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The Team

RENO DEATON, Executive Director


Meet the man behind it all, Reno Deaton. In 2019, Reno and the GDC launched The Platform at Greer as a strategic initiative to further promote entrepreneurship in Greer, SC. Since then, the Platform team has continued to expand and grow, helping entrepreneurs launch, take root, and realize their dreams in Greer.


Frank Condon, CEO @ DevObal Technologies Inc.

Paul Ebel, VP @ BE Incorporated

Kimbrelly Kegler, Global Brand Strategy Leader @ Michelin

Vickie Johnson, National Service Director @ Michelin

Sheldon Early, President @ Location Lockbox

Johannes Mutzke, Co-Founder & Partner @ BlueInc Strategies

Anthony Reese, Creative Director & Digital Architect @ Tangible Strategies

Joanna Reese, Owner & Lead Marketer @ Tangible Strategies

Seth Pack, CTO @ Michelin

Michele wascavage, Market Strategist @ Sage Automotive Interiors

Jennifer Sutton, Founder + CEO @ Bright+CO Marketing Agency

Martin O'Conor, Consultant @ Blue Inc Strategies


Philippe Barreaud, Director of Customer Labs - North America, Europe, & Asia @ Michelin

Philippe created and now heads Michelin’s Customer Innovation Labs in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Labs work across all Michelin’s business lines to test and prepare new business opportunities to go to market.

Jim Boyd, Market President @ United Bank

Having an extensive background in finance and banking, Jim has been providing services to our community as the Market President of United Bank for the past 14 years. A Citadel graduate, Jim is very philanthropic, and he has also served as part of the leadership team for the Great Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Marshall Franklin, Global Client Service Executive @ EY

With over 24 years of experience providing professional services in a variety of industries and international markets, Marshall has worked in market growth, risk management and assurance. Currently, he is leading key accounts and directing the EY market growth for the state of S. Carolina.

Lori Coon, COO/Publisher @ Integrated Media Publishing

Lori is an experienced Publisher with over 25 years of history working in the publishing industry. Her organization, Integrated Media Publishing, is the publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, Charleston Business Magazine and Palmetto Parent.

Lee Dumas, Greer City Councilman

Lee has served as an elected member of the Greer City Council District 4 for nearly 12 years, in addition to a vibrant career in sales. He has worn all the proverbial business hats, developing new skills while operating a real estate brokerage, managing construction projects, serving as a city council member, acting as a business leader at our Chamber of Commerce.


Prashant Prabhu, Former MIchelin President (Africa, India, Middle East)

Michele wascavage, Market Strategist @ Sage Automotive Interiors

Jacquette Land, President/CEO @ E-Ford Commissary

Nate Hamblen, Founder @ Red Elm

Mark Essex, President/ceo @ Netalytics

John Moore, Principal @ Momentum Strategies

Sharon Self, Marketing director @ GDC

Sheldon Early, President @ Location Lockbox

Johannes Mutzke, Partner & Co-founder @ BlueIncStrategies

Byron Smith, Consultant @ BlueInc Strategies & The BMW Group

Mark Hopper, Greer City Councilman & Business Owner

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