Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together


logoPique2016- ad

Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate

hosted by Ten at the Top

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Wofford College
Registration is Closed
pique: stimulate (interest or curiosity)
Join other young professionals from across the Upstate as we pique your interest for impacting our community and region.

The ten county Upstate including Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union counties is home to numerous young professionals. The millennial generation (ages 21-39) is quickly surpassing the Baby-Boomer generation and they will soon be our region’s leaders.

For this reason, Ten at the Top realized the importance of creating an opportunity for young professionals to connect with other young professionals from across the Upstate, meet Upstate business and community leaders, and provide valuable personal and professional development opportunities. To this end Ten at the Top began hosting an annual regional young leaders event called the PIQUE with a goal of bringing together existing young professional groups from across the Upstate.

Ten at the Top is a nonprofit that promotes regional collaboration to improve quality of life and economic vitality in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Approximately 200-300 young leaders from across the ten counties of the Upstate are expected to attend. Ten at the Top board members and executives representing Upstate businesses and organizations will also be in attendance.

Our 2017 PIQUE Planning Committee is planning a great event for you!
Ashley Baker, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Jamarcus Gaston, WSPA-TV
Charlianne Nestlen, CB Caine
Ashley Newton, United Way of the Piedmont
Nancy Rice, SYNNEX Corporation
Emily Wagner, Webber Kerr
Program Overview

1:15 – 2:00: Registration & Networking
Harley Room, Richardson Physical Activities Building (adjacent to football stadium)

2:00PM: Event Kick Off featuring Jamarcus Gaston, Host & Producer of Studio 62

2:25 – 3:20PM: Workshops – Session One (Attendees Choose One to Attend)

Executive Networking Roundtables

Entrepreneurship & Alternative Career Paths

Young Professionals to Baby Boomers – The Multi-Generational Workplace

3:35-4:25PM: Workshops – Session Two (Attendees Choose One to Attend)

Executive Networking Roundtables

Rethinking the Executive of the Future

How to Land A Job You Aren’t “Qualified” For

4:35PM: Wrap-Up Panel - Breaking Glass Ceilings in the Upstate: Age, Gender, and Diversity
Moderator: Jamarcus Gaston
Jil Littlejohn, President & CEO, Urban League of the Upstate
Crystal Pace, Sales Account Manager, Spartanburg Marriott & Executive Board Member, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Ramon Nieves-Lugo, Principal, Unicomm Media Group

5:10PM: Networking Reception

Executive Networking Roundtables (Repeated)
See a list of participating executives under the Executives tab.
Young leaders have a thirst for knowledge, advice, and mentorship. This workshop will feature an interactive session of roundtable networking. Established business and community leaders (executives) from all sectors, regardless of age, will be invited to lead a discussion about how they got where they are, how they found what they needed to be successful, and the barriers they’ve overcome to get where they are.

Each executive will be seated at a table with seven young leaders and will lead a ten minute conversation. After ten minutes is up the executives will rotate, allowing each table of young leaders to meet three executives.

Due to the anticipated popularity of this workshop it will be offered in both sessions.

Entrepreneurship & Alternative Career Paths
Moderator: Curt McPhail, Executive Director, The Space at Wofford
John Bauknight, Owner, RJ Rockers Brewing Company & President, LongLeaf Holdings USA
Chris Corley, President & Owner, Corley Plumbing Air Electric
Verhonda Crawford, CEO, Verhonica Ryan Clothing Boutique & City Council Member, City of Chesnee
Brandi Lindoe, Owner, Clemson Confectioneries

Many of today’s young leaders aren’t taking a traditional career path and many are choosing to start their own business.

This workshop will feature a panel of young leader entrepreneurs, successful entrepreneurs who began their business as a young leader, and professionals who support entrepreneurs. The discussion will focus on lessons learned, where to find support and resources as a young entrepreneur, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the panelists about specific obstacles they are facing.

