Spartanburg Mayor Jerome Rice (right) speaks as former Mayors (left to right) Junie White,
Bill Barnet and James Talley look on. City of Spartanburg photo
MLK Unity Week Humanitarian Award presented to former Denny’s CEO, former
Information courtesy of the City of Spartanburg
The City of Spartan-burg’s 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Week Humanitarian Award was presented to
former Denny’s Chief Executive Officer John C. Miller and former Spartanburg Mayors James Talley, Bill Barnet, and Junie
White. Presented on Monday, January 16 during the 36th annual Unity Week Celebration, the award recognizes people and organizations
who have made a positive impact in advancing racial equity and promoting diversity in the Spartanburg community.
During his 11 years leading Denny’s, John C. Miller gave the company slogan, “America’s diner is
always open” a new meaning when it came to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusiveness in Spartanburg. Indeed,
Denny’s is always open for Spartanburg. The city has had no stronger corporate partner when it comes to ensuring that
it is a welcoming place for all. Over Mr. Miller’s tenure, Denny’s facilitated the creation of a new public play
space on their downtown campus, generously supported the City’s annual International Festival, and became a critical
partner in the Unity Week celebration activities, with Mr. Miller serving as keynote speaker for the City’s Unity
Breakfast event in 2020.
Between them, former Spartanburg Mayors James Talley, Bill Barnet, and
Junie White represent 29 years of the city’s unprecedented progress, with their tenures stretching from the very beginnings
of Downtown Spartanburg’s revitalization and through a period that has seen neighborhoods strengthened, residents become
more prosperous, and communities brought together as never before to address challenges.
their tenures were marked by numerous generational milestones in Spartanburg’s growth, all three of these men’s
legacies will be defined more by their connection to the people of the community as by their connection to any particular
project or development. They all carried into office a dedication and devotion to serving people — to moving Spartanburg
closer to the ideal of a place where everyone can realize their potential and prosper.
Josh Riley ‘11, COO of Sully’s Steamers, is ready to welcome Wofford students
and the rest of the Spartanburg community to the new location in The Hub, located at 578 N. Church St. in Spartanburg, directly
across from Wofford’s campus. Wofford College photo
Wofford alum opens a restaurant across from Wofford’s campus
By Wofford student
Brandi Wylie ’24
Josh Riley ’11 could once be found cheering on the Terriers
in Boss’ uniform.
Now, Riley wears a different boss’ uniform as chief operating officer
of Sully’s Steamers, a bagel sandwich shop with locations throughout the Carolinas. The shop opened its newest location
in Suite C of The Hub, located at 578 N. Church St., directly across from Wofford College’s campus.
The restaurant officially opened on Dec. 1 and proved to be a hit with the Wofford community, with students and faculty
alike frequenting the shop for breakfast and lunch during the last two weeks of the fall semester.
attended middle school, high school and college in Spartanburg, so he says it was always in the plans to open a location in
the area. When The Hub opened so close to his alma mater, he seized the opportunity.
encourage all members of the Wofford and surrounding community to come and enjoy the food,” Riley says. “Hang
out and fill up your stomachs.”
Riley, who ran cross country and track while at Wofford,
was a mathematics major.
He started work with Sully’s five years ago after frequenting the
bagel shop’s location across from a bank where he worked in Greenville. He enjoyed the food so much that he would eat
at the location two or three times a day.
Through his frequent visits, Riley became friends with
“Sully” himself – Robert Sullivan.
“After many talks over coffee, we decided
that we wanted to work together,” Riley says. “I left banking and partnered with him to take Sully’s from
a one-store location to a franchise.”
Riley credits Wofford’s liberal arts education
and emphasis on soft skill development for much of his success. He also supports the college’s mission to develop successful
graduates. He served as a judge in the Terrier Startup Challenge in November, a contest that assists students with entrepreneurship
He encourages students to apply for part-time jobs at the shop and to potentially go
into franchise work with the company after graduation.
