Phil Hughes to kick off Poolside Chat series at Topside Pool Club

March 27, 2019

Topside Pool Club has started a new business series aimed at letting some of the Upstate’s biggest names in business tell their story in a new kind of setting.

Poolside Chat will launch on April 4 at 5:30 at the downtown pool club with special guest Phil Hughes, said Jaci Willing, Topside membership and event director. A limited number of seats are available for this exclusive event and free registration can be found at

Hughes is the founder and President of Hughes Investments, Inc., a commercial real estate development company, which develops office buildings, retail shopping centers, industrial facilities, apartment buildings and urban mixed-use projects in the Carolinas. Some local projects include RiverPlace, Poinsett Plaza, Falls Park Place and RiverWalk.

He graduated from the Lawrenceville School (1973), Duke University with degrees in Political Science and Economics (1976), and the University of South Carolina with a Juris Doctor and MBA (1979). For the past ten years he’s taught as an adjunct professor with Clemson University’s Masters in Real Estate Development program.

Hughes has been actively engaged with the Urban Land Institute for more than 30 years, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, Council Chairman, Chairman of South Carolina and as a lifetime Governor. He is a founding Board member of the Palmetto Promise Institute, a state policy advisory group, and currently serves on the boards of various civic, art, educational and charitable institutions. As a strong advocate of quality economic development, he administers Hughes Investments’ annual grant program, the Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Awards.

The Poolside Chat program will occur monthly. The speaker in May will be Paul Sparks, managing principal with RealOp Investments.

“Topside is an amazing location for an after-work networking event,” Willing said. “We created the Poolside Chat series to highlight that.”


About Topside Pool Club

Offering stunning views of downtown Greenville and Falls Park, Topside Pool Club is a private membership club located on the top of Falls Park Place building downtown. Members enjoy full access to the pool during normal business hours along with the opportunities for special events. More information can be found at