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Erwin Center for Brand Communications

Advisory Board

Photo of Joe ErwinJoe Erwin (Greenville, SC)
Currently: Chairman and Lead Owner at Greenville Triumph Professional Soccer League; Endeavor - Clemson Erwin Center for Brand Communications
Formerly: Co-Founder and Former President, Erwin Penland
Education: B.A., Political Science, Clemson ’79


Photo of Vivek BapatVivek Bapat (Austin, TX)
Currently: SVP, Purpose and Sustainability Marketing, SAP
Formerly: SVP & Head of Marketing and Communications Strategy, SAP, Strategy & Business Development, Rockwell Automation
Education: M.S., Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
MBA, Marketing & Finance Concentration, Robert Morris University
Executive MBA Program for Leadership, Harvard Business School


Photo of Singleton BeatoSingleton Beato (New York, NY)
Currently: Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, McCann Worldgroup
Formerly: EVP, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Talent Development, 4A's
Education: M.S., Org. Development & Business Law, Fairleigh Dickinson University


Photo of John DillonJohn Dillon (Spartanburg, SC)
Currently: SVP, Chief Brand Officer, Denny's
Formerly: Denny's since 2007; Houston Rockets, YUM! Brands/Pizza Hut
Education: B.S., Marketing and Business Analysis, Baylor ’93


Photo of John FeatherstonJohn Featherston (Atlanta, GA)
Currently: Sr. Director/New Ventures, Chick-fil-A
Formerly: 24 years at CFA; VP Income Property, Wells Fargo
Education: B.A., Economics, Duke University
U Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Advanced Management Program


Photo of Mike FlemmingMike Fleming (Atlanta, GA)
Currently: Growth, Brand, and Customer Experience Transformation Consultant at Prophet
Formerly: Zyman Group, IBM, and NCR
Education: B.S., Marketing, Clemson University
MBA, University of Florida


Photo of Noel GeoffroyNoel Geoffroy (Bridgewater, NJ)
Currently: Region President of the Consumer Healthcare Business Unit for Sanofi North America
Formerly: Kellogg's President of US Frozen Foods, Roles at H.J. Heinz Co, P&G
Education: B.A., Language and International Business from Clemson University
MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Photo of Dr. Dan HaygoodDan Haygood, Ph.D. (Elon, NC)
Currently: Department Chair, Advertising - Elon University
Formerly: DMB&B NY and Toyko; University of Tennessee
Education: B.A., Business Mgmt & Speech Communication, NC State
M.A. and Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Comm


Photo of Lisa HolladayLisa Holladay (New York, NY)
Currently: Chief Experience Officer at TIGER 21
Formerly: VP and Global Brand Leader, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Mercedes-Benz, Edelman PR
Education: B.S., Secondary Education and Teaching, Clemson
M.A., English, Georgetown University


Photo of Andy MendelsohnAndy Mendelsohn (Greenville, SC)
Currently: Founder, Upper West Creative; Partner, Bright+Co
Formerly: Erwin Center Executive Director; Erwin Penland, Warwick NY, Saatchi
Education: B.A., History, Hobart College


Photo of Dave PaulusDave Paulus (Denver, CO)
Currently: Global Network Growth Officer, Merkle
Formerly: TransUnion, Abacus Direct, Return Path, Merkle since 2002
Education: B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, Clemson ’87


Photo of Sly PeoplesSly Peoples (Seattle, Washington)
Currently: EVP of Influence, Strategic Development & Collaboration at Edelman
Education: B.S., Accounting and Finance, Clemson University
MBA, Marketing, Purdue University Krannert School of Management


Photo of Kevin PurcerKevin Purcer (Atlanta, Georgia)
Currently: Senior Director of Customer Digital Experience at Chick-fil-A
Formerly: EP+Co, Chick-fil-A Corporate since 2016
Education: B.S., Marketing/Entrepreneurship, Clemson University


Photo of Marianne RadleyMarianne Radley (Dallas, TX)
Currently: Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County
Formerly: Chief Brand Officer, Pizza Hut
Education: B.A., Liberal Arts, Clemson ’94


Photo of Leslie SimsLeslie Sims (New York, NY)
Currently: Chief Creative Officer MD at Deloitte Digital US
Formerly: Chief Creative Officer US at Ogilvy, Chief Creative Officer-VMLY&R New York
Education: B.S., Marketing, Clemson ’91; The Portfolio Center ’93


Photo of Fabio TambosiFabio Tambosi (Germany)
Currently: SVP, Marketing, OneFootball Labs
Formerly: Chief Marketing Officer at Saucony, Global Sr. Director – Brand Communications and Training, Adidas
Education: B.S., Corporate and Organizational Communication w/Minor in Sports Mgmt., Clemson ’02
Executive MBA, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, ’13


Photo of Andy ThomasAndy Thomas (New York, NY)
Currently: VP Marketing and Communications, McLaren Automotive
Formerly: BMW, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson ’90


Photo of Ty ThornhillTy Thornhill (Greenville, SC)
Currently: Head of New Business - Marketing Manager/Strategist at Cargo
Formerly: Owner & Chief Executive Officer | Brand Innovation Leader, Tires, Inc., SVP/Group Account Director, The Tombras Group; Erwin Center Adjunct Faculty
Education: B.S., Marketing, Clemson ’98


Photo of Jay WatsonJay Watson (Austin, TX)
Currently: CEO, Forefront Networks, 3Can Events, nFusion
Formerly: IBM and Dell; Trinity Episcopal School, First Tee Greater Austin
Education: B.S., Industrial Mgmt, Computer Science Concentration, Clemson ’85

Administration and Faculty Support

Photo of Katie HildebrandKatie Hildebrand
Executive Director, Erwin Center for Brand Communications
B.S., Journalism & Advertising Management, Ohio University


Photo of Chris PetersChris Peters
Currently: Senior Director of Development, Clemson University Foundation
B.S. and M.S., Finance & MBA, Clemson ’91


Photo of Dr. Lori PindarLori Pindar, Ph.D.
Assoc. Director of Undergraduate Studies, Clemson University, 2012-present
B.A., Communications Studies, Clemson ’09
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, UGA ’11
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Clemson ’14

Erwin Center for Brand Communications
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