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The Cliffs Announces Hire of General Manager Nicholas Carlson, PGA, at The Cliffs at Glassy

The Cliffs is excited to announce its newest General Manager, Nicholas “Nick” Carlson, who will head operations for The Cliffs at Glassy. Nick brings with him an abundance of experience in both the management and tournament operations sectors, having managed clubs in California, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Arizona. A PGA member, Nick has an extensive background in all aspects of the golf industry including playing professionally, working bag drop, directing merchandise outlets for FedEx Cup Playoffs, running PGA Tour Champions tournaments, and creating full Member-Guest events. Most recently, Nick served as the General Manager at The Legend at Arrowhead, the championship golf club in Glendale, Arizona known for its striking 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course.

“Nick’s wealth of experience within the golf world has rounded his skill set to a point that I know he will bring a hardworking, resourceful, and creative presence to an already outstanding club. His reputation for finding unique solutions for issues, and fostering a proactive, growth-centric culture, is perfectly aligned with our vision for The Cliffs,” said Rob Duckett, Vice President of South Street Partners, and President of The Cliffs.

A performance-driven manager, Nick’s primary passion is conceiving of – and implementing – new and fun golf and lifestyle events, particularly intimate dining experiences, which enhance Member interaction with the club and create lasting memories. Keenly aware that staff culture is something that informs the entire Member experience, Nick’s enthusiasm for team building has equipped him to grow the hospitality culture and surpass Member expectations at every job he has had. A self-motivated leader who uses consistent, firm pressure to inspire and drive change, he is committed to creating and maintaining a fantastic environment for his staff and Members.

An alumnus of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in design studies, Nick achieved a PGA Class A Member ranking in 2016. He is excited to invest his energies into all aspects of the club, helping his team members grow, and ensuring the Member experience remains exceptional. Nick looks forward to meeting the membership and enhancing an already stellar operation.

A native Arizonan, Nick fell in love with South Carolina years ago and is excited to set family roots in the Palmetto State. Supported by his wonderful wife of five years, Kate, and almost 2-year-old son Bruin, the family arrives at The Cliffs with their three dogs named after their favorite teams: Colt (Indianapolis Colts), Hawk (Seattle Seahawks), and Ryder (Frisco Rough Riders). As huge sports fans, Nick and his family are looking forward to going to a bunch of Swamp Rabbits & Drive games.

The Mountain Region — home to The Cliffs at Glassy, The Cliffs at Mountain Park, and The Cliffs Valley — is one of spectacular natural beauty, with soaring mountain peaks, towering waterfalls, and leafy country roads that lead to a charming collection of neighboring towns: Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and Greenville. Because they’re minutes apart, they conveniently multiply sporting, dining, and socializing options for members, while also laying at the geographic heart of all seven clubs.

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Dodge Industrial, Inc’s Lamar Gambrell selected for Leadership Greenville

Lamar Gambrell, Director of Training and Development for Dodge Industrial, Inc., was accepted into the 49th class of Leadership Greenville. The flagship leadership program is described, by Greenville Chamber’s website, as developing a legacy of community– a “10-month intensive experience where participants work in teams on a volunteer project designed to make them more informed, committed, and equipped to be a leader for Greenville County.”

Gambrell joined Dodge over 19 years ago and has held several positions in Supply Chain, Production Management, Engineering, Quality, and Human Resources. He is globally responsible for quality at Dodge. However, he has recently been named Director of Training and Development. In this role, he will create a rotational and development program for engineers and optimize Dodge recruiting tools and processes.

Gambrell says, “My motivation to participate in Leadership Greenville is to give back to the community that has contributed to the success in my personal and work life. I will never forget that everyone has received help from their community along the way to become the person they are. I look forward to the opportunity of tackling complex and challenging problems within this community and working with like-minded leaders for creative and innovative solutions.”

Dodge supports Gambrell’s participation in the 49th class of Leadership Greenville 100 percent and is committed to serving the Greenville community. He joins the legacy of 16 other Dodge employees who have participated in the program.

