ZPI appoints new chief operation officer

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ziff Properties (“ZPI”) announced the appointment of Christian Chamblee to chief operating officer.  Chamblee, who will also maintain his current role in the company as director of acquisitions, began his career at ZPI in 2002 and departed temporarily in 2005. Between 2005 and 2011 Chamblee completed his Master of Science degree from the College of Charleston and served as vice president of acquisitions at both the Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. 

In March of 2011 Chamblee rejoined ZPI as director of acquisitions since which time Chamblee has sourced and/or managed the acquisition of 12 commercial properties, in five states, totaling  close to 800,000 square feet with an acquisition cost of approximately $43,500,000. Chamblee has also been heavily involved in mainstream branding and marketing efforts for ZPI, focused on preparing ZPI for coming phases of the commercial real estate cycle. He has been a resident of the Charleston area since 1998 and currently resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Elizabeth, and two young children.

For more information, please visit www.zpi.net or email info@zpi.net

Dolphin Architects & Builders

Dolphin Architects & Builders welcomed back Scott Lechtrecker to their team of architects, home and interior designers, project managers and service experts as president and principal designer.

Lechtrecker’s passion for home design began with a construction job during college, literally learning everything from the ground up – from framing to final finishes.

A University of North Carolina Charlotte graduate, Lechtrecker began his career with a Jupiter Island, Fla., luxury homebuilder, working on multi-million dollar, oceanfront and intracoastal home projects.

From Florida, he moved to a Charlotte-based home design firm, developing custom homes from $400K - $2M in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area.

Lechtrecker later joined Dolphin Architects & Builders as director of architecture, designing and managing the construction of more than 80 new homes and renovations on Kiawah Island and the Charleston area.

In 2006, he relocated to Wilmington, N.C. and opened his own custom home design firm, Ocean3Design Studio, and has designed award-winning homes and renovations from Florida to Nova Scotia. Recently, he and Dolphin Architects & Builders found an opportunity to work together again. In 2013, Scott rejoined the Dolphin team as President and Principal Designer.

FrontDoor Communities

FrontDoor Communities announced that it has expanded its Charleston office with the addition of Garrett Barnola as construction manager. Barnola is an industry veteran who brings extensive experience in construction and real estate to his new role.

As construction manager, Barnola will oversee development, construction and homebuilding in the South Carolina markets. He brings more than 14 years of experience to FrontDoor. Previously, Barnola worked as project manager at John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods where he oversaw construction of single-family homes and neighborhood landscaping projects in Mount Pleasant. Also in this role, Barnola acted as a liaison between sales and architecture teams. Prior to this position, Barnola worked for the company as a signature builder for three years. Barnola holds a bachelor’s degree in language and international trade from Clemson University.


The Charleston Chapter of the Building Owner and Managers Association International (BOMA) announces the election of Bobby Carrier as the 2013 chapter president. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. Carrier is the current director of property management and construction for CBRE/Carmody here in Charleston. The BOMA Chapter Charleston meets the second Wednesday each month with other events/activities announced as they are scheduled. Contact BOMA Chapter Charleston at BOMACharleston@gmail.com and follow them on Facebook at Boma Charleston.

High Cotton

From saving the oceans, to wine tasting with Keith McNally, to opening restaurants, to making wine, to wine pairings with Jean-Georges cuisine, to finding a new home at High Cotton, Justin Coleman has just about done it all. Inclu

Coleman, a native New Yorker, graduated from University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental economics and got a job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At the same time he worked in a small French restaurant and soon realized his true passion lay in the culinary arts and saving guests from bad wines. He acquired the tools he needed at the French Culinary Institute.

Coleman continued his culinary and beverage career with an internship at Balthazar restaurant in New York City. He was promoted to assistant wine director and built his resume by developing the wine cellar, opening new restaurants and training staff.

After four years with the Balthazar family, he moved on to explore new opportunities within the restaurant industry including opening new restaurants and making wines with a Brooklyn winery. Most recently, Coleman was the head sommelier at the famed The Mark restaurant by Jean-Georges.

After starting a family, Coleman and his wife were looking for that perfect balance- being able to work in the hospitality industry and have a growing family. Located at 199 East Bay Street in historic downtown Charleston, High Cotton is a property of Maverick Southern Kitchens, owners of Slightly North of Broad (Charleston); High Cotton (Charleston and Greenville); the Old Village Post House (Mount Pleasant); and Charleston Cooks! (Charleston, Greenville and Columbia). For more information visit www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

TBonz Restaurant

For nearly three decades, the TBonz Restaurant Group (TRG) has been serving diners at their collection of unique restaurant concepts throughout the tri-state area of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. On May 21, TRG changed their company name to Homegrown Hospitality Group to better define what the group has become.

