Hires and promotions for M. B. Kahn Greenville Division

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GREENVILLE, S.C — M. B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc. announced the promotion of Glen Newton and the hiring of Michael Dunlap for its Greenville Division.


Glen Newton joined the company in 1992 following his graduation from Clemson University and had previously served as project manager, estimator, and preconstruction manager with M.B. Kahn. He is now the chief estimator for the Greenville Division.


Michael Dunlap, a 1994 graduate of Clemson University, has been hired as senior estimator in the Greenville Division.  Dunlap has been instrumental in numerous commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects in the Upstate and Western North Carolina over the past 18 years.


About M. B.  Kahn:         

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, M. B. Kahn operates throughout the Southeast from seven strategically located offices and serves all market sectors.   Founded in 1927, M. B. Kahn is one of the nation’s leading construction companies, offering general contracting, construction management and design-build services. Engineering News-Record has named it South Carolina’s top contractor two years in a row. For more information, visit http://www.mbkahn.com

Citizens gather to talk about bad roads

Citizens for a Better Greenville

My Roads, My Vote

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville residents gathered today at the intersection of Woodruff and Miller roads to learn more about one of the biggest projects up for a vote in the November referendum.

This intersection, which is one of the most gridlocked in all of Greenville, is the site of two separate redevelopments, said Dennis Raines, Mauldin’s mayor. One project will transform the intersection itself, while the second has it as the terminus of a five-lane parkway that would serve as an alternate route between Miller Road and Verdae Boulevard.

“The roads referendum is one of the most important votes in Greenville history,” Raines said. “This intersection underscores the need for people to pass this referendum.”

The Citizens for a Better Greenville held the walking tour of the intersection to better help voters understand the need for improved roads in Greenville County. About 35 people attended the tour, which is the first of four scheduled for the summer. Future tours will look at sidewalk plans at schools, bridge improvements and resurfacing projects.

“We want the people of Greenville to be able to learn more about why Greenville’s infrastructure needs repairs,” Raines said.

The new parkway would serve as an alternate route between the Golden Strip and the region’s busiest shopping district.  The proposed route runs for a mile and a half between Miller Road and Verdae Boulevard.

Along the way, it would cross Interstate 85 and connect with three roads that branch off Woodruff Road and are dead ends now — Ketron Court near Costco, Green Heron Road at the Nutra Manufacturing plant, and Woodruff Industrial Lane at TGI Friday’s.

Planners have said it would give drivers a way to access popular destinations on the busy road without driving it as much.  They also say it would cut Woodruff Road traffic by 25 percent over time.

About The Citizens for a Better Greenville County:

The Citizens for a Better Greenville County is a local initiative to allow all Greenville residents the opportunity to decide the best way to fund infrastructure improvements county wide. Learn more at http://www.bettergreenvilleroads.com.


Media Advisory: Great granddaughter of Mark Twain to visit The Woodlands at Furman

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What:  Susan Bailey, author of “The Twain Shall Meet” and great granddaughter of Mark Twain                 will be holding a discussion and signing at The Woodlands at Furman.

When:  Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Where: The Woodlands at Furman, 1500 Trailhead Court, Greenville, S.C.

Why: The Woodlands at Furman will be hosting author Susan Bailey for a discussion and book signing.  Susan Bailey’s book, “The Twain Shall Meet,” which was written with genealogist Deb Gosselin, tells the tale of her lifelong search to find her biological mother.

The Woodlands at Furman is a premier non-profit continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone. The 22-acre campus is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to Furman University. It offers all four level of continuing care housing with the added financial assurance of Life Care. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities – enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit www.thewoodlandsatfurman.org.



Minute with Mack

Complete Public Relations Mack the Cat

Legalize it.


That’s right, you all know what I’m talking about. Legalize the use of medical and recreational catnip in ALL 50 states.


We count on our humans to serve us and make sure we meet our basic and evolutionary needs, yet humans allow their government the power and ability to punish them for giving us what we want.   The brief history of catnip prohibition suggests that the use of this power requires a considerable amount of thought. For some reason, the possession of the plant is a crime. How can the government applying sanctions to its citizen’s cats? Where is our vote?


The government seems to view legalizing catnip as either a moral issue or a practical issue. The practical issues seem to point towards the ideas of cash saved vs harm done, where as the underlying moral issues seem to be just predictions of what might happen if catnip falls into the paws of the wrong cat.


It’s wrong to punish all of the feline community for the actions of one bad cat.   In my opinion, the real reason catnip is prohibited is because a certain cat food corporation doesn’t want to see a drop in quarterly financial goals.


