Complete’s Brett to participate in Entrepreneurship Series

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

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Complete Public Relations CEO Tim Brett has been selected to participate in the fall 2014 Successful Entrepreneurship series, an initiative of Serrus Capital Partners.
After serving in state government and working in public affairs for Michelin North America, Brett began his entrepreneurial career with the opening of his own public affairs firm. For the past 18 years, he has worked with a variety of government entities, nonprofits, and businesses across the Southeast to craft winning strategies for public relations, public affairs, and crisis communications.
The series is an opportunity for entrepreneurs at all levels to continue building skills that help move their visions forward.

About Complete Public Relations:

Complete Public Relations isn’t your average firm. Our unique skills, experience, talent and expertise, make us the company you need when it comes to media relations, governmental affairs, crisis communications, and long-term public strategy. Learn more at


Friends of the Greenville Zoo adds new board members


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Eric Jarinko and Chris Manley are the newest members of the Friends of the Greenville Zoo Board.

Manley is the managing partner of Engenius, a Greenvile-based web design and marketing firm. Jarinko is the general manager of The Greenville Drive.

“The Friends of the Greenville Zoo is heading into an important year,” said John Boyanoski, chairman of the Friends’ board. “Eric and Chris will be valuable additions to our team.”

The Friends of the Greenville Zoo is a non-profit organization focused on supporting the Greenville Zoo.   The financial support from the Friends helps the zoo maintain its dedication to animal care, education, conservation and the overall enjoyment of the community.  The board serves as an advisory council to manage and lead that mandate.

About the Friends of the Greenville Zoo:

The Friends of the Greenville Zoo is a non-profit organization that serves as an independent community outreach group, whose purpose is to provide financial, resource, and advocacy support for the needs of the Greenville Zoo. Learn more at http://www.friendsgreenvillezoo

Former Clemson star McDowell speaking to Easley children

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Former Clemson star talking to students at in Easley


What:   Roderick “Hot Rod” McDowell will be talking to students

When:  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Simpson Academy, 200 West D Avenue Easley, S.C.

Who:     McDowell ran for more than 1,000 years during his senior season in 2013 adding 29 catches and seven touchdowns for the Tigers. The Sumter native was a third-team All-ACC selection and played in the 2014 College All Star Bowl.

Why: McDowell will be speaking to a church youth program for children coming in after school. McDowell has been mentoring and coaching in the Upstate as he pursues a career in professional football.

Zais to speak to Greenville Rotary

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Mick Zais to address Rotary Club of Greenville

What: South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais to visit the Rotary Club of Greenville.

When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at noon.

Where: The Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

Why: Zais will be speaking about his views on education reform in South Carolina, including a discussion of Common Core.

Who: As State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Mick Zais oversees the operation of more than 1,200 public schools, nearly 59,000 teachers and administrators, 706,000 students and a budget $3.8 billion. Before winning public election as the 17th State Superintendent of Education, he served as President of Newberry College for 10 years. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served 31 years on active duty in the United States Army, retiring as a Brigadier General. He also served as a professor at West Point, teaching leadership, organizational behavior and management consulting. His awards include the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award for service. He has been named a South Carolina Economic Ambassador and is a three-time recipient of Future of Education’s Golden Apple Award.

The Woodlands at Furman to host family friendly 5K obstacle run

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Woodlands at Furman will be hosting the inaugural “The Young and the Restless,” a 5K challenge run this November.


The course will be held entirely on the Furman University campus and features 20 obstacles that replicate some of the challenges facing by America’s aging population, said Andrea Payment, The Woodlands at Furman’s lifestyles director. The race will start and finish at the Furman amphitheater. It will be held on November 8 with a 9 a.m. start with racers going off every five minutes afterward.


Payment described the course as a family friendly obstacle challenge geared toward teaching Upstate residents about the challenges facing seniors, she said.


“We want this to be an event that helps people learn,” Payment said. “But we also want them to get a challenge from the event.”


The health and wellbeing is a key component of the Woodlands at Furman’s mission, Payment said. The Woodlands at Furman is a Life Care community that added Masterpiece Living, which assists visionary communities who are already leading the industry with their wellness commitment, to become places where residents and staff alike seek to better themselves. For more information on the race, go to Early registration is $20 until October 1.



About The Woodlands at Furman:

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






Minute with Mack


I’ve read about an online movement called “Cats Against Cat Calls.” At first, I was shocked to think that anyone would be against a purr or soft meow, but then I looked into it.   Cat Calls don’t refer to the noises I make.

Cat calls are a form of sexual harassment that takes place in any public space— on the street, in a shopping center, at the beach. They can happen anywhere. As much as it offends me to know that the term being used can easily be mistaken for the noise myself and other felines make, I’m even more offended that street harassment is so common that there needs to be a movement against it.

I haven’t been outside in over a decade, so you can say I live a sheltered life, hah. Anyway, back to the real issue at hand. Humans should be able to go about their daily lives without being “hollered” at.

Statistically, this happens to subordinate groups and makes them feel vulnerable to other forms of assault in public spaces.   Cat calling reinforces sexual objectification and oppression of these groups of humans.

I’ve read some arguments that cat calling is just a way of flirting, but I disagree and so do a lot of other cats. If you or anyone you know thinks that cat calling is an efficient way to court a woman or another human being in general, then you are wrong.

I, Mack the Cat, am against cat calling.

Of Buckets and Ice

If you even just look at Facebook for one minute a week, you have seen someone dumping a bucket of water on their head to promote/support ALS. It is a cultural phenomenon that has swept the country. Some have bashed it. Some have praised it. Some have copied it for their own challenges. But from a social media marketing standpoint, it has been amazing.

The rules are simple: Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants are to video record themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. The bucket is then to be lifted overhead and poured over the participant’s head. Then the participant can call out a challenge to other people.

How did it start, though, and why has it taken off? That is a great question. I think it has evolved because it is easy to do. Not hard to understand. And kind of fun. The interesting thing is no one has quite pinpointed how or why it started.