Spinx Company Managers Earn Retail Management Certificates

May 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Greenville, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics will host the graduation of its Retail Management Certificate Program class on Thursday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the McAlister Square Auditorium at the University Center of Greenville. Fifteen Spinx Company managers have completed the year-long program formed as a partnership between the Johnson College and the Spinx Company, the largest locally owned gasoline-convenience retailer in South Carolina.

Receiving Retail Management Certificates will be:

Dennis K. Bailey, general manager of store 163 in Spartanburg;

Anna M. Barker, general manager of store 256 in Anderson;

Gary M. Bryant, general manager of store 128 in Greer;

Randy Cox, general manager of store 166 in Greer;

Diana E. Gomez, general manager of store 114 in Greenville;

Robert L. Hall, territory manager;

Charmon D. Hawkins, quality control manager;

Daniel K. Lewis, general manager of store 120 in Mauldin;

Andrea D. Masker, general manager of store 201 in Simpsonville;

Steven G. Nicholls, general manager of store 243 in Spartanburg;

Sherri R. Putman, general manager of store 126 in Greer;

Gerald D. Reynolds, general manager of store 169 in Spartanburg;

Bobbie Jo Skipper, general manager of store 146 in Greenville;

Anita D. Styles, general manager of store 112 in Greenville; and

William S. Youngblood, general manager of store 179 in Greenville.

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 Company and the faculty of the Johnson College of Business and Economics. 

“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!” says Spinx Company CEO Stewart Spinks.

Spinks, who will speak at the ceremony, 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.

“The Spinx Company’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,” says Spinks.

With The Spinx Co.’s leading edge technology and exceptional customer service, the company is “Making Life Easier” for customers. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates over 60 convenience retail stores in South Carolina and North Carolina. Founded in 1972 by Stewart Spinks, today the company is the largest privately held gasoline-convenience retailer in South Carolina and is ranked among the top U.S. convenience store chains in the country. For more information, visit www.spinx.com. For more information about the graduates of this class, contact Pam Morris, training director, at (864) 233-5421 or PJM@spinxco.com.  

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.

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