Board of Directors
The Greenville Arena District is managed by a Board of Directors, who are nominated by the County Council and then appointed by the Governor of South Carolina.
Mr. Russo was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. He is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Dante is one of the founding partners of SC Insurance Brokers which is a property and casualty insurance company located in Greenville. During his free time he enjoys traveling, going to the gym, and watching his beloved Pittsburgh sports teams. He is very involved in the Greenville community and currently serves on several boards and advisory councils.
Mr. Bacot is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor in Mass Communications. Jack is the Vice President of Marketing and Media and editor-in-chief of Tempus Magazine for Tempus Jets, Inc. Prior to Tempus, he served as founding editor-in-chief of TOWN Magazine, and was founding editor of G–The Magazine of Greenville. Jack is very involved in the Greenville community and currently serves on several boards.
Ms. Smart is an independent consultant in the Greenville area following a successful career as a BI-LO Supermarket executive. She graduated from Western Michigan University and has lived in Greenville County for nearly 40 years. Ms. Smart has an extensive volunteer history, including board service with Dogs for Autism, A Child’s Haven, The Urban League of the Upstate, The Salvation Army and the BI-LO Charity Classic.
Mr. Formanack is the Corporate Controller for Cafe Enterprises, Inc. in Greenville, SC. He is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a Master’s in Business Administration. His previous volunteer experience includes the Arena District Commission Board since June 2007, Deacon at Heritage Bible Church, Missions for Haiti Board Member and a Youth Soccer Coach.
Mr. Dyer is the owner of MSI, Inc. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Technology. His previous volunteer experience includes the BMW golf tournament, Fall for Greenville, Ruritan Club, Greenville County Future Planning and Habitat for Humanity.
Ms. Benedict is a Partner in Capital Placement Group, working on behalf of several overseas investors in placing capital assets into US investment opportunities and allocating foreign infrastructure projects to appropriate US corporations. She has a BA in English from Columbia College and a Master’s in English Lit from UNC Chapel Hill. She is the founder and President of the Greenville Scottish Games, one of the premier Games in the US and designated as the Signature Event by Greenville County. Ms. Benedict is a long-time Republican activist. She is presently working on several major initiatives to benefit Greater Greenville.
Mr. Kearns has been a resident in Greenville since 1999. In his professional life, he is a marketer for packaging products. He is also actively involved in the community as a singing member of the Greenville Chorale, a member of the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal and the treasurer of the Upstate SC Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. He has also been instrumental in the success of Feed Thy Neighbor, a weekly breakfast for the homeless that is provided by the Episcopal Churches of Greenville.
Mike Cashman is a business litigator with the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice LLP. Prior to attending law school, Mike served as an infantry officer and Airborne Ranger in the United States Army. In addition to his law degree, Mike holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mike is an active volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations within the community, as well as a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Leadership South Carolina and the Diversity Leaders Initiative.
Greenville Arena District Public Facilities Management Corporation
The GADPFMC is a subset of the Greenville Arena District Board. Its members include:
- Dante Russo- President
- Jack Bacot, Vice President
- Joyce Smart
- Buddy Dyer
- Barry Formanack