Meet Our Team
Matthew Brosius - President/CEO
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 wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Miriam Smith - Vice President/Business & Finance Manager
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 received her MBA from her alma mater in 2021. 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 within his community.
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 family and friends, as well as in church activities.
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/NCIDQ. 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 remodeling her country home; traveling; 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.
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 family and Skyping her grandsons and other son who all live further north. You can also find her gardening and doing DIY weekend projects 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!
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 visiting her kids.
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.
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