We are please to welcome the new President and CEO of Exempt Inc., her name is Erika Kirkland. She will be leading the company with her innovative ideas and creative solutions. She will be preparing the corporation within the next few years to issue its first Initial Public Offering (IPO). She has positioned the company at present to raise capital in the private markets. With her extensive background in commercial real estate development and international finance we believe the company is poised to be a leading force in the industry.
Title at North Carolina A&T: Ronald is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and teaches in the Department of Accounting and Finance at NCAT. Ronald serves on committees, is the academic advisor for Freshman accounting students, and serves as faculty advisor for one of the Department’s student organizations. As advisor, he is actively involved with business and accounting professionals. Ronald is a CPA in the State of North Carolina
Previous: Ronald Campbell has 25 years of teaching experience at NCAT. While at NCAT, Ronald has interned at Cargill, Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, and Illinova University (Fellow). These internships required that he present resolutions and/or recommendations to address issues that were currently on the companies’ agenda. Prior to NCAT, Ronald was on faculty at the University of Georgia and Oakwood College. While at Oakwood College, he interned with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Procurement Specialist where he conducted preliminary investigation to determine feasibility of additional computerization for the Procurement Division.
Education: Ronald earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Prior to Texas A&M, Ronald earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Ronald’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting from Oakwood University (then College) in Huntsville, Alabama.
Oscar Williamson is the President/Owner of Gallery Commercial Properties, Inc. and holds real estate license in North and South Carolina. Prior to starting his own real company, he was Vice-President of Site Selection and Acquisitions at Coldwell Banker Commercial-Sun Coast Properties for 11 years in Wilmington, North Carolina. He also holds the certification as an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) through the National Association of Realtors.
His other experiences include over 37 years in the technology and communication industries managing National and Regional Accounts for BellSouth, AT&T, US Robotics, Bay Networks and 3Com. Also, during this time, he was Director of Operations for a medical startup company, Director/ Vice-president of Sales and Engineering for two Internet companies. He is also a veteran having served 4 years in the US Army and US Army Reserve attending the rank of Specialist 5.
He has been married to his wife Sandra for 47 years and currently resides in Elon, NC.
Oscar O. Williamson, Jr., Realtor®, ALC
I grew up in Greensboro, NC attended Grimsley High School. I left high school midterm my senior and enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years. At the end of my enlistment in the Army and separation I had attained the rake of Specialist 5th Class and was the Senior Personal Specialist for the permanent party personal at the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. After my discharge I re-entered high school and graduated from Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, NC and spent one year in the Army Reserves.
As a personal aside in September 1968 I married Sandra Williams and we will soon celebrate our fiftieth anniversary. I asked for our first date in graduation line.
I joined AT&T Long Lines in June 1968 as a Teletype Test Deskman and that began my thirty-year career with AT&T, Southern Bell and Bell South. In 1981 I was one of four individuals selected to pilot a program as a National Accounts Service Manager for major/national accounts headquartered in North Carolina. My accounts were Piedmont Airlines, Carolina Freight, Pilot Freight, Thurston Motor Lines and Akzona Incorporated. These accounts individually billed in excess of ten million dollars annually for AT&T equipment and services. During the pre-divestiture period in 1983 I was selected to help write the service strategy for the de-regulated AT&T Company. At divestiture in 1984 I was chosen to help open the first AT&T office in Tampa, Florida which was GTE’s Southeastern Headquarters.
In 1986 I returned to BellSouth Advanced Networks in North Carolina to start a data networking/services sales initiative. In 1988 I moved to a headquarters staff position supporting the Eastern North Carolina sales teams with designing, selling and implementing data networks and business continuity plans (disaster recover/backup).
Tracey L. Cain
Current Place of Work: Ruwack Irrevocable Trust
Title at Exempt Inc : Trustee and Secretary
What do you do at Ruwack Irrevocable Trust:
At Exempt Inc. Tracey as corporate secretary is responsible for the compliance of corporate management, assets protection and strategic planning for the board. She also assists in recommending and approving processes and policies and selecting board members. In addition to, researching and developing philanthropic programs.
Previous: Tracey was an awarded educator for over 20 years instructing at public and private schools and colleges in Brooklyn, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina. Tracey’s leadership ability includes the pioneering and the development of instruction in streaming online classes at an academy for international recipients. Tracey’s organizational abilities has included leading school events and meetings for staff and parents with organizations and companies.
Education: Tracey has a Masters of TESOL and Bachelor of Arts in English from State University of New York at Albany.
Roger A. James Construction Management
Name: Roger A. James
Current Employment: Con-Mech Contractors, Inc.
Title at Con-Mech Contractors, Inc.: Roger is President and CEO. Roger oversees day to day corporate operations, as well as, construction management.
