Meet Our Team
Matthew Brosius - President
Matt works with all of the department managers to maximize our efficiency, quality, and customer service so we can keep growing. He serves as a key creative innovator and motivator. Matt loves helping a client get from a blank, unproductive space to a functional, attractive work place. For him, the process of listening to their needs and problems then working together to find an effective solution is gratifying. When not in the office, Matt spends most of his time with his family of three children and his wife of over 25 years.
Miriam Smith - Vice President of Finance and Operations
Miriam manages our accounts payables and receivables, human resources, operations, compliancy and office supervision. Before starting with us in 1997, she graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1991, and then worked as a department manager for a mall retail store until 1997 when she joined our team. She has received certificates and awards related to accounting, and church youth groups. Being with Connecting Elements brings her a lot of happiness through the unique sense of family that our team shares. When not in the office, Miriam's family and spiritual faith preside over her time. Reading, running and weight training are some of her hobbies, as well as being very involved with the music and youth ministry at her church.
Terrance Johnson - Lead Project Manager
Terrance is our Lead Project Manager, scheduling installations, managing jobs, and solving site challenges. Before joining Connecting Elements in 1998, Terrance's career revolved around a military history as well as working as a field installer with another local office furniture dealer. What he enjoys the most about Connecting Elements is how fairly each employee is treated. During his free time, Terrance enjoys spending time with his beautiful family and working with his church.
Yensir Martinez - Project Manager
Yensir spends his time working as a Project Manager and Foreman in supervising our installation crews and resolving jobsite challenges. Before joining our team in 2001, he worked for a furniture installation company in the Washington DC area. As a part of our team, Yensir greatly enjoys helping to devise creative ways to meet the unique custom needs that our clients often have. Yensir spends his personal time with his wife and daughter, as well as in church activities.
Joe Hansford - Account Manager, Columbia SC
Joe searches out potential customers in the general Columbia, South Carolina area who can benefit from new, redesigned or upgraded commercial offices. As all of our account managers do, he puts forth extra effort to provide superior customer service to all his customers. Before his start with us in 2006, he spent most of his prior 20 years as an account manager for a large Fortune 500 company in the medical/surgical supply business, which often involved putting together furniture layouts for medical practices. Joe loves working with the inside staff and our installation team because everyone "has this uncanny ability to adapt to just about any situation, get the job done, and have fun doing it! The people are just outstanding in everything they do!" During his personal time, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons on the golf course or boating and fishing on Lake Murray.
Mary Beth Klinar - Senior Interior Designer
Mary Beth works with the sales team by helping their clients find the right balance between aesthetics, function, and budget. After acquiring her bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Converse College, she gained over 20 years of experience in commercial interior design, and also became an associate member of the IIDA. When the opportunity arose to work with CEI in 2013, she was happy to jump onboard, since she was familiar with CEI's impeccable reputation of being the best at what they do. She delights in the people who make up the Connecting Elements team, and how they work hard and have fun at the same time. In addition to commercial design, she loves antiquing with her husband and mom; travelling; reading; shopping; and spoiling Willow and Fuzzy Bunny - her two rescue kitties.
Trina Slygh - Space Planner
Trina works with the Columbia area account managers and sales staff as a Space Planner, helping to choose the furnishings and finishes that work best for their clients, then configuring layout options that suit everyone's needs. She joined us in 2005 after working in the accounting department at a shipping company in the Charleston, SC area. Trina is very fond of the team here, and loves how close everyone is. In her personal time, Trina loves spending time with her husband and the many animals they have rescued and taken under their wings.
Brooke Rawls - Interior Designer
Brooke was excited to find a fantastic company to put her skills to use as she neared the end of her time at Winthrop earning her BFA in interior design. She stumbled across Connecting Elements during her search after becoming familiar with CEI while interning for one of CEI's clients. She decided to apply for an interior design position, and in June 2017, she joined the CEI team, immediately after she had graduated. It's like it was meant to be! Since joining us, she's come to love how every project is different and every client gives us an opportunity to explore to create different design solutions. She loves that CEI has the resources to give every client exactly what they need for their unique situation. But what she loves most about working for CEI is "the mindset that everyone has: everyone in every department always works their hardest and gives their best to give the client a great result. You don’t find that kind of company-wide work ethic very often." Outside of her work at CEI, she's spending time with her adorably-chunky doggies; traveling to visit family and friends; and gradually fixing up her home, which once belonged to her grandparents.
Natalie Yeasted - Interior Designer
Natalie had been working at a Wilmington NC architecture and planning firm since graduating Cum Laude from Appalachian State University in May 2016. Her goals, though, were to delve deeper into interior design and came across CEI as a possible answer to her quest. Sure enough, in February 2018, she joined our team as one of our designers focused in the Charlotte NC market. She came to us with some solid experience already under her belt, having worked on projects for businesses such as Embassy Suites Hotels, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington Fire Department, and the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. Since joining the CEI team, she's already come to love the office atmosphere, her coworkers, and how everyday brings a new and interesting challenge. She also stays super busy outside of CEI, often enjoying downtown concerts, yoga or dance class, road tripping, eating pizza, spending time with her two fur babies, Salem and Sabrina, and cheering for Newcastle United and Philadelphia Union matches. She's excited about being with CEI, being in Charlotte, and pursuing her dream of seeing and experience as much as she possibly can in this world!