Young Professionals to Baby Boomers – The Multi-Generational Workplace
led by Jessica Sharp, Interim Diversity Manager, Greenville Health System
Today’s workforce doesn’t look like that of yesterday. For the first time in history, Upstate companies are managing several generations all working together at one time: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y (or Millennials).

This workshop will feature a discussion on how to be successful in a workplace where you interact with people of all ages and how companies are addressing this shift.

Rethinking the Executive of the Future
led by Emily Wagner, Partner & Managing Director, Webber Kerr
Picture today’s executives. What comes to mind? A suit and tie? Now picture the executive of the future. A little more difficult? With rapidly changing technology and the shift that comes with a new generation of leaders we’re in for a lot of change.

This workshop will feature a talk on the executive of the future. Looking at current trends in technology, business, and even social media attendees will leave with a vision of the next generation of executives.

How to Land A Job You Aren’t “Qualified” For
Moderator: Allen Smith, President & CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Albert, Coordinator of Employer Relations, Anderson University
Jon Chilton, Greenville Market President, BB&T
Steve Hall, Vice President of Business Development, Find Great People
Jasmine Twitty, Associate Judge, Easley Municipal Court
Many young leaders have the skills, talent, and willingness to learn that makes them ideal employees. However, many young leaders find themselves out of luck because they are not perceived as having enough age and experience to carry out the job efficiently. In today’s workplace technology and procedures are changing so rapidly that adaptable and resourceful young leaders are exactly who companies need.

In this workshop participants will be given strategies for expressing their experience and qualifications to help them land their dream job.
Rebecca Albert
Rebecca is well experienced with working with youth with over 5 years in the field. She has extensive experience with administration, mentoring, and networking. Having held positions in different business fields and nonprofit organizations, Rebecca is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs to various clients. She has increased efficiency in a number of her roles and is very effective at teaching youth and young adults. She has worked to develop new programs as well as planned several events. Rebecca is able to interact directly with potential and existing clients, and has increased client-based satisfaction in her efforts.

Rebecca was born and raised in Anderson, SC. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator of Employer Relations at Anderson University. Prior to her current position, she received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management in 2008 before going on to receive her M.B.A. in 2010, both from the same university where she works and serves on the Diversity Task Force. Rebecca is very involved with her community, having served on numerous boards and organizations. These would include: The Anderson Chamber of Commerce, where she is undergoing the Leadership Anderson experience, involvement with Young Professionals of Anderson, on the advisory board of Junior Leadership Anderson, and is on the Water Resources Committee. Rebecca also has involvement with the United Way where she is serving on the Young Leaders Steering Committee and the Education Vision Council. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with her 9 nieces and nephews.
John Bauknight
John received his Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology) from Wofford College in 1989. He married Laura Chappell in 1989 and they have two adult children, daughter Ellis (22) is a Senior at Auburn University (Double majoring in History and Education) and son Chappell (19) is a Freshman at Sewanee.

John has served as President of Longleaf Holdings USA, LLC (formerly Shred First USA, LLC) since 1997. Shred First was an Inc 500 Company in 2003 and again in 2005 and helped set the tone for the future. Along with his partner Nick Wildrick they currently have four operational business units under their umbrella as well as equity investments in many other business’ and partnerships’.

The company was founded on the basic principle of service, this principal has enabled more success than they could ever imagine. John and Nick attribute their success to the great people they work with, and to a fun and engaging work environment that challenges all employees to act like entrepreneurs with a strong commitment to their families and their community.
Jon Chilton
Jon began his career in 2002 with Grubb & Ellis / Wilson Kibler in Columbia, S.C. He served as both Property Manager and Commercial Broker at the firm. In 2006, Jon joined BB&T and entered the Leadership Development Program in January of 2007. From 2007-2016, Jon served BB&T in Columbia as a Commercial Relationship Manager and Regional Corporate Banker. In August of 2016, Jon was promoted as the Greenville Market President for BB&T. He has served BB&T for over 10 years in the State of South Carolina.

