UBJ On the Move

Play-by-play of Upstate careers

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ELECTED

Maurie Lawrence

Elected chair of Wyche’s executive committee by the firm’s membership. As chair of the executive committee, Lawrence will be responsible for the firm’s overall leadership and direction. She succeeds Ted Gentry, who served as chair of the executive committee for the past three years.


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HIRED

Alex McIntire

Hired in the role of content specialist by VantagePoint Marketing. As content specialist, McIntire executes public relations, content marketing and social media initiatives for several of the B2B marketing agency’s clients. He is a New Hampshire native and graduate of Saint Michael’s College with a degree in journalism and mass communications. He brings five years of marketing communications and public relations experience to VantagePoint.


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APPOINTED

Ginny Beach

Named chairman of the Salvation Army of Greenville’s advisory board in 2017. Beach is Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing’s vice president of operations and has been involved with the Salvation Army since 2006. Beach also currently serves on the Better Business Bureau Board of the Upstate and has been active on the legislative committee for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.


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HIRED

Brenda Connell

Joined TK PR as sparkle creator. In this role, Connell will work to secure national media coverage for the lifestyle and hospitality clients represented by TK PR, which include VisitGreenvilleSC and Table 301. She plans to complete her MBA through Clemson’s working professionals program in May 2017.


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HIRED

Brittany Chester

Joined FinTrust Investment Advisors as vice president of operations. Chester earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has experience in the financial industry working in both administrative and operational client services at Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and UBS Financial Services.


Law

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.’s Greenville office was awarded the excellence in workplace diversity award by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in the small employer category for the firm’s initiatives such as the Ogletree Deakins Women’s Initiative (ODWIN), affinity groups and the work of the firm’s diversity and inclusion steering committee.

 

Wyche attorney Jo Hackl has been honored by the Greenville County Bar Association with the prestigious Tommy Thomason Award. The award was established in 1993 to recognize the Greenville lawyer who best exemplifies compassion, unshakeable integrity, strong personal values, dedication to the community, humility and diplomacy. The Greenville County Bar Association’s highest honor, the award celebrates those who are admired by peers, dedicated to improving the legal system and committed to resolving disputes in a way that minimizes conflict.

 

Retail and Hospitality

South Carolina distillers recently collaborated to formalize the South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild and elect inaugural officers. The guild officers include president, Scott Blackwell, High Wire Distilling; vice president, David Raad, Six and Twenty Distillery; secretary, Steve Noblin, Rock Bottom Distillers; and treasurer, Dickie Butler, Gorget Distilling Company.

 

Electronics

SCI Electronics Inc. announced it has hired Stephen Stambaugh and Michael Sease as account managers. In this role, Stambaugh will be responsible for new commercial and industrial business development and maintenance of enterprise level accounts across the Southeast. Stambaugh is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate and has held leadership positions in the retail industry. He has supported logistics and operations sectors throughout the Upstate. Sease will be responsible for new commercial and industrial business development and maintenance of enterprise-level accounts across the Southeast. Sease is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has more than 25 years of experience in technical sales and marketing capacities. He has supported the architectural, engineering and construction sectors throughout the Upstate and the Southeast.

 

Real Estate

The Marchant Company recognizes the following real estate agents for outstanding performance in October 2016: Barb Riggs – top unit listing leader and volume listing leader of the month; Tom Marchant – top unit sales leader of the month; Mikel-Ann Scott – top unit sales leader and top volume sales leader of the month; Anne Marchant and Brian Marchant – top unit sales team, top unit listing team and top volume listing team of the month; Valerie Miller Properties (Valerie Miller, Chuck Miller and Clint Miller) – top volume sales team of the month.

 

Coldwell Banker Caine recently recognized its top-producing agents in property sales and listings from October through the Circle of Excellence program. The Circle of Excellence distinction is awarded to agents within the company’s five offices — Easley, Greenville, Greer, Seneca and Spartanburg — and celebrates $1 million in listing or closing volume, or four units listed or closed. Recognized agents include Berry Gower, Carolyn Dowling, Charlene Panek, Donna Morrow, Faith Ross, Francie Little, Holly West, Jacob Mann, Jane McCutcheon, Jere duBois, Kiersten Bell, Kristi Moon, Lori Thompson, Marcia Hancock, Marshall Jordan, Mike Dassel, Pat Loftis, Spencer Ashby, Susan Reid, Victor Lester, Virginia Abrams and Virginia Hayes. Circle of Excellence Teams (4+ agents) achieving $2 million in listing/closing volume or eight units listed/closed include Lewis and Company and Cheves Mussman Ouzts Group.

 

Marketing

Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events has been named a 2017 B2B Top Shop, a listing of the top U.S. B2B marketing agencies selected by the editors of Chief Marketer magazine. This is the third year in a row that Jackson has been named to the list.