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Sandlapper Capital Investments, LLC Recognized for Major Growth

Sandlapper Capital Investments, LLC was recently honored with several awards and has topped several lists as a  rapidly growing and expanding company in South Carolina and nationwide.

SC Biz News recently named Sandlapper Capital as the number one large business on their list of Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina.  Each year, SC Biz News recognizes the 20 largest and 20 smallest companies in the state at their Roaring 20s awards.

Sandlapper Capital Investments was also named the number one Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina by Integrated Media, the publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Magazine and the Greater Pee Dee Business Journal.  This is the third time the company has placed in the top 5 on the list of fastest growing companies in the state.

Also this year, Sandlapper Capital Investments was named the Fastest Growing Small Firm nationally as ranked Real Estate Forum Magazine in addition to making its debut on the Inc. 500 list, coming in at number 62 nationally.  With 4,229% growth over the preceding three year reporting period, Sandlapper Capital Investments ranked seventh in the financial services category, and first for companies based in South Carolina on the Inc. 500 list.

“Sandlapper Capital Investments continues its great trajectory by staying focused on listening to our core customers and spending our time only seeking those acquisition and investment opportunities they are looking for,” said Trevor Gordon, Founder and CEO of Sandlapper Capital Investments.  “Our growth over the past few years has been dynamic and we look forward to continuing the growth in 2016 and beyond. We are honored to receive these awards and accolades.”

About Sandlapper Capital Investments, LLC

Sandlapper Capital Investments, LLC (Sandlapper) is an award winning investment firm created to take advantage of opportunities brought about through the dynamic and ever-changing economic landscape, and one of the diverse divisions of the SANDLAPPER family of investment companies. Our experienced team has the skills, tools and resources necessary to identify, analyze and act upon timely opportunities across a vast universe of industries as an investor, manager or investment program sponsor.

Sandlapper principals collectively have decades of experience across a broad range of industries and investment vehicles covering both the public and private markets including packaged product analysis, commercial real estate equity and debt, tax credits and shelter programs, oil and gas and related industries, equipment leasing, corporate and municipal debt as well as other debt obligations and portfolio management.

For more information on the Sandlapper Companies please visit www.GoSandlapper.com.

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Goodwill Industries Celebrates at 8th Annual Champions Tribute

Every year since 2009, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC has celebrated successes of South Carolina residents whose lives have changed as a result of Goodwill’s education and training initiatives with an awards dinner. The Goodwill Champions Tribute was held on Thursday, October 20 at the TD Convention Center. Joe Theismann, entrepreneur and former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins, delivered an inspirational keynote address for the evening.

Honored were four individuals who have overcome adversity and found employment through various job placement programs offered by Goodwill, as well as one national company and one family who support the mission of Goodwill. Award recipients for 2016 were:

Taciyona Duckett – James E. Jones Healthcare Excellence Award, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Julie Nelson – William Wylie Job Connection Success Award, sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co.

Matthew Allen – Ralph Walker Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by GPN Architecture

Pamela McAbee – Lloyd Auten Achiever of the Year Award, sponsored by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Thomas & Vivian Wong – Goodwill Industries Champion of the Year Award, sponsored by KeenanSuggs Insurance | HUB International

MS Companies – Bill Hummers Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by TD Bank

“It is amazing to see the transformation that our participants go through,” said Pat Michaels, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC. “Some of these individuals have faced various hardships, or just didn’t have the means to get where they wanted to go. They took major strides to improve their circumstances, and that’s cause for celebration!”

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, please visit www.GoodwillSC.org. For information on how you can be involved in the 2017 Champions Tribute, call 864-351-0150.


Goodwill is a private not-for-profit organization committed to helping people become independent through education and training leading to employment. Goodwill’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 10,596 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services.

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2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope to take place this fall

The Cancer Society of Greenville County and Stoneledge Properties are proud to announce the 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope, benefitting the Cancer Society of Greenville County.  For three weekends this fall, attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the beautiful 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom estate which includes more than 9,300 square feet of living space.

Located within the gates of the Southampton community in Five Forks, the estate represents the best of the best in custom home design, quality, comfort and luxury. Over three weekends (October 21-23, October 28-30 and November 4-6), guests will be wowed by each and every room on the tour, which also features a separate guest house, pool and outdoor living areas.

“It is truly a grand estate home built with a vision of quality, pride and aesthetics as the driving focus,” says Stoneledge Properties Founder Chris Bailey. “The outdoor living spaces are unlike anything else in the area. We look forward to inviting the community to enjoy the incredible results of this project while we support such a worthy cause.”

