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December 2011

Main St. Design Introduces Main St. Cloud
Main St. Design, a local advertising and design firm in Harford County, has introduced an innovative new computer file backup solution for area businesses and non-profit organizations.

Main St. Cloud Online Backup and Data Recovery, referred to as “The Cloud,” will back up company networks and important files online, offering a reliable and cost effective option to expensive in-house servers and IT departments. In addition to saving time and money, company files will be safe from catastrophic events because the system houses all files online. The online files are secure, encrypted and HIPAA compliant. For more information, visit

Sotera Opens New Office at APG
Sotera Defense Solutions, which provides technology-based systems and services for national security agencies, recently held a grand opening ceremony for the company’s new office, in the new Government and Technology Enterprise (GATE) complex located at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Finance Lab at Towson named for T. Rowe Price
The College of Business and Economics at Towson University will soon house a state-of-the-art financial laboratory. The lab is made possible, in part, by a grant of $250,000 from the T. Rowe Price Foundation. The lab will help position TU at the forefront of finance education and research.

“The trustees of the Foundation recognized that the electronic business and finance laboratory at Towson will be accessible to over 3,000 business undergraduate and graduate students each year. Providing hands on educational experiences that help graduates prepare for the workforce is important to the Foundation, the community and to T. Rowe Price,” according to Ann Allston Boyce, Foundation president.

The T. Rowe Price Finance Laboratory will provide TU students with the ability to value and price complex securities and investments in a simulated trading environment in real-time. “T. Rowe Price is a leading financial firm in our area, and we are pleased to name the lab in its honor. The finance lab will significantly impact our students’ learning by providing hands-on experience, reducing on-the-job training time, and creating a competitive advantage for their future employment,” says Joanne Li, chair, finance department for the College of Business and Economics. Construction begins in spring 2012 and is scheduled for completion in August, in time for the beginning of the fall semester.

PNC Bank Welcomes Angela King to Green Branch® Location
PNC Bank has named Angela King as manager of its new Green Branch® location at 3410 Merchant Blvd., just south of Bel Air in Harford County’s new Boulevard at Box Hill.

King joined PNC Bank in 2007. She has 13 years of banking experience, including 10 in branch management, and previously served as the manager for PNC’s Rising Sun and Havre de Grace branches. Prior to her PNC appointment, she worked for Bank of America. King is very involved in the community, and is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Association of the United States Army, Women in Defense, Harford County Chamber of Commerce and the Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network. P. Jason Peak has been named assistant manager. He has been in banking and with PNC Bank for eight years, and most recently served as assistant manager at the Brewers Hill branch in Baltimore.

PNC is the first U.S. bank to design and build LEED certified bank branches in the United States. It is the only bank permitted to use the unique term Green Branch® based on the registered trademark granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Community Foundation Of Harford County Elects Two New Board Members
Community Foundation of Harford County, which works with individuals, families and businesses to leave a legacy to benefit the causes they care about, elected Kathleen A. Beck and Kenneth M. Ferrara to its board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term. Beck serves as vice president – wealth management for PNC Bank in Baltimore, a position she has held for the past five years. Ferrara is vice president and executive director of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. “Community Foundation of Harford County is fortunate to have the expertise that Kathy and Ken bring to the table,” says Tamara W. Zavislan, the foundation’s executive director. “A board of directors with diverse professional backgrounds is key to strengthening the foundation’s presence and impact in Harford County.”

Baltimore Reads Elects Harford Countian To Board
Joppa resident Amy Przywara, senior marketing director, brand & customer acquisition at Sylvan Learning Center, was elected to the board of directors of Baltimore Reads. She will serve a three-year term. Przywara has worked for Sylvan Learning Center since 2002. In her current role, she develops and implements yearly marketing and advertising strategy for the more than 850 learning centers.

Baltimore Reads is a nonprofit organization that offers instruction to adults in basic reading, writing, mathematics, English language, GED prep and employment readiness skills; engages in community outreach; and raises awareness of the adult literacy crisis in the Baltimore region.

New Members of HCPS’s Leadership Team
Incite Creative, a results-driven marketing strategy and graphic design firm, recently announced the addition of Nadine Afiouni, Maria Fuster and Joe Parisi to its team. The newcomers add cultural diversity as well as a depth of experience and skills that will expand the firm’s existing service offerings in the realm of brand development and marketing communications. Afiouni, a graduate of the American University of Beirut, joins the firm as an associate creative director; Fuster, who started her first business at the age of 25, will serve as a marketing strategist alongside Incite Creative President Dina Wasmer; and Parisi will also don the title of associate creative director.

5th Student Run Credit Union Branch Opens at Calvert Hall College High School
First Financial of Maryland Federal Credit Union recently celebrated the grand opening of its fifth, student-run branch at Calvert Hall College High School, an all-boys college preparatory school in Baltimore County. In addition to teaching young adults how to manage their money, the student-run branches also provide valuable business experience for students considering a career in the financial industry. The Cardinal Branch, named for the school’s mascot, serves the students, faculty and staff of the school. First Financial also has student-run branch locations in Dundalk High School, Lansdowne High School, Eastern Technical High School and Chesapeake High School in Baltimore County.

ECBC Hosts Inaugural Team CBRNE STEM Educational Outreach Day
In an effort to expose local students to the jobs of tomorrow, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently participated in the inaugural ‘Team CBRNE STEM Educational Outreach Day’ at Downer Hall with seven partner organizations that call Edgewood home.

U.S. Army organizations, whose main mission it is to defend our nation and warfighters against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threats, teamed up to entice nearly 400 middle and high school students from Cecil and Harford counties to pursue career pathways in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students, separated in groups of 10 to 12 led by volunteer chaperones, rotated through eight of the 35 stations set up with hands-on STEM activities presented by ECBC, the U.S. Army Element Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, Chemical Materials Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense, Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Public Health Command, and 20th Support Command.

Michael T. Smith Promoted at PNC Bank
Michael T. Smith has been promoted to business banking market manager for Greater Maryland for PNC Bank. He is responsible for directing a leadership team of bankers who deliver PNC solutions and services that help business owners manage cash flow and increase efficiency to strengthen and grow their businesses. Smith joined PNC in 2009 as business banking sales manager and has held several leadership positions in his 30 years of financial services experience in the Baltimore area.

NBRS Financial Bank Joins Community Foundation Of Harford County Founder’s Circle
The Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from NBRS Financial Bank. With the sizable pledge, NBRS becomes an inaugural member of the Foundation’s Founder’s Circle. The CFHC Founder’s Circle recognizes businesses, individuals and families that pledge a minimum of $15,000 over three or more years to support the mission and operations of the Community Foundation of Harford County.

Harford County Government Wins Innovator of the Year Award
Harford County was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award by The Daily Record in November for its use of Spigit, an online application that helps businesses, organizations and governmental departments engage the local community for new ideas and collaborative problem solving.