The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation seeks to connect young professionals with influential community leaders and United Way advocates. Through these conversations, we hope to foster powerful dialogue around philanthropy and civic engagement — and how giving back to our community can positively influence your career. Dinner will include a three-course meal and two drinks.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
The Westin Poinsett
120 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
Networking: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00–8:15 p.m.



Inaugural Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Table Hosts

Craig Brown, The Greenville Drive
Craig Brown is the Owner and President of the Greenville Drive, the single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and is a founding board member of MiLB Enterprises, which oversees brand marketing for Minor League Baseball. Prior to founding the Drive and leading the construction of Fluor Field, the Drive’s award-winning stadium, Brown spent 23 years as a key executive in the globalization of the advertising industry, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bcom3 Group, then the fourth largest advertising agency in the world. Brown’s philanthropic endeavors include serving on the boards of Upstate Warrior Solution and Prisma Health System, chairing the Advisory Board of the Medical Experience Academy and co-chairing ACCELERATE! Greenville. Brown is also senior Vice Chairman of the Hydrocephalus Association and serves on several boards at his alma mater, Michigan State University.

Michael Cinquemani, Master Power Transmission
Michael Cinquemani is President and CEO of Master Power Transmission. Prior to forming the company in 2010, Michael worked for Baldor Electric and Rockwell Automation for 21 years in various positions, including Senior Sales Engineer, Plant Manager, Vice President Global Sales and finally Executive Vice President Dodge and International. Michael has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He has volunteered extensively within a number of organizations in the community, including serving as Board Chair and Campaign Chair of United Way of Greenville County. Michael and his wife, Susan, have two children, Emily and Anthony, and live in Simpsonville.

Jessica Donan, EY
Jessica Donan serves as Ernst & Young LLP’s Office Managing Partner for Greenville, where she is responsible for the entire state of South Carolina. She also serves as the EY US-Central Region Mobility Sector Assurance Leader, responsible for growing and developing the client base for the region’s transportation industry. Jessica’s public accounting career has extended over 20 years, serving clients in the Advanced Manufacturing and Mobility (AM&M) sector, as well as health care, media and technology companies. She is engaged in the community through her work on the Peace Center Board of Trustees and Clemson University’s Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Carolinas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Memphis and her Master’s in Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she succcessfully completed the Harvard Leadership Program taught by Harvard University.

Anderson Garcia, GE
Anderson Garcia is a Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience focusing in manufacturing, distribution and engineering. He is currently a Sr. HR Business Parter for GE Gas Power where he supports several engineering teams across the globe. He also serves as HR Advisor for the Hispanic Forum group in GE, both locally and across the business. Anderson has served on United Way of Greenville County’s Board of Directors since 2017 and recently joined the Internal Affairs Committee for Hispanic Alliance. Prior to joining GE, Anderson worked for Bausch & Lomb as Human Resources Manager where he drove key processes including staffing, talent development, compensation, benefits administration, employee relations and community relations. He began his career with Milliken & Company. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management from Clemson University and a Master of Science Management from Souther Wesleyan University. He holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Anderson lives in Greenville with his wife Demie and their two children Elena and Nicholas.

Tim Hudson, ITW Hartness
Tim Hudson is the Vice President and General Manager for ITW Hartness, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a global fortune 200 commpany. He also serves as Managing Director for Hartness International Europe GmbH and has full P&L responsibility for the division globally. Prior to joining ITW, Tim held general management, director and other leadership positions at General Electric and Rockwell Automation. Tim serves on the Board of the Peace Center and is on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. He inspires a culture of servant leadership and is a firm believer of corporations and communities rising together. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University.

Cal Hurst, Southern First Bank
Cal Hurst has worked in banking throughout the Southeast for 15 years, helping clients grow their businesses and plan for their future. He is passionate about creating long-term relationships and positively impacting everyone he connects with. In addition to his work, Cal is an engaged member of the Upstate community and serves as a member of various Boards of Directors, including United Way’s Campaign Cabinet. He is also the Public Address Announcer for Furman Basketball and a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a Deacon and in the Ignite Worship Band. Most importantly, Cal is proud husband to his wife Casey and father to Chandler and Mary Ellen.

Deborah McKetty, United Way of Greenville County
Deborah McKetty is Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greenville County. Prior to joining United Way in 2019, Deborah served as President and CEO of CommunityWorks. A Greenville native, Deborah is a long-time United Way partner through her work with the former Greenville Housing Fund and CommunityWorks, which she helped establish in 2005. Deborah serves on the board of directors for the S.C. Community Capital Alliance, SCACED, the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. She is an alumna of Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute, a recipient of the Greenville Women Making History Award, and was recognized by the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations (SCACED) with the Eagle Award of Excellence in Community Economic Development. Deborah holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from Texas Southern University.

Jason Richards, NAI Earle Furman
Jason Richards is Chief Operating Officer at NAI Earle Furman, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Carolinas. After spending several years in nonprofit administration, Jason joined NAI Earle Furman as Vice President in 2007 before taking over as COO in 2011. His scope of work at the company includes global business development, strategic planning and growth, community relations and general day to day management of the firm’s activities across six offices in North and South Carolina. As vice-chair of the NAI Global Leadership Board, he facilitates collaboration and growth across the network’s 375 offices worldwide. Jason holds a BA in Political Science from Furman University. He has been named one of Greenville Magazine‘s “Best and Brightest Under 35” and one of Greenville’s “Emerging Leaders” by The Greenville News. Jason currently serves as Board Chair of United Way of Greenville County. He is also a board member at Furman University, The Family Effect and South State Bank.

Wendy Walden, Greenville Technical College
Wendy Walden is the Associate Vice President for executive affairs at Greenville Technical College. In this role, she is a member of the President’s Cabinet, serves as the chief diversity officer, and oversees executive communications. She has been with Greenville Tech for 13 years and has over 19 years of work experience in various leadership roles in the corporate sector.

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