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Featured Speaker at Inaugural Spartanburg

Featured Speaker at Inaugural Spartanburg "Go Red for Women" Luncheon of American Heart Association, 2013.

Mary Ann Pires Reappointed to Greenville Area Development Corporation
In the Spring of 2013, Mary Ann Pires was reappointed to the Board of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. She had been the first challenger ever appointed to serve on the Board of the County-chartered organization, tasked with promoting and enhancing the growth of Greenville County. "Ms. Pires is extremely knowledgable about the Greenville community and has long been involved in economic development activities, whether on behalf of her employers or the dozens of corporate clients her public relations firm has served nationwide," said Jerry Howard, former GADC President and CEO, in making the announcement. "She will make a valuable addition to the leadership team of this organization." Ms. Pires was first appointed to the Board's Public Relations Committee and subsequently to the GADC Finance Committee, on which she has served for the past two years. [click to view press release]

Pires Makes Major Contribution to Area Schools
In commemoration of her receipt in 1962 of the "Young American Medal for Service" from the late President John F. Kennedy, Ms. Pires set out two years ago to share her rare story and promote volunteer service among area school students. Initially, she provided the concept and all preliminary work for Greenville Forward's "Generation Forward Award." She has subsequently criss-crossed the County, investing over 100 hours in reaching out to public, charter and private school students, their parents, teachers and administrators, to enthusiastic response. She also addressed the Greenville Chamber's "Youth Leadership Greenville-Class Seven Graduation" and Spartanburg Day School and was the invited Keynoter for the 2014 Greenville-hosted South Carolina PTA Conference.

Pires Provides Facilitation and Fund-Raising Support to Guild of Greenville Symphony
The Pires Group facilitated a first-time meeting for the Symphony Guild at the Museum & Gallery on Heritage Green, and provided certain other pro bono services for the latter. Additionally, Ed and Mary Ann Pires played a major role in the Guild's premiere fundraising event of the year: its annual Fall Tour of Homes. The Pires opened their own house (one of five selected) to visitors at this popular event. Nearly 900 "guests" toured their home.

Yo-Yo-Ma Sponsorship Facilitated by The Pires Group
The generosity of client Dixon Hughes Goodman PLLC and the ingenuity of The Pires Group (TPG) combined to present world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo-Ma in a second Upstate appearance, under the auspices of the celebrated Greenville Symphony Orchestra. TPG, for whom such corporate/non-profit partnering is a signature service of 29 years, facilitated the sponsorship and has worked with the GSO on behalf of its client on this sold-out event, a high point in the Upstate's cultural year.

TPG Completes First Upstate Emergency Communication Plan
With over 100 Emergency Communication Plans around the country to its credit when The Pires Group relocated to South Carolina ten years ago, the firm has now begun to develop this facet of its specialty-offerings in the Upstate. It took an important step in that direction, with the completion of an extensive plan for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. This discrete plan, needed by businesses of all sizes, provides a step-by-step guide to the vital emergency communication that must begin simultaneous with addressing the operational aspects of any emergency.

Pires Continues as Contributor to Greenville News
Having contributed two dozen bylined Op-Eds to the The Greenville News in '04 and '05, Mary Ann Pires has been fortunate to continue in this role with an equal number of topical submissions over the past nine years.

TPG Continues Pro Bono Help to Area Non-Profits
The Pires Group's long history of successful Strategic Philanthropy consulting services and CEO Mary Ann Pires' personal 50-year record of volunteerism have evolved to The Pires Group's business practice of assisting non profit organizations pro bono with PR Marketing advice. Since relocating to the Upstate in 2004, TPG has helped over 30 Greenville-Spartanburg Area non-profits with their missions, most notably the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce's Advantage Greenville group, for which TPG developed a detailed marketing plan. (Note: Advantage Greenville is now Accelerate!)

TPG Conceives First-Time Carolina Panthers Partnership for Client
For two years, The Pires Group successfully oversaw the project it had conceived and initiated for client Dixon Hughes Goodman PLLC, involving voluntary donations solicited at The Carolina Panthers Summer Training Camp to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate. A first-ever Training Camp partnership of its kind for The Panthers, the joint effort resulted in some $19K in contributions to BGC by Dixon Hughes' Western Carolinas Region, thanks to the efforts of over 100 volunteers from the accounting firm.

Pires Initiates Non Profit Feature Series for Cliffs Magazine
Under the auspices of client The Cliffs Communities, The Pires Group provided a series of features on area non-profits for The Cliffs' popular "Lifestyle" magazine, with an international circulation in the thousands. The articles elicited many positive comments from the non profits highlighted, who reported that the features helped to both boost attendance and financial support.

Pires Writes Feature Series for Community Journals
Pires Group CEO Mary Ann Pires originated and authored an 18-part series of profiles of area business leaders for Community Journals LLC, which were featured in both The Greenville Journal and The Spartanburg Journal.