With 10 distinctive concepts that include more than 20 restaurants and one Bed and Breakfast, founders Jerry Scheer and Mark Cumins feel that while the TBonz name represents their roots, the company has grown into something much more diverse. Covering traditional styles such as steakhouses, breweries, oyster bars and dessert cafes as well as innovative themes like Brazilian churrascarias, Italian buffets and a contemporary speak-easy, it was difficult to decide on a name that they felt captured the culture of the group. When Homegrown Hospitality was suggested, they immediately knew they had found that name.

Homegrown is an important theme to Scheer and Cumins. They are personally connected to each establishment and they value their manager’s ability to form the personality of the restaurant to suit their local customers. These are not chain restaurants, they are each unique to the neighborhood they serve. The word Hospitality not only represents the industry, it represents the courteous nature that has been the driving force behind the success of the company. While the restaurant group will have a new name, the TBonz Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, will remain the same. For more information about the Homegrown Hospitality Group or any of their properties, visit www.hghosp.com or email Emmy Scott at marketing@tbonz.com.

American College of Radiology

William Feil Conway, M.D., PhD, has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference. Conway is a professor of radiology and director of musculoskeletal and outpatient radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a member of the Society of Skeletal Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the International Skeletal Society. He also served as president of the Society of Skeletal Radiology. Conway received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist is recognition as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching or research. Approximately 10 percent of ACR members achieve this distinction.

The ACR is a national nonprofit association serving more than 34,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of radiology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops has opened a second Mount Pleasant location at 1492 North Highway 17. The store is located across from the Wando Crossing Shopping Center.

Mount Pleasant-area residents can count on the newest Jimmy John’s store to be open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jimmy John’s is all about the freshest ingredients and fastest service with sandwiches made with fresh-baked bread, freshly-cut, all-natural meats and vegetables that are sliced daily at each restaurant. The store delivers to the surrounding area, offers catering and accepts all major credit cards.

Tonya McGue owns the store and Melissa Evans and Chris Greene operate the store. This is their second Jimmy John’s location. For more information, visit www.jimmyjohns.com or contact the store at 843-971-6700.


Blackbaud, a leading global provider of software and services for nonprofits, announced the following key leadership promotions and new hires:

Chad Anderson has been hired as Blackbaud’s vice president and corporate controller. Based in the company’s Daniel Island headquarters, he is responsible for financial reporting, corporate and global accounting operations, tax, purchasing, and revenue assurance. He has more than 19 years’ experience as a financial leader, with his most recent position as chief financial officer for Brightpoint, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University.

Chris Clinton has been hired as vice president of global channels and partner ecosystems, based in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Leveraging his experience from previous technology-based roles he will lead a team focused on building Blackbaud’s partner program and delivering ongoing value to partners. Prior to joining Blackbaud, he was global vice president, multi-channel sales and marketing for SAP. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Brad May has been promoted to vice president of professional services. Based at the company’s Daniel Island headquarters, he will be responsible for Blackbaud’s mid-market professional services organization, which includes application and technical consulting, education services, interactive design and new services business development. He has more than 18 years’ experience working in customer service, most recently as director of customer renewals. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from University of South Carolina.

Esther Pomeleo-Fowler has been promoted to vice president, quality and assurance, project excellence. Based in the company’s Austin, Texas. office, she is leading a new quality assurance team focused on building, implementing and continually improving methods, processes and tools to enhance enterprise client project engagements. She has more than 15 years’ experience working in customer service, most recently as director of client care. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University and a computer science degree from Galveston College.

Mike Rabanal has been promoted to director of program management operations. Based in San Francisco, he will oversee all major programs and projects within service delivery operations. He has seven years’ experience working in project management with his most recent position as Blackbaud’s manager of project management operations. He has master’s degrees in social work and public health from UC Berkeley.

Matt Ronchetto has been promoted to director of infrastructure and support. Based at the company’s Daniel Island headquarters, he will oversee all infrastructure for corporate IT, which includes the network and systems engineering teams, IT operations and the desktop support team. He has more than eight years’ experience working in IT support with his most recent position as Blackbaud’s manager of application delivery. He has bachelor’s degrees in finance and management information systems from Florida State University.

