Chris Heintze

Director of T. Ed Garrison Arena

Office: 1101 West Queen Street Pendleton SC 29631
Phone: 864-986-9409
Fax: 864-646-3362


 Educational Background

MBA Business Administration
Clemson University 2019

B.S. Agricultural Mechanization and Business
Clemson University 2000


Chris joined Clemson University in 2014 as the Assistant Director of the T. Ed Garrison Arena and was promoted to the Director position in 2017. He manages all staff, resources and activities at the facility including communications, operations, coordination of various educational activities and all marketing. Chris oversees marketing strategies for the creation of new event partnerships, as well as for the promotional needs of current clientele.

Chris maintains excellent community relations to gain support for the T. Ed Garrison Arena. He also serves as host to all visitors, touring groups and shows. He works closely with the local tourism directors to host new shows and to help generate new tourism in the community.

Chris has worked in both public and private industry throughout his career. Before coming to Clemson University, he was employed at Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation as a Quality Control Supervisor in the parts inspection department. His responsibilities included managing the inspection team for all incoming parts inspection and delivery, tracking new product model parts and ensuring on-time delivery and quality, working with suppliers on quality and production issues so that they be corrected quickly, and establishing a new tracking system for verification of safety standards in the production of critical parts. Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation is located in Gainesville, GA and produces all the RTV models, all lawn mowers and small B series tractors for Kubota Tractor Company.

Chris has also worked as a plantation manager, fisheries technician for SCDNR, assistant golf professional, and a research associate for Clemson University.

Chris is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and part of the inaugural Extension Emerging Leadership Initiative. He lives in Clemson and has a 13-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter.