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Spinx Co. Managers Earn Retail Management Certificates

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Fifteen Spinx Co. convenience store managers have completed the year-long program formed as a partnership between USC Upstate's George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and the Spinx Co., a chain of convenience stores and gasoline retailers based in Greenville, S.C., the University of South Carolina Upstate reported.

"These managers have a combined 84 years of service to the Spinx Co.," said Spinx CEO Stewart Spinks. "This retail management certificate will build upon the experience they have, enhance their leadership and retail skills, and prove a valuable asset to the company and to them as individuals. We know first-hand the difference in competence and confidence a quality education makes, and we as a company welcome opportunities to invest in our most valued resources -- our employees,"

Receiving Retail Management Certificates will be:

-- Kevin Carter, general manager of store 125 in Piedmont;
-- John Chipps, general manager of store 181 in Greenville;
-- Tracey Crawford, general manager of store 108 in Greer;
-- Veronica Frier, general manager of store 134 in Simpsonville;
-- Joann Galloway, general manager of store 178 in Travelers Rest;
-- Aaron Housel, territory manager;
-- Cindy Anderson, food service manager of store 125 in Piedmont;
-- Tomi Lee, general manager of store 102 Greenville;
-- Shawn McDuell, IT project liaison;
-- Pam Morris, training director;
-- Lynette Norman, food service manager of store 178 in Travelers Rest;
-- Kelly Paton, general manager of store 116 Greenville;
-- Pendra Rich, general manager of store 193 in Simpsonville;
-- Angela Young, general manager of store 148 in Marietta; and
-- Rusty Young, corporate auditor.

Retail management, communicative Spanish for retail personnel, accounting/financial analysis, and communication theory and practice were the four core areas of the executive level education program developed in collaboration between the Spinx Co. and the faculty of the Johnson College of Business and Economics.

Stewart Spinks, who will speak at the ceremony, said his company makes continued learning programs available to all Spinx employees including a GED program, company career path training and development, higher learning through this retail management program, to scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities in pursuit of a degree.

"The Spinx Co.'s partnership with the Johnson College of Business will benefit not just Spinx, but also the communities that we serve in having a well-educated workforce," he said in a released statement.

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