Spartanburg County Foundation CEO to Retire; Greenville Chamber Elects New Board Chair

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RETIRING

John H. Dargan

Will retire as president and CEO of the Spartanburg County Foundation effective Dec. 31. Dargan has served as president and CEO of the Foundation since March 1997. He will serve the foundation as president emeritus throughout the transition.

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ELECTED

Julie Godshall Brown

Elected to chair the Greenville Chamber board of directors in 2015. Brown will serve as Chair-Elect throughout the next year as Tim Reed chairs the Chamber’s 2014 board of directors. She is the president and owner of Godshall and Godshall Personnel Consultants Inc. and Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing. She has been an active member of the Chamber’s board of directors since 2010 and currently serves as the Chamber’s vice-chair of organizational excellence.

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ELECTED

Larry Jackson

Elected as chairman of the board of trustees of Bob Jones University. Jackson is chairman of Jackson Marketing Group and Jackson Motorsports Group. A member of the BJU board of trustees since 1982, he has served on the board’s executive committee for nearly 10 years.

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HIRED

Lisa Ireland

Named chief talent officer at The Palmetto Bank. Ireland has over 17 years of human resources experience. She earned a B.A. from Wofford College and an M.A. from Miami University (Ohio). She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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PROMOTED

Karen Taylor

Promoted to director of corporate services and relocation at C. Dan Joyner, Realtors. She previously served as an agent with C. Dan Joyner Co. in the Simpsonville office. In her new role, Taylor will manage accounts, handle client services and serve as marketing assistance manager.

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PROMOTED

Allison McGarity

Promoted to president and CEO of the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. McGarity had been director of development for the Chamber for over 18 months. She earned her B.A. from the College of Charleston in 2009, and her MBA from Clemson University in 2011.

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ARTS

Chapman Cultural Center recently welcomed Dr. Wellesley Alexander, G. Ashley Allen, William Barnet III, Tom Nederostek, Sharon D. Porter, Jan Scalisi, Dr. Charles White, Michael S. Wilson and Vicki Yeatman to its board of trustees for three-year terms.

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CONSTRUCTION/ENGINEERING

O’Neal Inc. has hired Neal Denny as business systems analyst. Denny has more than six years of professional experience in information technology. He previously held the role of team leader and, most recently, client chief technology officer at Acumen IT.

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EDUCATION

Furman University announced that Erik Ching, professor of history, has won the Alfred B. Thomas Book Award for his book “Modernizing Minds in El Salvador: Education Reform and the Cold War 1960-1980.” The award, presented by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), is given annually for the best book on a Latin American subject published in the previous year.

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FINANCE

Thomas Russell has joined BB&T Scott & Stringfellow as a financial advisor. Russell comes to the firm from BB&T Capital Markets in San Francisco. He previously worked for Legg Mason in Baltimore and Stifel Nicolaus and BB&T in San Francisco.

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INSURANCE

Curtis Taylor has been promoted to shareholder and vice president of sales at Herlong Bates Burnett Insurance (HBB). Taylor has been at HBB since 2010. Prior to joining HBB, he was operations officer at Duke Sandwich Inc.

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LEGAL

Kenison, Dudley & Crawford LLC announced that Townes B. Johnson III was recently made partner.

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NONPROFIT

Upstate Forever recently announced the addition of Merril Flanary to its staff as land protection specialist. Flanary served for three years as forest steward for Kentucky Natural Lands Trust. She holds a B.S. in forestry from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in sustainable urban management from Malmö University in Sweden.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING

Jeff Dezen Public Relations recently announced the addition of Amanda Brock and Drew Dezen as the company’s newest account executives. Brock previously served as public relations and communications manager at Sealevel Systems. She also worked as the marketing director for the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University. Dezen most recently served as marketing and communications coordinator at Baseball Australia in Queensland, Australia. Before that, he served as marketing and communications assistant for the Australian Baseball League in Sydney.

Launch Something recently announced that Meredith Hardwicke has joined the company as a copywriter. Hardwicke has worked as a freelance writer for various newspapers, magazines and businesses.

REAL ESTATE

Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Rachel Williams as marketing coordinator and Jill Shepard as marketing assistant. Williams came to Coldwell Banker Caine with 10 years of marketing experience. She previously worked in marketing and digital media for a Greenville manufacturing business and has been a marketing consultant for the past year. Shepard recently graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations. Her marketing experience spans from nonprofit to agency settings.

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TECHNOLOGY

M33 Integrated Solutions recently hired Todd Fain as chief commercial officer in its Greenville office. Fain has over 15 years of experience in transportation and logistics.

Green Cloud Technologies recently appointed Randy Friedberg to vice president of strategic relations. Friedberg has been with Green Cloud since June 2012 and has served as regional vice president of dealer sales. Prior to that, he served as senior channel manager at Windstream (formerly NuVox) from 1999 to 2012.

Engenius recently announced that Susan Lesser has joined the team as the new support specialist and executive assistant. Lesser has previously served as the director of customer service for Moxie Equestrian and the director of arts and crafts at Camp Crestridge for Girls in North Carolina.

 

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