Clients in the News

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

It was a crazy week for Complete Public Relations as we had two stories go national.

The first was Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson speaking to 250 Habitat for Humanity family members and friends about his experiences in Habitat. There was a lot of press there and we know more is coming. There were more than 120 stories done. Here are some of the highlights.

Washington Post

Fox Sports

USA Today

Yahoo News

Yes, WashPo, Fox Sports, USA Today and the Yahoo News feed. That’s how we roll.

Of course, we followed that up with the announcement of work starting on the 85-385 Gateway by the SCDOT. This coverage included:



Fox Carolina

Associated Press


We had more client hits as well this week, but that is a blog for a later day.

Speakers available

Do you have an event coming up and need a speaker? Check out Complete Public Relations. We have a wide range of clients and contacts in our Speakers Bureau that can help you entertain, educate and inform your guests.

We have a strong list of celebrated entrepreneurs, business leaders and political legends, the Complete Public Relations team can help make any conference better through booking excellent speakers.

Some of the speakers include:

Tammy Johnson:

Entrepreneur and 2013 South Carolina Young Business Leader. Topics include building successful businesses, cultivating young professionals, staff development and team building.

Watch this video to see Tammy in action.

Groups Tammy has spoken to: Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Mauldin Rotary, Easley Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Council, TedX Salon.

Jeff Herman:

Principal in Wagner Wealth Management and former Executive Officer of AXA Life. Topics include business development, wealth management, doing business in a typhoon and financial planning.

Video coming soon of Jeff speaking about financial planning.

Groups Jeff has spoken to: Greenville Chamber.

Chris Manley:

Chairman of the ReFrame Association and owner of Engenius, a web marketing and development firm. Topics include non-profit building, web marketing, leadership development and volunteerism.

Click here to see Chris talk about what drives him.

Groups Chris has spoken to: TedX, Mauldin Rotary, ReFrame Association, SCANPO, Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Brett:

Former State Legislator and advisor to Governor Carroll Campbell. Topics include governmental affairs, crisis management, political process and leadership.

Groups Tim has spoken to: Greenville County, Greenville City, South Carolina Chamber, Mauldin Cultural Center, Clemson University. Greenville Connect.

John Boyanoski:

President of Complete Public Relations and 2014 Greenville Young Professional of the Year. He is the author of Reimagining Greenville. Topics include media relations, downtown development and social media.

Watch John talking about Greenville here.

Groups John has spoken to: Greenville Chamber, North Greenville Rotary, Upcountry History Museum, Anderson History Museum, Aiken Book Festival, South Carolina Book Festival, TedX Salon.

David Wyatt:

Sports agent and entertainment lawyer. Topics include professional sports, real estate law, business law, sports.

Watch David here.

Groups David has spoken to: South Carolina Football Hall of Fame, PULSE, Medal of Honor Bowl, Mauldin Rotary.

Monroe Free:

President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greenville. Topics include building strong non-profits, fundraising, unique ideas for non-profits and management.

Listen to this message from Monroe.

Groups Monroe has spoken to: SCANPO, South Carolina Habitat Association, PULSE, Mauldin Rotary

Renewable Water Resources presented NACWA PEAK Performance Awards

Greenville, S.C. (August 1, 2015) — Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) recently was awarded the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Awards for all ReWa Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRF) for calendar year 2014.

NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for outstanding compliance of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit limits. For more information about these awards, please visit

These awards are presented to ReWa staff for their commitment to clean water while performing exceptional operation of ReWa WRRF on a daily basis. “These awards represent a significant accomplishment, and we are proud to have a team of skilled staff who strive to safeguard the quality of our water resources,” said Ray Orvin, executive director at ReWa. If you are interested in a tour of a WRRF, or to learn more about the Agency, visit or call 864-299-4000.

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)
ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties.

World Magazine announces 2015 Hope Award Finalists

Asheville, NC, July 29, 2015—WORLD News Group is pleased to announce the East
Region finalist for WORLD’s tenth annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion: Church
Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT) in Richmond, VA.
The annual Hope Award goes to an organization that demonstrates the power of effective
compassion by fostering life-change through personal, Christ-centered help to those in
need. Each year, five regional awards go to organizations that embody all that the Hope
Award stands for, qualifying them for the national award.

CHAT grew out of the hospitality of Percy and Angie Strickland who are part of East End
Fellowship, the neighborhood church closely tied to CHAT. The Stricklands began having
neighborhood children over after school, which resulted in CHAT’s formation thirteen
years ago. Today, the group includes close to 160 children in the “East End,” which
includes a number of Richmond’s predominantly African-American, high-unemployment
neighborhoods, including Church Hill.

