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Why the Smartest Leaders Host Corporate Events

HOW to execute the perfect corporate event is an easy question. Answer: Hire us. From conceptualization to execution, we’ll help you plan an agenda that will leave your attendees stunned and smiling. Whether it is a luncheon or a three-day conference, we have the tools to bring your organization together for a smooth and productive outing. The bigger question is WHY? Will such a short-term expense really benefit your company and employees in the long run? Is it better than free snacks in the break room? A day off? A bigger Christmas fruit cake? Yes. Yes, it is. Below, you will find three compelling reasons why your organization should take the leap and host a corporate event.

1. Increased Employee Engagement. Corporate events give employees the opportunity to relax and build relationships. Planning an event for your company shows employees you value and appreciate their efforts throughout the year. It can also give them the opportunity to learn new industry trends, break down barriers, meet people from other offices, as well as get to know company leaders they may not interact with on a daily basis. Although they spend a lot of time with one another during the work week, a different setting can help employees get to know each other in a different and more personal way. Building friendships outside the office tends to strengthen bonds inside the office, so a corporate event offers the perfect opportunity to engage and enliven employees.

2. The Reward of Recognition. Has your company grown, started a new program, or celebrated a recent milestone? Whatever it may be, corporate events are the ideal place to celebrate your organization’s successes and reveal exciting announcements. Organizations can use conferences to hold an awards ceremony recognizing employees that go above and beyond. They can also serve as an opportunity to invite local stakeholders or potential clients to join as you celebrate your success and plan for a strong future. Great companies recognize internal success and celebrate wins, big and small.

3. Barrier-Breaking Creativity. Corporate events are an effective way to bring all office locations together so employees can learn from one another, collaborate on new ideas, and network within the company. These large-scale events allow employees to bounce ideas off of one another, leading to an increase in company productivity. Many conferences incorporate a variety of team building exercises that bring staff together and require them to think outside of the box. While you may have an established brand, a corporate event solidifies your company’s mission and gives employees the opportunity to fully understand the important values and priorities of your organization. When your brand is refreshed in the minds of your people and they’re rubbing elbows with those outside their immediate department, it’s amazing how creative new solutions to old problems spring forth.

These are just a few reasons WHY you should host a corporate event. Give us a call to start planning. We’ll help you maximize the potential it can have for your company, whether it’s an event for your employees, clients or both. Let’s get started!

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Elliott Davis Announces Expansion of Corporate Headquarters

Greenville, S.C. (January 24, 2019) – Elliott Davis, a leading business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast and nearly 800 employees, today announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from the current location at 200 East Broad Street in downtown Greenville to a larger, more modern space at 435 South Main Street in the new Falls Tower building within the Camperdown development.

“We’re at an exciting point in the evolution of Elliott Davis,” said Rick Davis, CEO of Elliott Davis. “Our new headquarters is an extension of that evolution and will support the growth we’re experiencing throughout our firm. This space will provide the room and amenities to help us attract and retain the best talent in this very competitive market. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we believe the design of this office will reinforce a culture that is highly collaborative and innovative.”

Located in a strategic setting on Main Street, the new headquarters underscores Elliott Davis’ commitment to the city it has called home since its founders opened the Greenville office in 1925. It will occupy 60,000 square feet across three floors, as well as a collaborative street-level space that the community and visitors alike will be able to enjoy. The expansion, which is scheduled to take place in November 2020, will accommodate the company’s anticipated future growth and facilitate the cross-practice collaboration that fuels innovation and enables the firm to deliver more value to its clients.

“On behalf of the City of Greenville, I’m absolutely thrilled at the commitment Elliott Davis is making to our great city by serving as the primary tenant of the highly anticipated Camperdown building on Main Street,” stated Mayor Knox White. “As one of the Top 40 accounting firms in the U.S., this is a true statement to our thriving economy and the exciting future we have ahead of us.”

Elliott Davis’ new headquarters will house the firm’s growing number of local employees, its executive offices and the Greenville operations team, which includes tax, assurance, and consulting and advisory leadership. A shared-workspace environment, coupled with meeting rooms and common areas on each floor, will provide ample opportunities for employees to forge the cross-discipline relationships that foster creativity and ultimately yield holistic business solutions.

“The Camperdown team is ecstatic to be a part of the new Elliott Davis headquarters in the Falls Tower building,” said Brody Glenn, president of Camperdown’s developer, Centennial American Properties. “Local companies reinvesting in downtown is one of the reasons Greenville has become one of the best downtowns in the country. Elliott Davis is a great example of this and their commitment to being a corporate leader in Greenville for years to come.”

