“Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and achievement in business and manufacturing-
Greg Hillman is Director of SC Launch, Inc., a private 501(c)(3) affiliate of SCRA and a key program of SCRA's Technology Ventures Division. Since joining SCRA in 2007, Mr. Hillman and the SC Launch Team have reviewed hundreds of technology company applicants, ushered over 200 candidates successfully into the Program as Clients and mentored the 55+ Portfolio companies in the program to obtain initial, follow-on or external funding. Prior professional roles include those of corporate executive, technical management and system engineering with Computer Sciences Corporation Consulting Division, DuPont, Photopolymers and Electronic Materials Division, Cincinnati Bell, Electronic Data Systems, and as founder and CEO of Integrated Business Solutions, Inc. as well as service in the USAF. He holds a B.A. in Management from Park University and an M.B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Utah.
Fran R. Jones is Vice President of Administrative Services for Bridgestone America’s new $900 million Off Road Tire Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. She began her Bridgestone career in 1990 at a green field tire manufacturing start-up in Warren County, TN. With Bridgestone she has held positions including Human Resources Service Leader for the Aiken PSR Plant, Vice President, Human Resources & Talent Management for BATO North America as well as Vice President, Human Resources Business Partners before assuming her current position. In her current capacity, Fran is responsible for the human resources, community and government relations, training and development, transportation services, and contractor management for the new plant. She holds a B.A. in Management and Human Resources and an M.B.A. from Trevecca University in Nashville, and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) holding both PHR and GPHR certifications.
Sam Patrick is President of Patrick Marketing & Communications, Inc. of Greenville. His varied marketing career includes time with both national advertising agencies and in corporate marketing, including work with some of America’s best-known brands including DOW, Publix Super Markets, SouthTrust Corporation/
Ken Scarlett is President and CEO of Scarlett Surveys International, The Survey Company®. Since 1985, Mr. Scarlett has built Scarlett Surveys to be a worldwide leader in the employee engagement survey and management consulting industry serving Fortune 1000 companies, and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, white papers and books pertaining to Employee Engagement and Engagement Leadership. Scarlett Surveys celebrates 50 years in business having surveyed over 15 million employees worldwide with their best practice AER™ Employee Engagement Survey System which ensures business sustainability and leadership excellence. Ken is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The new directors join returning directors including Gary Foster, President of Automation Engineering Corporation;
“We are pleased to have these four leaders join our organization as we strive to promote the continued importance of manufacturing in South Carolina, and to encourage more young people to consider careers in manufacturing,”
The Silver Crescent Foundation promotes manufacturing excellence, vitality and career opportunities across South Carolina through events including the annual Salute to Manufacturing (http://www.salutetomanufacturing.org/
The Silver Crescent Foundation collaborates with nonprofit organizations, business leaders, institutions of higher learning and public school systems to help young people understand the fundamental connections between engineering and technological innovation and a high standard of living. By encouraging young people to pursue math and science studies so they may become the manufacturing leaders of tomorrow, the Foundation is trying to ensure the state's workforce pipeline will remain filled with the highly skilled workers South Carolina needs to remain competitive. Learn more at www.SilverCrescentSC.org.