Greenville Business Magazine
The January 2012 edition of Greenville Business Magazine names Jo Watson Hackl of Wyche one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential for 2011. This is the second year in a row that Jo has received this recognition.
In the article, Brandy Woods Snow and Kristi Keenan of Greenville Business Magazine have identified the people they believe made the most impact on Greenville specific to 2011 in the categories of business, government, education and nonprofit. They consider the contributions of each person recognized to be important in shaping Greenville’s business and community landscape in 2011.
Jo Hackl was recognized for her work as Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) Board of Directors, alongside GADC President and CEO, Jerry Howard, and incoming Chair, Chris Riley. At the end of 2011, the GADC celebrated its tenth anniversary and announced it had assisted in bringing in 3,092 total jobs to the Upstate during the past 12 months with average annual salaries approaching $48,000, well above the county average. Some notable developments included the location of Perceptis’ support center in downtown, the establishment of a national headquarters in Greenville for CertusBank, the location of Confluence Watersports at the Hitachi site on Mauldin Road, and the establishment of the TD Bank headquarters at CU-ICAR. Total capital investment in 2011 was $287,575,000. When Jo handed over the reigns as chairman of the GADC board to Chris Riley last summer, she left behind a legacy of success that Riley has continued to build upon throughout the latter half of 2011. Under the leadership of President and CEO Jerry Howard and his board chairs, the GADC has recouped more than $7 in taxes paid to Greenville County for every dollar invested in GADC initiatives.