Startup Weekend Sumter
Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016
Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center (Central Carolina Technical College)
Friday February 26th
Saturday February 27th
Sunday February 28th
Dr. Tim Hardee
Director, Santee Lynches Council of Governments
Coaches and Mentors
Community Relations Manager, SHAW AFB
Jake Smith is President and Owner of Jared's Ace Hardware in Bishopville, SC, which he has taken from a two-person "mom and pop" operation in 1981 to a 16,000-square-foot hardware, home and garden center with 18 employees. As CEO, Mr. Smith is tasked with planning for growth and identifying the strategies to make the desired growth. Last year he also transformed the old downtown storefront of 7,300 square feet into Crossroads Outdoors, an outdoor sports and clothing store.
Mr. Smith's top skills are in retail, merchandising, inventory management, and customer service. He is a member of the North American Retail Hardware Association board of directors, the Santee Lynches Regional Education Center Advisory Board, and numerous other organizations. He is a graduate of Clemson University.
Human Resources Consultant
A native of Savannah, Paul Hilton graduated from the University of North Georgia and went on to serve as a commissioned officer in the US Army from 1972 through 1977. Upon completion of military service, he joined a family contracting firm, supervising construction projects in Savannah until 1981, when he began a successful 35-year career in human resources administration.
Paul is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP) as well as the Human Resources Certification Institute (PHR). Serving in the positions of assistant director, director, systemwide director and vice president of human resources in organizations which average over 1,000 employees, Mr. Hilton developed and administered human resources programs in policies and procedures, benefits, compensation, legal compliance, training, employee morale and recognition, unemployment compensation and handbook development.
In 2003 he brought this expertise to his own firm, Paul Hilton Human Resources Consulting LLC, which helps organizations with their HR issues and program development.
Paul and his wife Janice reside in Sumter. Their daughter lives and works near Nashville; their son is a history professor at Scott Community College in Davenport, Iowa.
Michael Heishman is the operations manager for the SC Works Division of the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments. The COG is a non--profit organization dedicated to the identification of opportunities, courses of action, and resources essential to enable local government to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties. Michael joined the Santee Lynches organization in 2015 after retiring from the private sector.
Michael's work in the private sector, specifically in warehousing, transportation and logistics stretches back to the early '90s and includes working in various leadership roles for several Fortune 500 companies including Newell/Rubbermaid, US Foods, and Deutsch Post. He also has experience in manufacturing, after leading a new start-up food manufacturing operation here in Sumter as the plant manager for 3 years before joining Santee Lynches.
His work experience enabled him the opportunity to work with various WMS/LMS and HR systems to include S2K, Red Prairie, Manhattan, AS-400, Voxware, Rapistan, QSSI, Pyramid, Kronos, and TimeQPlus. In addition, Michael is trained in Six Sigma and LEAN methodologies, has project management experience and has leadership experience in both union and non-union operations.
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