Local company exhibits at International Toy Fair

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rush3 Product Design Studio was one of the 1,100 exhibiting companies representing 150,000 products at the 111th American International Toy Fair, the largest toy and youth product trade show in the Western hemisphere. Rush3 debuted their newest product Chomp Stix®, a child friendly version of chop sticks, to the thousands of buyers from around the world who attended the show. Rush3 Product Design Studio is fascinated by function and inspired by simplicity. Their products, Kebo®, Kebo Light and Chomp Stix® are sold at hundreds of independent gift, gourmet kitchen and specialty toy stores.

Carolina One

Amanda Hurren Jones, Kristen Schatmeyer and Danielle Traverse have recently joined the Mount Pleasant Highway 17 North office of Carolina One Real Estate.

Born in Illinois but raised in Charleston, Amanda Jones attended South Carolina schools before getting her advanced degree in music from the University of Massachusetts. After a career as an opera singer in Manhattan, Jones returned to Charleston last year. Married to Badi Jones, a Mount Pleasant native, Jones has a 4-year-old daughter and enjoys surfing with her husband.

Kristen Schatmeyer was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree in communications. A graphic artist for 18 years, Schatmeyer and her husband Simon reside in Mount Pleasant with their son Jakob and daughter Morgan. She enjoys running and photography as well as watching her children play soccer and tennis.

Danielle Traverse studied accounting at Quinsigamond College in her hometown of Worcester, Mass. Prior to moving to Charleston, Traverse owned and operated SPOIL'D, an upscale clothing boutique in Westboro, Mass. She is married to Patrick, a former professional hockey player and they live in Mount Pleasant with their two sons.

Habitat for Humanity

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization, has elected Sallie Pritchard to return as a board member. A past member of the board, she was reappointed at the September meeting of the organization.

A paralegal at the Law Office of Edward K. Pritchard, Jr., Pritchard also serves on the board for the MUSC Children's Hospital Fund. She is a former member of the Junior League of Charleston and the Charleston Junior Cotillion. A native of Charleston, S.C., Pritchard resides in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity (ECHFH) assists families by building safe, well-constructed homes. Working in partnership with low-income families, ECHFH utilizes volunteer labor and donated funds to provide a “hand up,” not a “hand out,” on the construction of their homes. Homeowners are chosen based on their demonstrated ability to handle personal finances and their willingness to contribute at least 350 hours of “sweat equity” on their home. Upon completion, Habitat homes are purchased by the homeowner with monthly payments under an interest-free mortgage over 30 years, and those payments are directed toward future homebuilding efforts as received.

MUSC Foundation Board

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation Board announced its recently elected officers. Carlos E. Evans, Head of Commercial Banking Eastern Region of Wells Fargo Bank, Charlotte, was elected chair. Daniel J. Sullivan, president of Flyway, LLC, Kiawah Island, was elected vice chair. Robyn M. Frampton, chief financial officer for the Foundation, will serve as treasurer. Thomas P. Anderson, the Foundation's chief executive officer, will serve as secretary.

Newly elected to the Board for three-year terms are: Dr. Celeste Patrick, pediatrician at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Dr. Brian Poplin, president and chief executive officer of Medical Staffing Network & MSN Healthcare, Boca Raton, Fla.; Marva Smalls, executive vice president of Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom and executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff, Nickelodeon Networks Group, New York and Charleston; and Ronald L. Thompson, executive chair of the Board of Trustees of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) and lead director of Chrysler Group LLC, Charleston and Ohio.

Law professor

S. Scott Bluestein, Esq. has been appointed an adjunct law professor at the Charleston School of Law to teach the Admiralty and Maritime Personal Injury and Death class to upper-level law students who have already graduated from law school. Bluestein, an attorney with the Bluestein Law Firm, P.A. in Mount Pleasant, practices admiralty and maritime law in South Carolina and across the United States. Admiralty and maritime law deals with personal injuries on boats, ocean-going vessels, jet skis and pleasure craft, as well as vessel collisions, oil spills, vessel salvage, marinas, cargo coming through the Port of Charleston and other legal matters involving maritime commerce. Bluestein has a Master of Laws in Admiralty from Tulane University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Jericho Advisors After two years in Elliotborough, Jericho Advisors is moving to the Avondale neighborhood of Charleston. As the business has grown, they required a more prominent location to provide convenience for clients and offices for the gro

They are happy to make a home near Lava Salon, Gene's Haufbrau, SpaceCraft and the Voodoo Lounge, and feel fortunate to be among other distinguished, locally-owned Charleston businesses.

Along with a new office, they introduce Mario Nardone and April Adams, the new additions to the firm:

Mario Nardone, CFA is a Pennsylvania native who began his investment career in 1999 working for Vanguard. He moved to the Lowcountry in 2010 to take on the role of Chief Investment Officer with Morris Financial Concepts, Inc. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Mario currently serves as President of the CFA Society South Carolina and as Treasurer of the East Cooper Land Trust. Mario's 10-year investment career is an invaluable asset, and Jericho Advisors is proud to welcome Mario as our new Director of Investment Strategies.

April Adams joins the team as Public Relations and Marketing Manager. A native of Aiken, S.C., Adams worked extensively with skirt! Magazine, The Reynolds Group, Charleston Fashion Week, Little Dog Agency and the Charleston CVB throughout her time at the College of Charleston. April's comprehensive knowledge of public relations, event management and the Charleston community will be sure to enhance Jericho Advisors' growth.

Architecture Plus

Holly Spake-Gray, ASID, IIDA, has been appointed to spearhead the Interior Design division for Architecture Plus. Holly will lead the growth of the company by focusing on assisting clientele and their contractors through the selections process. She will assist in helping select and coordinate the entire interior finishes, furnishings and color theme that makes a space both stunning and functional. Holly will offer clients a sense of control over their own spaces while guiding them to create a space that exuberates design, passion and function all while staying on budget.

A current member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Holly obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Charleston. She was a recipient the 2010 Outstanding Portfolio Award, the Rug Momeni Competition and a participant in the Otto Zenke Student Design Competition. Holly is currently working towards obtaining her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). This qualification will only give Holly added knowledge and experience in creating interior spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and safe.

Architecture Plus is excited to have her on board! Holly's positive outlook, personality, knowledge and creativity are the exact components in what sophisticated clients are seeking. Architecture Plus was established in 2012 and is involved with a wide array of both residential and commercial projects throughout the Charleston area, including St. Kitts and Antigua.

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