Business In Brief - June 29, 2007

Company, couple give $300,000 for museum

A Rock Hill company and a Charlotte couple have given $300,000 to the Culture & Heritage Foundation for development of York County's planned Stans Museum of Life and the Environment.

Longtime community and corporate leader Fred Faircloth has made a $200,000 commitment from Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and National Sierra Club Board President Lisa Renstrom and her husband, Bob Perkowitz, of Charlotte have given a $100,000 gift.

Rock Hill Coca-Cola's gift commemorates the 100th anniversary of the company founded by Faircloth's maternal grandfather, Mark Mauldin. Faircloth was a former chairman of the Historical Commission of York County, which merged with the Museum of York County to create the Culture & Heritage Museums in 1997. He was appointed to the CHM's governing commission in 2000 and is its vice chairman. He serves as a vice chairman for the foundation's capital campaign steering committee.

Renstrom, in her second year at the helm of the Sierra Club board, is former director of Voices and Choices, a Charlotte-based organization that led efforts to raise awareness about regional quality of life and environmental issues. She is a former trustee of the Culture & Heritage Foundation and continues as a member of the steering committee for its fundraising effort. Perkowitz came to North Carolina to run Johanna Western Mills and leads his own nonprofit, ecoAmerica, an environmental consumer research and marketing organization.

The Stans Museum of Life and the Environment is planned for a site off Interstate 77 at the Catawba River along with Historic Brattonsville and McCelvey Center are operated by the Culture & Heritage Museums.

Two Carolina First employees promoted

Tori Pons and Sue Kirk, employees of the Shiland Branch of Carolina First, at 2609 Mills Park Drive, Rock Hill, have both earned the title of assistant vice president.

Pons joined the bank in May and is a commercial loan officer. Prior to joining Carolina First, she was employed with Branch Banking and Trust as business banker. Pons is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College with an Associate of Science degree in business administration. She also is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Phoenix.

Kirk joined the bank in August 1998 and is branch manager. Prior to joining Carolina First, she was employed with Coldwell Banker/ The Tuttle Co. as real estate agent.

Carolina First is a subsidiary of The South Financial Group and offers a full line of financial services and products. The bank has three branches in Rock Hill and one in Fort Mill.