The Robert M. Vance Lecture Series on Business Ethics is funded by a generous gift from the Bailey Foundation and is named after the late Robert M. Vance. Mr. Vance considered ethics, honesty, and integrity to be extremely important and lived these qualities as a business leader in Clinton, South Carolina. This program is a tribute to his legacy. The speakers, CEOs, or other top managers address business ethics as the overall theme.

2014 Spring Lecturer

Minor Shaw, chair of The Daniel-Mickel Foundation and 2012 South Carolina Business Hall of Fame inductee, lectured on the “Ethical Values in the Business of Life.”

Recognized as one of the country’s leading business individuals, Shaw currently is president of Micco, LLC, a private investment company located in Greenville. She previously served as president of both Micco Corporation and Mickel Investment Group, also private Greenville businesses.

Shaw was instrumental in bringing Southwest Airlines to South Carolina while serving as chair of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. She also served as a founder of the Roper Mountain Science Center and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, described by Columbia Metropolitan magazine as “two staples of the Upstate community bringing great value to students and awe to children and families.”

Shaw serves on numerous boards, including the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, The Palmetto Institute, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Piedmont Natural Gas and Columbia Mutual Funds. She is a former board member of C&S National Bank of South Carolina and Interstate Securities.

She attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Robert M. Vance Lecture on Business Ethics was created to honor its namesake, who considered ethics, honesty and integrity to be extremely important. The lecture, funded by the Bailey Foundation, is a tribute to the late businessman’s legacy and his numerous contributions to the Clinton community. Past speakers include:

  • Mike Baur, CEO, ScanSource
  • Jim Samples, President, HGTV
  • Danny Morrison, President, Carolina Panthers
  • Bob McCoy, former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wachovia
  • John Allison, Chairman and CEO, BB&T
  • Walter Alessandrini, Former South Carolina Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Jim Micali, Chairman and CEO, Michelin NA
  • Bert Gall, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Jim Rosenberg, President and CEO, Burroughs and Chapin