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Racing to the 2025 fuel efficiency standards, finding smart solutions to sprawl, developing energy-efficient buildings and keeping waste out of landfills — the Upstate is going green while making green

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Power to the pedals

The eBicycle Store brings European transportation trend to Upstate


sjackson@communityjournals.com When John Rekers retired as president of the chemical division at Milliken after 34 years, little did he know that he would be thrust into a new business venture. But Rekers and his fiancé, Inge Flackett, discovered electric bicycles, or e-bicycles, while on a recent trip through Belgium. E-bicycles are popular in European countries where cycling serves as the primary means of transportation. E-bicycles have silent, low-powered electric motors that “provide an extra boost” when needed. The bikes look and sound like regular bikes, and riders still need to pedal. When they returned to the U.S., Rekers and Flackett decided to open a store catering to Greenville’s cycling community – but for the “non-bikers.” “We really want to bring bicycling to anyone,” Rekers said. The eBicycle Store will carry a selection of e-bikes designed for commuters, which fold up and have a charge range of 80 miles, along with some off-road and mountain bike models. Brands include German-designed A2B and Kalkhoff. “Our mantra is ‘find your freedom,’” Rekers said. “These bikes do that. They’re intended to be fun.” Rekers and Flackett will offer free delivery and will spend time teaching customers how to ride and maintain their new e-bikes. They’ll also include

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a Nutcase-brand helmet, pouch, tool, security lock and chain lubricant. “Everything needed to be a new bicycle owner,” Rekers said. The store is now open at RiverPlace, in the former Apple Store space, at 550 S. Main St., Suite 201. The proximity to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail means that customers can “test drive” an e-bike easily. The store also has a stationary e-bike to try out.

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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 15 Featured this issue: Local developers see ROI from green building 12 Sprawl presents challenges, opportunities for Upstate 14 The drive to meet 2025 fuel efficiency standards 18

MONEY SHOT: A young attendee experiments with a robotic hand at the iMAGINE Upstate festival, held last weekend in downtown Greenville. The festival capped a weeklong series of crowdsourced programs and signature events designed to promote cultural and economic development with a celebration and showcase of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the Upstate. Photo by Jennie Raff.

WORTH REPEATING “All of this stuff is great, but if you don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.” Page 7 “Sensible sustainability is driven by the economics.” Page 12 “If you’re going to have growth, you’re going to have congestion and you’re going to have air quality issues.” Page 14



Look for a new, pop-up women’s and children’s clothing boutique to open soon at RiverPlace in the space behind the Michelin on Main store.

On conservation “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” Theodore Roosevelt




DRB to Camperdown developers: Try again SHERRY JACKSON | STAFF

sjackson@communityjournals.com Plans for one of the new office

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buildings at the future Camperdown project – the current Greenville News site – were shot down last week at the Greenville Design Review Board meeting. The DRB approved the footprint of the building and the size and the height, but told developers and the architect that the design was not engaging and looked “a little flat.” Revised designs had added an entry at Broad Street into a lobby area and a small pop-up retail space off of Falls Street. The new design had also added a waterfall element and stepped-up staircase. Dallas-based Trammell Crow and Greenville-based Centennial American Properties are developing the property. Brody Glenn with CAP said he realizes that this project is “being held to a higher standard.” Revised plans for the office building and the proposed hotel will be submitted for the May 7 DRB meeting. Developers hope to start construction of the project in July, he said. The four-story office building will sit at the corner of Broad and Falls streets and will total 23,700 square feet with an additional 7,900 square feet on the first floor that could include a restaurant with outdoor seating area. Currently, the plan shows a small parking area with seven parking spaces underneath this office building.

The Camperdown project is expected to have a public plaza surrounded by 18 condos, 225 apartments, an upscale seven-story hotel, fitness center, two office buildings, retail and restaurant spaces and a dine-in movie theater. CAP did receive approval from the DRB for the demolition of the two buildings it acquired at 421 and 423 S. Main St. The DRB also approved a revised site plan of the overall project, which includes the newly acquired properties. Glenn said the previously proposed glass building on the corner of Main and Broad streets “might not be appropriate,” and the proposed hotel might move closer to that corner. Each building and the plaza area for the Camperdown project will come before the DRB for approval.





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Deep Orange 5 focused on megacity urban mobility Clemson’s concept car will be unveiled later this month STAFF REPORT

Students in Clemson University’s graduate automotive engineering program will debut their urban mobility concept vehicle at the General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit this month. Focused this year on generation Y and Z consumers living in 2020 megacities, the concept vehicle is the fifth product of the graduate school’s Deep Orange program, a multidisciplinary student, faculty and industry-sponsored project. Deep Orange 5 is built for young adults who move to cities to seek better jobs and higher incomes, and face the major transportation challenges such as traffic congestion, road space, parking space, air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions inherent in large cities, according to the project’s website. The vehicle aims to solve the problem many automakers face when targeting a generation with little money to spare, less interest in vehicle ownership and a desire for extra space, range and performance for leisure activities. The project highlights “creating an emotional connection with the vehicle” that integrates social media networking.

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Last year’s program turned out a BMW X3-inspired vehicle reminiscent of an SUV with a sliding glass roof and two-door rear trunk entry. Sponsored by BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, the vehicle

was showcased at the Center for Automotive Research Group Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Mich., last August. Deep Orange allows students to work with new processes and product innovations in the automotive engineering sphere and provides for hands-on experience with vehicle design, engineering, prototyping and production. The program combines interdisciplinary research to address industry and societal challenges and opportunities. The third iteration of the concept vehicle announced in 2013, for example, highlighted the opportunities of a hybrid hatchback with an unusual three-by-three seat configuration.

