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SPINX ANNOUNCES NEW STORE LOCATION IN GREENVILLE

Greenville, S.C. – August 20th, 2018 — SPINX, the Greenville, S.C.-based fuel and convenience store company, announced this week plans to build a new store on the corner of Rutherford Rd. and Shaw St. in Greenville, which is slated to open by the end of 2018. The new store will serve as a marquee entry point of the “Poinsett District,” a corridor along Poinsett Highway that the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority is focused on revitalizing.

“The location of this store has a very special place in my heart,” stated Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of The SPINX Company. “This corner was the site of my first station years ago, where my mom and I actually worked together here. I look forward to providing for the community in the same spot as we did many years ago with one of our biggest stores yet.”

At more than 6,600 sq. ft., this will be SPINX’s largest store to date and will feature a full-service kitchen, eight multi-product fuel dispenser pumps, and a 72 ft. tunnel car wash with free vacuums as part of its statewide car wash club. In business for 45 years, SPINX operates 80 stores throughout South Carolina and is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in S.C., employing nearly 1,400 associates.

About The SPINX Company:

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.myspinx.com.

 

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FUEL grows team with the addition of new Account Director

Greenville, SC (August 20, 2018) – FUEL, a marketing agency headquartered in downtown Greenville, SC and specializing in both digital and traditional services, has added Nora Carson as Account Director. Nora brings a wealth of hands-on experience, as well as a passion for building long-term relationships with clients. She comes to FUEL from EP+Co, where she worked with national and regional accounts in a number of industries.

“We are glad to have Nora join the FUEL team,” says Warren Griffith, FUEL President & CEO. “We have been in growth mode for the past year and it’s imperative to bring in bright, strategic people who fit in well with our collaborative culture. Nora has just that and will hit the ground running, working on several of our key accounts.”

With a background in design, Nora is a right brain/left brain thinker who mixes well with creative teams to help contribute new and innovative ideas. A planner to her core, she collaborates well with teams to develop strategies, plans, and timelines designed to build awareness, solve problems, and get results. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the FUEL team,” says Nora. “I love the work they do and the talent they have is top notch. I am eager to begin working with such a fun, motivated group of people.”

Nora has a proven record of success with companies like Chick-fil-A, Strayer University, and CIT Bank. At FUEL, she joins a team that has a stellar reputation for helping clients in a variety of industries and verticals get results and attain sustainable growth year over year.

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 About FUEL Integrated Marketing

Located in Greenville, South Carolina’s historic downtown district, FUEL is a dynamic group of industry-leading experts in branding, sales strategy, lead generation, web development, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, and more—all under one roof. They have extensive B2B and B2C experience that spans a wide cross-section of industries, including: advanced manufacturing, real estate, technology, healthcare, retail, franchises, and more.

FUEL Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/fuelingbrands/

For more information, please contact:

Warren Griffith / President

864-627-1676

warren@fuelingbrands.com

 

 

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United Ministries Hosts 29th Annual Transformation Walk and 5K Run

Greenville, S.C. | August 15, 2018 — United Ministries will host their 29th annual Transformation Walk and 5K Run, presented by Bon Secours, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 9:00 AM, with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. The race will begin and end at First Baptist Church, Greenville and travel through portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Cleveland Park.

Registration is open to individuals and teams interested in participating. The walk is free to participate, and walkers are encouraged raise money for the cause. This is the first year United Ministries will incorporate a timed, certified 5k race. The run costs $30, and each runner will receive a race t-shirt along with a bib. Event festivities, family friendly activities and an awards ceremony will take place following the race.

Proceeds from the walk benefit all of United Ministries’ life changing programs that equip vulnerable individuals to become independent and productive members of our community. The event provides funds for services like free GED preparation, crisis assistance, interim housing for homeless families, job training, and the Place of Hope day shelter for community members experiencing homelessness. We are asking the Upstate community to register, start a fundraising page, organize a team, and help us spread the word! For more information visit: https://united-ministries.org/transformation-walk/

“We look forward to hosting this event every year! The Transformation Walk and Run is a great opportunity for our community to come together and help those in need in Greenville,” said United Ministries Executive Director, Tony McDade. “Without the involvement of our staff, supporting organizations and our community, we would not be able to continue our programs here at United Ministries. Make sure to come out on Saturday, September 22nd to help us make this the biggest and best race yet.”

ABOUT UNITED MINISTRIES

Located in downtown Greenville’s West End, United Ministries has been working for 48 years to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the prosperity of our community.  Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient – and even to thrive.  The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work.

For more information on United Ministries, visit www.united-ministries.org or contact Jade Fountain, Director of Mission Development, at jfountain@united-ministries.org or (864) 335-2615.

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SPINX HOSTS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY JOB FAIR

Greenville, S.C.July 18, 2018 – The SPINX Company, a Greenville, S.C.-based operator of more than 80 convenience stores throughout S.C., is hosting a leadership career event from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th at SC Works, located at 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, E-1 Greenville, SC 29607. The company is searching for new, qualified talent in the Upstate to join its team of nearly 1,400 associates and is offering substantial growth and advancement opportunities. All attendees will be guaranteed interviews.

