A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Ronnetta Hatcher Griffin served as Miss South Carolina 1991 - an honor that allowed her to travel our state to complete over 450 appearances presenting her Be a Winner for Life self-esteem program. In the Miss South Carolina competition, she was also named the winner of the Quality of Life Community Service award for her volunteer service and three Lifestyle & Fitness awards in swimsuit competition. She continues today to be an advocate for the power of positive thinking, volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle. Ronnetta currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization and enjoys helping a new generation of young ladies excel through the Miss America program.
Ronnetta recently decided to dust off her pageant competition shoes and was named Mrs. South Carolina 2015. Her reason for competing again after almost 25 years was the desire to gain media attention for her cause -- raising awareness about the serious dangers of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA). As the founder of Get Your Iron Up, her goal is to provide educational and emotional support for the nearly 50% of women (and even men) who struggle with the disorder. After coming close to a heart attack due to extremely low iron levels, Ronnetta researched and developed her own website, getyourironup.org. In just the past few years, her efforts have helped more than half a million individuals. She is a volunteer, a spokesperson and a member of the Board of Directors of the Iron Disorders Institute (IDI) and is one of only three certified Iron Educators in the world. She has become known as the Iron Queen and recently launched a social media campaign, the "Paint it Red for Anemia" Project. She competed in the Mrs. America pageant in the fall of 2015 with the hope of putting IDA in the national spotlight. She continues to champion projects that improve the health and save the lives of girls and women who are affected. He ultimate desire is to take "anemia" from a household term that is misunderstood, under-diagnosed and untreated to a condition that is widely recognized, routinely tested for and virtually non-existent.
Ronnetta has many volunteer interests including organizing fundraising events and food drives for Upstate Backpack Blessings, a local organization that provides food for needy students on weekends. She also donates her time and talent to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Lindley's Alliance for Disabled Youth and a variety of community groups and events.
A graduate of Columbia College of South Carolina with a B.A. Degree in Studio Art and Communication Arts, Ronnetta is also a graphic designer, PR specialist and the owner of a soy candle company, Carolina Chic. Her hand poured soy candles that celebrate the sights and scents of the South have been featured twice in Southern Living magazine and are sold in states from the Carolinas to Texas.
After living out of state for nearly 15 years, Ronnetta and her family were thrilled to return to their beloved Palmetto state in 2010. Ronnetta’s husband Tom is the Agent-in-Charge for the Upstate office of the United States Secret Service, and they reside in Greenville, South Carolina with their two sons. Thomas is a junior and a member of the swim and track teams, Beta Club and the National Honor Society at Eastside High School. Teddy is a freshman at Eastside and is a member of the swim and golf teams.
A graduate of Wyatt Institute of Real Estate and a licensed REALTOR®, Ronnetta is a member of Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®, South Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®. She holds a B.A. Degree in Studio Art and Communication Arts from Columbia College. By combining her eye for design, appreciation for quality and love of the hunt, she enjoys helping her real estate clients unlock their dreams. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, gardening, volunteer work, organizing charity events, spending time with her family and watching her boys play sports.