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Energy in motion

An Upstate entrepreneur hopes to capture kinetic energy from roads as a renewable power source ASHLEY BONCIMINO | STAFF

aboncimino@communityjournals.com Coal, gas, nuclear and… kinetic? Rising energy costs could mean big gains – and saved lives – using one yet-untapped renewable energy source, according to Greenville-based entrepreneur Jim Nigg. Nigg – now president and CEO of SC Launch firm Constructis – hopes to pioneer the fledgling kinetic energy industry with a series of patented trunk-sized modules that capture and store lost energy from moving vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. For example, cars slowing down on an exit ramp represent huge amounts of lost energy, he said. “While it’s not a cure-all… we can continue to push other alternatives,” said Nigg. “I cannot knock solar and wind for their applications, but kinetic has its place.”

FINALLY “A VIABLE OPTION” Capturing kinetic energy is so new and rare that the U.S. Energy Information Administration doesn’t yet track its production or cost in the country. Meanwhile, the department keeps vigilant records of coal, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, biomass, wind, offshore wind, solar, solar thermal and hydro sources. “Nowhere in here is kinetic, and we’re doing interesting things with kinetic energy,” said Nigg. “I expect the Department of Energy to showcase this.” Capturing and storing kinetic energy has historically been too difficult and cost-prohibitive to do on a large scale, said the 24-year international construction manager and licensed contractor. Though Nigg hit upon the idea more than two decades ago, he’s only recently been able to make the numbers work. “Now that costs are continuing to

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go up, with our green energy push, this is a zero-carbon-emission product, and a resilient product at that,” he said. Matt Baston of Taylors-based Yellow Root Design has worked extensively with Nigg on the project, and said while federal funds may be available for research, the idea has to be marketable and profitable first. “All of this stuff is great, but if you don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense,” said Baston. “It’s just now got to be to the point where it’s a viable option.” LIFE-SAVING POTENTIAL Working on sets of two, the 5-by-3by-3-foot modules can be embedded in roadways, sidewalks, ramps and gate entrances, to name a few. The boxes have small protruding vertical ribs that depress down when vehicles roll over them, which allows kinetic energy to either be stored or immediately used, depending on the application. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration limits rib height to 3/8 inches, but greater heights – and thus greater energy – could be captured with applications on construction sites and military bases. A set of modules could produce between 10 to 95 kilowatts per day, depending on traffic intensity, Nigg said. Each set is projected to cost between $10,000 and $20,000 to build and install, though Nigg noted several different plans for covering installation costs and negotiating ownership and maintenance. The modules could even save lives in military applications, Nigg said. Tanker convoys carrying fuel to military bases are primary targets, which means that generating energy on base would minimize the number of trucks needed to transport fuel across dangerous areas, Nigg said. “If we can do even five percent of a military base’s

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needs, we’re saving anywhere from five to 50 military lives.” “THIS IS OUR YEAR” The modules could have an application in third-world countries to replace breakable solar panels, he said. One thought was to attach a shaft lever that would allow families to generate their day’s energy needs with an hour of cranking. “How do you maintain that? They have to be shipped out again if they break,” said Baston, who is also working on turning municipal waste to fuel with Greenville company D4 Energy Group. “There’s flaws with anything, and that’s why there’s not just one bullet.” Founded in 2007, Constructis is in the prototype phase of development and could be testing a module as early as this summer, Nigg and Baston said. The company took another baby step in December when the South Carolina Research Authority accepted Constructis into its SC Launch program, which provides economic development, mentoring and other support services to early-stage startup technology firms. Nigg hopes to have 35 people working on the project by the end of 2015. “The comparison right now would be to the Edison light bulb when you look at that first version of the unwieldy [invention],” Nigg said. “What’s it going to look like in three years? Lighter, smaller, tighter, better output, better materials, longevity, maintenance, components … Things are really locking down, moving into this year. This is our year.”




Playing with an open hand SC Attorney General Alan Wilson discusses the securities industry By KERRY GLENN,

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South Carolina’s 51st attorney general, Alan Wilson, has focused his career on keeping South Carolina families safe, defending their freedom and protecting their futures. His office is comprised of more than 200 employees and more than 80 attorneys who manage nearly 8,000 active case files. As South Carolina’s attorney general, Wilson is the state’s chief prosecutor, chief securities officer, and the state’s chief legal counsel. At Sandlapper Securities’ annual conference, held last month at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, Wilson addressed a crowd of Sandlapper employees from across the country, explaining his role as chief securities officer and how to ensure you’re dealing with safe securities. EVENT: Sandlapper Securities Annual Conference WHO WAS THERE: Sandlapper Securities representatives from across the country SPEAKER: SC Attorney General Alan Wilson TOPIC: The State of Securities in SC

A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH Wilson described the responsibilities of the Office of the Attorney General as a “three-legged stool.” These responsibilities consist of a balance between: • REGULATION – the way in which his office monitors the market • CIVIL ENFORCEMENT – the process of enforcing rules and sanctioning crimes • EDUCATION – continually providing information to interested parties. Of these three components, Wilson has stressed education during his time as attorney general. FOCUS ON EDUCATION “We’re dropping the mysterious shroud,” Wilson said. “We are here to help you.” Wilson explained to the crowd that his office is meant to be a resource, helping individuals navigate a choppy industry where things can be confusing. That is why he has focused on educating and being transparent with the public, ensuring that everyone plays by the same rules and protecting individuals from fraud. “We aim to play with an open hand,” said Wilson. “We don’t play ‘gotcha’ games.” Wilson was adamant that his office is not out to “get” individuals, but instead worked as an added layer of protection against frauds.



