Bill Carstarphen – President and CEO
As the president and CEO of Pharr, Bill has led a dynamic executive team on a variety of strategic initiatives. These initiatives include a successful transition from Pharr’s legacy yarn sales business into a vertically integrated flooring company and building a highly specialized yarn sales business supporting the protective apparel industry. These initiatives were accomplished through multiple acquisitions and more than $100 million of investment, which ultimately culminated into a sale of Pharr’s textile businesses in early 2020. Since the sale, Bill has been leading an effort to reposition the company to maintain its viability for future generations.
Bill became President in 2005 and has spent his entire 35-year career at Pharr. He has served in numerous roles including manufacturing, product management and real estate development. Throughout his career, Bill has developed an extensive network of partners involved in the company’s real estate projects, which include hospitality, commercial and residential development.
Bill graduated from Wofford College and has a keen interest in supporting the community, protecting the environment and historic preservation. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. He and his family reside in the historic town of McAdenville, where they remain dedicated to helping preserve the town’s rich history.
Fred Erickson – Chief Financial Officer, CPA
Fred has spent 15 years as Pharr’s CFO. Prior to that, he worked 13 years as CFO of a public company investing in manufacturers, sports and media companies, and 12 years in a Big Eight public accounting firm serving public and private companies in multiple industries. Fred has been directly involved in more than 20 M&A transactions ranging from $3 million to more than $100 million. Additionally, he has sourced, negotiated, executed and managed numerous corporate credit and equipment financing facilities, including multilender and multitranche relationships, some exceeding $100 million. Fred is very experienced in managing finance, accounting, tax, IT, legal, treasury and employee benefits functions, and he is actively involved in operations management from a planning, oversight and strategic perspective. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Fred lives in Landrum, South Carolina, and enjoys homestead farming, hiking and family gatherings.
Christy H. Gliddon – EVP of Human Resources, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Christy is responsible for leading Pharr’s overall human resources strategy and operations, leadership development, organizational alignment, talent management, benefit design and implementation, employee relations, and safety and health. She previously held human resources leadership positions in multiple industries across private, public, PE-backed and family-owned businesses. Since joining Pharr, Christy’s vision-to-action approach has facilitated efforts that have resulted in more streamlined processes, more effective cross-functional collaboration and improved engagement at all levels of the organization. Christy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys tennis, hiking and travel.
George Altice – Director of Engineering
George has worked with Pharr for his entire career and is responsible for management and maintenance of the company’s leased industrial facilities and tenant relations, in addition to Pharr’s office, residential and commercial buildings. George has diverse experience with managing industrial waste treatment operations; mechanical systems such as HVAC, air handling and boilers; industrial electrical systems; and water and sewer installations, including managing relationships with service providers as well as various contractors, utilities providers and municipalities. He is a certified North Carolina code enforcement official, fire prevention level III. George has degrees in emergency preparedness and fire protection technology and serves as an adjunct instructor at Gaston College. He lives in Belmont, North Carolina, where he has served as fire chief for several years.
Greg Peeler – Vice President of Tax, CPA
Greg is responsible for federal and multistate tax compliance and tax planning for Pharr’s corporate entities, which include C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and foundations, as well as individual tax compliance and tax planning for individual family shareholders. Greg specializes in complex tax matters, such as 1031 exchanges, R&D credits, opportunity zone investments, shareholder basis and IRS audits. In addition, he manages the company’s various corporate risk insurance programs, legacy retiree benefits and defined contribution plans, working directly with providers and plan participants. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and attending college basketball games.
Bill Pittman – Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting, CPA
Bill has worked six years with Pharr. Prior to that, he spent eight years with Big Four professional services firm PwC, serving audit clients in multiple industries. Bill manages all financial reporting and accounting functions and has managed and executed Pharr’s Human Capital Management System software conversion and Pharr’s migration to Microsoft Dynamics Business Central enterprise systems. He is also actively involved in Pharr’s real estate development and management functions. Bill graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and enjoys playing the drums and beach trips with his family.