To say Mike Kingsmore knows Clemson is a little bit of an understatement. He is a graduate. His wife is a graduate. Both of his children were Tigers. So are his siblings. And their spouses. And their kids. It all goes back to when his father, Doug, became the first member of their immediate family to graduate college way back in 1954. Yes, Doug Kingsmore as in Doug Kingsmore Stadium, which is the home of the Clemson baseball team. So, yes, Mike Kingsmore knows Clemson and that is why it is important for house buyers in the region to know he joined the Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty office in 2021.
A self-described “textile brat,” he moved often as a child as his father moved between companies in his career. After graduating in 1982 from Clemson (in case you forgot), he started worked in human resources for Mt. Vernon Mills. He quickly moved into management leading a department of 12 people and assisting almost 3,000 people with their insurance and workplace needs. A great gig that allowed him to build his communication skills and abilities, but he had his eyes in a different direction. A natural people person, Mike switched careers to sales with C.H. Patrick in 1986, leaving that firm and then later coming back as a vice president.
In 2006, he was part of a family group that purchased a dyeing and finishing plant in Easley owned by Hanes, and revamped it as Palmetto Finishing where he would serve as president and COO. The company prospered until they sold in 2018. Not quite ready to retire, real estate was the natural next step. He has family members in the industry, and his decades in sales and human resources made it a near perfect fit. He loves building relationship with the families he works with as they search for their new home in the Clemson area.
During his career, he served as the chairman of the Southern Textile Association; the Clemson Board of Visitors; was president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance – Plant Managers Division; was president of The Greenville Touchdown Club and was a member of several Rotary Clubs.