The Home Builders Association of Greenville Staff
Photo Credit: Gabriel Builders
Taylor Lyles, Executive Vice President
Business Development Manager
What is your all-time favorite spot in the Upstate?
All-time favorite spot would have to be, after climbing (on a bicycle) up Paris Mountain, going all the way to the top by the radio tower and just enjoying the view. On a clear day, you can see forever and just enjoy God’s Creation.
The Upstate is ranked on numerous Top 10 lists. What about the Upstate makes it unique?
Being born and raised in the area, the Upstate has such an inclusive atmosphere to offer for such a wide range of people – from food to entertainment to exercise — Greenville has the “it” factor every town strives for.
Michael Dey, Vice President of Government Affairs
Board of Directors
What is your favorite thing about Greenville?
The energy. As we all know, Greenville is no longer a secret. It also is no longer sleepy. It only take a few minutes on Main Street downtown to understand how special Greenville has become.
How long have you called the Upstate home?
Eleven years. I came to Greenville when I joined the HBA in 2007. Although I began spending time here when my son, Patrick, attended the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in 2004. And the change has been amazing to watch, and participating in it has been fantastic
Stacey Gmitter, Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Describe a perfect afternoon in Greenville, S.C.
There are so many amazing things to do in Greenville that it is hard to pick just one way to spend an afternoon. One of the best ways to view our amazing city is to take a ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. First, I would look at renting a bike from one of several great bike rental resources. Reedy Rides offers bike rental packages that cater to different interests. For a more casual, low key bike ride, I would pick a bike package that included a picnic. From there, I would take a bike tour of downtown that includes Falls Park and the Greenville Zoo. After the bike ride, I would take a stroll down Main Street, to check out all of the shops and restaurants, while searching for the Mice on Main. Finally, I would visit one of our many fabulous restaurants to wind down over a bottle of wine and a delicious dinner.
Latasha Blassingame, Administrative Assistant
What about Greenville do you love so much?
Greenville is home; I was born and raised here. I’ve seen major growth over the years, and it’s still growing! But even with all the growth, it still has the feel of a smaller town. It doesn’t have the crowded hustle & bustle of a NYC or an ATL, but there is still plenty to see and do.
What is a perfect afternoon for you?
A perfect afternoon for me would include sunny 73-75 degree weather, maybe a short bike ride around Falls Park, and conclude with at least one quiet hour to read a suspensful novel on my back patio.
Karen Crowder, Membership Services