The Man at the Hub

Retiring after four decades at J M Smith, CEO Bill Cobb saw the beginning of the tech boom and helped mold Spartanburg into a modern city.

UConn instructor tapped to lead USC Upstate business incubator

Brian Brady takes the lead role at the GreenHouse in the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics

Service dogs have their day making life easier for those with special needs

When The Service Dog Institute of South Carolina and Dog Trainers Workshop began a partnership in 2011, they have placed close to 30 service dogs, primarily in the Upstate area.

ONES TO WATCH: Toby Stansell, COO, AcumenIT

You might be inclined to label Toby Stansell, COO of AcumenIT, as a technology guy. But you would be missing a lot.

Tiffany Fox joins DP3 Architects as an interior designer

Tiffany Fox // Graham Hardaway // Emily Neal // Sarah Kate Blasingame // Becca Garcia

One to Watch: Julie Godshall Brown

President and owner, Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing

Deb Sofield’s public speaking rules for the road

Deb Sofield is a dynamic keynote speaker, author of “Speak Without Fear: Rock Star Presentation Skills to get People to Hear What You Say,” and president of her own executive speech coaching company, which trains women and men for success in speaking, presentation skills, media and message development in the U.S. and abroad.

Joy Bailey looks back on 40 years as a pioneer woman in real estate

The brokerage is the largest independent real estate agency born and based in Greenville County. Eighty brokers strong, the company had $72 million in sales volume in 2015 and sold 434 units.

Who’s next for Who’s Who?

Meet the panel of community leaders helping UBJ recognize its third class of game-changers

Williamston sailor in charge of ship that aided distressed vessel

Commander Hank Allen of Williamston, S.C., is the commanding officer of the USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) that sent a visit, board, search and seizure team to help a vessel in distress in the Gulf of Oman on Jan. 15.

CRE veterans create Pintail Capital Partners

Three commercial real estate veterans have left NAI Earle Furman to start their own company. Ross Kester, Tyson Smoak and Stuart Wyeth have formed Pintail Capital Partners, a new brokerage and investment sales services company.

UPDATE: Saracino’s decision to leave Erwin Penland ‘bittersweet’

Joe Saracino describes his decision to leave Erwin Penland just two months after taking over the reins as president as “bittersweet.” In a statement to UBJ, Saracino said he had “loved this agency (Erwin Penland) for a long time – even before joining it.”

The solopreneur toolbox

Apps to help single-person businesses compete with the huge players

Who’s next for Who’s Who?

Meet the panel of community leaders helping UBJ recognize its third class of game-changers

New president of Erwin Penland leaving company

The man chosen to lead Erwin Penland after Joe Erwin’s retirement at the end of last year has stepped down and taken a top marketing position with Chick-fil-A, according to Adweek.