Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together

2016 Upstate Regional Summit

Creating a Leading Region

September 13, 2016

TD Convention Center
The 2016 Upstate Summit engaged nearly 900 business and community leaders. Check out the video below for a recap of the event.

Building on the successful Upstate Regional Summit: Re-Checking Our Reality, which was held in September 2014 and brought together more than 800 community and business leaders from across the Upstate to discuss key issues impacting current and future growth and the importance of regional collaboration, the 2016 Summit will provide another opportunity for leaders and interested stakeholders from across the region to gather in one place to share ideas and discuss how to work collaboratively to ensure the Upstate region continues to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for all residents.

2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of the Our Upstate Vision, which engaged more than 10,000 Upstate residents in identifying “What Matters Most” as we look towards future growth in the Upstate Region. The regional vision calls for the Upstate to be “universally recognized as a leading place to live, learn, do business and raise a family”, so our theme for the summit will focus on “Creating a Leading Region”.


Courtesy of Summit Hospitality Sponsor, GSA Business Report

Sponsored by ScanSource

Sponsored by Converse College

10:00 - 11:45 a.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Choose one topic in each Group. Each session is 45 minutes.

Community Vibrancy
Natural Beauty and Resources
Collaboration is the New Competition

Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality
Human Potential
Sustainable Growth

Click on Breakout Session Presenters Tab for more information and list of presenters

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. KEYNOTE LUNCHEON featuring GEOFF COLVIN
Sponsored by Clemson University


Sponsored by Converse College

MIKE BAUR - CEO, ScanSource

JAMES P. CLEMENTS - President, Clemson University

PAMELA LACKEY - South Carolina President, AT&T

MICHAEL RIORDAN - CEO, Greenville Health System


Breakout Session Presenters


Community Vibrancy
Moderated by Torance Inman and R.P. Rama, and commentated by Abe Goldberg

Featured initiatives:
• Taylors Town Square presented by Alex Reynolds, President, Taylors Town Square
• Laurens Finally Friday presented by Jonathan Irick, Main Street Coordinator, City of Laurens
• Culture Counts presented by Jennifer Evins, President/CEO, Chapman Cultural Center

Natural Beauty & Resources: Time to Environmentally “Grow-up”
Moderated by Dyke Spencer

Featured initiatives:
• ReWa Reedy River Quality Initiative presented by Graham W. Rich, Executive Director, ReWa
• Breathe Better No-Idling School Program presented by Sandra Yudice, Ph.D., Assistant to the Greenville County Administrator
• Human Impact on Natural Resources presented by Rebecca West, Chief Operations Officer, Greenville Water

Collaboration is the New Competition
Moderated by John Lummus

Featured initiatives:
• Spartanburg Northside Development presented by Bill Barnet, Chairman, Spartanburg Northside Development Group
• Bosch of Anderson Workforce Development Partnership presented by Randy Bunch, Director of Human Resources, Bosch-Anderson
• Greenville Health System Clinical University presented by Dr. Brenda Thames, Vice President of Academic & Faculty Affairs, Greenville Health System


Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality
Moderated by Jim Price and Erin Ouzts, and commentated by Jordana Megonigal

Featured initiatives:
• Community Works Financial Stability Program presented by Deborah McKetty, Executive Director, Community Works
• SC Fire Fighters Youth Program presented by Bryan Riebe, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, SC Fire Fighters Association
• City of Simpsonville Entrepreneurial Friendly Tool Kit Program presented by Allison McGarity, President/CEO, Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce

Human Potential
Moderated by Paul Corbeil and Karen Burgess

Featured initiatives:
• Greenville County Schools Graduation Plus presented by Burke Royster, Superintendent, Greenville County Schools
• Aid Joy Ask Directions Initiative presented by Jonathan Shanin, Executive Director, AidJoy
• Warrior Fellowship Academy presented by Charlie Hall, Executive Director, Upstate Warrior Solutions

Sustainable Growth
Moderated by Phil Lindler and Michael Forman

Featured initiatives:
• American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Program presented by Ann Wright, Executive Director, Red Cross of the Upstate
• Shaping Our Future Scenario Planning Initiative presented by Lisa Hallo, Sustainable Growth Director, Upstate Forever
• Glendale Shoals Complete Streets and Connectivity Project presented by Sherry Dull, Senior Transportation Planner, SPATS

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine and Author/Commentator on Business & Economic Issues

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Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from.

In his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff Colvin’s breadth of experience is impressive. He is one of journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the infotech revolution, human performance and related issues. Geoff’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers. His new newsletter—Power Sheet, available weekdays, free through Fortune.com—provides a detailed look at how individual leaders are shaping today’s tumultuous world.

Geoff is also one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard every day on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

As a keynote speaker, Geoff has a knack for bringing clarity to the most important and complex issues impacting business and the economy. He has spoken for scores of corporate and association conferences on six continents. His speeches pull together timely insights and strategies and are tailored to deliver relevant insights that help leaders understand what the future holds.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book (released August, 2015) is called Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular article in the 2014 Fortune 500 issue – “In The Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates and the ways people will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.

A message from Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin

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*Sponsorship are continuously being sold, please contact Ashley for availability

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Table Plus Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Anderson University
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc.
BMW Manufacturing
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Broad River Cooperative
City of Pickens
Community Works Carolina
Greenville Drive
Greenville Technical College
Greer State Bank
Laurens Electric Cooperative
Maddrey and Associates
Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County (MCPC)
Mary Black Health System - Spartanburg
McMillan Pazden Smith Architects
Oconee County
Parker Poe
Pintail Capital Partners
S&ME Inc.
Seamon Whiteside & Associates
Shriners Hospitals for Children (R) - Greenville
Spartanburg Community College
Town of Due West
Tri-County Technical College
Union County Chamber of Commerce
WCM Global Wealth