Ten at the Top Upstate News
February 3, 2020 - Volume 11, Issue 2
Michael Hildebrand Named Upstate Mobility Alliance Director
Ten at the Top (TATT) has announced the addition of Michael Hildebrand as the first Director of the Upstate Mobility Alliance, which has been created following the Connecting Our Future Mobility initiative.

A two-year effort coordinated by Ten at the Top that brought together transportation providers, business leaders, and nonprofit representatives around the issue of mobility in the Upstate, Connecting Our Future included the development of the Upstate Mobility Vision and identified a number of opportunities for collectively supporting mobility efforts across the region. Formation of the Upstate Mobility Alliance was a key recommendation provided during the process.

The Upstate Mobility Alliance Director will be a prominent voice illustrating the valuable role mobility plays in the overall success of the Upstate while also promoting collaboration and community investment around mobility initiatives. He will lead the daily operation of the Upstate Mobility Alliance, coordinate the efforts of the Alliance leadership team and strategic task forces, and work to advance the vision for improved transportation and mobility in the Upstate.

“We are excited to have Michael Hildebrand join our Upstate Mobility Alliance team,” says Keith Scott, director of Anderson’s Electric City Transit and co-chair of the Upstate Mobility Alliance’s leadership committee. “He will be a prominent voice illustrating the valuable role mobility plays in the overall success of the Upstate, while also promoting collaboration and community investment around mobility initiatives. Michael is highly motivated, engaging, and able to build connections with a wide range of stakeholders. The Upstate Mobility Alliance is looking forward to Michael helping us take our initiative to the next level of success.”
Calling All Young Professionals
2020 Pique Set for March 23rd
The 5th Annual Pique Young Leaders Summit, presented by ScanSource, will be hosted by Ten at the Top on March 23rd at the Huguenot Mill & Loft in Greenville. Sallie Holder, author of the book Rock Middle: The Roadmap from Empty Success to True Fulfillment, will serve as the keynote speaker.

This annual event provides a great opportunity for networking among young professionals from the more than 20 young professional groups in the Upstate as well as with veteran executives from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of South Carolina Law School, Sallie Holder previously served as an attorney at Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and lives in Greenville. She coined the phrase “Hitting Rock Middle™” and the revolutionary BE BOLDER strategy to help people create their biggest, boldest, most successful careers. In addition to her recently released book, Sallie is a dynamic speaker who leaves audiences with the tools they need to make the changes they desire. She’s an expert on leadership, teams, change management, mindset, and motivation.

In addition to the keynote address, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from three breakout sessions and the popular executive networking roundtables. Below are the three breakout sessions. You can read the list of current panelists on the Pique web page and the full list of panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Negotiating Your Best Career
  • Community Engagement: Building Your Career Outside of Your Office
  • Conflict Management: Effective Communication for a Peaceful Workplace

One of the annual highlights of the event is the Executive Roundtable sessions with veteran executives from across the Upstate. The Executive Roundtables provide an opportunity for small group discussions with executives currently leading businesses, local governments and community organizations in the Upstate.

The event is being held from 2:00-6:30 p.m., and individual tickets are $25.
Local Author Sallie Holder will serve as the Keynote Speaker
 for the Pique Young Leaders Summit on March 23rd.
TATT Welcomes New Board Members
Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the addition of 20 new board members for the 2020-2022 term. Many of them (pictured at right) participated in the TATT New Board Member orientation on January 27th. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization.



New Members to the TATT board are:
  • Justin Benfield, CEO, Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital
  • Derham Cole, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, USC Upstate
  • Dr. Galen DeHay, Preisdent, Tri-County Technical College
  • Jeff Field, Executive Director, Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission
  • David Hammond, Marketing Specialist, Laurens Electric Cooperative
  • Dr. Eli Hestermann, Executive Dir., Furman University Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
  • Missy House, City Administrator, City of Inman
  • Heather Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Greenwood Partnership Alliance
  • Mustan Kapasi, President, Kapasi Glass
  • Kyra Lobbins, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff, Clemson University
  • Mark McKinney, General Manager, Cintas Corporation
  • Adela Mendoza, President & CEO, Hispanic Alliance
  • Amanda Munyan, President, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Nail, Attorney, Ogletree, Deakins Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Carlos Phillips, President & CEO, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Self, Executive Director, AnMed Health Foundation
  • Allen Smith, President & CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Annie Smith, Marketing & Development Director, USC Union
  • Wendy Walden, Associate Vice President for Executive Affairs, Greenville Technical College
  • John Wright Jr., Principal, McCoy Wright Commercial Real Estate

The TATT Board of Directors is composed of public, private and civic leaders from across the 10-county Upstate region. TATT board members are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration across the region on issues of regional significance, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders, and supporting general organizational functions.
Erica Huffman Joins the TATT Team
Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Huffman to the TATT Team as an Administrative Associate.

