By Manfred Gollent
Upstate Business Journal is pleased to present the fourth installment of Alpha Mode, its new, digital feature that appears each month on upstatebusinessjournal.com, in partnership with QLI International LLC and Alex LaCasse (MTN LLC).
This month’s Alpha Mode, “Conversations with Next-Level Leaders,” features Pamela Evette. She offers her perspective on her leadership approach growing Quality Business Solutions, a startup company in 2000, to a billion-dollar company today. During the interview, Evette also provides insight into different aspects of her life, business, and political ambitions.
“My parents have always been very encouraging and emphasized that I could do and become whatever I want — nothing is easy,” Evette says. “Women can do whatever men can do; there is no difference!”
Under her leadership as president and CEO, QBS grew from a small startup to earn a prominent spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing businesses in the nation and one of the best places to work in South Carolina. Evette has been honored with numerous awards for her entrepreneurship. Because of her leadership in the business community, former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed her to serve as a member of South Carolina’s Small-Business Regulatory Committee.
Evette has long felt the call to public service, so when Gov. McMaster asked her to join the gubernatorial campaign as his running mate, she did not hesitate to answer the call.
When she’s not running her business, or out on the campaign trail sharing the governor’s plans for a prosperous South Carolina, Evette enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their three children, Amanda, Joseph, and Jackson, as well as her mother, Jennie, who lives with them in Travelers Rest.
Manfred Gollent is an executive business coach with QLI International LLC. This monthly video feature provides insights into building foundations for successful, sustainable businesses in the Upstate. Alpha Mode episodes feature small-business owners, restaurateurs, retailers, and a diverse group of business executives and professionals.