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Ten at The Top Announces Winners for their Regional Awards at Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event

Greenville, SC | November 19, 2020 – On Wednesday, November 18th, Ten at the Top [TATT] hosted the Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event in place of their annual Celebrating Successes Luncheon. While this event focused on honoring the many unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond for their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, two of TATT’s traditional awards were also presented, The Burdette Leadership Award and The Welling Award for Regional Collaboration. This event marked the fifth year that the Burdette Leadership Award has been given in recognition of Carol Burdette, the first female chair of Ten at the Top. The 2020 recipient of this award was Beth Padgett, who recently retired from serving as Executive Director of Compass of Carolina. This award is given to women who have stood out for their leadership and service across the Upstate, and Beth has demonstrated that through her volunteer work...Read More
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Ten at The Top Announces 10 County Representatives for Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event

Greenville, SC | November 19, 2020 – On Wednesday, November 18th, Ten at the Top hosted the Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event in place of their annual Celebrating Successes Luncheon. This event focused on honoring the many individuals throughout the Upstate who have devoted their time and selflessly served their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 130 nominees were recognized during the event as “Upstate Unsung Heroes.” You can read the full list on the Ten at the Top website. One individual per county was selected to receive special recognition during the event. Below are the 10 county representatives that were present for this special presentation: Abbeville: Ethan Cornick – Dreams with Open Arms, Volunteer Anderson: David Baker – Anderson County, Emergency Services Director Cherokee: Dr. Carol McFadden – Know(2) Neighborhood Association, Volunteer Director Greenville: Marina Lewis – Mauldin High School, Social Worker Greenwood: George McKinney – Greenwood County, Emergency Management Director Laurens: Joey Avery – Laurens...Read More
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Caldwell Constructors Hires Experienced New Team Member

GREENVILLE, S.C. – September 14, 2020 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to announce the addition of Ryan Cardell as Assistant Project Manager to their team. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran with impressive project management experience, Cardell will bring his knowledge and skillset to Caldwell Constructors while upholding the company’s core values of integrity, honesty, respect, service, and communication. Ryan previously worked within the construction industry for 7 years, most recently serving as an Assistant Project Manager at Scorpio in Gainesville, Florida. Cardell has gained extensive experience with new construction, renovations, LEED projects and BIM coordination through managing projects at the University of Florida. “We are excited to welcome Ryan, a very talented and experienced new member, to the Caldwell Constructors family,” says President of Caldwell Constructors, Gary Caldwell. “He will provide a valuable set of skills and will be an exceptional addition to our team. We are thrilled to have him...Read More
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Merline & Meacham, P.A. Receives Multiple Awards by Best Lawyers® for 2021

GREENVILLE – August 24, 2020 – Greenville based law firm, Merline & Meacham, P.A. is pleased to announce their inclusion in the 2021 U.S. News - Best Lawyers ® rankings. Over half of the firms’ ten attorneys were recognized in annual ranking. The following were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2021: Robert E. August in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Verne McGough Jr. selected in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; Keith G. Meacham in Business Organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; David A. Merline Jr. in the fields of Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation –...Read More
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Spinx Launches Food Truck: The Cluk Truk

GREENVILLE, SC - August 10, 2020 - Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company The Spinx Company, is delighted to announce the launch of its new state-of-the-art food truck, The Cluk Truk! This food truck will serve the same legendary chicken that is sold in Spinx convenience stores across the Upstate, allowing people to enjoy the popular offering in a new and exciting setting. “We are so excited to offer a new and enjoyable way to serve the Upstate community,” says Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of The Spinx Company. “This has been a long-time dream in the making, and we believe that it will provide a unique way to introduce our legendary fried chicken to even more people across the state.” The following menu items will be featured via The Cluk Truk: Chicken Tenders - original or spicy Buffalo Chicken Snack Wrap Chicken Tender Slider Chicken Tender Sandwich Cole Slaw French Fries Canned...Read More
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Caldwell Constructors Awarded Building Contracts for Projects in Clemson and Greenville

