Dr. Richard J. Hawkins has retired


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Dr. Richard J. Hawkins

At his retirement celebration, Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, founder of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor presented by the governor of South Carolina. This award recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state. For more than 12 years, Hawkins’ contributions have directly and indirectly impacted the health care economy in South Carolina. He founded the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in 2004, bringing the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., to the Upstate. What started as a three-surgeon practice in 2004 has grown to a clinic of 27 surgeons operating on five campuses of the Greenville Health System.

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Michael Corley

Named Upstate coordinator and staff attorney for the newly opened South Carolina Environmental Law Project permanent office in Greenville. Corley is an Upstate native who spent the last two years practicing at a law firm in Greenville.


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Lee Hewitt

Named a staff accountant at McGregor & Company LLP. Hewitt graduated from Clemson University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in financial management. He completed his Master of Accountancy at Clemson University.


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James Bearden, MD

Recognized by the National Institutes of Health with the Harry Hynes Award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 18. Dr. Bearden is the sixth person to receive this prestigious award since its inception in 2001. Bearden is the hematology-oncologist with Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg. The award recognizes individuals displaying outstanding commitment to clinical research by community investigators.


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Kathy Beckham

Named a residential sales agent at Coldwell Banker Caine’s Greenville office.



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Jermaine Whirl

Joined the Greenville Technical College staff as vice president of economic development and corporate training. A South Carolina native, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University, a master’s degree at Charleston Southern University, a second master’s degree at Armstrong State University and a doctorate in organizational leadership at Valdosta State University.



Greenville New Markets Opportunity II, a community development entity managed by Tax Advantage Group and Greenville Local Development Corporation, has hired Doris B. Shellhorse as NMTC program manager.



The Greenville Chamber of Commerce announces its 2017 board of directors.


2017 strategic cabinet: Brenda Thames, Greenville Health System – chair; David Lominack, TD Bank – immediate past chair; Keith Miller, Greenville Technical College – chair-elect; Steve Bailey, Merus Refreshment Services – vice chair, business growth; Phillip Kilgore, Ogletree Deakins – vice chair, business advocacy; Toby Stansell, Acumen IT – vice chair, economic growth and prosperity; Steven Buckingham, The Law Office of Steven Edward Buckingham – general counsel; Neil Batavia, Dority & Manning – vice chair, talent ; Todd Davidson, Nexsen Pruet LLC – vice chair, diversity and inclusion; Will Huss, Trehel – vice chair, investor relations; Leesa Owens, Michelin NA – vice chair, communications and community engagement; Adela Mendoza, Hispanic Alliance – vice chair, leadership development; Jon Chilton, BB&T – treasurer; and Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber president and CEO.

2017 Directors: Max Allen, Clemson University; Peter Barth, NEXT; Craig Brown, Greenville Drive; Tom Claybaugh, Greenville News; Elizabeth Davis, Furman University; Dave Edwards, Greenville Spartanburg Airport; Mark Farris, GADC; Rich Hagins, US&S Inc.; Linda Hannon, Duke Energy; James Jordon, Jordon Construction; Craig McCoy, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System; Max Metcalf, BMW Manufacturing Co.; Kevin Poyck, Hubbell Lighting; Burke Royster, Greenville County Schools; Gage Weekes, Hollingsworth Foundation; Nancy Whitworth, City of Greenville; and David Wilkins, Nelson Mullins.



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