Congratulations Lamar Gambrell!

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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and WCFIBER’s Upcountry Fiber Launch New Foundation to Give Back to Upstate Non-Profits

In 2020, Blue Ridge Electric Co-op (BREC) and WCFIBER, a subsidiary of WCTEL, joined forces to create Upcountry Fiber, an internet service provider that bridges the digital divide by bringing broadband internet service to rural and other under and unserved communities. Today, both companies, under the Upcountry Fiber brand, officially launched a new foundation to give back to Upstate philanthropic organizations.

The newly formed Upcountry Fiber Foundation is a permanent endowment. Its focus will be on funding non-profits that serve the community in education, youth, culture, arts, and health and human services areas, as the foundation is committed to creating a stronger connection between the organizations that link people and businesses with areas of need.

On September 19, the organization will kick off its inaugural Upcountry Fiber Foundation Charity Classic golf tournament at The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards to raise seed money for its endowment. The presenting sponsor is utility construction contractor ElectriCom. Other Upstate companies have also invested to sponsor this first-year event.

Upcountry Fiber Foundation is building on the 23-year legacy of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s Blue Ridge Fest, an annual event that raised more than $3 million for area non-profits by bringing people together around their love of classic cars, music, and family. That event ceased to operate in 2020 due to the negative impact the pandemic had on holding large events.

“When COVID stopped Blue Ridge Fest, we had an opportunity to re-evaluate how we wanted to give back. With the timing of the launch of Upcountry Fiber and both WCFIBER’s and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s shared vision to improve the lives of our neighbors, it made sense to join forces with one philanthropic arm,” Jim Lovinggood, president and CEO, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. “The Upcountry Fiber Foundation and its future fundraising events and initiatives replace Blue Ridge Fest, but it also expands how far and wide of an impact we can collectively make.”

“Utility co-ops have a long-standing history of stepping up to help people in their communities. It is a part of our shared culture and beliefs to contribute to making them stronger,” said Jeff Wilson, president and CEO of WCFIBER. “Upcountry Fiber Foundation is an extension of this and we are excited to pour into the philanthropic organizations in our footprint that are making a difference right here where we live.”

In early 2023, Upcountry Fiber Foundation will open and announce the application process for grant funding in the following counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties.

For more information about Upcountry Fiber Foundation, visit:

About Upcountry Fiber Foundation
The Upcountry Fiber Foundation (UFF) is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropic arm of Upcountry Fiber. Founded in Spring 2022 by Upcountry Fiber’s two governing organizations: Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and WCFIBER, UFF established a permanent endowment that will enrich the lives of residents in the Upcountry Fiber and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative service territories. UFF will proudly offer financial support to philanthropic organizations that serve the community in the interests of education, youth, culture, arts, health, and human services.

About Upcountry Fiber
Upcountry Fiber is a high-speed fiber internet provider to the five counties of Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg. Established in Fall 2020, Upcountry Fiber is the product of a partnership between Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and WCFIBER, a subsidiary of West Carolina Telephone Cooperative. Founded by organizations created to electrify and connect rural areas of South Carolina; decades later, Upcountry Fiber’s mission is to bridge the digital divide. Offering symmetrical internet speeds up to 1 Gbps over a fiber network, Upcountry Fiber has the fastest and most reliable high-speed internet in the area. To learn more about Upcountry Fiber, visit us at

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Kunal Patel, AIA Named 2022 Greenville’s Best and Brightest Honoree