GREENVILLE – July 13, 2020 – Caldwell Constructors is pleased to announce they have been recently awarded two exciting contracts with repeat clients including Gastroenterology Associates and Senior Action. Clemson Endoscopy Center at Patrick Square will be the fourth project Caldwell Constructors will renovate for Gastroenterology Associates & Endoscopy Center in the Upstate. This project will include the construction of a 9,200 square foot medical office building and related site work at Patrick Square in Clemson. Caldwell Constructors will be working in unison with SHLTR Architects to complete this project. [caption id="attachment_4949" align="alignnone" width="334"] Clemson Endoscopy Center at Patrick Square[/caption] Senior Action, an organization based out of Greenville, outgrew the space Caldwell Constructors renovated for them in 2006. The current project is a 33,000 square foot interior and façade renovation of the BI-LO shopping center located at E North Street and Howell Road in Greenville. The project consists of offices, fitness areas, an...Read More
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CommunityWorks Opens Women’s Business Center and Hires Program Director

Greenville, SC | Monday, July 6, 2020 – CommunityWorks is proud to announce their selection by the Small Business Administration as one of two organizations in South Carolina to house a Women’s Business Center. The CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center will enable and empower women entrepreneurs and will be led by Program Director, Ana Parra, who will manage the programming and operations of the center. Parra joins CommunityWorks from a local marketing agency and brings a background in community development, nonprofit leadership, and communications. A current board member of Public Education Partners and Speaking Down Barriers, and a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Parra’s passion for the community and professional experience lays a strong foundation for the center. The CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center focuses on serving women, particularly minorities, who may be economically disadvantaged, and works to offer comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of business-related topics. CommunityWorks, an SBA approved lender,...Read More
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Spinx Announces Third Annual Clukapalooza Contest

Greenville, S.C. – Jun. 29th, 2020 – The Spinx Company, a Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company, is excited to announce details regarding the upcoming third annual ClukaPalooza! The ClukaPalooza contest will begin on Monday, July 6th and will continue throughout the month of July until Friday, July 31st. To enter the contest, contestants must simply keep their paid-for receipt and enter the transaction code listed on the receipt, at Spinx.com/ClukaPalooza. By visiting Spinx’s Facebook page, contestants will also have multiple chances to win free chicken coupons and an official ClukaPalooza t-shirt. Contestants may order from Spinx’s CSS kiosks, or purchase food from the hot food chute or the Fresh on-the-go food case. Spinx will also be offering specials on their fresh-fried chicken throughout the duration of the contest. “We are thrilled to be hosting our third annual ClukaPalooza, not to mention kicking off the contest on National Fried Chicken Day” says Stewart Spinx,...Read More
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Smoak Public Relations Hires Digital Media Coordinator and Assistant Account Executive

Greenville, SC | June 18, 2020 – Smoak Public Relations is excited to announce the hiring of Ashtyn deBessonet as a Digital Media Coordinator and Megan Moore as an Assistant Account Executive. DeBessonet will focus on digital media marketing and social media management.  Moore will focus on supporting a variety of client initiatives and social media. DeBessonet attended Clemson University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. “Ashtyn brings to our team and our clients her unmatched understanding of brand communications and content strategy,” said Katherine Smoak Davis. “We are impressed with her design and creativity abilities on every project she leads.” [caption id="attachment_4654" align="alignnone" width="214"] Ashtyn DeBessonet[/caption] Moore attended The College of Charleston where she studied communications. “Megan’s interpersonal skills will help her build and maintain relationships with our clients,” said Katherine Smoak Davis, “Ashtyn and Megan are great additions to our team and we are excited for the...Read More
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Caldwell Constructors Hires Three New Team Members

GREENVILLE, SC – June 2, 2020 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to announce the addition of Paul Avery, Richard Heath, and Zach Miles to their team. With over 50 years of combined experience, all three new employees will bring their knowledge and skillset to Caldwell Constructors while upholding the company’s core values of integrity, honesty, respect, service, and communication. Paul previously worked in and around the construction industry for 18 years, most recently serving as the field manager for a local framing contractor. Paul joins Caldwell Constructors as a Foreman. Richard is serving as a Senior Estimator and joins Caldwell Constructors with over 35 years of construction experience as a carpenter, superintendent, project manager, business owner, and estimator. Richard currently serves as the National Director of the Professional Construction Estimators Association Upstate Chapter. Zach is serving as an Assistant Project Manager helping manage multiple projects. As a recent graduate from...Read More
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