Hall of Fame - Joe Erwin
Mr. Joe Erwin, a 1975 graduate of Eastside High School and a 1979 graduate of Clemson University, began his career at Leslie Advertising in Greenville and later joined D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in New York before returning to Greenville in 1986 to purchase Penland Advertising. Erwin Penland experienced extraordinary growth during his 29-year tenure as President, ultimately employing more than 400 team members in Greenville and New York. During his tenure, the agency was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by Advertising Age, PR News, and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Erwin has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the South Carolina Special Olympics, the Governor’s Commission on Teacher Quality, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and Clemson University’s Erwin Center for Brand Communications. Mr. Erwin is President of Erwin Creates and Endeavor, a collaborative co-working community for creative services professionals in the heart of downtown Greenville.