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June 2012

ITT Exelis Opens New Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground
ITT Exelis, a diversified, global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets, has opened a new office at APG. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services.

“This new facility provides us with the opportunity to better respond to customer needs with on-the-ground support,” says Chris Bernhardt, Exelis executive vice president and president of the Electronic Systems division. “From communications to electronic warfare technologies, we work hand-in-hand with the Army, and this office underscores our commitment to supporting its critical missions.”

The Exelis office, located at the heart of the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center, is led by Joanne Powell, vice president for Army Programs for the Exelis Electronic Systems division. Powell joined Exelis in 2003 after a 33-year career with the Department of Defense. She retired as the deputy program executive officer for communications, Fort Monmouth, N.J., for the PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, Va.

“We fully expect to bring the same high level of support to the Army at APG that we did at Fort Monmouth,” says Powell. “As we work side by side with our customer daily, we will be better able to understand and act on our customer’s needs and ensure they have the innovative and affordable solutions required.”

Just as at Fort Monmouth, the company’s commitment extends beyond the business. Exelis will continue to support Fisher House and other causes important to the APG community. “Being part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground community extends to the charitable and community- based groups as well,” says Powell, who serves on the fundraising committee to support the Fisher House Foundation.

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Develops ‘Sci-Fi’ Technologies to Counter Emerging Threats
Focused to strengthen our Joint Force as they face emerging chemical and biological (CB) threats, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is developing a highly-skilled and adaptable technical workforce that generates and delivers some of the most cutting-edge solutions to service members.

One of ECBC’s most recent additions to its BioSciences Division, Research Biologist Calvin Chue, Ph.D., whose specialization is microbial characterization and detection, is an exceptional fit to communicate across all levels within in the CB defense arena and to achieve high results in his multi-faceted role at ECBC. Chue is responsible for generating new ideas, pursuing Center-wide and interagency collaboration and integrating workflows to help ensure that service members receive the CB detection equipment they need when in harm’s way.

“The main reason why I joined ECBC was because there is such a diversity of skills and capabilities available in one place,” Chue says. “Having everything available in one location ensures the integration of a seamless end-to-end research and development (R&D) process for any kind of chemical biological detector.”

T. Rowe Price Executive Named GBC Chairman
The Greater Baltimore Committee, a membership organization promoting business interests in the Greater Baltimore region – Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties) – has named Brian C. Rogers, chairman of T. Rowe Price Group Inc., as its new chairman. Rogers has served on the GBC’s Board of Directors since 2007.

Three Harford Co. Women Named to Top 100
The Maryland Daily Record announced its list of Top 100 Women in Maryland and Harford County had three of its own included – Vanessa Milio, Harford County Chamber of Commerce; Tamara Rush, STG, Inc.; and Hollis Thomases, Web.Advantage.

Bizerba Label Solutions Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Location
On May 4, Andreas Kraut, CEO of Bizerba BmbH & CO KG, Germany, welcomed customers, public officials and community business leaders to a ribbon cutting at the newly expanded facility for Bizerba Label Solutions on Fashion Court in Joppa. Founded in 1866 in Germany, the company has more than doubled its workforce since 2008 and currently employs 75 workers in Harford County. Bizerba held a multi-state search for their location expansion, but Harford County and the State of Maryland collaborated on a loan package to provide incentives for Bizerba to remain in the county and invest over $800,000 on this project.

Ryan Huether Promoted to V.P. of Business Development
Baltimore-based Independent Can Company, a leader in the printing and manufacturing of decorated metal cans and industrial packaging, recently announced the promotion of Ryan Huether to the position of vice president of business development. Huether has served as business manager for the company’s Western Specialty Division in Ontario, California 
since 2007.

Hamilton Bank Unveils A New Name, A New Look
Robert DeAlmeida, president/CEO of Hamilton Bank recently announced the bank’s new name and the launch of its new brand. Formerly Hamilton Federal Bank, the community bank evolved its name to Hamilton Bank in order to better represent the wide range of services it now provides, including the addition of small business banking within the last two years. With the name change, the bank has introduced a new logo, tagline, and web site, as well as a marketing communications campaign to reflect its stability, growth and commitment to Greater Baltimore.

DeAlmeida emphasizes that the new name and new logo are a change in branding only, not in bank ownership or in the level of customer service consistently delivered by Hamilton Bank. “We’re energized by our new look and want to assure our customers that the only way they will be affected by our new branding is that they will be more aware of the types of services we offer,” says DeAlmeida. The bank employs more than 50 people and operates five branch locations across Greater Baltimore, serving the communities of Cockeysville, Pasadena, Towson, and Baltimore (Overlea and Hamilton).

Carol Bertam Departs NMTC After 14 Years
Carol Bertram, who has been with the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council since the fall of 1998 and has worked with both the Council and Army Alliance, Inc. in helping to launch and grow both of the organizations, recently announced her departure from the organization. Her dedication in supporting the technology and defense initiatives went well beyond the hours that she was supposed to work. With her charitable works in mind, the NMTC Board is making a donation to one of her many charities, the Avon Walk For The Cure, in her honor.