“We like to work with college graduates,
especially those who come from a college like Wofford,” Riley says.
Beyond the resolution: Keep your exercise goals past January
Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
For many people, a new year offers opportunities for a fresh start, so they make resolutions they hope will change
their lives for the better.
However, despite their best efforts, most will fail at
keeping those resolutions. But why?
"One of the most common mistakes adults make
in attempting to keep their fitness resolutions is that they do it alone," Gary Hazelwood said. "They don't have
the proper knowledge when it comes to training."
Hazelwood knows a lot about
training; he is the leader of the sports performance team at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System's Sports Medicine Institute.
The Sports Medicine Institute offers private training sessions, and its coaches work with people of all fitness levels.
“Sessions allow people to exercise alongside a coach, so they don't have to figure out the right fitness plan
on their own,” said Caroline Corbin, a sports performance coach.
do whatever fits their needs, so we always start by asking them, 'what are your goals?' 'What are you wanting to achieve?'"
Personal trainers help people reach their goals by incorporating a mix
of cardio workouts, core activities and more. Corbin said that after the first workout session, coaches will build a customized
exercise plan that suits the particular person, their fitness level and their goals.
can be hard to make those New Year's exercise goals stick long-term, which is why having private coaches along the way helps
keep the motivation going.
"I know that some people will have a really good start
for the first couple of weeks, and then it starts to fall off," Corbin said. "I always recommend having a coach
or a trainer for accountability, so you know a person is waiting on you, so you have to show up."
For more information on the Sports Medicine Institute or to sign up for a private session, call 864-560-5700.
County Square redevelopment. Photo provided by Greenville Area Development Corporation
GADC unveils new strategic plan, announces another strong year for 2022
Greenville – Despite record inflation, unsettled supply chains, a strengthening US dollar and workforce challenges
the world over, Mark Farris knows this for certain.
Greenville is blessed with a vibrant community
and outstanding quality of life, and business the world over wants to be a part of it.
a new and forward-looking strategic plan that will continue to focus efforts and maximize return on investment for the community
long into the future, Mr. Farris — Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) —
announced another exceptionally strong year for economic development in Greenville, South Carolina’s largest county,
also referred to as the business heartbeat of the Palmetto State.
Assisted by the GADC, some 22
organizations – manufacturing and office, new companies and existing industry, large and small, public and private —
have chosen to locate to or expand in Greenville County, South Carolina during 2022. Combined, the organizations represent
$468 million in new capital investment to enhance the tax base plus 2,326 new jobs – the strongest year since 2016 —
to keep Greenville’s economy humming.
The GADC, entering its 22nd year and charged with
promoting and enhancing quality of life in Greenville County by facilitating job growth and investment, termed it “a
continuation of a remarkable run for Greenville County economic development,” said Mr. Farris. GADC.
“It’s a testament to the work of so many people that Greenville, despite the global challenges of Covid,
inflation, workforce challenges and hyper-competition, continues to be such an attractive and appealing destination for organizations
the world over to want to live in and conduct business from,” said Mr. Farris. “I couldn’t be prouder of
our team, our Board and our Investors and allies, and the year’s results speak for themselves.”
The $468 million in new capital investment ranks third highest ever for the county’s new investment, trailing
only 2020 and 2014, while the job additions are the highest one-year level since 2016. The achievement pushed the GADC’s
five-year new investment to $1.8 billion and its new job creation to 9,239. Cumulative job announcements by the GADC since
its founding now total over 34,600 during its history – the equivalent of creating the 13th largest city in the state
right here in Greenville County.
“The capital investment greatly adds to our community’s
economic vitality, diversity, and tax base. And the announced jobs, with mean wages well above both County and South Carolina
averages, portend a bright future for our community. Raising per capita income is always a primary goal in our efforts, and
we continue to raise the bar.”
