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Spinx Named a Top 15 ‘Best Place to Work in S.C.’

 

Spinx Company recently honored at awards ceremony in Columbia

Greenville, S.C. – September 9, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 82 locations, 45 car washes, and 1,400 associates statewide, was recently recognized at a reception in Columbia as the 12th Best Place to Work in South Carolina, within the ‘large company’ category. The 14th annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

Spinx was honored as one of 75 companies and experienced a record-breaking 96% percent response rate from its teammates for the survey-based awards program. This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses.

“I am absolutely thrilled that we have been recognized within the top 15 places to work in South Carolina,” stated Stewart Spinks, founder, and chair of the board for The Spinx Company. “With such an incredible response rate of 96%, I am honored that our teammates and the local community took the time to share their sentiments about the incredible work culture we’ve been building in recent years. It is a true testament to the outstanding people we have here at Spinx and we look forward to continuing the momentum into the future.”

Spinx President, Stan Storti added, “Although I’m pleasantly surprised by the response rate, I’m not surprised by the outcome.  I’ve witnessed an incredible cultural change over my 14 years with Spinx and especially in the last 5 years as we’ve put culture building processes around our core values.  Spinx is an incredible place to work and we want our friends and neighbors to know, so that’s why we participated in this year’s program.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • be a publicly or privately held business;
  • have a facility in the state of South Carolina;
  • have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina; and
  • be in business a minimum of 1 year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkSC.com.

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 teammates, 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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Spinx Celebrates New Store Opening in Taylors

New store featuring tunnel car wash opens on Wade Hampton Boulevard

Greenville, S.C. – August 30, 2019– The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide, officially celebrated the opening of its newest store in Taylors with a ribbon cutting on August 30th.  Located at 3475 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors, SC the new store features a Ride ‘N Shine Tunnel Wash with free vacuums as part of its statewide car wash club.

“We are absolutely thrilled to open our newest store here in the Upstate of South Carolina,” stated Stewart Spinks. “We look forward to providing the local community with delicious food offerings like our legendary chicken biscuits, as well as our world class tunnel wash which truly makes life easier for our customers. I encourage the community to sign up for the Spinx Car Wash Club as well. As part of the Grand Opening, monthly memberships are available at discounted prices.”

The new location provides another convenient location for the community to fill their gas tanks and enjoy Spinx’s legendary fried chicken, breakfast biscuits and chicken sandwiches served fresh all day. Also at this location, Spinx is serving made-to-order milkshakes, smoothies and soft serve ice cream in addition to its wide offering of ice-cold fountain drinks, lemonade, iced tea, slushies and the popular “chewy ice.” Hot beverages, including bean-to-cup fresh coffee will also be available for purchase.

The new store opened for business on August 15th. Learn more at www.SpinxCarWash.com or www.Spinx.com.

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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Spinx Celebrates New Store Opening in Summerville

New store on Dorchester Road is now open and features a variety of in-store promotions to celebrate Grand Opening

Greenville, S.C. – August 26, 2019– The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide, officially celebrated the opening of its newest store in Summerville with a ribbon cutting on August 22nd. The store is located at 10696 Dorchester Rd. in Summerville, SC and will feature a variety of in-store promotions.

“We are excited to celebrate the opening of our newest store in the Lowcountry,” stated Stewart Spinks. “We look forward to continuing to provide this community with delicious food offerings like our legendary chicken biscuit and I encourage customers to sign up for our Spinx Xtras program for great discounts on fuel. The community is encouraged to sign up for the Spinx Car Wash Club. As part of the Grand Opening, monthly memberships are available at discounted prices.”

The new location provides another convenient location for the community to fill their gas tanks and enjoy Spinx’s legendary fried chicken, breakfast biscuits and chicken sandwiches served fresh all day. Also at this location, Spinx is serving made-to-order milkshakes, smoothies and soft serve ice cream in addition to its wide offering of ice-cold fountain drinks, lemonade, iced tea, slushies and the popular “chewy ice.” Hot beverages, including bean-to-cup fresh coffee will also be available for purchase.

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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As We Reflect on Our Summer Intern Experience…

As our summer internship at Smoak Public Relations comes to an end, we are thrilled to share insight on the experiences we have gained and the things we have learned.  As we enter into a new chapter, we are confident that all we have learned will aid us in our future endeavors within the PR world and beyond.

  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Writing
  • Designing/Creativity

Research is an important part of the PR industry.   It’s valuable to see the whole process from the beginning stages of research to how specific information is utilized.  From creating databases to studying social media analytics, we realize the importance of accurate, comprehensive research from start to finish.