Erica’s role at Ten at the Top is to assist with office tasks, events, fundraising support, and contributing to the UpstateVibe365 initiative. She is currently taking tutorials in eTapestry, which TATT was able to recently purchase through a grant from Duke Energy & Piedmont Natural Gas.

Erica grew up in Oregon but has traveled and lived in many places, including New Zealand and Greece. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she earned a BA in History.

Erica moved to Upstate South Carolina in 2016 with her husband and two kids. She is fluent in Greek and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Check Out TATT's 2019 Year in Review
Ten at the Top completed a Decade Connecting the Upstate with a very busy, but successful 2019. The organization conducted 104 regional engagements with more than 3,800 participants as several initiatives moved closer to providing a positive impact across the Upstate.

Below are just a few of the highlights included in the 2019 Year in Review.

  • TATT hosted nine county workshops with each focused on an issue of interest within that county.

  • The Upstate Mobility Alliance was officially announced and launched in January 2020 with the addition of Michael Hildebrand as Director.

  • The Upstate Education Spectrum continued to focus on the K-12 Teacher Shortage and announced the new "Teach at the Top" campaign as well as the "Teacher Gateway Project."

  • TATT hosted quarterly workshop series focused around Upstate Senior Needs and the Upstate Entrepreneur Support Providers Network.
Upstate Vibe Feature of the Month:
Envision Williamston: A Town with a History and a Future
At the invitation of Tony Brown, the executive director of Envision Williamston, I spent a couple of hours earlier this week in a town I had never visited before and didn’t know much about—Williamston, which used to be called Mineral Springs.

On the eastern edge of Anderson County, between Belton and Pelzer, sits the town of 4100 people with a familiar history—one of textile manufacturing that was once the lifeblood of the town, but now it’s more of a bedroom community for Greenville or Anderson.
It’s a town that has a lot going for it, though.

While a lot of towns talk about how to incorporate green space in their downtown areas, Williamston’s downtown is built around Mineral Spring Park. With picnic shelters, a playground, a stage, and plenty of open space, the park is used for recreation and events, and a paved path around and through the park is perfect for strollers, bicycles, wheelchairs, or walking shoes.

Article by Sharon Purvis, TATT Director of Outreach & Special Projects
Leadership Level Partners
Ten at the Top is fortunate to have many great funding supporters and appreciate all who help ensure the current and future success of the organization. Our highest partnership level is the Leadership Level, with companies or organizations investing $10,000 or more annually to support TATT. If your company or organization is interested in joining TATT's Leadership Level Supporters, please contact Dean Hybl today.
Stay Connected with Upstate Initiatives & Resources

Check out the TATT YouTube Channel for archives from meetings, presentations and events hosted by Ten at the Top. The channel also includes videos of the Elevate Upstate Grant recipients and other TATT initiatives.

TATT volunteers have developed a number of interactive regional asset maps. Check out links to regional resources below.









There is something interesting, educational or entertaining happening in the Upstate 365 days a year.

Be sure to post your Upstate experiences using the hashtag #UpstateVibe365 and check out the regional calendar for what is happening across the region.

Ten at the Top
4 Regional Engagements in 2020
97 Participants in 2020
914 Regional Engagements since 2010
42,067 Participants since 2010
On the Calendar

Be sure and put these TATT events on your calendar:

Entrepreneur Support Providers
Network Meeting
February 20 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Park 37 Community Room
250 Executive Center Dr., Greenville, SC


Pique: Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate
March 23 | 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Huguenot Mill and Loft
101 W Broad St
Greenville, SC 29601



Become a TATT Supporter

Ten at the Top funding partners and event sponsors are the backbone of the organization.

We are very grateful for all the companies and organizations that annually support TATT. Check out the list of current partners .

In 2020 TATT will be continuing to hold a number of topic-specific workshops and meetings around issues that are impacting the Upstate. In addition, we expect the 2020 Upstate Regional Summit to be our biggest event ever.

We hope you will continue your TATT support or become a new partner in 2020.


If you have questions about TATT partnership and sponsorship opportunities or would like to set up a personal meeting, please contact Dean Hybl for questions or more information.

Ten at the Top is a regional non-profit organization with the mission of fostering collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life.
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