Lake Wylie company makes FAST 50
LAKE WYLIE RBC Utilities Inc., a Lake Wylie-based business, has been named one of the fastest growing businesses in the greater Charlotte region for the second year in a row.
The utility contracting business has been named the No. 4 fastest growing privately-held business by the FAST 50 Awards, sponsored by the Charlotte Business Journal. In 2013, the company was ranked No. 7.
Bill and Rose Cummings of Lake Wylie own RBC Utilities. The company installs water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities in residential and commercial projects in the Carolinas.
“Performing quality work – staying within budget, getting jobs done on time and passing inspections the first time – remains the cornerstone of our company’s success,” said Bill Cummings.
Companies qualified for the Charlotte Business Journal’s rankings based on a formula that reflects dollar and percentage growth during a three-year period. The companies had to have annual revenue of at least $1 million in 2013. They also must be based in the 16-county Charlotte region: Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Chester, Chesterfield, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lancaster, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. Accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen evaluated the nominations to determine the rankings.
Stowe Pointe building 55 more homes
BELMONT Lennar Carolinas celebrated the grand opening recently of the final phase of the Stowe Pointe community in Belmont near South Point High School.
The new phase will include 55 new homes.
An intersection is planned from the new section to Ewing Drive near Paige Elementary School and connecting with Keener Boulevard.
Lennar representative Angela DePietro-Neese said the company has developed all new home plans for the community.
For information on Stowe Pointe, call 704-266-4025.
Gaston chamber names new leader
GASTONIA Jeff K. Sandford has been chosen as the new president/CEO of the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. He started Dec. 8.
After a national search, which resulted in nearly 40 candidates and a comprehensive interview process, Sandford was selected by the Gaston Regional Chamber Search Committee, headed by Dr. Ann Hoscheit, chairwoman-elect of the Gaston Regional Chamber.
“Jeff brings many years of experience and a wealth of fresh ideas to better serve our members and the business community,” said Rick Houser, chairman of the Board of Directors for Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This new appointment is a game changer for our membership, and together with the support of our Board of Directors, Jeff and his team will make an indelible mark on Gaston County and our surrounding region.”
Sandford comes to Gastonia from Texarkana, Texas, where he served for eight years as the president/CEO of the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, which served the business community of Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas. Sandford was recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives for being in the top 10 percent for member retention. He also successfully created revenue-generating programs and built a financially stable chamber. Sandford has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence, Association of Texas Leadership Programs, and the Texas Association of Business. He has been in Rotary International and served as president of Wilbur Smith Rotary.
He is a 2002 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the United States Chamber of Commerce. He also is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas and Leadership Stephenville programs.
Sandford, has been married to Sonia Sandford since 1995. They have three children, Austin, 17, Reagan, 14, and Carson, 9.
Gaston Regional Chamber is at 601 W. Franklin Boulevard. Call 704-864-2621 or visit gastonchamber.com.
Buy local with mobile app
ROCK HILL The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. to motivate people to support local businesses.
Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses to customers and allows them to reward those customers with each return visit. Using the app, customers can flip through a list of all participating local merchants and track their progress toward available rewards. As new merchants join, customers will be alerted through their mobile device.
Each participating business will have access to a private merchant analytics dashboard through Thanx, which reveals insights and data on that individual business. York County retailers, restaurants and service providers can get started with Thanx by calling 803-324-7500.
York County visitors app available
ROCK HILL The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its first mobile app: Visit York County, SC. It is available in the Apple Store for iPhone users and on Google Play for Android users.
Visit York County, SC is an eat, stay, and play app and was created to help visitors and residents find restaurants, places to stay, and things to see and do.
Go to Visit visityorkcounty.com for information.
Join Gaston networking program
GASTONIA The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.
Register to attend at gastonchamber.com.