John Sterling

As a sales trainer, manager, and serial entrepreneur, John is known for mentoring sales reps with zero business experience so they become high-six- and seven-figure salespeople. John built software startup DataStream into a publicly traded company that sold to Infor for over $200 million. As Vice President of Sales, John and his team managed acquisitions in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Singapore, and Australia, becoming the biggest technology company in South Carolina. During that time, John hired and trained over 150 sales reps, sixty of whom are now business owners, CEOs, or Sales VPs. Currently, John is owner of and investor in technology companies in the Southern United States and consults with business owners and their sales teams to crush quota. John captained The Citadel college basketball team, played against Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, and played professional basketball in Ireland. After basketball (and Guinness), John began his sales career in Silicon Valley in computer software. On weekends, John can be found around Greenville, South Carolina, jazz clubs playing the saxophone. Take your technology sales team from noobs to pros at www.SalesTrainingForNoobs.com.

Sandy Burn from Palmetto Olive Oil

Sandy Burn traded in teaching children how to read for teaching adults all about olive oil in 2011, when she and her husband, Michael, opened Palmetto Olive Oil on Augusta Rd in Greenville. Having taught at Augusta Circle, she knew that would be the perfect place for a specialty store like olive oil. They have since expanded to open stores in Spartanburg and Landrum.

Chuck Driskell

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About Chuck

The youngest of five children, Chuck’s initial love of fiction was borne out of a lack of money coupled with an overactive childhood imagination.  On Sunday afternoons during his childhood, Chuck’s parents would take the entire family to the public library—it was pleasurable and, best of all, free.  He credits The Shining, by Stephen King, as being the first novel he ever read.

Following high school, Chuck joined the Army after finding little inspiration (or money) for college.  He was stationed stateside at Fort Sill and as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg; but it was Chuck’s two-and-a-half years stationed in Germany that forged many of the memories that fuel his interest today.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chuck endured more schooling before embarking on a career in advertising.  In 2001 he co-founded B2B Media, Inc., a company that would go on to be named the second fastest-growing company in South Carolina.

While his career was progressing nicely, an active skydiver, Chuck suffered an accident while BASE jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia.  Although he’s since recovered, the accident took away his ability to compete in numerous sports.  It was the accident, and his resulting physical limitations, that would later become the seed for his need to write.

As his career churned on, Chuck married his wife in 2003.  Fulfilled personally and professionally, something began to tug at his mind.  Before his accident he’d been able to satisfy his inner desires, first with the adrenaline of a soldier’s life, and later as a risk-taking skydiver.  When he could no longer be either, he realized something was missing.

Searching for an answer, in 2005 and at the behest of one of his closest friends, Chuck began to write.  Claiming he couldn’t write a decent sentence at the time, he started by penning his own experiences.  After moving on to short stories for a period, he eventually began to write novel-length stories in earnest.  Over time he learned to blend flawed characters with extraordinary situations, creating a hybrid of the classic spy/suspense novel.  Chuck’s passion for travel—especially in Europe—helps lend genuine background and texture to his writing.

Since his first book appeared in 2012, Solipsist Films have optioned The Gage Hartline series.  To The Lions, the second book in the series, has been adapted and is currently in development.  Additionally, several of Chuck’s books have been translated into foreign languages.  He’s currently able to turn out a new book every 6-9 months.

Chuck lives in South Carolina with his wife and two children. 

Carter Family Wines

Today we talk to Jon-Michial and Catherine Carter about wine-making and their winery; Carter Family Wines.

About the Winery

We are an artisanal Carolina urban winery. We source the highest quality grapes from our California vineyards. Our wines are made at our winery and production facility near downtown Greenville, South Carolina. We are open for private tastings by appointment only.  Learn more at https://carterfamilywines.com/

Jim Bannister

James W. Bannister was sworn in as a Commissioner of Public Works during the City of Greenville Council meeting on Monday, October 22. A partner with the law firm Bannister & Wyatt, LLC, Commissioner Bannister is a defense attorney and holds both his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of South Carolina. He fills the unexpired term of Greenville Water Commissioner John F. Tynan who resigned earlier this year after accepting an out-of-state position.

The Commission is composed of five Commissioners, three elected for staggered six-year terms, and two Ex-officio Commissioners, consisting of the Mayor of the City of Greenville and one City of Greenville Council Member. The Commission is the policy-making body and appoints the Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of Greenville Water’s operations.

Aileen Gallagher From The Family Effect

Aileen serves as the Director of Community Engagement for The Family Effect. Aileen enjoys connecting people to their passion and providing ways to undertake meaningful acts of generosity. Aileen works closely with community donors to ensure they have the best possible experience with our mission. She has a strong history of volunteerism, and previously served The Family Effect by leading our volunteer program.

Before joining The Family Effect, Aileen worked in Case Management at Serenity Village. Having recently received a Masters Degree in Social Work, she brings an interesting mix of clinical knowledge and advocacy experience to The Family Effect. Aileen serves as the VP of Sponsorships on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals South Carolina, Piedmont Chapter. Aileen brings compassion, enthusiasm and an extensive amount of recovery knowledge to the position.

JDew

JDew: Greenville’s Host With the Most

About JDew

By the time he was 30 years old, JDew had entertained and empowered over three million people at live events through speaking, sports entertainment and the stage. His talents and capabilities are most evident in his adaptability to what kind of event he’s hosting, from baseball games to VIP galas, and his flexibility in what services he can provide, from behind-the-scenes brainstorming and promotion to emceeing and handling the spotlight like there’s nothing to it.

For ten years JDew was the Director of Fun for a minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and is currently the on-court hype man for Clemson University Men’s and Women’s basketball. In 2011, he began touring theatre experiences to many day school and higher education platforms with “One Voice: A Black History Narrative”. In addition to those experiences, JDew is perennially on the mic at many corporate and civic fundraisers and galas. JDew (or Jeremiah, according to his birth certificate) lives in Greenville, S.C. with his wife Sydney, and their three young children. Follow him socially at @itsJDew and at itsjdew.com

Tom Callaway

From Boston originally Tom came to SC in 1971 after being in college for a year in NC. Graduating from Wofford in 1977, Tom went on to work at Liberty Life, and then as a Senior Officer at the following Financial Services firms: Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta: Shearson/ Lehman Brothers/ American Express in NYC; The Metropolitan Life in NYC; Marsh and Mclennan and Marsh USA in NYC; General American in St. Louis; and Merrill Lynch in NC. As a consultant to many of NY’s large and boutique investment bankers Tom consults for them on special situation mergers and acquisitions in semi retirement. Learn more at https://www.perfectionsolar.com

Jack & Brad Freeman/Southern Stripes Lawn & Landscape

Greenville teenagers Jack & Brad Freeman have taken to high school job model and turned it on it’s head. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Stripes-Lawn-Landscapes-106228247833026/

Bootie Cothran

Bootie Cothran

Bootie Cothran has competed on American Ninja Warrior since Season Five, although he took a break during Season Six. His performances have been steadily getting better each Season.

Bootie Cothran is 51 years old, a native of Greenville, SC, and a 6-time competitor on NBC’s #AmericanNinjaWarrior. He is the North and South Carolina ambassador for Project Fit America. He is an eternal optimist, a deep thinker, a budding gardener, an advocate of kindness and a lover of Life!