USC Upstate News

President and Founder of Gibbs International Speaks to New Business Enterprise Class

11- 02- 2007

Gibbs Group PhotoSpartanburg, S.C. –  Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs visited the School of Business Administration and Economics on Thursday, November 1. Mr. Gibbs is President and founder of Gibbs International, which is headquartered in Spartanburg. Mr. Gibbs spoke to the New Business Enterprise class taught by Jeff Smith. Topics covered by Mr. Gibbs included capitalizing a business start up, global competition and commerce, the vital importance of strong communication skills within the realm of business, and taking calculated risks and working hard to make ideas come to fruition. Senior accounting student Andrew Saleeby commented “Hearing from an accomplished businessman like Mr. Gibbs explain how hard and tough it will be in the business world makes me appreciate the challenges we receive from the Upstate School of Business and our professors.”

Mr. Gibbs spoke briefly, and then asked the class for questions. The Upstate students responded by asking numerous “real world” questions for the entire hour and fifteen minute class period. When management major Thomas Webster asked the importance of connections and communication skills in the changing business environment, Mr. Gibbs responded along with focusing on your own individual skills and talents, good communication skills were vital to success.

After the class, Instructor Jeff Smith commented: “Jimmy Gibbs is among an elite handful of entrepreneurs in the Southeast that have essentially and successfully created a market. Spartanburg has benefited from Jimmy and Marsha’s success from their support of multiple programs and initiatives in our community. The School of Business Administration and Economics is fortunate and appreciative that Jimmy and Marsha are willing to share the knowledge they gained from creating and running an extremely successful business model with our students as they near the completion of their degrees and embark on accomplishing their own career goals.” 

SBAE senior Dawn Duncan, an upcoming December 2007 graduate in accounting, commented that she “was impressed with Mr. Gibbs’ 15 Basic Principles to Success,” and that the principles were a great summary to prepare her and others as they begin their careers.