Now in its 28th year, the Greenville Business Magazine’s annual Best and Brightest 35 and Under issue honors individuals throughout the Upstate that are making strides in the business community. DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that Kunal Patel, AIA has been selected as an honoree for the 2022 list.
Patel has been with the firm for 7 years and currently serves the Higher Education Studio Leader and was named an associate in 2022. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Clemson University.
“Kunal’s leadership and talent are invaluable not only to DP3 Architects but also to our community,” said Brian Thomas, president and CEO of DP3 Architects. “We are proud to have him on our team and this recognition is well-deserved.”
Patel is actively involved in the community. He has been AIA Greenville member since 2017, serving as both event director and treasurer, as well as volunteering with The United Way. Through his professional practice, he has helped design several community projects including the City of Greenville Parking Services renovation, Clear Spring Fire-Rescue Headquarters, South Greenville Fire Station 74, and the City of Easley Fire Department Headquarters.
“I’m humbled to be acknowledged as one of the Best & Brightest in the Upstate along with the other talented professionals that were selected,” said Patel. “It’s an honor to represent DP3 Architects with this achievement and I look forward to continuing focusing on leadership development and community involvement.”
This year’s ceremony recognizing the Best & Brightest was held on September 14th and all winners will be featured in the September 2022 issue of Greenville Business Magazine.
DP3 Architects, established in 1984 and headquartered in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, is an architectural and interior design firm specializing in hospitality, higher education, and community projects. DP3 Architects designs projects that invite, inspire, and invigorate the people that work, live, and play in the spaces we create.


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Furman University Announces The Plays for its 2022-2023 Theatre Season

Furman University, the southeast’s leading liberal arts and science university, recently announced this season’s Theatre offerings. Glad to be post covid, all the dramatic arts stage productions will be on campus, inside and open to the public.
This season continues to be under the guidance of Furman’s Theatre Department Chair, Maegan Azar, who currently is teaching students at Furman’s Semester Abroad Program based in London and at the Stratford on Avon theatre of the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company.
Semester abroad programs are one of the many Furman Advantage programs that offers its students special opportunities to learn distant from the strictly academic classes on campus. They are designed to be a challenging, multicultural, and a broadening learning experience, outside the student’s traditional academic learning model in the United States.
All of this season’s productions will be held at Furman’s Theatre Arts performing space, which is known for its 110-seat theatre, thrust stage, with state-of-the-art lighting. These qualities result in outstanding stage presentations and a very intimate experience for the playgoer.
On tap for this season are four standard plays, and a free fifth, in progress work. This yet to be finalized work, will be fine tunned after input from the three different universities who are staging and experimenting with the work this school year. All three universities will meet with the playwright in NYC this summer to voice their suggestions for changes based upon their experience performing the work and importantly, the audience’s reactions to their individual campus productions earlier in the school year.
Here is the lineup of the five plays
• Never Swim Alone by Daniel Macivor; September 27-October 2. A swift and funny satire between two males and their ruthless competition to better the other and at what expense.
• Consider Me by Wesley Hudson; October 21-22. A play with some song from a recent college grad from a prestigious university, who desperately just needs a job! (Afterall, his educational loans were likely not all forgiven).
• Clever Little Lies by Joe Dipietro: November15-20. A story about a long-term love and marriage full of secrets, half-truths and downright lies!
• Project Dawn by Karen Hartman: February 14-19. This play is anticipated to be the most socially important and challenging of the plays this season and addresses the never-ending issues and concerns with sex trafficking that exists today, and it isn’t just professional football players that are participants.
• Put Yourself Out There by Deneen Reynolds-Knott: April 11-16: A story about whether the college friendships that are formed during the four years are actually real and forever or just transitory.
All performances are on campus and the “best buy” is a flex pass and for $25 you get to go to all four normal plays, PLUS the bonus work or any mix you want. Call the box office for more information and tickets: 864-294-2125 or

Dennis Tavernetti is a retired president of a local based global company with offices and plants in multiple countries, and was for many years a member of the of the Board and Executive Committee of Peace Center for Performing Arts during its conception, building and operation. He also was a key member of the Warehouse Theatre during its new building in the West End. He has been a frequent published writer of opinion columns in the Greenville News for many years.

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Chef, entrepreneur, and Greenville native Joe Cash to speak at Endeavor’s Collaborator’s and Cocktails on September 27th

GREENVILLE, SC (September 6, 2022) – Endeavor, the coworking and office space community in downtown Greenville’s ONE tower, announces that Joe Cash, entrepreneur, owner, and founding chef of Greenville’s newest restaurant Scoundrel, will speak at its next Collaborators & Cocktails speaker series on September 27th from 5:00 – 7:15 PM at Endeavor.

