History of Service

Experience & Commitment

Client Services

Our Team

Foster M. (Billy) Routh III

Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Lobbyist and Consultant

Billy Routh serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. He assists clients with governmental relations before the legislative and executive branches of the state of South Carolina. Mr. Routh also works closely with clients on matters involving South Carolina state agency business and procurement issues.

Prior to MORE...

Chris G. Neeley

Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Lobbyist and Consultant

Chris Neeley joined Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in December 2018 as a lobbyist and consultant. Chris has extensive experience in governmental relations, starting his career on former Governor Carroll Campbell’s staff and thereafter working either with or for several current State and National MORE...

JEFFREY N. (JEFF) THORDAHL

Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Lobbyist and Consultant

Jeff Thordahl joined Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in December 2011 as a lobbyist and consultant. Mr. Thordahl is well-known in South Carolina government circles for his extensive experience with state and local government affairs. With experience in both the private and public sectors, MORE...

Kimberly V. (Kim) Kent

Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Lobbyist and Consultant

Kim Kent serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. She is based in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville office when the South Carolina General Assembly is not in session and in the Columbia office during the session.

Ms. Kent has spent her professional career working in and around MORE...

Advocacy

Legislative and regulatory assistance with direct communication with policy makers, regulators and their staffs

Coalition Building

Grassroots development, including the identification of allies and opponents

Consulting

Analysis of the political environment, strategic planning, ethics and campaign finance compliance

Legislative Drafting

Drafting new or reviewing existing legislation for possible amendment opportunities

Monitoring and Reporting

Following relevant legislation and reporting regularly to the client on related matters

Procurement

Providing unparalleled access to state agencies for companies looking to provide goods and services to the government sector

Weekly Updates

During the legislative session, our clients receive a weekly e-newsletter called, “The View from the Dome,” that summarizes legislative action and schedules as well as challenges and/or successes that any bill or action may incur. With its timely information and candid observations our customized public policy e-newsletter has proven to be a valued guide for our clients.

Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., is organized to serve clients’ needs in the legislative, regulatory and public policy arenas. Its professional team of lobbyists and political consultants has an impressive collective background including experience with all levels of government; corporate, government and community relations; and professional trade associations.

Committed to our community and our state, the principals of Copper Dome Strategies offer diverse fields of experience encompassing governmental relations, legislative activities, crisis management, procurement, regulatory affairs, public policy, advocacy and educational initiatives. Our team is well-positioned to offer clients strategic advice that creates the best possible outcome for success.

With a thorough understanding of the inner workings of government and the relevant players we can advance any and all client issues before federal, state and local government. We can ably assist clients in identifying issues, providing political analysis, plotting short and long-term legislative strategies and capitalizing on coalition opportunities.

Established In 1887

CONTACT INFORMATION

Telephone
803.779.3080

Fax
803.765.1243

Email
info@hsbcopperdome.com

Locations
1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29201

ONE North Main, 2nd Floor
Greenville, SC 29601

Mail
P.O. Box 11889
Columbia, SC 29211-1889

P.O. Box 2048
Greenville, SC 29602-2048

CONTACT FORM

Billy Routh
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Foster M. (Billy) Routh III
Copper Dome Strategies, LLC
Lobbyist and Consultant
brouth@hsbcopperdome.com
DIRECT 803.540.7736
FAX 803.765.1243
1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
(29201)
P.O. Box 11889 (29211-1889)
Columbia, SC

Billy Routh serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. He assists clients with governmental relations before the legislative and executive branches of the state of South Carolina. Mr. Routh also works closely with clients on matters involving South Carolina state agency business and procurement issues.

Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, Mr. Routh was affiliated with another private consulting group in Columbia, S.C., and brings more than two decades of experience in the governmental and legislative arenas. He served on the staff of the South Carolina House of Representatives, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff for the S.C. Speaker of the House. Mr. Routh was the Legislative Liaison for S.C. Governor David Beasley for four years, where he worked to advance the governor’s agenda and that of his cabinet.

He aided the late Governor Carroll Campbell for six years in several capacities, including serving as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Transportation. He also served as the governor’s liaison to local government officials and transportation entities such as the S.C. Department of Transportation and S.C. State Ports Authority. The Columbia native also worked for the State Budget and Control Board’s Division of the Chief Information Officer as Program Manager for Strategic Communications. All of this previous experience provides Mr. Routh with a well-rounded knowledge of the governmental process and a vast network of working relationships in state government.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Routh worked in the private sector as a small business owner. He also spent a number of years as a professional drummer and traveled around the world entertaining America’s troops and families with the USO.

Mr. Routh is based in the Columbia office of Copper Dome Strategies.

