Welcome aboard, Mike.
A new chief executive officially reports for duty on Daniel Island for the first time today at one of the biggest and most important technology employers in South Carolina.
Blackbaud Inc. announced back in November that its board had picked Michael P. Gianoni as its fourth full-time CEO. He also becomes a director of the Charleston-based publicly traded company, which develops software and services for nonprofit organizations and has operations around the world.
Gianoni succeeds interim CEO Anthony Boor, who replaced Marc Chardon in September. Boor returns to his full-time post of chief financial officer.
Blackbaud has said the 52-year-old Gianoni "brings extensive experience critical to Blackbaud's growth, operational excellence and market leadership goals."
Previously, he was a group president at Wisconsin-based Fiserv Inc., which develops technology products and services for the financial industry.
"His significant experience and expertise in software solutions and product development make him the ideal candidate to lead Blackbaud during its next phase of growth," Andrew Leitch, company chairman, said in a statement.
According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gianoni's annual base salary is $600,000, and he's receiving a restricted common stock grant valued at $1.5 million, which he can drawn down over four years.
In addition, he gets an $870,000 bonus payment to offset his moving expenses and other transition costs. His LinkedIn profile says he was based in the New York City area before heading south.
Gianoni has an associate degree in electrical engineering from Waterbury State Technical College, a bachelor's degree from Charter Oak State College and a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Haven.
Never mind. One of the Piggly Wiggly supermarkets that Harris Teeter snapped up last year will be razed, not renovated as originally envisioned.
Contractors hired to work on the former Pig at Maybank Highway and Folly Road on James Island have asked permission from the city of Charleston to demolish the closed structure and build a brand new grocery store from the ground up.
Officials working with the site have said that the current building is in such poor condition, remodeling it would be too costly and time-consuming.
It's doubtful they'll land a plane on the beach, but members of the S.C. Aviation Association will hold their annual conference on the Isle Palms next month.
The event is scheduled Feb. 12-14 at the oceanfront Wild Dunes Resort.
The business agenda includes updates from officials with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the S.C. Aeronautics Commission.
About 80 percent of South Carolina's airports will be represented at the conference, which also features seminars for aviation industry professionals.
Attendees also can schedule 20-minute, one-on-one sessions with FAA representatives to chat and ask questions. Presumably, queries about flight delays, high fares and lost luggage will be off limits.
Mallory Factor, one of the newest members on the Charleston County Aviation Authority, now has another role. He was recently elected chairman of the S.C. Legislative Audit Council, where he has served since July 2011. Factor is president of an independent merchant bank and financial relations consultancy that bears his name.
Factor isn't the only Charleston area resident and airport board member pulling double duty on the nine-member council, which audits and reports on how state agencies are being run. Former congressman Tommy Hartnett also sits on it.
They're joined by three other public appointees: Jane Miller of Beaufort, Jake Moore of West Columbia and Philip Laughridge, the past chairman, of Columbia. The four lawmakers with seats are Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville, Sen. Tom Young of Aiken, Rep. Walt McLeod of Little Mountain, near Newberry, and Rep. Roland Smith of Warrenville.
On the pontoon
Adventure Harbor Tours has upgraded its fleet again.
The Mount Pleasant-based company has added the largest vessel yet to its collection - the 80-passenger pontoon known as The Charleston Explorer. Adventure Harbor acquired it when it bought out its competitor, Lowcountry Cruises, in November.
Operating from the marina at Patriots Point, Adventure Harbor has expanded four years in a row after starting with a six-passenger boat.
Real estate rerun?
Will this year's local housing market play out like 2013? This week, two research economists are pulling out the crystal ball and offer their take.
The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors is holding its market recap and update Tuesday at the Montague Terrace in North Charleston. The event brings back Stephen Slifer of Daniel Island-based NumberNomics and Joey Von Nessen of the USC Moore School of Business. See the "Coming Up" feature on 2D for more details.
Best in business
Nominations for the Small Business Administration's 2014 Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Exporter of the Year awards are due Friday.South Carolina's finalists for the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year award will be notified in March.
The winners of both awards will be announced in the spring.
The SBA's South Carolina office is also accepting nominations for another eight awards that cover a range of small business categories. These award applications, which are due Jan. 31, include categories for businesses with 15 or fewer employees, entrepreneurs under 30 years old, veteran entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses, as well as several business advocacy categories.
The awards are part of National Small Business Week. This year, all South Carolina award winners will be honored in Columbia on May 7. In addition, the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year award will represent the state at the SBA's National Small Business Week celebration in Washington, D.C., May 12-16.
For entry information, contact Anna Huntley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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