NEXT Entrepreneurs honored for their work in the Upstate Community

By February 28, 2019February 18th, 2020No Comments

NEXT entrepreneurs Mark Essex and Chris Manley both received awards for their work in the Upstate community within the last month.


Mark Essex received the Ryan Storrie Entrepreneur Award from the Greer Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Celebration on January 31st, 2019.

This award is named for Ryan Storrie, who was only 29 when he died in January 2012, just months after realizing his dream of partnering in opening the Ember Restaurant on Trade Street. The restaurant closed shortly after Storrie’s death, however, his passion and love for Greer inspired the annual award.

Mark founded his venture, Netalytics, to produce innovative and intuitive software for the behavioral health care industry. While today Netalytics’ Methasoft software package for opiate addiction treatment facilities includes a full-featured clinical automation system, it all stemmed from a small, custom methadone software app for a single clinic in Georgia. Mark has expanded Netalytics to include 27 employees and several premium partners to become the world leader in automatic dispensing of methadone.

Mark Essex pictured with Greer Chamber President and CEO David Merhib upon receiving his award (Photo Courtesy of Amy Clifton Keely Photography via Greer Chamber of Commerce)


Chris Manley received the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award for his work with Rebuild Upstate from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting on February 21st, 2019.

The Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award is given annually to an organization that has shown exemplary efforts toward neighborhood improvement and empowerment. The award is named in honor of former Greenville Mayor Max Heller, who spearheaded numerous efforts over the years to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Greenville County.

Chris, who is CEO of NEXT company Engenuis Web, also serves as the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Rebuild Upstate. Rebuild Upstate strengthens the Upstate community by providing volunteers and materials to create safe, healthy, sustainable home environments for disabled, low-income and elderly people. Unlike organizations that focus on new home construction, Rebuild Upstate exclusively repairs and improves existing homes.

Chris Manley upon receiving the award from the award sponsor for the year, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. (Photo Courtesy Greenville Chamber of Commerce)