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Carolina Financial Board of Directors 

Robert G. Clawson, Jr.
Mr. Clawson is a founding member of the law firm of Clawson and Staubes, LLC.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Mr. Clawson is a member of the South Carolina State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Metropolitan Exchange Club, and The Hibernian Society.  He is admitted to practice before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.  He is a past President of the South Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association and the College of Charleston Cougar Club.

G. Manly Eubank
Mr. Eubank is Chairman of Palmetto Ford, Inc.  He has been in the automotive business in Charleston for over 45 years.  He is a graduate of Wofford College.  Mr. Eubank is a past President of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and a past President of the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association.

William H. Alford
Mr. Alford is Vice President of A&I Fire and Water Restoration Company in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina University.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran.  Mr. Alford serves as a board member of the Coastal Carolina University Educational Foundation.  He also serves on the Executive Committee for North Eastern Strategic Alliance.  Mr. Alford is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Coastal Carolina University, past Chairman of Crescent Bank, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, past Chairman of the Horry County Railroad Task Force, past Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission, past Board member of Santee Cooper, Chairman Emeritus of the Horry County Higher Education Commission, past president of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, past president of Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, past President of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club and past Chairman of the Ocean View Memorial Foundation.  

Howell (Skeets) V. Bellamy, Jr.
Mr. Bellamy is a member of Bellamy, Rutenberg, Copeland, Epps, Gravely & Bowers, P.A.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina.  He is a member of the Horry County and American Bar Associations, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.  He is a past President of the Horry County Bar Association.

W. Scott Brandon
Mr. Brandon is owner and CEO of The Brandon Agency, South Carolina's largest independently owned advertising agency. He is also owner of Intellistrand, an internet marketing company that buys, sells and monetizes intuitive domain names on the internet as well as Fuel Interactive, South Carolina’s first and largest interactive-only advertising agency.  He is also a co-owner of Merit Associates which operates rental car franchises in Tampa, Florida and Myrtle Beach, SC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a 2012 recipient of The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award for his outstanding contributions to advertising and creative excellence. Mr. Brandon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Recovery Council and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.  He is a past member of the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Board of Visitors, past board member of The E. Craig Wall School of Business Administration Board of Visitors, past board member of the American Heart Association (Coastal Chapter), past board member of the Better Business Bureau, past board member of the Salvation Army Horry County as well as the Myrtle Beach Haven. He is a current member of Young Presidents Organization and Chief Executives Organization.

Jeffery L. Deal, M.D. 
Dr. Deal is an anthropologist and physician presently serving as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International (WMI), a non-profit NGO that provides water and sanitation for developing areas.  Dr. Deal was a founding partner of Charleston ENT. He previously served as President of the Medical Staff of Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, Medical Director of a startup medical facility in South Sudan, and several other related positions. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine.

Michael P. Leddy
Mr. Leddy has more than 40 years of mortgage banking experience and was a founding team member in the formation of Arvida Mortgage in 1985, which was a subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions. He is also a founding member and director of Crescent Mortgage Company, which was purchased by Carolina Financial Corporation in 2003, retiring as president and CEO in 2011.  Mr. Leddy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in finance and a Juris doctor degree from Atlanta Law School.  In addition, Leddy is a US Navy veteran, serving on board the USS Thomas Jefferson.

Robert M. Moïse, CPA 
Mr. Moïse is a partner in WebsterRogers LLP in the Charleston office.  He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy degrees from the University of South Carolina and has been admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.  He serves as Treasurer of the Coastal Council BSA, is the Secretary of the Coastal Boys Council Board, and a counselor at Camp Happy Days.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, serving on their national Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Moïse also continues to serve as a member of the Charleston County Business License Appeals Board.  

Thompson E. “Thom” Penney
A native of Charleston, Mr. Penney has more than 39 years of experience in the architectural field, serving as the president and chief executive officer of LS3P Associates LTD since 1989.  Under Penney’s leadership, LS3P has grown to become a firm consistently recognized by Engineering News and Record as one of the Top 500 Design Firms and Top 50 Architectural Firms in the United States. A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in architecture, Penney has made significant contributions to the Charleston community and the architecture industry, having served as chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and national president of the American Institute of Architects. He is also on the boards of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and is Vice Chair of the Trident CEO Council.

Benedict P. Rosen
Mr. Rosen retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVX Corporation in July 2008.  Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer responsible for AVX’s worldwide operations.  He served as Senior Director of Kyocera Corporation in Japan for approximately 12 years before his retirement as CEO of AVX in 2001.   Mr. Rosen had been with AVX for 30 years and had been in the electronic components industry for 43 years.  From 1994 to 2001, he served as Representative Director of Kyocera Corporation of Japan.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958.  He currently serves as a Director of Carolina Financial Corporation and Crescent Mortgage Company.  He is on the Board of Sea Mist Resorts, Belle Baruch Foundation and also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Brookgreen Gardens.

Lt. General Claudius E. Watts, III (USAF, Retired)
Lt. General Watts is also Chairman of the Board of CresCom Bank.  He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.  He served 31 years in the United States Air Force and accumulated more than 7,000 hours as a pilot.  When he retired from active duty to assume the Presidency of The Citadel for seven years, he was Comptroller of the Air Force and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Army Air Force Exchange Services. Prior to that, he was an airlift wing commander, the chief planner for The Military Airlift Command and then Director of the Budget for The US Air Force.  He is a past member of the NCAA Council, South Carolina Council of College Presidents, Board of Directors of the Air Force Aid Society and the National Board of Directors of the Aerospace Education Foundation.

Bonum S. Wilson, Jr.
Mr. Wilson is a self-employed venture capitalist.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.  Mr. Wilson is past President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and past Chairman of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Center.  Formerly, he was with the Carborundum Company, a division of BP Corporation as Group Vice President of Latin America, Asia/Pacific and South Africa.

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