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South Carolina Club for Growth

SC Club for Growth - Board of Directors

SC Club for Growth’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of citizens who believe prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. They are:

Bill Baker of Kiawah Island

Bill Baker is Chairman and founder of The Baker Companies, a residential and commercial real estate development corporation.  Since its founding in 1966, the companies have grown into one of the largest real estate development companies throughout the East Coast.  Bill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Georgetown University Medical School where he has been a leader in the school’s expansion.  He is also a member of the Board of the MUSC Foundation.

Dennis Burt of Anderson

Dennis Burt founded Brandmark, Inc., a manufacturer of product ID labels and specialty packaging which he currently owns and manages. He  attended Davidson College and is a graduate of Limestone College. Previous board service includes Haven of Rest Ministries and AnMed Health Ambassadors. Dennis currently serves on the Anderson University Board of Visitors and Anderson County Economic Development Advisory Board. He has been resident of Anderson, SC since 1971.

Dennis is a Charter Member of Christ Church, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Anderson SC where he has served as a teacher and Ruling Elder for most of its 26 years. He is the father of two sons and three daughters.

Dave Ellison of Greenville –  Chairman

Dave Ellison joined Northwestern Mutual in 1981 after a five year banking career. He has served or is currently serving on several community boards including the Furman University Board of Trustees, the United Way of Greenville County Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Southern First Bancshares, Inc.

Dave’s leadership positions include serving as past chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, past president of the Furman Alumni Association and past chair of the United Way’s Palmetto Society. He was inducted into the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Dave is also a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is married to Frances DeLoache Ellison and has three sons.

Dave earned B.A. from Furman University and an M.B.A. from the Clemson-Furman program.

Dr. Cleave Ham of Charleston

Dr. Ham is a radiologist at Roper St. Francis. He earned his B.A. and M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Ham is a Rotarian and has served as President of the Harleston Village Neighborhood Association.

Jeff Harris of Rock Hill

Jeff Harris is the founder and Senior Partner of Jeff Harris & Associates, Inc., based in Harrisonburg, Va. He wrote Retire Rich and Happy; 12 Secrets to Retirement Success, and has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Readers Digest and quoted in numerous publications.

Harris is also an instrument rated private pilot and has over 2,500 hours of flight experience. He and his wife, Deann, moved to the upstate of South Carolina in 2004 from Harrisonburg. They have three married daughters and five grandchildren.

Daniel Layfield of Charleston 

Daniel Layfield, a native of Florence, SC, graduated from South Florence High School and the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. He worked as a  policy advisor in the Governor’s Office during Sanford’s first administration. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced corporate law with Simpson  Thacher & Bartlett in New York, NY. He recently returned to South Carolina to practice with K&L Gates in Charleston, where he lives with his wife  and twins.