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Spinx Raises Over $75,000 for Four Local Beneficiaries

Greenville, S.C. – July 12, 2021 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide donated $78,000 across four local charities including: the American Red Cross, Safe Harbor, Loaves and Fishes and the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. Representatives from each organization were invited to enjoy “Spinx Day” on Thursday, July 8th at the Greenville Drive game where the ceremonial check was presented.

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Pictured Left to Right: Brandi Majewski (Red Cross)– Suzie Foley (the Greenville Free Medical Clinic) – Becky Callaham (Safe Harbor) Tessa May (Loaves & Fishes)

“It was an honor to provide this money to our beneficiaries this year, especially after such a difficult 2020” stated Stewart Spinks. “I am so proud of our team, vendors and partners for their charitable contributions, and I look forward to an exciting tournament again next year to continue to provide for those in need within our community.”

This year’s Charity Classic took place in May at Greenville Country Club with over 250 participants.

Spinx chose beneficiaries that are aligned with its corporate charitable mission, “Spinx & Kids: Mind, Body, Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work and play.”

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 1,500 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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Ten at The Top Will Host Blues, Brews + BBQ Outdoor Networking Extravaganza on August 30th

Networking Event with Specialty Food and Music from Across the 10-County Upstate Region to Take Place This Summer

Greenville, SC | July 7, 2021 – Ten at the Top [TATT] is excited to host Blues, Brews + BBQ, an outdoor networking extravaganza, featuring various food and beverage vendors, along with live music from the ten-county Upstate region. Through presenting sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, and host connector, GSP International Airport, this event will give Upstate residents the opportunity to network with Ten at the Top’s additional partners while enjoying food, drink, and live music.

“This event focuses on our strong Upstate culture, and we are thrilled to celebrate safely together in-person again,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “While our community has always been close-knit, this past year was difficult for many, and we are so grateful to unite by celebrating the great food and music the Upstate has to offer, while showcasing our organization’s wonderful partners.”

With live music from bands home to the Upstate, Brooks Dixon Band and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, this event will be entertaining for all attendees. Blues, Brews + BBQ – Ten at the Top’s Outdoor Networking Extravaganza, will take place on August 30, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) International Airport. Admission is $30 per attendee and tickets are available through Eventbrite.

As a non-profit organization that strives to bring the Upstate together, Ten at the Top thought it was crucial to host an event that gives their partners the opportunity to reconnect while also showcasing their services and current efforts. In addition, after a year of minimal in-person interaction, providing a community-wide event that celebrates the Upstate was important as an organization.

To learn more about Ten at the Top and their Blues, Brews + BBQ event, please visit www.tenatthetop.org

ABOUT TEN AT THE TOP

Comprised of public, private, and civic leaders across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and consensus through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to encourage quality growth and enhance the economic vitality, natural and cultural resources and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. www.tenatthetop.org.

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Ten at the Top to Host Elevate Upstate Grant Workshop on July 14th

Greenville, SC l July 6, 2021 — After taking off a year due to the Global Pandemic, the 2021 grant period for the Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grants is currently open. On July 14th, Ten at the Top will host a workshop to guide applicants through the process and parameters of the grants. The workshop is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at their event space at Park 37, 250 Executive Center Drive in Greenville.

Since 2013, Hughes Investments has provided nearly $100,000 in funds to 30 local communities as part of the Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grant program. The purpose of the Elevate Upstate Grants is to identify and provide initial funding support for community-based programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate.

“The Elevate Upstate Grants are for those wishing to bring new life to their communities—a spark, a fresh idea, a new tradition—something that will excite the public and bring people together from all walks of life in a new way,” said Phil Hughes, President of Hughes Investments, Inc.

The workshop will include an overview of the program by Dean Hybl, Phil Hughes and three-time Elevate Upstate grant recipient Jonathan Irick from the City of Laurens Main Street Program.

“The last year has definitely been different and especially challenging for creating community vibrancy,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments has long been a local champion around encouraging community vibrancy and we are pleased that the Elevate Upstate Grants will again be available for communities and organizations in 2021.”

The grant period opened June 1st with an initial interest form due by August 13th and the completed applications due by September 17th. Two grants of $5,000 each will be awarded at Ten at the Top’s Annual Celebrating Successes event on November 17th, where finalists will have the opportunity to present their proposed project before a final judgment is made.

The Elevate Upstate Grant Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. You can learn more about the workshop and register through this link.

ABOUT TEN AT THE TOP

Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to connect and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit www.tenatthetop.org.