Camperdown is a “live, work, play” development scheduled to open in 2020. In addition to the Falls Tower building where the new Elliott Davis headquarters will be located, Camperdown will feature a 196-room AC Hotel; 80,000 square feet of retail space; a 609-space parking garage; and the largest public plaza in the city’s history.

About Elliott Davis, LLC

Elliott Davis, LLC is a leading business solutions firm offering a full spectrum of services in the areas of tax, comprehensive assurance, and consulting services to diverse businesses, organizations and individuals. With a network of nearly 800 forward-thinking professionals in major U.S. markets and alliance resources across the globe, the organization ranks among the Top 40 and fastest-growing accounting firms in the United States. Elliott Davis has been providing innovative solutions since its founding in 1920. Visit elliottdavis.com for more information.

 

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Adrian Grenier, Actor and UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador, Joins BarberWind Turbines’ Advisory Board

Greenville, SC | December 11, 2018- BarberWind Turbines LLC, a groundbreaking wind technology company, is excited to announce that Adrian Grenier has joined their Advisory Board. In front of the camera, Grenier is best-known for starring as Vincent Chase on Entourage, one of HBO’s most popular half-hour series in the network’s history.

Adrian Grenier is as passionate about leading a global evolutionary shift as he is about embodying compelling characters. On World Environment Day in June 2017, Grenier was appointed a UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador through which he advocates for a collaborative approach to address our environmental issues.

The BarberWind Turbines’ executive team met Mr. Grenier in September at the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC).  “There was an immediate sense of aligned beliefs and shared goals,” says Tammy Barber, Owner and COO of BarberWind Turbines LLC.

“I am always excited about companies that are on the cutting edge of technology, especially when the environment is the main beneficiary,” says Adrian Grenier.  “When I learned that BarberWind Turbines is making energy more viable and economical for the world’s remote locations, I rushed to get involved. BarberWind Turbines is bringing a cleaner form of energy to a whole new market, serving areas that didn’t previously have a chance to consider wind as an option. This is truly innovative and important.”

“We are so excited to have Adrian on board, his belief in our technology, and the doors he will be able to open for us at the United Nations and other places that are hungry for greener sources of energy,” says Debbie O’Hara, CMO and VP Sales & Marketing, of BarberWind Turbines LLC.

ABOUT BARBERWIND TURBINES LLC

Our product is transforming wind power and changing lives. The BarberWind Turbines 800kW wind turbine has been designed for microgrid, stand alone and other distributed generation applications especially those currently dependent on diesel fuel systems like island nations and farms and ranches. It has a built-in lifting system so can be erected without an expensive crane, can be hinged down during the approach of severe weather or a hurricane, and can survive a Cat. 5 (155mph) when lowered. The BWT800kW can be shipped in standard containers and is the most economical renewable energy solution in the world.

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HOMES URBAN ANNOUNCES NEW CONSTRUCTION IN ATHENS, GA

New Project will Provide the City of Athens a Non-Student Living Space

Athens, Georgia | December 12, 2018 – Homes Urban, LLC is excited to announce that it will begin construction of a mixed-use project at 100 Prince Avenue in Athens, Georgia. They are working with architecture firm, McMillan Pazdan Smith, civil engineering firm, Smith Planning and general contractors, Trehel Corporation to bring this project to life. The project site was formerly known as St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and will be redeveloped to include 110 Class A apartments, a 10,000 square foot grocery and 17,000 square feet of additional retail and commercial space. The original St. Joseph’s chapel constructed in 1911 will be preserved and re-purposed as a restaurant.
The company has worked to acquire the 6.7-acre property from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 7 years after the church made the decision to relocate. The site is adjacent to downtown Athens and will provide an iconic destination for upscale townhomes and apartments, a walkable neighborhood village and Athens’ first urban-scale grocery store.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic project in this special town,” said Russ Davis, principal of Homes Urban. “100 Prince will provide a much needed urban grocery to residents living in or near downtown as well as new upscale apartments for permanent urban residents. We look forward to making the idea of this project a reality.”
Over the past 10 years, few apartments for permanent households have been developed in metro Athens. Instead, most post-recession supply has been in the form of purpose-built student apartments.

ABOUT HOMES URBAN
Homes Urban, LLC, located in Greenville, South Carolina, was founded in 2013 by J. Russ Davis, Jr. and
E.J. Mondor. Homes Urban acquires and develops high-barrier, primarily in-fill multifamily housing and
mixed-use projects in markets throughout the Southeast.