SECURITIES FAQ Q: What is a security? A: Any type of investment opportunity which offers an investor the opportunity to receive profits from the efforts of others. Q: If I feel I have been wronged or scammed by a securities salesman, what can I do? A: Contact the Securities Division at 803-7344731 to find out the procedures to follow to get your complaint properly addressed. Or register a complaint online at scag.gov/scsecurities. Q: How do I stop securities salesmen from calling me all day long? A: Each brokerage firm is required to maintain a “do not call list.” If you do not want that firm to call you anymore, request to be put on that list. If you can get the individual’s name and the name of his company, the Securities Division can verify their registrations. Q: How do I check to see if a security being offered is legitimate and not a scam? A: All securities offered in this state must be either registered or exempted from registration before being offered or sold. Contact the Securities Division for this information. Q: How do I get licensed to sell securities? To charge fees for giving financial advice? A: There are several criteria to meet in order to engage in either activity. Contact the Securities Division to discuss these issues. Q: My company needs to raise capital. Is there anything I have to do before I start selling stock? A: To find out the filing requirements of the state Securities Act, contact the Securities Division or contact an attorney versed in securities law. Source: Office of the SC Attorney General, scag.gov

CAUTIONARY TALES AND COOPERATION Wilson introduced Tracy Meyers, the South Carolina assistant attorney general and deputy securities commissioner, to elaborate on suspicious activity in the industry. Meyers used examples of several high-profile cases tried in S.C., such as the 3 Hebrew Boys, Martin McAdams and Al Parrish, to highlight red flags for investors. Her biggest piece of advice: Use common sense when examining possible opportunities because “if it sounds too good to be true, it is.” Additionally, Meyers discussed the cooperative relationship between state agencies and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). “We don’t aim to keep the big cases to ourself,” Meyers explained. “We figure out the best place for each case to go in order to best utilize our resources.”

“We’re dropping the mysterious shroud. We are here to help you. We aim to play with an open hand. We don’t play ‘gotcha’ games.” SC Attorney General Alan Wilson

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Philanthropy is not just for billionaires—anybody can make a valuable contribution By JAMIE PATTERSON, director of student experience, Clemson MBA


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Corporations and businesses are frequently painted as evil and corrupt, and unfortunately there are many examples where this is indeed the case. However, it is important to remember that corporations are run by people, and thankfully an increasing number of business leaders recognize the power and importance of giving back. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the richest people in the world, created The Giving Pledge in 2011 to invite and encourage the wealthiest individuals to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Though he famously declined to participate in the pledge, it was revealed after his death that Steve Jobs gave tens of millions of dollars to charities anonymously throughout his life, including a $50 million dollar pledge to Stanford hospitals. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently donated $100 million to improve education in Newark, N.J. Many for-profit companies have giving back built into their corporate DNA, often described as “caring capitalism.” Tom’s Shoes is probably the best-known example with their “one for one” policy in which they donate a pair of shoes for every pair purchased. While all these individuals deserve to be commended for their generosity, it’s important to remember that philanthropy is not just for billionaires and is not confined to the commitment of cash gifts. Anyone can make a valuable contribution to others and

become enriched themselves in the process. Members of the millennial generation in particular are concerned with the social impact of business and frequently vote with their wallets by supporting companies that are generous in philanthropic efforts. They also strive to practice those same policies in their own careers. Clemson MBA students have embraced an underlying philosophy on the importance of giving back. In 2010, students created and adopted an “MBA Oath,” which all students pledge at acceptance to the program. In it they pledge to: • Accept responsibility as a business and community leader; • Act with honesty and integrity; • Enhance the character and reputation of themselves, their communities and their affiliations; • Honor and respect the differences of all people, and • Conduct business within an ethical framework and strive to create sustainable, global prosperity.

A passion for giving can be one of the most rewarding paths, whether you give money, time or awareness of a worthy cause. Clemson students don’t just talk the talk – they walk the walk. The student-run MBA Student Association is active in organizing philanthropic, social and professional activities. This past spring they organized a blood drive with Red Cross in our

facility, which brought out over 50 donors in support of local blood banks. Students actively participate with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering in their free time to help build housing for low-income families. The association currently supports varied causes as Harvest Hope Food Bank, Greenville County Animal Care, Annie’s House, Pendleton Place, Girl Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Providence Care Hospice, Hands on Greenville, Trees Greenville, Greenville Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Greenville Chamber, American Cancer Society and Friends of the Greenville Zoo. Within Clemson’s MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program, we encourage students to create businesses that measure success not only by the bottom line, but also by the positive impact the company will have on society. Students with ideas for the not-for-profit sector receive specialized guidance in the regulations and challenges unique to this type of endeavor to help ensure their future success. Those focusing on the for-profit sector are encouraged to structure their business in a way that positively affects our global culture and our environment. I believe everyone has the power to make a difference and hope the actions of our dedicated students will inspire you to take action yourself. It is important to follow your passion, and a passion for giving can be one of the most rewarding paths, whether you give money, time or awareness of a worthy cause. Try it. I promise you will receive so much more in return.

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Higher occupancy rates and tax incentives are helping developers see a return on their environmental investments SHERRY JACKSON | STAFF

sjackson@communityjournals.com By now, most developers and building owners have heard the term LEED, a green building certification program, and know that it’s good for the environment to be as energy-efficient as possible. But how to incorporate green practices is a little trickier. Commercial real estate company CBRE has taken the green initiative even further with its “Business of Green” program. The company incorporates sustainability language in its leases and works with clients and occupants on green practices. Energy-efficient buildings command higher rental rates and occupancy rates, said Doug Webster, senior associate of CBRE’s global energy and sustainability practice group. “But it’s also a paradigm shift,” he said – building owners and developers must be willing to wait a little longer for their return on investment. Webster is an avid advocate for green business practices. In addi

create clean energy finanction to his role at CBRE, he is chairman of the Upstate ing districts in cities across Alliance Energy task force, South Carolina. Loans to and the City of Greenville’s finance the energy improveGreen Ribbon Advisory ments would be a lien on the Committee, and is also on property and be repaid the board of directors for the through an assessment on a South Carolina Clean Energy property tax bill through the Business Alliance. county government. The “Developers are now unlien would remain with the derstanding LEED,” said commercial property even Webster, and Greenville is if the building were sold. slowly incorporating more Energy improvements or energy efficiencies every day. efficiencies would need to For example, the Harper be qualified but could Corporation building has include solar panels for electricity generation, enersolar panels on the roof, electric charging stations are gy-efficient windows or inDoug Webster, senior associate in most of the city’s garages sulation upgrades. of CBRE’s global energy and and city streetlights have The goal is that the money sustainability practice group in energy savings is greater been replaced with LED Photo provided bulbs. “Sensible sustainabilthan the loan payment, ity is driven by the economics,” he said. making it a win-win for everyone, said Poch. And, A proposed bill in the works would help even more, with the loan being attached to the property and not offering developers and building owners another the company, it reduces the risk and makes financing tool. the program attractive to small and medium busiThe program is called CPACE, Commercial nesses that may not have the cash flow that a larger Property Assessed Clean Energy, and would allow company has. loans for energy efficiency upgrades or renewable The program is already available in 31 other states energy installations for buildings, said James Poch, and would be voluntary both with municipalities executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy that want to offer the program and private lenders. Business Alliance. Poch said the bill is in progress and expects it to hit If passed, CPACE would allow municipalities to the legislature this year.

