Hank reports: I left Mount Vernon after our freshman year and moved to Cleveland. I went from a high school with about 800 students in the four grades, to Cleveland Heights High School with 3000 kids in three grades; sophomore, junior and senior. It was quite a change!!
Hank and Laurel Greer came to the Charleston area in 1994 as part time residents. They became permanent residents in early 1999. Their primary residence is on Seabrook Island, although they also have a home in Charleston and various properties on Kiawah and John’s Island.
Hank is retired President and Chief Operating Officer of SEI Investments, a publicly traded financial services firm with headquarters in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, he spent all of his working career in the technology and financial services areas, both operating as CEO and COO of two other public companies, and directing his own venture capital investing in privately held companies.
Laurel is retired Group Vice President of Valassis Communications, a sales and marketing firm in Michigan. While at Valassis, she directed the annual purchase of more than $200 million dollars of advertising expenditures for the company. She was one of only six Group Vice Presidents in this billion dollar company, reporting directly to the CEO.
After retiring in 1999, Hank and Laurel became involved with Pet Helpers with the hope of “taking Pet Helpers to the next level”. They realized the need to expand the size of the current facility, thereby helping to solve the urgent need for a cost-effective, dedicated spay/neuter facility to reduce the unnecessary and tragic killing of adoptable small animals. In addition, they are cognizant that the new care facility must develop education programs to inform children and adults, of the responsibilities of pet ownership, the importance of spay/neuter, and that cruelty to animals is unacceptable. The new facility will, of course, be able to accommodate more pets. They believe their efforts can help bring Charleston and the surrounding counties in line with other cities and locations of the same size, and larger, in recognizing the need for a higher level of animal welfare.
In addition, Laurel and Hank serve on other 501c3 boards, serving homeless and abused mothers and their infants.