The Sumter Item's sales department welcomes 2 new members


The Sumter Item has added to its sales department, hiring two new multimedia account representatives to serve the needs of advertisers and continue to grow The Item's reach in Sumter and the surrounding community.

Publisher Vince Johnson announced the addition of Summer Settle and Xavier Platt to the sales team.

"Both Summer and Xavier bring a great energy to our staff, and I'm sure they will do so for our growing community, as well," Johnson said. "As a company, we're fully committed to helping area businesses reach our rapidly growing, regional audience, and our newest hires will be there to help them do that."

Settle recently relocated to Sumter from the Lowcountry. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree, both from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and is an avid Gamecocks fan.

Most of her sales career has been spent in the pharmaceutical industry.

In her free time, Settle enjoys yoga, going to church and, now, exploring her new home of Sumter.

Platt was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and is the youngest of two boys. His family moved to Wedgefield when he was 4, where he attended F.J. DeLaine Elementary School.

He moved to Farmville, Virginia, for three years before returning to Sumter for his eighth-grade year at Furman Middle School and a year and a half at Lakewood High School. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson Senior High School in Virginia at the top of his class.

After moving back to Sumter, Platt graduated from Morris College with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, making the dean's list for his last three semesters and graduating cum laude in December 2018.

Platt says his greatest accomplishment is his 9-month-old daughter, Kehlani.

Platt and Settle join Mark Pekuri and Karen Cave on The Sumter Item's outside sales team that spans a coverage area of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Kershaw counties.

To reach out to Settle, email To reach out to Platt, email

The entire sales team can be reached at or by calling (803) 774-1200.