Ten at the Top Upstate News
February 1, 2021 | Volume 12, Issue 2
Ten at the Top Welcomes New Board Members
Shown during their TATT New Board Member Orientation are (left to right): Dr. Annette Christy, Geoff Beans, Jenny Wehrs, Trentsie Williams, Joel Jones, Dr. Michael Thorsland, Stinson Ferguson and Annie Caggiano.
Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the addition of 14 new board members for the 2021-2023 term. Each new member participated in one of the TATT New Board Member orientation sessions held on January 28th and 29th. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization.

New Members to the TATT board are:
Geoff Beans, Associate, NAI Earle Furman
Alex Butterbaugh, Owner, Keowee Brewing Company
Annie Caggiano, President & CEO, Oconee Economic Alliance
Dr. Annette Christy, Executive Council Member, AARP of South Carolina
Stinson Ferguson, Special Counsel, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Joel Jones, Chief Operating Officer, ReWa
Brown Patterson, Chairman, Laurens County Council
Abby Russell, Corporate Relations Director, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Nathan Senn, Mayor, City of Laurens
Frannie Stockwell, President, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent, School District of Oconee County
Jenny Wehrs, Vice President-Operations, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Julie Wilkie, City Manager, City of Greenwood
Trentsie Williams, Director of Finance, Meg’s House

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.
Pictured during their TATT New Board Orientation session are: Brown Patterson, TATT Chairman Terence Roberts, Nathan Senn, Julie Wilkie, Alex Butterbaugh, Abby Russell, Frannie Stockwell, Governance Committee Chairman David Feild and Executive Director Dean Hybl.
Upstate Leaders Focus on the Future
We asked our "Focus on the Future" leadership group to share their expectations for 2021 as well as what they are paying special attention to in the new year. Check out their responses in the two posts below.

Focus on the Future - Key Topics for 2021

Focus on the Future - Understanding the "New Normal"
Have Time for a Chat?
While we have not been able to connect in-person as much in recent months as we would like, TATT is still making sure we can stay connected virtually through our regular TATT CHAT.

As we move into 2021, we are coordinating informative chats that will occur every-other-Thursday afternoon (pre-event networking starts at 2:40 pm and the TATT CHAT starts at 3 pm). The chats will feature quest speakers on key topics as well as updates from leaders across the Upstate region.

Below is the schedule for the first four TATT CHAT'S of 2021:

February 4: Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Davis, President, Furman University. Register now!

February 18: Guest Speakers, Tiffany Tate/Aimee Redick, Upstate Alliance “Skill Up” Initiative. Register now!
Young Professionals Hold
First Sneak Pique of 2021
On Wednesday, January 27, Sneak Pique for young professionals featured recruitment and human resources specialists Joey Malamug and Abby Blackwell from ScanSource to talk about Networking in a Digital Age. Abby and Joey discussed setting networking goals, where young professionals can network, and networking dos and don’ts.

The presentation, a recording of the meeting, and the meeting recap are all on the Ten at the Top website under Sneak Pique.

Stinson Ferguson also introduced Ten at the Top’s Creating a Safer Upstate initiative. For information about involvement in Creating a Safer Upstate, please contact Justine Allen at jallen@tenatthetop.org.
Staying on Top Blog
Through TATT's Staing on Top Blog, leaders from across the Upstate provide insights into key Upstate issues.

Below are the most recent Staying on Top posts:

BBB Warns Tax Season is Here, But So Are Scammers - by Vee Daniel, BBB Upstate President & CEO - Click Here to Read

ACRE Grant Awarded to Entrepreneur Agribusinesses in the Upstate - Click Here to Read
Upcoming Events
February 3 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.: PPP Second Draw Workhop
Guest Speakers, Earl Gregorich, Small Business Development Center and Kunal Parikh, Legislative Assistant to Senator Tim Scott- Register now!

February 4 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.: TATT CHAT
Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Davis, President, Furman University. Register now!

February 18 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.: TATT CHAT
Guest Speakers, Tiffany Tate/Aimee Redick, Upstate Alliance “Skill Up” Initiative. Register now!

February 23 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Connecting the Dots: How Transportation Creates Community Vibrancy
Guest Speakers: Shawn Bell, City of Fountain Inn; Jon Caime, Laurens County, Dianna Gracely, City of Simpsonville, and Brandon Madden, City of Mauldin - Register Now!

February 24 - 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Upstate Professional Planners: Freedom Mobility Plan Workshop
Guest Speakers: Michael Hildebrand, Upstate Mobility Alliance, Kayleigh Sullivan & Matthew Rehnborg, Greenlink - Register Now!
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.

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

If your company or organization is not already a TATT partner, we invite you to join us. Here is a direct link to partnership opportunities for 2021.

In addition, TATT is continuing to accept support for our Ignition Fund Campaign. This effort is a long-term funding program designed to help TATT to continue to ignite initiatives across the Upstate. Click Here for more details.

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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