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March 2012

KLNB Retail Named Exclusive Leasing Broker for Aberdeen Station Retail Project
KLNB Retail has been named the exclusive sales broker for Aberdeen Station, a proposed retail shopping center that is positioned adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The complexion of the project may be a retail pad park with four to six different freestanding retailers, or several in-line retailers, comprising approximately 70,000 square feet of space. The merchandising mix is expected to include a food store, convenient store/fuel station, bank and sit-down restaurants. Frankel Properties intends to break ground on the project this year in response to the growing need for retail amenities in the area surrounding APG due to BRAC. KLNB Retail principals Patrick A.M. Miller and Adam Miller are handling the requirement on behalf of the company. The project is expected to be delivered in 2013.

Aberdeen Station, contained on approximately 10 acres of land, is located on MD Route 40 (South Philadelphia Road) near the intersection of MD Route 715 and is directly across the street from the Wal-Mart Super Center.

“Retail development in the Aberdeen Proving Ground marketplace has not kept pace with the accelerated growth of Class ‘A’ commercial office space over the past several years and the resultant influx of new employees to the region,” says Patrick A.M. Miller. “The 2.5-million-square foot APG Command Center was completed last fall, and a multitude of developers have delivered and leased several million square feet of additional space both within and just outside the gates of Aberdeen Proving Ground over the past several years. The immediate marketplace remains underserved for day-to-day retail amenities,” he adds. More than 41,000 consumers and 16,000 households reside within a three-mile radius of Aberdeen Station, with an average household income exceeding $71,000.

St. John Properties Breaks Ground on Another New 75,000-Square-Foot Class “A” Office Building at The Gate at APG
St. John Properties, Inc. has initiated construction on 6190 Guardian Gateway, a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot Class “A” office building located within The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project, a 416-acre business community located inside Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Upon its completion this November, this will be St. John Properties’ 10th office and research and development (R&D) building within the past three years, totaling more than 625,000 square feet of space. 6190 Guardian Gateway has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for environmental sustainability. In addition, the building has the potential to connect with APG’s exclusive secure IT network and will comply with federal antiterrorism/force protection requirements.

St. John Properties has the capacity to build up to two million square feet of Class “A” multi-story and single-story office space, as well as research and development (R&D) flex/office and retail space at The GATE project. The project is now the central location for contractors and agencies that support APG with tenants that include The Boeing Company, CACI, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Raytheon, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Telford Aviation.

“We continue to see demand at The GATE as firms look to join or expand their presence inside the fence line of APG,” states Matt Holbrook, Regional Partner for St. John Properties, Inc. “Through the recent Base Realignment and Closure Act process, APG has emerged as the nerve center for the Army’s technological development and procurement activities. We also see strong interest from government contractors and other agencies that want to join the APG community and co-locate with their federal customers. Only The GATE location provides this connection to the APG community.”

Denise Carnaggio, and David Craig, Harford County Executive (Photo by Cynthia Nutwell)

ATHENA Awards Honor Local Women Leaders
Harford County’s leading women were celebrated March 9 at the 11th Annual ATHENA Awards, held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. A record turnout of 215 attendees was on hand for the event, which was presented by Harford Community College.

The ATHENA Award is a program of the ATHENA Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women. This award is presented to a woman who lives and/or works in Harford County, has attained and personifies a high level of excellence in her business or profession, has devoted time and energy to the community in a meaningful way and, most especially, has opened doors of leadership opportunity for women. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award Program fulfills the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential – creating balance in leadership worldwide. Established in 1982, the program boasts over 300 active communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. More than 5000 individuals representing a wide variety of professions and businesses have received the ATHENA Award.

This year’s recipient is Denise Carnaggio, deputy director for the Harford County Office of Economic Development. The other nominees were Ronnie Davis, president, Longstream Coaching and Training LLC; Elizabeth Hendrix, director, Harford County Department of Community Services; Karen Holt, BRAC manager, Harford County Office of Economic Development APG-CSSC; Joan Michel, president, Profile Partners LLC; Terry Troy, administrative assistant, Maryland Agency Financial Group; and Mary Teddy Wray, dentist and owner, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry.

