Michael Brenan

In addition to serving as Trustee to the Trinity Forum, Michael R. Brenan is the State/Group President of BB&T for South Carolina.  BB&T Corporation is among the nation’s top financial-holding companies with $174.6 billion in assets.  Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in twelve states and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Brenan began his career in banking in 1975 as a management trainee.  In 1988, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank One, Portsmouth, N.A.  In 1994, he became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MainStreet Financial Corporation, a multi-bank holding company, headquartered in Virginia.  In 1998 MainStreet was acquired by BB&T Corporation and Mr. Brenan subsequently moved to Columbia to assume his responsibilities with BB&T.  Mr. Brenan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bowling Green State University.

Mr. Brenan currently serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including the University of South Carolina’s Business Partnership Foundation (Past Chairman), President’s Advisory Council of Clemson University, Claflin University,  the South Carolina Bankers Association (Past Chairman), United Way of the Midlands (Past Chairman), South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (Past Chairman), South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (Chair-Elect), Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Chairman), Good to Great Foundation, Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation (Treasurer), SC Economics, BIPEC (Treasurer), Central SC Alliance, Midlands Business Leadership Group, Midlands Housing Alliance, Palmetto Business Forum, InvestSC, Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, Palmetto Health Foundation, and he is also Governor Nikki Haley’s appointee to the South Carolina Board of Education. 

Mr. Brenan and his wife Julie have four children, Erin, Andrew, Rob, and Molly.