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THE PROBLEM WITH PROSPERITY THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE Ground-level ozone readings in S.C. (parts per billion) Upstate S.C. Highest risk N. Spartanburg, Spartanburg – 66 ppb Hillcrest, Greenville – 65 ppb Cowpens, Cherokee – 65 ppb Moderate risk Clemson CMS – 63 ppb Big Creek, Anderson – 62 ppb Famoda Farm, Greenville – 61 ppb

Urbanization presents opportunities, challenges for ever-growing Upstate ASHLEY BONCIMINO | STAFF

aboncimino@communityjournals.com Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be popular. In recent years, South Carolina’s population has grown at a faster pace than the rest of the country’s, with more populous counties such as Greenville and Charleston growing at double the rates, according to data from the U.S. Census. But success can come with growing pains, which can mean headaches for emissions regulators and urban planners. “Clearly we are growing,” said Barry Nocks, a professor emeritus and former director of Clemson University’s Graduate City and Regional Planning Program. “It’s a matter of more vehicle miles traveled, and that simply leads to more pollutants from cars, and with more congestion, travel is slower, so that makes it worse.”

BREATHING ROOM While more emissions may go hand in hand with metropolitan and population growth in general, it could have serious consequences for the Upstate, where many counties are already at the edge of the allowable limits for certain emissions from mobile sources such as passenger cars. Poor air quality in the Upstate could prevent new businesses and business expansion in the region if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduces allowable ozone levels from 75 parts per billion. Meeting the standard of 60 parts per billion would be a problem for all but a handful of South Carolina counties, while meeting a standard of 65 parts per billion would be problematic for every Upstate county. Areas that do not meet EPA standards are designated non-attainment, which means they are put through more approvals and regulations, which can make new developments, buildings and roads significantly more time-consuming and expensive to implement. “We are very close to being deemed non-attainment,” said Keith Brockington, transportation planning manager for the Greenville-Pickens Area

“If you’re going to have growth, you’re going to have congestion and you’re going to have air quality issues. The EPA is doing what they can, we’re doing what we can.” Keith Brockington, transportation planning manager, Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study

Due West, Abbeville – 61 ppb Pee Dee Station, Darlington – 64 ppb Sandhill Station, Richland 64 ppb Jackson Middle School, Aiken– 61 ppb Cape Romain, Charleston – 60 ppb Chesterfield, Chesterfield– 60 ppb Fort Mill, York – 60 ppb Lowest risk Long Creek, Oconee – 60 ppb Wolf Creek, Pickens – 59 ppb Bushy Park, Berkeley – 59 ppb Parklane, Richland – 58 ppb Congaree Bluff, Richland – 55 ppb Ashton, Colleton – 55 ppb Trenton, Edgefield – 55 ppb Source: SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

upstatebusinessjournal.com Transportation Study (GPATS), the metropolitan planning organization for the Greenville urbanized area. If areas in the Upstate were designated non-attainment, he said, he would have to hire an additional staffer to conduct full air quality reports to ensure each and every road project didn’t worsen local air quality. While new location projects such as brand-new roads and road widenings would be limited because they encourage more vehicular traffic, projects that decrease congestion and promote public transportation, biking and pedestrian traffic would be encouraged and possibly attract additional funding, Brockington said. “If you’re going to have growth, you’re going to have congestion and you’re going to have air quality issues,” he said. “The EPA is doing what they can, we’re doing what we can, and we focus as much as we can on bike-ped transit and alleviation of congestion.” TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES Growing pains aren’t unique to the Upstate, according to a study by North Carolina State University released by the Department of the Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and scientific journal PLOS ONE. If “big changes” don’t happen, the Upstate could be at the center of a Southern “megalopolis” stretching from central North Carolina to Atlanta, and perhaps even as far west as Birmingham, the study said. The population growth rate for the nine-state


region is 40 percent higher than the rest of the United States, which now contains more than 77 million people and has a new development pattern of “suburban, automobile-dependent growth,” according to the study. Such development “creates distances that promote or even require automobile use to access goods and services.” While metropolitan emissions can’t be completely solved, they can be managed with different methods spanning from zoning to public transit, but the effort might not have the support it needs in the Upstate quite yet, Nocks said. “There’s a chicken-and-egg problem of not having enough density and not having enough development to support transit,” he said. “Transit tries, but doesn’t have the capacity to be convenient and to cover things very well.” While census data indicates public transportation comprises a negligible part of the Upstate’s transportation habits, more bus system use can be seen as an opportunity to modernize the area and make it more accessible, Nocks said. City of Greenville Transit Director Mark Rickards is working toward a fix with longer operating hours and more frequent bus times, all of which are currently pending approval. While new connections have been added to Simpsonville and Easley, among other hubs, Rickards said the city gets calls “all the time” from people requesting extended routes and hours. Operating projections are largely based on census information and customer requests, Rickards said.

