David “Stanton” Horne, Jr.
David “Stanton” Horne, Jr. joined First Citizens as the Commercial Relationship Manager for Upstate South Carolina. Horne will be responsible for managing relationships with existing commercial clients and developing customized strategies for new commercial clients. In addition, he will ensure the delivery of a superior client experience and provide clients with financial solutions, including commercial loans, depository accounts, cash management, merchant services and retail/wealth management services. He comes to First Citizens from BB&T, where he most recently served as a commercial banker in Greenville. Prior to that role, he served as a commercial portfolio manager and financial center leader at BB&T.
Roger Liska, professor and chairman of Clemson University’s construction science and management department, has been named interim director of the Richard H. Pennell Sr. ’50 Center for Research in Design and Building. He is a fellow in the American Institute of Constructors and the Chartered Institute of Building in the United Kingdom.
Steve Navarro was named to a three-year term on the Clemson University Advancement Board for Real Estate Development. Navarro is CEO and president of The Furman Co., a full service commercial real estate firm. He oversees the five operating companies specializing in Development, Investment Advisory Services, Risk Management, Brokerage and Management services.
Josh Blaha was recently hired as interactive developer at Jackson Marketing Group (JMG). A graduate of ECPI University in web development, he joins the interactive team, where his skills will be used to work in the back-end development of websites and web-based applications.
Virginia Vanvick recently joined VantagePoint Marketing as an account executive. Vanvick is a Clemson graduate and was most recently at Crawford Strategy, where she worked with clients in education, nonprofit, and healthcare. At VantagePoint, her primary role will be research and project management for several clients, including Cryovac, Fitesa, Michelin Ag and Nason.
Sharon Whitney recently joined the Palmetto Bank to lead the bank’s private banking efforts as it expands its wealth management strategy to meet the banking needs of high net worth clients. Whitney is a graduate of Penn State/Behrend College and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Scott and Company LLC, one of South Carolina’s leading accounting and consulting firms, recently announced that Christina Auckland and Casey Gilbert have been selected as professional interns. Both are rising seniors at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, pursuing a B.S. degree in Business Administration while majoring in Accounting. Auckland has served as an after-school counselor for the Lexington-Richland County School District Five and as an athletic department tutor for USC athletes at the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center. Gilbert has prior experience serving as an accounting clerk and warranty administrator for major area automotive dealerships, where she managed numerous accounting schedules, prepared management reports, and reconciled and submitted sales taxes for multiple car franchises.
Greer State Bank recently announced the promotions of Brad Cantrell and David McCammon to new roles within the bank’s credit department. Cantrell has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. He has been with the bank for more than 10 years, most recently as head of the credit administration department. He holds a master’s earned from Clemson University and is a graduate of the South Carolina Banker’s School and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. McCammon has been appointed Banking Officer and Special Assets Manager. He has been with the bank for more than five years and is a graduate of Clemson University.
Southern First Bancshares, Inc. recently announced that the following people have been promoted at Southern First Bank. Tiffany Beesley has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Client Officer at the Verdae office. Beesley most recently has held the position of Client Services Specialist. She joined the bank in November of 2001 and has held various roles in the retail and credit areas, also serving as Teller and Teller Leader. Her prior banking experience was with Central Carolina Bank in Greenville and State Bank in Oklahoma. Donna Coggins has been promoted to Assistant Vice President Client Services at the Verdae office. Coggins joined the bank in 2008 as a Client Service Specialist at the Verdae office with more than six years banking experience as Teller, Head Teller, Customer Service Representative and Money Manager. Previous employers include First Federal Savings and Loan, Carolina First Bank and Greenville National Bank. Zachary Freeman has been promoted to Vice President at the Verdae office. Freeman joined the bank in 2010 in Client Service, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President. He was formerly with Countybank and graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Management. Carolyn Austin Herbert has been promoted to Executive Vice President Client Services at the Verdae office. Herbert joined the bank in 2007 as Senior Vice President Client Services at the Verdae office, and has more than 40 years banking experience in retail and lending positions. Previous employers include Bank of America, Carolina First Bank, and South Carolina Bank and Trust. William Johnston has been promoted to Vice President at the Verdae office. Johnston joined the bank in 2010 as Client Services Specialist and has also served as Assistant Vice President Market Manager at the Parkway office. Jason Starnes has joined Southern First Bank as Chief Information Officer. Starnes is a 1996 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems. He began his banking career in 2007 at Carolina First Bank where he led the merger and acquisition teams in eight mergers before joining Community Resource Bank as the Chief Information Officer. In 2009 First Citizens Bank acquired Community Resource Bank, where he led their technology and operations.
Innovate HR, a Greenville SC woman-owned and operated business serving clients in more than 32 states, recently added Jasmine Buckmire as an Innovator/“new employee experience leader” and Andrea Ponder as an intern. Prior to Innovate HR, Buckmire provided field support group at Aerotek Staffing where she managed multiple clients in the Upstate. She has more than 10 years customer service experience and five years of human resource experience and knowledge. Ponder is a senior at Clemson University, working towards a B.S. degree in Management with an emphasis in HR and a minor in Life Sciences. She is a student member of the Society of HR Management, a member of Clemson’s SHRM Chapter, and the Public Relations Chair for Clemson’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter.
Rosenfeld Einstein, a South Carolina-based insurance agency, brokerage and consulting firm that is part of the Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) family of companies, recently welcomed Courtney Mayfield as an Account Manager in the firm’s employee benefits division. Mayfield joins Rosenfeld Einstein after several years with a regional construction company and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she held various positions as an employer benefits representative, in employee development and personnel management capacities, and also served as a payroll manager. A current MBA candidate at North Greenville University, she holds a B.S. degree in Management with emphasis in human resources and insurance from the University of South Carolina, and earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
The Friends of the Greenville Zoo have added Bill West, Casey Gallagher Reid, and Chris Lewis to its board. West is the managing partner of Atlantic Partners, a business improvement firm that specializes in financial exit leadership. Reid is president of Up to 11 Events, LLC, an event management production group in Greenville. Lewis is the executive vice president/general manager of the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors.
The Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors recently announced that Allison McGarity, Development Coordinator for the Chamber, has recently completed her first year at the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Graduates receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend annually.
Complete Public Relations recently welcomed Sarah Moore as the office’s summer intern. Moore is a 2012 graduate of Wofford College and is currently a second-year master’s student at the University of Georgia, studying Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialization in Public Relations.
Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Sijia Hughes to the team as a residential sales agent in its Greer office. Hughes earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Law from Northeastern University of Finance and Economics. She is active with the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR) and the Greenville Chinese Association.
Spencer/Hines Properties, Inc. recently announced Dale Seay as a new addition to its real estate team. Seay brings more than 30 years of sales experience. Prior to joining Spencer/Hines, he spent 26 years in the wholesale lumber business and is the owner of Seay Trading, LLC.