Event Partners Inc. was founded in August of 2005 with the goal of establishing lasting partnerships with clients. EPI’s first partner was Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson University, managing all paid parking for concerts. The partnership expanded just two months later to include crowd management for all events inside Littlejohn Coliseum.
From there, EPI continued to grow its client list with business relationships in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Conway, Darlington, Greenville, Greer, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Spartanburg.
Drew Cawood, Owner
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mr. Cawood believes dedicated, informed and enthusiastic team members contribute to the success of every event. Mr. Cawood found his passion for the sports and entertainment industry at the Carolina Coliseum and served as a manager on the men’s basketball team under the direction of Coach Eddie Fogler. Upon graduation, Mr. Cawood was hired by SMG to manage all “front-of-house” staff (ushers and ticket takers) for the Richmond Coliseum (VA). Subsequently, he spent an additional year as the Operations Manager at the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University before founding Event Partners Inc.
Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Cawood has lead EPI in assisting with the production of 1,000+ events each year in the state of South Carolina. Mr. Cawood currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Clarice, and two children, Sloane and Coleman, where he enjoys following college athletics and golf.
Joe Reinhardt, Vice President of Operations
Joe joins EPI with a wide array of experience working in the sports and entertainment industry. A Sport Management graduate from Liberty University, Joe began his career as a Field and Clubhouse Operations Intern with the Lynchburg Hillcats in Lynchburg, VA. Upon completion of his internship, Joe relocated to Charlotte, NC where he began working in numerous roles and positions in the sports and entertainment industry. Joe served as a Box Office Assistant for the Carolina Panthers, an Usher Supervisor for Charlotte Motor Speedway, Event Security Staff for several Live Nation Venues across the area and Security for the Charlotte Hornets. Joe joins EPI after a very successful seven and a half years with Hornets Sports and Entertainment where he served as Manager of Arena & Event Security. In this role, Joe managed all aspects of the public safety and security for the Charlotte Hornets and all events held inside Time Warner Cable Arena. Joe managed a security staff of over 200 part-time employees and managed the relationships with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, Fire and Novant Health Teams. Joe also oversaw all emergency preparedness and life safety operations for HSE and TWCA, and was responsible for developing and updating all emergency operating policies, plans and procedures. Joe’s responsibilities also included the security and life safety training of all full and part-time employees working inside of the facility.
Joe is originally from Bradford, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Columbia, SC with his loving wife, Sara and their two cats, Sophie and Lilly. He enjoys golfing, fishing and working out in his down time.
Jeff Siggins, Manager of Event Operations – Clemson
A native of Jonesboro, GA; always an athlete and sports enthusiast, Jeff followed his passion of swimming to swim at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. After graduation, Jeff was the Regional Manager for Intex Aviation Services, overseeing the operations of numerous locations. He then became an Implementation Manager for ADP, working to get customers’ payrolls loaded as trouble free as possible. The last 8 years Jeff has worked in the Event Planning and Travel business. Jeff brings to EPI his knowledge of staffing and his critical skills of implementation, time management, logistics and customer service.
Jeff family consists of his wife Wendy, daughter Ariail, son Wally and 4 dogs (which all normal people should have) He lives in West Union, South Carolina and enjoys watching athletics, spending time on the lake and traveling.
Sam Richardson, Director of Event Operations – Durham, NC
Sam joined the EPI Family in July of 2021 to spearhead our operations at Duke University and further develop business in the surrounding area. Sam brings years of parking solutions and management experience from his time at Duke University Hospital, one of the top ranked hospitals on the east coast, in the valet services department.
Growing up in Winston-Salem, NC, a multiple sport athlete growing up in Forsyth County, NC and a high-school student-athlete at Carver High School; Sam has achieved both academic and athletic success. He graduated in the top 10% of his 2014 graduating class, and was also selected as a Junior Marshall for the previous class. On the football field, he was a multiple selection all-conference linebacker and helped lead his team to a #1 seed for NCHSAA playoffs as a senior. He went on to play college football at Division 1 FCS North Carolina Central University and studied Criminal Justice with a concentration of Homeland Security. He is a part of a 3-time MEAC conference championship regime with the Eagles, and played in the 2016 Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome.
Sam currently resides in Durham, NC where he enjoys spending time with his family.
Jim Kenyon, Director of Special Events & Business Development
Jim joined the EPI Family in October 2021 after gaining valuable experience at Georgia Tech as their Associate Director of Facilities & Operations. While at Georgia Tech, Kenyon served as the primary facility manager for Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Brock Indoor Football Practice Facility, Alexander Rose Bowl Field, Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium, and the Noonan Golf Facility. He also served as Game Day Manager for home baseball games and Field Manager for home football games and served as Tournament Director for the 2019 NCAA Baseball Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium. During his time at GA Tech, Kenyon also coordinated on-campus practices for the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LIII.
Kenyon relocated to Atlanta, GA from Haverford College, where he served more than eight years as Director of Athletic Facilities and Game Operations and Assistant Compliance Coordinator. At Haverford, he scheduled all athletic venues for varsity team practices and games, as well as intramural and club sports, physical education classes and other special events. He also coordinated maintenance of all athletic facilities on campus and served as the liaison between the athletic department and several other departments on campus. Kenyon earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Temple University in 2006, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Drexel University in 2009. He worked as an assistant clubhouse manager for the Philadelphia Phillies following his graduation from Temple, and was an operations assistant at Drexel while he was working on his master’s degree.
Jim currently resides in the Atlanta area and enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, and traveling in his free time.
Jerred Scott, Manager of Event Operations – Charleston, SC
Jerred joined the EPI Family in August 2021 in a part-time role to assist with operations in Durham, NC. During this time, he has shown great leadership and organization skills. In addition to being a team leader in North Carolina, Jerred has assisted in growing our footprint in the region. At the turn of the new year, Jerred took a step forward in his career to join us full-time and lead our Charleston operations.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.S. in Kinesiology, Jerred also spent the Summer and Fall of 2021 helping to train university student athletes as an intern Strength and Conditioning coach. His passion for sports and entertainment is what brought him to love the work he is doing with EPI.
Jerred has relocated to Charleston, SC and in his free time enjoys strength training, spending time with friends and family and learning life lessons from those older/wiser than him.