Carol graduated from George Mason School of Law in 1994. She practiced family law, tax law, and business litigation at a firm in Greensboro, NC for several years. After completing special projects for several nonprofit clients, Carol became a consultant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC. She then returned to her hometown of Greenville, SC; took the South Carolina Bar; and opened Carol Simpson Law Offices in 2002.
Certified Public Accountant
Carol took and passed the CPA exam in 1983. She joined the firm of Seidman & Seidman in Greensboro, NC as a tax accountant where she prepared individual, partnership, fiduciary, and corporate tax returns. After two tax seasons, Carol left public accounting to work in the Reagan administration in Washington, DC. She is also licensed as a CPA in SC.
Real Estate Broker
Connie Nodine became friends with of Carol’s mom when Carol was only 18 months old. After Connie washed Carol’s mouth of with soap when she was 5, they were instant friends. Connie was a very successful realtor, so Carol wanted to be a realtor. In 1982, Carol became a real estate agent. She listed and sold residential real estate at Merrill Lynch Realty/Anne Allen in Greensboro, NC. Now, Carol is a real estate broker in North and South Carolina.
Carol worked in 14 states as a consultant for various federal and state campaigns. She organized voter identification and get-out-the vote systems; coordinated paid and volunteer staff; and drafted and analyzed public opinion surveys for corporations, political candidates, and trade associations. For example, three weeks before the election, Carol and her mentor, Mary Ellen Miller, identified 100,000 households in three weeks to vote for a tax increase to build the Alamodome in San Antonio. On Election Day, they organized phoners to call all 100,000 households until the identified voters said they had been to vote.
Soon after graduating from college, Carol taught a combined class of 7th to 12th graders for one semester. Through the years, she has taught various seminars, and continuing education to realtors.
You read it right — Carol was licensed to inspect cars in North Carolina while in college. She pumped gas, cleaned windshields, and inspected cars. Believe it or not, she has even changed oil and filter, replaced headlights, and balanced tires!
Outside of the Office
Greenville Rotary Club
Carol became a member of Greenville Rotary in 2002. Besides being an active member, she has served on the Board for two terms and was the Chair of the Foundation Committee for years.
Girl Scouts of South Carolina — Mountains to Midlands
Carol joined the Board of the Old 96 council in Greenville, SC. She was then asked to serve on the Realignment Committee as the 3 councils in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia merged to form one council — Girl Scouts of South Carolina — Mountains to Midlands in 2007. Carol served two terms on the board of that council.
Greenville Literacy Association
Carol began volunteering at the Rotary Family Literacy Center in 2005. She started as a one-on-one tutor, but soon found a niche in the Math Lab. She has now logged more than 400 hours as a tutor. In January 2012, she joined the Board of Directors of the Literacy Association.
Greater Greenville Master Gardeners
Carol’s aunt, Sibet Partee, is a master gardener and suggested that Carol take the class. Growing flowers is fun, but Carol loves to grow vegetables even though is she a committed carnivore. Not having room at home, Carol added raised beds to the front yard of her office to grow tomatoes, corn, beans, peppers, cucumbers, squash, collards and more.
Clarice Wilson Garden Club
Carol joined her mother as a member of the Clarice Wilson Garden Club. Before long, she was in charge of the Memorial Garden. Then, Carol accepted a position on the Board as Treasurer. Surprisingly, she won Best in Show in the first flower show she entered.