Business In Brief - June 23, 2007

ERA Wilder Realty to host comedy benefit for MDA

CHARLOTTE -- ERA Wilder Realty will host a night of comedy Sunday at The Comedy Zone-Lake Norman at 17044 Kenton Drive, off Interstate 77 Exit 25 in Kenton Place, to help raise money to fight muscular dystrophy.

The show will begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. The tickets will be $15, and donations are accepted. For more information, call (704) 895-1782.

ERA Wilder Realty contributes to this cause every year. In 2006, the company raised more than $45,000 between its 15 offices in North and South Carolina.

Free gas cap inspection at Winthrop on Tuesday

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Winthrop University are co-sponsoring a free gas cap inspection in cooperation with Clean Air Works! from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, in the north side parking lot of the Winthrop Coliseum. Members of the public can turn into the lot, drive to a checkpoint, pop their gas tank cover and a Clean Air Works! staffer will check the gas cap to see if it is leaking fumes into the environment. If so, a new cap will be provided free on the spot.

The chamber and Winthrop are partners in the Clean Air Works! project, designed to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the eight counties around Charlotte designated as a nonattainment zone.

For more information, call the chamber at 324-7500.

York County chamber luncheon Wednesday

The York County Regional Chamber's June membership luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St.

The featured speaker will be Jerry Orr, chief executive and aviation director of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. His topic will be "Expansion Plans for the Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport." The focus will concern the need for a new control tower.

The luncheon is sponsored by Comprehensive Financial Solutions. Reservations are $15 per chamber member and must be secured in advance by contacting Sonja Burris at 324-7500 or

Chamber staffers receive scholarships for training

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that staff members Dean Faile, senior vice president, and Melissa Walker-Price, vice president of membership, have been selected to receive Institute of Organizational Management Scholarships from the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce.

The Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program for association and chamber executives. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the institute is hosted at five university locations across the country. The curriculum is a four-year course of study designed by experts in association, chamber and nonprofit management. Participants take five required core courses each year with the same group of colleagues, creating a learning group that builds on previous classes.

As senior vice president, Faile works in business development, education and government relations. Part of his duties include assisting the chamber to formulate its legislative agenda and organizing York County Day.

As vice president of membership, Walker-Price assists current members on a daily basis, organizes the annual meeting and Fall Golf Classic, is the staff liaison to the Chamber's Ambassador Program and works with the Total Resource Campaign and the Chamber's Leads Group. She also is responsible for membership development, sales and retention.

This will be Faile and Walker-Price's third year at the Institute for Organization Management. Walker-Price has received this scholarship for the past three years. This is Faile's first time receiving the honor.

ZF names Dennis Dedrick supply chain manager

LANCASTER -- ZF, a supplier of commercial suspension systems and components, recently named Dennis Dedrick as supply chain manager of the ZF commercial suspension systems and components facility in Lancaster.

Dedrick has more than 20 years of purchasing and supply chain management experience. In his previous position, Dedrick managed a $70 million supply contract with more than 16,000 part numbers. He also worked as vice president of operations for an industrial gearbox and transmission company.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He also is a certified purchasing manager through the Institute for Supply Management.

With headquarters in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ZF is a leading worldwide supplier of driveline and chassis technology.