Business Briefs - November 9, 2017


Daniel Island resident Jay Odell has been appointed president and general manager of Blackbaud’s newly restructured Enterprise Nonprofit Unit serving North America, according to a press release. Odell has been with the company for 13 years.

Previously, the company’s strategy, operating models, offerings and customer experience practices for large nonprofits were directed out of various groups. With Odell’s appointment, Blackbaud makes a strategic leadership realignment to better support the increased R&D investments, rapid innovation and expanded cloud roadmap that the company is driving in the nonprofit sector. He will lead enterprise nonprofit strategy, sales and go to market; and will partner closely with Customer Success, Services and Support.

“Our enterprise nonprofit community deserves a seasoned executive sponsor who deeply understands and advocates for their needs,” said Brian Boruff, president of Blackbaud’s Enterprise Markets Group. “Over the last 13 years, Jay has worked closely with thousands of nonprofit organizations and led teams to build innovative solutions that exceeded their expectations. He is deeply committed to helping nonprofits expand their mission impact, and as such, the sector can expect continued strides in the Blackbaud partnership experience.”

Odell was recruited to Blackbaud to build and lead its first product management organization in 2004. Under his leadership the company significantly expanded its product portfolio in the U.S. and internationally into non-English-speaking countries. In his most recent product management leadership role, Odell served as vice president over Blackbaud’s CRM, financial and analytics solution portfolios; during which he led the creation and commercialization of the company’s flagship cloud solutions, Raiser’s Edge NXT™ and Financial Edge NXT™.

Also, as a vice president in Blackbaud’s General Markets Business Unit from 2010-2014, Odell was responsible for building the nonprofit arts and cultural vertical into a high growth business (across sales, marketing, services and support) while introducing new solutions, like Altru™, to meet the highly specialized needs of this audience. As part of his new leadership role serving enterprise nonprofits, Odell will explore new opportunities to establish specialized offerings and solutions to better serve additional nonprofit verticals.

Prior to Blackbaud, Odell worked for FreeMarkets, Inc. (acquired in 2004 by Ariba, which was later acquired by SAP), where he was instrumental in driving both the company’s impressive four-year growth from $13 million to over $150 million and international expansion. Odell also served as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company where he did merger and acquisition work and consulted with companies seeking to create new businesses within the technology market. Odell has a master of business administration degree from Dartmouth College, as well as a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and bachelor of arts degree in computer science from Rice University.

“The nonprofit landscape is changing at record pace, and leading organizations are discovering the powerful role that connected, intelligent cloud solutions can play in increasing funding and engagement, driving operational effectiveness, and supporting mission delivery,” said Odell. “Our priority is to continue innovating in these areas while delivering remarkable time to value and ROI. Every organization’s next great mission accomplishment is within reach, and we’re investing even more in the solutions and experiences that get them there.”


Carter Deupree, an attorney with Haynswworth Sinkler Boyd, has been selected for the 2018 Class of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most respected leadership development program.

Leadership South Carolina’s goal is to develop leaders so they will positively impact their community. They develop leaders who will advance the state of South Carolina from various economic, social and business vantage points.

“After graduating from Leadership Greenville and Leadership Charleston, I am excited to be part of Leadership South Carolina and learn more about the issues facing our state,” said Carter.

Carter is a shareholder in the Charleston office, where he represents individuals and businesses on real estate matters, corporate transactions, governance issues and commercial financing.


The South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors approved a $69.5 million contract last week for the purchase of six new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to serve growing container volumes and big ships calling on the Port of Charleston.

SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome called the contract the largest crane purchase in the organization’s history and an important part of its overall investment in infrastructure and capacity to ensure the port is well-positioned for the future.

“When the cranes arrive in late 2019, deepening of the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will be nearly two-thirds complete and construction of our new container terminal will also be nearly finished,” stated Newsome.

The cranes will be manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, LTD (ZPMC). Five cranes offering 169 feet of lift height will be delivered to the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, the only permitted container terminal under construction on the U.S. East or Gulf coasts. Phase One of the terminal is scheduled to open in mid-2020 with an annual capacity of 628,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU).

In addition, one 155-foot crane will be delivered to the Wando Welch Terminal, the SCPA’s busiest container terminal. The Wando Terminal received its first two cranes of this size in August 2016, and ZPMC is currently manufacturing two additional cranes for delivery in February 2018.

In other port-related news, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week the second dredging contract award for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, according to a SCPA press release. Newsome called the contract “tremendous news for South Carolina.”

“This multi-year contract, in conjunction with the contract awarded in September, provides for the construction work for the entrance channel to be completed without the potential for delays and is the largest contract ever to be awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Charleston District,” stated Newsome. “The timely progress of the Charleston Deepening Project would not have been achieved without strong partners in the USACE as well as elected officials on the federal, state and local levels.”

The decision by the S.C. General Assembly in 2012 to set aside $300 million for construction has been “critically important through every milestone and helped Charleston move faster than any other Civil Works project to date,” continued Newsome, who promised that the SCPA would work diligently to secure the remaining federal share of the project.

“We look forward to seeing dredges in our harbor within the next few months and ultimately the completion of this effort that will make Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast at 52 feet. The investment in harbor deepening, as well as the Leatherman Terminal for additional container capacity and multiple other projects to improve our existing and Inland infrastructure, will pay dividends to South Carolina’s economy for many years to come.”

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