SYP, Herald-Journal Recognize Inaugural Class of Spartanburg's Forty Under 40

Spartanburg’s young professionals are advancing our community every single day.

From professional success and business innovation to volunteer opportunities and community leadership, the next generation of Spartanburg County is taking shape and stepping up to be the future leaders of our community.

This year, Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP), OneSpartanburg, Inc., and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal partnered to recognize a group of incredibly deserving young professionals as the inaugural class of Spartanburg’s Forty Under 40.

This group represents Spartanburg’s businesses, health care, educational institutions, nonprofits and much, much more. This group has earned this distinction, and we are incredibly grateful for their personal and professional investments in Spartanburg.

The full list of Spartanburg’s Forty Under 40 can be found below.

Amanda Richardson

United Way of the Piedmont

Arialle Kennedy Smith

AVK Dance Studio; Spartanburg School District

Aundreana Hunter

Alzheimer's Association

Blake Meredith Loudermilk, PE

Toole Design Group

Cal Wicker

Truist (formerly BB&T)

Charlianne Nestlen

Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Cierra Fowler

Spartanburg Housing Authority

Claudia A Ruffin

The Johnson Group

Crystal Pace

Pinnacle Hospitality

Ernest Rice, Jr.

Spartanburg School District 7

Fabian Mata

Nacho Taco

Frankie Zombie


Hope Garcia

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Howard Lee Salters, Jr.

Milliken & Company

Hunter Brown

Palmetto Vermiculite

Jalitha Moore

OneSpartanburg, Inc.

Jessica Holcomb

Spartanburg Housing Authority

Joshua T. Thompson

Boulier, Thompson, & Barnes

Kathyrn Harvey

Neue South Collective

Laura Ringo

Partners for Active Living

Lauren Rogers

IB Industries

Lee Bailey

City of Woodruff

Lee Smith

Self-employed; Wofford College

Leslie Bailey Calicutt

Vic Bailey Automotive

Lindsey Ridgeway


Matt Henderson


Meghan Smith

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Meredith Lindsey

ALINE Interactive

Michelle "Emme" Smith

The Parent Pal and GraySpace Counseling Group

Molly Cashman

Blue Moon Specialty Foods

Morgan Smith

Woodruff Federal

Natasha Pitts

City of Spartanburg

Ralph Settle

Colliers International

Rob Rain

Johnson Development

Savannah Ray

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Todd Horne

Clayton Construction Company

Verhonda Crawford

Limestone College

Victor Durrah

Brother Restoring Urban Hope

Walter N. Bennett FACHE

Pelham Medical Center, Greer, SC Division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

William Gray

McMillan Pazdan Smith

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