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“There’s a chicken-and-egg problem of not having enough density and not having enough development to support transit. Transit tries, but doesn’t have the capacity to be convenient and to cover things very well.” Barry Nocks, professor emeritus, Clemson University’s Graduate City and Regional Planning Program

“We’ve had people in Greenwood say they need to get to Greenville for jobs.” While funding can be a problem, Rickards – who has worked with more extensive transit systems in other parts of the country – is optimistic about Greenville’s momentum towards public transit. “With the influx of folks who are aware of transportation alternatives… we’re seeing more and more demand. Things do change, but they’re changing slowly.”

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Vaping in the Workplace As a conscientious business person, providing a healthy work environment is important to you. Your company has had a Tobacco Free Policy for years. Then, one day, a long-time employee complains that the new guy is “vaping” in the next cubicle. How do you handle? Are e-cigarettes treated like regular cigarettes within your policy? Is there a concern for second hand smoke or the safety of other employees?


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E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are a smokeless alternative to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes use a battery to vaporize a flavored liquid that may or may not contain nicotine. They look like cigarettes and the exhaled vapor has the appearance of smoke, however, no substance is burned. As a smokeless, tobacco free alternative, the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace falls outside the scope of many LEE YARBOROUGH typical employment policies. The long term health effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown. Some individuals claim that the vapor irritates the eyes & lungs and causes allergic responses. Any of these claims by employees could give rise to workers’ compensation claims or lawsuits. Proponents of e-cigarettes claim that it helps individuals stop smoking and employers should be supportive. Some states and municipalities have restricted the use of e-cigarettes in public. However, for the most part, there is still little regulation. Therefore, employers are free to create their own policies to address the use of e-cigarettes. Just as employers can restrict cell phone use, social networking, and other activities that disrupt the workplace, an employer can expand their current policies to include e-cigarettes. Many employers are electing to ban e-cigarettes in the work area. As with any new policy, employers should give advance notice of the changes and develop a policy that clearly lays out expectations and consequences. And most importantly, any workplace policy on e-cigarettes should be re-evaluated regularly as the laws are constantly evolving.


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United States goes uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Food waste accounts for 21 percent of discarded material in the country, according to the most recent 2012 data from the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Duke University Center for Sustainability and Commerce, solid waste landfills make up the second-largest source of human-related methane emission in the country. “We’re blessed and cursed in this country because we have so much land,” said Scott Harke, director of business development at Duncan-based Divergent Energy, which helps organizations make changes to keep material going to landfills. Divergent Energy helps businesses by evaluating how much waste they’re throwing out and looking for ways to reduce the amount. The company helps some businesses with a machine that dehydrates and grinds food scraps into compost. When food waste goes into a landfill it produces methane gas, and the water from the food causes contamination, Harke said. The changes implemented by Divergent Energy not only help the environment, he said, but also make economical sense as well for organizations ranging from medium-size businesses to multimillion-dollar companies. “We look at the economics of it,” he said. When he tells organizations that he can help them save money by reducing the amount of waste they throw out, Harke said, they become very interested. He was able to help one high school in Columbia go from four dumpsters to two.

The machine can help restaurants save on waste hauling costs, which are known to often have slim profit margins. “Pennies per plate make a difference,” Harke said. The biggest dehydration machines can handle up to 4,500 pounds of food scraps a day, he said. The machines are shipped from South Korea, but he said the company is in talks to manufacture machines in the Upstate. After about an eighthour process, the material comes out looking like coffee grounds. It can then be spread as a fertilizer or used in vermiculture, a process of feeding it to worms. Harke said the machine can handle almost any type of food, including bones. Although Harke is passionate about reducing the amount of waste going to landfills, he said sometimes installing a dehydrator machine won’t make economical sense because the business won’t save enough money to justify the cost of the machine. “I can’t knowingly take somebody’s money when I know it won’t make economic sense for them,” he said. Chef Alan Scheidhauer, head of the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas and the sustainable agriculture program at Greenville Technical College, said the machine has been very helpful in his department since they began using it about three years ago. Thanks to the machine and other sustainability measures, the culinary department hasn’t had to increase its dumpster capacity even though the department size has increased by five times since 2008, Scheidhauer said. He said about 200 pounds of food material from the culinary department is daily dumped into the machine and then used as fertilizer in the agriculture program. “It certainly has helped us be sustainable in all senses of the word,” he said.

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Auto industry rushes to meet 2025 fuel efficiency guidelines ASHLEY BONCIMINO | STAFF

aboncimino@communityjournals.com After 800 miles, you’ll still have gas.

U.S. auto fleet, including cars and light trucks, average 54.5 mpg by model year 2025. While the standards affect automakers directly, meeting the requirements will rely heavily on automotive suppliers and researchers, all of which are racing towards the deadlines with smarter powertrains, electrified engine hybrids, lighter materials, more advanced transmissions and more efficient tires. “Most OEMs have models in the pipeline for the next five years, which means they have five years to really have a solution by 2025,” said Dr. Robert Prucka, an assistant professor with Clemson University’s Department of AutomoDr. Zoran Filipi leads Clemson’s automotive engineering department. tive Engineering. “They’re scrambling really hard, and they “There was some hope … to have a much larger number of electric have to improve around 4 percent a year” to meet vehicles on the road by 2015, or even sooner, but unfortunately the deadline, he said. there’s this stubborn issue that’s preventing that from happening,

Or at least you should, if automakers manage to more than double their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the approximately 25 miles per gallon that vehicles average today. In 2012, the Obama administration announced vehicle fuel-efficiency standards requiring that the

and that’s cost. At the end of the day, these technologies have to be affordable.”

