The accounting program has given me not only the technical accounting skills necessary for day-to-day job responsibilities, but also the soft skills necessary to manage, adopt, and succeed in today's competitive job market environment.


Martin Sokolak, CPA

Senior Manager

Ernst & Young, Washington DC

Business Advisory Council


The mission of the Business Advisory Council is to guide, promote, advise and support the School of Business Administration in its efforts relative to the University of South Carolina Aiken in its efforts to serve its students, state, region, and nation. The Council functions as the board-of-directors of the School and provides advice and direction to the students, faculty, and administrators of the School.

The Business Advisory Council officially meets two times per year, with the agenda for each meeting developed by the Dean of the School in consultation with the President and the membership of the Business Advisory Council. Other meetings are scheduled as needed to address needs of the School and University.

The following is a list of all of SOBA's dedicated Business Advisory Council members.

Mark Alison

President,
Alison Group

Collette Ball

Independent Insurance Agent,
State Farm Insurance

Deborah Brooks

Broker Associate,
Coldwell Banker

Zane Christopher

Vice President,
Rhodes Financial Services

Dee Crawford

Owner,
McDonalds Franchise, Aiken, SC

Carl Henson

Vice-President,
MAU Workforce Solutions

Douglas Huffer

General Manager,
Recleim

Ron Lewellyn

CPA,
Cherry, Bekaert & Holland

Roy Lindburg

President,
Security Federal Corp.

Dan Mayfield

Dobbs Brothers Management

E. Preston Rahe, Jr.

President,
Westinghouse Govt. Environmental Services Co., LLC
(Retired)

Darrell Rains

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Georgia Bank and Trust

Wanda Scott

CPA, Manager,
Aiken, SC

Neel Shah

VP of Operations,
NMR Hospitality Management Group

Rhett Sinclair

CFP, CLU,
Creative Financial Strategies

R.A. Waugh

Manager,
Thermal Ceramics' Western Hemisphere Technology Group
(Retired)

Will Williams

Director,
Economic Development Partnership

Bill Woodward

Shareholder,
Elliott Davis LLC