Bethea Service Award
1971, B.S. Business Administration, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Tommy Suggs is President and CEO for the Carolinas Region of HUB International. Residing in Columbia, South Carolina, his responsibilities include managing HUB’s 10 offices throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.
Previously, Tommy was the President and CEO of KeenanSuggs, the largest independently owned insurance, risk management and benefits company in the Carolinas. Before purchasing KeenanSuggs in 1996, Tommy spent twenty-three years in banking ending his career with twelve years as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer and Board member with South Carolina Federal Savings Bank before selling to a multi-state bank holding company. Previously he was Vice President / Commercial Lending at South Carolina National Bank for eleven years. Tommy’s banking experience also includes serving as Founding Chairman of First Bank of the Midlands and serving as its Chairman before selling to South State Bank in 1999. He recently retired from the bank’s Corporate Board, Executive Committee and Trust & Wealth Management Committee. He also serves on the Trustmark Insurance Company’s National Advisory Council.
Tommy graduated from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also graduated from the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University; the National Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma and the Wharton School of Business, Executive Education Program through the University of Pennsylvania. He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from The Darla Moore School of Business in 2011 and is a frequent speaker at the North Carolina and South Carolina Bankers Schools and various conferences and seminars on cyber liability and professional coverages. Recently, Tommy was recognized by the Columbia Regional Business Report as a 2020 Business Icon and he was awarded the Community Champion in the Icons awards division.
Tommy was a starting quarterback for the University of South Carolina football team, Most Valuable Player his senior year and Most Valuable Player of the annual Blue-Gray Post Season game. In 2012 his friends and family honored him by establishing the Tommy Suggs Endowed Quarterback Scholarship.
He is married and has two children and one grandchild. Tommy has served as President of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Nature Conservancy, Leadership Columbia, Chairman of the Providence Hospital Foundation and Chair of the University of South Carolina’s Development Foundation. His hobbies include golf, exercise, traveling and USC athletics.