Heather Simmons Jones named champion among Women of Influence

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Heather Simmons Jones, president and CEO of Greenwood Partnership Alliance, was presented the Bank of Travelers Rest Community Champion Award this week during the inaugural Women of Influence event, presented by GSA Business Report and Michelin.
The event, honoring 25 Upstate business women for outstanding work in their various professions, was broadcast on the GSA Business Report Youtube channel at noon Tuesday. Originally planned as a live luncheon, the ceremony was moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony can be seen at https://bit.ly/GSA2020WOIvirtualevent.

The 25 honorees were chosen from nominations submitted by GSA Business Report readers. A committee picked the nominees who best demonstrated uncommon success in business and a commitment to giving back to their communities.


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“From that list of 25 women, the committee then looked to see who may be going over and above a group of already exceptional women, and they chose Heather Simmons Jones as the champion,” said Rick Jenkins, publisher of GSA Business Report. “By all accounts she is very good at what she does for the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, and the list of organizations she serves is impressive.”

That list includes serving on the board of directors for Ten at the Top, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the SCBio executive committee, and the board of trustees for SCRA, formerly known as the S.C. Research Authority.

In addition to Michelin, sponsoring organizations include USS, Drum Creative, Bank of Travelers Rest, the Greenville Chamber, the city of Mauldin and Crawford Strategy. Communications strategist Addie Sheek of Crawford Strategy served as the co-emcee for the event, along with Jenkins.

The 2020 honorees are:
Brandy Amidon, co-president, Brains on Fire; mayor, Travelers Rest
Ann Angermeier, executive director, Upstate Workforce Board
Sarah Arbogast, director of corporate relations, Clemson University
Carol Burdette, CEO, United Way of Anderson County
Cartriona Carlisle, executive director, Meals on Wheels of Greenville County
Pam Christopher, CEO, Anderson Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Davis, president, Furman University
Jennifer Evins, CEO, Chapman Cultural Center
Erin Ford, vice president, SC BIO
Tammy Johnson, founder and CEO, High Spirits Hospitality
Heather Jones, president and CEO, Greenwood Partnership Alliance
Jayne McQueen, founder, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg
Lisa McWherter, executive director, The Abney Foundation
Adela Mendoza, executive director, Hispanic Alliance of South Carolina
Kerry Murphy, executive director, Artisphere
Krista Newkirk, president, Converse College
Mallory Pellegrino, director of education, The Warehouse Theatre
Mie Potter, owner, Finding Peace
Jill Rose, president, Perceptive Recruiting
Tiffany Santagati, senior vice president, Community First Bank
Michelle Seaver, president, United Community Bank
Jennifer Stillwell, executive vice president, Visit Greenville
Jennifer Sutton, founder and CEO, Bright and Co.
Nika White, founder and CEO, Nika White Consulting
Sharon Wilson, founder, Wilson Associates

GSA Business Report is planning a live event for the 2021 Women of Influence.
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