Amy Spencer has been promoted to director of corporate marketing program services. Based at the company’s Daniel Island headquarters, her team collaborates with internal business units on strategy, development, execution of go-to-market, customer acquisition and client cultivation programs, and integrated demand generation marketing campaigns. Amy spent eight years with Live 5 News and Fox 24 in marketing and sales leadership roles, and most recently served as Blackbaud’s senior product/channel marketing manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Purdue University.

To learn more about career opportunities with Blackbaud, visit www.blackbaud.com/careers.


CENTURY 21 Properties Plus is pleased to welcome Kathy Emde to its Mount Pleasant Office. Emde has more than 20 years of experience in the field and most recently worked for her own private company, Primrose Properties.

Framing shop expands

A Simple Tree Custom Picture Framing has expanded its operations in Mount Pleasant. The new store is located at 875 Walt Miller St. It is a 1,000 square foot facility where they do all their framing and have a small showroom. The store is operated by Carol and Chris Williams, a mother and son team.

Top litigator

Chris Nickels, a member of Clawson and Staubes, was recently named as a Top 100 Litigator in South Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Clawson and Staubes is a law firm headquartered on Daniel Island which practices in a wide variety of areas including civil litigation, workers’ compensation, commercial law, bankruptcy, corporate law, tax, estate planning, real estate and alternative dispute resolution.

ASLA is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today. ASLA draws its affiliation from lawyers who combine exceptional legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Their exclusive membership comprises less than two percent of all licensed lawyers nationwide.

Nickels specializes in helping clients with business disputes, injury claims and insurance matters. He tries a number of cases each year, appearing in state and federal courts representing individuals, employers, self-insured’s and insurance carriers.

“Chris has been such an asset to our litigation department since he has been with us,” says Sam Clawson, managing member at Clawson & Staubes. In November 2011, Nickels was elected to Mount Pleasant Town Council. He chairs Mount Pleasant’s public services committee and serves on the annexation, human resource and the police, legal and judicial committees of council.

Nickels has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Northern Illinois University.

Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame

East Cooper Medical Center announced that Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant Rebecca Doolittle McFalls was inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s highest honor for employees, at a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., on April 16.

McFalls is affectionately known as the “super nanny” for families with children with autism. She manages a robust outpatient rehabilitation operation, which includes two pediatric clinics and an adult clinic. She consistently goes above and beyond for families dealing with autism and people come from all over the area to seek her help and expertise. The mother of an 8-year-old with Asperger’s and ADHD writes: “After multiple failed attempts at therapies across the spectrum, I thought our family was ‘stuck’ with minimal resources, little to no guidance and a very grey future for my son’s success. Becky made me realize that with therapy, training and a little support, my family, including my son, had a very bright future.”

After three months of occupational therapy sessions, the little boy’s tantrums went from several times a day to only a few times a week. His eating habits and communication skills improved and he has a more positive attitude. With McFalls’ help, his parents now have the tools to nurture their son along with his siblings. McFalls’ influence extends beyond the hospital. She volunteers in the community as an expert on autism spectrum disorders, participates in early prevention efforts at child care centers and leads the hospital’s participation in local walks benefiting autism research and awareness. McFalls’ ability to connect with her patients and their families providing innovative, progressive programs to help improve their condition while also educating the community to create greater understanding are the reasons she is a Tenet Hero.

McFalls was one of 11 employees inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations. Tenet Heroes are nominated by their hospital’s leadership team and selected based on their dedication to their patients, co-workers and communities. The Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional employees who demonstrate Tenet’s values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency.

Germain Dermatology

With beach season here, Germain Dermatology stresses the vital importance of sun protection. And to offer even more dermatology medical services to patients, Germain Dermatology has expanded their team of qualified health care professionals with the addition of Louisa Floyd, certified dermatology physician assistant. She is currently accepting new patients and has appointments available Monday through Friday and offers Saturdays and evening appointments.

Floyd, a Charleston native, attended Bishop England High School and graduated from Clemson University in 2007 with a BS in Psychology. She is a graduate of the MUSC Physician Assistant Program. She is an active member of the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA), the South Carolina Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SCSDPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).

To contact Louisa Floyd, Dermatology PA for an appointment regarding an annual skin check or any dermatological needs please call 843-881-4440 or visit www.germaindermatology.com/.

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