The president of the University of South Carolina likely will be adding the title of full-fledged bank director to his curriculum vitae.
Harris Pastides is a new nominee to the board of Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus Financial Corp., which has owned the National Bank of South Carolina, or NBSC, since 1994.
Pastides, 60, would be classified as an independent director at Synovus if shareholders give him the nod later this month.
He previously has served on the statewide NBSC advisory board.
"If elected, his experience in management and complex organizations and his background in research, innovation and education will provide our board with leadership and consensus-building skills on a variety of matters, including corporate governance and risk management," Synovus said in its 2014 proxy statement.
Shareholders will vote to elect or re-elect board members at their April 24 annual meeting in Columbus.
Previously, Charleston real estate developer Frank Brumley, chairman and CEO of The Daniel Island Co., was a Synovus director from 2004 until last year. He had to step down because he had reached the board's mandatory retirement age of 72.
Synovus has $26 billion in assets, 28 locally branded divisions, 277 bank branches and 363 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
A Charleston-based radio station owner is extending its reach down the South Carolina coast.
Apex Broadcasting Inc. has agreed to buy WLHH-104.9 FM in the Hilton Head Island area in a deal valued at $682,500, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission.
The seller is Low Country Radio LLC.
Apex also is acquiring the rights to sell airtime on and otherwise operate the Ridgeland FM signal under a separate agreement. The financial terms of that deal with Low Country Radio weren't disclosed.
WLHH is an oldies-format station nicknamed "The Surf."
The CEO of Hilton Head-based Low Country Radio is former Charleston radio personality C.J. Jones. He was part of the "CJ & Buzz" morning show in the 1970s and 1980s on WTMA-1250 and on WCSC-1390.
Apex Broadcasting is headquartered on Clements Ferry Road and is owned by Dean Pearce. It operates five local FM stations: Kickin' 92.5; Mix 95.9; 99.3 The Box; Star 99.7; and 101.7 Chuck FM.
Apex also has several stations in the Florida Panhandle serving the Destin and Fort Walton Beach markets.
Two local couples are pooling their expertise in hospitality to create the Cannon Green, an upscale bistro and event space in a former warehouse at 103 Spring St. on the peninsula.
The future venue is the brainchild of Anne Bowen Dabney, owner of the floral design shop Stems, her husband, David Dabney, a technology professional; and hotelier Dean Andrews, owner of Zero George boutique hotel, and his wife, Lynn Easton Andrews, who owns event-planning company Easton Events.
The 6,000-square-foot space, which formerly housed Eye Level Art, is targeting weddings and corporate events. It will have a 600-guest capacity, according to Andrews. When it's completed this summer, Cannon Green will include a courtyard designed by landscape architect Sheila Wertimer and a 70-seat cafe managed by executive chef Amalia Scatena of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va.
Easton, who will likely use the space for many of the events she plans from her office in Zero George, said Cannon Green will fill a need for indoor venues downtown.
"I think there is a demand for great interesting venues that are not exposed to the elements," Easton said. "A lot of venues here tend to be outside, and there has to be cooling or heating, lighting, tents. The beauty of this is it's not a hotel but it's indoors. ... You don't have to rent any tables or hire a caterer. It's going to be a very streamlined experience."
No calls - or walk-ins
Verizon Wireless is adding an orderly twist to its employment fair this week to fill some immediate customer-sevice openings at its North Charleston call center.
Rather than have a horde of job candidates show up at once, the company is requiring applicants to register online for time-specific invitations.
"It's just an organized way to have folks come in and interview them in a timely manner," Verizon Wireless spokesman Matt Lochel said.
The job fair is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Interested job seekers are asked to go the "Search Careers" tab at Verizon.com/jobs and apply for job number 348353. A two-year college degree is preferred, the company said.
The local call center is on Mall Drive next to North Charleston City Hall.
In the doghouse
Carolina One Real Estate has partnered with the Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball team to be the exclusive sponsor of mascot Charlie T. RiverDog's dog house for all 69 home games during this season. As part of the sponsorship, the region's biggest real estate agency will give away a 50-inch flat-screen TV every time the runs scored at home by the RiverDogs add up to 50. The company will also be handing out copies of its 50th anniversary commemorative poster by local artist Tate Nation.
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