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Charles Mickel joins Upstate Forever Board of Directors

Sep 20, 2017 01:48PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Upstate Forever announces that Charles Mickel is the latest addition to its Board of Directors. Mickel brings a career in finance and real estate, as well a history of service to well-known Greenville community organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Charles to our board,” said Upstate Forever Executive Director Andrea Cooper. “He brings so much to the table as a Greenville business leader. In addition to his expertise in finance and real estate, Charles has a truly impressive history of service to the Greenville community. I know he will be a tremendous asset to Upstate Forever as we work to protect natural resources and promote responsible growth in our region.”

A native of Greenville, Mickel serves as president of RSI Holdings, Inc. and manager of Capital Deployment, LLC and various other entities. He began his career with U.S. Shelter Corporation in 1981 and continued his career with Insignia Financial Group, Inc. in 1990. Mickel started his own company in 1992 after leaving Insignia. His business activities include investments, acquisitions, finance, sale and asset management of apartment communities, condominium communities, shopping centers, land, venture capital, and other activities.

Mickel is active in the Greenville area community, serving on the boards of The Daniel-Mickel Foundation, the Charity Ball, GLDC, Clemson University President's Advisory Board, The Cotillion Club, the Peace Center, the Governor's School for the Arts Foundation, and the Finance and Investment Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville. Mickel is a past board member of the Clemson University Foundation, past chairman of the Clemson University Real Estate Foundation, past president of Artisphere, past president of The Poinsett Club, past president of The Museum Association, past chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, and past treasurer and board member of the Greenville Tech Foundation.

Mickel earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University (1979), a Master's in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina (1981) and is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.  He is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and a member of First Presbyterian Church.

About Upstate Forever:

Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of the Upstate of South Carolina. Founded in 1998, Upstate Forever now has nearly 2,000 members, two offices, and a staff of 18. For more information, visit