David Clay has been named the new chief operating officer at Piedmont Medical Center.
Most recently, Clay was the chief operating officer at Central Carolina Hospital, a 137-bed hospital in Sanford, N.C.. He is a registered respiratory therapist, certified in health care compliance and a fellow of the American College Healthcare Executives.
Clay was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Wichita State University, where he received a bachelor of science and master of health administration degrees. Upon graduation, Clay joined Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he started out in respiratory therapy. After seven years, Clay moved to Oklahoma, where he was the director of respiratory services at the 329-bed Muskogee Regional Medical Center.
After 17 years in Oklahoma, Clay joined Tenet Healthcare System’s Park Plaza Hospital and Plaza Specialty Hospital. There, he served a three-year stint as a compliance officer before moving to North Carolina to accept the COO position at Central Carolina Hospital.
• Merrifield Patrick Vermillion, LLC has been hired to lease space at the Rock Hill Galleria.
The announcement comes amid the major expansion of the Belk department store at the Galleria, which is adding additional square footage to its current retail space. J.C. Penney is also undergoing interior renovations to add designers such as Joe Fresh to the department store’s inventory.
“We really feel we can make some positive changes in the overall atmosphere of the mall,” said Keely Simerville, retail leasing representative with Merrifield Patrick Vermillion. “We think that with renewed leasing efforts, the renovations at Belk and J.C. Penney, plus the addition of major retailers to the market such as Academy Sports, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club, we can attract quality tenants to the shopping mall that will take advantage of Rock Hill’s growing market.”
New leasing efforts will target national women’s retailers, children’s boutiques and a national or regional restaurant to be located at the front entrance of the mall.
• Grant Haun has been named the summer director at Camp Canaan for 2013. Haun is a communications and recreation management graduate of Appalachian State University. He has been involved in camp life since he was 12 years old as a camper, counselor and in other leadership roles. For the past two years he served as camp chaplain for YMCA Camp Harrison in Bommer, N.C. For information about Camp Canaan, call 803-327-6932 or go to www.campcanaan.org
• Tracy Thompson Vann has joined Nexsen Pruet’s Charlotte office and will serve clients as special counsel in the firm’s construction law group. Vann, whose experience spans an array of construction and design matters in the Carolinas, will focus on litigation.
Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Vann was with Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll in Rock Hill. She earned her undergraduate degree from Furman University and her law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge John C. Hayes of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.
• Thomas F. Drumwright, regional human resources manager for Meritor , was named an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina’s Industry Appreciation Week.
As an advocate for workforce development, Drumwright helped establish the manufacturing operations certificate program at the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center at the York school district. The program will be implemented at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. He also serves on the Western York County Human Resource Roundtable, a local business group dedicated to local labor issues and employment in York County.
• Preston Thompson has opened a cafe at 766 S. Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill. The cafe specializes in home cooking for breakfast and lunch. The cafe delivers with a three-mile radius of the shop. For information call 803-325-1186. The fax number is 803-327-7475.
• Garrett Johnson, associate attorney at Elrod Pope Law Firm and Walter Dusky, associate attorney at Morton & Gettys Law Firm, both located in Rock Hill, served as coaches for the Fort Mill High School tock trial team, which was runner-up at the 2013 State High School Mock Trial Competition. Twelve teams in all competed in the finals. Johnson and Dusky are former members of the Fort Mill High mock trial team before volunteering as coaches. Johnson is in his second year as coach while Dusky is now in his seventh year.
• Thee York County firms have been nominated for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee. In all, 59 South Carolina Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The nominees from York County were the Clover Police Department, The Robot Empire in Fort Mill, a screen printing operation, and Duke Energy.
• After nearly four months of construction and renovation, Rock Hill Gold, Silver and Coins recently held a grand opening. The business is located off Dave Lyle Boulevard in the Cross Point shopping center. Owners Ron Smith and Brian Vermillion have more than 15 years of combined professional experience, in the business.
“We view ourselves not just as coin and gold shop, but as an experience” Smith said. “Our mission is to provide not only the most competitive prices for the area, but also provide an education to everyone on collecting, buying and selling coins, gold, silver and currency. We noticed that there wasn’t anything in the area that offered the same service and with such a large group of collectors having to travel out of town to meet their collecting needs, we knew it would be a perfect fit for the Rock Hill area.”
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information call 803-366-7111
• Express Employment Professionals of Rock Hill is hosting the 2013 Refresh Leadership Simulcast, a nationwide educational event featuring speakers who have proven they don’t just understand the principles of leadership – they live them.
Featured speakers include founder of Alltop.com and author Guy Kawasaki, pro football Hall of Fame member and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday Terry Bradshaw, and workplace communication and performance expert Amanda Gore.
The Refresh Leadership Simulcast will be April 17 and at the Apex at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. and the simulcast begins at 9 a.m.
The Rock Hill Express Employment Professionals office, in Love’s Plaza at 2032 Cherry Road, is accepting applications. For information, call Janice Giroux or visit Rock Hill.ExpressPros.com.
TUESDAY – Junior Achievement of the Catawba Region will host its 2nd annual Junior Achievement Clays for Kids event at the Rocky Creek Sports Clays in Richburg. Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union and The Hutchison Group, registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the start of the event to follow at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement programs throughout Chester, Lancaster and York Counties. To register call the Junior Achievement Catawba Region office at 803-980-6363, or go to www.jacarolinas.org.
APRIL 8 – A workshop on documents needed in the event of death or incapacity will be 6:30 p.m. April 8, at the York County Library on Black Street in Rock Hill.
“Getting Old is Not for Sissies” will be conducted by Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne & Black. Payne is a founding member of the Carolinas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and a member of the elder law committee for the South Carolina Bar. Participants are asked to register in advance at familytrust.org/knowyourdough or by calling James Sheedy at 803-326-2187.