Private Leadership

The Knowledge Park is a collaborative effort led by the community’s private and public sector leadership. The following businesses, educational institutions, governments, and individuals have come together to build the Knowledge Park through the attraction and growth of jobs and businesses.

Williams and Fudge, Inc.

Williams & Fudge, Inc., was founded in 1986 by Gary Williams with the purpose of serving the higher education community.  Mr. Williams sought to create an agency that would emphasize personal service to each client.  His goal is to assist colleges and universities in achieving and maintaining low default rates for all campus-based federal and private loan programs.  Williams & Fudge’s professional approach to collections is designed to maximize the recovery of lost monies for the loan programs and institutional receivables.

Comporium Communications

Comporium Communications is a diversified communications company providing a quintuple play of five services — voice, video, data, wireless and security — at the retail level; as well as, providing security monitoring and directory publishing for its industry customers.  Comporium, which is headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., provides communications services in York and Lancaster Counties in the Upstate; as well as, in parts of six counties in the Midlands: Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, Orangeburg, Calhoun and Aiken. Comporium also is the incumbent local telephone exchange company and cable TV operator in Transylvania County, N.C. In addition, Comporium has a Competitive Local Exchange Company (CLEC) in the Charlotte metropolitan area and offers a comprehensive suite of business communications equipment and service options.  Comporium is a major investor in Immedion, an enterprise-class, dedicated data center services provider.  Further, to complement its own retail and wholesale Security business, Comporium has invested in iControl, which provides a wireless Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) Platform that can combine an alarm system, communications gateway and home automation platform into one device.


RevenFlo is an innovative and effective solution in internet marketing and web design and development.

Springs Creative

Springs Creative Products Group, LLC sells a variety of textile based products including “fabrics by the yard”  retail products, online sales, crafts, and specialty products.  Springs’ world class in-house design studio develops original textile artwork and also works with some of the most recognized, sought after licensed properties in the world.

The Start Group

The START Group is the name given to our family of companies:  Start iMarketing, Start Corporation, and Start Performance.  With 40+ years of experience in marketing and advertising, we’ve learned the importance of completing projects on target, on budget, and on time. We have a track record of predicting and providing accurate and measurable results by identifying prospects and then executing effective marketing, teleservices and training programs.

Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling

Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company was founded in 1906 and purchased by W. M. Mauldin in 1908.  The company is an independent Coca-Cola bottler still under the ownership and management of the Mauldin family.

Family Trust Federal Credit Union

The mission of Family Trust is to help people achieve financial success.  In order to fulfill this mission, we must be uniformly committed to a set of core values that define how we treat our employees, how we serve our members, and how we serve our community.

  • Excellence in everything
  • Highest reputation for ethics and integrity
  • Participation promotes ownership
  • Contented employees assure excellence in service
  • Helping others to succeed promotes universal success
  • Efficiency & productivity rewards everyone
  • Strategic planning is a model for management

Today, Family Trust represents over 39,000 members and has branches throughout York County.  Our proud history and philosophy of service positions us to be a worthy partner in your financial success.

Edward Boulware

James C. Hardin III, PLLC

With offices in Charlotte and Rock Hill, James C. Hardin III, PLLC is a boutique law firm providing exceptional legal representation for high net worth individuals in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business succession and charitable planning for clients throughout North and South Carolina.  Other primary areas of focus include asset protection planning and serving as an expert in trust and estate cases both at depositions and at trial.

Susie Hinton

Joe Lanford

Joe Lanford is the Founder and Principal of Urban Strategies LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, economic development and management for local governments and the private sector.  He has worked in economic development, urban design and local government management for over forty years. His roles have included fourteen years as City Manager in Rock Hill; two years as Regional Director of HUD’s Urban Development Action Grant Program, (a federal program providing gap financing for economic development projects in the southeastern states); and twenty years as President of Urban Strategies LLC, and Lanford and Associates Inc., General Contractors.

First Citizens Bank

With roots dating back to 1913, First Citizens Bank serves customers in South Carolina and Georgia through an extensive network of branches and ATMs. In addition to offering a wide range of banking services for individuals and businesses, First Citizens offers brokerage and investment services through First Citizens Securities Corporation. We also provide wealth management, trust and retirement services for our customers. With these capabilities, First Citizens can offer the products and services of a large institution while maintaining a focus on competent, personal, and urgent attention to customers’ needs. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., First Citizens is a subsidiary of First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., a bank holding company with more than $8 billion in assets.

Insignia Group LLC

The Insignia Accessories System is your complete accessories sales solution to increase dealership profits on every new and serviced vehicle.  Insignia simplifies the accessories sales process so you can fulfill orders quickly and easily, eliminating wasted time and minimizing confusion.  Every day, every deal.

From affordable pricing and accurate, high quality data to useful sales tools, services, training and support, Insignia is focused on ensuring that all customers derive the most out of their Insignia Accessories System.

Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation

Founded in 1983, the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization committed to representing the business, educational and community interests of Rock Hill while promoting jobs and supporting growth.
The purpose of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation is to further economic growth and development of business matters, including small business concerns within the City of Rock Hill.  The principal objective of the Corporation is to benefit the City economically by fostering increased employment opportunities and by expansion of business and industry, thereby lessening the burdens of government and combating community deterioration.