Duval B. Acker elected to ASID National Board of Directors

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Duval B. Acker, a kitchen, bathroom and interior designer with Kitchens By Design, was elected to serve on the ASID National Board of Directors as Director-at-Large for a two-year term, beginning on Oct. 1 and ending on Sept. 30, 2015.

Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. The rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back much further, to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). “The History of ASID: 30 Years of Advancing the Interior Design Profession” was published in 2005 to commemorate the achievements of the society’s first three decades.

ASID inspires and enriches our members by promoting the value of interior design, while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships.

Acker has created hundreds of kitchens and bathrooms since 1980, installed by partner Tom Acker, most with clients who’re anxious to be references for the firm’s excellence in design, execution and installation. The firm is celebrating it’s 33-year anniversary in 2013.

Realtor of the Year

Ann Essig-Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been named Realtor of the Year in residential real estate by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors (CTAR). This prestigious distinction recognizes one realtor in each of two categories – residential and commercial real estate – who has gone above and beyond in their profession, the organization, and in the community. Nominated by her peers and colleagues, Marconi was chosen for this distinction out of more than 4,000 real estate professionals.

The Realtor of the Year award is given annually to a CTAR member who is actively involved in civic or community affairs and is recognized as a leader in the profession by displaying the highest degree of integrity and moral character with associates, clients and the public. In order to be eligible for the award the recipient must be a member in good standing of CTAR for a minimum of three years, possess at least one professional designation awarded by the National Association of Realtors and work full-time as a licensed broker.

A resident of Charleston since 1991, Marconi is Broker-In-Charge of Coastalina Realty representing both buyers and sellers. As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), her knowledge of the market extends beyond neighborhoods and includes economic and business development trends in our globally recognized regional destination for businesses, residents and travelers.

Marconi is the 2013 chairperson for The Education Foundation’s Board of Directors, an initiative of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to enhance the region’s economy by strengthening public education. Having served on The Education Foundation board since 2008, she passionately works to support and strengthen primary and secondary education throughout the metro area. Marconi serves the community with active memberships in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Center For Women and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and the South Carolina Realtor Association where she served on the board of directors for five years. For more information visit AnnMarconi.com or call 843-568-0390.

Rosen Hagood

Rosen Hagood announced announce that Super Lawyers magazine has selected three of the firm’s attorneys for the 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers list and five attorneys as Rising Stars. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are Rising Stars. This is only the second year that Rising Stars have been selected in South Carolina.

Richard Rosen’s practice focuses primarily on business litigation and personal injury cases. This is Rosen’s sixth consecutive year on the South Carolina Super Lawyers list. He is the vice-chair of the Primerus Consumer Law Institute and holds the highest professional rating (“AV”) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Alice Paylor earned her fifth consecutive designation to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for her work in business litigation. She also practices in employment and labor law and school and education law. She is the president of the South Carolina Bar.

Brew Hagood, who heads the construction practice group at Rosen Hagood, was selected for construction litigation. He holds the highest professional rating (“AV”) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and thisis his sixth consecutive year on the Super Lawyers list.

Rising Stars

Andrew Gowdown practices in the areas of personal injury, traumatic brain injury, business and commercial litigation and securities litigation. This is the second year that he was selected as a Rising Star. Gowdown is on the board of directors for Charleston Volunteers for Literacy and volunteers as a Book Buddy at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School in Charleston. He holds the highest professional rating (“AV”) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

James Atkinson “Chip” Bruorton, IV focuses his practice in the areas of construction litigation, commercial business litigation, condemnation and surety law. This is his second year on the Rising Stars list. He is a member of the Supplier Advisory Council of the Carolinas Association of General Contractors.

R. Britt Kelly’s practice focuses primarily on construction matters and personal injury cases. He is the 9th Circuit Representative of the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, a member of the James L. Petigru American Inn of Court, and this is his second year on the Rising Stars list.

Beth Palmer practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial litigation, employment law, personal injury and education law. She serves as the co-coordinator of the Public Service Team for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

John E. Rosen has extensive experience with a variety of transactions involving public finance, corporate law, and commercial real estate. His practice includes advising corporate clients on business formation, governance, contract negotiations, securities matters and a variety of transactional and general corporate issues. He holds the highest professional rating (“AV”) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

High Wire Distilling

Scott Blackwell, founder of Immaculate Baking Company, one of the country’s most successful organic baking companies, recently sold the business and decided to follow his deep passion for beverages and brewing. He and his wife, Ann Marshall, have been avid home brewers for years and always thought about doing it full time. After falling in love with Charleston, these South Carolina natives discovered there was already a lot happening with beer but not as much with spirits. Understanding the similarities between the two and knowing they could combine their love for quality food products, flavors and high quality liquor, they decided to open one of the first artisanal craft distilleries in the city.

High Wire Distilling will produce a distinctive line of small batch spirits including gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas using a German-made copper still. Blackwell, who is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and a former baker, will apply his knowledge of artisanal ingredient selection and culinary techniques to the beverages he creates. A main focus will be on local, unique flavors and products. The distillery will also feature a chef’s apothecary area where new flavors and experimental products can be tested.

The location for High Wire Distilling is an old, rustic 8,000 square foot warehouse located next to Butcher & Bee. Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse Architecture & Design is the architect and has helped design new features including a 25-person tasting room with large metal steel-framed windows which provide a viewing point to the still and bottling operations.

High Wire Distilling will offer tours and tastings Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The space is also available for intimate, private events that need a unique setting for approximately 100-150 people. Parking will be available onsite.

To learn more, visit www.highwiredistilling.com or follow on twitter at @highwiredistilling.

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