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PUSHING THE ENVELOPE The 2025 CAFE standards won’t require every vehicle rolling off

the line to have 54.4 miles to the gallon, however, as this number is simply the average requirement and individual standards vary across different vehicles depending on their footprint. Subcompact cars will be required to average 58.4 mpg, while large trucks are required to average 30.2 mpg. Not only must automakers focus on fuel economy, they have to ensure the final product is affordable and marketable to consumers, all while meeting safety standards. As a result, research development cycles are shorter and OEMs are more open to trying technologies, said Greg Schroeder, assistant director and senior research engineer for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Mich. “There’s a lot of technologies that are coming to the marketplace much more quickly than it has in the past,” said Schroeder, who works in the manufacturing, engineering and technology group. “You’re seeing what in the past would have been an incremental adoption of technology to more and more pushing the envelope.” In contrast to the last 10 years, however, the push is on a broader range of engine types, said Dr. Zoran Filipi, chairman of Clemson’s automotive engineering department and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center. “We can do it today, but maybe your car might cost $50,000 instead of $25,000,” said Filipi, who said affordability is as much a factor as simply better technology. As a result, Filipi said the industry is experiencing a renaissance of “traditional” >>



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Dr. Robert Prucka checks the sensors on an engine in a lab at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

“Most OEMs have models in the pipeline for the next five years, which means they have five years to really have a solution by 2025. They’re scrambling really hard, and they have to improve around 4 percent a year.” Dr. Robert Prucka, assistant professor, Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering Photos provided by Clemson University


internal combustion engines and diesel engines, which can be less expensive solutions to heightened regulation in the short term. “There was some hope … to have a much larger number of electric vehicles on the road by 2015, or even sooner, but unfortunately there’s this stubborn issue that’s preventing that from happening, and that’s cost,” he said. “At the end of the day, these technologies have to be affordable.” OVERCOMING RESISTANCE But even minor gains are hard won, said Schroeder, as no one vehicle component can be expected to make up as much fuel economy as the new standards require. “I think everyone in the industry realizes that a greater amount of collaboration is needed in order to achieve what needs to be achieved in the next couple of years,” he said. “Obviously the transmission can’t do 100 percent of whatever the final vehicle is. We’re a percentage of the achievable fuel efficiency,” said ZF Transmissions North America Marketing Communications Senior Manager Bryan Johnson, who said the German company produces eight- and ninespeed automatic transmissions that can be 6 percent more efficient than the market average, depending on the benchmark. With Europe as the company’s largest market, ZF already focuses on fuel economy, but regulation “provides the opportunity to create new technology and new ways of doing things,” he said. “It makes you evolve and change your products to meet your demand.” Tires’ rolling resistance, for example, can represent 20 percent of fuel use, said Michelin North America Senior Technical Marketing Manager Ron Margadonna. Materials research is critical to retaining

energy lost to heat in tires, he said, but other important components include the overall mass and molded shapes. “The game is going at a faster pace, but … we’ve been at this rolling resistance game for 20 years,” he said. At Clemson, Prucka’s team is hyper-focused on optimizing algorithms that could result in 1 to 2 percent fuel economy gains, a significant achieve-

ment, but one that is only one step towards the goal. “From an engineering perspective it was exciting, but I think I was a little set back, just thinking how are we even going to do that,” he said, noting that Toyota’s 51-mpg Prius only just makes the cut. “Just knowing that that vehicle, which is one of the most popular and very efficient, it still might just barely meet the deadline, tells you how much the industry needs to change.”






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curricular options such as Spanish and African drumming lessons. Early arrival times may be offered, but Kelly says the school isn’t a day care option. UMA will be a modern 3,500-square-foot building with two classrooms, a reception area and a great room. The building will be two stories, although the second story won’t be built out right now. An outdoor play area will include an “urban playground” with a rock wall. Kelly’s husband, Chris, who is a physician assistant at the North Greenville GHS emergency room, will assist with the academy part-time, providing health and fitness activities for the kids. Kelly said if there is demand, she can add additional age groups and classes in the future, with the second-story expansion. She’s certified in Montessori through

PROJECT PARTNERS GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Cely Construction ARCHITECTS: Jennifer Gosnell and Willy Schlein FINANCING: South State Bank third grade, graduating from Lander University with a degree in Montessori education. Classes will be limited to 24 students in each classroom with a teacher and assistant. Classes will be structured to give kids an “opportunity to grow on their own,” said Kelly. Tuition will be competitive and discounts will be offered for GHS employees. The land has been purchased and Kelly is just waiting for construction permits to be filed and construction to begin. Kelly hopes to open late fall 2015. For more information, contact upstatemontessoriacademy@gmail.com.

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With an increase in student population predicted for the next several years at Clemson University, development activity in the city of Clemson is booming. Last week we spotlighted several proposed projects in the city of Clemson (see “Tigertown boom continues” in the April 3 UBJ). Relationships Meet Results With so muchWhere activity, we couldn’t fit them all in. Here’s a look at a few more Clemson area developments making news in the area.

Hartwell Village

Still in the early stages, this proposed project from St. Louis-based Collegiate Development Group LLC was just submitted to the Clemson Planning Commission, and is projected to have 730 728 NORTH PLEASANTBURG bedrooms with 10,000 to 15,000 DRIVE square feet of commercial spaceSC 29607 GREENVILLE, on 3.72 acres at Finley and 864.751.1000 Earle streets surrounding Groucho’s Deli. CONVERGENTPG.COM The Planning Commission will consider the proposal at its April 13 meeting. Road and is planning a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use project. Hartwell Village will be the first power retail center located in the Clemson market area and will contain new-to-the-market tenants, including a

theater, restaurants and national retail tenants, said CASTO in a release. Anticipated timing includes the opening of NewSpring Church’s Clemson campus to be completed by fall 2016, with the mixed-use development to occur in 2016 or 2017.

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Ohio-based CASTO, a real estate services company, has purchased 45.5 acres from New Spring Church on the former DeFore Milliken Plant site at the intersection of Tiger Boulevard and Pendleton

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Republic Services creates landfill energy project Republic Services Inc. is implementing a landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project at the Upstate Regional Landfill in Union County. The renewable energy project consists of two reciprocating combustion engines that generate enough electricity to power more than 1,800 area homes, according to a release. “Landfills are essential infrastructure in any community, but their value to society goes well beyond disposal,” said Jamey Amick, area president of Republic Services. “Today’s landfill can help to regenerate air, water and land in a local ecosystem, and in many cases it can create a renewable power source from waste decomposition. We are incredibly proud of this project, and the economic and environmental impacts it will make in the Upstate area for years to come.” LFGTE projects typically involve capturing methane, which is generated when waste decomposes within a landfill. The methane can be harnessed and converted into renewable energy sources that supply the local power grid. Republic Services’ subsidiary, Republic Services of South Carolina LLC, partnered with Lockhart Bioenergy LLC, an affiliate of Lockhart Power Company, and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc., to develop the project. Lockhart Bioenergy will operate the plant, and Duke Energy is purchasing its output.

