MEDIA ADVISORY: Bad Roads Tour with Citizens for a Better Greenville County

Citizens for a Better Greenville

My Roads, My Vote

What: Members of the Citizens for a Better Greenville County will be showing Greenville residents and leaders some of the worst roads and intersections in the county in an effort to further illustrate the need for infrastructure repair. This stop on the tour will focus on road fatalities and traffic safety.

When: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Where:  Corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Highway 101 in Greer.

Who:  Members of the Citizens for a Better Greenville and community leaders.

Why:  This is the second in a series of walking tours that will highlight some of the worst roads and intersections in Greenville County. The areas on the tour are all on the list created by the citizens roads commission that show the infrastructure that needs restoration. Each of the tour spots are on the list of items that will be voted on in a November referendum. A yes vote will allow these projects to be completed. Media are welcome to attend. Learn more at




Bank of America, Home Builders Association and Habitat Greenville Partner to Rehab Home for Greenville family

Habitat for Humanity, Complete PR

(Greenville, S.C., July 29, 2014)   The Home Builders Association of Greenville and several of its members have come together to rehab a home for a Greenville family.  The home was obtained through a partnership between Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity.  Bank of America makes foreclosed properties available to Habitat affiliates at a discount of 90-95% of their market price.  The homes are then rehabilitated by Habitat and sold to a qualified family through Habitat’s zero-percent mortgage loan  program.


HBA President, Michael Freeman, said, “The HBA is pleased to come together to give back to the community by working with Habitat Greenville to make homeownership possible for a Greenville family.”  The companies participating in the rehab are Bank of America, ACA\Freewood Contracting, Allcon Roofing, Hughes Supply, Palmetto Exterminators, and Waldrop Heating and Air.


Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville stated, “We are very grateful for the participation of the Home Builders Association and the generosity of its members.  This home will change a family’s future, providing stability, affordability, and new opportunities for success.”


Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, founded in 1985, enlists companies, foundations, churches and organizations to fund, and community volunteers to build affordable homes in Greenville County. To qualify, Habitat homeowners must complete 200 hours of sweat equity, meet employment, income and debt guidelines and attend a preparatory homeowner education program to ensure sustainable homeownership. Habitat has built 319 homes in Greenville County.

Veteran Scholarships Forever announces Board of Directors

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Four people will serve on the inaugural Board of Directors for Veteran Scholarships Forever, an endowment program aimed at helping veterans get needed funds to pursue vocational and skilled trades training that can lead to employment.


The board’s primary functions will be to steer Veteran Scholarships Forever (VSF) towards its mission, and determine which colleges and programs will be funded by VSF scholarships, said Ron Demonet, the endowment’s managing director.


The four members are Craig Robinson, Jan R. Howard, Princella Lee-Bridges and Dr. Bert Strange.


  • Craig Robinson is the senior vice president/Upstate market president, and small business executive for Certus Bank in Greenville. In prior years, he was a senior executive for Pinnacle and First Citizens banks, along with more than 30 years with Bank of America. He earned a marketing degree at the University of South Carolina, and is a graduate of the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University.


  • Jan R. Howard has been active in the non-profit sector since 1986, and is development director for the Pleasant Valley Connection, a non-profit organization in Greenville, South Carolina, that offers affordable programs that help residents ages 3 to 93. Previously, she was a professional administrative assistant to senior executives at Michelin Tire, Dunlop Sports and The Spinx Company.


  • Princella Lee-Bridges is a Desert Storm veteran who served 13 years in the U.S. Air Force as an aeromedical evacuation nurse and medical crew director. She is founder and executive director of Bridges from Augusta, a non-profit organization serving burn survivors in the Upstate of South Carolina. She is a commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville, serves on the Memorial Community Advisory Council of the Greenville Hospital System, and is an active volunteer with United Way of Greenville. She has nursing degrees from Greenville Technical College and Graceland University, along with her masters in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina.


  • Bert Strange served 24 years in the U.S. Army (the last 20 as a chaplain), retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has taught at five colleges and universities, including Furman University and Greenville Technical College, where he is currently an adjunct instructor of religion. Since retiring from the Army, he has been active in the community, including serving as the president of the Greenville Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and president of the Rotary Club of Greenville. He is a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Duke University, and the University of Exeter (England) where he earned his doctorate.



About Veterans Scholarships Forever:

Veterans Scholarships Forever is a501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to help Veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Learn more at







RevUp Indoor Cycling welcomes Arledge as Fitness Director

RevUp Indoor Cycling

GREENVILLE, S.C. – RevUp Indoor Cycling, the Upstate’s only boutique pinning studio, has added Kristi Arledge as its new fitness director.

