Address: 124 Verdae Boulevard - Suite 202 Greenville, SC 29607 Phone: 864.283.2300  |  Email: development@upstatealliance.com

Contact Us

Upstate SC Alliance
124 Verdae Boulevard - Suite 202
Greenville, SC 29607

Phone: 864.283.2300
Email: development@upstatealliance.com

Staff Directory

The Upstate SC Alliance provides a full spectrum of support for our clients and investment partners. Our fulltime professional staff serves as a confidential, single point of contact for companies considering the Upstate SC region for a competitive business expansion or location.


John Lummus, President/CEO

John Lummus serves as the President and CEO for the Upstate SC Alliance. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the direction of the Alliance as well as running the day-to-day operations.

Prior to his current position at the Upstate SC Alliance, Lummus served as vice president of Economic and Institutional Advancement at Tri-County Technical College, a position he held for eight years. Lummus also served as director of the Anderson County Office of Economic Development and worked to recruit new industry while supporting existing industry throughout the county.

A native of Anderson, John is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina (USC). He is also a graduate of the South Carolina Economic Developer's School, USC's Higher Education Leadership Program, and the national Executive Leadership Institute conducted by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.


Jennifer Miller, VP, Marketing

Jennifer Miller serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the Upstate SC Alliance. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the direction of the Alliance as well as running the day-to-day operations. In her marketing role with the organization, Miller is responsible for the direction and execution for the Alliance’s global marketing strategy. Miller joined the organization in 2006 as a research manager and has transitioned into a marketing and leadership role over the past 3 years.

Miller received her Bachelor of Science with a major in International Business from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 37.


Clay Andrews, Director of Investor & Public Relations

Clay Andrews serves as Director of Investor and Public Relations for the Upstate SC Alliance. He is responsible for managing and growing the relationships of the organization's public and private investors, securing new investors, as well as crafting fund development strategies. Andrews has a broad range of economic development and investor relations experience through previous positions as vice president of investor relations with the Charlotte Regional Partnership, economic development recruiter for the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation in Cabarrus County, N.C. and as the executive director of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation in Rock Hill, S.C.

Andrews holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Business Administration from Winthrop University. He also is a Certified Economic Developer and a member of the International Economic Development Council.

Blown away by
I am amazed at the warmth of the people and livability of the area. It has the ability to be urban and rural, hard-charging with people and business from all over the world and laidback at the same time. The region's leadership has a pro-business attitude, but still respects the environment. I love the way outsiders are always blown away at all the Upstate offers when they visit, often expecting so much less.


Jacob Hickman, Business Recruitment Officer

Jacob Hickman serves as Business Recruitment Officer for the Upstate SC Alliance in which he is responsible for a wide variety of marketing and economic development strategies, while interfacing with and directly supporting the roles of Marketing and Investment Recruiting. He also serves as the organization’s lead point-of-contact for the aerospace and advanced materials industry target. Hickman joined the UA in 2010 after working for Select Corporate Housing as a regional sales director.

Hickman received his Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and is currently earning his M.B.A at North Greenville University.

Blown away by
When my company announced in 2007 we were opening a new location in South Carolina, my wife and I were anxious to leave Florida so we jumped on the opportunity. Our first trip to the Upstate was to secure a residence and we did not know what was in store. I was blown away with the quality of life the area has to offer and we decided that the Upstate was the place for us to make our home.


Aimee Redick, Business Recruitment Officer

Aimee Redick serves as an Business Recruitment Officer for the Upstate SC Alliance for which she is responsible for a wide variety of marketing and economic development strategies, while interfacing with and directly supporting the roles of Marketing and Investment Recruiting. She also serves as the organization’s lead point-of-contact for the automotive industry target and for centers of influence.

Redick joined the UA in 2012 after working for The Cliffs Communities in their sales and marketing department. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Blown away by
Born and raised in the Upstate, I have always appreciated the beauty of the land and the friendliness of the people who have chosen to make it home. As an adult, I have been blown away by the spirit of leadership, the drive for excellence, and the generosity of the businesses and citizens of the Upstate.


