The Home Builders Association of Greenville Staff
Photo Credit: Gabriel Builders
Michael Dey, Chief Executive Officer
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
Maria Coxwell, Events Manager
Upstate Parade of Homes
Southern Home & Garden Show
Administrator, Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate (SMC)
What do you consider the perfect weekend activity?
Taking in the city of Greenville. There are so many wonderful things to do, especially outside. My favorite weekends tend to include a stroll down Main Street, shopping at the TD Saturday Market, followed by brunch on a patio, and a bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or a hike at Paris Mountain.
What is your favorite restaurant in town?
There are so many delicious restaurants to choose from in Greenville it’s no surprise it has been referred to as a foodie paradise. I’m not sure this foodie can pick just one! Some of my favorites include: White Duck Taco, Sidewall Pizza, Swamp Rabbit Café, Soby’s and Stella’s Brasserie.
Taylor Lyles, 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.
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.
Karen Crowder, Membership Services