Banking

Donald "Donnie" E. Pickett has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of SCBT Financial Corp. He succeeds John Pollok, who was named chief operating officer for the bank owner. Pickett has more than 25 years of finance experience. He worked for Price Water- house for 12 years before joining Wachovia in 1995. Most recently, he managed the internal audit group for Wells Fargo's wealth, brokerage and retirement businesses. He has degrees in business management and accounting from North Carolina State University and is a certified public accountant.

Richard Pierce has been promoted to vice president at Community FirstBank. He will continue as branch manager of the bank's downtown Charleston location. He has been with Community FirstBank since 1997, when he joined the bank as a teller. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the College of Charleston.

Maggi Murray Bryant has been promoted to assistant vice president at BB&T. She joined the bank in 2005 and is a certified mortgage loan officer. She is based in the Summerville office. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the College of Charleston.

Finance

David Heilman has been promoted to vice president of business development at Charleston-based Franklin Funding. He previously was director of business development at the firm, which specializes in senior home equity products. He has been with Franklin Funding since 2007.

Law

Andrea St. Amand has been elected a partner at the Columbia-based law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Previously, she was an associate. She is based in the firm's Charleston office. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the College of Charleston and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Michael Larsen has been elected a partner at the Raleigh-based law firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. He is a member of the public finance group in the firm's Charleston office. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Metals

Patrick Flood has been named president of Palmetto State Steel Co., a Mount Pleasant-based division of Strand Metals Service Inc. of Myrtle Beach. He had been general manager of Palmetto State Steel since 2004. His promotion was effective Jan. 1.

Nonprofit

Jennifer Lennon has been named vice president of development and education for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation effective Jan. 1. She has more than 18 years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising. She has a bachelor's degree in art history from Manhattanville College. The foundation supports the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which is based on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.

David Sloan has joined the National Kidney Foundation as the director of development and marketing for the Carolinas. He has a bachelor's degree from Presbyterian College. Previously, he was with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Real estate

Chris Goodson has joined Carolina One as a broker associate. Previously, she was broker-in-charge of Pluff Mud Realty of Charleston. She also is a certified appraiser with Goodson Appraisal Services Inc.

Veterinary

Dr. Kenneth Kwochka has joined the Southeast Veterinary Dermatology and Ear Clinic in Mount Pleasant. He has a degree in veterinary medicine is from the University of Missouri and completed a residency in dermatology at the University of Florida. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience and was previously the head of veterinary dermatology and allergy at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He also is secretary of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology.