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L&IT Annual Conference 2012

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Keynote Speaker


Hayashi Nampachi

Mr. Hayashi joined the Toyota Motor Corporation in 1966. He was promoted to Project General Manager for Division 2 Manufacturing in 1991, and in the same year became the Project General Manager for Final Assembly in Division 2. He was later appointed the Project General Manager of the Operations Management Consulting Division before becoming the Senior Technical Executive for Toyota in 2001. In 2009 Mr. Hayashi served as Director of Toyota Motor Corporation before returning to his current position as Senior Technical Executive.

Conference Speakers


Ben Green

Ben worked as an Account Manager for Teamstudio, a privately held software company based in Beverly, Massachusetts from 2005-2007, and re-joined the company in January 2011 to take lead as the Vice President of the Asia Pacific office in Tokyo.

Prior to re-joining Teamstudio, Ben worked as Business Development Director for an interactive services firm called Cyberwoven and as a Business Recruiter in the Global Business Development division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Columbia.

Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Ben is a proud graduate of Spring Valley High School, Morehouse College, and the IMBA Program at the University of South Carolina. He has lived in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and speaks conversant Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

No matter where he lives his heart belongs to South Carolina. He has served on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Council, the City of Columbia Economic Development Steering Committee, and the Board of City Year Columbia. He's currently an Executive Board Member of the Midlands (SC) Education & Business Alliance and is a member of the 2011 Class of Leadership South Carolina.


Uma Sridharan

Dr. Sridharan was a Visiting Professor of Finance and International Business at DHBW in Germany; she currently concurrently works as a Professor of Finance and International Business at Lander University and as Visiting Professor of International Business in the Clemson MBA Program.

Alumni Panelists

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Shannon Callihan

Shannon has worked for Stryker since she graduated in 2004. She has worked in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and in the United States. In Japan, she was active as a specialist in the field of Medical Education. While in Germany, she worked as a Market Communications Associate dealing with the Neuro and Biomaterials areas, and a Global Marketing Associate. In the U.K., she stayed busy as a Marketing Product Manager in the CMF and Neuro fields.  Now back in North America, she is a Medical Education Consultant for the Central US region, working out of offices in Chicago and Houston.


Kyle Cornelius

Kyle Cornelius is from Kennesaw, Georgia which is a small town just outside of Atlanta. His mother, Nurdan Kocaer, was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She moved to the States after she married his father, who was a flight attendant at the time. His dad is half French, his dad's mother was born and raised in French-Tunisia, and can speak nine languages fluently. Most all of his family lives outside the United States in either France or Turkey.  But if you went to his house, you would see items from the entire world. Through his multicultural upbringing, he learned to love and respect other cultures and from early in life he wished to pursue a career in which he work with people from all over the world.

Studying in Bordeaux, France for one year, through the French/L&IT program at Clemson, has been the greatest thing to ever happen to him. According to him, that year was the greatest time in his life; the friendships he made will never be forgotten. The opportunities in Bordeaux were endless and now he is working for a company called Storific that is based in France and the United States and that is quickly becoming on of the most successful companies in the world. He has been given the chance to travel throughout France and the U.S. developing business relations, another unforgetable experience.


Eric Seawell

During Eric's studies at Clemson, Eric took part in Ed Arnold's Study Abroad program. Immediately upon graduation, he began working for BMW Manufacturing in Greer. Soon thereafter, he was temporarily reassigned to BMW Regensburg to assist in the German launch of the US built Z3 Roadster. He later took a position in Purchasing and Logistics for ZF and lived in Germany for more than 2 years to launch the front and rear axle systems for the BMW X-5. He has worked for Bosch since 2001 in Purchasing and is currently located in their Rexroth division (Industrial Hydraulics). He is responsible for commodity purchasing for all North American locations of Rexroth, and is a liaison between his division and the Bosch Corporate offices. Eric credits the direction of his career to the L&IT and German programs at Clemson.


