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August 2011

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Office Project Near Ripken Stadium Underway
Hunt Valley developer J. Joseph Credit broke ground in April on a 24-acre, four-building business park near Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Credit, head of Sherwood Partners LLC, aims to build up to 500,000 square feet of new office space at Fieldside Commons to attract businesses and contractors relocating to Aberdeen due to BRAC.

Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty Opens NewBel Air Office
Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin Realty, LLC, the residential real estate brokerage division of The Strata Group, opened a new full-service location within Greenbrier Shopping Center in Bel Air. In April, the company opened a new interactive information center within Harford Mall.

“Expanding our office and attracting experienced and successful Realtors to the Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin brokerage is our identified strategy to increase our presence in the Harford County region,” says William (Billy) Yerman, CEO of The Strata Group. “Due to a number of emerging national and local trends, we are extremely bullish about this area and are investing significant resources to achieve additional market share. The influx of new residents into Harford County continues at a strong and healthy pace.”

Bel Air Law Firm Opens Virginia Office
Michael H. Daney, resident partner in the Bel Air office of Godwin, Erlandson, MacLaughlin, Vernon and Daney, LLC, announces the opening of their Virginia office in Fairfax. “A Virginia office will allow my firm to better serve our clients in the Mid Atlantic region” says Daney. “Since establishing the firm three years ago in Ellicott City, we have opened satellite offices in D.C., Frederick and Bel Air to support our clients’ needs in this region. We have doubled in size since the firm was founded three years ago” says Daney. “We anticipate hiring two additional attorneys in the next few months.”

Daney, a resident of Darlington, is AV rated, which means he has achieved the highest level of skill and integrity in the Maryland legal community. Godwin, Erlandson, MacLaughlin, Vernon and Daney, LLC is a corporate defense firm serving clients in the areas of Employment Law, OSHA/ MOSH, Workers’ Compensation, Liability issues, Products Liability, Regulatory issues, and Civil Litigation.

Habitat for Humanity Merger
Habitat for Humanity of Cecil County and Harford Habitat for Humanity have merged. The new affiliate name is Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. While the name has changed, their mission to partner with families and the community to build and repair homes remains the same. The new affiliate is enthusiastic to combine resources and cultivate new relationships in both Harford and Cecil counties. Since 1993, the two affiliates had served more than 150 families by building 62 homes and repairing 127.

“We will partner with more communities, build and repair more homes and ultimately serve more families through this merger,” says Executive Director Joann Blewett. The public is invited to join the staff, Board, partner family and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna in celebrating its first home dedication of the newly merged affiliate on Sept. 9, 10am, at 23 Cherry Lane in Elkton.

Maykrantz Named President of St. John Properties
Edward A. St. John has appointed Lawrence F. Maykrantz, 52, to the position of president of the Baltimore-based St. John Properties. St. John has transitioned to chairman of the board of the firm.

Formerly senior vice president and chief financial officer, Maykrantz has been with St. John Properties since 1982 and is responsible for project financing, tax planning and accounting functions.

In his new position, Maykrantz will oversee all day-to-day functions of St. John Properties, with specific responsibilities including all phases of development, asset management, marketing, leasing and financial operations.

Library Foundation Announces New Board Members

The Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of (left to right) Timothy J. Capurso, Pamela J. Ruff and Elizabeth S. Hendrix to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Capurso is a 10-year resident of Harford County and currently works as a partner in the litigation division of the law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC in Baltimore. Ruff has served as executive director of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) since 2002, a statewide membership organization of over 500 public and private sector members. Hendrix currently serves as the director for the Department of Community Services, working with agencies within and outside of government on community issues including programs for at-risk youth, affordable housing, homeless issues, and projects serving the disabled and elderly.

“Each new member is a recognized leader in the community and brings a unique skill set that will complement our current board and its endeavors,” says Foundation Director Amber C. Shrodes.

Elizabeth Jones New Vice President, Business Development
Continental Title Group, a full-service commercial and residential title company, has announced the promotion of Elizabeth L. (Liz) Jones to vice president of business development. She was formerly Settlement

Attorney for the Baltimore region for Continental Title and works from the company’s offices at McHenry Row in Baltimore City. In her new role, Jones will develop and execute strategies designed to attract new business opportunities to the company, as well as assisting with transactional work involving the commercial and residential real estate industries.

Telford Aviation Heads To The GATE
Telford Aviation, Inc., a division of ACC Holding, Inc., has executed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 11,160 square feet of space at The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project, a 416-acre business community within Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Milwaukee-based company will consolidate program management, training and technical staff to the APG location.