Erin Ford, Business Recruitment Officer

Erin Ford serves as an Business Recruitment Officer for the Upstate SC Alliance for which she is responsible for a wide variety of marketing and economic development strategies, while interfacing with and directly supporting the roles of Marketing and Investment Recruiting.

She also serves as the organization’s lead point-of-contact for the bioscience and energy industry targets. Ford joined the Upstate SC Alliance in 2012 after working for the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce as the director of development. She also has significant media industry experience.

She holds a B.A. in communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Erin completed the basic economic development course through Georgia Tech University. She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Simpsonville.

Blown away by
I’ve had the opportunity to live in several places before relocating here, and I am constantly blown away by the Upstate and all it has to offer. The region boasts great local communities with wonderful people not only from the region, but from all over the world. The mountains, beaches, specialty shopping, and great restaurants are all close by to enjoy. As a business community, I’m blown away by the opportunities for growth and the willingness of industries to work together to ensure the region continues to thrive and develop.


Elizabeth Feather, Marketing Research Manager

Elizabeth Feather serves as Marketing Research Manager for the Upstate SC Alliance for which she is responsible for managing the research efforts for the Upstate SC Alliance team including compiling data and reports for prospects and investors and working with industry partners to provide the most up to date information about the Upstate. Feather joined the Upstate SC Alliance in 2011 after eleven years with GSA Business.

Feather graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston with a BA in English, a BA in French and a minor in Arts Administration.

Blown away by
As someone who has grown up in the Upstate, I am continually blown away by the drive for advancement that is seen across the region. From the government officials to machine shop operators to coffee shop proprietors, everyone you talk to is excited about the development of the region and eager to see growth and change. The Upstate is passionate about progress and full of the collaborative spirit that can make dreams become reality, all of which makes this an exciting place to live and to raise a family.


Xiaodan "Dan" Zhou, Marketing Analyst-China

Dan Zhou serves as the Market Analyst for China at the Upstate SC Alliance. In her position she is responsible for researching the Chinese markets and targeting Chinese companies for investment in the Upstate region. Dan joined the Alliance in 2012 after working as a Market Research Analyst with Century 3.

Originally from Qingdao, China, Dan received her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2010. She is fluent in both Chinese and English.

Blown away by
The first moment I stepped out from GSP Airport as well as on my way towards Clemson, everything in the Upstate was so much beyond my imagination and expectation of what the US would look like. The spirit of freedom, innovation and the dynamic environment as well as friendly people have been made me think that I will spend the rest of my life here.


Emelie Hegarty, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator

Emelie Hegarty serves as the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for the Upstate SC Alliance and is responsible for managing the organizational efforts in media relations, event planning and internal communications as well supporting the execution of the global marketing strategy. Hegarty joined the UA in 2012, after working as the Communications and Donor Relations Coordinator for a local non-profit.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication with a concentration in Graphic Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She originally moved to Greenville in 2009 to serve in AmeriCorps.

Blown away by
I first visited the Upstate in 2006 to volunteer during my college spring break. After leaving behind the ice and snow of New York and being dropped off in sunny South Carolina, I was immediately drawn to the area. Three years later I took on an opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps in Greenville County and settled into the area. The Upstate offers so many options that satisfy my sociable personality and my love of the outdoors. I'm consistently blown away by the overwhelming sense of community and endless amount of things to do.


Patty Wills, Executive Administrator/Office Manager

Patty Wills serves as the Executive Administrator/Office Manager for the Upstate SC Alliance and is responsible for assisting the President / CEO, managing office operations and overall administrative services for the organization. Patty joined the Upstate SC Alliance in August, 2012. She received her degree in Finance from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

 

Blown away by
Having been given a chance to transfer to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2006, my husband and I jumped at the opportunity. Having vacationed at the beaches in SC for years, we were happily surprised (blown away) at the beauty this area offers, along with a wonderful quality of life. We have found our home away from home here in the Upstate.