Steve Jones

Steve Jones is the Vice President – Chief Financial Officer of Delta Star, Inc. a leading manufacturer of medium power transformers and mobile substations. Prior to joining Delta Star, Mr. Jones was Chief Executive Officer of McLeod & Company, a CPA firm located in Roanoke, VA. Mr. Jones was a partner with the firm for over 12 years specializing in manufacturing and distressed company turnarounds. He holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA degree from Wake Forest.


Brian A. Palmieri

After attending Tennessee Technological University, Mr. Palmieri began his professional career in the manufacturing sector, gaining training and experience before assuming management roles that have included domestic and international start-ups, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and ongoing operations, in both U.S. and international businesses. His diversified businesses include outfitting, timber, manufacturing, trade, consultant, healthcare products and real estate.

Today Mr. Palmieri is a veteran entrepreneur. He has been instrumental in several start-up ventures, turn-around efforts and he has a unique understanding of the requirements of starting and operating both public and private companies.

Currently, Mr. Palmieri has business interests in several states within the USA, and he also travels the Globe and is involved in various humanitarian ventures as well as seeking out business development and start-up opportunities as both an investor and a consultant.

Mr. Palmieri is a resident of the state of Wyoming and also spends a lot of his time in South Carolina, a state in which he has several business interests.


Larry Cox

After graduating from Mississippi College, Cox received the master’s degree from Southern Baptist Seminary and from Mississippi State University. He received a PhD in organizational leadership from the University of Mississippi. Married to Cheryl Keathley Cox, they have four children and 13 grandchildren. During 23 years Dr. Cox and his family lived in six counties in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East while he led missionaries in West Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Northern Africa. Cox also served as a university professor and administrator for six years. During the past 12 years he has been a leader with the philanthropic organizations of Chick-fil-A. Currently, he is President/CEO of Lifeshape.


Lee Deneen

Lee serves on the board of CGS and is a lawyer in Atlanta, at Alston & Bird. After graduating from Furman University summa cum laude, Lee earned a law degree at the University of Georgia, where he graduated first in his class. Following graduation, Lee clerked for the Honorable John M. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Lee’s practice currently focuses on international arbitration and federal civil litigation.

Lee enjoys travel and does so frequently. He has been a part of a number of bridge-building initiatives in Europe and Africa. He has also previously lived in South Carolina, California, Kentucky, Georgia, France, and Belgium.


Henry L. Deneen

Henry joined the Murphy & Grantland, P.A. law firm in July, 2016. He began his legal career as a litigator in private practice, later being appointed a municipal judge for the city of West Columbia, SC. He served as Chief Legal Counsel for then-South Carolina Governor, David M. Beasley from 1995 through 1997. Beasley and Deneen co-founded The Center for Global Strategies, Ltd. In 2005, and Deneen serves as the Executive Director. CGS is a non-profit organization connecting businesspeople to international initiatives. Deneen most recently served as President of Greater Europe Mission, during which time he earned a Doctorate in Executive Leadership/Emotional Intelligence from Denver Seminary.

A South Carolina native, he serves clients in matters involving the defense of South Carolina individuals/businesses and through mediation primarily in the upstate from his home in the Greenville area.

Deneen is certified as a Mediator in South Carolina Circuit, Family, and Probate Courts. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He and his wife, Celia, have been married for over 31 years and have four children and one son-in-law.