USC Upstate News

Spinx Company Managers Earn Retail Management Certificates

05- 11- 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will host the graduation of its inaugural class from the Retail Management Certificate Program on Monday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the McAlister Square Auditorium at the University Center of Greenville. Fifteen Spinx Company managers have completed the year-long program formed as a partnership between USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and the Spinx Company, a chain of convenience stores and gasoline retailers based in Greenville.

Receiving Retail Management Certificates will be:

  • Kevin Carter, general manager of store 125 in Piedmont;
  • John Chipps, general manager of store 181 in Greenville;
  • Tracey Crawford, general manager of store 108 in Greer;
  • Veronica Frier, general manager of store 134 in Simpsonville;
  • Joann Galloway, general manager of store 178 in Travelers Rest;
  • Aaron Housel, territory manager;
  • Cindy Anderson, food service manager of store 125 in Piedmont;
  • Tomi Lee, general manager of store 102 Greenville;
  • Shawn McDuell, IT project liaison;
  • Pam Morris, training director;
  • Lynette Norman, food service manager of store 178 in Travelers Rest;
  • Kelly Paton, general manager of store 116 Greenville;
  • Pendra Rich, general manager of store 193 in Simpsonville;
  • Angela Young, general manager of store 148 in Marietta; and
  • Rusty Young, corporate auditor.

Retail management, communicative Spanish for retail personnel, accounting/financial analysis, and communication theory and practice, were the four core areas of the executive level education program developed in collaboration between the Spinx Company and the faculty of the Johnson College of Business and Economics.

Spinks“These managers have a combined 84 years of service to the Spinx Company,” says Spinx Company CEO Stewart Spinks. “This retail management certificate will build upon the experience they have, enhance their leadership and retail skills, and prove a valuable asset to the company and to them as individuals. We know first-hand the difference in competence and confidence a quality education makes, and we as a company welcome opportunities to invest in our most valued resources – our employees!”

Spinks, who will speak at the ceremony, says that his company makes continued learning programs available to all Spinx employees including a GED program, company career path training and development, higher learning through this retail management program, to scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities in pursuit of a degree.

“The Spinx Company’s partnership with the Johnson College of Business will benefit not just Spinx, but also the communities that we serve in having a well-educated workforce,” says Spinks.

Spinx employs over 700 associates, and with $465 million in annual sales, it is the largest gasoline retailer in the Upstate. Stewart Spinks is the founder of The Spinx Company, Inc., which operates more than 70 convenience stores and supplies over 70 with gasoline in North and South Carolina. For more information about the graduates of this inaugural class, contact Pam Morris, training director, at (864) 233-5421 or PJM@spinxco.com

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate delivers an excellent business education to a diverse student population. The College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction shared with less than 10 percent of business schools worldwide, for its undergraduate business degree program. Through the College’s five concentrations—accounting, economics/finance, general business administration, management and marketing—USC Upstate business graduates emerge with a deep understanding of today’s global market. For more information about the Johnson College or any of its programs, contact Darrell Parker, dean, at (864) 503-5566 or dparker@uscupstate.edu.