Maria Martinez of Respira Medical was the keynote speaker for the event. Booz, Allen, Hamilton was the presenting sponsor, while I95 BUSINESS was a platinum media sponsor. Other sponsors included Boyle Buick GMC Truck, M&T Bank, Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network, Diane Smith, Women in Defense, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Friends of Billy Boniface, PNC Bank and APG Federal Credit Union.

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Prominent U.S. Immigration Attorney, Sheela Murthy, to Serve as Honorary Chair of CCBC’s Global Education Committee
The Community College of Baltimore County is pleased to announce that the prominent and internationally renowned U.S. immigration law attorney, Sheela Murthy, has agreed to serve as the honorary chair of CCBC’s Global Education Committee. Murthy is the founder and president of the prestigious Murthy Law Firm, located in Baltimore County. CCBC’s Global Education Committee supports the Global Education initiatives and serves as the fundraising arm for the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and historic Hilton Mansion’s rehabilitation campaign. CCBC was one of six community colleges nationally to receive a $500,000 NEH Challenge Grant.

“We are honored and pleased to have Ms. Murthy join our Global Education initiative,” says CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Hers is an articulate and passionate voice, well respected in our community on both local and global issues. Her expertise and counsel will provide a wonderful resource in support of our efforts to enrich the global experiences of our more than 70,000 students.”

NAIOP Maryland Captures Two Chapter Merit Awards at National Conference
NAIOP Maryland captured two Chapter Merit Awards at the NAIOP National Conference held recently at The Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. The local chapter of the trade association for developers, owners, investors and other professionals working in the commercial real estate industry were honored in the “Community Service” and “Developing Leaders Program” categories. NAIOP is comprised of 55 separate chapters around the country and has nearly 16,000 individual members. The NAIOP Maryland Community Service Committee identifies philanthropic opportunities that provide direct benefits to the local community, as well as raising funds that support a wide range of beneficiary organizations. Recent efforts include the construction of picnic tables and floating wetlands for the Living Classrooms Foundation, as well as the submersion of oyster cages in partnership with Chesapeake BaySavers. The chapter’s Maryland Developing Leaders Program targets real estate professionals who are 35 years of age and younger.

Baltimore and DC Named Top Metro Regions for Cyber Jobs
Maryland and Washington, D.C., lead the nation in cybersecurity jobs, according to a new report from “Digital Journal.” Of all U.S. metropolitan regions, D.C. and Baltimore were listed in the top three for cybersecurity job postings from October through December 2011. Washington D.C. carried the top spot with 2,100 job listings out of a possible 6,400. Wanted Analytics reports that Baltimore continues to succeed in increasing its cyber workforce year-over-year. Local colleges are just a few examples of businesses scouting out IT experts, and looking to keep Maryland on top of the cyber career map. Loyola, Notre Dame and Stevenson are each looking to add new workers to their computing staff.

Harford Community College Announces Naming Of Susquehanna Center Arena
Harford Community College has announced that the Susquehanna Center arena currently under construction has been named the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College. When completed, it will be the largest indoor venue in Northeastern Maryland, accommodating 3,200 guests. APG Federal Credit Union’s partnership with the College for the arena naming rights will be for an annual contribution of just over $50,000 per year over 15 years. The financial support will fund scholarships for Harford Community College students, as well as operations and programming in the arena. In conjunction with the credit union’s effort, Harford Community College is launching a seat-naming opportunity in the arena. Twelve hundred seats are available for naming at a cost of $100 per seat. Information about the seat-naming opportunities is available from Denise Dregier at 443-412-2428 or

The APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College will be home to three of HCC’s Fighting Owls athletic teams: men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. As the largest indoor arena in the area, it will also be used for community and regional events, commencements, concerts, special events, student services, fundraising activities, meetings, conferences and trade shows.

