John Warner has been One to Watch since he arrived in Greenville in 1982 to work in accounting at KPMG. Over the next 34 years, he’s been involved in numerous high-profile ventures, including overseeing one of the country’s largest angel investing networks, building a social networking community to promote entrepreneurship, and creating InnoVenture, which creates communities among entrepreneurs, service providers, academia, investors and others.
The Spartanburg Chamber’s new leaders have big plans for harnessing the city’s growing millennial base
Long is the list of names that built Spartanburg, and that list is set to grow as a new generation of leaders begins to make its mark. For the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the changing of the guard is none more apparent than its 34-year-old President and CEO Allen Smith, and its 33-year-old Board of Directors chair-elect Todd Horne.
Jeremy Boeh traveled a unique path to his career as entrepreneur and educator, and it led him places he didn’t expect. Boeh enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 21 and served two deployments to Iraq. Now a company commander in the U.S. Army Reserves, his military experience sharpened his focuse and strengthened his resolve, inspiring him to return to school for a bachelor’s degree.
Whether it’s with Smockadot Kids or Preppy and Personalized, Wendy Turner continues to sew up profits
Wendy Turner was a busy assistant principal when she became pregnant with triplets. Losing one of the three babies three months after they were born caused her to re-evaluate her personal and professional goals, and she tried to create a more flexible work schedule by founding Smockadot Kids, selling children’s clothing that is “high quality, but a little more affordable for parents.”
In her role as vice president of worldwide marketing at Scansource, an international distributor of specialty technology products, Christy Thompson leads marketing and branding efforts for 25 offices with 2,200 employees across North America, South America and Europe. But in her role as children’s health advocate, she is honored if her family’s story reaches just one family who is struggling with a pediatric diagnosis.
“I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing today,” he said, but he’s passionate about his new ventures, and has big plans for launching new entities in the coming year. “I’m having the most fun of my career. I can create my own destiny. I like to find innovative ways to make things happen.” Read this week's profile on Heafy.
Upstate economic development leader and business owner Sam Konduros, 52, has been a part of landing multiple economic development projects for the region, including BMW, CU-ICAR and Southwest Airlines. He sat down with UBJ to talk about his role as executive director of Greenville Health System’s Research Development Corporation and being part of something even bigger.
Michael Kerski, planning and development manager for City of Greenville, Michael Kerski is always planning. Even on the weekends, when he walks his four dogs down the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, he is checking out homes, apartments and commercial properties to assess if they are following code.
The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership was founded at Clemson University 20 years ago to promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development. The world has changed dramatically in the ensuing decades, and the Spiro Institute has changed right along with it, adapting to the needs of budding entrepreneurs and creating programs its leaders say don’t just create ideas, but create wealth.
Smith recently left her job at the S.C. Immigrant Victim Network to take her post directing the Family Bridges Program for Pendleton Place. While the job and single motherhood leave little room in her schedule, she finds time to work with the Chamber and other organizations to promote diversity.