Prior to his journey with Scoundrel, Cash spent years in the world’s top kitchens including James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Three-Michelin Star and New York Times four-star Per Se in New York, as well as Chef Rene Redzepi’s Two-Michelin star noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, which famously held the position of number one restaurant in the world for multiple years. Cash held the position of Executive Sous Chef at hospitality powerhouse Major Food Group’s original spot Torrisi Italian Specialties in New York, and then became Executive Chef at The Pool, Major’s premier dining destination specializing in seafood with a modern French flair.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joe back to his hometown and to Endeavor – plus, what a grand development to have a world-class chef and his world-class kitchen right across the street from us at Scoundrel,” says Joe Erwin, president of Endeavor. “Whether you are an entrepreneur, on the business side of things, or even just a self-proclaimed foodie, this event is an excellent opportunity to hear a story about great vision, great perseverance, and creatively living out your goals.”

Cash will share his career journey from starting as a busboy at a Lone Star Steakhouse to working his way up in the culinary world before returning home to begin his entrepreneurial expedition of opening Scoundrel. The restaurant, located on N. Main St. downtown, will deliver Cash’s take on French bistro classics to a Southern crowd.

Co-sponsoring this event alongside Endeavor are AFL, an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets, with products in use in over 130 countries; and Crawford, an award-winning full-service marketing and branding agency providing advertising, brand management, public relations, event management and digital media services for clients in industries including healthcare, finance, education and destination marketing.

Important event details:
• Networking will take place from 5:00 – 5:45 PM, followed by presentation and Q&A beginning at 5:45. The event will conclude with networking until 7:15.
• Seating is limited. To RSVP, request an invitation at (no walk-ins).
• Event is free to Endeavor members. Non-member tickets are $30, cocktails included.


About Endeavor
Endeavor is a membership-based coworking community for creative and entrepreneurial professionals, as well as corporate teams and business travelers. Endeavor’s premium location in the ONE Development in Greenville, SC provides members with state-of-the-art work and meeting space, and uniquely, surrounds them with a diverse array of peers who offer a broad range of services and experience. Training opportunities, networking events and business consulting are available for the professionals who call Endeavor home every day, as well as business team members across the region. Endeavor has been recognized as the winner of the Coworker Member’s Choice Award for Greenville, SC. For more information, visit

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Greg Coggins joins the William Pender Team of CrossCountry Mortgage as Business Development Specialist

The William Pender Team of CrossCountry Mortgage (CCM), one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing retail mortgage lenders, is excited to announce that Greg Coggins has joined their growing Greenville, South Carolina branch as a business development specialist.

Coggins served in the US Air Force. Following his service, Coggins graduated from National University in San Diego, California with an undergraduate degree in business management and a concentration in entrepreneurship. He also holds associate degrees in computer science, accounting, and electronic engineering.

Prior to joining CCM, Coggins was an IT professional for IBM and then Bob Jones University, where he headed the Systems Integration Department. Coggins later worked for the Department of Homeland Security. Coggins also started and ran several businesses focusing on tech, consulting, distribution, and security.

In his new role Coggins will be responsible for building and maintaining new business relationships for the branch.

The William Pender Team of CCM is located at 9 Washington Park in downtown Greenville and serves borrowers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. For more information or to contact the branch, visit or call 864-233-4210.

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Kimberly Blackwell joins the William Pender Team of CrossCountry Mortgage as Loan Originator

The William Pender Team of CrossCountry Mortgage (CCM), one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing retail mortgage lenders, is excited to announce that Kimberly Blackwell has joined their growing Greenville, South Carolina branch as a loan originator.

Blackwell earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and her master’s degree in management from Southern Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Anderson, South Carolina.

Prior to joining CCM, Blackwell spent 20 years in banking as a commercial lender, retail lender, and branch manager. Blackwell transitioned to residential mortgage lending in 2019.

