Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit - Coastal Carolina University
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Tim McGinnis

Businessman, Journalist, Community leader


Representative Tim McGinnis is a businessman and leader in the Grand Strand community. He is the owner of Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest, and represents South Carolina State House District 56, which covers part of the Conway, Carolina Forest, Socastee, and Longs communities. Previously, Rep. McGinnis served as a journalist and television news anchor in the Myrtle Beach, SC, Peoria, IL, Savannah, GA, and Augusta, GA markets. He is married with two kids.


Morris Ellison, J.D.


Womble Bond Dickinson


Morris’ broad-based practice includes commercial real estate transactions, economic development, commercial litigation and counseling of entrepreneurs, startup and mature knowledge-based companies. Morris represents local, national and international investors, lenders and real estate developers in the development, financing and disposition of commercial properties and other assets. Recently, he has been particularly involved with mobility companies, counseling clients on how the “Mobility Revolution” impacts their businesses.

Morris has been awarded the CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) credential by The Counselors of Real Estate®, an elite group of professionals who are recognized thought leaders of real estate.

A prolific author and SC and national speaker on topics such as mobility, ecommerce, property tax issues and receiverships, Morris is a Fellow in both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is the South Carolina member of the American Property Tax Counsel, and is also a Panelist for the CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, a select group of preeminent lawyers, former judges, public officials, and academics who serve as mediators and arbitrators.

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Kirk Lovell

Managing Director

Air Service Consulting

Mead & Hunt


Kirk Lovell is Managing Director of Air Service Consulting at Mead & Hunt. He began his aviation career over twenty years ago. He enjoys working with large, medium, and small hub airports to develop strategies for growing their business.   

Kirk has worked on exciting projects around the world, including the privatization of VIP lounges at airports across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, concession plan for the Kunming International Airport in the People’s Republic of China, the general aviation plan for the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee, and various projects at the Myrtle Beach International Airport to name a few.  

Kirk is a proud graduate of Indiana University and resides in Pawleys Island, SC.  He is married to Anna and the proud father of Sam, Piper, Zoe, and Gage.

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Robert F. Salvino, Ph.D.

Economist, Coastal Carolina University

Director, Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics


Robert Salvino is the director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics and the Ammons Family Endowed Professor of Free Enterprise with Coastal Carolina University’s Wall College of Business. His research has been published in the Review of Law and Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and other journals and books. His most recent research considers economic policies and rules and their effects on behavior and economic outcomes. Dr. Salvino provides economic analysis for various industries, non-profit organizations, and government agencies and speaks regularly for many organizations across the region. His teaching interests include urban economics, real estate, and the economics of entrepreneurship. He developed and continues work to expand the real estate program at Coastal Carolina University. 

Prior to his academic career, Salvino worked in Columbus, Ohio, as a geologist for a civil engineering firm and as a large loss property claims adjuster for Nationwide Insurance. 

He earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts, both in economics, from Georgia State University in 2007 and 2004, respectively. He completed his undergraduate degree in geology at Marshall University in 1997. 

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