Charleston-area hires and promotions


Mike Ditchfield has been named an associate at LS3P Associates Ltd. He is assistant controller. He joined the firm in 2015 and is a certified public accountant. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Western State College and a master's degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University.


Jeffrey T. Kerr has joined Landmark Construction Co. as director of accounting. He has more than 20 years of financial management experience and he is a certified public accountant. Previously, he was with Kiawah Development Partners. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Charleston.

Cost management

Diego Benitez has joined SIB Fixed Cost Reduction as senior software engineer. Previously, he worked in data architecture for BuzzAngle Music.

Economic development

Katherine Holba has been promoted to business development manager at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Previously, she was business development coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business management from Clemson University.


Colleen Knauer has been named principal of Northwoods Middle School in North Charleston. Previously, she was the interim principal. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in mathematics education from The Citadel and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northeastern University.

Cynthia Perez has been named principal of Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. Previously, she was assistant principal for 14 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College and a master’s degree in elementary school counseling and administration from The Citadel.


Bryan Thomas has joined SeamonWhiteside as a computer-aided design technician based in the Mount Pleasant office. He has an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.


Michael J. Laubinger has joined Victoria Capital Management Inc. as a vice president for portfolio management and business development. Previously, he was a vice president and financial consultant for Charles Schwab & Co. He has a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State University.


Greg Rayburn has been named chief executive officer of Charleston-based Know Allergies. He has been a partner in the maker of allergen-free granola bars since 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Hostess Brands and Flurowater Inc. He has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.

Health care

Dr. Ashton Rountree has joined Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant as a dermatologist. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Jill Maynard has joined the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as industry workforce and programs director. Previously, she was with Hall Management Group as general manager of Slightly North of Broad and, most recently, High Cotton.


Irish “Ryan” Neville has joined Stevens & Lee in an of-counsel capacity. He is based in the firm’s Charleston litigation department. He concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.


Emzee Hilliard has joined Push Digital as deputy director of business development. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and psychology from the University of South Carolina.


Jenna Turnage has joined the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as director of corporate partnerships. Previously, she was with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Angelo State University and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jami Dybik has joined Lowcountry AIDS Services as financial services and insurance assistance program coordinator. Previously, she worked in the medical practice management, business management and accounting industries.

Real estate

David Schuj, Paul Falvey and Jenny Aubrey have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate as agents based in the Summerville office.

Schuj has a bachelor’s degree in business from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in business administration from Charleston Southern University. Previously, he worked in the supply chain industry

Falvey previously was with Smith & Wesson and served in the Air Force.

Aubrey has bachelor’s degrees in public relations and theater from Newberry College

Tracie J. Foster has been named director of relocation and corporate services at Carolina One Real Estate Services. She has more than 20 years of real estate industry experience.


Jon Rubottom has been promoted to area manager of the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches locations in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. Previously, he was general manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University.


Christine Dixon Thiesing has been named director of academic programs at the South Carolina Research Authority. Previously, she was life sciences industry manager. She also recently co-founded PriMed, an accelerator program for medical device startups. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master's degree in business administration with a focus in finance, both from the University of Kansas.

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