Our ability to work as a team has been a huge aspect of our internship.  Forming strong relationships with coworkers and clients is crucial in public relations.  By collaborating with the other interns on projects throughout our internship, we learned the true importance of teamwork.

Writing included drafting press releases, social media captions, and blogs which all use distinctive verbiage and strategy. We would have never considered how much attention goes into the voice we are putting into the world.  We will be able to apply the writing skills we learned as we go into our next opportunities and prepare for our careers.

Last, but not least, the design freedom and creativity that Smoak provides their interns with is something that makes this experience incredibly special.  Over the course of the semester, we have been able to show our authentic selves and what we are capable of when given the opportunity to take ownership of a project and ultimately excel.

Our summer internship at Smoak PR is something we have found to be genuinely rewarding. The exposure will prove to be instrumental with pursuing a career within the industry.  We encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in Public Relations to apply.

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South Carolina Opportunity Zone Summit to be Held October 10th in Greenville, SC

One-day Summit at Greenville Convention Center will Feature U.S. Senator Tim Scott as Guest Speaker

Greenville, SC | July 11, 2019 – The South Carolina Opportunity Zone Summit will be held on Thursday, October 10th, from 9AM to 4PM at the Greenville Convention Center. This one-day summit will provide guests with an exclusive glance at how they can maximize the positive impact of Opportunity Zones throughout South Carolina. Guest speaker, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, along with an array of industry experts, business leaders and community stakeholders will be in attendance at the upcoming summit this fall.

“I am honored to have been invited to speak at the SC Opportunity Zone Summit this fall, and I look forward to discussing the importance of this initiative with guests from across the state,” said U.S. Senator Tim Scott. “Opportunity Zones are fundamental for the economic growth and prosperity of South Carolina.  I applaud the work the SC Opportunity Fund is doing to invest in the infrastructure of our communities.”

SC Opportunity Fund, LLC was founded in 2018 with a focus on investing in high-quality triple bottom line (financial, social, environmental) return Opportunity Zone real estate in South Carolina. Located in Greenville, SC, SC Opportunity Fund seeks to help revitalize communities and stimulate economic growth in cities around South Carolina, while also protecting and growing investor capital.

“I look forward to bringing those interested together to discuss the necessity for investment of Opportunity Zones in South Carolina,” said Mark Elliott, Managing Partner of SC Opportunity Fund.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to build upon a variety of relationships and networks state-wide in order to magnify our impact throughout South Carolina.”

To learn more about the South Carolina Opportunity Zone Summit, please visit scopportunityfund.com.

 ABOUT SC OPPORTUNITY FUND

SC Opportunity Fund, LLC was founded in 2018 with a focus on investing in high-quality triple bottom line (financial, social, environmental) return Opportunity Zone (OZ) real estate in South Carolina. We seek to help revitalize communities and stimulate economic growth in cities around South Carolina, while also protecting and growing investor capital. Located in Greenville, SC we are only focused on triple bottom line OZ investments in SC. Advised by top national OZ experts from accounting firms, real estate and development.

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Spinx Raises $106,000 at 19th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament

Greenville, S.C. – July 17, 2019 The 19th annual SPINX Charity Classic Golf Tournament took place on Tuesday, May 14th at Greenville Country Club – Chanticleer, Cliffs Mountain Park and Cliffs Valley. The 2019 tournament was one of the largest Spinx has ever hosted and raised a total of $106,000. To date, the SPINX golf tournament has raised over $1.3 Million to help fund 25 charitable organizations.

Representatives from the Spinks family, including Stewart and Steve presented a check to
various beneficiary representatives at the Greenville Drive game on Tuesday, July 15th

“We are honored to host an event that gives us the opportunity to come together with our partners, vendors, and associates to give back to the community we serve,” stated Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of the SPINX Company. “We look forward to hosting the tournament again next year as we celebrate our 20th anniversary!”The beneficiaries for the 2019 tournament include the American Red Cross, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Loaves & Fishes, Pendleton Place and Safe Harbor.

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 80 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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Smoak Public Relations Hires New Digital Media Coordinator and Office Manager

Greenville, SC | July 8, 2019 – Smoak Public Relations has hired Hannah Robinson as its Digital Media Coordinator and Leslie Lapointe as Office Manager.

Robinson will strategize, create and publish social media content.  Lapointe will support the staff with general administration and operational duties.

Robinson is a graduate of Furman University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  Robinson resides in Greenville and enjoys its vibrant art community and ever-growing attractions.  “Hannah is a great fit to lead our social and digital media efforts because of her professional marketing and social media strategy experience,” said Katherine Smoak Davis. “With Greenville as her long-time home, she has studied what content truly engages our community and has a penchant for establishing connections between businesses and their prospective clients.”