Jaclyn Spangler

Jaclyn Spangler is a 2007 graduate of the L&IT Chinese program. During her time at Clemson, Jaclyn studied abroad twice in Dalian, China. After graduation she moved to Colorado for a year to spend some time working at a camp and retreat center. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband moved to Ha'erbin (Harbin) China to teach English as a second language. Upon moving back to Atlanta, Jaclyn began work at Expeditors International and has been there for two and a half years. As a Corporate Account Manager, Jaclyn oversees the business relationship for several key accounts and helps to strategically develop existing business as well as pursue new opportunities. Jaclyn is a licensed US Customs Broker and has a certification in IATA/FIATA Air Cargo.


Allison Trefzger

Allison was born in Cleveland, OH and her family moved around a lot in her youth, ending up in Columbia, SC. After graduating from high school, she decided to go to Clemson to study business, and while she was at it, a bit of Spanish as well. She was happy to find that Clemson offered a major that met her needs perfectly. She was able to study abroad in Granada, Spain for a year where she worked as an intern for an international company. After graduating in 2009, she decided to move back to Spain to work and has been living there for almost three years. She worked as a translator for a private company for a year and a half and is currently working as a promoter for a school of Spanish in the Albaicin of Granada, Spain.  So far, this job has taken her to London and several US cities to attend fairs and conventions.  She speaks Spanish fluently and her day consists of conversing with people from all over the world, in both Spanish and English.

Roundtable Session Corporate Representatives


Andreas Abbing

Mr. Abbing is from Germany and served in the military from 1978 to 1979. He also attended the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Palatinate-Bingen to study Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for ROBERT BOSCH GmbH for 28 years, in Germany and in various Bosch affiliated companies and positions, mostly abroad. Between 1984 and 1991, he worked for Bosch in Germany, where he started his professional career as an Antilock Brake Systems (ABS) Development Engineer. In April of 1991, he was sent to be a Section Manager in Japan to work on the ABS system for Nippon ABS. He spent some time as a Project Manager in the Netherlands, and then in Japan again. There he took over the position as a General Manager of BOSCH Japan. From there he moved on to China where he worked as a Vice President of Corporate Purchasing. Since 2011, he has been in the United States working as President for Associated Fuel Pump Systems Corporation (AFCO). He has used his language capabilities throughout his career, and they have allowed him to do many interesting jobs, see many interesting places, and do many interesting things.


Paul Abenante

Paul C. Abenante spent 37 years in Washington D.C. working with the Central Intelligence Agency, as member of the White House staff, and on the National Security Council. Thereafter, pursued a 27 year career in public policy affairs as a lobbyist and as a CEO of a Washington trade industry group that represented a large segment of the food industry. Abenante has been involved in the promulgation of various international trade agreements and has represented the U.S. food industry in the EU regarding various international regulations while defending North American public policy and trade initiatives that have significant impact on U.S. companies. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University,completed his graduate studies at Long Island University, and has attended several business seminars at the Wharton School.


Daniel Bowers

Daniel Bowers has served as the Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) - Atlanta, since October 2010. Daniel received his undergraduate degrees in Finance and French from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, and his Masters in Business Administration from Thunderbird – The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Prior to joining the French American Chamber of Commerce – Atlanta, Daniel worked as an investment banker, specializing in middle market mergers and acquisitions and most recently owned his own fine-dining restaurant in Winston Salem, North Carolina. In addition to his training in business administration and finance, Daniel has earned the Grand Diplome de Patisserie from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.

As the Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce – Atlanta, Daniel is responsible for promoting and enhancing business opportunities for companies with operations in the Southeastern United States who have business interests in France or are simply interested in French culture and language. The FACC-Atlanta represents some 80 corporations, from major international companies like Delta Airlines and InterContinental Hotels to small, privately held companies. The Executive Director of the FACC-Atlanta is tasked with providing a platform for these companies to interact and create valuable business contacts. This is achieved primarily through hosting or promoting functions or events, educational, social or otherwise.