Jon is responsible for the leading the Greenville Commercial Banking Team and working alongside all of the Greenville BB&T associates to fulfill our Mission “to create the best financial institution possible”.

Education: University of South Carolina; Bachelor of Science in Real Estate/Finance – Minor in Political Science (August 2002) BB&T Leadership Development Program (2007) South Carolina Bankers School (July 2012) Leadership Columbia (2016)

Community: Current Treasurer - Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board Member – Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc. Member – Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville SC
Chris Corley
A helpful and concerned father-in-law offered Chris Corley this advice, “Learn a trade and you’ll never be without a job.” Following up on that advice, Chris applied, and was selected for, a plumbing apprenticeship with the Oklahoma City Plumbers union. “It was one of the best life decisions I’ve made,” says Chris. The Corley family eventually relocated to Greenville and Chris went to work for his in-law’s family plumbing company.

In 1986, with an investment from his father, Chris decided to start his own company and won a bid to install the plumbing and HVAC system for a large tenant at Haywood Mall. Over the next few years, Chris was motivated by providing for his wife and 4 children, who as he says, “put a strong emphasis on having a roof over their head and expected to eat every day.” No job was ever turned down, and at one point, he was working full time during the day on one project and completing another in the middle of the night. Every time he wanted to throw in the towel, someone came along to offer work.

In the early 90s, Chris recognized that a successful business model wasn’t going to be possible unless he narrowed his focus and specialized in one area. After hard decisions and the only layoffs in the history of the company, Corley Professional Services set out to become the preferred residential home services company of the Upstate. In the late 90’s, an electrical division was added, then in 2010 a heating and air division. Today Corley Plumbing Air Electric, Inc. is a thriving family owned small business that serves residents of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

Chris Corley has run his company by emphasizing that, “We will always do the right thing, even if it hurts.” His visionary approach to challenging the way things are being done helps to push his company to new levels. Ask any of the fifty employees of the company and they’ll tell you that Chris is a man who sets the tone for a culture that is driven by the company’s four core values of character, excellence, unselfishness, and engagement.
Verhonda Crawford
Verhonda Clarese Crawford obtained a BA Public Relations degree from Gardner- Webb University and currently enrolled in the MBA Program at Gardner- Webb. At GWU she was the Senior Class president for the Class of 2012, a four year GWU Cheerleader, and second runner- up at Miss Gardner-Webb Pageant.

Verhonda was elected as the youngest elected government official in the state of South Carolina and is currently serving her city as councilwoman in her hometown of Chesnee, South Carolina for the past six years. During her political career she has served as Mayor Pro Temp and she is graduate of Municipal Association of South Carolina Elected Official Academy. As a member of the Economic Grant Committee for the State of South Carolina she helped developed a Economic Development and Growth Grant for South Carolina, which awards almost $300,000. Also, she has development a community interest group call the Crossroads of the Carolinas Group, which is a collaboration of local business owners and citizens. As a member of the Executive board of CCG, she helped write a grant for the City of Chesnee to be awarded with City Planning Services for the City of Chesnee. Chesnee was one of the first cities in the State of South Carolina to be awarded this grant that bought city planners from across the state who helped develop a feasibility study for the city. Also, she serves as the police liaison for the city council and overseas all of the city’s public relations efforts this includes being the Executive Coordinator for the Miss Chesnee prelim pageant to Miss America.

Besides participating in her political career, she currently works for a national non-profit organization as a Director of Exploring. This position allows her to use her public relations/ marketing skills to promote career mentorship and personal development for high school students in the Upstate area of South Carolina. Also, she volunteers as the Director of Public Relations for Miss US International pageant, which is the sister pageant to Miss Universe. As a Former Miss South Carolina US International and placing in the top 15 at the Miss US International pageant, she believes that pageants are the best way a woman can polish her public speaking skills.

In her spare time, she enjoys coaching cheerleading and pageant contestants. She is the assistant Chesnee Middle School Cheer coach and the tumbling instructor at Dreamweaves Dance Studio in Forest City, NC. She has host of pageant contestants that have placed and won titles in multiple pageant systems.