Previous: Roger has over 42 years of construction, mechanical, and industrial maintenance experience. He has been in construction management for 27 years. Roger started his career working with his father as a brick layer and the father and son worked in their business for 15 years. He has worked for Carolina Power and Light, Triangle Grading and Paving, and Burlington Mechanical Contractors. Roger’s experience includes working on: power plants, construction and maintenance, road construction, commercial institutional and educational construction. Current clients include: University of NC system, Chapel Hill/Carrboro School System, Alamance/Burlington School System and various county systems.
Education: Roger’s education includes studying Psychology and Business at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, as well as, extensive on the job training. He completed the Defense Contractor Academy in 2014 and regularly participates in continuing education and specialized services training and accreditation. Roger maintains professional certifications in: MSHA, CMAA, and unlimited general contractor’s license.
Design and Architecture
Duane F. Christopher, PLA ASLA
I grew up in the Finger Lakes area of New York. Graduated from Lansing High and Cornell University and moved to Venice Florida. After working for two years in Florida for the oldest family firm Reasoner’s, I moved to Rock Hill, March of 1979.
I am a licensed registered Landscape Architect and a Residential Building Designer and have been in private practice since 1981. The great percentage of my professional time is devoted to the fields of residential architecture, commercial planning, landscape architecture with all the other environmental affiliations that go with designing on the land. I have served in many different commissions locally and have served the York Soil & Water District from 1982 and a full commissioner since 1992 to 2012.
On a personal side not related to design, I was an extra in the locally shot movie the “Patriot” in 1999. I participate in the Nutcracker Ballet with York County Ballet and have been involved with other productions with our church at St. John’s. I am a Member of St. John’s Methodist Church in Rock Hill and married to my wife Karen and we have a daughter Michelle and son-in-law John Taylor.
In addition to his practice he works with his brother Dale on the Matt Christopher legacy as President of Matt Christopher Royalties, Inc.
In 2017 I was in the political arena and ran for Mayor of the City of Rock Hill.
The balance of my business time is divided between other volunteer positions as listed below.
Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1977
Attend continuing education of a minimum of 15 hours per year through various continuing educational venues for ASLA, AIA, and USGBC credits.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS IN THE COMMUNITY AND DESIGN PROFESSION
A participant at the University of Massachusetts first symposium on Computers in Landscape Architecture, 1984
A member of the South Carolina State Board of Landscape Architects, 1989-1993, Chairman, 1992, 1993.
A South Carolina delegate to Washington for the legislative fly-in, 1993, 1994
Associate Conservation Commissioner of York County, SC, 1982-1992
Elected Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner of York County SC, 1992-to Present, Chairman, 1995-1999 Appointed Commissioner 2000 - 2008
South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts legislative committee, 1995-2005
South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts awards committee, 2004-2012
South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts, smart growth committee, 2000
York County Committee to formulate Storm-water Management and Soil Erosion ordnances for the county, 1988, 1989
City of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Tree Commissioner, a founding Commissioner, 1988-1993, Chairman, 1992, 1993
City of Rock Hill Empowering the Vision committee Member, Garden City sub-committee, 1987-1988, Designed Master Plan for Greenways. Made major contribution to remove mall covering Main Street and return to a motor vehicle street.
City of Rock Hill, sub-committee, Commission on future development and facilities for PRT, 1995-present
Catawba Regional Waste Water Treatment environmental sub-committee Member, 1995-2000.
Member and Chairman of Committee for York County for the purpose to preserve land to create a county commission to develop easements and purchase of development rights. 1997
Member of York County Forever Commission, a land preservation commission for York County formed from the above Committee, 1998-2005, Chairman, 1998-1999
Member of the Catawba River Study Commission, Implementation Task Force 1999-2003
City of Rock Hill Trails and Greenways Task Force Charter Member, Chairman, 2000-2003, Chairman of advisory committee to PRT, 2003 - 2008
City of Rock Hill Manchester Meadows Task Force Charter Member, A City of Rock Hill Soccer Sport Complex and Park, 2001
York Conservation District Special Recognition Award, for Diligence and Dedication for Waste Water Treatment Project, received October 23, 2001
City of Rock Hill Planning commissioner, Vice Chairman, 2009 to present.
LEED Green Associate 2010- to present.
From loved local artists and rhythmic world music to full-scale operas, ballets, and star-studded theatrical productions from Broadway and beyond, our live entertainment performing venues will delight you from curtain rise to final encore.
We plan to develop projects as an artist creates a masterpiece. This skyline is an example of a canvas with some of the most inspiring art collections you’ll find anywhere. Our development community's will represent renowned developers from around the world in just about every genre imaginable. Most of our creative teams even welcome you scheduling some one-on-one time with them for an intimate look into their creative process.