Greenville, SC [January 3, 2023] – Ten at the Top (TATT) has announced the promotion of Justine Allen to Assistant Director. Allen has served in the role of Program & Event Manager since joining TATT in March 2020.

    In her expanded role, Allen will continue coordinating the capacity-building efforts of TATT’s current initiative-focused committees and task forces. She will also oversee TATT’s three large annual regional events: Pique Young Professionals Summit, Blues, Brews & BBQ, and Celebrating Successes as well as TATT’s Upstate Regional Summit, which will next be held in September 2024. 

    In addition, during the first half of 2023, Allen and TATT Vice Chair for Initiatives Mark McKinney will meet with TATT partners and regional stakeholders to identify the next big regional-focused capacity-building initiatives that TATT will concentrate on between 2023-2025.

    “Justine joined TATT during the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped,” said TATT Executive Director Dean Hybl. “She has done an outstanding job developing relationships with Upstate stakeholders and service providers over the last two and a half years and is playing a critical role in TATT’s efforts to build the collective capacity of the Upstate.

    “With her additional responsibilities, Justine will continue to help TATT serve as a neutral convenor and place where stakeholders from different areas and sectors can come together to address regional issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the region.”

     A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Justine’s background has been in event planning and management, having originally come to the Upstate to work as an event planner, charity liaison, and volunteer coordinator on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. She lives in Greenville with her husband, Steve, and daughter Gabby. 

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