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Vee Daniel
Better Business Bureau Upstate SC

Vee Daniel is President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau Upstate SC.

Prior to joining the BBB, Daniel served as Director of Events & Membership Services for the Home Builders Association of South Carolina and Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Spartanburg.

Nick Davis
Davis Services, Inc.

Nick Davis is co-owner of Spartanburg-based Davis Services, Inc.
He grew up in the company, learning the business through jobs in installation, maintenance, home performance and residential sales of conventional and geothermal systems.

Nick presently serves as the company’s marketing director and coordinator of Davis Services’ apprenticeship program.

Veera Gaul
Oil & Vinegar

Veera Gaul is a trained chef whose passion for food led her into the hospitality business, then into higher education at Johnson & Wales University — known for its culinary and hospitality programs.

She began at JWU as a graduate student and went on to be a faculty member, vice president of operations for the Providence campus and Provost overseeing all academic programs and faculty.

Veera left JWU in March of 2013 and moved to Greenville, SC where she and her husband, Joe, own Oil & Vinegar in downtown Greenville.

Jill Hendrix
Fiction Addiction

Jill McFarlane Hendrix grew up in Greenville, SC and was the 1991 valedictorian of Southside High School, and one of its first International Baccalaureate diploma recipients.

She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in History. Jill worked briefly in the Editorial Department of St. Martin’s Press and then for a series of internet startups in New York City.

In 2001, she returned home to open her own business, Fiction Addiction, an independent bookstore in Greenville. She lives with her husband and three cats in Spartanburg, SC and is an avid rock climber.

Ivet Ivanova
Bogari European Contemporary Furniture

Ivet Ivanova is the owner and lead designer at BOGARI European Contemporary Furniture in Greenville, SC.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ivet and her husband, Lyudmil, moved to Greenville when his company transferred him in 1997.

With more than 25 years of interior design experience and a passion for contemporary style, Ivet enjoys working with European contemporary and modern designs that offer a distinguished look for the Upstate area.

Dan Lyles
Dan Lyles Gallery

Dan Lyles is an art dealer and benefit auctioneer.

He has 13 years’ experience buying and selling art and owns Dan Lyles Gallery in Greenville.

Dan specializes in the works of 20th century master artists and building the careers of emerging artists.

Deb Metcalf
Travel Agents International

Deb Metcalf has worked in the travel Industry for more than 20 years.

After a 12-year stint in advertising and media sales, she now is co-owner of Travel Agents International where she began her professional career.

She loves the excitement of helping Upstate residents take their “fantasy trip.” Deb and her husband, Barry, reside in Woodruff, SC.

Dr. Marina Ponton
Greenville Natural Health

Marina Ponton has been a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in private practice since 1998. Her practice focuses on helping others achieve and maintain their optimal health through acupuncture, functional medicine, herbs, supplements and nutrition.

Dr. Ponton has practiced and lectured in the United States, Sweden and Holland. She has studied at the American University of Paris, FAMU University in Prague, University of Miami, Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

She has a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialization in women’s health and longevity medicine.

Payton Reed
Public Display of Accessories

Payton Reed is a resident of Spartanburg, SC and a copywriter at Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events in Greenville, SC.

A native of Mississippi and a graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Payton is a fashion and lifestyle blogger on PublicDisplayofAccessories.com.

Tina Clark
Carolina Garden World

Tina Clark is the owner and president of Carolina Garden World in Spartanburg, SC.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Tina found Upstate South Carolina in a job move then found her way to Spartanburg Community College where she completed a degree in horticulture.

A frequent presenter at area civic organizations, garden clubs and schools, Tina is sustainability certified and organizes a free Sustainability Day event for the community at Carolina Garden World each year in celebration of Earth Day.

Jordana Megonigal
RECON Network Jordana Megonigal was an Upstate-based editor and publisher for 15 years, until she put it all aside to become CEO of The RECON Network.

Her passion is helping connect veterans and military families to the resources they need to thrive in their next stage of life.

Sammy Batts
Fig Leaf + Co. Design Studio Sammy Batts is a wife, new mom, lifestyle blogger and passionate lover of all-things interiors. She is the founder and lead interior designer at Fig Leaf + Co design studio in Spartanburg, SC.

Sammy is inspired by nature, community, history and oat milk lattes. An island girl at heart, Sammy’s early days were spent running the beaches of Pawleys Island, SC where her obsession with melding nature into the home truly began. After college, she and her husband moved to Nashville, TN where Fig Leaf + Co was born. She now resides in Spartanburg with her husband, Tyler, baby girl June, and spunky dog Scout.

Stacey Bevill, ACC, NCC, MPM®
Ask and Receive Coaching LLCStacey Bevill is the founder of Ask and Receive Coaching, LLC which offers coaching, consulting, custom workshops and presentations that help companies increase their bottom lines by creating an environment that promotes innovation, cooperation, communication and quality by motivating and inspiring employees.

Stacey received her certification from the internationally acclaimed Newfield Network Coaching Institute. She is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (CTP), and is a Certified HeartMath® Coach. Stacey holds a master’s level certification in Marketing Strategy from Cornell, a master’s level certification in Entrepreneurship from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. She and her husband, Bobby, reside in Spartanburg,