Business In Brief - August 2, 2007

Chiropractor honored for 30 years of service

Douglas Hughes Jr. recently was honored by the S.C. Chiropractic Association for 30 years of service at its annual convention in Myrtle Beach.

Hughes is the son of Dr. D.B. Hughes Sr., who established Hughes Chiropractic Clinics in 1939.

Douglas Hughes Jr. was recognized for being named chiropractor of the year for three consecutive years. He was president from 1986 to 1989 and served on the board for 18 years. Chairman-elect of the Past President Council, he will be chairman in 2008.

The offices are at 332 E. White St. in Rock Hill and 168 Columbia St. in Chester.

Realtor receives specialist designation

FORT MILL -- Sue Bryant, Rinehart Realty's Broker and Branch Manager in Fort Mill/Tega Cay, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists.

Bryant, who also holds the Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation and is a graduate of the Realtor Institute, has been in real estate for more than 10 years.

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Wachovia names wealth executive

CHARLOTTE -- Wachovia on Wednesday announced the latest wrinkle in a revamping of its wealth management strategy, appointing a new executive to focus on clients with investable assets between $5 million and $50 million.

Stan Gregor will serve as president of this niche within the Charlotte bank's wealth management division, reporting to wealth management president Stan Kelly. Based in Charlotte, the former capital markets executive with New Jersey-based Commerce Bancorp also will head financial planning.

In June, Wachovia created a new private banking division within wealth management aimed at clients with assets between $250,000 and $5 million. It also bumped the threshold for its Calibre service for the ultra-wealthy to $50 million from $25 million.

Gregor will be in charge of 28 regional teams that deliver investment, trust, insurance, charitable and other services to clients throughout the bank's franchise. He replaces Linda Bowden, who retired June 30.

Two join convention and visitors bureau

Mikki Rentschler and Sonja Burris have joined the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau as full-time employees.

Rentschler has been part-time office manager at the bureau since mid-2005. A graduate of Winthrop University and York Technical College, she is a past chairwoman of the Come-See-Me festival and is a member of the Rock Hill school board.

Burris has been hired as visitor services/sales assistant. A native of York, she is a graduate of Winthrop University. She previously was employed with the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Vizhun Marketing adds public relations division

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill-based marketing firm Vizhun Marketing has launched Vizhun PR as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Rachel Cogar is president of the company.

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Manufacturing sector shows slow expansion

NEW YORK -- While the U.S. manufacturing sector grew for the sixth consecutive month in July, expansion was the slowest since March, a survey said Wednesday, indicating that the economy is plodding along at a tepid pace.

The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index, which reflects the opinions of purchasing managers at factories, plants and utilities, registered 53.8 in July, down from 56.0 in June.

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