Career History

Chairman and CEO, Carolina First Bank


B.S. and M.B.A., the University of South Carolina

Community Involvement

Member, University of South Carolina Board of Trustees (previous chair), President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts; Boards – Palmetto Business Forum, The Palmetto Institute, and the South Carolina Arts Foundation; Previous chair, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Urban League; Recipient, Free Enterprise Award for Business Ethics and Civic Responsibility and the Leadership Greenville Distinguished Alumni Award


Yelberton (Yebbie) R. Watkins