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Thank you to the many Funding Partners and Sponsors who are helping to ensure that Upstate South Carolina is universally recognized as one of the leading places in the United States to live, learn, do business and raise a family.
These entities have made three-year funding commitments to Ten at the Top.
TEN AT THE TOP
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Barnet Development Corporation Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce BB&T Broad River Electric Cooperative Carol Burdette City of Greer Coldwell Banker Caine BMW Manufacturing Co. Craig Brown Community Foundation of Greenville General Wholesale Distributors Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Greenville Technical College Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Hughes Investments Johnson Development Associates Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart The Furman Company Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Nate Lipscomb Liquid Inc. Marketing McMillan Pazdan Smith MGFA/Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Minor Shaw The Palmetto Bank World Acceptance Corporation South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Trehel Corporation Tri-County Technical College Union County Chamber of Commerce USC-Upstate Welling Strategic
ANNUAL PARTNERS (2011 & 2012)
These entities have made one-year funding commitments to Ten at the Top for either 2011 or 2012.
City of Mauldin Briar Patch Fund (Foothills Community Foundation) Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Laurens Electric Co-op
Piedmont Natural Gas
SYNNEX Corporation Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS) Upper Savannah Council of Governments Brad Wyche
Oconee Medical Center Piedmont Natural Gas Quinn & Satterﬁeld Inc.
2012 OUR UPSTATE VISION ISSUE FORUM SERIES SPONSORS
SERIES PREMIER SPONSOR SERIES SUPPORTING SPONSOR
Bradshaw Automotive Charter Business GSP Airport
INDIVIDUAL FORUM SPONSORS FORUM ONE FORUM THREE Communicating Information Future Needs of Our Across the Upstate Growing Senior Population
PREMIER SPONSOR VISIONARY SPONSOR
Our Upstate Vision Forum Agenda
Welcome Neal Workman Ten At The Top Chairman Remarks Jim Shew BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Remarks David Lominack TD Bank Ten at the Top Overview Neal Workman Introduction of Program and Speaker Dean Hybl Ten at the Top Connecting Matters! Amy Wood WSPA-TV Unveiling of Our Upstate Information Hub Dean Hybl Panel Discussion Ryan Beck, President and Senior Designer, Mediasation Robbin Phillips, Owner, Brains on Fire Bob Romine, General Manager, WSPA-TV Todd Stephens, Spartanburg County Library System Chris Weston, Managing Editor, Greenville News Moderator: Amy Wood Closing Neal Workman
Ryan Beck started programming while still in grade school, winning several state-level awards by the time he had graduated high school. After graduating, Ryan served in the Army’s military intelligence core as an Afghan linguist then graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in computer operations management. After college, Ryan moved to Chicago to work for a web development company as a designer, working with clients such as Dennis Rodman and Gold’s Gym. He returned to the Upstate in 2003 and started Mediasation, which has developed more than 800 websites for clients around the world. Currently Ryan serves as president overseeing day-to-day operations. As one of the founders and Courageous President of Brains on Fire, Robbin Phillips has recruited a highly talented team of kindred spirits committed to the belief that marketing has the power to truly touch lives. Having begun her career as a graphic designer, Robbin remains involved in the creative development of client identities, while tapping into her keen business sense to facilitate strategy. Inspired by the power of purpose, passion and people, Robbin and her team rally daily to deliver innovative, impactful solutions that elevate and celebrate a diverse range of clients. Robbin is also co-author of the book Brains on Fire; Igniting Powerful Sustainable World of Mouth Movements. Bob Romine joined Media General as Vice President and General Manager of WJTV and WHLT in September of 2003. In 2008, Romine served on a re-organization task force representing small to medium sized markets designed to re-invent the digital content and revenue structure of the broadcast sites. In 2009 he became Group Leader for the Jackson, MS, Hattiesburg, MS and Mobile, Alabama markets where he had operating responsibility for all existing platforms and new product development. In September of 2011, Romine was promoted to Group Leader for the Spartanburg Group including oversight of WSPA, WSPA.com, WYCW, Scene on 7 and Your Carolina. Todd Stephens is a seventh generation resident of Spartanburg County. He obtained his Master of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1988 and his Master of Library and Information Science from USC in 2000. He has been a member of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ staff since 1997 and was appointed the County Librarian in September 2000. He is on the Boards of College Hub, Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Historical Association. It his work with the teens at Trinity United Methodist Church that has broadened his view on how information is transferred and processed as it impacts our daily lives. Chris Weston is managing editor of The Greenville News and GreenvilleOnline.com. As a writer, he specialized in politics and government in the state capital and in Washington, and worked as an investigative reporter. As managing editor, he’s part of a leadership team directing the multi-platform efforts of the daily print newspaper, digital journalism, and community and niche publications.
Forum Speaker and Panel Moderator
Amy Wood co-anchors WSPA News Channel 7 at 5 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm, and solo-anchors the interactive “News Channel 7 at Ten on Your CW.” She also produces and hosts the interactive “What You’re Saying” segment on 7 On Your Side at 7. Amy is a huge believer in the relationships she creates with her viewers online. She uses social media extensively to connect with her viewers and keep them updated on her blogs, developing news stories and webpolls. You can track Amy’s Twitter updates, and connect with her on MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. Amy also has a blogsite at www.theribbit.com.
Our Upstate Vision Forum Series Continues
Be sure to join TATT as we continue our series of free forums focusing on the Our Upstate Vision and how the region can remain a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family as we continue to grow. Forum 2: Keeping the Upstate a Great Place to Raise a Family April 26, 2012 at Greenwood Community Theatre 3 -5 pm with reception to follow Future Needs of Our Growing Senior Population August/September in Anderson/Pickens/Oconee Celebrating Successes: Great Things Happening Across the Upstate November/December in Greenville
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