All proceeds from the 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope will go to the Cancer Society of Greenville County, a group that provides services, funding and education to local cancer patients and their families. The organization serves more than a 4,000 patients a year, delivering on their mission to create new HOPE and improve the quality of life of people in the Greenville community.

“We are honored to partner with Stoneledge Properties,” says Cancer Society of Greenville County Executive Director Lisa Green. “We are the only local organization providing direct service to those battling cancer here at home. Every dime we raise remains local to help cancer patients and their families. We hope this event will also provide further exposure and support of our mission.”

The Designer Showcase Home Tour is a returning event. In 2011, Stoneledge Properties partnered with Greenville Health System to raise significant funds for ITOR, the Institute for Translational Oncology Research. Stoneledge Properties looks forward to building a better future for cancer services in Greenville County by providing a similar donation from this year’s tour to the Cancer Society of Greenville County.

The 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope will be open October 21-23, October 28-30 and November 4-6 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Fridays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 in advance of the event. After October 20th, they will be available for $25.00 online or at the door. Children 17 and under are free. Cancer patients and survivors are invited to tour free of charge on Sundays. For more information, including a special tour event schedule featuring special demonstrations and speakers, please visit www.hometourofhope.com.

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Hartness Introduces New Community to Upstate

The Hartness family has announced the construction of a new, walkable village to the Upstate. Located on Greenville’s east side, the Hartness property encompasses 400 pristine acres, over 180 of which will be permanently preserved green spaces including 15 miles of walkable trails connecting neighbors to woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife and shared recreational areas.

Homes will be situated within a short walk of restaurants, coffee shops, specialized retail and small businesses. Residents will benefit not only from an easy five mile drive to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport but also from the shopping and dining attractions on Main Street in Greenville’s award-winning downtown, accessible in less than a 15 minute drive.

“Homes will include an array of thoughtfully crafted home types including estates, manors, cottages and town homes.” Said David Pisano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our desire is to provide the Upstate with a beautifully designed, pedestrian-friendly community that encourages chance social interaction and ample opportunity for enjoying outdoor recreation.”

“Hartness will embody the ideal hamlet-classic architecture, great urbanism, a pedestrian network that is celebrated over that of cars-inserted next to a mature nature preserve,” said Lew Oliver, Hartness community designer. “This will form one of the next great neighborhoods in the South, providing a nurturing community for all who inhabit it.”


Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 400 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from estate to town home.

For more information, visit hartnessliving.com

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Greenville Humane Society Hosts Record Breaking Mutt Strut

The Greenville Humane Society is proud to announce that the 2016 Mutt Strut, presented by Papa John’s, was a record breaking event for the organization. The fifth annual Mutt Strut, which took place on Saturday, August 27th, at the Greenville Tech campus and along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, had 2,000 participants and raised nearly $80,000 for the organization. 1300 dogs joined their owners in the race.

All proceeds from the Mutt Strut directly benefit the Greenville Humane Society. This event enables the Greenville Humane Society to vaccinate, spay/neuter, feed, house and provide medication to over 6,000 animals entrusted to their care.

Sponsors for this year’s event included presenting sponsor Papa John’s, as well as Corley, ScanSource, Camp Bow Wow, Fairway Subaru, Spinx, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Snoozer Pet Products. Graphic Cow, Pepsi, Garner’s, Clif Bar, the Greenville News, Trader Joe’s, My 102.5, Garrett’s Golf Carts, and Dobson Towing also supported the event.

To learn more about the Greenville Humane Society visit www.greenvillehumane.com

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Community Foundation of Greenville Announces $600,000 in Anniversary Grants

The Community Foundation of Greenville is proud to announce the local recipients of $600,000 in signature anniversary grants in honor of the Foundation’s 60th year. The South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Camperdown Academy and Greenville Center for Creative Arts received a total of $600,000 – $100,000 for each decade that the Community Foundation has been giving back to Greenville.

“The Community Foundation of Greenville is honored to have played a role in making Greenville what it is today, and our commitment to this community is as strong today as it was sixty years ago,” said Community Foundation of Greenville President Bob Morris. “These four organizations are making a huge difference in the lives of our citizens. We are proud to provide these gifts to allow them to further their missions.”

