Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: SCC Downtown Campus, Evans Academic Center Auditorium
(220 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg 20302) Parking available in the adjacent Kennedy
Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Monday, March 4, 2019
Attendees should register online at the following link
to purchase a $10 ticket, which includes a boxed lunch:
Purchase Tickets - general public/community
Register to Attend - students/faculty/staff (no charge to attend)
Spartanburg Community College will host the First Citizens Professional Speakers Series
at the SCC Downtown Campus on Wednesday, March 6 featuring Jack McBride, owner and
CEO of Contec, Inc. Designed to introduce students and community residents to local
business professionals, McBride will share his experiences in co-founding and leading
CONTEC. The event will be held from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Evans Academic Center auditorium
at the Downtown Campus.
"We are excited to welcome Jack McBride as the fourth speaker in our series" explains
Witney Fisher, executive director of the SCC Downtown Campus. "Since the School of
Business relocated to the Downtown Campus in January 2017, we have continuously sought
opportunities to strengthen business relationships and broaden professional experiences
for our students through interactions with successful local professionals."
Contec is a manufacturer of wipes, pre-saturated wipes, disinfectants and mopping
systems used in cleanroom environments and in healthcare. Starting from zero, the
company has seen sales growth in 29 of the 30 years it has been in business and has
become the global leader in critical cleaning products for the pharmaceutical, biotech
and medical device industries. The company is also a leader in supplying critical
cleaning products to the compounding pharmacy, the microelectronics industry and the
US OEM automotive paint industry.
The company currently employs over 700 employees (500 in Spartanburg) with two manufacturing
locations in Spartanburg SC, one in Suzhou China, and one in Ashington, UK. Company
sales offices are located in seven additional countries.
McBride received a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1978 and a MBA from the
Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. He worked at Milliken for
six years in various capacities before leaving and starting Contec in 1988 along with
Over the years, Mr. McBride has been honored by many organizations for outstanding
achievement, service and leadership. In 1998, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur
of the Year Award for Upstate SC, and in 2000 he received the Dr. Charles Townsend
Award for Individual Achievement as part of the Innovision Technology Awards sponsored
by Deloitte and Touche. In 2013, McBride received the Alan R. Willis Society of Service
Award recognizing individuals for unselfish community service and leadership that
make a difference. That same year, McBride was recognized as one of SC's Ambassadors
for Economic Development by then Gov. Nikki Haley.
Mr. McBride is active in the community and served for eight years as a trustee for
the Mary Black Foundation, serving the last year as chairman. He also serves on the
board of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation and is a member of the task
force for Economic Mobility in the south. In addition, Contec has received numerous
awards for community service in Spartanburg community. McBride is married to Stacy
and they have four children- John (24), Harry (22), Sally (20), Kate (18).
Speaker photos can be downloaded at the following link:
For more information about the event, contact Witney Fisher at (864) 592-4051