Focus on the Future

Navigating the Future of the Upstate

Regardless of the sector or location, 2020 has been a trying time for all Upstate entities. As we move into a new year, an uncertain future remains. To help us to better understand some of the ongoing challenges from the pandemic and resulting economic crisis, we have compiled a group of local, regional and state business, government and non-profit leaders who will periodically share their insights on a variety of topics and community issues. By sharing their struggles, successes and continued efforts they will help all Upstate entities better understand and navigate this uncertain future.

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Focus on the Future Panelists

First Name

Last Name

Organization

Position

Justin

Benfield

Prisma Health – Laurens County Hospital

Chief Executive Officer

Paul

Cain

Oconee County

Council Member

Susan

Cohen

Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce

President & CEO

Neal

Collins

S.C. House of Representatives

Representative

Mark

Farris

Greenville Area Development Corporation

President & CEO

David

Feild

Colliers International

Market President

Angie

Gossett

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Regional Marketing

Sara

Hazzard

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

President & CEO

Madeleine

McGee

Together SC

Executive Director

G.P.

McLeer

South Carolina Arts Alliance

Executive Director

Kelly

McWhorter

Discover Greenwood

Executive Director

Amanda

Munyan

Laurens County Chamber of Commerce

President & CEO

Mamie

Nicholson

Self Family Foundation

President

Katherine

O’Neill

One Spartanburg

Chief Economic Development Officer

Chuck

Saylors

Greenville County School Board

Trustee

Liz 

Seman

Greenville County

Council Member

Minor

Shaw

Daniel-Mickel Foundation

Chairman

Katy

Smith

Piedmont Health Foundation & Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy

Executive Director

Stephen 

Steese

City of Easley

City Manager

Paige

Stephenson

United Way of Piedmont

President & CEO

Stephen 

Taylor

Abbeville County Economic Development

Executive Director

Tim

Todd

Discover Upcountry

Executive Director

Trentsie

Williams

Meg’s House

Director of Finance