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
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.
EMAIL ME 704-460-7068
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.
EMAIL ME 864-384-0009
Travis Harrison - Membership Director
Travis studied Personnel Management at the University of South Carolina. Travis brings over 20 years of leadership, management and networking experience in the Mortgage and Automotive Industries. He has been a loyal supporter of the Industrial Network Group from the beginning and is excited to be working directly with our Chapters and Members to help them make connections with others and build their businesses.
EMAIL ME 864-724-6883
Beth Johnson - Event Coordinator
Beth Johnson earned her B.S. degree in Construction Project Management and Housing from the University of Minnesota. Her background includes working within both the Public and Private sectors as a project manager, purchasing coordinator, operational support, and education. She is also the Owner of Firefly VA Services which offers, Online Business Management and Administrative Consulting to small business owners that need project management, marketing implementation, and administrative support for their businesses. Beth loves the ability to lessen the stress and chaos for others so they can do what they are best at.
She is part of multiple associations nationally and locally that empower and support small business owners to grow their businesses and help them to the next level within their industries. Beth is the newest part of ING being the events manager that coordinates and handles all events for ING.
EMAIL ME 651-308-4863