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James M. Stelling
Mr. Stelling is the Chairman of Harbor Bank Group and is chief executive officer of The GEL Group, Inc. He serves on several boards, including Porter Gaud School’s Board of Trustees. He was formerly on the board of Charleston Rotary Club, Trident Chamber of Commerce, the Vestry of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Roper Hospital’s Board of Directors, and other nonprofit organizations and civic groups. Mr. Stelling is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
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Thomas F. Hartnett
Mr. Hartnett is the chairman of Harbor National Bank. He is the president of Hartnett Realty Co., which he established in 1962. Mr. Hartnett is a former U.S. Congressman from the First District of South Carolina, South Carolina State Senator and Member of the State House of Representatives. He is also a former member of the board of directors for the South Carolina State Ports Authority and SouthTrust Bank, Charleston, SC.
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Lester A. Butler
Director Emeritus
Prior to Mr. Butler's retirement in 2002, he was the State Chief Executive Officer for SouthTrust in South Carolina and had previously been chairman of the board. Mr. Butler brings 39 years of experience in banking and has been involved in the creation of three other new banks located in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, SC.
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Charles F. Rivers
President and CEO
Charlie Rivers was formerly Charleston market chief executive officer for SouthTrust Bank. Charlie is a native of Charleston and has over 25 years of banking experience in the Charleston market and is an active member of the Charleston Community. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
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Robert D. Fairey
Mr. Fairey is President and Founder of Trident Construction Company, Inc., which was incorporated in 1981. Trident is one of the largest general contractors in Charleston, and it performs a wide range of commercial and industrial construction. Mr. Fairey was formerly director of Porter-Gaud School and Charleston Interstate Development Corporation. Mr. Fairey currently serves on The Clemson Advancement Foundation Board, The Trident CEO Council, and a trustee at John Wesley United Methodist Church.
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Andrew K. Epting, Jr.
Mr. Epting is an attorney in private practice with Andrew K. Epting, Jr. LLC, specializing in commercial litigation and coverage litigation. He has been with the firm since 1977. Mr. Epting graduated from Wake Forest University (B.A.), University of South Carolina, International Relations (M.A.) and University of South Carolina Law School (J.D.).
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Cynthia Jordan Lowery
Ms. Lowery is a member of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC specializing in bankruptcy and experienced in all areas of collections, foreclosures and execution of judgments. She is a member of the South Carolina State Bar, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar. Ms. Lowery is a native of Charleston and graduate of the College of Charleston and the Wake Forest Law School.
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John G. Boatwright, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Boatwright is an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery and comprehensive medical and surgical eye care. He has been in private practice in Charleston since 1990. Dr. Boatwright is a founding member of Carolina Eyecare Physicians, LLC. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University (B.S.), the University of Virginia School of Medicine (M.D.), and he completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
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James J. Kerr
Mr. Kerr is chairman and chief executive officer of AMCS, a Charleston headquartered real estate investment and property management company. He has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1965. Mr. Kerr currently serves on several non-profit boards including Star Gospel Mission and the Lady of Mercy Outreach. He is a graduate of the Citadel.
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William C. Walters, III
Mr. Walters has been a harbor pilot with the Charleston Branch Pilots' Association since 1991. He is a partner and director of Charleston Navigation Company. Prior to becoming a pilot, he was a former assistant vice president of C&S National Bank in Charleston. Mr. Walters graduated from The Citadel in 1983 with a BS degree in Business Administration. Mr. Walters currently serves on the boards of Lowcountry Land Trust, Historic Charleston Foundation, and the College of Charleston Stewart Walker Endowment Fund.
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C. Allen Gibson, Jr
Mr. Gibson is a Principal in Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP and has lived and worked in Charleston for nearly 30 years. He has held board positions with Trident Technical College Foundation and the Charles Webb Easter Seal Center. He was honored as an Echols Scholar while receiving his BA degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and earned his JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.


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