Lastly, she is Co-Owner of Verhonica Ryan clothing boutique that specializes in custom pageant attire and ready to wear clothing. Also she is the owner of VPR Marketing firm, which is a Marketing/Public Relation consultant firm that specializes in promoting individual and small business public relations and social media needs.
Jamarcus Gaston
Jamarcus is currently the Host and Producer of Studio 62, airing weekdays at 11am on the Carolina’s CW 62.

Prior to his promotion to host Jamarcus was the first reporter for the popular nighttime entertainment news magazine, Scene on 7. “Gaston Grubs,” “Dare JG,” and “Cool Jobs” were just a few of the segments where viewers got to experience Jamarcus’ outgoing personality and love for food, music, arts and everything local to the Upstate and Western, North Carolina.

Jamarcus has also worked as field producer for the “Caring for the Carolinas” series with Jack Roper and as a Marketing Producer for several years at WSPA-TV. Jamarcus is a graduate of Furman University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music and Communications Studies. While at Furman ,Jamarcus was awarded the Charles A. Batson Outstanding Student of Broadcast Award during his senior year.

Jamarcus grew up in the small mill town of Great Falls, South Carolina. When he isn’t working, you can find him enjoying food, photography, music, travel , and the great outdoors.

One of his favorite quotes when asked what separates him from other television hosts: “I am an artist who loves other artists and Studio 62is the perfect meeting spot.”

Be sure to check out Jamarcus every weekday morning at 11 a.m. on the Carolina’s CW for Studio 62.

Steve Hall
As Vice President of Business Development, Steve Hall oversees the growth of Find Great People's Executive Search, Professional Staffing, Human Resource Consulting and Outplacement/Career Transition services divisions. With 28 years in talent acquisition, he still retains a selected portfolio of senior-level search assignments each year.

A Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), Steve is a frequent speaker on recruitment and organizational leadership. As the longest tenured member of the firm, Steve has played a vital role in the management of what has become one of the fastest growing recruitment and staffing firms in South Carolina. He was instrumental in FGP’s initial launch in technology recruiting back in 1990 and for a period of five years he managed FGP’s Executive Search division growing revenues 500%. Prior to serving as the Director of FGP’s Executive Search Division, Steve was a Sr. Executive Search Consultant for 16 years running his own desk at FGP.

Steve was appointed in 2016 by Governor Haley to the PalmettoPride Board of Commissioners as well as the Advisory Council for SC Consumer Affairs, has been an active board member of the Upstate SC Alliance, is past Chairman of the GHS Patewood Campus Business Advisory Council, past Chairman of Youth Leadership Greenville under the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Greenville County Human Relations Commission, and current board member for Water of Life (a faith based non-profit ministry providing access to clean water in impoverished countries). Steve is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Greenville, and soon to graduate in May from Leadership Greer. Steve completed his BS degree in Marketing Management from Bob Jones University in 1989.
Brandi Lindoe
Hello! My name is Brandi Lindoe. I currently own a bakery entitled Clemson Confectioneries.

Before opening shoppe, I studied pastry arts at Suffolk Culinary School in Riverhead, New York and Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. In 2014, I moved to South Carolina and enrolled in Clemson University's English program, with intentions of earning my bachelor's degree. After winning first place in the Clemson University Entrepreneurial Pitch Smackdown Competition, first place in the CU Cupcake War, and second place in the CU Cake War, I knew baking was my true passion.

In 2016, I sold my first batch of cupcakes and haven't looked back since.
Jil Littlejohn
Born and raised in inner-city Atlanta, Georgia, Jil has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University and a Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Jil is fluent in Spanish and studied Japanese. She served as the Executive Director/CEO for the YWCA of Greenville for nearly 4 years. She has been an Urban Leaguer for the past 10 years serving as Young Professionals Chapter President, NULYP Southern Region Vice President, and NULYP Treasurer. She currently serves at the first female President & CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate. The Urban League of the Upstate is a $2 million dollar organization with over 20 staff and contractors spanning across 10 counties. Her role allows her to combine her passion for people and community into a job she loves!

