S. Richard Hagins To Lead Greenville Chamber Board In 2020Oct 02, 2018 10:22AM ● By Kathleen Maris
Hagins takes on the highest volunteer leadership role for the Greenville Chamber in 2020. He will serve as chair-elect throughout the next year and will chair the Board of Advisors, a group of business and community leaders who meet quarterly to review business community progress and needs and plan specific Chamber initiatives.
Hagins says, “I look forward to leading the Greenville Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2020. I have devoted over a decade to serving the Chamber and the business community, particularly in areas such as creating opportunities for small businesses, supporting Minority Business Accelerator participants, and leading the efforts to ensure our future facilities embody the mission of the Chamber. As an entrepreneur, I have a tremendous respect for pro-business organizations that exist to drive economic success. The Greenville Chamber is the largest organization with that mission, and I’m proud to lead its strategic efforts moving forward.”
After serving his country for 23 years as a U.S. Naval Officer and retiring in 2000 with the rank of Commander, Richard Hagins followed his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for service when founding US&S, Inc. in 2003. US&S is a facility maintenance and support service provider specializing in operations and maintenance, repairs, renovation, janitorial, grounds maintenance, and professional services.
Since settling in Greenville in 1996, Hagins has become an integral part of his adopted home through the work of his company and commitment to service. He was previously appointed by the governor as a state commissioner of minority affairs (Fourth District). In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Sanford and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Board of the South Carolina State Port Authorities (SCSPA).
Additionally, he has served as programs committee chair of the Greenville Metro YMCA Board, Board of Trustees and chairman of the Board for The Blood Connection, and Chairman of the Hillcrest Hospital Advisory Board. He was recently named a participant in the St. Francis Forum. He has also served as a board member of the Mauldin and Simpsonville Area Chambers.
He has received numerous awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office, including 2012 National Minority Small Business Person of the Year and 2014 SC Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year. US&S was also named the Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business of the Year in 2006 and Small Business of the Year in 2014.
Hagins received a bachelor's degree from Savannah State College in Electronic Engineering Technology. He received his master's degree from Webster University in management and recently completed the Executive Education Program at both the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the University of Washington.