Business In Brief - August 17, 2007

Frank Robards III joins First Citizens

Frank Robards III has joined First Citizens as senior vice president and private banking group relationship manager in Rock Hill, according to a company statement.

He is responsible for wealth management services in York, Lancaster and Chester counties through private banking, investment management and trust, estate and financial planning services.

Robards is a graduate of The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor's degree and MBA. He also is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He previously worked for South Group Wealth Management and is a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, Charlotte Estate Planning Council, S.C. Bar Association and is vice president of Historic Rock Hill.

First Citizens has 170 offices in South Carolina and Georgia.

Interim manager named at City Club

Vinnie Balducci, executive chef at the City Club of Rock Hill, has been appointed interim manager by the club's board of governors.

He replaced Daniel DiPastena, who recently resigned, according to a board president, Gerry Schapiro.

The City Club of Rock Hill at 140 E. Main St., is a membership-owned club.

Dee Malbrough joins Allen Tate in Rock Hill

Donetta "Dee" Malbrough has joined Allen Tate Co.'s Rock Hill office.

Malbrough is a graduate of Fortune Academy Real Estate School and Allen Tate's Winner's Edge training. She can be reached at 817-9612, 230-2338, dee.malbrough@ or allentate. com/deemalbrough.

Auditions continue for Scarowinds

FORT MILL -- Casting continues Friday and Saturday and Aug. 24 and 25 at Scarowinds' Halloween Haunt at Carowinds.

This season, Scarowinds is looking for almost 300 monsters, three times more than usual.

Applicants may apply online at Auditions are necessary only for "Creeper Corps" positions. Auditions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carowinds Employment Office on Catawba Trace Boulevard.

For more information about auditions, call 1-800-888-4386, Ext. 2883. Persons must be 16 years of age by Sept. 29 to apply.

Fifth Third Bancorp buying First Charter

CINCINNATI -- Fifth Third Bancorp said Thursday it is buying First Charter Corp. in a deal valued at $1.09 billion, expanding its presence in the southeast to North Carolina and suburban Atlanta.

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third said the deal will be financed with stock and 30 percent cash. The company will pay $31 per share, a 53 percent premium to First Charter's closing price of $20.25 on Wednesday.

The acquisition will give Fifth Third 57 retail locations and 134 automatic teller machines in North Carolina, as well as five retail locations and six ATMs in Georgia.