On January 20, 2009, she was elected to serve on Greenville City Council. In the summer of 2011 she was re-elected to a full four year term. She is the youngest member on council and one of two minorities. Jil has been recognized by as a Women Making History Honoree, Greenville Magazine Top 50 Most Influential People, Ebony Magazine Top Young Leader under 30, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Finalist, Greenville Link Magazine's Top 50, and Greenville's Best & Brightest Under 35. Jil has participated in Leadership South Carolina, Diversity Leadership Academy, Leadership Greenville, Leadership Spartanburg, Connections: Women's Leadership Program, and the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. Jil is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and actively involved with numerous nonprofits. She is also the founder of the Talented Tenth Greenville Leadership Conference.
Curt McPhail
Curt McPhail has over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and startup sector, with positions ranging from community organizer to CEO. Currently, Curt leads The Space at Wofford which is focused on preparing and launching students into jobs, grad school, or into businesses and non profits started while at Wofford. Curt is a 1996 graduate of Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and Sociology. Curt was Wofford’s 2012 Young Alumni of the year and a two-time winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Wofford, in 1996 and 2014. Curt also founded globalbike, an international nonprofit, in 2006. globalbike’s mission is to use the transforming power of bicycles to connect people and resources. In 2009, globalbike received the Beyond Sport Best Project award from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Curt loves to call Spartanburg home where he lives with wife Molly, his sons Heyward and Noah, and their yellow lab Daisy.
Ramon Nieves-Lugo
As Principal of UniComm Media Group, Ramón provides the branding, strategic and marketing expertise necessary to deliver a successful solution to a client. He is constantly meeting and consulting with clients in order to make sure objectives are met. Ramón has lived in Greenville for seven years and has been active in the Hispanic community through the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Marketing Director. Ramón has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and has earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing. Ramón is a board member of several organizations like Fall For Greenville, Latinos United and Hispanic Business Council of the Greenville Chamber. He has served on the Greenville County Human Relations Commission, A Child’s Haven, Upstate Transit Coalition, The Children’s Trust of South Carolina and Michelin Development Corporation Steering Committee.

In his spare time, Ramón likes to work on cars, watch a good movie and spend time with his wife, Alicia.
Crystal Pace
Crystal is a sales manager and liaison to the business community at the Spartanburg Marriott. She is Vice Chair of Membership for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Chair of the Chamber Ambassadors, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber. Crystal cares deeply about equality for all women in the workplace and otherwise. She serves as the current President of Breakfast Business and Professional women of Spartanburg, as well as President Elect for the State Organization for 2017-18, and is honored to have won the Young Careerist of the Year for BPWSC for 2016. She leads Network Spartanburg as the current President, and serves on the Development Committee for Spartanburg Young Professionals. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Spartanburg and serves on the board for the Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association. In her copious amount of free time she enjoys hanging with her wife, playing with her 7 dogs, and participating in Obstacle course racing to try to hurt herself for sport.
Jessica Sharp
Jessica Sharp is the Interim Diversity Manager for Greenville Health System. In this role she works to implement a strategic plan that enhances the quality of services to Greenville Health System patients, improves the work life for system employees and enhances the learning environment within the School of Medicine. Before working at GHS, she served as the Teen Achievers and Youth in Government State Program Director for the YMCA of Greenville.

Jessica is dedicated to advancing the rights of our community’s women and youth. After earning a marketing degree from the University of South Carolina, she pursued her passion through Teach for America—an organization that places recent graduates in classrooms in underserved communities.

She serves on the board of the Junior League of Greenville and is a member of PULSE, the United Way’s YP20 and African American Leadership Greenville and JL Mann High School’s School Improvement Council. Jessica has previously held leadership roles with LeadHER Greenville, the Urban League’s Upstate Network and is a past board member of the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and is a Diversity Fellow with the Riley Institute. Jessica has been named a Best and Brightest under 35 and a Talented Tenth Top 10 Young Professionals through the Upstate Talented Tenth conference, a program through the Urban League’s Upstate Network.

