Richard Hagins elected board chairman of Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Richard Hagins. Photo provided by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has elected S. Richard Hagins to serve as chairman of its board of directors for 2020.

Hagins, who is the founder and CEO of Greenville-based company US&S Inc., will serve as chairman-elect throughout the next year and lead the board of advisers, a group of business and community leaders who meet quarterly to review the business community’s progress and needs, and plan specific chamber initiatives, according to a news release.

He currently serves on the chamber’s strategic cabinet as vice chairman of programs and events and leads the chamber’s facilities committee.

“I have devoted over a decade to serving the chamber and the business community, particularly in areas such as creating opportunities for small businesses, supporting Minority Business Accelerator participants, and leading the efforts to ensure our future facilities embody the mission of the chamber,” Hagins said in the release. “As an entrepreneur, I have a tremendous respect for pro-business organizations that exist to drive economic success. The Greenville chamber is the largest organization with that mission, and I’m proud to lead its strategic efforts moving forward.”

Hagins spent 23 years as a U.S. naval officer, retiring in 2000 with the rank of commander. He founded his company in 2003, growing from two unpaid employees to more than 250 employees today, thanks to large contracts with the federal government and contractors.

US&S Inc. provides facility maintenance and support services, specializing in operations and maintenance, repairs, renovation, janitorial, and grounds.

Hagins has received numerous awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office, including National Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2012 and S.C. Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. 

US&S was also named the Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business of the Year in 2006 and Small Business of the Year in 2014, according to the release. 

Additionally, Hagin has served as the programs committee chair of the Greenville Metro YMCA board, board chairman for The Blood Connection, and chairman of the Hillcrest Hospital advisory board. He has also served as a board member of the Mauldin and Simpsonville Area chambers, according to the release.

Hagins received a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology at Savannah State College and master’s degree in management from Webster University. He also recently completed the Executive Education Program at both the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the University of Washington.

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