Paula Harper Bethea serves as Chair of the Board and CEO for J M Smith Corporation and has been a member of the J M Smith Corporation Board since 2016. From 2013 until 2020, she was Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of South State Bank and South State Corporation. She is President of Strategic Synergies LLC and Dillon Property Holdings, LLC. She served as Senior Advisor to President Harris Pastides at the University of South Carolina for several years, and from 2009 until 2016, she was the Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery. In 2001, was chosen by Speaker David Wilkins to be one of nine South Carolinians tasked with establishing the Lottery. Prior to this position, she was with Bethea, Jordan & Griffin, PA and the McNair Law Firm for 30 years as Director of External Relations and Business Development.
Mrs. Bethea served on the Board of Directors of First Financial Holdings, Inc. and First Federal of Charleston from 1996 until 2013, serving as Chairman for several years. She is the former Chair of United Way of America’s Board of Governors, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Centers of Economic Excellence and is a past President of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. She is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, presented to her by Governor Carroll Campbell, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina and Presbyterian College.
A South Carolina native, Rob Barrett received his B.A. in History from Wofford College, then attended Wake Forest University School of Law for his J.D. Prior to joining J M Smith, Rob served as the managing shareholder at Holcombe Bomar, P.A., a position he accepted following his service as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Denny's, Inc., based in Spartanburg, S.C.
Rob brings to J M Smith Corporation a wealth of legal expertise, with a special focus on corporate, business and employment law. Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Piedmont and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Terrier Club at Wofford College. He lives with his wife Angela in Duncan, S.C. In his free time, Rob enjoys cooking, playing golf and keeping up with his four children.
Kyle joined Smith Drug Company more than eleven years ago and has served in various finance leadership roles at J M Smith and its subsidiaries. He currently serves at Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the corporation. A Certified Public Accountant, he has previous experience as CFO of a private equity interest, controller for a publicly held manufacturing firm, a finance analysis leader at an international conglomerate, and as an auditor with a renowned accounting firm.
While Scott is a recent addition to the J M Smith Family, he has 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products wholesale and distribution. An alumnus of East Tennessee State University, Scott is known for finding solutions and innovating processes. Scott is a believer in independent pharmacies and the vital role they play in our communities. He is proud to be part of J M Smith and Smith Drug Company.
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