Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tri-County’s Foundation Board Welcomes Five New Members


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Five community leaders have been elected to serve on Tri-County Technical College's Foundation Board of Directors.

Joining the Board's current members are Jim Alexander and Marcia Thrift Hydrick, both representing Oconee County Ann Herbert, of Anderson County, and Michael Fee and Craig Homan, of Pickens County.

Jim Alexander Members of the Foundation Board raise money to supplement appropriations thereby helping the College to meet the educational needs of the citizens of the tri-county area.

As Director of Economic Development for Oconee County, Mr. Alexander works with the strategic economic planning process for the county and works to retain existing industries and to recruit new businesses to the county. He was instrumental in establishing Oconee County's first industrial park and the county's first industrial spec building. He is currently working on the development of the 400-acrer Golden Corner Commerce Park near I-85.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned an MBA in production management from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Martha, an adjunct faculty at the College, live in Seneca.

Craig Homan Mr. Homan is founder, president and CEO of CH Industries, Inc, which he started in 2003 with the purpose of acquiring manufacturing companies. He has acquired two manufacturing companies, Easley Custom Plastics and Greenwood Metal Products. He serves on the Community Bank Board for Palmetto Bank and is an active member of the local Christ@Work Group that he helped to organize in 2007. He is a graduate of Ferris State University in Michigan. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Salem.

Marcia Thrift HydrickMrs. Thrift Hydrick is President of Thrift Brothers Inc., a construction business founded in 1959 by her father, Tom, and her uncle, Sam Thrift, a former Foundation board member. She also is individually licensed by the State of South Carolina as a general contractor.

She serves on the board of directors for Seneca National Bank and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where she serves on the Building and Personnel committees. Through Thrift Brothers, she is a member of the AGC, Oconee Alliance, and the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, an effort co-founded by the company.

She received a degree in business administration from Lander University. She lives in Seneca with her husband, Tim.

Ann Herbert Mrs. Herbert is a leader in community service in Anderson. Her board memberships include the AnMed Board of Trustees, AnMed Development Advisory Board, Bank of Anderson, the Anne T. Gambrell Foundation, and the Anderson YMCA Development. She is a mentor for the Anderson County United Way's Leadership Next program.

Mrs. Herbert is a graduate of Columbia College, where she received a degree in library science. She and her husband, Jim, live in Anderson.

Michael Fee Mr. Fee is Vice President and owner of The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company in Liberty. The company, which is a leading manufacturer in fire protection equipment, has 20 locations in North America, including the corporate manufacturing facility in Liberty. He is part of the third-generation of leadership in this family-owned business, founded in 1918.

He is an active supporter of community service efforts, including the American Cancer Society, the Miracle Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Shriners Burns Institute, and the United Way. He also is a member of the Adaptive Sports Foundation where he is a ski instructor for the organization's race team, as well as its summer water ski events for wounded warriors. He is a graduate of Boston College and holds an MBA in finance from New York's Hofstra University. He lives in Seneca with his wife, Melanie, and their six children.

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