The Stories of the Upstate #264: (Dr. Elizabeth Morris) "I was on Team USA for synchronized ice skating in 2005-2006."

Dr. Elizabeth Morris, doctor of family medicine focusing on lifestyle medicine shares our 264th story.


Have you heard the expression, "You are what you eat?"  I'm sure we all have, but for Dr. Elizabeth Morris, it's a cornerstone for her medical practice.  The former Team USA synchronized ice skater practices family medicine and focuses on preventing, treating and reversing chronic disease, in part, by changing our eating habits to a more plant based diet.  Lifestyle medicine, the focus of Dr. Morris's practice, involves more then just nutrition,.  Exercise, sleep habits, stress reduction, smoking cessation and moderating alcohol consumption go hand in hand with eating for a healthier life.  

                                                To learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Morris, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #26: Charles Hedgepath and The Bad Popes featuring Mike Bagwell, Chris Garrett, Jef Chandler and Joe Cash

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic


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The Stories of the Upstate #263: (Matthew Rollins) "I was an only child and spent many a day slinging a tennis ball against my grandparent's garage."

Our 263rd story,a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from President and CEO of Anchor Bat CO,
  Matthew Rollins.


Is there any sweeter sound than the crack of a bat?  It speaks of summer, childhood, fun and perfection?  For a man whose life has been defined by baseball since childhood, Matthew Rollins, President and CEO of Anchor Bat Co, knows and loves that sound and runs a company making sure it's around for a long time.  Anchor Bat Co makes high quality bats, not only for major league teams who can purchase hundreds of bats a season, but also for the high school player who purchases that one special bat.  Matthew tells us that the Anchor Bat Co started from the seed of his father's incredible skill with wood and crafting bats and has grown as they consult experts on all aspects of bats, including working with Clemson University on what goes on with wood and the finish of wood. 

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The Stories of the Upstate #262: (Brad Keaton) "We didn't watch TV when I was a kid; we didn't even own one."

                             Moore, SC singer-songwriter, Brad Keaton shares our 262nd story.


He doesn't play a lot of gigs.  He doesn't play the guitar, keyboard, or even the harmonica.  Moore, SC singer-songwriter Brad Keaton tells us that his voice is his instrument and he's building an audience a different way, building it online rather than through nightly gigs.  He says, "let me make you a fan."  He does a lot of songwriting and most of his songs are written for and about a girl from the Cayman Islands, his wife of 11 years.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #261: (Lynn Pilewski) "I fed chicken to the alligators over the fence in my background growing up."

Story #261 comes from Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District's Education Program Coordinator, Lynn Pilewski


She's often called "the poop lady" and she likes it.  She likes it because it means that she's doing her job well, at least one part of her job, educating kids about water protection.  Lynn Pilewski, Education Program Coordinator for the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District teaches school kids about conservation and about picking up after their dogs as one way to help keep out water supply clean.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #260: (Dick James) "I was a parole office while I was in law school."

                                               Greenville attorney, Dick James delivers Story #260.


His great grandfather was a judge.  His grandfather was a judge.  His uncle was a lawyer.  He has two cousins who are lawyers, so is there any surprise that Dick James became one of Greenville's most well know trial attorneys and senior partner of his own law firm, The Dick James Law Firm?  Having a family immersed in the law only gets you so far, Dick says the key to becoming a great lawyer is preparation, preparation, preparation.  Reading a lot about the law and great lawyers also helped shape his success as an attorney.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #259: (Con Williamson) "I was a 98 lb wrestler in high school."

               Our 259th story, a GSA Business Report Q&A,comes from co-President and CCO of E P + Co,
                                                                           Con Williamson 

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3D printers and prototype building spaces are not the first things that come to mind when we consider an advertising agency.  For Con Williamson, co-President and CCO for E P + Co, they are just some of the tools that make the company, formerly known as Erwin Penland, a continued national success in the advertising world.  For most of us, the first thing we think of when we hear advertising agency, is print ads, magazines, but Con expands our thinking by pointing out all the different ways E P + Co serves their clients.  He tells us about television campaigns, smart phone apps, client events, even a mobile diner that goes to a disaster area and cooks food for people who've just lost their home.  Con explains that what E P + Co does is find creative ways to tell their client's story, to solve their problems and everything they do finds it's inspiration in this simple mantra, "Unthink Everything."  Clients like Denny's and Men's Warehouse demonstrate that E P + Co's thinking is just right.