Blackwell is involved with Clemson alumni club activities and volunteers with Goodwill Industries.

The William Pender Team of CCM is located at 9 Washington Park in downtown Greenville and serves borrowers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. For more information or to contact the branch, visit or call 864-233-4210.

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George I. Theisen Family YMCA hires John Derwent as its new executive director

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 1, 2022) – The YMCA of Greenville today announced that John Derwent has been chosen to lead the YMCA of Greenville’s George I. Theisen Family YMCA branch in Travelers Rest as its executive director. In this role, Derwent is responsible for the branch’s strategic initiatives, representing and promoting the YMCA of Greenville’s mission and brand to the local community, and overseeing branch operations, including membership, marketing, programs, facilities, volunteer and staff development, financial development, community relations and collaborations with other community agencies.

Derwent, a seasoned YMCA leader, has served in different roles at YMCA associations across South Carolina and Maryland for more than eight years. Most recently, he served as vice president for the Foothills Area YMCA in Seneca, SC.

On joining the George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Derwent says he was drawn to the position by the great staff and the Y’s potential for growth to serve even more individuals and families than they already are. Currently, the George I. Theisen Family YMCA offers after school care and child watch, summer day camps, group exercise, personal training, and youth sports.

“I have a vision for where I want this Y to be in five years, and I’m ready for the challenge,” says Derwent. “Our branch is in the middle of a rapidly growing community, and growth always brings new opportunities. I’m excited to empower our team on how to best serve these ever-expanding needs.”

“We’re thrilled to have John at the helm of our George I. Theisen Family branch,” says Scot Badley, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greenville. “The leadership and successes he’s demonstrated at other YMCA associations makes him an excellent fit for our association, and I’m excited to see what he and his team will accomplish for the Northern Greenville and Travelers Rest communities.”

Derwent graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and holds several YMCA leadership certifications and awards, including the YMCA USA Team Leader and Multi-Team Leader certification. Derwent was selected for the YMCA of Maryland Executive Board mentee program and held a board position with the Maryland Association for Parkinson’s Support. Derwent also holds his aquatic facility operator license and was a youth lacrosse and Special Olympics volunteer in Maryland until his relocation to South Carolina in 2019.


About the YMCA of Greenville, SC

The YMCA of Greenville is a cause-driven non-profit organization. Our mission is, following the example of Christ, to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the health and well-being on our community and provides opportunities to give back and help support our neighbors. Founded in 1976, the Y serves more than 70,000 people annually though programs that include afterschool care, resident and day camps, aquatics, youth and adult sports, and health and wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, YMCA Judson Community Center, the YMCA Program Center, and Hollingsworth Outdoor Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government programs.

For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit, or call (864) 412-0288.

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Six Roe Cassidy Lawyers recognized as 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Roe Cassidy Coates & Price announced that Best Lawyers in America® has honored six attorneys as Best Lawyers® in 2023 and two attorneys as “Lawyer Of The Year.” Roe Cassidy Coates & Price has a long tradition of lawyer recognitions in Best Lawyers of America®.

Roe Cassidy Coates & Price Best Lawyers®:

James H. “Jim” Cassidy
o Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
o Commercial Litigation

William Coates
o Government Relations Practice
o Litigation – Banking and Finance
o Litigation – Environmental

Jack D. Griffeth
o Employment Law – Management
o Insurance Law
o Mediation

Ross B. Plyler
o Employment Law – Management
o Insurance Law

V. Clark Price
o Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Fred W. “Trey” Suggs III
o Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Roe Cassidy Coates & Price Best Lawyers® “Lawyer Of The Year” award recipients:

Ross B. Plyler
o Insurance Law

William Coates
o Litigation – Environmental

About Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers® is compiled by conducting confidential peer-review surveys where attorneys confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

About Roe Cassidy Coates & Price
Roe Cassidy is a small firm engaged in large firm practice. Our attorneys practice in a wide variety of areas including general litigation, commercial and corporate banking, real estate, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and probate.

For more information about Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, please contact Maggie Waddoups at +1 864 349 2611 or