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.
Candice Cawood, Business Operations Manager
Candice graduated from Lander University, in Greenwood, SC, with a BA in Visual Arts and an emphasis in Photography and Painting. During her time at Lander, she managed a local Casual Fine Dining restaurant whereby customer service, staff management, and daily business operations were of the utmost importance. After graduation, Candice pursued a career in Banking for a span of 16 years that included roles in Customer Service, Operations, Electronic Banking Management, and was appointed Assistant Vice President by the bank’s Board of Directors. All roles sharpened her leadership, communication, financial and business operations skills. Prior to assuming the Business Operations Manager position in February 2020, she began working as a member of EPI’s Part-Time Event Staff in 2014 for various events in South Carolina.
Candice has always been a fan of sports and entertainment. As a child, she remembers watching Purdue basketball with her grandmother and grew to love college basketball almost as much as her grandmother did. Candice enjoys spending time with family and friends watching and attending college athletic events and seeing all the concerts possible.
She currently resides in Greenwood, South Carolina with her husband, Matt, and two furbabies – Oliver and Delilah.
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.
Blake Meredith, Director of Training and Operations – Savannah/Statesboro, GA Region
With over a decade of industry experience, Blake brings his expertise in event and venue operations, training, and development to the EPI team. Throughout the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to develop, implement, and operate complex security and staffing solutions for some of the largest and most high-profile events in the industry including Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, the Academy Awards, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, The NAMM Show, and many more. Blake’s passion for safe, secure, and efficient crowd management measures has afforded him the opportunity to develop industry-standard training curriculum, modules, and programs with an emphasis on safety and guest services first and foremost. Previously, Blake was served as the Director of Training and Development for a National event services provider, where he was responsible for directing all field operations training programs for over 2000 staff across the US. A graduate of Baylor University, Blake brings this knowledge and expertise with him to the EPI team to ensure EPI team members provide unparalleled customer service to clients and guests.
Originally from Southern California, Blake has made his way to Savannah, GA. In his spare time, he cherishes spending time with his wife and four children. He also has a strong passion for classical literature, philosophy, theology, reading, and writing.
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.
John Evatt, Manager of Event Operations – Clemson, SC
John Evatt was born and raised in Seneca, South Carolina which is in the Upstate, SC area. After graduating from Seneca High School, he attended and graduated from Wofford College with a BA in English. Following graduation from Wofford, John attended graduate school at Duke University Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity degree. While at Duke he met his wife Janet and they were married in 1997. John was ordained as a United Methodist Pastor in 1999. He served churches in South Carolina and Kentucky. His family moved back to the upstate in 2006 when his wife Janet began working for Clemson University.
John joined EPI in 2018 and shortly thereafter started in a supervisory role for events. In August 2022, John joined the management team as the leader for Clemson, Upstate, SC and Kennesaw, GA regions. John loves working with people and providing superior customer service for the staff and clients we serve. He loves athletics of all kinds, and many different kinds of concerts because of his love for music.
John has two sons, Skyler and Avery. In his free time he spends time with family, enjoys reading and writing, and his faith plays an important role in his life.