Business In Brief - June 6, 2008

Chamber honors four HR professionals

The York County chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce recently honored four people in human resource management at an awards luncheon at the City Club of Rock Hill.

The awards were given in four categories, recognizing professionals who build respect, credibility and strategic importance for the human resource profession within their organizations and the business community.

The winners of the 2008 Human Resource Management Professional of the Year in each of the four categories are:

• Consultant serving multiple organizations: Joanie Winters, an attorney with the law offices of Joan Elizabeth Winters.

• Organizations of 200 or less employees: Julie Voges, deputy director of human resources at the Culture & Heritage Museums.

• Organizations of 201 to 750 employees: Gene Moore, human resource adviser at Tyco Electronics.

• Organizations of more than 750 employees: Phyllis Fauntleroy, human resource director for the city of Rock Hill.

Williams Engineering changes its name

Williams Engineering this week is changing its name to Keck & Wood as it tries to align with its parent corporation.

The name change will have no impact on clients, staff or operations in Rock Hill. However, it will eliminate confusion among clients, the company said in a press release. The name transition makes it clear that Williams Engineering is part of Georgia-based Keck & Wood, a major firm in the Southeast with 54 years of experience and an 80-person staff with experts in water resources, transportation, natural gas, GIS, land surveying, planning and land development.

Keck & Wood has opened an office in Charlotte, offering land planning, project management and landscape architecture.

Les Erving promoted to VP at Utz foods

Les Erving of Rock Hill recently was promoted to group vice president-south with Utz Quality Foods. Utz, based in Hanover, Pa., manufactures and distributes a snack food line of products. Erving has been with Utz since 1997 and has recently supervised a distribution expansion into the Charlotte and West Virginia markets.

Family Trust promotes, shifts four employees

Family Trust Federal Credit Union recently promoted Lauren Roberts to assistant vice president of audit and compliance. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and a 2008 graduate of Southeast Credit Union Management School.

The organization also promoted Erica Abney to assistant manager at the Dave Lyle Boulevard office. Abney is a graduate of Winthrop University and has been with Family Trust since 2005.

Cheryl Rakestraw recently was named vice president of consumer loan administration by Family Trust. She has been with Family Trust since 1997.

The bank has moved Scottie Marsengill to the Phone Service Center. Marsengill has been with Family Trust since 1998.

Sushi restaurant owner takes over Inn at Baxter

A new owner is taking over the former Inn at Baxter site on Market Street in Fort Mill's Baxter Village.

Hank Lim, who runs a sushi restaurant in Charlotte, said he plans to open the Fish Market on Market Street in August. It will be somewhat casual in decor, but offer fresh fish that will arrive once or twice daily and range from shrimp, clams, oysters and Georgebank sea scallops to Florida black grouper, Scottish salmon, Block Island swordfish and Carolina trout.

"It will be mostly grilled seafood, but also fried," Lim said. "It's up to the customer how they like it: blackened, grilled, fried or sautéed."

The 6,500-square-foot restaurant also will feature steaks, including New York strips and filets. Lunch will range from $7 to $11 for a full meal and $12.95 to $18.95 for dinner, Lim said. A children's menu will be available for $4.95. Beer, wine and other liquor will be served.

The Inn at Baxter opened in 2005 and closed earlier this year.

-- Fort Mill Times