INDUSTRIES
Appropriations
Business and Industry
Economic Development
Environment
Healthcare
Higher Education
Information Technology
Non-profits
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Professional Trade Associations
Tax
Transportation

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Government Relations Consulting, South Carolina-based law firm (2008-November 2011)
State Budget and Control Board, Division of the Chief Information Officer (2003-2007)
Chief of Staff, Office of the House Speaker (2001-2003)
Director of Constituent Services, SC House of Representatives (1999-2001)
Legislative Liaison, Governor David M. Beasley (1995-1999)
Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Governor Carroll A. Campbell (1992-1995)

AWARD
The Order of the Palmetto, 1995, 1999

Chris Neeley
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Chris G. Neeley
Copper Dome Strategies, LLC
Lobbyist and Consultant
cneeley@hsbcopperdome.com
DIRECT 803.540.7831
FAX 803.765.1243 (Columbia)
1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
(29201)
P.O. Box 11889 (29211-1889)
Columbia, SC

Chris Neeley joined Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in December 2018 as a lobbyist and consultant. Chris has extensive experience in governmental relations, starting his career on former Governor Carroll Campbell’s staff and thereafter working either with or for several current State and National leaders, including Governor Henry McMaster.

Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, Chris was Principal of ELOS Strategic Affairs where he provided strategic public affairs advice and relationship impact solutions for corporations, small businesses, government organizations and non-profits. He also served as the Executive Director of the Meyer Center in Greenville, SC, where he transformed one of the oldest schools in South Carolina into a world-class institution of inclusive learning for children with disabilities.

From 2008-2014, Chris led all public affairs and governmental relations activities for Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Southeast and Midwest. After that, he was Executive Vice President of Made in USA Works!, a company that conducted business development and international relations with more than 40 foreign trade offices and Ambassadors in Washington, DC.

Chris’ interest in politics began in 1979 while visiting Washington, D.C. with his Boy Scout Troop. His political journey began in 1988 while serving as an intern at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The chamber experience led to a job working on the re-election campaign of former Governor Carroll A. Campbell and a three-year term in the Governor’s Office. He subsequently served as Political Director for the South Carolina Republican Party in 1994 during the Republican Party’s historic majority takeover; Executive Director of the 1996 Bob Dole for President Campaign where he directed a tough primary victory in South Carolina; Nominee Liaison for the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego; Director of the Dole for President Campaign in North Carolina for the 1996 general election campaign; the first Executive Director of the South Carolina House Republican Caucus from 1997-1999; Executive Director of the Alabama Republican Party in 1999; Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party; Director of Development for the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina; the first Executive Director of American’s for Prosperity of North Carolina; and Director of Government Relations at Reynold’s American, Inc.

In response to the attacks on the United States on 9/11, Chris volunteered to serve in the military at the age of thirty-four. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and United States Army and currently serves as a Major in the South Carolina National Guard. In 2010, he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan with the 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion where he conducted Counterinsurgency Operations (COIN) in villages across three provinces. During his deployment, Chris and his team of six were recognized by former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for their effectiveness in carrying out COIN. He was awarded the Bronze Star in Afghanistan.

Chris is based in the Columbia office of Copper Dome Strategies.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC APPOINTMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Chair (2018-Present)
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Commissioner (2018-Present)
Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2019-Present)
Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Executive Committe (2017-Present)
Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2009

Jeff Thordahl
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JEFFREY N. (JEFF) THORDAHL
Copper Dome Strategies, LLC
Lobbyist and Consultant
jthordahl@hsbcopperdome.com
DIRECT 803.540.7734
FAX 803.765.1243
1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
(29201)
P.O. Box 11889 (29211-1889)
Columbia, SC

Jeff Thordahl joined Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in December 2011 as a lobbyist and consultant. Mr. Thordahl is well-known in South Carolina government circles for his extensive experience with state and local government affairs. With experience in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Thordahl spent several years working in state government, held in-house positions with two Fortune 500 companies and most recently led a private consulting group based in Columbia, S.C., for seven years.

His lobbying practice concentrates on representing clients before the S.C. General Assembly, the Executive Branch including the cabinet agencies, other state agencies and local government bodies. In addition he maintains a good working relationship with several members of South Carolina’s U.S. Congressional delegation and staff members.

Mr. Thordahl has experience representing clients from various industries including energy, transportation, insurance, solid waste disposal, healthcare, information technology and professional associations. From grassroots efforts to direct lobbying, he guides clients through
the legislative process.

Prior to his experience in private consulting, he was based in Columbia, S.C., working in the governmental relations department of CSX Transportation as the vice president of public affairs for the Carolinas. In this position, Mr. Thordahl was actively involved in state issues such as general tort reform and venue reform. He also traveled the Carolinas with a primary focus on local railroad issues and economic development projects.

Mr. Thordahl previously spent several years as the in-house state government representative for SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy-based holding company headquartered in the Midlands. He led SCANA’s legislative efforts at the South Carolina State House working closely with the other electric utilities on legislative matters.

He also served as executive assistant for governmental affairs and legal counsel to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. His responsibilities included overseeing legislative insurance matters, serving as liaison for the governor with both bodies of the S.C. General Assembly and closely following any legislative issues with a major public policy impact.

