New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church is pastored by Rev. David Kennedy. The church works to educate, feed, clothe, shelter, spiritually awaken, and encourage the people of God to stand against evil and the injustices inflicted upon them. It hopes to economically strengthen and holistically uplift, while ministering to community needs, following God's word as recorded in Isaiah 61:1-3 and Matthew 28:19-20.


The Sodexo Company, based in Paris, France, is a Fortune 500 diversified services company with more than 500,000 employees worldwide. It is the 19th largest employer in the world. Sodexo is a world leader in combating hunger and is recognized for its leadership in fighting for a more equal world. Sodexo generously volunteered to take the lead in renovating the Echo Theater through its North American Construction Group, led by Laurens-native, David Walker. He and his North American team of engineers and professional construction managers are helping to guide the planning and construction process, and, when possible, have offered the services of architects, engineers, and suppliers.


MOA and its founder Michael Allen, AIA, of Greenville, South Carolina, are the architects for the renovations. MOA is working closely with Sodexo to develop the plans, process and all activities related to the renovation of The Echo Theater. Allen and his firm offer more than 19 years of successful architectural business development and project management experience, including LEED and Green Globe Sustainability projects. A native of Conway, South Carolina, he is a former Clemson University football player and was awarded the University’s 2019 Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in career and community achievements. He currently serves on the Clemson Board of Visitors, is a Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.


Chernoff Newman is an omni-channel marketing communications agency with offices in Columbia, S.C., Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, N.C. and Orlando, Fla. At Chernoff Newman, we operate with an integrated marketing approach, focusing on consumer engagement across multiple platforms for each and every one of our clients. Business results drive our ultimate metric of success across our various disciplines, including: digital experiences, social campaigns, advertising, public relations, marketing or internal communications. Chernoff Newman manages the global public relations efforts and social media channels for the Echo Project, led by Peter LaMotte and Elizabeth Yarborough.


Impact Politics has guided political campaign advertising and media buying strategy since 2007. Its clients include winning major statewide ballot initiatives, statewide candidate campaigns, congressional campaigns, national organizations, and international public affairs. Led by Brian Franklin, Nicole Franklin, and Rene Alvarez, the company’s leaders are recognized experts in political advertising, media buying (traditional and digital) and rapid-response crisis communications.

101 Studios

101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. The studio empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. On the film side, past releases include Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War: Director’s Cut, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon as well as the Sundance Audience award winner Burden featuring Forest Whitaker and Garrett Hedlund. Upcoming releases include the French sensation La Belle Epoque. On the television side, 101 produces Taylor Sheridan’s cable’s biggest show for Paramount Network Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner as well as Sheridan’s upcoming series Mayor of Kingstown. Additionally, 101 Studios oversees and manages the newly formed Sports Illustrated Studios, a content platform based on the biggest and most compelling stories, characters and moments in sports past, present and future.

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PO Box 8
Laurens, SC 29360