Most CHAT staffers live in the neighborhood and go to East End Fellowship, where they
tutor, mentor, and teach life skills. Focusing on those who are behind in literacy, CHAT
strives for every child in the program to make an additional grade-level jump each year
with individualized learning plans.

To balance the academic rigor, one CHAT tutor has a garden where kids learn to grow
plants and make salsa that they sell at the local farmers’ market along with homemade ice

Church Hill Academy, a nearby Christian high school, is also affiliated with CHAT. Church
Hill equips students for academic success but does more: Skip Long, who heads the
Academy, said, “We want kids to know two things: there’s somebody thinking the best of
you, and there’s somebody praying for you.”

The high school meets at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church, a largely white and elderly
church. Upstairs is a wall with photos of the graduates since the school started in 2007,
all of them African American. Long, who is black, recalled how the white congregants
recently announced in a Sunday service, “Our kids are graduating.” He loved this plural language. “Christ is at work,” he concluded.

The overall 2015 Hope Award winner will receive $25,000 for the advancement of its ministry—at a time when some want to remove tax exemption from any nonprofit organization that maintains a biblical position.
WORLD News Group, sponsor of the Hope Award for Effective Compassion, is a nonprofit organization that produces WORLD Magazine, WORLD Radio, and a wealth of engaging digital content about the stories that matter most. To learn more about WORLD and its award-winning Christian worldview journalism, visit
MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Bailie | WORLD News Group | 800-951-4974
P.O. Box 20002 | Asheville, NC 28802

Engenius’s Buckingham named to Leadership Greenville

Engenius2GREENVILLE, S.C. – Catie Buckingham, Operations Director for Engenius, has been named to Leadership Greenville Class 42.

Leadership Greenville is a program of the Greenville Chamber designed to develop committed, qualified leaders for Greenville County. Participants are selected through an application process based on community involvement and the ability to set and achieve challenging personal goals.

Leadership Greenville requires a 10-month commitment from participants and allows classes to take an intensive look at the issues facing Greenville County. The program culminates in the completion of a project chosen to meet a local need. “Engenius is highly supportive of Leadership Greenville,” said Chris Manley, CEO of Engenius. “As a graduate of LG, I have seen first-hand the valuable contributions of this program to the Greenville community.”

Buckingham graduated with honors from Winthrop University and has worked for several non-profit agencies including the Julie Valentine Center and Fellowship Greenville. She also serves on the auction committee for the Greenville Chapter of the American Heart Association. She joined Engenius in 2013.


About Engenius: 

With a hallmark of unparalleled service, Engenius is a premier web design and marketing company. The Engenius team provides strategic, focused campaigns aimed at driving traffic, sustaining exposure and solving problems for businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Learn more at


MeetingPoint to start service projects – beginning with Triune Mercy Center


GREENVILLE, S.C. –  In its continuing effort to create a more “beloved community,” MeetingPoint will partner with Triune Mercy Center as they begin to pursue service projects in Greenville.

The first service opportunity will be Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at Triune Mercy Center, 222 Rutherford Street, Greenville, when volunteers will be handing out healthy snacks to the needy in the downtown area.

“MeetingPoint is about sharing ideas and breaking down the barriers between us,” said Rabbi Marc Wilson, the group’s founder. “Compassionate service is one of our foundational pillars, and serving the needs of the community helps us directly address those barriers.”

People interested in signing up to volunteer with MeetingPoint can do so by emailing

MeetingPoint is the outgrowth of the Year of Altruism and aims to create genuine interfaith opportunities by looking to the “trans-covenantal” nature of our endeavor, Wilson said.

The Year of Altruism started in 2013 to encourage and celebrate altruism in thought, speech and deed, focusing the community on fostering acts of kindness in its organizations and individuals, thus creating a better future, one life at a time, Wilson said. MeetingPoint was created to spread that message forward.

“This is about uniting Greenville using our commonalities – not our difference,” he said.
About MeetingPoint:

MeetingPoint is a United Interfaith Community, drawing together people of goodwill in prayer, study, fellowship and compassionate service. MeetingPoint is a direct outgrowth of Greenville’s Year of Altruism (YOA), which has taken our community to new heights of compassion, civic awareness, and social action. Learn more at

PR Kudos

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

This was an extremely busy week for media and ergo public relations folks. We want to give a big tip of the hat to the folks working on Lindsey Graham’s presidential campaign. After Graham’s phone number was announced by Donald Trump, who if you hadn’t heard also is running for the presidency, the South Carolina senator went to social media with this message:

Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?

You have to love that taking a major pr breach and spinning it on its head. Perfectly done. Of course, we do stuff like that all the time….just not on that scale. Well done.