Stefan Bude

Stefan Bude is President and Chief Financial Officer of DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC in Duncan, S.C., where he oversees the administrational areas of Dräxlmaier operations in the USA and in Latin America.

Stefan joined the Dräxlmaier Group as a Controller at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany, in September 1998 after completing his education with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

After being in charge of strategic planning for the Dräxlmaier Group worldwide since 2002, Stefan took on the position as CFO of the new Dräxlmaier plant site in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2004, where he oversaw the start-up of both an interior and electric plant. With the growing business of the Dräxlmaier Group in the North America region, he also headed up new operations in Puebla and Lagos de Moreno, both located in Mexico. In 2008, he was appointed CFO of all Dräxlmaier operations in North America.

Splitting his time from 2004 to 2009 between Mexico, South Carolina, and Germany, Stefan moved back to Germany in 2009 to lead the Dräxlmaier business unit responsible for business with General Motors and Volkswagen. He recently returned to the South Carolina to resume his position as President and CFO at DAA.

Having worked at both the corporate headquarters of the Dräxlmaier Group in Germany and in various operational production areas in North America, he possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of human resources, finance, and controlling.

Stefan lives with his wife and 1-year-old son in Simpsonville, S.C. He and his family look forward to a prolonged stay in the Upstate of South Carolina.


Elena Colombarini

Elena graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1999. She then began work as a financial analyst for "Il Sole 24 Ore". At this daily financial newspaper, she was responsible for the assessment and analysis of the management and funding of a group of companies listed on the Milan stock exchange. These businesses belonged to diverse sectors including the manufacturing, electronics, tourism, nautical, and papermaking industries. she compiled financial reports of these businesses that were subsequently offered to banks and other financial institutions. She also wrote articles and commentary on behalf of the newspaper.

She later became the Overseas Sales Manager for Vetroresina SPA. When she took over this position in 2003, she also gained the responsibility of developing new strategies for widening the American market particularly regarding new applications for flat glass-fiber laminates. She maintains close relations with the new US plant, and she manages all relations with the American branch of the company. She also coordinates the activities of the research laboratory. 

In 2005, she was promoted to General Manager of Vetroresina LLC. Vetroresina is a distributor of Italian-made products in the U.S. market. Thereafter, she also became responsible for variety of areas including book keeping, general accounting, and relations with the general contractor for building construction and equipment installation projects.

She has obviously made use of her skills in English, Italian, and French. She now lives in Greenville, SC, and maintains relations between Italy and the USA for Vetroresina.


Grace Cook

Grace Cook is currently a senior majoring in Packaging Science at Clemson University. She has completed her minor in Italian and studied abroad at Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy. In 2010, she had a semester long co-op with Procter and Gamble in the research and development department. During the school year she is an employee of the Sonoco Institute on campus and works primarily with an Italian flexography press. Grace will complete her B.S. in December of this year and will pursue an M.S. in Packaging Science.


Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper was born and raised in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Clemson with a B.S. in Accounting, in 1984. He started his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant, and he has been at it for almost 30 years. He has also worked as a Managing Partner for the Greenville, SC, Rodl & Partner office. He is a board member of Greenville Sister Cities and the International Center of the Upstate. He is also a committee member of the South Carolina Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce.

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John Crowe

John B. Crowe was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Buckeye Technologies on July 1, 2006.  He served as President and Chief Operating Officer between 2003 and 2006.  He was elected as a director of Buckeye in August 2004.  He served as Senior Vice President, Wood Cellulose Division between 2001 and 2003.  Mr. Crowe joined the company in December 1997 serving as Vice President, Wood Cellulose Manufacturing until January 2001.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Crowe was Executive Vice President/General Manager of Alabama River Pulp and Alabama Pine Pulp Operations, a division of Parsons and Whittemore, Inc. and was Vice President and Site Manager of Flint River Operations, subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company.  From 1979 to 1992, he was an employee of Procter and Gamble.