For the past 25 years, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre has been entertaining, educating and enriching the minds of young people, serving more than 43,000 children and families annually and growing to be the largest children’s theatre in the state. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded SCCT $250,000 to support SCCT’s capital campaign to build a permanent theatre arts campus for children in Greenville.

“We’ll have our own 300 seat theatre, numerous classrooms, all of the support areas for the theatre and we’ll all be back home in one place again,” said SCCT Executive Director Debbie Bell. “A gift this public is a tremendous catalyst to continue in our fundraising efforts. It is such a strong endorsement of our organization and validates our plans and aspirations for the future.”

The Greenville Free Medical Clinic promotes wellness and provides caring, quality primary medical care and dental services, health education and prescription medications without charge to eligible low-income uninsured Greenville County residents. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded the clinic $125,000 to increase the comprehensive medical care available to their patients in outlying areas of Greenville County who face transportation obstacles as well as access to care barriers.

“We were just delighted to be asked to be a part of this 60th Anniversary and to be recognized with a grant,” said Greenville Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Suzie Foley. “It’s always exciting. We can buy more medications. We can do a lot more for our patients.”

Since 1986, Camperdown Academy has enabled students with average to above average intelligence, who also experience learning difficulties in the areas of reading, organization, language processing and written expression, to reach their maximum academic potential. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded Camperdown Academy $125,000 to support their capital campaign to build a facility with adequate learning and play space that is designed to serve specialized needs, is cost-effective to maintain, provides space for  teacher training and offers accessibility from the interstate.

“We plan to build a building that is about twice the size of what we currently have,” said Head of School Dan Blanch. “Camperdown is not a school of want, it’s a need. And with the help of the Community Foundation of Greenville, we’re going to solidify our foundation and hopefully touch more people”

Founded by a dedicated group of artists, teachers and community leaders, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts is the anchor for Greenville’s visual arts community, providing classes, exhibitions and opportunities to cultivate art appreciation while experiencing Greenville’s growing art community. The Community Foundation of Greenville awarded $100,000 to support the center’s capital campaign to buy the Cloth and Cotton Warehouse buildings to establish a permanent home for the visual arts in Greenville.

“To have a large organization that has a significant impact on the life of Greenville recognize our efforts and validate us and say we want to support the vision that you’re creating is an amazing thing,” said GCCA Executive Director Cherington Love Shucker. “We need a permanent home for the visual arts in Greenville and are so pleased that the Community Foundation of Greenville agrees with us.”

The anniversary grant recipients were announced at a special celebration at The Poinsett Club Thursday evening hosted by Greenville Women Giving and sponsored by United Community Bank.

“United Community Bank is proud to partner with an organization that fills such an important role in this community. We congratulate all of award recipients and look forward to their continued growth and success made possible by these grants,” said Michelle Seaver, president of United Community Bank – Greenville County.

Greenville Women Giving is a special initiative of the Community Foundation of Greenville committed to strengthening the community through the collective resources of its members. It was established with the help of a grant given by the Community Foundation of Greenville in honor of its 50th year. The philanthropist who made that grant possible, the late Jean Harris Knight, was also recognized at last night’s celebration.

“As a philanthropist dedicated to furthering women’s issues in our community, we know Jean Harris Knight would be pleased to know her gift helped establish an organization as impactful as Greenville Women Giving,” said Morris. “Unrestricted gifts allow us to give as we see needs unfold in our community. We are thankful to Jean for settings such an inspiring example for others to follow.”

For more information on the Community Foundation of Greenville, please visit www.cfgreenville.org.

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Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes Hosts 15th Annual Grief Seminar

Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes is pleased to announce Michelle Post as the speaker for the 15thannual grief seminar that will take place on September 20th and 21st at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. The three seminar series is a public outreach project sponsored by Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes that aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives.

Michelle Post, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Continuing Education Provider,  will speak at the two day event, which helps attendees understand how to cope with death and bereavement. Michelle Post internationally consults and trains in areas of grief, death notification with children and teens, stress & burn-out prevention, group facilitation, ASIST suicide prevention, executive leadership and team-building. As Manager of Donor Family Aftercare for OneLegacy, she provides staff & community training and bereavement services and is the former chair AOPO Donor Family Services Council and former board member and secretary for National Alliance for Grieving Children. She has been a faculty member for the Global Leadership Symposium hosted by the American Academy of Bereavement and she is also a member of Dr. J. William Worden’s SoCal Bereavement Specialist group.

The seminar begins on Tuesday, September 20th with “What to Do About the “S” Word – Suicide CPR & First Aid” from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. This seminar is geared towards school professionals, teachers, nurses, social services, and administrative staff.

