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Career Journey: Cindy Spain-Green

My current position is vice president of leasing for AmericasMart® Atlanta — the largest trade mart/trade show complex of its kind in the world. 

By Cindy Spain-Green
Posted on January 14, 2019

Executive Start

I started my career in the executive training program for J.B. White (a prominent retailer at the time) and was then accepted into the Rich’s (now Macy’s) executive training program.

After completing the training program I was moved to Atlanta where I started building my in-store experience and was promoted to the buying office. I then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked with Belk in their buying office for about two years before moving back to Atlanta to begin my career with AmericasMart® Atlanta.

Showcase Career

AmericasMart® Atlanta is the nation's leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and the largest trade mart/tradeshow complex of its kind in the world. The mix of specialty products presented in its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibit halls is spread among four buildings and more than 7.7 million-square-feet of retail exhibit space.

I started in buyer relations and progressed to my current position as VP of leasing. As vice president of leasing, my responsibilities include leasing and managing showroom space to both national and international companies in the gift and home accent industries in an area encompassing over 700,000 gross square feet.

I love the fact that I’m able to help companies grow their business. I have watched companies attend their first tradeshow as a startup company and go on to become multi-million dollar organizations with products being shown all over the world in major retailers.

My biggest advice to students would be to do what you love, have a plan (but be prepared for the plan to change), keep learning and network, network, network!

— Cindy Spain-Green, '92 Retailing

A Strong Foundation

My biggest advice to students would be to do what you love, have a plan (but be prepared for the plan to change), keep learning and network, network, network!

The University of South Carolina provided me with such a great foundation in retail, fashion merchandising and business in general. The requirement of doing an internship was key for me to learn the trade and the day-to-day activities. The experience I received and the relationships I created during my days at the University of South Carolina are invaluable. I am so proud to be an alumna of a university that is seen as one of the best in the nation in my field. 


The Career Journey story series shares a glimpse into the dynamic jobs of our alumni, how they got to where they are today, and their advice for the next generation — in their own words. Share your career journey story by emailing hrsmcomm@mailbox.sc.edu.