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Simone Mack, owner of SMACK Fitness, is a 2004 graduate of USC Upstate. Earning a degree in Communications, Simone credits Upstate with providing her with “the opportunity to participate in both curricular and extracurricular activities that helped me in my current professions.”

 Currently employed at Spartanburg Regional Federal Credit Union as a Member Services Representatives, singing with a neo-soul band “Okra”, a rock band “The Strictly Business Band”, and voice over for The Hummingbird Group. Mack says that she continues to utilize her talents with these positions.

 Her biggest success thus far would be starting SMACK Fitness, LLC. She says that she started SMACK Fitness “as a means to motivate, encourage, train and teach people about their daily walk in staying committed to a healthy lifestyle through quotes, facts, personal training sessions, and group fitness classes.”

 Mack credits much of her career success to her time at Upstate. Her marketing internship at Spartanburg Regional Hospital System gave her a chance to make an impact on the professional world. Also, she tutored phonetics lab and taught group fitness at the Athletic Club. “Those opportunities allowed me to become comfortable with my communication skills. It also enabled me to lay the foundation for SMACK Fitness. I really enjoyed my time as an Upstate student.”

 Of her professors at Upstate, Mack points out that, Dr. Cassandra Mitchell left a lasting impression on her. Being one of her core communication professors, Dr. Mitchell inspired Mack to embrace her various skills while helping her understand that they would eventually all come together and help her in her development as a professional. She recalls her fondest memory at Upstate as working in the phonetics lab as a tutor. “Dr. Judy Curtis suggested that I was good at phonetics; actually learning how words are created and how sound are made. I have been able to use those skills with the Hummingbird Group as a national voice-over talent.”

Among Simone Mack’s repertoire are SC State Figure overall title in Columbia, SC, the Overall Figure Title in Norfolk, VA., and a singing jingle for Disney.