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Crisis Communication Planning

“Spartanburg Regional is vast and complex.  Yet . . . Mary Ann Pires got her arms around it in less than six months to help us develop an Emergency Communication Plan.”
---Ingo Angermeier, Former President & CEO, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, SC.

“Many thanks for all of your efforts in preparing our new crisis communication plan. The recent positive response from the Department of Public Utility Control is due in no small measure to your excellent work.”
---Larry L. Bingaman, Senior VP-Corporate Relations & Secretary, Aquarion Company, Bridgeport, CT.

PR Marketing

"You are amazingly effective at what you do."
---L. Kent Satterfield, Chairman, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Charlotte, NC.

"The Pires Group provided us with a series of creative, affordable recommendations from which we could choose."
---William H. McCauley III, President, Creative Builders, Inc.

"It's a pleasure to be working with you on our community outreach.  We're benefiting greatly from it."
---Dr. Stephen B. Jones, Past President, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC.

"The Pires Group's structure as a virtual agency makes it highly cost-effective, and Mary Ann's 30 years in the corporate world makes her advice seasoned and valued."
---Scott Ziegler, Former Vice President of Marketing, The Cliffs Communities, Travelers Rest, SC.

“Thank you for your recent assistance with the growth and development strategy for the Greenville Digital Alliance (now NEXT.) Your insights regarding . . . positioning for the group . . . have caused (us) to reconsider several aspects of our original development plan.”
---John M. Moore, Former Executive Vice President of The Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville, SC.

"Mary Ann proved herself to be a talented, dedicated, results-oriented professional."
---Mark S. Crocker, 2007 President, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Columbia, SC.

“The final (fund raising video) product is something of which we are extremely proud and one which will help us tremendously in our fundraising efforts . . . None of this would have been possible without Mary Ann’s experienced eye of twenty years of partnering opportunities with business, her knowledge of how to successfully bring this kind of project to fruition, her creative skills and her persistence.”
---Rev. Elizabeth L. Templeton, Former Executive Director, United Ministries, Greenville, SC.

Strategic Philanthropy

"Mary Ann was of considerable help to us at a time when needs and requests have seldom been more numerous."
---Steve Nail, Former Executive Vice President-Human Resources, Hubbell Lighting, Inc., Greenville, SC

“In addition to the excellent work provided in the Philanthropy Report done for us, The Pires Group went beyond our contracted services.  Mary Ann was constantly thinking about our business . . .”
--- Carl Sobocinski, Owner-Partner, Table 301, Greenville, SC.

“Mary Ann was skilled in finding unique and creative tools and methods for greatly expanding the Bank’s gifts of money and time, without necessarily increasing costs.”
---J. Edward Terrell, Former Executive Vice President, Greenville First Bank, Greenville, SC.

Research & Evaluation

“In the case of the (Greater Greenville) Chamber, Mary Ann did a lot of very helpful work in a very professional way.”
---Steven R. Brandt, 2006 Chamber Board Chair, Former President & Publisher, The Greenville News, Greenville, SC.

“Mary Ann Pires oversaw conduct of our company’s first benchmarking survey at 40 sites in the U.S. and Canada . . .The firm’s work has been professional in every respect, and conducted with great conscientiousness and sensitivity to confidentiality, timeliness and budget. . ."
---Sandra E. Taylor, VP-Public Affairs, ICI Americas, Inc., Washington, D.C.


“I think highly of her as a public relations professional and as a person.  Her communication skills are exceptional.”
---Robert E. Hughes, Jr., President, Hughes Development Corporation, Greenville, SC.

(Re: cover story in "G" Magazine) "It is never easy to open up to someone on a personal level and I'm very pleased that you respected the trust I showed in you and paid it back to me in spades with your professionalism and commitment to the standards of your profession."
---Craig Brown, President & Co-Owner, Greenville Drive

“(The article was a) Great piece of work . . . thanks so much . . . it helps our two communities.”
---Hon. William Barnet III, Former Mayor, City of Spartanburg.

“Well done (profile) . . ..”
---Jim Micali, Former CEO, Michelin North America, Greenville, SC.

“I appreciate your thoroughness, your attention to detail and the fact that you do a superb job of focusing on the client and the client's best interests.”
---Ken Johnson, Former Executive Director, Greenville Symphony Association, Greenville, SC.

“Your vision has helped build a program (for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate) that hopefully will just get better with age.”
---Mike Mahoney, Sports Marketing Sales Executive, The Carolina Panthers, Greenville, SC.

“Thank you for all of your insights and willingness to make a difference.”
---Linda Wilson, Director of Development and Programs, (formerly) Upstate Homeless Coalition, Greenville, SC.

“Mary Ann was an important (pro bono) supporter of this important event for Spartanburg and delivered on the professional promises she made in a timely manner.”
---Katherine Fulmer, 2009 Co-Chair, Spartanburg Art and Antique Show, Spartanburg, SC.

“The Pires Group has provided professional services to our company for four years. We have found Ms. Pires to be highly professional and committed to achieving maximum results. . .”
---Thomas Tauke, Former Senior Vice President– Government Relations, Verizon, Washington, D.C.

“I’d like to say thank you once again for a superb workshop presentation.”
---Lauren Barnett, Former Director, American Society for Hospital Public Relations, Chicago, IL.

“For years now . . . Mary Ann . . . has facilitated highly sensitive discussions among influential interests.”
---Peggy Haney, Former Vice President, Consumer Affairs, American Express Co., NY, NY