Jessica is attending graduate school at the University of Missouri where she is obtaining a Master’s in Public Administration. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, watching college football and spending time with friends and family. Jessica is also an active blogger for GenTwenty, a website for millennial women.
Allen Smith
Allen Smith was born and raised in Greenville, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science, Smith was appointed to serve as Town Clerk for the Town of Bethel, NC.

After working in local government for a couple years, Smith was hired as Vice President of Operations for the Greenville-Pitt County (NC) Chamber of Commerce. He was then promoted to Senior Vice President.

In 2010, Smith was hired as the President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. With the support of a professional staff and devoted volunteer leadership, the Chamber experienced significant financial and member growth.

On June 16, 2014, Smith was named the President/CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce – the only organization in South Carolina in which the county’s chamber, economic development and tourism entities co-exist under one umbrella. In January, the Chamber launched “OneSpartanburg”, a $5.1 million, five-year community and economic development strategy focused on talent, place, image and economy. Given Spartanburg’s recent accolades as a statewide leader in education, healthcare and economic development, Smith and his wife, Jenni, are excited about what’s to come and are incredibly proud to call Spartanburg home.
Jasmine Twitty
A 2010 graduate of the College of Charleston, The Honorable Judge Jasmine Twitty, received her B.A. in Political Science before beginning her judicial career in 2011 as a Night Court Clerk at Greenville County Bond Court. In less than 5 years, her experience, adeptness and skills earned her a historic appointment. In 2015, 25 year old Jasmine Twitty was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the Easley Municipal Court and is currently employed by both courts.

An Urban League of the Upstate Volunteer for more than 5 years, she is currently President of Urban League Upstate Network and founding member of LeadHER Greenville. Judge Twitty’s community involvement centers primarily around education and coalescing the synergy of young professionals in the Upstate toward community and civic engagement.

Judge Twitty has been recognized by Glamour, Amy Poehler Smart Girls, The Wall Street Journal, Essence, Mental Floss and numerous media outlets. She has been named a Future International Trailblazer, South Carolina Top 20 Under 40, Honorary Georgia Citizen, Talented Tenth Top 10 Young Professional, Couture Power Recipient and Urban League of the Upstate Volunteer of the Year.

With a relentless work ethic and a keen focus on leadership, Judge Twitty serves as an inspiration for young people who are breaking down their own barriers in pursuit of brighter futures.
Emily Wagner
Emily serves as a Partner and Managing Director at Webber Kerr Associates, retained executive search and leadership consulting firm. As an executive human capital strategist, Emily’s goal is to partner with organizations to rethink and simplify the process in which they attract, develop and retain leaders.

She is currently leading Webber Kerr’s search teams and consulting projects in small, private equity backed entities up to Fortune 50 global corporations. She has implemented large-scale department redesign, diversity initiatives, succession planning, and devised strategic executive talent solutions for hiring teams, boards, and internal corporate talent acquisition programs.

Emily is an active member of promoting economic vitality in the Carolinas and has been published in HRO Today Magazine, Forefront Magazine. She serves as a frequent speaker on leadership hiring and human capital industry related topics.

Emily received her BA, Interpersonal Communications, from the University of South Florida.

For many young leaders who want to make an impact on their local community, one major barrier is having access to current decision makers who are helping shape the region. For that reason, we are asking executives, of any age to participate in the PIQUE to network, answer questions, and make connections with the future leaders of the Upstate.

Check back occasionally as the participating executives list will be updated as their participation is finalized.

