SC State University's Executive Speaker Series Features the BMW Corporation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SC State University’s Executive Speaker Series will feature Bunny Richardson, assistant manager of internal communications for the BMW Manufacturing Company, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Richardson‘s topic will be on the “BMW Story in South Carolina.”

Eagerly awaiting the upcoming Executive Speaker Series, senior business management major, Kristen Pratt, says she deems BMW’s participation highly valuable to her and her peers.  “BMW’s visit brings great exposure to our students while helping to expand their mind and experiences,” says Pratt.  “Students will have the opportunity to learn about an international company that has a local presence here in South Carolina.”

Founded in 1916 in Munich, Germany, BMW has global presence with subsidiaries in China, South Africa, India, Canada, Austria, United Kingdom, Egypt and the United States. The company has a workforce of 96,230. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the United States through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Centers, 142 BMW motorcycle retailers, 90 MINI passenger car dealers and 31 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car Dealers. BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC in S.C. is part of the BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles.

In her role as assistant manager of internal communications, Richardson focuses on developing and implementing communications tools to share information about the factory, as well as community relations efforts in the Greer, S.C. community. Richardson joined BMW in 1995 and has worked as coordinator for Community Relations and as assistant manager for Media Relations, serving as the company’s media spokesperson.  Prior to joining BMW, she was assistant managing editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. and worked in the newspaper industry for close to 25 years.  She also served as lecturer for the University of South Carolina College of Journalism.

Richardson sits on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as chairperson in 1996. She also serves on the board for Greer’s Partnership for Tomorrow. Additional community involvement initiatives include: Compass of Carolina Board of Directors, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Communications Advisory Committee and the University of South Carolina Partnership Board for the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ann Shepard Winstead, Executive Speaker Series program director, at 803-516-4864.