Members of the SPINX human resources department will be interviewing for various leadership positions, including General Managers, Assistant Store Managers, Food & Beverage Managers, Car Wash Managers and other positions. SPINX offers competitive wages, incentives and benefits with entry-level store leadership positions with salaries of up to $60,000.

“We’re focusing on investing in people now more than ever because it’s our friendly, dedicated associates that set us apart,” states Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of SPINX. “Being part of the SPINX team makes you a part of something special and something local, and we’re looking for leaders that want to join a great team and build upon the success of this locally-grown company.”

The company is guided by its core values, which include being community centric, passionate, customer focused, committed to quality, accountable and team oriented. Careers at SPINX are fast-paced and offer exciting challenges and opportunities. Resumes are not required at the event but recommended.

For more information on leadership opportunities and current job positions available, visit www.myspinx.com/careers.

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.myspinx.com.

 

 

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Tips for creating a successful team building activity, luxury retreat or corporate event?

In today’s competitive business landscape, it is important to take advantage of opportunities that will further your brand, increase awareness and position your company in a positive light. There are countless creative techniques to accomplish these objectives, however, unique team building activities, luxury retreats and off-campus events are a few examples that can achieve success. Here are four techniques that can help your company excel with creative corporate hospitality.

 

  1. Go where your target audience goes. By understanding your target market, you can identify which corporate events are a fit for your consumer or client base. Do most of your sales meetings happen out on the golf course? Do your clients enjoy the game? If the answer is yes, why not think about sponsoring a skybox at the next PGA tour event or even host a team building activity at your local driving range with a food truck and live entertainment. Tapping into your audience’s interests always yields positive results.

 

  1. Tailor your experience. By understanding what your client enjoys, you make their experience at a corporate event, luxury retreat or team building activity, a memorable occasion. You can then provide a customized theme with unique offerings, such as decoration, food, entertainment and more. By delivering thoughtful experiences, you create lasting relationships.

 

  1. Don’t overlook the details. Oftentimes, the largest events hinge on the smallest details. It is typically the small things like creative giveaways, customized options, and exclusive opportunities that can elevate your luxury retreat, business function or corporate event to the next level.

 

  1. Expect the unexpected. No matter how well-planned a corporate event or team-building exercise is, it is still important to account for unpredictable elements. When you create secondary plans for every factor, from weather to vendor cancellations, you ensure that your clients still have the best experience possible.

 

 

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Why is corporate hospitality important?

The primary purpose for encouraging corporate hospitality for clients and business partners alike is to increase engagement and build relationships. By increasing face-to-face interaction at company outings, client events and team building exercises you can ultimately cultivate long-term success.  Here are a few reasons why investing in corporate hospitality can be beneficial.

 

  1. Strengthen customer relations. Formulating relationships with your clients gives you the opportunity to earn their trust and increase the likeliness of them choosing your business again. The connections made through corporate events and team building activities will prove invaluable to the success of your organization.

 

  1. Increase visibility. Increasing your brand’s exposure will ultimately provide more business opportunities and lead to a larger client base. Whether it is networking at a corporate event or a luxurious retreat, finding new ways to expose your business can build brand awareness and credibility.

 

  1. Set yourself apart. As the business market grows more and more competitive, it is crucial to go the extra mile. By hosting corporate events, you create a memorable experience that will differentiate your business from any competitors.

 

  1. Return on investment. While hosting a corporate event or luxury retreat requires time and money, businesses can yield positive dividends following the event, if executed well. By creating a top-of-the-line experience for clients, you will gain business that will create long-term financial benefit.

 

 

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FOXFIRE HIRES NEW LEADER MEAGHAN CARRIGAN TO LEAD THEIR VALUE-ADDED RESELLER CHANNEL

JULY 9, 2018 | GREENVILLE, SC – Foxfire, a provider of supply chain software specializing in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), welcomes Meaghan Carrigan as the newest addition to lead Foxfire’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) Channel. In this position, Carrigan will serve as the Director of the VAR Channel where she will manage and oversee its marketing and sales efforts.

Carrigan, a Greenville native, attended the University of Richmond where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance and Marketing. In 2017, she continued her studies at the University of South Carolina where she earned a Master of International Business. Throughout her collegiate career, Carrigan also served as a full-time student-athlete for both University soccer teams, where her strong leadership skills proved invaluable as she led both teams to success.

“Meaghan has an extraordinary background. She comes from the #1 international business program in the US and in addition to being a student athlete, she was the captain of both teams during her studies at the University of Richmond and the University of South Carolina” stated John Sterling, CEO of Foxfire. “Her work ethic and people skills have already translated in such a positive way at Foxfire. We are excited to see how she grows our national VAR channel.”

Carrigan served as the Athletic Public Relations Student Assistant where she managed social media sites during athletic competitions, categorized game clippings and photos and assisted Sports Information Directors to ensure smooth game day operations. In addition, Carrigan interned at Foxfire during graduate school.