Lapointe’s experiences in accounting, office management, and retail management span over 17 years.  A Greenville resident for over a decade, Lapointe revels in the city’s recreational activities and natural beauty.  “We are impressed with Leslie’s management experience; her role is vital to the functionality of our office and client relationships,” said Katherine Smoak Davis, “We are excited to welcome both women to the Smoak PR team and know they will positively influence the growth of our firm as well as our clients.”

ABOUT SMOAK PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Smoak Public Relations is the Upstate of South Carolina’s premier public relations firm and deeply believes that all companies have untold stories and new opportunities. Drawing on over 25 years of professional experience, Smoak Public Relations focuses on cultivating relationships, creating memorable experiences, developing brands and telling stories that ultimately deliver measurable results. The Smoak PR team combines industry insight and best practices to transform client initiatives into actionable, impactful messages that influence and inform.

For more information about Smoak Public Relations, visit the company’s website at www.smoakpr.com.

 

 

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Spinx Raises More Than $360,000 for March of Dimes and Donates Free Gas for a Year to Top Fundraiser

Greenville, S.C. – June 27, 2019 – SPINX, the Greenville, S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company, is pleased to announce that it raised $362,200.00 for the March of Dimes, surpassing its record last year of $334,451.00.

L-R: Laura Goodwin – Executive Director, March of Dimes; Stan Storti – President, SPINX Co.; Aaron Welter – Territory Manager, SPINX Co.; Katie Peden – Senior Development Manager, March of Dimes

 “I am thrilled with the effort of the entire SPINX team, our loyal customers and business partners for encouraging this year’s campaign and making it a great success,” said SPINX President, Stan Storti, who also served as the 2018 Chairman for the Greenville March of Dimes – March for Babies. “Our job has always been more than simply raising funds to support the March of Dimes, but also to generate awareness to the organization’s efforts in aiding in the overall health and well-being of moms and their babies.”

In addition to the company campaign, SPINX donated a year of free gas to recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals who raised significant funds during the March for Babies. SPINX presented Donna Hammett with a year of free gas in recognition of her passionate work and commitment to the cause. Hammett works for Dixon Hughes Goodman and was a part of one of the March of Dimes top ten teams. She raised over $1,200 for the 2019 campaign.

Throughout the 10 years SPINX has supported March of Dimes, it has raised more than $1,000,000. As a community-centric business, SPINX is dedicated to supporting local organizations that focus on improving the lives of children in the communities they serve. The money raised each year during the March for Babies campaign helps area moms have healthier pregnancies, assists families with newborns in the Intensive Care Units, and helps fund research to fight birth defects and premature birth.

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 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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Goodwill Industries Announces 1st Annual Champions of Change Luncheon

Greenville, SC | June 4, 2019 –Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina is excited to celebrate their mission of helping people become independent through employment at the 1st Annual Champions of Change Luncheon. This celebratory event will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 12:00 pm at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville. The luncheon, which replaces Goodwill’s annual Champions Tribute event, will honor those who have served and benefited from the Power of Work through Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Goodwill Industries Champions of Change Luncheon are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor (2 of 3 available) $5,000
  • Award Sponsor (3 available) $3,000
  • Honoree Tables Sponsor (1 available) $2,000
  • Friend of Goodwill Sponsor $500

“The Champions Tribute ran for ten great years, but we are excited to refresh this event and continue to celebrate our mission and program recipients at the upcoming Champions of Change Luncheon,” stated the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Patrick Michaels. “We are beyond grateful for a community that is motivated by the Power of Work and determined to improve the lives of others in our region.”

To learn more about the Goodwill Champions of Change Luncheon, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call (864) 235-8330 or email murray@smoakpr.com.

 ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people become independent through education and training leading to employment. GIUMSC’s service area includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union counties. Last year, Goodwill placed 12,152 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services.

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Spinx Named One of the Best Places to Work in S.C.

Company to be honored at awards ceremony in Columbia

Greenville, S.C. – June 20, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations, 45 car washes and 1,400 associates statewide, was recently names as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The 14th annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 75 total companies, and Spinx has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

“We are honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina,” said Stan Storti, Spinx President. “Spinx teammates are the key to the service we provide to our customers each and every day, and we take pride in cultivating a culture where our teammates feel supported, appreciated and are given ample opportunities to grow and develop their careers.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • be a publicly or privately held business;
  • have a facility in the state of South Carolina;
  • have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina; and
  • be in business a minimum of 1 year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings. The ranked companies will be recognized at a reception and dinner, presented by Colonial Life, on August 1, 2019, and the rankings will be published in the August 2019 issue of SCBIZ magazine.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkSC.com.

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