Mr. Crowe is a graduate of The Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Mathematics.  He attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship and is a member of Florida State University's Hall of Fame.  Prior to starting his business career, her served in the United States Air Force as a Senior Pilot and Vietnam Veteran retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1997 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Crowe and his wife, Betty, have two sons and two granddaughters.  They reside in Germantown, Tennessee.  He serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Mid-South and also on the Board of Directors of the National Civil Rights Museum.  Mr. Crowe is a Director of Myers Industries Inc., a public traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 


Sergio Fedelini

Sergio graduated from the University of Genoa, Italy. He graduated in 1976 with a Doctorate in Economics and Business, including selected studies and thesis in the Economics of Transportation and International Corporate Finance. He works for the Mediterranean Shipping Co. Inc., the second largest containership company in the world. Inititally he worked there as a Controller at the New York City Headquarters. He was made Vice President in 1994. This makes him responsible for the South Atlantic Region and for operations in the ports of Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville. He expanded the Charleston operation from three employees to 280 employees. He also negotiated Job Tax Credit incentives from the State of South Carolina. From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer of MSC Cruises Inc. which was at the time a new company. His job was to promote it to the North American market. He is still the Vice President. Before that, though, he worked for various smaller containership companies to gain experience.

Aside from his career as a Vice President for the Mediterranean Shipping Co., he is also an Honorary Consul of Italy for South Carolina and has been since 1999. He is also a board member of Italy America Chamber of Commerce South East. On top of all of this, he is a loving father and husband.


Reiji "Reggie" Hanamura

Reiji Hanamura is from Chiba, Japan. In 2002, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hosei University in Japan.

After his graduation, he joined JTEKT CORPORATION in April 2002, and his first assignment was working in the Human Resources department of the Osaka Head Office which is in the southern-central region of Japan.

In 2004 January, he was transferred to the Tokyo plant and continued working in the Human Resources department until December 2006. During these five years in Human Resources, he learned how the organization works, all about the calculation of wages, and the important factors in the hiring and training system.

In January of 2007, he was transferred back to Osaka and received a different assignment in the Production Administration department in the Bearing & Driveline Operation Headquarters. He was in charge of a production preparation management group for new products of the Bearing and Driveline Project.

In July 2010, he received an assignment in America, at JTEKT AUTOMOTIVE South Carolina, Inc., located in Piedmont, South Carolina. He is currently working as an Administrative Coordinator with Production Control, Accounting, and Human Resources departments.

He is also a member of Japan America Association of South Carolina. He and his colleagues are actively participating in golf charity tournaments and in the Summer Bon Festival in both 2011 and 2012.

On a personal note, he resides in Greenville with his wife and 2 sons (ages two and four). In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and is very competitive. He has been playing tennis since he was 13 years old. He continues to play tennis when finds time. He enjoys working, living and raising a family in South Carolina.


Michael Hunt

Michael Hunt was born in Charleston, SC on January 7, 1972. The youngest of three children, his parents wanted to make sure their children understood the world was bigger than the city where they grew up. Michael started taking French in 8th grade and Spanish in 10th grade. By high school graduation, he had 5 years of French and three years of Honors Spanish and had travelled to France as an exchange student in his junior year. Clemson University's Language and International Trade Program (French) was a perfect fit, where Michael was inspired by professors and students alike. Graduating in May 1990, he went to work for Evergreen American Corporation, the largest steamship line in the world at that time and moved between import and export customer service as needed. He also travelled to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and around the Southeast to handle different situations for the company. After 7 years with Evergreen, Michael was hired as the South Atlantic Account Manager for Sea Shipping Line, where he managed to take the company to double digit market shares in three years. He has worked for World Cargo Transport the last six years as a General Manager of the Charleston office and Southeast sales. In addition to hiring three Clemson students over the last 10 years, Michael has also managed to offer internships to several students.

He currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Brandy, and their four children, Drew, Cassie, Will, and Ellison Lane.

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Mark Mannella

Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Clemson University on a Track scholarship.  He graduated from Clemson in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Management. 

Mark began his career with The Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as a Front Desk Host at Fort Wilderness.  He was soon promoted to an Interviewer recruiting for the new EPCOT Theme Park.  After several years in the recruitment function, Mark moved to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park where he was responsible for Employee Relations for approximately 8,000 Cast Members.  In 1986 Mark transferred to Compensation where he was responsible for implementing the pay strategy, processes, and practices for the Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.  In 1988, Mark had the opportunity to work on the Disneyland Paris project and spent much of the next three years living and working in Paris.  In 1991, he became the Manager of Compensation for Walt Disney World Resort responsible for approximately 50,000 Cast Members.  In 1995, Mark was promoted to Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Compensation and was responsible for the overall compensation strategy worldwide for approximately 100,000 Cast Members in approximately a dozen countries.  His responsibilities soon expanded to include Talent and Succession Planning.  In 2001, with the construction of Hong Kong Disneyland, Mark began to focus mainly on developing the Compensation and Benefit strategy, processes, and programs in preparation for the 2005 opening.  After the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, Mark took on the responsibility for the Compensation and Benefits of all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts New and International businesses including Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Aulani, and Shanghai Disney Resort.  Mark was an integral part of the project team that negotiated the Shanghai Disney Resort Joint Venture with the Chinese Government as well as developing the labor and benefits pro forma.  He currently travels to Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai four to five times a year and plans to relocate to Shanghai in the fall of 2014 prior to the opening of the new park.

Mark's wife, Cynthia, and brother, David, also attended Clemson on swimming and football scholarships. His son, Giovanni, is a junior at Georgia Tech (currently studying abroad in Milan) and daughter, Marissa, is a freshman at Clemson.  Mark is on the YMCA Board in Orlando and enjoys fishing, hunting, soccer, karate, and cycling.


Rick Miller

Rick Miller’s career with Nestle began 30 years ago.  Nestle is the world’s largest food company with a focus on Nutrition, Health and Wellness  across a wide variety of food and beverage brands.  Nestle’s Head Office is located  in Vevey, Switzerland and operates 449 factories in 83 different countries.  Rick serves as the Business Unit Manager for the Nestle Factory in Gaffney, SC where he is responsible for manufacturing and distributing Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine Entrees for the US. During Rick’s career he has had the opportunity to work in Ohio, Utah, Mexico, Canada and Switzerland.


Arelis Moore

Arelis Moore de Peralta (MEd, MPH, MD, Dominican Republic; PhD, Clemson) is director of the Center for Community Services (CCS), an activity of CU/IFNL located in Simpsonville, SC, and the center’s Café Cultura, a Hispanic family outreach and support program. Dr. Moore’s doctoral dissertation research was on “Health Beliefs and Socio-Cultural Factors that Predict Cervical Cancer Screening Behaviors Among Hispanic Women in Seven Cities in the Upstate of South Carolina.” She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Best Chance Network, and with cancer prevention efforts among Hispanic women in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Moore received the Vera Paster Award in October 2009, which was given by the American Orthopsychiatric Association in recognition of her work with Latino immigrants, and she received the Kimbrough-Melton Parents Award in April 2010. Café Cultura was honored with a Yellow Rose Award by the Hispanic American Women’s Association in 2010.

Dr. Moore formerly was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the Ibero-American University (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo. A public health specialist, she is an expert epidemiologist who coordinated disease preventive and control programs in the Dominican Republic. She also participated in the Caribbean health surveillance programs of the Centers for Disease Control.