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EY Announces James Jordon of Jordon Construction Company, LLC d/b/a JCC General Contractors as an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Southeast Award Finalist

Celebrating the 35th class of unstoppable entrepreneurs who transform the Southeast and beyond

July 7, 2021GREENVILLE, SC – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that James D. Jordon, President of Jordon Construction Company, LLC d/b/a JCC General Contractors was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond.

James was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on July 29, 2021, becoming lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year® alumni from around the world.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be a finalist for this award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition we have received for the work we have done to get here.  We have received a tremendous amount of support from the community, and the team and I are appreciative” stated James Jordon, President for JCC Contractors.”

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation, and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2022.

About Jordon Construction Company LLC d/b/a JCC General Contractors: (“JCC”) is an SBA 8(a) certified, HUBZone certified, minority-owned business specializing in commercial construction that entails private, public and government projects. JCC provides a wide range of construction services, as well as employs skilled contractors with experience in the specialties required to complete a variety of projects on-time and within budget. For more information about JCC, visit HERE or call 864-881-8093.

Sponsors: Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America.

In the Southeast, sponsors also include Premium sponsors Cresa, King & Spalding LLP and PNC Bank; and Supporting sponsor Donnelly Financial Solutions.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®: Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year® title. ey.com/us/eoy

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Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform, and operate.

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Diamonds Direct Hosts Highly Anticipated Summer Show Featuring 20% Savings

Designer Showcase Event to Take Place July 21st – July 25th at Diamonds Direct’s Greenville Store

July 8, 2021 | Greenville, SC – Diamonds Direct, worldwide leader in diamond sourcing and consumer education, is set to host their highly anticipated summer show July 21st-25th at their newest South Carolina showroom located at 1113 Woodruff Road (across from the Target). This show will feature an expanded selection of designers and 20% off savings.

During the summer show, walk-in visits are always welcome in addition to in-store and virtual appointments. In addition, the public is invited to attend an exclusive cocktail hour from 5-7 p.m. on July 22nd  which will include a wine tasting, sweet treats and live music by Spencer Rush.

“We are so excited to host the upcoming Summer Show at our newest store and we look forward to showcasing all of the incredible designers throughout the long weekend. It will be an event that customers definitely do not want to miss,” stated Igor Zak, General Manager, Diamonds Direct.

The company offers an expansive selection of loose and mounted diamonds ranging in size from under a carat to over 10 carats. In addition, Diamonds Direct boasts a plethora of engagement ring mountings by America’s top designers, wedding bands, pendants, earrings, bracelets, pearls, colored gemstones, and fine fashion jewelry.

“Our team cannot wait to welcome the community through the doors of our beautiful showroom and share all of the exciting designers, not to mention incredible savings,” stated Lynn Tu, South Carolina Vice President at Diamonds Direct. “We are in the business of creating relationships and celebrating life’s memories – the Summer Showcase is the perfect time to stop by the store and experience that firsthand.”

Store hours throughout the Summer Show are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

ABOUT DIAMONDS DIRECT

Diamonds Direct, founded in 1995, is a direct-to-consumer destination retailer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their vertically integrated concept allows the retailer to cut out the middlemen and maintain involvement in the entire diamond process. Today, Diamonds Direct is one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies. Diamonds Direct backs their products with industry-leading guarantees and warranties, including their signature 110 percent lifetime upgrade. Diamonds Direct is a socially-responsible company that thinks globally and acts locally. The company ensures all diamonds are ethically sourced via the Kimberley Process and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for local philanthropies and cultural organizations that are critical to the communities Diamonds Direct calls home.

For more information visit www.DiamondsDirect.com.

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Attorney David M. Thompson Joins Merline & Meacham, P.A.

GREENVILLE S.C. – July 5, 2021 – Merline & Meacham, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney David M. Thompson has joined the firm.  Thompson practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, business organizations, and probate. He earned his Master in Taxation Law Degree (LL.M) from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to the team of talented attorneys at the Firm,” stated David Merline, Jr. “I am confident that his experience will provide great benefit to both our clients and Merline & Meacham moving forward.”

Prior to joining Merline and Meacham, he clerked for Judge J. Cordell Maddox, Jr. in South Carolina’s 10th Judicial Circuit.

Prior to attending law school, he was a baseball player on the Anderson University baseball team. David and his wife, Sadie, enjoy spending time with their friends and family and being outdoors with their dog.

About Merline and Meacham: Merline & Meacham, P.A. was founded in 1970 in Greenville, South Carolina. The firm’s practice concentrates on tax, estate planning, trusts and estates, corporate and business transactional law. For more information, please visit the Merline & Meacham website at https://www.merlineandmeacham.com