During law school, and upon graduation, Mr. Thordahl was staff counsel for the S.C. Office of Senate Research. He worked closely with all 46 State Senators on a variety of issues, drafting legislation and working on the floor of the Senate drafting amendments to pending legislation.

Mr. Thordahl is based in the Columbia office of Copper Dome Strategies.

INDUSTRIES
Agency Regulations
Business and Industry
Economic Development
Education
Energy – Nuclear, Coal, Renewable
Environment
Federal Government
Insurance
Non-profits
Professional Trade Associations
Solid Waste and Recycling
State and Local Government
Tax
Transportation
Utilities

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Government Relations Consulting, South Carolina-based law firm (2008-November 2011)
Resident Vice President for State Relations for South and North Carolina, CSX Transportation (2002-2004)
Governmental Affairs Representative, SCANA Corporation (1994-2002)
Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant for Legislative Affairs, Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. (1991-1994)
Staff Counsel, South Carolina Office of Senate Research (1989-1991)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Member, SC Bar Association (1989-present)
Chair and Member, AC Moore Elementary School Improvement Council (2000-2007)
Member, Hand Middle School, Educational Foundation (2008-2011)
Deacon and Elder, Eastminster Presbyterian Church (2007-2010; 2002-2005)

EDUCATION
University of South Carolina, School of Law, J.D., 1989
Wake Forest University, B.S. Cum Laude, Mathematical Economics, 1986

ADMISSIONS
South Carolina, 1989

AWARDS
Legal Elite of the Midlands, 2013 and 2014
The Order of the Palmetto, 1995

Kim Kent
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Kimberly V. (Kim) Kent
Copper Dome Strategies, LLC
Lobbyist and Consultant
kkent@hsbcopperdome.com
DIRECT 864.240.3206
FAX 864.240.3200 (Greenville)
FAX 803.765.1243 (Columbia)
ONE North Main, 2nd Floor
(29601)
P.O. Box 2048 (29602-2048)
Greenville, SC

Kim Kent serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. She is based in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville office when the South Carolina General Assembly is not in session and in the Columbia office during the session.

Ms. Kent has spent her professional career working in and around South Carolina government. Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, she spent four years with another private consulting group representing a variety of clients, including small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, professional trade associations and specific issue coalitions, on matters before federal, state and local governments.

Ms. Kent began her legislative and legal career working as the Vice President for Governmental Relations for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA). In this role, she represented the interests of many of South Carolina’s largest companies on issues related to economic development, environment, taxes, labor and employment and healthcare, before state agencies, the Governor’s Office and the S.C. General Assembly.

Following this position, Ms. Kent served as the Governmental Affairs Director and Assistant General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. While at the state’s leading industrial recruiting agency, she was the primary liaison for the agency between the Executive Branch and the S.C. General Assembly on all state funding matters relating to commerce, statutory changes relating to tax incentives and for any and all legislative changes needed by the agency to assist companies interested in expanding or locating new economic development projects in South Carolina.

In 2005, Ms. Kent joined the South Carolina Medical Association as the Chief Policy Officer of the statewide trade association that serves more than 6,000 physicians. During her tenure, Ms. Kent served as the association’s general counsel, directed all legislative initiatives before the S.C. General Assembly and the Executive Branch and managed the recruitment and renewal of physician memberships. She was responsible for all membership publications as well as all communications to members, the public and the S.C. General Assembly.

Combined with her legal training, Ms. Kent’s wide range of experience working in the private sector, professional trade associations and state government, gives her a unique ability to represent a variety of clients. Her areas of expertise include health care, economic development tax, environmental, transportation, rail, energy, professional associations and licensing issues, nonprofits, manufacturing, and automotive matters.

INDUSTRIES
Appropriations
Business and Industry
Economic Development
Energy
Enviroment
Healthcare
Insurance
Non-profits
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Professional Trade Associations
Tax
Transportation

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Government Relations Consulting, South Carolina-based law firm (2008-November 2011)
Chief Policy Officer, SC Medical Association (2005-2008)
Governmental Affairs Director & Assistant General Counsel, SC Department of Commerce (2004-2005)
Vice President for Government Relations, SC Manufacturers Alliance (2001-2004)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Member, SC Bar Association (2000-present)
Member, Greenville County Bar Association (2008-present)
Member, SC Women Lawyers Association (2010-present)
Volunteer, American Heart Association, Upstate Chapter (2010-present)
Co-chair, Upstate Heart Ball Auction (2012-2013)
Member, Communities in Schools of South Carolina, Board of Directors (2013-present)
Member, Converse College Board of Trustees (2012-present)

AWARDS
Converse College Young Alumnae Award, 2012
Greenville’s Legal Elite 2013, Governmental Affairs

EDUCATION
University of South Carolina, School of Law, J.D., 2000
Converse College, B.A., (Political Science), 1997

ADMISSIONS
South Carolina, 2000