Despite her steadfast belief in W&L’s academic superiority, Kathy loved Clemson University, or more specifically, Clemson football. As a young girl, she hand-painted her first game-day dress with a tiger’s face. Her childhood bedroom was papered with national championship wallpaper. She would patiently, but excitedly wait for hours for her grandfather to pick her up at the end of her driveway, suitcase in hand, literally bouncing with anticipation at the thought of watching her beloved Tigers play. She would rule the tailgate (which she generally planned), grin as she berated any opposing fans within earshot (her husband, Brian, dealt with any fallout) and spend four hours inside the stadium expending twice the amount of energy of any player on the field. And regardless of score or opponent, she would never, ever leave a game early. Kathy LOVED Clemson.
Following college, Kathy pursued a career in corporate and investment banking with her signature zeal, ultimately enjoying a successful 23-year career spanning positions with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta and Orlando, First Citizens Bank in Charlotte, and her most recent role as Senior Vice President, Regional Commercial Banking at South State Bank in Charlotte. Banking perfectly suited two of Kathy’s greatest strengths: An exceptional mind for numbers and a disposition that genuinely delighted in connecting with others. Regardless of gender, race, or religion, she never met a client or potential client with whom she couldn’t relate, nor did she encounter an accountant or CFO with whom she couldn’t go toe-to-toe on the bottom line. Kathy proved to be the rare case in which a person’s personality was perfectly suited for their chosen career.