Ralph Schwarz

Ralph Schwarz is responsible for Corporate Communications at DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America in Duncan, S.C., where he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the Dräxlmaier Group in the North America region, including media relations, public relations and marketing. He also closely works with his colleagues in Corporate Communications at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany

Ralph, who joined Dräxlmaier as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 10 years. Before coming to DAA, he worked for four years as an editor at Niagara Frontier Publications (NFP) in Grand Island, N.Y, where he was responsible for the weekly community newspaper, the Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune. In addition to two town hall beats and one school board beat, he also served two years as sports editor for all three weekly papers published by NFP.

Born and raised in Germany, Ralph transferred to the USA as a college student in 1995, earning a master’s degree in Print Journalism from Emerson College in Boston in 2001, as well as bachelor degrees in Business Administration (Accounting) and Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., in 1999.

Ralph, who has one son, lives in Duncan. Aside from work, he likes to spend time with his family, listen to music and follow NHL ice hockey, German soccer and Formula One racing.


Sara Smotherman

Sara is a senior in Language & International Trade and Spanish from Clemson, SC. She loves foreign language. So much so that she also speaks intermediate Italian and beginning German. She loves to travel. She's studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Barcelona, Spain. Some of her hobbies are cooking, photography, and music. While at Clemson, she has co-founded a club, Acts of Campus Kindness, in order to promote unity and kindness on-campus. Last summer, she worked as an intern for the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, SC. She is also working as a Logistics co-op at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, SC. She will begin full-time employment at BMW Manufacturing Co. in May 2012, through Ingenics AG Consulting.

 Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson

Melanie is a Senior Launch and Change Coordinator in the Engineering department at BMW Manufacturing Corp., LLC in Greer, SC. Her responsibilities include project management for new launches and interim changes for the X5, X5M, X6 and X6M wiring harnesses and electronic components. She has worked at BMW for 11 years.

Melanie’s international experience includes living and working in Gelnhausen, Germany for 3 years in the early 1990’s. She also completed a 6-week study abroad with Clemson University in Nabburg, Germany in the summer of 1996. Since working at BMW, Melanie has taken several business trips to the BMW Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum (FIZ) located in Munich, Germany, most recently in December, 2011.

Melanie earned a Bachelor Degree in German and International Trade from Clemson University in 2001. She is originally from Clemson but currently lives in Greenville, SC with her 9 year old daughter, Ellison.



Mike Ungar

Mike Ungar is Director of Corporate Recruiting for Michelin North America.  In this role, Mike is responsible for white collar hiring for the United States and for coordinating Michelin’s recruitment network throughout North America. Prior to assuming this role, Mike worked throughout North America and Michelin Group in support of the deployment of Michelin Manufacturing Way, Michelin’s standard manufacturing processes.  During Mike’s 25 years with Michelin, he has held various leadership positions in manufacturing in both operational and support roles, such as Industrial Engineering, production management, investment management, and supply chain.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Clemson University.  He grew up in Denver, Colorado.


Timothy Williamson

Tim works as a Financial Consultant for AXA Advisors  and is also President of Delta Financial, LLC.  He has been with AXA for 20 years; the entire time he has worked in the SC, NC and GA market.  Mr. Williamson's practice focuses on helping clients -individuals and small businesses-recognize, name and prioritize financial goals, develop and implement a game plan for achieving those goals, and then through periodic reviews monitor their progress.  Risk management plays an important part in his work, i.e. risk of premature death, risk of losing the ability to work, inflation risk, market risk, and so forth.


Neil Yanik

Neil graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a secondary focus on the German language. Neil started his professional career at Hella Lighting Corporation as a manufacturing engineer. In 2006, Neil was advanced to a Program Manager position where he led the launch of Hella's first BMW headlamp to be built in North America. In 2008, Neil pursued a new opportunity as Key Account
Manager for Montaplast North America where he currently manages accounts totaling more than $25 million. Neil's current position involves daily conversations with his German colleagues and takes him to Germany 4-6 times per year for program launches. Neil says that his knowledge of the German language not only affords him the opportunity to travel the world, but it also helped him advance to his current position in the company.

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