“Harford County is a community where families thrive, and Harford Community College is one of the reasons why,” says Don W. Lewis, president/CEO, APG Federal Credit Union. “Once again, the college and the credit union have come together to encourage local enrichment.”

SAIC’s Cyber Information Systems Executive Honored
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) recently announced that Federal Computer Week has named Larry Cox, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, to its list of leaders who affect change, progress and efficiency in determining how the federal government acquires, develops and manages information technology (IT). The annual listing honors 100 individuals from government, industry and academia who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community.

Cox leads over 2,200 professionals responsible for driving the company’s innovation and thought leadership in cybersecurity and signals intelligence (SIGINT) for federal, commercial, and international customers. He is responsible for the continued performance and growth of more than $700 million in annual revenue as well as future pipeline and two subsidiaries focused on cybersecurity technologies. “Larry’s talented leadership style, capacity for setting a vision and leading the way forward, and his collaboration with his peers make him an immeasurable asset to the cybersecurity community,” says Walt Havenstein, SAIC chief executive officer. “I’m pleased that his contributions have been recognized by this important distinction.”

DuClaw Announces Second Annual H.E.R.O. Homebrew Contest
DuClaw Brewing Company, a Maryland-based craft brewery, invites innovative homebrewers from across the U.S. to participate in their second annual H.E.R.O. contest benefitting a customer’s-choice charitable cause. Homebrewers are invited to submit their recipes by April 18 for the chance to be DuClaw’s next H.E.R.O. and have their beer brewed by the DuClaw brewmasters. For a limited time, the winning craft brew will be available on tap in three of the DuClaw restaurant locations, as well as at select local beer merchants, and all proceeds from the venture will be donated to a charitable cause. “The H.E.R.O. contest was a huge success in so many ways, but the undoubted highlight was giving back to the community through the Cool Kids Campaign’s Learning Center,” says Dave Benfield, founder and president of DuClaw.

To view the entry form, rules and regulations, visit

Merritt Construction Services Wins Two Awards from Associated Builders & Contractors
The Baltimore Metro chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a non-profit trade association, has named Merritt Construction Services the winner of an Excellence Award in the annual ABC Awards of Excellence Program for its renovation of the Apple Ford Lincoln Dealership in Columbia and a Merit Award for its construction of Centric Business Systems’ new headquarters in Owings Mills. Merritt won the Excellence Award for the Apple Ford Lincoln Dealership in Columbia in the General Contractor category for renovations up to $1 million. “Merritt’s work on this project demonstrates how environmentally friendly design and construction can co-exist in a normal office building while lowering operating costs for the future,” says Rick Bastinelli, president of Centric Business Systems.

Office of Economic Development and Sustainability Office Create the Harford County Green Business Network (HCGBN)
The HCGBN is a forum for Harford County businesses to discuss and learn about new sustainable business innovations and technologies that will reduce their operating costs and environmental footprint while making the County a better place to live and work. This free network connects businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability through the promotion of energy efficiency, resource management or environmental stewardship within their business model. In addition, the HCGBN can assist in showcasing a business’s sustainable business practices with customers as well as other businesses in Harford County. For more information, visit

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center engages Joppatowne Elementary students in ‘Engineering is Elementary’
In an effort to foster early engineering and technological literacy among children, engineers from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently challenged nearly 50 fourth-and fifth grade students at Joppatowne Elementary School to design, build and test their own walls. Based on the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) scenario in the storybook ‘Yi Min’s Great Wall,’ ECBC subject matter experts developed two hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities that focused on addressing the problem with which the main character in the story is confronted.

“It was amazing to see our students work together to solve problems,” says Joppatowne Elementary School teacher Erin Morring. “Their excitement over creating a successful design was a testament to the Engineering is Elementary program. This initiative brought out leaders in our students, and provided them all the chance to apply their skills and knowledge in math, science and reading.” “We want to help children discover STEM education in their earliest learning stages, because this is when they start developing their interests and abilities,” says ECBC Community and Educational Outreach Program Manager Mary Doak.