Designed specifically for the general public, Ms. Post will present “What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Stress Management for Grievers” on September 20th from 6:45pm – 9:00pm.  This seminar is designed to provide coping mechanisms for anyone experiencing stress in their life as a side effect of the death of someone close to them.

On Wednesday, September 21st, Ms. Post will present the professional caregivers’ workshop “Understanding Young Hearts: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Heal Grieving Children and Teens.” This six hour workshop, which takes place from 8:30am – 4:00pm, will explore the process of grieving in a way that includes children and teens. This session is designed to help anyone who cares for bereaved children, teens and their families.  Funeral directors, social workers, nurses and chaplains will receive six continuing education hours for attending this session.

For more information on the 15th annual grief seminar, or to find out more about Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.

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Three SANDLAPPER Companies Named to the Inc. 500/5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

SANDLAPPER Securities makes its 4th appearance in 2016 on the Inc. 500/5000 ranking of America’s Fastest Growing Companies in America (at 3,579) while Sandlapper Capital Investments (“SLC”),  and SLC venture TSWR Development, LLC make their debuts on the annual ranking from Inc. Magazine at 62 and 1,303 respectively.

Coming in at number 62 overall on the Inc. 500 list was Sandlapper Capital Investments.  With 4,229% growth over the preceding three year reporting period, SLC found it ranking seventh in the financial services category, and first for companies based in South Carolina.

With 296% growth for the reporting period, Sandlapper Capital Investments’ energy related sponsor of investment programs, investor and developer of saltwater injection wells in the Permian Basin, TSWR Development, LLC debuted on the list at 1,303. The firm ranked 41stfor the energy sector and 15th for firms based in South Carolina.

Making its fourth appearance on the list, full service independent broker dealer SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC made a solid showing with 88% growth over the reporting period.

“It is an honor to be named to the Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies and the Inc. 5,000 List for outstanding growth and business,” said Trevor Gordon, Founder and CEO of the SANDLAPPER companies.  “We are especially thrilled to be named the number one company in the state.  Last year was a great year for our companies and we saw tremendous growth despite market uncertainty.  We are thrilled with our success and look forward to continued growth in the future.”

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SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC launches Tax Reduction Investment Programs and Strategies (TRIPS)

Greenville based SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC (“Sandlapper”) has launched its latest initiative to help clients reduce their annual tax burdens.  Tax Reduction Investment Programs & Strategies, known as TRIPS has been launched on-line at www.PayLessTaxes.com and is a cooperative of local tax and financial professionals dedicated to helping individuals find ways to lower their tax burden and maximize their investable dollars to aid them in meeting their current and future financial needs.

“In investing, it is not about what you make as much as about what you keep,” states SANDLAPPER founder and CEO Trevor L. Gordon.  “Too often we see portfolios that on paper make investors so much money, but due largely to the absence of actual tax planning or consideration, their portfolios are terribly inefficient. We believe that by dedicating ourselves through this collaboration we can help investors maximize the results and in some cases help investors reduce their tax burden up to 50%.”

“TRIPS is NOT a tax or debt settlement firm, but a cooperative of professionals who can look at an individual’s entire financial and tax picture and can make recommendations tailored to their individual needs.  Gordon continues, “it is not just about saving you from paying more in taxes, but how those excesses or savings can be redeployed to build out a larger and hopefully more stable long term financial investment picture.”

TRIPS is comprised of the following:

  • SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC, a full-service independent broker dealer and FINRA member firm specializing in a large cross section of financial products and services;
  • Fred J. Adams, CPA, a Greenville-based tax and accounting firm;
  • Byford Law, LLC, a private law firm practicing in the areas of corporate and tax law;
  • Sandlapper Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisory firm specializing in creating and managing customized fee-based financial, retirement and estate planning investment portfolios.

Individuals interested in learning more about TRIPS can visit them online at www.PayLessTaxes.com and fill out an initial, no-obligation questionnaire.  TRIPS professionals will then analyze this data which will provide the basis of recommendations for greater tax mitigation.  “It is important for us to make our initial consultation available at no-charge,” states Gordon. “There are many services out there that require pay up-front or on-going retainers just to analyze your financial picture and we don’t believe you should spend money to find out if we can save you money.”

Through TRIPS and www.paylesstaxes.com, Sandlapper is continuing its mission to provide each client with products and programs that best align with their individual needs, strategies and investment desires.

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