You've probably seen the headlines declaring that Leadership Greenville alumna Tammy Johnson is at it again, managing a new business venture. The founder of Liquid Catering, and owner of Bravo One Protection and event venue, Old Cigar Warehouse, has opened Greenville’s newest social club, Topside Pool Club. And she's formed a parent company, High Spirits Hospitality (HSH), to oversee it all.
To build her hospitality empire, Tammy relies on great support and strategic prioritizing. She says that having family nearby is a huge help and that her husband, John Boyanoski, is amazing. He runs Complete Public Relations, takes on a lot of parenting duties for their super-smart, independent toddler, and manages to cook dinner nearly every night. She proclaims that John's come a long way from his ramen noodles and spaghetti repertoire of their dating days to roasting vegetables and improvising recipes. As for priorities, Tammy tends to emails during a pre-set window and she's changed her work habits to no longer put in 13-hour days. That occasionally means saying “No.” Tammy entrusts her capable staff to generate revenue while she builds the HSH brand speaking to the press and serving on numerous boards, committees and associations.
Leadership Greenville (LG) made a tremendous impact on Tammy personally and professionally. In LG Class 39, she made several lifelong friends and her participation has led to more business connections, opportunities and partnerships which were really advantageous to her business. In fact, Bravo One Protection was born out of a classmate connection.
One of the many positive experiences LG provided was hanging out with people in a no-pressure environment. Tammy describes it as “relating to peers who get you at your level.” She is also appreciative of Russell Stall, class facilitator, who she says pushed her and emphasized the importance of getting and staying involved in the community. If you’ll be participating in Class 44, follow this sage advice, “You're going to get out of it what you put into it. Show up, be present and be engaged.”
Thanks to Lisa Maronie (LG 38 Freelance Writer, Prose Communications) for submitting this article.
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