 

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UST NAMES SCOTT MOORE AS PRESIDENT

Greenville, S.C.January 15, 2019 – As of December 2018, UST, Greenville S.C.-based logistical solutions company has named Scott Moore, President of UST. Moore has been with UST for 8 years and a Partner in the company since 2015.

Prior to being appointed President, Moore served as Chief Administration Officer for three years as well as VP of Business Relations, and Director of Corporate Administration.

“It is one of my greatest honors to name Scott Moore as President of UST” stated Scott Ramsey, CEO and Founder of UST. “Scott is a walking manifestation of our company’s core values.  He provides our organization with continual results and our people with an impeccable role model.  I cannot envision success in our mission to transform the industry without Scott Moore by our side.”

As an active corporate citizen within the Greenville community, Moore works with a variety of non-profits including serving on the Board of The Family Effect where UST was recently awarded Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. This award recognizes a business, corporate, or foundation who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Upstate community.

“As I embark on this new role, I feel very proud to work for UST” stated Scott Moore, President & Partner of UST. “I consider myself lucky to work among such an incredible team, within such a great community and I look forward to a successful future ahead.”

For more information on UST, visit their website at www.uste3.com.

 

ABOUT UST

UST is a national third-party logistics solutions company that specializes in the “final mile” delivery of furniture and appliances from the retailer’s warehouse directly to the customer’s home and is based out of Greenville, SC.  With 137 employees and over 450 independent contractors across 20 states, UST believes that the home delivery experience is not only a commodity, it is key to the consumer’s lasting impression and therefore critical to earning repeat business. UST works with retailers and supply chain providers from all over the country to transform the industry through operations, technology-based systems and creative management solutions.

 

 

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SPINX CELEBRATES NEW STORE OPENING IN GREENVILLE

Largest Spinx store with new tunnel wash opens on Rutherford Street


Greenville, S.C. – January 10, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 45 car washes statewide, officially marked the opening of its newest store in Greenville with a ribbon cutting today.  Located at 619 Rutherford St. on the corner of Rutherford and Shaw Streets in Greenville, 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.

At more than 6,600 sq. ft., this is the largest Spinx store to date and features its new interior layout and décor, which is representative of the company’s local, Southern roots. The store offers around-the-clock service with a full-service kitchen, eight multi-product fuel dispenser pumps, a walk-in beer cave featuring local craft as well as national brand beers. The site also has a 72 ft. tunnel car wash with free vacuums as part of its statewide car wash club.

“I’m so excited about opening a store at this location, the very spot where I operated one of my first gas stations,” said Stewart Spinks, Spinx Founder and Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to bringing our legendary fried chicken, convenient on-the-go food and beverage options, tunnel car wash and friendly service to our customers heading in and out of Downtown Greenville.”

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 and Nitro Cold Brew, will also be available for purchase.

Grand opening specials will run through the end of January and Spinx Car Wash Club monthly memberships are available at discounted prices. Learn more at www.SpinxCarWash.com or www.Spinx.com.

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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SPINX OPENS TUNNEL CAR WASH ON PELHAM ROAD IN GREENVILLE

Greenville, S.C.January 2, 2019 – SPINX, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 45 car washes statewide, recently celebrated the opening of its newest tunnel car wash on Saturday, December 22nd.  Located at 2601 Pelham Road in Greenville, the new tunnel wash – the company’s first free-standing car wash – is part of the new SPINX Car Wash Club, which offers customers unlimited car washes at any SPINX car wash location for a monthly membership fee.

“We’re so excited to open our first Ride ‘N’ Shine tunnel car wash in Greenville and to expand our Car Wash Club offering,” stated Stewart Spinks, founder and chairman of The SPINX Company. “Our new tunnel wash and statewide wash club set us apart from the competition, delivering quick, thorough car washes across the Upstate and making it easy and affordable for our customers to keep their vehicles clean.”

To celebrate the new car wash, SPINX is offering a grand opening special to customers who sign up for the Car Wash Club at the Pelham Rd. location, where they will receive the first three months for half price. With this special, membership fees range from $9.99/month for the Classic Wash Club to $17.99/month for the Premium Wash Club.

The new tunnel wash system is the second of many that SPINX plans to open in South Carolina. Each wash offers environmentally conscious water reclamation systems and eco-friendly chemicals, as well as advanced technology to give customers the best wash for their budget. The advanced system features a 3D scan of each vehicle to precisely target soap and high-pressure water based on its size and shape for the most accurate clean. The new tunnel wash is also equipped with specially engineered blowers to achieve a drier vehicle while conserving energy. An attendant will be available during operating hours to provide pre-wash prep and to assist customers.