 

About Foxfire

Since 1987, Foxfire specializes in Warehouse Management Software (WMS) serving distribution facilities worldwide. The WMS software is ideal for those wanting to optimize inventory levels, increase warehouse labor productivity, improve customer satisfaction, and reduce cycle times. The Foxfire reseller network is sold exclusively through Scan Source. For more information email, info@foxfire.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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SPINX CHARITY CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

Greenville, S.C.July 9, 2018 – SPINX hosted its 18th annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament on May 8th where more than 300 golfers gathered on three Upstate courses to participate in this major fundraising event, which raised just over $100,000. The five beneficiaries of this year’s tournament include the American Red Cross, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Loaves & Fishes, Pendleton Place and Safe Harbor.

Pictured above left to right: Jami Emory, Lynn Pilgrim, Leslie Kimmelman, Nancy Halverson, Jed Dews, Katie Plowman, Donna McAbee, Jessica Bilcliff, Amanda Manly, Stewart Spinx, Paulette Dunn, Lisa Colby.

“This fundraiser is important to everyone at SPINX, and I want to personally thank all of our business partners who supported this year’s tournament plus the staff and volunteers that worked behind the scenes to make this another successful event,” said Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of The SPINX Company and the Spinks Family Foundation. “Our tournament is not only a great day of golfing in beautiful Upstate South Carolina, but it’s an opportunity to give back to the communities by supporting organizations that align with our mission to grow healthy children where we live, work and play.”

 

This year’s tournament was held at Greenville Country Club – Chanticleer, Cliffs Keowee and Cliffs Valley courses. Proceeds from the tournament will be presented to the beneficiaries to enable them to meet the needs of many families and children through the valuable services they provide throughout our communities. To date, the SPINX golf tournament has raised a total of $1.3 million to help fund 25 charitable organizations.

 

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.myspinx.com.

 

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How to Constantly Stay in front of the Media

News is occurring around the clock. So, in this industry how do you ensure that you stay ahead of the media and not fall behind? You’re going to need to stand out among the multitude of other newsworthy items trying to win the spotlight. To do this, you will want to capture the reporter’s attention, whether it’s through creative storyline pitches, personal correspondence or most importantly, following up. To stay at the top within this industry, you need to constantly strive to maintain relationships with reporters, stay current with the happenings around you and always be one step ahead.

  • Be Aware of the News Cycle
    • Follow the news cycle and understand what is being discussed within the market. It is critical to know the hot topics in your client’s industry and keep track of the reporters consistently covering them. This allows you to always be prepared for questions that may arise and actively participate in conversation with your clients.
  • Pitch Creatively
    • Always think outside of the box when you are developing a pitch. Reporters are constantly receiving information, so it is important to figure out what makes your pitch stand out in their inbox. Personalize your message and make the subject line exciting! Bullet points are highly recommended, so reporters can quickly grab the important information without having to search through multiple paragraphs. Ask yourself; what are they getting out of covering this topic?
  • Connect with Reporters
    • It’s all about who you know. This phrase is relevant in just about every aspect of life. In this industry, it is important to know the go-to reporters and maintain steady relationships with them. The more reporters you know and have made a personal relationship with, the better your chance at receiving coverage. Reporters do not want to be sent a mass email chain. If you are not receiving coverage, invite them out for coffee or lunch. Making a personal touch can be a difference maker.

Following the above steps should ultimately maximize your chance for media coverage. In Public Relations, it is crucial to always be one step ahead and aware of what is going on around you. Know the movers and shakers, make lasting relationships with reporters and stay current. These few things can make a huge difference in your Public Relations career.

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SPINX RAISES MORE THAN $300,000 FOR MARCH OF DIMES AND DONATES FREE GAS FOR A YEAR TO TOP FUNDRAISER

Greenville, S.C. – June 13, 2018 – SPINX, the Greenville, S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company, is pleased to announce that it raised $334,451.00 for the March of Dimes, shattering its goal and nearly doubling its record last year of $180,000.

“I’m so proud of the work and generosity of the entire SPINX team, our customers and business partners for supporting this year’s campaign and making it such a huge success,” said SPINX President Stan Storti, who also served as the 2018 Chairman for the Greenville March of Dimes March for Babies. “Our goal has always been not only to raise more funds to support the March of Dimes, but also to raise awareness of its ongoing efforts to fight for the health and well-being of moms and their babies. As a parent personally touched by the March of Dimes and chairman of this year’s Walk, I’m so proud of the work we’ve done and the positive impact it will have on moms and babies in our community!”

In addition to the company campaign, SPINX also donated a year of free gas to recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals who raised significant funds during the March for Babies. The March of Dimes presented Sara Beth Settle with a year of free gas in recognition of her passionate work and commitment to the cause. After losing her daughter, Leona, at 29 weeks earlier this year, Sara Beth turned to the March of Dimes and personally raised $5,260, and her team raised $10,300 to honor Leona.

“We can’t thank SPINX enough for their commitment to the March of Dimes through their ongoing support and their tremendous donation this year,” said Katie Peden, Development Manager for the March of Dimes. “We are humbled by the entire company’s dedication and involvement in raising a record-breaking donation for us, and we are so appreciative of their support and Stan’s leadership as chairman this year.”

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 it serves. 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 The SPINX Company:

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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