KEMET purchases Colorado company KEMET Corporation, a global electronic components supplier, purchased IntelliData Inc., a Colorado-based developer of digital solutions supporting discovery, decision support, and the sales and marketing of electronic components. As a KEMET vendor since 2000, IntelliData provides a variety of content automation and delivery tools and services.



“The needs of the electronic component industry stand unique, and IntelliData’s proven expertise in software development and content delivery will clearly be an asset to KEMET as we continue to expand our capacitor, electromechanical and electromagnetic technologies,” Per Loof, KEMET CEO, said in a release. IntelliData president Tim Herring said, “As part of the KEMET family, we look forward to leading our industry with Web and mobile applications which drive efficiency throughout the design/selection and sales processes.”

RealtyLink helps complete $60M project Greenville-based RealtyLink LLC and Atlanta-based Branch Properties LLC completed Coastal North Town Center, a $60 million retail power center in North Myrtle Beach. The 315,000-square-foot center opened 88 percent leased to tenants. According to a release, the Coastal North Town Center is the trade area’s largest retail shopping center completed in nearly 15 years. As part of the joint venture agreement, RealtyLink is responsible for development, financing and leasing, while Branch serves as the equity partner and ongoing property manager.

Anderson University partners with e-Merge Anderson University Enactus is partnering with e-Merge @ The Garage. Enactus is a worldwide nonprofit that focuses on empowering communities through entrepreneurial spirit. Teams from across the country undertake service projects to better the quality of life of those around them. “Anderson University’s Enactus group was a natural fit in engaging the younger generation and

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Moss and Associates to build Center for Human Genetics The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) selected Moss and Associates of Greenville to design and construct the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood. The center design represents a 17,000-square-foot life sciences lab facility on GGC’s research campus. The building will include laboratory space, offices and seminar/conference rooms. The new research and education center will support the expansion of genetic research including current programs in autism and cognitive development. The facility will house up to eight new research teams including graduate students participating in the joint-taught Ph.D. in genetics. “The Moss team has great experience in designing and building laboratory facilities, and we look forward to bringing the expertise of our outstanding lab design team to this innovative project,” said Don Warren, senior vice president of the Carolinas Division of Moss, in a release.

SCRA invests in Greenville company SCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch board approved investments in four South Carolina companies, including Greenville-based Servosity. Servosity delivers mission-critical disaster recovery as a service to managed service providers and IT resellers. During a disaster recovery situation, the technology allows for streaming of operating systems rather than waiting for information to download. Servosity, which is located at the NEXT Center in Greenville, was accepted into the SC Launch program in November. Charleston-area company First String Research Inc. and Columbia companies Pandoodle and TerraStride also received investment approvals. “These investment approvals are confirmation of our continued commitment to South Carolina’s high-tech economy,” SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney said in a release.

Sealed Air sells foam trays and absorbent pads business Sealed Air Corporation completed the sale of its North American foam trays and absorbent pads business to NOVIPAX, a portfolio company of Atlas Holdings LLC. The sale includes Sealed Air’s manufacturing facilities in Paxinos and Reading, Pa., Indianapolis, Ind., Rockingham, N.C., and Grenada, Miss. In 2014, Sealed Air’s North American foam tray and absorbent pads businesses generated approximately $214 million in sales to the company’s food care division, according to a release. Jerome A. Peribere, Sealed Air president and CEO, said, “As we increase our focus on innovation and differentiation in the flexible packaging industry, the decision to divest trays and pads aligns with our overall strategy, and we are confident NOVIPAX is the right strategic buyer to further expand and grow this business.”



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Joins Graydon Thompson LLC as a senior tax manager. Twomey has more than 20 years of experience, including time on the International Assignment Tax Services at Price Waterhouse, where he focused on tax planning and compliance for global companies and tax equalizations for inbound and outbound international executives.

Hired as a wealth advisor at Wagner Wealth Management. Duncan has nine years of experience in the investment advisory industry. He holds a Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 certification in the finance industry. He also holds degrees in engineering and a professional engineering license in mechanical engineering.

Named executive director of operations at the Care Coordination Institute. Supra will lead product management and business development efforts. He previously served as deputy director for operations and information management and as chief information officer at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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DEVELOPMENT The City of Greenville hired Mike Panasko as business development manager. Panasko will manage the city’s business development program, which includes citywide business retention and recruitment, and entrepreneurial development designed to help grow the city’s economy. He most recently served as president of Innovate Anderson for eight years. He also held business development positions at The Upstate SC Alliance and local technological startup companies.

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Built to house the Southern Textile Exposition, Textile Hall also had a stage and backstage equipment suitable for theater productions and could accommodate an audience of 5,000. The first Southern Textile Exposition held in Greenville was in 1915 in the warehouse of the Piedmont and Northern Railroad. Textile Hall was built in 1916-1917 on West Washington Street. The building was designed by J.E. Sirrine and Company at a cost of 130,000. The five-story Renaissance Revival building featured a limestone tablet on its facade bearing the initials “STE” for “Southern Textile Exposition and the words “Textile Hall.” The last textile show took place in the old building in 1962. The new Textile Hall opened on Highway 291 in 1964.

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Textile Hall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The building was demolished in 1992. Today the property is the site of one of the buildings that make up Saint Mary’s Catholic School. A South Carolina Historic marker stands where the textile hall once stood. The marker was erected by the City of Greenville and the Hampton-Pinckney Neighborhood Association in 2006.

