitive origins to become the next great American city, like Myrtle Beach or Orlando.

“Every time I look out upon our beautiful harbor, I see an area ripe for opportunities. If you neglect the water slide and go-cart parks of the world, you are doing a lot to destroy the fabric of our history. You just become stupid boring, like Savannah,” says Mr. Kowalski, enjoying some fudge on the Market.
Herb’s favorite things about Charleston are all the palm trees and the outlet malls. His favorite restaurants are Bubba Gump’s, Steak and Shake, and the hot dog stand at Costco. Herb is a devout Scientologist, and attributes most of his success to their progressive way of thinking. His greatest hope is that we can have surveillance everywhere, so that crime will end.

Sara Clow

September 23rd, 2015


In San Francisco in 2003, Sara Clow decided to leave her finance career and turn her passion for healthy food into a profession. With the original thought of becoming an organic farmer, she headed to New Zealand and WWOOF’d (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) for 3 months. Upon her return to California, she worked for a number of organic farmers in the fields and selling for them at the farmers markets. She (and the much wiser farmers) quickly understood her strength was selling which always included telling the story of the farms and why supporting them was so important. Ultimately these experiences led her to a sales and marketing role at Pacific Organic Produce. There she had the opportunity to work with 200+ organic tree fruit producers on both the supply and sales teams and honed her skills on building thriving and sustainable food systems for farmers and consumers. The Coastal Conservation League hired Sara in 2011 to move to Charleston and open GrowFood Carolina, SC’s first food hub. GrowFood Carolina is a nonprofit, local, wholesale food hub which provides aggregation, sales, marketing, distribution, and other services to producers in South Carolina. GrowFood now works with over 80 producers and markets over 300 source identified items each year focusing on vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and dairy. Sara is originally from The Garden State and graduated from Vanderbilt University. When she’s not out visiting farms she enjoys yoga, cycling, long hikes in the mountains and cooking with friends.

Tickets On Sale for Pecha Kucha 22 Charleston

September 23rd, 2015


Here we go! Tickets are on sale at 10am today for Pecha Kucha 22.

To purchase, please CLICK THIS LINK. Tickets are $10 each. We are using a NEW ticket system this time. Please PRINT and BRING your ticket with you for entry.


Date: Thursday, October 8th

Location: Charleston Music Hall

Time: Doors at 7pm. Speakers start at 8pm.


  • Herb Kowalski
  • Cathryn Zommer
  • McKenzie Eddy & Elliot Smith
  • Kurt Cavanaugh
  • Michelle Mapp
  • Christina Lock
  • Sara Clow
  • Harold Singletary
Emcee: Jacob Lindsey

Tunes by: Professor Ping

Snacks and beverages (beer! wine! water!) will be available for purchase at the Charleston Music Hall, but if you’re hungry for dinner…we suggest eating ahead of time.

Christina Lock

September 22nd, 2015
Christina Lock

Christina Lock

Christina Lock has over 12 years of Human Resources and Recruiting expertise with a proven track record of driving results, implementing best-in-class processes, and instilling a business-minded approach to functional situations. Christina is the VP of Human Resources & Talent Attraction and founding member of SPARC, Inc. 500’s fastest-growing software company in 2013, where she implemented, led, and built SPARC’s Recruiting and Human Resources team from the ground up, hiring over 300 Team Members in just over five years. She was instrumental in developing SPARC’s award-winning employer brand and company culture, resulting in winning the SC Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Places to Work” award five years in a row. Prior to her position at SPARC, Christina held leadership positions in recruiting at ARAMARK and Aerotek. She has served as a mentor with Charleston Young Professionals, and has been a guest speaker at the College of Charleston School of Business, The Iron Yard, SC SHRM, DIG South Festival, and Charleston Women in Tech. Christina currently serves as the Charleston OpenSource co-chair, a CRDA initiative to attract technical talent to the Charleston-area, and was selected as one of the 2015 Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty under 40.

Kurt Cavanaugh

September 21st, 2015
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Kurt Cavanaugh. Photography by May Revolution – Creative Mornings

Kurt Cavanaugh relocated to Charleston in 2014 to take the Executive Director opportunity with Charleston Moves after nearly a decade in NYC. He most recently served as Deputy Director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a park conservancy organization responsible for maintaining and enhancing Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick’s 100-plus parks, playgrounds and green spaces. Kurt’s experience includes extensive work with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of City Planning, and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is a graduate of Guilford College and earned an MS in Urban Design & Park Management from the University of North Carolina.

Outside the office, Kurt enjoys reading contemporary fiction (and the New Yorker & Sunday NY Times), riding his borrowed Della Santa single speed, running, cooking, and sampling Charleston’s growing craft beer scene.

Pecha Kucha Night 22. It’s On.

September 17th, 2015


That’s right folks. We’re back. The 22nd installment of Pecha Kucha Night Charleston will take place on Thursday, October 8th. PKN22 will feature eight creative advocates for a better Charleston.

Who are those advocates you ask? Well, we’ve got quite the line-up, lined up.

    1. Herb Kowalski
    2. Cathryn Zommer
    3. McKenzie Eddy & Elliott Smith
    4. Kurt Cavanaugh
    5. Michelle Mapp
    6. Christina Lock
    7. Sara Clow
    8. Harold Singletary

Our emcee for the evening is Jacob Lindsey. Beats by Professor Ping.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 23rd at 10am. A link will be posted here to purchase tickets.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the evening:

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