Telford Aviation, Inc. (TAI) specializes in supporting deployment of government C4ISR Programs with Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Aircraft Maintenance, Primary Mission Equipment (PME) Maintenance, Contractor Flight Operations and PME training. “TAI is an innovative aerospace company concentrating our efforts with C4ISR Programs for the Department of Defense,” says Matthew Frei, director of government programs.

Telford Aviation will occupy 6165 Guardian Gateway, a 51,120-square-foot R&D/office/flex building. The LEED Silver-designed building features a high-efficiency HVAC system, high performance windows, sustainable lavatory fixtures, a white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing system, significant open space and wetland/forest preserves, drought-tolerant landscaping, and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, carpets and adhesives. Additionally, the building will satisfy federal anti-terrorism/force protection standards providing Telford with the opportunity to sublease/license space to their federal customers.

“Telford Aviation represents the latest company servicing the defense industry that recognized the significant advantages of a presence within the gates of Aberdeen Proving Ground,” explains Lawrence F. Maykrantz, president of St. John Properties.

TAPE Announces Grand Opening in Belcamp
TAPE, LLC, recently opened an office in Belcamp. Last year, the company was awarded as a prime contractor for a $400 million U.S. Army research and development contract at APG by the Army Research Laboratory to develop and support new concepts for application of advanced technology for Special Operations Forces, Combatant Commanders, and the Intelligence community.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide our small business acumen and innovation to our APG clients,” says Dr. William G. Lese, TAPE senior vice president of strategic solutions. At the Belcamp location, TAPE, supported by a team of subcontractors, is one of seven companies awarded prime contracts for ARL’s five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity program. The company supports this ARL focus, to counteract and defeat the growing worldwide terrorist threat, by the timely application of advanced technologies.

Harford County Chamber Of Commerce Elects New Officers
Harford County Chamber of Commerce elected the following officers for the 2011-12 year: Chair, Steven L. Wiseman, CPA, vice president, Wiseman Associates; Chair elect, Robin Sommer, owner, Images of Sommer; Vice Chair, Administration, Brenda Morrison, vice president for marketing, development and community relations, Harford Community College; Vice Chair, Finance, Paul Balsamo, CPA, president, Balsamo, Stewart, Lutters & Ruth, P.A.; and Past chair, Eric McLauchlin, partner, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC.

APGFCU Names Keith C. O’Neil, Jr. New Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union [APGFCU], Harford and Cecil counties’ largest credit union, is proud to announce that Keith C. O’Neil, Jr. has joined the credit union’s management team as senior vice president,
information technology.

O’Neil brings over 14 years of progressive technical and management expertise to APGFCU. As a key member of the executive management team, he will help lead the credit union’s information technology (IT) efforts to provide world-class member service and drive innovation. He will also be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic technology plan to enable growth consistent with the credit union’s mission.

New Bridal Boutique to Open in Parkville
Building on the success of its Harford County store, bridal boutique Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty announced today plans to open a second location in Baltimore County. Slated to open in late summer, Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty of Baltimore will be located at 1905 East Joppa Road, conveniently located just off of I-695 near Perring Parkway. The 5,400-square-foot boutique will feature bridal attire for the bride and groom as well as an extensive collection of social occasion, mother-of-the-bride and groom and bridal party dresses.

“We are thrilled to be opening our new boutique in Baltimore,” says Amanda Ritchey, owner of Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty. “Between the rapid growth of our Fallston store and the high level of interest from Baltimore-area customers, we felt this was the right time to expand in order to better serve our valued customers.”

STEM Awards for Harford County Educators
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association-Aberdeen, Maryland Chapter, has launched a series of STEM grants available for Harford County Public School educators. The awards can be utilized by educators for continuing education classes in a STEM field or new classroom equipment for students. Grant recipients also can utilize AFCEA mentors to learn how to incorporate STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – disciplines in the
classroom in a real world manner.

McCrone Promotes Michael Burcham
McCrone, Inc. has named Michael Burcham, a local land surveyor and branch manager of the company’s Elkton office, as president of the company. Burcham is a board member of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland.

Safe Harbors Travel Group Moves to Bel Air
Safe Harbors has purchased the building located at 126 S. Main Street, in Bel Air. Safe Harbors, one of the largest travel companies in Maryland with $35 million in annual sales with 24 employees, has been in business 26 years and has three specific divisions: Corporate Travel Management, Humanitarian Travel and Ministry Travel. I95