Session One Executives
Grant Burns, General Counsel, AFL
Catriona Carlisle, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Greenville County
James Carter, Owner, Empire Ltd Studios
Harrison Cline, President, The Furman Co., Insurance Agency
Michael Cunningham, Vice President for Advancement, AnMed Health System
David Feild, Market President, Colliers International
Lisa Gunton, Vice President of Human Resources, AFL
Susanne Hite, Director of Marketing Communications, AFL
Todd Horne, Vice President of Business Development, Clayton Construction Company
Angelle LaBorde, President & CEO, Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce
Lisa McWherter, Vice President for Advacement, Southern Wesleyan University
Laura Stille, City Councilor, City of Spartanburg
Walter Torres, Owner, Printing Solutions
Jill Van Pelt, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Denny's Inc.
John Verreault, Senior Vice President, TD Bank

Session Two Executives
Ann Angermeier, Executive Director, Upstate Workforce Board
Ingo Angermeier, Principal, SmartPulse
Grant Burns, General Counsel, AFL
Pam Christopher, President & CEO, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Corley, President & Owner, Corley Plumbing Air Electric
Erika DeRoberts, Vice President of Developer Relations & BIC, Coldwell Banker Caine
Lisa Gunton, Vice President of Human Resources, AFL
Susanne Hite, Director of Marketing Communications, AFL
Lisa McWherter, Vice President for Advacement, Southern Wesleyan University
Ed Santulli, Former IBM Executive and Senior Vice President & CIO, Mblox
Jill Van Pelt, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Denny's Inc.
John Verreault, Senior Vice President, TD Bank
John Wright Jr., Commercial Realtor & Developer, McCoy Wright Realty
#thePIQUE17 reception will feature a silent auction, but we don't want your money. Seriously.
Bid for awesome products and services from Upstate businesses using volunteer hours.
The only catch?
You have to serve your volunteer hours at a nonprofit that is located within or serves residents of the ten Upstate counties.
Not only will you be able to leave the event with something awesome, you'll feel good knowing you've dedicated volunteer hours to help make the Upstate a better place to live, learn, do business, and raise a family.

Check out some of the auction items donated so far:
Amazon Echo Dot, donated by WCTEL
A stay at the Westin Poinsett, donated by the Westin Poinsett
Ticket & Merchandise Package, donated by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Professional Photography Session, donated by m|h photography
Ticket Package, donated by the Peace Center

And as always, we'll have some great local food, desserts, and beer.

Why should you consider sponsoring #thePIQUE17?

Last year's sponsors were able to support a great event while gaining exposure to a large audience of motivated young leaders.

We have sponsorship packages that fit everyone's budget and need your help to put on a great event.

Click below to view the sponsorship packet.
Click the links below to view videos and presentations from #thePIQUE17.

Rethinking the Executive of the Future Workshop Presentation

The Multi-Generational Workplace Workshop Presentation

Do I have to be a member of one of the partner organizations to attend?
No, we welcome anyone that is interested in attending.

I represent a young professional organization. How do I sign on as a partner organization?
Please email Tiffany Tate (ttate@tenatthetop.org) for information about becoming a partner organization. Becoming a partner organization will allow your members to select your group in the registration process, allowing you to receive $5 of each ticket sold to one of your members. It's an easy process to sign on, so what are you waiting for?!

How do I make sure my young professional group gets their $5 kickback?
When you register select the name of your YP group. We'll do all the other work behind the scenes.

What if my YP group isn't listed?
If you don't see your YP group listed they haven't signed on as a partner organization. Let us know they're missing so we can get them signed on for next year.

Where do I register?
You can click here to register.

Who can attend the event?
Anyone! You don't need to be part of a young professional group to attend. Not sure if you're considered a young professional? No worries, we still look forward to seeing you there.

Didn't see the answer to your question here?
Just email Tiffany. She's happy to answer any questions you have.

Tiffany Tate – Assistant Director


Office Phone: 864-283-2313
Mobile Phone: 864-419-8182

Venue Provided By
Reception Sponsor
Executive Networking Roundtables Sponsor

Workshop Sponsors

Leadership Maker Sponsors

Sustainable Supporters

Refreshment Sponsors

Budweiser of Spartanburg

Lanyard Sponsor

Media Partner

Partner Young Professional Groups