Chesapeake Urology’s Dr. Brad Lerner Honored with Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Service
Urologist Dr. Brad D. Lerner, a member of Chesapeake Urology Associates and chief of urology at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, was honored in April with a citation from Gov. Martin O’Malley in recognition of more than 22 years of outstanding service to Union Memorial Hospital and the surrounding community. Patient John Scharf, who was treated for an enlarged prostate by Dr. Lerner, nominated him for the citation. Scharf was greatly impressed with the high quality of care he received. “I felt that Dr. Lerner deserved some type of high recognition,” he explains. “I’ve been a patient of his for five years. Through the course of my treatment, the care that I received from him, the Union Memorial staff and the whole Chesapeake Urology group and nurses was just incredible.”

Dr. Lerner is an urologist with a broad range of special interests including prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate (BPH). He is one of the leading male fertility and microsurgical vasectomy reversal specialists in the Mid-Atlantic region and is co-director of the new Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, a division of Chesapeake Urology Associates. In addition, Dr. Lerner is the urologic consultant to the NFL Baltimore Ravens.

HR Solutions Named a 2012 Top 100 MBE Award Winner
Harford County-based human resources firm HR Solutions, LLC has been named one of the 2012 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award winners for the region that includes Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Firm founder and president Renée McNally attributes the selection of HR Solutions to the Top 100 list to a variety of factors, including business growth and community involvement. Founded in 2004, HR Solutions experienced significant revenue growth over the past two years, growing more than 45 percent annually from 2009-2011. McNally is also active in the Harford County business community, serving as president of the board of Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network, as a board member of the Susquehanna Human Resources Association and as a regular volunteer at Harford County’s Small Business Development Center.

“HR Solutions is proud to be recognized as one of the region’s Top 100 minority-owned businesses,” says McNally. “For the last eight years, HR Solutions has been committed to providing the best human resources practices to its clients to minimize risk, save money, and eliminate the stress of managing employees, and it is a real honor to be rewarded for 
our success.”

Michael Kagan Named TowsonGlobal Advisory Board Chairman
Michael Kagan, senior vice president and chief sales officer for Constellation Energy’s retail business unit, has been named chairman of the TowsonGlobal Business Incubator Advisory Board. As chairman of TowsonGlobal, Kagan helps to set the incubator’s direction, assists in ensuring that outcomes align with the program’s mission, and serves as an advocate for the incubator among external stakeholders.

“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy and TowsonGlobal provides a support system that can help a wide variety of companies create new opportunities and jobs that will have a real impact on our region’s economy,” says Kagan. “Michael Kagan has been involved in developing and leading a variety of entrepreneurial initiatives during his career,” says Clay Hickson, director of TowsonGlobal. “We’re excited to draw on the depth of business experience he brings to the table.” Kagan succeeds Fred Lissauer of McCormick & Co. in the position of chairman of the TowsonGlobal board. Lissauer will remain an active member of the board.

Devaney & Associates Wins Seven Alfred Knight Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing
Devaney & Associates, a full-service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, received seven trophies at the 2012 Alfred Knight Awards. With four first-place wins and seven overall, the agency was one of the most-awarded companies at this year’s event. Presented by the Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, the Alfred Knight Awards recognize excellence in the healthcare marketing communications field in 19 specific categories.

Devaney & Associates received four “Awards of Excellence” first-place trophies, all for projects associated with Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. The agency’s campaign for the hospital’s 50th anniversary event was an Award of Excellence winner as well as a finalist for the “Overall Best in Show” category.

Startup Partners, Inc. (SPI) Launches Innovative Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur Program at Cecil College
SPI, a Maryland non-profit formed to design and deliver entrepreneur/intrapreneur programs, while protecting the intellectual property of participants, has announced the formation of an intense, 10-week program at Cecil College to address opportunities in agriculture/equine, technology, and consumer/commercial markets, according to Angela Corrieri, president of SPI. “Some of us choose to be entrepreneurs, using our problem solving skills to start and grow businesses, and some of us choose to be intrapreneurs, solving problems as employees of others’ businesses. Both make significant contributions to our community and our employers. This program addresses both environments.”

Dr. Stephen Pannill, president of Cecil College, adds, “Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives local economies and provides placements for our graduates, so we are fired up about this program.”

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Wins National Partner for Change Award
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been honored with the 2012 “Partner for Change” Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. This marks the second year in a row that the hospital has been recognized as a “Partner for Change,” which recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and source reduction programs.

“This award demonstrates MedStar Franklin Square’s commitment to their associates and the community, to protect public health and preserve the environment,” says Laura Wenger, RN, executive director, Practice Greenhealth. “MedStar Franklin Square is truly demonstrating leadership for the future of health care.” “We are pleased to recognized for this significant achievement,” says Dennis Kephart, senior director, Facilities at MedStar Franklin Square. “We are proud to be a model of how health facilities develop and implement programs to improve the health of our patients, staff and community.”

