RiskSpan branches out to Charleston

RiskSpan is taking space in the Seabreeze office building, which once housed the county jail.

A Virginia-based high-tech financial consulting company wants to hire a dozen employees over the next year to staff its new office opening soon in Charleston’s former county jail.

RiskSpan is working out of temporary space but will move into a permanent spot in the Seabreeze building off Morrison Drive in July, said Derek Ross, chief financial officer.

The company is hiring analysts, developers, financial engineers and technologists to staff the Immigration Street outpost, he said.

Ross is based in Charleston, which is partly why RiskSpan expanded to the region.

In addition to its headquarters in Vienna, Va., outside the nation’s capital, RiskSpan has an office in Stamford, Conn. Twenty of its employees work abroad, Ross said.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for Charleston with the growth of our overall economy and, for my industry, the expansion of Silicon Harbor and the jobs this is creating,” he said.

Bidr, a local software company, is using its online fundraising platform to help generate donations for the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

“All proceeds ... along with Bidr’s platform fees will be donated to this fund,” the company said in a statement.

To give, text “prayforcharleston” to 843-606-5995 or go to www.bidr.co/prayforcharleston.

The region’s two biggest publicly traded technology employers re-elected six of their board members earlier this month during their annual shareholder meetings.

At Daniel Island-based Blackbaud Inc., Andrew Leitch, George Ellis and David Golden will serve three-year terms, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Leitch, a former executive at the accounting giant Deloitte & Touche LLP, has been chairman of Blackbaud since July 2009.

At neighboring Benefitfocus Inc., shareholders re-elected co-founder Mason Holland, who is executive chairman, Ann Lamont and Stephen Swad. Their terms as company directors run three years.

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