Historic photograph available from the Greenville Historical Society.​ From “Remembering Greenville: Photographs from the Coxe Collection” by Jeffrey R. Willis



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Solve. Serve. Grow. Those three words summarize Jackson Marketing Group’s guiding principles, and according to owner Larry Jackson, form the motivation that has kept the firm thriving for the past 25 years.

Jackson graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in video and film production and started his 41-year career in the communications industry with the U.S. Army’s Public Information Office. He served during

Vietnam, where he said he was “luckily” stationed in the middle of Texas at Fort Hood. He left the service and went to work in public affairs and motorsports at Ford Motor Company in Detroit. After a stint at Bell and Howell, where he was responsible for managing Ford’s dealer marketing and training, the entrepreneurial bug hit and he co-founded Jackson-Dawson Marketing Communications, a company specializing in dealer training and product launches for the auto industry in 1980. In 1987, Jackson wanted to move back south and thought Greenville would be a good fit. An avid pilot, he

learned of an opportunity to purchase Cornerstone Aviation, a fixed base operation (FBO) that served as a service station for the Greenville Downtown Airport, providing fuel, maintenance and storage. In fact, when he started the Greenville office of what is now Jackson Marketing Group (JMG) in 1988, the offices were housed on the second floor in an airport hangar. “Clients would get distracted by the airplanes in the hangars and we’d have to corral them to get back upstairs to the meeting,” Jackson said. Jackson sold the FBO in 1993, but says it was a great way to get to know Greenville’s fathers and leaders


2003 2009-2012 Jackson marketing Group named a top BtoB agency by BtoB magazine 4 years running

him going and growing his business over the years. He is passionate about giving back and outreach to non-profits. The company was recently awarded the Community Foundation Spirit Award. The company reaffirmed its commitment to serving the community last week by celebrating its 25th anniversary with a birthday party and a 25-hour Serve-A-Thon partnership with Hands on Greenville and Habitat for Humanity. JMG’s 103 full-time employees worked in shifts around the clock on October 22 and 23 to help construct a house for a deserving family. As Jackson inches towards retirement, he says he hasn’t quite figured out his succession plan yet, but sees the companies staying under the same umbrella. He wants to continue to strategically grow the business. “From the beginning, my father has taught me that this business is all about our people – both our clients and our associates,” said his son, Darrell. “We have created a focus and a culture that strives to solve problems, serve people and grow careers.” Darrell Jackson said he wants to “continue helping lead a culture where we solve, serve and grow. If we are successful, we will continue to grow towards our ultimate goal of becoming the leading integrated marketing communications brand in the Southeast.”

2008 2012 Jackson marketing Group recognized by Community Foundation with Creative spirit Award

pro-bono/non-proFit Clients American Red Cross of Western Carolinas Metropolitan Arts Council Artisphere Big League World Series The Wilds Advance SC South Carolina Charities, Inc. Aloft Hidden Treasure Christian School

CoMMUnitY inVolVeMent & boarD positions lArry JACkson (ChAirmAn): Bob Jones University Board chairman, The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center board member, Gospel Fellowship Association board member, Past Greenville Area Development Corporation board member, Past Chamber of Commerce Headquarters Recruiting Committee member, Past Greenville Tech Foundation board member David Jones (Vice President Client services, Chief marketing officer): Hands on Greenville board chairman

MAY 15: THE DESIGN ISSUE Drawing up the Upstate’s future.

mike Zeller (Vice President, Brand marketing): Artisphere Board, Metropolitan Arts Council Board, American Red Cross Board, Greenville Tech Foundation Board, South Carolina Chamber Board eric Jackson (Jackson motorsports Group sales specialist): Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board

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Chairman larry Jackson, Jackson marketing Group. Photos by Greg Beckner / Staff

Jackson Marketing Group celebrates 25 years

1998 1998 Jackson Dawson moves to task industrial Court

also one of the few marketing companies in South Carolina to handle all aspects of a project in-house, with four suites handling video production, copywriting, media and research and web design. Clients include heavyweights such as BMW, Bob Jones University, the Peace Center, Michelin and Sage Automotive. Recent projects have included an interactive mobile application for Milliken’s arboretum and 600-acre Spartanburg campus and a marketing campaign for the 2013 Big League World Series. “In my opinion, our greatest single achievement is the longevity of our client relationships,” said Darrell Jackson. “Our first client from back in 1988 is still a client today. I can count on one hand the number of clients who have gone elsewhere in the past decade.” Larry Jackson says his Christian faith and belief in service to others, coupled with business values rooted in solving clients’ problems, have kept

2011 Jackson marketing Group/Jackson motorsports Group employee base reaches 100 people



Kristi Jennings, Donna Johnston, Annie Langston, Lindsay Oehman, Emily Yepes

with a majority of them utilizing the general aviation airport as a “corporate gateway to the city.” In 1997, Jackson and his son, Darrell, launched Jackson Motorsports Group. The new division was designed to sell race tires and go to racetracks to sell and mount the tires. Darrell Jackson now serves as president of the motorsports group and Larry Jackson has two other children and a son-in-law who work there. Jackson said all his children started at the bottom and “earned their way up.” Jackson kept the Jackson-Dawson branches in Detroit and others in Los Angeles and New York until he sold his portion of that partnership in 2009 as part of his estate planning. The company now operates a small office in Charlotte, but its main headquarters are in Greenville in a large office space off Woodruff Road, complete with a vision gallery that displays local artwork and an auditorium Jackson makes available for non-profit use. The Motorsports Group is housed in an additional 26,000 square feet building just down the street, and the agency is currently looking for another 20,000 square feet. Jackson said JMG has expanded into other verticals such as financial, healthcare, manufacturing and pro-bono work, but still has a strong focus on the auto industry and transportation. It’s

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1990 Jackson Dawson acquires therapon marketing Group and moves to Piedmont office Center on Villa.


2003 motorsports Division acquires an additional 26,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space


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1997 Jackson Dawson launches motorsports Division


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