Planit Takes Best Of Show at Baltimore ADDY Awards
Baltimore-based Planit, a marketing and communications agency, won more than 20 awards, including Best of Show at the 38th Annual American Advertising Federation of Baltimore ADDY® awards, held April 12. Planit was also recently recognized by AdAge as a Small Agency of the Year. “To be recognized as Best of Show by the largest advertising organization in the region is a true honor,” says Matt Doud, president of Planit.

Among Planit’s 24 awards received was the prestigious Best of Show award for their Gilgal/Yarden Wines multimedia campaign. Other Gold ADDY awards received include work done for Def Jam, Double Positive, Har-Tru Sports, Fila, United Way, Luck Companies, and Planit’s own holiday social media campaign.

RCI Housing Partnership Increasing Quality of Life for Residents on Post
As part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, the Army and Picerne Military Housing partnered in December 2009 at Aberdeen Proving Ground to build, renovate and improve housing and the quality of life for military families. The Community Management Development Plan (CDMP) is the blueprint for the 50-year partnership to change the face of housing on post and was developed by the Aberdeen Proving Ground leadership and Picerne. Construction efforts will continue to take place over the course of the next three years as part of the six-year Initial Development Period (IDP). It has been 20 years since the last new home was constructed 
at APG.

At Aberdeen, Bayside Village is the primary area of development. A total of 210 new homes will be constructed and will include junior enlisted, NCO, senior NCO and company grade officer homes built for military families. Picerne will also complete a total of 162 renovations – 97 historic home renovations and 65 renovations that will combine existing, smaller duplex houses and multi-family buildings into spacious single-family homes.

Tier One Technology Partners selected to join IT company network HTG Peer Groups
Hunt Valley-based Tier One Technology Partners recently announced today it has been selected to join HTG Peer Groups, a worldwide network of IT solution provider executives formed to collaborate and share business best practices. “Being selected to join HTG Peer Groups is a huge honor. This allows us to contribute our expertise to a worldwide network of IT solution providers,” says David Shaffer, Tier One Technology Partners President. “It’s a unique opportunity to share resources, gain insight from peers and mentors, and stay ahead of the curve on technology trends and tools that will benefit our clients.”

“As an IT service company dedicated to influencing the industry and improving business practices through collaboration with peers, Tier One Technology Partners is a welcome addition to our network,” says Arlin Sorensen, HTG founder and CEO.

Accountants Paint Murals for Local Children’s Hospitals
Accountants at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered (WC&S) spent time during tax season tapping into their creative side painting murals that are being donated to local hospitals. Both the Lutherville and Bel Air office of WC&S participated in a tax season event that involved working with a team to paint child friendly pictures on large canvas boards. In doing so, employees got the benefit of a little art therapy. “The idea of art therapy isn’t new,” said Carol Frontera, marketing coordinator, “But it was new to most of the staff here at the firm.”

Each of the two offices had three canvas boards with drawings of cartoon-like sea creatures on them. The three canvas boards, when hung side-by-side creates a mural, which will be donated to local hospitals to be hung in pediatric units. The paintings from the Lutherville office of WC&S are being donated to University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, while the Bel Air office’s paintings are going Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

DuClaw Brewing Company Expands Into The Nation’s Capital
Bel Air-based DuClaw Brewing Company recently introduced their beer to the D.C. and Northern Virginia markets. Top sellers, HellRazer IPA and EuForia Toffee Nut Brown Ale, perennial favorite Venom Pale Ale, and unique seasonal brew Mysterium Belgian Spiced Ale will be available in 12-ounce bottle six-packs at launch, with a fifth, Serum xxIPA, expected to be introduced in 12-ounce bottle six-packs in the coming months.

Caskey Group Awarded G7 Master Printer Qualification
Caskey Group, a communications company based in York, Pa., announced it has been awarded its G7 Master Printer Qualification from IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance). The G7 Master Printer Qualification recognizes Caskey’s process controls to provide accurate, consistent color matching throughout the printing process – proof to print. There are currently 809 G7 Master Printers worldwide. “I am very proud that our proof and printing teams are being recognized for something they were already doing every day,” says Tony Rife, Caskey Group President. “Caskey’s printing standards and tight process controls have always provided our clients with the highest quality products with consistent and accurate color.” Printing clients benefit from using G7 Master Printers. The tight printing controls assure that projects printed at various times and across geographic regions will look remarkably similar. This helps support clients’ branding standards and professionalism in their presentations. “It’s no surprise that Caskey has received this award, as the printing they provide is outstanding,” says Vicki K. Franz, publisher of Stone House Publications, which publishes I95 Business. “The quality expressed in this award is evident in the printing of I95 Business.”