2008-07-25 / News

Meet the Stars

The Columbia Star Advertising Staff
Compiled by Mimi M. Maddock Mimi@TheColumbiaStar.com

Members of The Columbia Star Advertising Staff are (l- r) Gail Trebuchon, Russell Wright, Linda Sosbee, Marsha Preston, and Mike Cox Members of The Columbia Star Advertising Staff are (l- r) Gail Trebuchon, Russell Wright, Linda Sosbee, Marsha Preston, and Mike Cox The Columbia S tar has expanded its sales staff to better accommodate the businesses in the Columbia area. The new advertising manager is Linda Sosbee who can be contacted at 771-0219 or lindas@sc.rr.com. The sales representatives include Gail Trebuchon, Russell Wright, Marsha Preston, and Mike Cox.

Gail Trebuchon grew up in Easley, S.C. She and her husband Charles made Columbia their home 32 years ago. They live in Irmo and have raised two daughters who graduated from Dutch Fork High School. Their oldest, Claire, is married to Nathan Ward. Alice married Joshua Bice in June.

Gail worked at USC for 17 years. She came

to work for The Star Reporter (now The Columbia

Star) ten years ago and was the main advertising arm of The Columbia Star for eight years. She is a member and past president of Richland Sertoma Club and a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Ballentine.

Charles and Gail have Maggie, a miniature schnauzer, and two cats, Winston and Luke, who keep the wildlife at bay. Reading, swimming, and gardening are their favorite activities. To contact Gail, call 422-9230 or email gailt@sc.rr.com.

Russell Wr ight was born in Hopkinton, Mass. and moved to Mauldin, S.C. in his youth. After graduating from Mauldin High School, Russell went to Wofford College. That is where he was "lucky enough to graduate and meet the love of his life," Birley. After marriage and a brief examination of the life of a public school teacher, Russell went to Asheville, N.C. to receive training in massage therapy.

Birley and Russell then moved to Columbia to start a small business and a family. They have two daughters, Perry Lynn, nine, and Baylis, five. Russell maintains a thriving massage therapy practice in addition to selling advertising with the Columbia Star.

When not working or chasing his kids, Russell enjoys paddling, biking, running, fishing, or anything else that gets him outside. To contact Russell, call 467-8246 or email russell@sc.rr.com.

Marsha Preston is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Theater Arts and also an MA in education from the State University of New York at Oswego. In New York, she raised her three children while working with the Oswego Players, Oswego Festival Chorus, the Friends of the Hannibal Library, and serving on the board of the Child Care Council of Oswego County. She wrote and directed for Hand's- On Theater, a children's theater group. Relocating from Central New York, she is enjoying getting to know the Columbia community. She has performed as an alto in Rossini's Le Petite Messe Solonelle with the USC Summer Chorus I and is currently attempting the soprano part in Judas Maccabaeus by Handel with the USC Summer Chorus II.

Marsha has worked in advertising sales since 1990 beginning with a glossy magazine devoted to business news. Through the course of the next few years, she represented a guide to summer events, a business directory, and finally a health care newspaper, all with the same publisher.

To contact Marsha, call 807-0712 or email marshap@sc.rr.com.

Mike Cox was born in Bibb County, Alabama, and spent 32 years working for Bellsouth. He began working for The Columbia Star as a columnist winning many awards from the S.C. Press Association.

Mike has been a salesman for "other people's products" for five years. Mike says, "I decided to sell a product I believe in." Mike has three grown sons: Shane, Chad, and Jake and two grandchildren Zack and Jordan. He refers to his roommate Suzy McCullough as "the person whose garbage he is responsible for." To contact Mike, call 237-6411 or email cox-star@sc.rr.com.

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