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Chris Staubes Brings a Positive Business Perspective to New School Board

December 2nd, 2014

Our corporate attorney, Chris Staubes, recently won a seat on the Charleston County School District Board, a job he says is a natural progression of the work he does for non-profits, including schools.

“With a half-billion-dollar annual budget, the School District will be well served having someone on the Board who can prepare and negotiate budgets, is familiar with employee issues and who knows his way around a large organization.”

As a fiscal conservative, Chris focused his attention on a number of objectives during the election, including opening up communication. “Communication has been an issue in the past, but we intend to open up the dialogue with the community. We are encouraging the District to do a better job of communicating ideas, and giving citizens an avenue to communicate their thoughts.”

Overcrowding is another concern Chris wants the Board to address. Charleston County schools serve 48,000 children and that number is growing by 1,500 a year. “Children are already in trailers at schools that just recently opened. There are children eating lunch as early as 10:30 am because there are so many students that they have to take shifts in the lunch room. That is a problem, and we want to address it.” With the passage of the one-cent sales tax, “there should be the funds necessary to help us get ahead of the ball and build the schools we need,” says Staubes.

Staubes will work to reduce class size to improve the student-teacher ratio and expand the District’s early childhood education offerings. Also on his agenda is a nationwide search for a new superintendent.

“We have some great additions to the board, and I look forward to moving the District in a positive direction,” he says.

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Corporate Sponsor with Arthritis Foundation to Sponsor Jingle Bell Run

November 24th, 2014

Chris Nickels

When our attorney Chris Nickels was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help with local efforts, he was stunned to hear about the number of young people affected. As a corporate sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, he hopes to shed more light on the far-reaching disease and the nation’s leading cause of disability.

“It’s important to let people know it’s not just a disease that affects our seniors, but also one that complicates life for young children,” says Nickels. “It just tugs at my heart.”

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, nearly 300,000 children in our country have some form of arthritis. Around 50 million adults reported being diagnosed with arthritis in 2009, and about 1,022,000 of those are South Carolina residents.

Each December, Jingle Bell Run/Walks are held around the country to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The Mt. Pleasant 5K Jingle Bell Run takes place on Dec. 13 at the Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital 3500 N. Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.

There’s also a shorter walk and a fun run event for ages 13 and younger. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, creating a festive holiday spirit and bringing local attention to the cause.

“It’s a fun event and a great family outing,” says Nickels. Funds raised go toward research and local programs. Around 500 people participated last year. “The goal is to raise as much money for research as we possibly can and, hopefully, one day we’ll find a cure.”

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MPBA Business Expo boasts packed house

September 25th, 2014

Chris at Expo Photo by Sully Witte

The Mount Pleasant Business Expo, held last week at the Omar Shrine Temple, was not just a networking event, but a chance to see some of the latest and greatest business professionals from across the Lowcountry. Hundreds mingled with vendors and were treated to an array of door prizes.

The expo, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business Association (MPBA), is billed as Mount Pleasant’s biggest networking event. The expo featured 70 exhibitors, entertainment by Lyndsey and Friends, and food provided by My Father’s Moustache, Sticky Fingers, Jimmy John’s, Raising Cane’s and Jimbo’s Lowcountry Foods.

This free event was sponsored by Clawson and Staubes, along with community sponsors Tony Pope State Farm and the Town of Mount Pleasant.

According to MPBA President Jon Chalfie, “Our fourth annual expo was our most successful event to date. We had over 1,000 attendees attend at the Omar Shrine Temple on Thursday. We sold out each and every booth, featuring 70 companies that were available to show off their organization and do business on a local level.”

Chalfie said his favorite part of the expo was when they fire up the tunes and open up the bar for happy hour.

“We welcomed back a jazz trio led by the sultry voice of Lyndsey Goodman Moynihan, which is a perfect backdrop for attendees to mingle amongst themselves, enjoy some tunes and have a great time. We were fortunate to be able to award over 25 door prizes, everything from a new bike to art to hotel stays and even an iPad won by James Hynes. Throw in some free food from Jimmy John’s, Sticky Fingers and My Father’s Moustache and it was a recipe for success,” he said.

Brian Sherman led the expo committee with team members Frank Frazier, David Gebhart, Denise James, Susan Spearman and Chris Staubes.

Mount Pleasant Business Association’s mission statement is “As a leader in the promotion and enhancement of the Mount Pleasant business community, we provide members with information, advocacy, education and networking based on a foundation of integrity, social responsibility and excellence.”

Their next meeting is this Thursday at the Holiday Inn, at noon, featuring State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome.

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