Commerce Club Announces 2014 Board of Governors


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Graham Howle

Joined Coldwell Banker Caine as a commercial sales agent in its Greenville office. Howle has been in the real estate business as an investor since 2002. Prior to his real estate career, he was president of Mosaic Management LLC. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.



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Jona Thomas

Appointed to national sales manager for EnviroPure Systems. Thomas, former Southeast regional sales manager for T&S Brass and currently director of key accounts for T&S’ lab/plumbing division, will continue in that role until a replacement is found.



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Tim Reed

Named as trustee on the Hollingsworth Funds Inc. board of directors. Reed also serves on the board of directors for Verdae Development, a subsidiary of Hollingsworth Funds, and has worked in the frozen food industry for 20 years.



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William C. McKinney

Appointed to the South Carolina District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. McKinney is an attorney at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A. and is a former foreign service officer with the United States Department of State.



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David White

Joined JHM Hotels as finance and real estate analyst. White earned his bachelor’s degree from Wofford College, and his MBA from Clemson University. He has a background in banking and accounting, most recently serving as controller at Serrus Capital Partners in Greenville.




The German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States recently appointed Vincenc Pearson Esq. as its new South Carolina chapter director. Pearson is corporate counsel of DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC.

The South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Matt Foster of M33 Integrated Solutions has been named board member of the year for 2014-2015.

The Commerce Club recently announced their 2014 board of governors. The chairman is Ingrid Erwin and the vice chairman is Phil Reeves. Other board members are: Jameel Allen, Al Banister, Howard Boyd, Arnold Burrell, Danny Carter, Merl Code, Larry Crain, Bryon Culbertson, Kristiaan DeRoos, Marie Dunn-Blough, Matthew Foster, Myles Golden, Ben Haskew, Bob Howard, Beth Lee, Dr. Keith Miller, Peter Montana, Dr. Robert Morgan, Jr., Kelly Orr, Leon Patterson, Jason Premo, Carroll Rushing, Marie Sitter, John Soapes, William B. Sturgis, Howard Suitt, Nick Theodore, Sandy Thrasher, Peter Waldschmidt, Angela Webb, Mayor Knox White, Nika White and Ben Worley.

The Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce recently named Camilo Garcia as its intern. Garcia is from Colombia, South America, but has lived in the United States for nine years and is a 2010 Riverside High School graduate.


Day & Zimmermann recently announced that Aaron Landolt has joined its Engineering, Construction and Maintenance (ECM) unit as vice president of business development, process and industrial (P&I). Landolt was previously vice president of sales and business development for a provider of maintenance services and technology solutions for the energy and industrial markets. 

O’Neal Inc. has hired Chris Shuler as process engineer II. Shuler has more than five years of process engineering experience previously gained with Fluor Corporation and DuPont. He recently worked for Technical Associates in Atlanta.


Southern Wesleyan University recently named Lisa Lopez as its new associate vice president for curriculum and instruction. Before coming to Southern Wesleyan, Lopez was the academic director for computer applications at Spartanburg Community College.


Kenison, Dudley & Crawford LLC recently announced that F. Lee Prickett III has made partner in the firm.


The Community Foundation recently welcomed the following community leaders to its board of directors: Mark Cooter is the managing partner of Cherry Bekaert’s Upstate practice with over 20 years of experience as a CPA and community volunteer. Jon Good is the CEO of NAI Earle Furman with experience in complex real estate transactions and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Lesa Kastler has served as board chairwoman of three nonprofits focused on developmental interventions for children: Clarity, Center for Developmental Services and A Child’s Haven. Adela Mendoza is executive director of the Hispanic Alliance and works to promote cultural diversity and address the needs of Hispanic and Latino families in the Upstate. Marie Monroe is an attorney with Merline & Meacham P.A. with an LL.M. in taxation, and a board volunteer for the YWCA and Meals on Wheels Endowment. Steve Spinks serves as CEO of The Spinx Company overseeing the executive team, finance, wholesale and real estate activities.


UniComm Media Group recently hired Carlie Maldonado to serve as the agency’s public relations director.


Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Mike Dassel as a residential sales agent to its Spartanburg office. Dassel joins Coldwell Banker Caine with seven years of real estate experience. He previously worked as product cost manager for Draexlmaier. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Crider, Bouye, Elliott & Goodwin LLC recently announced that Eric Goodwin has been promoted to the position of partner. Goodwin is a graduate of Clemson University and has been an associate with the firm for four years, concentrating his practice in the area of commercial appraisals.


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