Removing Our Blinders: Addressing Disparities in Greenville County

with David Lominack and Merl Code

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EST)
via Zoom
Category: Removing Our Blinders

A Community Removes Its Blinders: Addressing Disparities in Greenville County

Upon the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, the United Way of Greenville County, the Urban League of the Upstate and the Greenville Chamber launched the REEM Commission in 2020 to address the historical, systemic, and ongoing inequities and disparities affecting Black people in Greenville County.

The forty-member REEM Commission, comprised of community leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries, come together regularly to listen, analyze, understand, and learn about the inequities that exist across the various sectors of Greenville County. The group is led by co-chairs, David Lominack of TD Bank and Merle Code of Ogleetree Deakins, who are longstanding Greenville advocates who tirelessly work on behalf of the community. Lominack and Code acknowledge that not a single issue is more critical for the long-term success of the citizens of Greenville County than the one they are now tackling through REEM.

Join David Lominack and Merl Code for a candid conversation during which they will share: their personal race equity journeys: why each of them stepped up to lead REEM; what they have learned: the challenges they have faced: and ultimately what makes them hopeful. You are invited to bring your own questions about the REEM Commission’s experiences and how they apply to your community’s race equity efforts.

Merl F. Code, Ogletree Deakins, REEM Commission Co-Chair

Merl F. Code is an attorney at the law office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. His law practice concentrates on the areas of positive employee relations and diversity. He has more than 40 years of trial level experience and has served as a certified Mediator for over 25 years. Mr. Code has been an active board member of over 30 organizations serving the interests of the Upstate, including The Palmetto Institute, Minority Economic Development Institute, BB&T Bank of South Carolina, Clemson University Advisory Board, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Urban League, Phillis Wheatley Association, University Center of Greenville, United Way of Greenville, and the Greater Greenville YMCA.

Mr. Code is the first African American to chair the Greenville County United Way Board of Directors, the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University Center of Greenville, the first African American Municipal Court Judge, and the first African American to become Chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

The recipient of many honors and awards, Mr. Code received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor David Beasley and the Compleat Lawyer Award by the SC Bar Association. He was inducted into the North Carolina A&T Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame, to name a few. Mr. Code was bestowed the Visionary Leadership Award in 2018 by the Community Foundation of Greenville. That same year, Greenville Business Magazine selected him as a member of the 2018 Hall of Fame, and Mr. Code was named as one of the 50 Most Influential People of 2018.

On April 28, 1968, Mr. Code was initiated into the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at North Carolina A&T State University. He was named Omega Man of the Year in 1978, 1998, and 2018. He was selected as Omega Citizen of the Year in 1981 and 2015.

David Lominack, TD Bank, SC Market President, REEM Commission Co-Chair

David Lominack is market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state.

David joined the former Carolina First Bank in May 1997 as a management associate. Upon completion of the Management Associate program, he served in a number of roles including branch manager, commercial loan officer, Private Banking, and regional Retail Banking executive. From 2006-2010, he served as market president for the Midlands region of South Carolina.

In 2010 Carolina First was acquired by TD Bank, and David returned home to take on the role of market president for the newly formed Upstate-Midlands region. He was appointed market president of South Carolina in 2015.

David earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. He also is a graduate of the Stonier National Graduate School of Banking; Leadership Greenville; the Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman; and is a Liberty Fellow.

A stalwart community supporter, David serves on numerous community boards.  He currently serves as co-chair for Greenville County's Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission (REEM), executive committee for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and board member for the United Way of Greenville County.  He is past chair for United Way of Greenville County, past chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and past chair of the South Carolina Bankers Association.

David and his wife, Courtney, reside in Greenville with their three children: Henry; James; and Lynne.

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NAMI Greenville

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