Arledge brings 25 years of group fitness instructing experience to her position including nearly 20 years with YMCA of Greenville. Arledge is certified in ACE Group Exercise, NASM Personal Trainer, ACSM EIM, TRX Group Suspension, and Keiser Cycle. She is also an accomplished competitive distance runner and has completed over 30 marathons and half-marathons.


Most recently, she designed and implemented the core fitness and TRX suspension training system at YMCA of Greenville, and will implement a similar functional fitness program at RevUp in its 600 square feet of training space.


Although she has experience instructing nearly every type of group fitness class, she finds spinning), and the strong core that the practice builds, to be central to success in any type of fitness activity. Arledge also will be offering personal training at RevUp, which will also focus on functional conditioning.
“Kristi brings a lot of experience with her and a true passion for spinning and group fitness. She really cares about helping people meet their fitness goals and she will be a great asset to the team,” said Jeff Beane, owner of RevUp.

RevUp Indoor Cycling will open in August at a renovated site at 2441 Laurens Road in the same shopping center as Sky Zone Greenville. The 3,800 square foot facility features 30 state-of-the-art bikes, three dressing rooms, showers and a large waiting area for people to cool off post workout.

The spinning studio will feature 60-inch television screens and the bikes are aligned in a stadium seating style, which means everyone can see the instructor, Beane said. Each bike includes built-in software that allows users to save data from previous workouts, track workout goals and see how they are competing against other people in the program if they chose.

About RevUp Cycling:

RevUp Indoor Cycling’s mission is to help people reach their fitness goals while having fun. Located at 2441 Laurens Road, RevUp allows people to register online for classes as well as track workouts over time. Learn more at



Minute with Mack


How am I supposed to Open Happiness when my name isn’t on a Coke bottle? You might think this is silly, but I’m tired of my name not being on anything other than a McDonald’s cheeseburger and even that isn’t spelt correctly. They have the most unusual names, but they don’t have “Mack.” They have John, Sarah, Tim, and Hannah, but Maggie or Mack? Nope. Coke doesn’t care about us, or our happiness for that matter. You can go on their website and see if your name is on a coke bottle, so I searched for my name and the message that pops up when your name isn’t on a bottle is just annoying. “Looks like your name isn’t in stores.” Okay, that’s not bad, but then they go on so tell me, “On the upside, you must have a really unique name.” To make matters worse, their slogan is “Open Happiness.” Hello Coca Cola franchise, I don’t have thumbs. I can’t “Open Happiness.” You know what, I don’t even like coke. #Boycottcoke

Clients in the News

Complete Public Relations, a greenville public relations firm serving the Upstate doing pr in Greer, Easley, Spartanburg and Anderson

It has been a busy few weeks over here at Complete Public Relations. Of course, that means we have been lining up a lot of media for clients. Here are some of the recent highlights:

Registration open for Carolina Prep

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Parents can still register their children for both Pre-School and Primary School classes at Carolina Prep for the 2014-15 school year.

Carolina Prep’s mission is to build a diverse, positive, stimulating learning environment which values excellence in academics, leadership, and service, said Lee Pariseau, the school’s Executive Director. Carolina Prep offers kindergarten through fifth grade classes, in addition to its Pre-School. Families can register by calling 864-385-6020 and classes start on August 18.

“Carolina Prep believes in partnering with families to provide superior academic and enrichment programs for the development of the whole child in a safe and secure environment,” Pariseau said. “We believe the nurturing culture of our school builds self-esteem and a love of learning. We celebrate and respect the individual cultural and ethnic backgrounds of our families.”

As part of its curriculum, Carolina Prep offer foreign language, music, art, daily physical education and other enrichment classes as part of students’ standard daily experiences, she said.  These classes are taught by dedicated art, music, Spanish, and physical education personnel, rather than as “add-on” subjects from their homeroom teachers.

The art program is based on Core Knowledge and National Art Education Standards which cover art history, creative expression, aesthetic awareness, and critique, Pariseau said. The foreign language program uses a thematic-based curriculum that follows the natural sequence of language learning.

Carolina Prep’s music education program is based on national music standards, and culminates each year with the students performing two musical productions, she said. The physical education program provides students with broad and diverse experiences five days a week.

“Our goal is to offer students and parents an excellent choice for academics,” she said.

About Carolina Prep:

Located in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina,

Carolina International Preparatory School admits students of any religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Learn more at