Greenville Business Magazine Names 50 Most Influential People of 2011

(Greenville, SCFebruary 08, 2012) – Greenville Business Magazine was delighted to host a reception to honor its 50 Most Influential People of 2011 on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The intimate, invitation-only event recognizes the hardworking men and women of the Upstate who have significantly impacted their organizations or communities during the past year.

Nominations for the honor were accepted from throughout the Upstate, and submissions were evaluated by an expert panel familiar with the Greenville business community. The choices acknowledge important work that was begun, continued, or completed in 2011 in the fields of Business, Government, Education, and Nonprofit Service. When several people collaborated on a deal, project, initiative, or event, they were grouped as a single entry. We also highlight People to Watch – those individuals who are expected to have a substantial influence on the Upstate in 2012.

The reception – held at Zen in downtown Greenville and catered by City Range – was supported by Acumen (presenting sponsor), JHM Hotels (gold sponsor), and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System (silver sponsor).

For more information on Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People, visit, call 864.271.1105, or email [email protected].

Those professionals honored as the Most Influential People of 2011 are as follows:

Jody Bryson – SCTAC
Rick Davis – Elliott Davis, LLC
Rob Hoak – TD Bank
Velda Hughes – Hughes Agency
HP Rama – JHM Hotels
Mark Nantz – Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Craig Brown, Toby Stansell, John Moore – Accelerate!
Jerry Howard, Jo Hackl, Chris Riley – GADC
Bob Hughes, Phil Hughes – Hughes Development & Hughes Investments
Hal Johnson, George Acker – Upstate SC Alliance
Sam Konduros, Michael Bolick, Matt Gevaert, Dr. Jeff Edenfield – ITOR of GHS UMC
Dean Hybl – TATT
Billy Wilkins – Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Steve Navarro, Alan Ballew – CRBE | The Furman Co.
John Warner – InnoVenture
Bradford Swann, Johnny Boan, Cheryl Rothenberger, Doug Harper, Mike Kerski – GE, KEMET, Enterprise, Harper Corp., City of Greenville
Steve West, Hank McCullough, Dave Bereskin – Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Greenville Water
Todd and Michelle Usher – Addison Homes
Gary Kelly – Southwest Airlines
David Wilkins – Nelson Mullins
Ray Lattimore – Marketplace Staffing
Ben Haskew – Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Earle Furman – NAI Earle Furman
Berend Bracht – Bosch Rexroth
Walter Davis – CertusBank
Julie Brown – Godshall and Godshall
Bruce White – Bank of Travelers Rest
David Bennett – Proterra
Dave McNamara – SC Launch
C. Dan Joyner, Brad Halter – Prudential C. Dan Joyner and Coldwell Banker Caine

Knox White, John Castile, Nancy Whitworth – City of Greenville
Butch Kirven, Bob Taylor – Greenville City Council
Van Broad, Eddie Case, Gary Long – City of Fountain Inn
Rick Danner, Ed Driggers – City of Greer
Russell Hawes, Dennis Waldrop – City of Simpsonville
Nikki Haley, Bobby Hitt –Economic Development
Carl Jackson – Department of Public Transportation

Eileen Staples, Jennifer Sharp, Ron Jones – Greenville County Schools
Dr. Fred Baus – University Center of Greenville
Dr. Keith Miller – Greenville Technical College
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher – Greenville County Schools
Claude Lilly, Gail DePriest – Clemson at the Falls
Camilla Hertwig – Strom Thurmond Institute
Rod Smolla – Furman University

Bob Morris – Community Foundation
Michael Riordan – GHS University Medical Center
Ted Hendry, Darrin Goss – United Way of Greenville County
Ed Good, Minor Shaw, Carol Browning – Hollingsworth Funds and BI-LO Charities
Megan Riegel – Peace Center
Major Bobby Lancaster – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

People to Watch
Jim Twining – Southern Tide
Ernie Pearson, April Lucas – Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Mike Baur – ScanSource, Inc.

About Greenville Business Magazine
Greenville Business Magazine, a publication of Integrated Media Publishing, is the only Greenville monthly dedicated to delivering an insightful perspective on the business of our community. Our content introduces readers to local business leaders – people to watch and people making a difference – and takes them behind the scenes to learn about the businesses that sustain Greenville and move it forward. With the help of industry experts, we look at national trends and their local impact, revealing Greenville’s place in a changing business climate. For more information, visit or contact Lori Coon, GBM publisher, at 864-271-1105.

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