Cathy is a work in progress. She’s a voracious student of all things today, and if there’s a new movement, philosophy or trend, she studied it yesterday. This insatiable appetite for What’s Next has distinguished her 30-year career as a writer and creative director. She has nurtured greatness in countless young whippersnappers and sent them out to populate the creative landscape in locales far and near (and garnered immense frustration in others who failed to see the need to push the idea further).
But when you start your own agency at 26 years old, it’s that spirit that forever sets you apart from the others. She founded C.C.Rigg’s, an advertising studio, in 1987. Her work swept local creative shows, and C.C. Rigg’s was on its way to building a lasting reputation for creative excellence. In 2005 the firm became RIGGS, expanding its scope of services and client base. Along with partner Teresa Coles, she co-founded CreateAthon, a national agency network that has donated more than $15 million in creative services to nonprofits around the country.
Cathy tackles professional opportunities with that same energy. She serves on the board of trustees of St. Lawrence Place and the board of directors for Rigg Properties. She previously served on the board of trustees of the Central Carolina Community Foundation; the business advisory board of the University of Virginia at Wise; the Clemson Alumni Council; and the board of directors of the Clemson University Second Century Society. She served as chairman of the board of trustees of EdVenture Children’s Museum; president of the Columbia Advertising Club; and president of the Columbia Communicating Arts Society.
In 2005, the Columbia Advertising Club presented Cathy with its highest honor, the Silver Medal Award, for “outstanding contributions to the industry.” She was named the Carolyn Holderman Vision Award Winner by the Central Carolina Community Foundation for her leadership in developing “Talk About Giving,” a program designed to help parents nurture a spirit of philanthropy among their children. In 2013, Cathy was named one of the “Ten Most Generous Marketing Geniuses” by Fast Company and profiled in Catchafire’s Generosity Series on “changemakers who have demonstrated their generosity through acts of service.” And in January of 2014, Columbia Business Monthly magazine named Cathy one of the “50 Most Influential People” of the year.
A native of Wise, Virginia, Cathy is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She is a graduate of the Executive Seminar in Communication Skills at the Buckley School of Public Speaking (where she was awarded a Silver Medal in debate) and the executive track at Virginia Commonwealth University’s BrandCenter. She has taught advanced creative concepts as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, and led an initiative that tracked consumer behavioral trends in the changed U.S. economy.
Cathy and her husband, Tim, are the proud parents of Carson, Alex and Eliza.