CFMA SC Midlands CPE Event

When:  Sep 17, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  South Carolina, Greenville, SC

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Topic:  Understanding Opportunity Zones

Since being introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017, South Carolina Opportunity Zones grant funding has encouraged long term private investments in low-income communities throughout the midlands. We hope to bring more awareness to OZ opportunities in the midlands and answer any questions attendees may have in regards to Opportunity Zone funding.


Learning Objectives:

·         Understand what Opportunity Zones are and how they benefit the local community.

·         Identify Opportunity Zone areas located in the midlands.

·         Awareness of current and future Opportunity Zone projects

·         Learn how to maximize the impact of Opportunity Zones throughout South Carolina.


Speaker Bio

The Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin

Columbia, SC 


Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made it his mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.


In addition to serving as Mayor of Columbia, Mayor Benjamin served as 2018-2019 President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Chairman for Municipal Bonds for America, Member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, Member of the Accelerator for America Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign.


Mayor Benjamin is married to the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, Chief Administrative Judge (General Sessions) for South Carolina's Fifth Judicial Circuit. The two are the proud parents of daughters Bethany (14) and Jordan Grace (12).


Follow Mayor Benjamin on Twitter and Instagram: @SteveBenjaminSC.



Cory Ouellette CPA

Elliot Davis

Cory is a shareholder and tax accountant with 14 years of tax-planning and compliance experience. Focusing on real estate and partnership tax law, he has worked with developers, investors, funds and owners of all sizes to maximize after-tax cash flow and develop strategies that take advantage of all available credits and incentives. Cory’s specialties range from structuring deals and performing financial modeling to sell-versus-hold analysis and exit strategies.

Cory administers the firm’s partnership tax compliance software and has handled numerous partnership tax reporting issues.

Education, Credentials and Special Training

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Master of Professional Accountancy with Tax Specialization, Clemson University
  • B.S., Accounting, Clemson University

Civic and Community Activities

  • Treasurer, Pleasant Valley Connection
  • Member, Greenville Professionals United for Leadership and Social Enrichment
  • Participant, PULSE Pace Setters, 2008-2009
  • Participant, Opportunity Greenville, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Young CPAs Leadership Cabinet (2010-2011)
  • Urban Land Institute


Session Policies

Refunds and Cancellations

Meeting registration must be paid prior to the meeting or at the door.  Any cancellation must be made in writing before 5:00pm on September 16th.  No-shows and cancellations after September 16th, 2019 at 5:00pm will be invoiced.


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Payments should be mailed to

CFMA South Carolina

c/o Barry Leasure GreerWalker LLP

15 South Main Street  Greenville, SC  29601


Please make checks payable to CFMA South Carolina.  Credit card payments can be collected onsite or over the phone. 



GreerWalker LLC will be sponsoring CPE Credit for CFMA this season. 

GreerWalker is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


Additional Information:

Prerequisites:  None


Who Should Attend?

CFO, Accounting Personnel, HR Personnel, CPAs working in a training capacity


Advanced Preparations:  none

Program Level:  Basic

Delivery Method:  Group-Live

Recommended CPE credit:  1.0  Hour (pending approval)

Recommended field of study:  (Pending CPE Approval)


If you have any questions regarding CFMA, meeting registrations or the cancellation policy, please contact our chapter administrator Jennifer Wagner.  (704) 756-8991



The Venue on Main
1626 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Pricing Information

Registration Price
CFMA-Member $30.00
Non-CFMA-Member $40.00
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Jennifer Wagner
(704) 756-8991