Rock Hill agent named SC Realtor of the year

Jay Rinehart has been named S.C. Realtor of the Year by the state association.
Jay Rinehart has been named S.C. Realtor of the Year by the state association. Herald file photo

Jay Rinehart of Rock Hill has been named the South Carolina Realtor of the Year.

The award was given at the state association’s recent conference in Hilton Head.

The Realtor of the Year program honors a member who has contributed most to the advancement of the real estate profession and community within the past year.

Jay Rinehart is president, chief executive officer and broker in charge of Rinehart Realty. He has served on local, state and national associations of Realtors boards, including the Piedmont Regional Board of Realtors and SCR’s Grievance and Professional Standards Committees. He served as president of SCR in 2010.

Rinehart is the current chair of the National Association of Realtors’ Legal Action Committee. He has been a National Association of Realtors director for the last five years and was recently appointed by the association as the liaison for business specialties.

Business News

Winthrop University economics professor Lou Pantuosco has been named s William H. Grier professor for the university’s College of Business Administration.

The Grier Professorship is awarded every four years to a classroom teacher who is imaginative, dependable and in command of his or her discipline. The endowed slot was previously held by economics professor Gary Stone and marketing professor Jane Thomas.

Established in 1993, the designation honors the memory of Grier, a longtime member and chair of the Winthrop Board of Trustees, and the first male recipient of an honorary degree from the College of Business Administration.

Roger D. Weikle, dean of the College of Business Administration, said Pantuosco is a great teacher, prolific scholar and a willing servant to the university.

“His personal ethics are above reproach and his work in the youth sports community has direct impact on lives and the university community,” Weikle said. One of Pantuosco’s studies looked at the economic impact of Winthrop on the local and state economies. It was presented to the S.C. General Assembly by Winthrop to justify budget increases.

Pantuosco teaches labor economics, money and banking, managerial economics, micro and macroeconomics. He received the College of Business Administration’s Wachovia teaching award, now called the Wells Fargo award, in 2001.

Pantuosco joined the Winthrop faculty in 1997. He completed his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University.

Pantuosco is also known for his work with young soccer players. He won two national championships as a college player and he now coaches and conducts camps.

▪ Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is opening a new GoodWork Staffing location in Rock Hill at 566 N. Anderson Road.

GoodWork Staffing is a full-service nonprofit staffing division of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. GoodWork Staffing matches clients seeking employment with careers in the fields of light industrial, administrative, clerical, customer service and management. GoodWork Staffing offers a variety of services for business clients including temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire, outsourcing, executive recruiting, on-site management and payroll services. To learn more about GoodWork Staffing, go to

A grand-opening ribbon cutting will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

▪ The Sports Management Degree Guide has ranked Winthrop University’s sports management program among the top 50 in the country. According to the guide, the program emphasizes a strong theoretical foundation, as well as various experiential learning experiences. Students gain access to local sports opportunities in Charlotte.

▪ The Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University is holding “A Woman’s Business” seminar Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar is for women business owners and managers, nonprofit directors, and aspiring women entrepreneurs looking for mentoring, business advice, suggestions and creative input. Cost is $35 per person; boxed lunch included. Please bring a laptop or digital notebook with you if you’d like to take notes or get online during any of the presentations. For information go to This event is sponsored by Winthrop Regional Small Business Development Center, Winthrop’s College of Business and Carolina Recruitment.


WEDNESDAY – Bernard N. Ackerman, CPA, will hold a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at its new office on the fifth floor of 596 Herrons Ferry Road in Riverwalk. The firm is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information on the business call Jason Ackerman, 803-366-8371, or go to

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