BANCO team members are experts in Public Relations, Political Consulting, Governmental Affairs, and Community Relations.
Heyward Bannister, President
Heyward has more than thirty years of comprehensive experience in business development and management, public relations and marketing. He is skilled in building partnerships, coalitions and consensus among constituency groups, community and business leaders and public officials. Heyward has managed and/or provided consulting services for over 120 political campaigns ranging from School Board Elections to Presidential Campaigns.
He served as Commissioner and Vice-Chairman of the Columbia Housing Authority, providing oversight and policy management for over 2000 multi-family and single-family public housing units.
In 1992, Heyward became State Director for the South Carolina Clinton/Gore Campaign and was later a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving as White House Liaison for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, he served as the personal adviser and consultant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
After returning to Columbia in 1999, he joined Fannie Mae, a Fortune 500 company as the Director for the Fannie Mae South Carolina Community Business Center. His new challenge was to increase homeownership opportunities and affordable housing for under-served populations in the state. This afforded him the opportunity to establish close relationships with state legislators, homebuilders, bankers, realtors and public housing authorities throughout the state and region.
As owner of BANCO/Bannister Company, Heyward manages all administrative, operating and marketing activities. He conducts outreach and public relations campaigns for businesses and political clients, and develops and analyzes proposals for projects.
Heyward earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
Seawright earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Winthrop University (Rock Hill South Carolina) in 2008. Since graduating, Seawright has led extensive grassroots training and canvassing efforts for political clients. Some of the successful campaigns Seawright has been involved with include: Hillary Clinton for President, Barack Obama for President, John Spratt for Congress, Darrell Jackson for South Carolina Senate, Gregg Anderson for South Carolina Senate, Leah Moody for South Carolina Senate, John R. King for SC House of Representatives, Calvin “Chip” Jackson for Richland District two School Board and Vincent Sheheen for Governor. As a young professional, Seawright brings passion and enthusiasm to each project. His key political affiliations have provided instrumental results for our political clients.
Nicole H. Holland
Holland has extensive experience in both media and community relations. For 15 years, she has coordinated media events and media training for such clients as the American Red Cross Blood Services, the American Legion of South Carolina, the South Carolina Bar Association, the South Carolina Caucus of Legislative Women, Historic Columbia Foundation, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus. Holland began her career in broadcasting, later moving into public relations where she has proven experience working for non-profit organizations and PR firms. Holland worked at the Tom Sawyer Company, where she developed marketing and outreach strategies and coordinated special public appearances, which included work with Elizabeth Dole and B. Smith. She also worked at Sunrise Communications where she worked on successful campaigns for John Edwards for President (2004), Darrell Jackson for S.C. Senate (2004, 2008) and Calvin “Chip” Jackson for Richland School District Two Board (2008).
Rania K. Jamison
Jamison has over 10 years experience as a communications professional with an emphasis on community awareness and health campaigns. Her work in marketing and public relations have garnered her honors and accolades which include the prestigious Telly Award for a 2003 stroke awareness television commercial. She has coordinated projects and events ranging from the S.C. Governor’s inaugural activities to grassroots initiatives for the S.C. DHEC Office of Minority Health and the Cancer Prevention and Control and Cardiovascular Health Programs. With a broad knowledge of communications expertise as it relates to community and health issues, Jamison also has experience in marketing and fundraising for educational institutions. She has been responsible for executing campaigns for Dewey Square Group, American Beverage Association, Lilly USA, LLC and Pew Environment Group.
Vaughn is an experienced executive project assistant with expertise in corporate events management, internal communications management, project management and logistics management. She has over 30 years experience in corporate setting. Vaughn has handled projects for many high profile events and brings a wealth of experience to each project. Vaughn’s previous work with Fannie Mae has provided her with solid management experience and numerous client and community relations opportunities.