Board of Directors
The Charleston International Film Festival is proud and thankful of these distinguished professionals.
BOB KOSIAN, Managing Partner, The Capital Solutions Group
A thirty five year career in International Investment Banking working in New York, London and Europe for The Capital Solutions Group / High Voltage Holdings, NewStar Financial, Citigroup and Prudential Securities: arranged or invested in over 200 transactions representing $20 billion. Currently Bob is the Managing Partner at The Capital Solutions Group/High Voltage Holdings with over 150 Middle Market Private Equity Groups controlling over $50 billion of capital. He serves on the Board of Directors for Charleston International Film Festival is the Senior Advisor, Founders Equity, LLC as well as the former Board Member of Neenah Foundry Company, York International, Van Camp Seafood and Board Advisor Dr. Pepper Seven-Up.
MICHAEL HOLLINGS, Attorney, Special Assistant to the General Counsel, Medical University of South Carolina
In 1987, Mr. Hollings formed Hollings and Associates, LLC for the purpose of representing corporate clients before the S.C. General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. For the next 23 years, he actively represented corporate clients by addressing key policy issues relating to transportation, commerce, natural resources, the environment, nuclear energy, healthcare, insurance and telecommunications. Some of Mr. Hollings’ more prominent corporate clients were the Motion Picture Association of America, Time Warner, BASF Corporation, CSX Transportation, America Ecology Corporation and Porsche Cars of North America. Mr. Hollings was recently named Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Medical University of South Carolina. During a span of 38 years, Mr. Hollings actively participated in fundraising events and grassroots campaigning during his father’s 38 year tenure in the United State Senate. Mr. Hollings is a Board Member of the Charleston International Film Festival and is a member of the S.C. State Chamber of Commerce, The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
JOE RILEY, III, Brokerage Director and Long Term Care Specialist, MassMutual Financial Group
Joe Riley, III, CLTC (Certified in Long Term Care) is the Brokerage Director and Long Term Care (LTC) Specialist for MassMutual Financial Group. In 2003, Joe was awarded “Agent of the Year” by MassMutual for LTCi Agency First Year Commission Growth. In May of 2004 Joe was awarded the “Forty Under 40″ award by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Joe is a supporting founder of the Coalition for Successful Aging in South Carolina, an advisory group of concerned individuals trying to affect a sensible policy in the state toward aging. In addition to serving on the Board of Director for the Charleston International Film Festival he also serves on the board of the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation.
MARGARET FORD ROGERS, Co-Owner, Vagabond Pictures and MM Arts and Tours; Owner, Margaret Ford Rogers Photography
Margaret Ford Rogers, was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has a B.A. from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. She is a Registered Nurse, a documentary filmmaker, internationally award winning screenwriter and freelance journalist and photographer. Margaret is the co-owner of Vagabond Pictures, and MM Arts and Tours and owner of Margaret Ford Rogers Photography. Her work has appeared in such diverse publications as Critical Care Magazine, The Annals of Surgery, The Minnesota Women’s Press and Southern Living. She is a frequent contributor to the Charleston Post and Courier. Currently Margaret has 85 clips licensed with Getty Images. She is a 2010 recipient of a Solas award for best travel writing, and a Kodak Access Grant. Margaret has optioned a number of screenplays, currently has two photo exhibits in Charleston and is a member of the International Documentary Association and the Charleston Center for photography. Recently Margaret has joined the board of the Charleston International Film Festival.
DOUG COUPE, President, BOLD Communications Group
Doug Coupe is the consummate communications professional. Diligent, thorough and relentless, Doug is committed to effectively ‘spreading the word’ in this ever changing media environment. Through a creative, intelligent and an often outside-the-box approach, his clients are able to take advantage of both traditional and new media opportunities. Doug has designed and implemented innovative and successful PR and communication campaigns for a broad range of forward-thinking businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations. His clients quickly recognize that all efforts will be undertaken to connect their unique message with their intended recipients. Doug is certainly no stranger to the public arena. In a ‘previous life’, Doug experienced great success during his fifteen plus years in the film and television industry. He has acted in hit TV shows in addition to having appeared in a wide array of television commercials, music videos and print campaigns. That experience has served his clients well. Doug has no problem tracking down unique opportunities for all of those savvy enough to benefit from his services. In addition to his role as President with BOLD Communications Group, Doug is also a Producer of the feature film WARRIOR ROAD. He resides on the coast of South Carolina with his wife Edie and their two children.
BENJAMIN LEVITT, Owner, Regency Metals and Big Yellow Recycling
Benjamin is the principal at Regency Metals, a metal brokerage group, and of Big Yellow Recycling, a recycling center in Macon, GA. He is also a partner in Go Green Bio-energy, a plastic recycling and liquid reclamation company, based in Macon, GA.
COURTNEY PARADES, Program Director, Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Courtney was raised in Charleston, SC and earned a BA form Wofford College. She is the Program Director for the Association for the Blind and Visually impaired. Courtney is also the owner of Fini Event Planning through which she has planned numerous private,corporate and fundraising events.
ED KRONSBERG, President, Addlestone International Corporation
A Charleston native, Ed has spent most of his time focused on Charleston’s growth and success. A practicing attorney since 1992, he left his firm and joined Addlestone International in 1999, as Vice President and Corporate Counsel, and has served as its President since 2001. The Company’s focus has become renovation and rejuvenation of Charleston’s business communities. Ed serves as the Vice Chair of the Charleston Housing Authority, College of Charleston Library Advisory Board, Coastal Community Foundation Representative on CJF, Past President of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, Past President of Charleston Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training, Past Chair of Charleston Jewish Federation Allocations Committee, Charleston Day School Board of Trustees, Hebrew Orphan Society Board Member, Avondale Business Association, and past recipient of the CJF Young Leadership Award and the Westof West Ashley Community Leadership Award.
ROB BOUTON, Actor and Entrepreneur
Rob was born and raised in Greenville, SC. He spent the early part of his childhood engulfed in sports and outdoor activities with his neighborhood crew, nicknamed “The Goonies” after their love for the adventure film. At 17, he headed off to study International Business at Auburn University in Alabama and during college studied in Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary. After graduation he lived in the beach town of Lagos, Portugal. A constant nomad, Rob has spent the last 15 years living in Europe, Atlanta, New York City, LA, and numerous islands in the Caribbean. Currently Rob has a recurring role on “Second Generation Wayans” on BET and just wrapped a feature film with Kate Mara and Micheal K. Williams “Captive,” directed by legend Jerry Jameson, due for a 2014 release. He also has a starring role in Jeff Foxworthy’s “Crackerjack” released in 2013. Rob is very active in business around downtown Charleston as the Owner of the Queen Street Grocery and Cafe as well as managing investments in two other restaurants. His home base is in Charleston, SC.
BRIAN PEACHER, Vice-President/Co-Founder, Charleston International Film Festival
Brian Peacher was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS of Economics, and avid traveler with over 10 years experience dealing in international business and relations. Brian contributed to the success of both the 2006 & 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festivals in California. He has always had a passion for art and creativity in all forms, but believes the art of film is one of the most unique and powerful mediums for touching the hearts and emotions of people. Brian is excited to help bring the projects of filmmakers from around the world to the city he holds close to his heart.