                                       To learn more about Con Williamson and E P + Co, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #258: (Wendy Watkins) "I once bought a bacon costume for Halloween."

                     Our 258th story comes from Wendy Watkins, owner of Upstate Nutrition and Plate 108


Is it possible to have fun doing your job and make a difference in people's lives at the same time?  For Wendy Watkins, the answer is a resounding yes!  Wendy's a registered nutritionist, a person who provides evidence based information regarding nutrition and healthy living. As the owner of Upstate Nutrition, Wendy provides registered dietitians to hospitals, nursing homes, etc, who help individuals from children to geriatrics with healthy living and dietary needs.  The fun kicks in as owner of Greer's Plate 108 where Wendy teaches people how to cook and eat healthy.  She says that eating and cooking are social things, so using cooking classes to help people lead healthy lives is a natural and fun part of her job. 

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Honey"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the November 8, 2017 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedgepath, Alex Hunnicutt and Daniel Harper


Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #257: (Ryan Heil) "I was a bit clumsy and goofy as a kid."

                Ryan Heil, former CMO of Zipbuds and Clemson PhD candidate shares our 257th story.


These days, it seems everywhere you look, folks are sporting headsets and ear buds, and many are not happy with their current earbuds.  Ryan Heil knows something about the problems plaguing most ear buds.  As the former CMO of Zipbuds, Ryan said people complained about the sound quality, the fit, the stability, the battery life and Zipbuds was committed to creating a new kind of earbud that addressed all of these issues.  What did the former minor league baseball player and college baseball coach and his colleagues do in their quest for a great new earbud?  They consulted with audiologists, sound engineers and even fashion designers.  They also tapped a non-traditional funding source for Zipbuds, Kickstarter and raised over $280,000.  A welcome side effect of Ryan's work with ZIpbuds, was allowing him to put into practical application what he was learning as a PhD candidate at Clemson University.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #256: (Morgan Riley) "I took hip hop and belly dancing classes as a teen and got really good at both."

                            Greenville singer- songwriter, Morgan Riley  shares our 256th stories.


For many singer - songwriters, the realization that music was going to be their life doesn't hit them until later in life.   That's not the case for Greenville singer-songwriter, Morgan Riley, who from the age of 5, was shouting that she was going to be a singer/dancer/actress/model.
When she was 15 and attempting to write her own music as opposed to simply covering other artists, she discovered that she had a talent for creating unique songs.  Morgan tells us that inspiration for a great song can come from anywhere, even the most mundane things like change in own's pocket.

                                                         To learn more about Morgan Riley, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #255" (Perry J. Williams) "I’m a fanatic about beets and love to cook them in multiple different ways."

Our 255th story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the Chairman of Greer Commission
  of Public Works, Perry J. Williams.


When we flip on the bedroom light, turn on the kitchen faucet, start the furnace or flush the toilet, we aren't thinking about water pipes, gas lines or waste water treatment, but that's exactly what Perry J. Williams concerns himself with daily as Chairman of Greer Commission of Public Works.  Originally chartered in 1913, Greer Commission of Public Works provides electricity, gas, water and waste water treatment for approx. 80,000 people.  Profit is not what drives the Greer Commission of Public Works.  Perry says that providing reliable and fiscally sound utilities is what drives him and the Commission.  So the next time you flip a switch or turn a faucet in the Greer area, you can rest assured that the power and the water will be there, thanks to Greer Commission of Public Works and it's Chairman, Perry J. Williams.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #254: (Andrea Cooper) "Building forts and ice skating with my friends were a big part of my childhood."

                         Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, shares Story #254


It was her college experiences at the University of Colorado in Boulder where Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, first got interested in conservation.  Andrea tells us that she went to one keg party and one football game, just so she could check those things off her list, but her and her friends spent most of their time hiking and backcountry skiing in the Rockies.
Now, Andrea's focus on conservation finds it's outlet with Upstate Forever and their work to help the Upstate manage our growth so the wonderful things that draw visitors and new residents here and that we all love are preserved as we grow.  And with all the beautiful places the Upstate has to offer, she still gets to enjoy biking and hiking.

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