Chris Simmons – Founder & CEO
Chris Simmons holds an MBA from Gardner-Webb University and a B.A. in Business Economics from Wofford College. His background includes multiple sales and marketing roles across the industrial market, ranging from Account Manager, National Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales, for several companies. Chris has also always been an avid entrepreneur, starting and selling companies throughout his career as well.
In 2015, he saw a need within the industrial market for sales professionals to advance their relationships, sales skills & knowledge of project opportunities. He decided to create the Industrial Network Group and launched the first chapter in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Since then, he has worked diligently to create a process focused on helping industrial sales professionals be successful.
Chris continues to expand the mission of the Industrial Network Group across the United States.
EMAIL ME 864-303-9635
Paul Dunn - Vice President of Business Development
Paul holds post-graduate studies from Miami University and a B.S. in Business & Education from Georgetown College. Paul's background includes extensive experience in networking, trade shows & as a sales executive for various organizations and companies.
Paul joined the Industrial Network Group in 2015 as a sales executive in an effort to grow his network, advance his sales skills & his knowledge of industrial opportunities. In 2017, he served as the Spartanburg ING Coordinator and later was promoted to become the Vice President of Business Development over all of the existing and new ING chapters. Paul's expertise in networking and business development has helped the Industrial Network Group continue to expand to new cities and states across the United States.
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Andrea Sipka - General Manager
Andrea studied marketing and business management at Davenport University in Michigan. She has served on several boards including Gastonia East Rotary, Montcross Chamber of Commerce, and the Ladies Golf Association.
Before being appointed as General Manager of the Industrial Network Group, she was a member, coordinator, and state director for the organization. Andrea has more than 30 years in a variety of sales, sales management, professional development, and project management positions. She enjoys being a connector, change agent and talent advocate. The Industrial Network Group is excited to have her dedicated leadership and vision as we take the organization to the next level.
Shea Simmons - Accounting & Finance
Shea holds a MBA from Clemson University and a B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of South Carolina. She has held multiple roles for several fortune 500 companies centered around customer service, marketing, & IT services.
Shea has worked in an advisory role for the Industrial Network Ground since it officially launched in June of 2015. In September 2020, Shea joined the company full-time and now manages both accounting and event management within the ING. Shea has made immediate impact on the ING by providing guidance and recommendations to improve our chapters.
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Ashlyn Cromer - Event Coordinator
Ashlyn graduated with a BA from the University of South Carolina. Her background includes marketing, retail management, design, sales and business.
Ashlyn is our new Event Manager. She coordinates and handles all events for the ING. She also works part time for our sister company Total Industrial as well.
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Starr McKinney - Social Media Coordinator
Starr McKinney earned a BA in English and Education at the University of NC in Charlotte. Her background includes teaching, purchasing, property development & management, marketing & public relations. She is president of Southern Starr Promotions, offering social media marketing, email campaigns, and customized services to local businesses. This includes networking events through Love Local Upstate, a non-profit she initiated to promote locally owned businesses. Regarded as an evangelist for entrepreneurs, Starr’s motto is “Let someone social, handle your social media!”
Starr served as Secretary of the SC Tooling and Machining Association for many years and is now using her training and skills to assist Total Industrial, the marketing & sales division of the Industrial Network Group, as the Social Media Coordinator. She also manages all social media for the ING.EMAIL ME 864-630-6946