John B. Schab, Director of Aberdeen Operations for Georgia Tech Research Institute, Selected for New Leadership Maryland Class
Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions. John B. Schab, a resident of Bel Air, is one of 52 accomplished and talented statewide leaders selected to participate in the eight-month program, which will be its 20th anniversary class. Schab is an Ivy League graduate with master’s degrees in engineering, finance and management. He is a leader within the Aberdeen Proving Ground community and participates in many professional organizations including the Army Alliance and the Northeastern Technology Council. He also serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Transportation & Mobility Committee and the Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna’s Board Management Committee. “It is an honor to be selected into this program and recognized as a leader in our community,” says Schab.

Kalman & Company Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Aberdeen
Kalman & Company, Inc., has recently leased and occupied office spaces at the Water’s Edge Corporate Campus in Belcamp. The new facility adds to Kalman’s growing locations and will allow Kalman to provide continued support to current clients migrating from Washington, D.C., and puts Kalman in close proximity to other potential government and commercial clients located in the vicinity of the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Kalman provides a wide array of acquisition support services to include program and procurement management support, life cycle cost estimating support, and other business, analytical, and technical support services to several clients in the Aberdeen area, including the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Kalman hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in its new 6,500-square-foot office spaces on Feb. 22.

“This relocation is a great opportunity for Kalman and Company to enhance its presence in the Aberdeen area and to contribute to the growth of the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor,” says Mike Grosser, Kalman vice president for marketing and sales.

Sandler Training/McDonell Consulting & Development Moves to New Offices in Harford and Baltimore Counties
The new, larger Bel Air location, near Wheel Road and Route 924 and Towson location, off the Cromwell Bridge Road exit of I-695, enables Chris McDonell, president of McDonell Consulting & Development, Inc., an authorized Sandler Training licensee, and new associate, Keith Daw, to provide first-class training facilities for professionals and business owners committed to making a positive impact on their bottom line. Along with the new move, McDonell and Daw have ramped up their social media presence, with new content on the company’s Facebook page, quick tips and resources via their new twitter handle, YouTube channel, as well as weekly content updated to the company blog. “If we want to provide the biggest benefit to the largest number of professionals, we need to be committed to communicating with our clients where they prefer to communicate and do business,” says Daw.

Local Organizer Earns New Certificate
Nettie Owens, a Harford County-based professional organizer and owner of Sappari Solutions, recently completed the educational requirements to obtain her Level I Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The Institute for Challenging Organization is a not-for-profit organization that provides education and training to professional organizers and related professionals who specialize in working with the chronically disorganized population.

Already a respected resource both locally and nationally who has appeared on TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and been featured in “Parents Magazine,” Owens says this certificate further solidifies her credentials while keeping her education up-to-date. “Beyond staying current on cutting-edge professional organizing strategies, this certificate gives me the ability to pursue more in-depth training and shows my clients they are working with a well-qualified professional organizer,” says Owens.

New Cybersecurity Programs at UMBC
UMBC now offers graduate degree and certificate programs tailored for the professional cybersecurity practitioner in-person at its main campus in Catonsville. As part of UMBC’s Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program ( is able to draw upon the department’s long history of quality research, teaching, and engineering expertise to offer graduate programs and robust scholastic experiences that are timely, relevant and tailored to meet the educational needs (both technical and non-technical) of professional students.

Aumar Village Shopping Center Coming to Fallston
Leases for Texas Roadhouse, Inc., CVS Caremark Corp. and Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union have been signed and their new locations are set to open at Fallston’s Aumar Village this fall. The property at the intersection of Mountain Road and Route 1 is owned by Harford County developer Michael Euler.

JCPenney Coming to Boulevard at Box Hill
MacKenzie Retail, LLC announced that JCPenney will join Wegmans as the second anchor at the Boulevard at Box Hill (see our feature story this month on Tom Fidler for more details). JCPenney has transformed their business strategy at their 1,100 retail department stores and on The 85,775-square-foot store is expected to open this fall.