Mike Pennington: Part IronMan, part community leader, part entrepreneur, all YP: That’s Mike Pennington. Mike is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he claims to have found a lost University of North Carolina NCAA basketball championship trophy in a back store room while serving as an equipment manager for the football, and is the driving engine behind the WorkPlaceYP.
As a leader in the YP community, he served four years on the advisory council for the largest YP group in South Carolina, PULSE, and ultimately was the group’s chairman in 2015. Mike also actively volunteers with Junior Achievement of Greenville, SC and serves on the board of directors. He is active on the Opportunity Greenville board as well as LiveWell Greenville – Access to Healthy Foods action committee. He is active in Fresh Start SC public charity fundraising, Red Shoe Society, and helps coordinate the Funneldelicious Community Garden. In 2013, Mike was named one of “Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Greenville Business Magazine, and has been nominated for Upstate Business Journal’s Who’s Who. Mike enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, triathlons, team sports, backpacking and traveling the world.
John on Mike: “I wish I could be Mike when I grow up. Seriously, this guy does everything. Plus he has a cat named Gravy.”
John Boyanoski: If Mike is the engine that drives WorkPlaceYP, then John is whatever isn’t the engine. If you are reading something on the site, then it is highly likely John wrote it. If it contains a bad pun, then John definitely wrote it. In his real life, John runs a dynamic little public relations firm, Complete PR, and is an author. Like Mike, he is a former PULSE chairman (2013). He also has served as the chairman of the Greenville Zoo Foundation, and serves on the board of Rebuild Upstate. He also has served on numerous Greenville Chamber of Commerce boards, the Meals on Wheels Advisory Council, the Greenville Heart Ball council and was a member of the Habitat CEO Build in 2015. He also was named one Greenville’s Best and Brightest in 2013, and was the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year in 2014. He does not enjoy sailing, hiking, camping, triathlons, team sports, backpacking and traveling the world, but does enjoy spending time with his wife, Tammy, and his two children.
Mike on John: “Most people have a strong filter that keeps them from saying strange things. John’s filter is broken or defective.”