Author Archives: envisionsc

Erwin Maddrey

President, Maddrey and Associates; Philanthropist


Bio

Hometown: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Education: B.A. Davidson College; MBA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Occupation: President, Maddrey and Associates; Philanthropist
Other Notables: Current Furman University Trustee; Serves on the Boards of: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, KEMET Corporation, and Delta Apparel Inc.; Former President, COO, and Director of Riegel Corporation (now part of Mount Vernon Mills); Co-Founder, Delta Woodside Industries; Currently serves as Chair of the Greater Greenville Forum, Chairman of the SC Governor’s School of the Arts Foundation


Do you agree with Erwin’s view on how we need to make a realignment to aim to be world class?
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John Rivers

President & CEO Rivers Enterprises; Philanthropist; Entrepreneur, Social
Advocate and Fundraiser


Bio

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Education: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Occupation: President & CEO Rivers Enterprises; Philanthropist; Entrepreneur, Social
Advocate and Fundraiser
Other Notables: The Rivers Family owned WCSC, Inc. (sold 1997); Former Chair South
Carolina Educational Television, Past Board Member Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce,
the Charleston Industrial Association, the Charleston Travel Industry Development Council, and
the Citizens & Southern National Bank of SC, (organizer of the newly established Bank of South
Carolina).
Website: riversenterprises.com


What do you think of John’s advice to young South Carolinians?
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Walter Alessandrini

Business Executive, Entrepreneur; former CEO


Bio

Hometown: Chiavari, Italy
Education: : Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Genoa, 1972, Genoa, Italy
Occupation: Business Executive, Entrepreneur; former CEO
Other Notables: Board Member, Green Cloud Technologies, from 2013; Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 1991-1992;Board Member, Palmetto Institute, 2002-2003; Ernst & Young Inc. Magazine/Merrill Lynch, South Carolina Entrepreneur of the Year, 1994; South Carolina Ambassador of Economic Development, 1995; Columbia International Business Person of the Year, 1997


Walter Alessandrini talks a lot about the need for both more capital and better education as factors holding back entrepreneurs in South Carolina. What do you think is the biggest problem?
Lack of capital
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Poor education
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Dr. Thaddeus Bell

Physician, Founder and CEO, Closing The Gap in Healthcare, Inc., Lecturer


Bio

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Education: : B.S. Biology, South Carolina State; M.A., Science Education, Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University); M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Occupation: Physician, Founder and CEO, Closing The Gap in Healthcare, Inc., Lecturer
Other Notables: Lifetime member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Founder, Lowcountry Jazz Festival, 1996 South Carolina Physician of the Year (1st African American), Voted one of South Carolina’s Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century, Helped establish the Family Health Center in Cross, South Carolina
Website: www.closingthegapinhealthcare.com


Do you agree with Dr. Thaddeus’ view that there’s a very close relationship between healthcare and education?
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Ray Greenberg

President, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Author


Bio

Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Education: : B.S. Chemistry, University of North Carolina; Master of Public Health, Harvard University; M.D. Duke University; Ph.D, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina
Occupation: President, Medical University of South Carolina, Author
Other Notables: Nationally recognized for his cancer research, Founding Dean of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Former Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, MUSC; Created the Center For Academic Excellence, Center For Aging, Office of Gender Equity
Website: academicdepartments.musc.edu


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John Warner

Founder and CEO, Innoventure LLC.; Founder swampfox.ws; Entrepreneur, Writer, Business Executive


Bio

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Education: B.S; Accounting, Clemson University; M.A. Accountancy, University of Georgia
Occupation:Founder and CEO, Innoventure LLC.; Founder swampfox.ws; Entrepreneur,
Writer, Business Executive
Other Notables:Founder and CEO, Innoventure LLC.; Founder swampfox.ws; Entrepreneur,
Writer, Business Executive
Website: www.swampfox.ws/


What do you think about John’s opinion on what our competitive advantages and relative weaknesses in this global marketplace are?
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Adam Witty

Founder and CEO, Advantage Media Group Inc.; Entrepreneur, Author, Lecturer


Bio

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Education: B.S; Clemson University
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Advantage Media Group Inc.; Entrepreneur, Author, Lecturer
Other Notables: Author of 5 Books, Mentee of Orlando Magic Co-Founder and SVP, Pat Williams; Attended Clemson University without ever going to visit the school first
Website: www.adamwitty.com


Do you agree with Adam’s view that South Carolina by nature has to be more entrepreneurial?
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Dr. Lacy Ford

Professor of History, Vice Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies,
University of South Carolina; Author, Historian, Lecturer


Bio

Hometown: York Country (near Clover), SC
Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Occupation: Professor of History, Vice Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of South Carolina; Author, Historian, Lecturer
Other Notables: National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, 2000-2001; American Philosophical Society Research and Travel Fellowship, 1994-95; Mellon Summer Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 1993; Deliver Us From Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009); Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800-1860 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988). Winner of the Francis B. Simkins Prize, 1988-1989
Website: www.artsandsciences.sc.edu


Do you agree with Lacy’s view that we have to invest long term in human capital in this state?
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Phil Noble Commentary

Lacy is a world class historian who writes about South Carolina and the South. His insights about our past and future are both bold and invaluable.

Mayor Joe Riley

Mayor, Charleston, S.C. (since 1975)


Bio

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Education: Undergraduate, The Citadel; J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law
Occupation: Mayor, Charleston, S.C. (since 1975)
Other Notables: Recipient of The National Medal of Arts (2009) – Presented by President Barack Obama, One of the twenty-five most dynamic mayors in America, Newsweek Magazine, The American Architectural Foundation and the U. S. Conference of Mayors in February 2010 created The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Leadership in City Design in his honor. Recipient, South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2005; Recipient, American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2004 Olmsted Medal; Served as President of the U. S. Conference of Mayors 1986-87 and currently serves on the USCM’s Executive Committee
Website: www.charlestoncity.info


What do you think of Mayor Riley’s views on the principle assets and the barriers to this state?
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Phil Noble Commentary

Often called “America’s best mayor,” Riley personifies both a world class vision and a proven record of amazing accomplishments. This is how world class gets done.

George Hincapie

Cyclist (retired), Business Owner; Hincapie Sportswear


Bio

Hometown: Queens, New York
Education:Farmingdale High School (New York);Cycling competitions around the world
Occupation:Cyclist (retired), Business Owner; Hincapie Sportswear
Other Notables:National Professional Road Champion: 1998, 2006, 2009; Tour de France Yellow Jersey assists: 1999-2005, 2007, 2011; Olympics: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; U.S. National Team: 1991-93, 1998-99;
Website: www.georgehincapie.com
www.hincapie.com


What do you think of George’s advice to children that want to be like him one day?
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Phil Noble Commentary

George is unique in that he is a world class athlete who was very successful globally and then decided to move to South Carolina. He offers a unique perspective of a “new South Carolinian.”

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