Business In Brief - December 12, 2007

Mike Deller named to VP position at Comporium

Comporium Communications has promoted Mike Deller to vice president of engineering and planning, the company recently announced.

In his new position, Deller is responsible for guiding the activities of the communications, engineering and planning work group.

Deller is a 1994 graduate of UNC Charlotte. After graduation, he worked for Northrop Grumman until beginning his employment with Comporium in 1996 as a special assignment engineering associate. He was promoted to engineering manager of broadband facilities in 2000. Mike earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University in 2000 and has been a registered professional engineer since 2004.

David Harrell joins Rinehart Realty team

Rinehart Realty has announced the addition of David Harrell to its Rock Hill sales force.

A native of Chicago, Harrell has lived in South Carolina for nearly 40 years and has an extensive background in the radio broadcasting field. He will serve greater York County buyers and sellers.

Harrell, a member of the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, the South Carolina Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors, can be reached at 984-2875.

For more information about Rinehart Realty, call 329-3333 or visit

New commercial lender opens office in Tega Cay

TEGA CAY -- A New Jersey-based commercial lender has opened a branch in northern York County.

Jim Masters of Private Equity Funding Group, LLC, serves customers in the Fort Mill and Tega Cay area. With a database of both private and institutional lenders, Masters said PEFG specializes in finding funding solutions for conforming loan scenarios and loan requests denied by traditional lending institutions.

Masters' office is at 4072 Point Clear Drive, Tega Cay. Contact Masters at (704) 641-7859, e-mail or visit

Lancaster arts council holiday event Thursday

LANCASTER -- The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will host a Holiday Business After Hours on Thursday evening at 201 W. Gay St., sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

The reception is for chamber members and their employees.

To reserve space at the free event, call the chamber office at (803) 283-4105.

Solicitor to speak to Lancaster chamber

Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield will speak at the Lancaster County Chamber's "Third Thursday" membership meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday at the City of Lancaster office in the council chambers.

Barfield is expected to talk about the increase in caseload resulting from the growth in Lancaster County; the new case management system being put into place to address this issue; and the impact that this caseload has on the business community.

A Christmas music performance will conclude the meeting.

Refreshments will be available. For details, contact the chamber office at (803) 283-4105.

Nominations being taken for Volunteer of the Year

Nominations for Lancaster County's annual Volunteer of the Year award are now being received by the Lancaster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Citizens and volunteer organizations are invited to place a nomination for the award. Area civic and garden clubs, service and professional organizations, special interest groups, volunteer fire departments, PTAs and PTOs throughout the county and other organizations have received information and nomination forms. Additional nomination forms are available at the chamber office.

The deadline for nominations is Friday.

Citigroup names new CEO and chairman

NEW YORK -- Citigroup named Vikram Pandit, the head of its investment banking business, as chief executive Tuesday, after searching five weeks for someone to restore the bank's profitability and reputation.

The banking company named Sir Win Bischoff, who has been Citi's acting CEO, as its chairman. He replaces Robert Rubin, who had stepped into the role when former CEO and chairman Charles Prince was ousted last month.

Boeing says Dreamliner production is on track

CHICAGO -- Boeing said Tuesday that its schedule for the 787 Dreamliner remains on track, and it does not envision further delays in the much-ballyhooed airplane.

Officials of the aerospace company reaffirmed the latest schedule in a conference call updating the 787 program's status, two months after it pushed back flight testing and initial deliveries of the aircraft by six months.

Many industry observers ultimately anticipate additional delay.

Scott Carson, head of Boeing's Seattle-based commercial airplane manufacturing division, acknowledged the company still is "ironing out significant supply-chain wrinkles" but said there are no revisions to the latest schedule.

The first flight test had been scheduled for early fall.