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Two Capital Angels Named to Columbia Business Monthly’s List of 50 Most Influential People

Charlie Banks
Charlie Banks
Last updated: January 17, 2024
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View Columbia Business Magazine's list of 50 Most Influential People here.

Columbia, S.C. – VentureSouth (fka SCAN) is thrilled to recognize SCAN Co-Founder and Managing Director Charlie Banks, and Capital Angels Member Ben Arnold for being named to Columbia Business Monthly’s List of 50 Most Influential People.

Columbia Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential People in the Midlands is compiled from a variety of sources, including nominations from the community, news reports and meticulous research. The list selected is representative of the people who made things happen in the previous year in the areas of business, government, nonprofits, sports, the arts and healthcare.

Charlie co-founded the South Carolina Angel Network along with Managing Directors Matt Dunbar and Paul Clark. Through his role with SCAN, Charlie is the Director of Capital Angels, the Midlands affiliate of SCAN, which has grown to nearly 40 members since its launch in 2014. Charlie is a Camden native who now resides in Newberry with his wife and two kids. 

Ben Arnold is the president of Arnold Companies, a Commercial Real Estate company in Columbia, SC which was founded in 1955. Today, the Arnold Companies manages and owns over 700,000 square feet of office, mixed-use, restaurant and entertainment space in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Jeff Larimore, CFO of the Arnold Companies, commented, “Ben Arnold’s influence is a product of his ability to execute a vision into reality for citizens of the Midlands. The outcome of his professional and personal efforts allows Columbia to continuously showcase its civic pride.”

Paul Clark/Matt Dunbar, co-founders of SCAN, commented, “Charlie has done a fantastic job launching and growing the Capital Angels in the Midlands and helping us drive the growth of SCAN across the state – which is vitally important for supporting entrepreneurs in South Carolina. He is certainly deserving of being named to the 50 Most Influential List and we’re proud to have him on our team”



The South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) is an affiliation of angel investor groups from across the Palmetto State that provide capital and expertise to early stage, high growth businesses in the southeastern United States. Through its 250-plus members and full-time professional staff, SCAN has invested $15 million in 42 companies, generating positive financial returns, helping attract over $200M in additional capital, and supporting the creation of over 400 jobs. Visit for more information.