USC Upstate’s Business Students to Host Two Forums: Advanced Manufacturing and International Trade

November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Students at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate will be hosting two forums in November that will be of interest to the business community. They are free and open to the public.

With a focus on advanced manufacturing, the first forum will be held Monday, November 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, starting at 6 p.m. The forum will have three speakers from leading companies in this field including Michael Morris, manufacturing manager at ZF; Ronald Ferrill, former COO from ALF; and Richard Morris, vice president of assembly at BMW. The participants will be discussing the advances that have been made in this field, how it is impacting the Upstate of South Carolina, and what is next for manufacturing. The forum will be followed by a Q & A session.  Emailed RSVPs are requested for this forum to

The second forum will focus on the economic impact that the new inland port, slated for Spartanburg County, will have on international trade in the Upstate. It will be held at the Spartanburg Marriott on Monday, November 12, starting at 4 p.m. Speakers will be: Jack Ellenberg, vice president of Cargo Development for the South Carolina State Ports Authority; Carter Smith, vice president, Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and Brian Nash, director of Business Development for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Emailed RSVPs are requested for this forum to

For additional information contact Jeff Smith at the Johnson College of Business at (864) 503-5531 or