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Meet Our Summer Interns

Julia Wrenn: 

My name is Julia Wrenn. I am a junior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Public Relations, with a minor in Retail. Meeting and interacting with individuals is my favorite aspect of PR. During my internship with Smoak PR this summer, I look forward to meeting with clients while assisting with their PR needs. I have decided to pursue Public Relations because I value out of office experiences, such as meeting with clients, gathering content, and achieving clients’ goals. I am sure this internship will help me develop more knowledge about PR and further my career in the field.

Rachel Page:


My name is Rachel Page. I am a senior Communications Studies major at Furman University. I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity with Smoak PR this summer. I decided to declare a Communications Studies major because I believe that I will have a valuable skill set that can be applied to a variety of fields. With that in mind, I hope to gain more experience in the Public Relations field this summer to see if it is a career field that I would be interested in pursuing after graduation. I hope that my time at Smoak will give me a ‘hands-on’ approach to interacting with clients, meeting deadlines, and a better sense of the professional atmosphere that I will be working in after college. 

Julia Monninger:

My name is Julia Monninger. I am a rising senior at Clemson University studying Communication with a minor in Business Administration. Throughout my summer internship at Smoak PR, I am looking forward to learning about the fast-paced nature of the public relations industry, knowing how to maintain the reputation of a brand, and connecting/networking with clients and everyone in the office. Another side of public relations that I hope to learn more about is event planning and social media management. I would love to learn how to plan events for clients and run them successfully, as well as choose the best images and captions that resonate with people in the community. I am so excited to begin my internship at Smoak PR and develop skills that I can use during a future career!

Kit Miller:

My name is Kit Miller. I am a rising senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. I chose to study communications because of the critical role it plays in business, regardless of the field. During my time at Smoak PR this summer, I hope to learn more about the communications field, make connections with clients and others in the field, as well as  understanding the ins and outs of the industry. Something I am most excited for is the out-of-office element as well as being able to aid clients in giving them the best public relations experience possible. I am so looking forward to my time at Smoak PR this summer and beginning my career in PR!

We are all very excited to be starting this summer in the office, at least most days out of the week. This experience holds a lot of new challenges and tasks, but we are eager to start tackling those goals together. Though we are from different schools, and slightly different academic paths, our different experiences should help us share different perspectives on the same challenges. We cannot wait to get this summer started!

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Spinx Leads Convenience Store Industry in Self-checkout Trend in Upstate

Greenville, S.C. – June 15, 2021 – Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company The Spinx Company is thrilled to announce they have begun piloting a convenient self-checkout program to maximize the roles of team members and to provide increased service to all customers.  Spinx is leading the industry in the Upstate with this new offering and has a goal to rollout self-checkout to all Spinx stores in Q2-Q3 of 2022.

“At Spinx, we exist to make people’s lives easier. By providing the self-checkout option to our customers, they will be able to stop at our store, shop for what they need and quickly and easily get back on their way”, stated Spinx President, Stan Storti.  “We’ve heard from some peers in the industry that customers can get upset and interpret the implementation of this technology as reducing jobs, but in our case, nothing could be further from the truth. We’re moving our teammates’ efforts from checking out customers to keeping our stores, “Spinx Clean.”  Spinx Clean is a program we initiated late last year, and it’s designed to keep our stores not just looking clean but being sterilized.  Together with our outside partner, Stericlean, Spinx is committed to maintaining the cleanest and safest, convenience stores in the markets we operate within.  Spinx Clean actually increased our need for teammates, so we’re hiring!”

Founder and Chair of the Board, Stewart Spinks adds, “Self-checkout is not a new concept; however, within our industry it is considered very cutting edge and we are thrilled to be leading the charge here at the local level.”

Spinx is currently piloting the program at store #112 on Pendleton St. in Greenville. Four additional stores are planning to offer this service as part of the pilot program by end of Fall 2021.

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 1,400 employees, it is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in the state. Spinx is committed to making life easier by fulfilling people’s everyday needs with fresh, on-the-go food, beverages and other convenience products delivered in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Through the Spinx Xtras Loyalty program and the Spinx mobile app, the company offers its loyal customers savings on fuel and special promotions.

For more information about Spinx or the Spinx Xtras program, visit the company’s website at www.spinx.com.

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Caldwell Constructors Announces Promotions and Welcomes New Team Member

GREENVILLE, S.C. – June 3, 2021 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to announce the promotions of two employees, Evan Jones and Ryan Cardell. In addition, they welcome Dave Carley as Project Manager to their team.

Jones has excelled since joining Caldwell over two years ago. As a natural leader, he has successfully managed a variety of challenging projects and will now serve as Senior Project Manager. After only 9 months, Cardell has proven to be a critical member of the Caldwell Constructors team and will lead exciting new projects for the company moving forward as Project Manager. Both individuals continue to exemplify Caldwell’s core values daily.

Dave Carley previously worked for Evans General Contractors, and most recently, Constructive Ingenuity in Alabama. Carley’s eight years of industrial and manufacturing experience will complement the industrial construction capabilities of Caldwell Constructors.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Ryan and Evan on their accomplishments to date, as well as welcome Dave to the Caldwell Constructors family,” says President of Caldwell Constructors, Gary Caldwell. “We couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for our team!”

About Caldwell Constructors

Caldwell Constructors is a full-service construction company that focuses on building relationships and providing exceptional service to clients across the Upstate of South Carolina. Caldwell Constructors has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, institutional, and medical market segments. Their approach to delivering projects with unwavering integrity, creative problem solving, and tireless work ethic has earned Caldwell Constructors an excellent reputation in the Upstate. For more information, please visit the Caldwell Constructors website at www.caldwellconstructors.com/.