The industries are diverse, with 13 of 22 announcements being
in GADC’s core target industries, and 15 of them in Manufacturing verticals, which are a historical strength for Greenville
County. The year saw strong response from automotive, life sciences, and office/headquarters, which “helps to provide
a varied economy that is robust and multi-faceted. Equally of note is that half of the announcements are from our existing
industry,” Mr. Farris added.
“We can be confident that our community is doing the
right things when existing industry decides to invest limited resources to expand here in Greenville,” said Mr. Farris.
“The decision on where to place those investments and where to expand is incredibly competitive, and there is no stronger
endorsement of a community being business friendly than winning more than our fair share of such expansions here for Greenville.”
Continued spec development of both industrial parks and office/industrial space has fueled interest in the community
at a time when businesses make fast decisions on where to locate or expand – and require communities to have near-ready
property and sites for consideration, he added. He referenced the growth and new development at Fox Hill Business Park, Augusta
Grove, Main Street Labs, University Ridge, and other locations as helping to drive continuing interest in the community, boding
well for future growth.
The exercise of developing the GADC’s first-ever formal strategic
economic development plan was both timely and healthy, added Mr. Farris.
“It provided us
the opportunity to examine our strengths and weaknesses, our competition for quality growth, and industries to emphasize going
forward that will best complement our vision for this community,” he said. “The contributions from many collaborative
minds ranging from our Board of Directors to industry and economic development leaders, civic organizations, elected officials
and others have helped us to develop a sound blueprint to continue to guide Greenville County growth efforts into the future.”
The strategic planning process was led by the GADC Board of Directors, staff and representatives from TIP Strategies
of Austin, Texas — a nationally recognized strategic planning consultancy to public and private sector clients the world
over. Additional details on the learnings and strategies in the strategic plan will be released shortly, Mr. Farris added.
Mr. Farris also saluted the community’s ongoing commitment to nurturing start-ups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem,
expanding emphasis on STEM education, and noted Greenville County continues to attract widespread attention for its smart
growth, productive workforce, and its affordability.
“It takes support and leadership from
many parties – Greenville County Council and the county’s tremendous staff, the cities and municipalities we work
with, and the many members of the GADC Investor base and private sector who play key roles — to produce these results,”
Since its founding in mid-2001, the GADC team’s efforts have resulted in the announcement
of more than 34,600 new jobs and more than $6.6 billion in capital investment in Greenville County. To learn more, please
visit www.goGADC.com or call (864) 235-2008. To learn more about workforce opportunities, visit www. jobsingreenvillesc.com.
Angie Waller joins NHE as new Director of Affordable Property Management
management leader NHE, a staple for several years on Best Places to Work and Top Workplaces in South Carolina lists, has added
talent to its leadership team with the addition of Angie Waller as its new Director of Affordable Property Management.
NHE provides professional association management, affordable and conventional apartment management, and service coordination
to communities across the Southeast. The organization has grown steadily to now manage more than 85 quality, low-income and
affordable housing communities representing over 3,700 units in the Southeast, providing quality housing to residents in need
of affordable living options.
Ms. Waller joins NHE with more than 35 years of housing experience,
having worked with top property management firms across numerous states in her career. A native of Boswell, Pennsylvania,
she joins the NHE team from Cambridge Management where she oversaw a portfolio of 42 properties representing more than 4,500
units in five states.
During her career Ms. Waller has held positions of progressive responsibility
including Regional Vice President, VP of Affordable Housing, VP of HUD Compliance, and Director of Maintenance Operations
with various Southeastern property management organizations.
She holds experience with market
rate, HUD, LIHTC, Bond and Tax Credit properties across numerous states, and has overseen lease-up of new properties, along
with conversion and renovation of tax credit properties to market-rate assets. She describes her work style as one of "teamwork,
communication and leadership development," working closely with management and ownership to ensure properties meet financial
goals, maintain, and improve physical assets, and comply with regulatory requirements.