Eric grew up on a farm in beautiful South Central Pennsylvania near Lancaster and Gettysburg. There, he learned the value of hard work and the initial sparks of entrepreneurial spirit sprung to life. Whether it was cutting, splitting and selling firewood, or working with his mother to make wreaths and decorations which were sold to local stores, Eric was always excited by the idea that one could find or make a product or service and could then take it to market for sale.
Both of Eric’s parents were successful entrepreneurs who exposed Eric and his brother, Scott, to as many different cultures and activities as possible and encouraged them to take risks to build a business. Eric and Scott founded an import export company out of their parents garage with a credit card as the initial means of finance. Over 25 years, Eric and Scott built the company into one of the largest providers of commercial and retail tableware in the US with more than 250 employees and operations in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Indonesia, the Philippines, and China. As COO and co-President, Eric was responsible for operations, logistics, product development, supply chain, and commercial sales. He spent many years traveling, building relationships with factories and partners all over the world.
Eric and his wife, Katie Cergnul, are currently owners and operators of a new small business based in Pittsburgh that designs, develops, and markets boutique and fashion tableware to the event industry. They have four children who all attend CTM. The family splits time between Charleston and their farm on the Broad River in western North Carolina. In Charleston, the family enjoys all things Charleston, including fishing, both inshore and off shore. At Hemlock Hill Farm, in addition to enjoying the many wonders and splendor of nature, they grow lavender and flowers and sell them at local farmers' markets.
Mike has lived in Charleston for 10 years with his wife, Yana, and his three daughters, Hannah, Eleanor, and Madeline. His children are life-long CTM students, currently enrolled in the toddler and elementary programs.
Mike earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester in Western New York and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. He helped manage a world-class microelectronics laboratory designing technology in collaboration with companies like Apple, Intel, and IBM. After leaving academia, Mike’s career traversed a variety of roles ranging from independent consultant to CTO of a successful startup. These experiences have allowed him to develop a broad set of skills outside of the purely technical, including team management, project planning, marketing, and the numerous other hats required when running a small business.
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Charles is the driving force behind Hudson Designs, Inc. designing custom homes, as well as commercial and religious projects. He became a registered architect in 1995 after graduating from Trident College in 1984. Charles is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). In 1997, he became a partner in the firm of Seamar Fullerton Hudson Designs. In 2004, Charles became president of this firm and the name was changed to Hudson Designs, Inc.
Charles also holds a Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University and utilizes that degree in sharing his passion for architectural design in speaking with our future students in various local schools and the Boys and Girls Club.
He has lived in Charleston since moving from Fayetteville, North Carolina in December of 1979.
“I have seen this area grow in leaps and bounds over those few years. I have my home here, I own my practice and the buildings here with my partners, I do plan on keeping this area as my home because as we all know, we can never stop doing what we do to help our younger versions of ourselves be better than we could ever be.”
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