Chad Odom is CEO of Encore Container. His roots to the container business as well as to his family and passions run deep as you will see from his work experience.
In 2007, Odom purchased the family pharmacy, where he worked as a teenager, from his father - making him and his brother third generations to own and manage The Pickwick. Noteworthy business vision included bringing back the soda fountain that was a popular fixture in the neighborhood community in the 1940s and 1950s as a way to compete against chains and preserve a bit of history. Also during this time, Odom started another company, this one focused on his lifelong passion and dreams - classic and muscle cars. The company, Palmetto Restorations, had a simple yet rare objective - to build a restoration business that would stand above the rest while providing absolute quality.
Prior to 2006, Odom was founder and CEO of Innovative Container for 5 years, manufacturing and reconditioning industrial containers. Their product line consisted of plastic drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), with services including national trip leasing and pick-up service for drum cleaning, reconditioning, and recycling. The business quickly took off, and in just two short years, was named the fastest growing company in SC in 2003 and number 9 in 2004 and 2005. During this time, Odom was also named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing and services in 2004. The company was quickly purchased by BB&T.
Before Innovative Container and upon graduating from USC, Odom was hired as a warehouse supervisor in 1993 at Container Management Services, a privately-held company that manufactured plastic drums and containers. He worked his way up the ladder from shipping and receiving manager to plant manager to sales representative before starting Innovative Container in 2001.
Odom is an entrepreneur and a businessman dedicated to his community. He is active with the Odom Foundation and Boys Home of the South and was named the Corporate Volunteer of the Year in 2006. Odom's roots and dedication to USC are strong too, where in 2007 he was named as Distinguished Young Alumni for the Darla Moore School of Business and prior when selected to serve on the Moore School of Business Board of Advisors and the board of advisors for the USC Business Partnership Foundation from 2005-2007.