Former Transportation Secretary To Assist Governmental Affairs Firm

COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 14, 2011 – Southern Strategy Group is pleased to announce former S.C. Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse is joining the governmental affairs team. Southern Strategy Group is located in Columbia and Charleston and enjoys a successful governmental affairs portfolio throughout the country. Limehouse brings a long-time career of public and private sector experience to the firm, where he will act as Senior Advisor on national and international client development focusing on transportation and developing infrastructure banks for state governments in improving the financing of highway projects.

Managing partner, Brandon Dermody says, “We are excited about the level of experience Secretary Limehouse is bringing to our organization here in South Carolina and the entire nation. Secretary Limehouse is a long-time achiever for the people of South Carolina and it’s an honor to have him as a part of our organization.”

Partner DeWitt Zemp adds, “Secretary Limehouse played a key role in developing and integrating the Infrastructure Bank Act into South Carolina law as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the State Department of Transportation. He will now be instrumental in assisting other states enact the same effective model.”

Limehouse comes to Southern Strategy Group after having served S.C. Governor Mark Sanford as Secretary of Transportation and S.C. Governors Carroll Campbell and David Beasley as Transportation Department Chairman. During his tenure at the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT), Limehouse focused his efforts on improving the overall quality of transportation in S.C. by overseeing several major road and infrastructure projects throughout the State. In 1997, he helped establish the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank Act to further the completion of larger transportation projects, and thereby allow the SCDOT to devote resources to other important transportation projects.

Following his tenure on the SCDOT Commission, Limehouse took his governmental, public-private relations expertise and consulted for the Georgia Department of Transportation beginning in 2002. While consulting with the State of Georgia he provided additional management expertise as requested by Governor Roy Barnes on a project-by-project basis.

After two years of working with the State of Georgia, Limehouse returned to South Carolina. In 2007 the SCDOT Commission asked him to assume the position of Executive Director. Shortly thereafter, state law was changed to create the position of Secretary of Transportation. Governor Mark Sanford asked Limehouse to become South Carolina’s first Secretary of Transportation where he served in the position until February 2011.

Today, Limehouse continues to serve South Carolinians through his business consulting in transportation and infrastructure. In addition, he is often a panelist or speaker at national forums on the development of state infrastructure banks and public transportation issues.

Southern Strategy Group, LLC is dedicated to the mission of bringing quality governmental affairs services to clients in South Carolina, across the United States and abroad. For more information contact Brandon Dermody,, (843) 906-9759.


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