The moral issues regarding catnip prohibition are simply fairy tales about the perceptions of right and wrong. Morals should not dictate a set of laws constructed by the government. Not everyone shares the same moral compass. These are a set of standards that might have a popular agreement. but little confirmable existence in reality. Fairy tales.


The Ninth Amendment emphasizes that citizens (including their pets) have rights that are not specifically listed in the United States Constitution.   I’m sure many humans would like to think that their lives are their own to lead—but if that was so, would it be criminal to produce catnip?


We only wish to enjoy our evening catnip while our humans enjoy a class of wine after a long day at work.


Legalize it.

Social Media Myths

Complete Public Relations, a greenville public relations firm serving the Upstate doing pr in Greer, Easley, Spartanburg and Anderson
There’s a lot of talk about what social media can and can’t do for businesses, but I’ve noticed a lot of people are misinformed about social media. Most of this social media noise isn’t even helpful and often leads to strategists thinking they know something and ending up being miserably wrong. The only truth to social media is that it keeps changing and we need to adapt to those changes. Here are four social media myths you can’t afford to fall for:

More followers = more sales. Highly targeting and engaging with a small handful of followers can be much more beneficial than hundreds of disengaged followers. In fact, Finect, a financial advisor network, found out in a survey that social media users care less about the number of followers a company has and are more interested in the content being shared.

Facebook is free advertising. We all wish it were free. This is one of the most common social media myths I’ve ever heard. Years ago, this was true, and people have failed to realize that this has changed. Facebook Pages made it possible for brands and companies to connect with the masses without losing a penny, but that’s since changed. Organic reach is on a decline and if you want to reach a certain demographic, you’re going to have to create an off-the-charts brilliant piece of content or spend a bunch of pretty pennies on Facebook. Or both.

Instagram is only for photo sharing. False. Instagram is actually a great e-commerce opportunity in most markets. Small retailers are seeing a 25 to 40 percent of their daily sales coming from Instagram while larger brands are using the platform to promote new product lines and even connecting with consumers by inviting them to join photo contests. Every brand has a story and Instagram can help tell it.

You don’t need to be strategic. Sure, social-media marketing sounds like a blast, but, like any good marketing campaign, it needs a strategy. Brands should be creating social-media policies and a social-media strategy. Taking time to think goals through, build new netwokrs, monitor the online interactions between followers, and evaluate the value of this activity will create stronger results for the brand’s future.

Do you have any other social media myths that you’d like to bust? Let us know.

State Habitat for Humanity group adds two board members

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  The South Carolina Association of Habitat Affiliates has named two new members to its board of directors.

Jamie Bozardt, executive director of the Edisto Habitat affiliate, and Tim Veeck, executive director of the York County affiliate, were voted to the board during the South Carolina Association of Habitat Affiliates July meeting, said Greg Thomas, the association’s executive director.

“Both are committed executive directors who are great choices for board membership,” Thomas said.

Bozardt has been with Habitat since 2001 and her affiliate serves the Orangeburg area. Veeck has served as the York County affiliate’s executive director since 2010 and previously worked for the Habitat affiliate in San Francisco as the interfaith coordinator.

About The South Carolina Association of Habitat Affiliates:

The mission and purpose of The South Carolina Association of Habitat Affiliates (SCAHA) is to expand the capacity of South Carolina affiliates by increasing access to resources, facilitating communication between the affiliates and the community and providing statewide representation leading to the creation of thriving communities that support families in need. Learn more at www. hfh-sc-sso.huterra.com.

The Old Cigar Warehouse to host Bridal Open House

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Newly engaged brides are invited to check out a different kind of Bridal Open House at the Old Cigar Warehouse.

This event will feature a mock ceremony set up, refreshments, vendors and a new addition for 2014, a Bride & Groom Panel where guests can get honest answers on tough questions. The Bridal Open House will be held on Thursday, July 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main Street, Greenville. This is a free event, but attendees are asked to register first at www.oldcigarwarehouse.com.

Featured vendors include Couture Cakes of Greenville, Fairytale Florist, Good Life Catering Company, Industry Event Rentals, JAC Photography, Liquid Catering, The Party Machine and ShutterBooth South Carolina

“We want brides to learn more about the wedding experience in a more intimate environment,” said Kathleen Byrne, The Old Cigar Warehouse’s operating partner.

About the Old Cigar Warehouse:

Located at 912 S. Main Street across from Fluor Field in the West End, the Old Cigar Warehouse features more than 7,000 square feet of event space, an open catering policy and full event support, allowing the venue to deliver a seamless event.

The Old Cigar Warehouse was built in 1882 and historically used as a warehouse for cigars and cotton. With 45-foot-high ceilings, exposed brick and stained floors, the warehouse is sure to inspire the most creative of events.

Learn more at www.oldcigarwarehouse.com.