Hours for the SPINX Ride ‘N Shine tunnel wash located off Pelham Road are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Free vacuums provided with any car wash purchase. For more information or to join the SPINX Car Wash Club, visit www.SpinxCarWash.com.

 

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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UST ANNOUNCES FOUR PROMOTIONS TO LEADERSHIP TEAM WITHIN RECENT MONTHS

Greenville, S.C. – December 12, 2018 – UST, Greenville S.C.-based logistical solutions company, is excited to announce the promotion of four employees to new roles within their organization. All individuals work out of the UST headquarters office located in downtown, Greenville, SC and have been with UST for over 20 years combined.

Alanna Martin, former Director of Human Resources, will be taking on the role as Senior Director over the People Operations Division. Joe Curet, former Director of IT, will now be the Senior Director over the Business Optimization Division. Tekisha Roberts, former Director of Compliance, will be advancing as the new Training and Development Director. Lastly, DuBose Ratchford, former Communication Manager, will be transitioning into the Director of Communications role.

“I am thrilled to be surrounded by such hardworking and dedicated people at UST. We have an incredible company culture and these four recent promotions further solidifies our growth and commitment to our people,” stated Scott Moore, Chief Administrative Officer for UST. “Each of these individuals have exceeded expectations in their previous role, while also being a great example of UST’s values. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish in their new positions.”
For more information on UST, visit their website at www.uste3.com .

ABOUT UST
UST is a national third-party logistics solutions company that specializes in the “final mile” delivery of furniture and appliances from the retailer’s warehouse directly to the customer’s home and is based out of Greenville, SC. With 137 employees and over 450 independent contractors across 20 states, UST believes that the home delivery experience is not only a commodity, it is key to the consumer’s lasting impression and therefore critical to earning repeat business. UST works with retailers and supply chain providers from all over the country to transform the industry through operations, technology-based systems and creative management solutions.

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SPINX DONATES $174,000 TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Greenville, S.C. – DECEMBER 10, 2018 – Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of The Spinx Company, recently presented a check for $174,104 to Kelly Jamerson, Corporate Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society. During the month of October, all Spinx convenience stores participated in the campaign and collected donations from customers to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. This is the 10th year Spinx has held a store campaign for the American Cancer Society.


All 80 Spinx stores in South Carolina contributed to the donation. In addition, Stewart Spinks matched the donations raised in the top five stores that collected the most donations for the American Cancer Society during the campaign. The top-performing stores were:

o Store #351 in N. Charleston – General Manager: Paul Sanders
o Store #354 in in Ladson – General Manager: Veronica Bethea
o Store #355 in Summerville – General Manager: Maria Jacquet
o Store #156 in Seneca – General Manager: Becky Lovell
o Store #160 in Greer – General Manager: Tomi Lee

“As a cancer survivor myself, I know the importance of the work that the American Cancer Society accomplishes each day,” Stewart Spinks said. “I’m so proud of our team’s efforts, and I know that our local community will benefit greatly from their hard work and the generosity of so many of our customers.”

Spinx is honored to support the mission of the American Cancer Society and its efforts in education, treatment, and research to discover more successful treatments, and ultimately a cure for cancer.

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.

About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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HARTNESS TO HOST “HOLIDAYS AT HARTNESS” EVENT ON DECEMBER 6th

November 13, 2018, Greenville, S.C. – Hartness is excited to invite the Greenville community to “Holidays at Hartness” A Community Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. The event will take place on the iconic Grand Lawn, where one of the largest live holiday trees to be displayed in Greenville will light up the Hartness neighborhood, located just minutes from downtown on Highway 14.
This inaugural community event is open to the public and will feature a gourmet food truck, live entertainment, cookie decorating, festive holiday beverages by an open fire and holiday cheer the entire family is sure to enjoy, including a visit from Santa. The first 100 guests will also receive a complimentary cozy holiday blanket.
In honor of the giving season, the Hartness family invites the community to collect and bring with them new, unwrapped toys to be donated to children in need through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
“We are proud to host an event that is sure to create lasting memories for families and generations to come while also positively impacting the lives of children who need it the most” said Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO. “As our first signature holiday event, we look forward to sharing the beauty of Hartness with those who join us for this exciting celebration of the holiday season.”
This “Holidays at Hartness” event will allow guests to catch a glimpse of this exciting new Traditional Neighborhood Development as well as experience what makes Hartness unique. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the community’s Discovery Center seven days a week, located at 103 Alester Square, or call 864-626-0618.
ABOUT HARTNESS
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 444 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.

For more information, visit www.hartnessliving.com.

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