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. Patel is the Vice President of Operations for Sycamore Investment Group where he leads the operations teams for the Home2 Suites Greenville Downtown and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Mr. Patel was born and raised in Greenville and is a graduate of The University of South Carolina with degrees in Finance and HR Management. Prior to joining Sycamore Investment Group, Mr. Patel was the Sr. Operations Officer for the Office of the Executive Vice President for the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. In this role, he was charged with managing catastrophic disaster resources plan to better allocate resources between sixteen departments, conducting training seminars, and reducing budgets. Since returning to Greenville, Mr. Patel is actively involved in the Greenville community and currently serves on several boards, including the American Red Cross – Greenville Chapter, VisitGreenvilleSC, Euphoria, and the City of Greenville Accommodations Tax Committee.
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.
Jimmy Pittman is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. Following graduation from Clemson University, Jimmy was employed by Daniel Construction in Greenville. Over the next 27 years, during his employment with Daniel Construction, he had various assignments within the United States. While residing in California, he served as the Director of The World Affairs Council of Orange County, the Director of Orange County Office of Protocol, and the Chairman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council. He returned to Greenville in 1993 to manage the Facility and Plant Services Company, a subsidiary of Fluor Daniel. Since 1997 he has owned and managed various property management, facility management, and maintenance companies. Mr. Pittman currently owns Maintainit, Ltd., a facility management and maintenance services company. The company is based in Greenville and has operations throughout the upstate. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Regent Bank of South Carolina, the Board of Directors of Woodruff Corporate Center, and the Board of Visitors at Clemson University.
Michael Allen, is a Registered Architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture with over 17 years of experience. He studied Architecture Design at Clemson University where he was also a 4-year Football Letter winner. After his college football career, Michael played semi-professional football which included the former Greenville Rhinos. Michael’s primary role with McMillan Pazdan Smith is designing Sports Facilities and operating as a new business development manager across the Southeast.
Amber Drummond is a graduate of Clemson University where she obtained a degree in accounting. After graduation, Amber served four years as a police officer with the City of Greenville before joining Hubbell Lighting as a Pricing Analyst. She is an active volunteer with the United Way and with Shady Oak Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and playing with her two young sons.
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