Spinx Managers Earn Retail Management Certificates

May 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate hosted the graduation of its third class from the Retail Management Certificate Program on Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in the McAlister Square Auditorium at the University Center of Greenville.

Seventeen associates from The Spinx Company 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 Company, the largest locally owned and operated chain of convenience stores and gasoline retailers in the state of South Carolina.

Retail Management Certificates were presented to:

  • Sacia Bertling, Assistant General Manager of Spinx Store #131, Mauldin
  • Greg Bumgarner, General Manager of Spinx Store #135, Piedmont
  • Brian Carter, General Manager of Spinx Store #197, Greenville
  • Angelia Cason, General Manager of Spinx Store #134, Simpsonville
  • AJ Dendy, General Manager of Spinx Store #251, Greenville
  • Michele Harper, General Manager of Spinx Store #105, Greenville
  • Alex Hartsell, General Manager of Spinx Store #156, Seneca
  • Cathy Holliday, General Manager of Spinx Store #192, Greer
  • Chris Humphries, Spinx IT Systems Technician
  • Ashley Ingle, General Manager of Spinx Store #138, Greenville
  • Shari Klinge, Assistant General Manager of Spinx Store #127, Greenville
  • Fran Krainas, Spinx Corporate Recruiter
  • Mark Marett, General Manager of Spinx Store #140, Greenville
  • Christina McIntosh, General Manager of Spinx Store #191, Simpsonville
  • Michelle Owens, General Manager of Spinx Store #128, Greer
  • Kevin Thompson, General Manager of Spinx Store #127, Greenville
  • Walter Zimeri, General Manager of Spinx Store #102, Greenville

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

“This retail management certificate enhances our associate’s leadership and retail skills, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the company and to them as individuals.  We, as a company, welcome opportunities to invest in our most valued resources – our employees!” says The Spinx Company CEO Steve Spinks, who spoke at the ceremony. Spinks says that 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.

“Our 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,” says Spinks.

The Spinx Company, Inc., employs over 800 associates, operates more than 60 convenience stores and supplies over 70 with gasoline in North and South Carolina. The company was founded by Stewart Spinks in 1972.

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate delivers an excellent business education to a diverse student population. The College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction shared with less than 10 percent of business schools worldwide, for its undergraduate business degree program. Through the College’s five concentrations—accounting, economics/finance, general business administration, management and marketing—USC Upstate business graduates emerge with a deep understanding of today’s global market. For more information about the Johnson College or any of its programs, contact Darrell Parker, dean, at (864) 503-5566 or dparker@uscupstate.edu