Greenville Chamber Celebrates Leadership Greenville’s 50th Anniversary, Introduces Class Participants

Flagship Leadership Development Program Builds on Half a Century of Community Engagement in the Upstate


Contact: Mary Catherine Beecy | 704-996-8962 |

(Greenville, SC) The Greenville Chamber has accepted participants into its 50th Leadership Greenville class. Participants were selected based on a thorough application process including essays, professional resume and community involvement.

To commemorate Leadership Greenville’s 50th anniversary, the Greenville Chamber will be celebrating the impact the program has had since its inception in 1973 and will be engaging Class 50 through a series of service events and celebrations throughout the program’s 10 months.

“We’re so excited to kick off Leadership Greenville’s 50th year,” said Dr. Cheryl Garrison, Executive Director of Greenville Chamber Foundation & Director of Talent, Education, and Leadership. “There is so much to celebrate about this impactful program and its history, and we’re thrilled to introduce this year’s class participants. Our hope is that, like the thousands of Leadership Greenville alumni before them, Class 50 will develop leadership skills and relationships that will last a lifetime in service to our wonderful Upstate community.”

Leadership Greenville is the Chamber’s premier leadership development program designed to develop informed, committed and qualified leaders for Greenville County. By taking an intensive look into the issues affecting the area, Leadership Greenville prepares and motivates graduates to provide quality, dynamic leadership. The program has graduated more than 2000 alumni since 1973, many of whom have served in key positions, including school board, city and county council seats, members of the General Assembly and Congress, judges, and business leaders.

USC Upstate is the Leadership Greenville Class 50 Presenting Sponsor.


Ronald Acker, Countybank
Debbra Alvarado, Hispanic Alliance
Jessie Amos, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Martha Armstrong, Gateway House, Inc.
Bryan Baysinger, Maynard Nexsen, PC
Grant Blackwell, Candid Home Inspections
Braden Busold, Messer Construction Co.
Chuck Carnes, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Nicolas Cherry, Fox Rothschild LLP
Robert Cooper, AcumenIT
Michele Covington, USC Upstate Greenville
Bernie Crawford, Mavin Construction
Clancy Crowley, Morgan Stanley
Kathy Dickson, Apprenticeship Carolina (SC Technical College System)
Marissa DiLoreto, LS3P
Andrew Eckenbrecht, Brasfield & Gorrie
Cody Edgar, Kopis
Emily Fournier, Emily’s Table
Stacey Franklin, The Hayes Approach
Michael Garren, Trehel Corporation
Michelle Guevara, VisitGreenvilleSC
Lauren Hilderbran, Lowe’s
Matthew Hubbard, Group Therapy Pub & Playground
Angela Jenkins, Prisma Health
Jay Jennings-Gresham, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Sandy Jordan, Able South Carolina
Kayla Kernich, Thomas & Hutton
Rachel Lyons Sibilio, Bank of America
Jeb Maloney, Marsh Bell Construction
Rene McCurdy, Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands
Cameron McDowell, YMCA of Greenville
Holly McKissick, Hughes Agency
Coley Mitchell, ITW Hartness
Kimberly Mogan, GirlUp GVL
Victoria Novak, Greenville Literacy Association
Katie O’Kelly, South Carolina Children’s Theatre
Crystal Pace, Pinnacle Partnership/ Pinnacle Hospitality
Erin Predmore, Greenville Connects
Kim Purdy, USC Upstate
JD Redman, International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC)
Julie Selof, Truliant Federal Credit Union
Katie Smithson, Clemson University
Robert Stevens, Elliott Davis, LLC
Janell Strickland, Find Great People
Ebony Sullivan, Suga Pie Honeybun
Alan’a Thornton, Real Impact Technology Consulting
Amber Wilson, Fluor
Bethany Winston, Kidding Around Media
Scott Yandle, FORVIS, LLP
Michael Yearout, Greenville Police Department
Megan Young, City of Greenville




The Greenville Chamber, now in its 135th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with more than 1900 Investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For information, visit



Leadership Greenville is the Greenville Chamber’s premier leadership development program designed to inform and prepare qualified leaders for Greenville County. New classes embark each year on a journey to understand the inner-workings of our area, including Managed Growth and the Economy, Quality of Life, Human Services, Local Government, Justice, Education and State Government. Since the program began in 1973, there have been more than 2000 participants.

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