Lydia Scott - Procurement & Marketing Manager
Lydia's tasks include managing the marketing, internal and external corporate hospitality, and the procurement department. She joined our team in 2008 after having been a stay-at-home-mom as well as having held positions in human resources, marketing and insurance. There is much Lydia loves about working here, but if she had to pick just one thing, it would have to be how we all take care of each other and genuinely care about people. When not working, she stays busy with her husband and four school-age children (two children and two step-children) as well as playing chef in the kitchen, gardening, and reading the occasional science fiction book.
Donna Stevens - Procurement Specialist
Donna has been our Procurement Specialist since June of 2015. As our PS, she makes sure all of our product orders are processed correctly from start to finish, and our vendors are kept happy. After making a big move from New Hampshire to South Carolina in 2014, her employment agency encouraged her to apply with CEI. Before joining CEI, Donna spent 24 years working with PC Connection, filling roles in Sales, as Buyer, and finally Purchasing Support Specialist. Donna feels like she's found a home here at CEI, and loves the people, the happy atmosphere, and her work (which keeps her super busy!). When she's not taking care of our orders, she loves swimming and boating at Lake Murray with her husband and son, and Skyping her grandsons and other son who all live further north. You can also find her gardening with her husband, and trying to wrangle her two fun and mischievous kitties! Donna never thought she'd leav New Hampshire, much less move all the way down to South Carolina, but she did and she couldn't be happier!
Paula Gambrell - Warehouse Manager
Paula fills the vital and ever-challenging role of managing our large warehouse, and making sure the loading and receiving process goes smoothly. She came to us in 2000, after having a career in the restaurant business, obtaining a number of certifications including Carpentry and Welding, and serving in the Army and Reserves. Paula loves the people she gets to work with everyday. Her down time is spent mainly in raising her young granddaughter.
Scott Anderson - Branch Manager, Charlotte NC
Scott manages our Charlotte, North Carolina branch, striving to increase our customer and sales base; searching out new business opportunities; and providing outstanding service to his existing customer base. Before joining us in 2002, he worked in business consulting, and acquired a Master of Business Administration degree. He appreciates the excellent leadership and commitment to customer satisfaction that he has come to know as the standard at Connecting Elements. In his spare time, he enjoys his family, coaching basketball and helping others with religious education.
Angie Meredith - Account Manager, Charlotte NC
Angie is one of our marvelous account managers in our Charlotte, NC office. She started working with Connecting Elements in March 2013 after her dear friend, Tim Geiger, kept talking about his great job at Connecting Elements, and when an opening came up, she jumped on it! Angie graduated with her BFA from Winthrop University, and did photography and television grad work at USC. She's also a Certified Total Quality Management Instructor, Service Excellence Trainer, and is a WPPI certified photographer. Having been a professional fashion, corporate, and portrait photographer already, she fell right into place working with the rest of the team and connecting with the folks in the North Carolina area. She and the "Charlotte boys" have a good time blending business and fun, and really love working together. She also loves to spend time in her thriving photography business, and enjoying her kids. You'll often find her at high school band competitions since both children are band members at their schools.
Ben Chapman - Account Manager, Charlotte NC
Ben is an experienced account manager in our Charlotte regional office. He enjoys meeting new clients and listening to what they would like to accomplish, then working with them to find the most appropriate and effective solution. Prior to Connecting Elements, Ben spent nearly 20 years providing filing and storage solutions for a wide variety of applications; from law, accounting, insurance and financial clients to law enforcement, museums and NASCAR. In his spare time, he and his wife, Angela, enjoy going to NFL and NBA games; going to the theater and comedy clubs; and enjoying their favorite restaurants.
Travis Greene - Account Manager, Charlotte NC
Travis joined our Charlotte NC sales team in November of 2017 after his buddy, Alex, encouraged him to expand his blossoming sales career by venturing into office furniture. Travis has been thrilled with his new adventures at CEI, especially since he is meeting so many amazing people around Charlotte. Surprisingly, commercial interiors also provides new and different projects, which keeps the challenges coming - something Travis loves! The one drawback for him though, is that work usually happens indoors. Travis works hard, but he plays hard too. He's usually off in the great outdoors traveling, hammocking (haha!), camping, kayaking, and just about anything else that happens outside of four walls. In fact, he recently returned from an amazing trip to Iceland, and cannot wait for his next big adventure: visiting Ireland! Y'all go by the Charlotte office and have a visit with Travis, soon!