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Join subject matter experts who will discuss the status of South Carolina innovation economy in 2020. The webinar will also include a panel discussion that addresses questions pertinent to innovation start-ups. All of this will be presented in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the innovation economy in SC. Webinar will begin at noon. 1.0 CPE credit available.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding the innovation economy eco-system in a COVID-19 world
  2. Tapping into sources of capital for start-ups and related considerations
  3. Recognizing important accounting considerations for start-ups
  4. Awareness of opportunities in South Carolina to fuel the innovation economy

Subject Matter Expert Bios

Bob Quinn, Executive Director South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)

Bob leads an organization that fuels South Carolina’s innovation economy by accelerating technology-enabled growth in research, academia, entrepreneurship, and industry. Prior to joining SCRA, Bob worked in various executive roles for 26 years with Battelle Memorial Institute and affiliated companies. He most recently was the Managing Director of Battelle’s subsidiary, 360ip, an international investment, fund management, and commercialization company headquartered in Singapore and with offices throughout Asia. Previous assignments included Vice President of Technology Commercialization and Vice President of Environmental Science and Technology at Battelle as well as Director of Technology Commercialization at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

His current Board participation includes Central SC Alliance, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, SCBIO, SC Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), SC Economics, and South Carolina Research Foundation.

Bob holds a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers University and an MA (Exxon Graduate Fellow) from George Washington University. He also completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford School of Business. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.


Brandon Thomas, CPA, Senior Manager

Brandon has more than eight years of accounting experience, specializing in tax compliance and consulting services for a variety of clients, including international and multi-state domestic businesses. He also helps with issues arising with U.S. GAAP reporting standards for both private companies and SEC registrants, with a primary focus on ASC 740. Brandon has a broad international base of knowledge having lived and worked in both London and New York. He earned a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mercer University.


Joe Hanna, Founder and CEO,  ENGAGE Talent

Joe  is the founder and CEO of ENGAGE Talent, a predictive analytics and AI software company in the talent management space, and is now the Chief Strategy Officer of Workforce Logiq, a global workforce management company owned by investment firm The Carlyle Group. Founding ENGAGE Talent in 2015, Joe grew the Charleston-based company through a meaningful mix of enterprise and mid-market customers to a triple digit growth trajectory before providing a successful exit to investors, including SCRA via a sale to Workforce Logiq in October 2019.

Prior to ENGAGE Talent, Joe gained significant domain expertise in enterprise applications, analytics, and SaaS. Over the course of 25 years, Joe established and successfully led the growth of a number of businesses with large companies including Oracle and CSC in addition to startups and small firms including OneNeck, Tenzing, and Angoss.


Jim Buxton, Founding Partner, Buxton & Collie LLC

Jim leads the firm’s corporate law and business transactions practice. He works regularly with corporate entities on a multitude of matters such as corporate governance, shareholder buyouts and succession issues, private securities offerings, and business purchase and sale agreements. Jim earned an A.B. in History from Princeton University in 1995 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2002 where he was awarded the James L. Petigru Award upon graduation. He is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, and practiced at two AmLaw 50 law firms prior to returning to his hometown. Jim has served on the South Carolina Bar’s Judicial Qualification Commission and currently serves on the council of the South Carolina Bar’s Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section. He is a co-author of the 2018 SC Bar publication, South Carolina Business Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Their Counsel.

Jim is active in the Charleston community, volunteering his time on several boards and foundations.