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Business Briefs: June/July 2013

June 2013

InboxMilioHauserVanessa Milio and Rebecca Hauser Join Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland
Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland (BVU), the nonprofit organization that connects businesses and individuals to meaningful volunteer opportunities, has hired Vanessa Milio as Senior Director of Programs and Services, and Rebecca Hauser as Manager of Communication and Marketing, announced BVU Executive Director Kelly Hodge-Williams. As Senior Director of Programs and Services, Milio will provide leadership, management and strategic direction for BVU’s programs and external relationships that will increase business engagement and leadership level volunteerism. Milio was most recently the President and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, which provides business development, networking and legislative programs to more than 750 businesses.

Joining BVU as Manager of Communication and Marketing, Hauser will coordinate BVU’s external communications initiatives, including program promotion, events, digital support and publicity. Before joining BVU, Hauser served as Community Relations Manager for a healthcare services management company where she led enterprise-wide community engagement efforts, developed employee volunteerism strategies and managed large-scale charitable outreach events.

Dancing for the Arts Set for Sept. 21
The 6th Annual “Dancing for the Arts” gala, sponsored by I95 BUSINESS, will be held Sept. 21, 6:30-11pm at Residents’ Club at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace. The event will feature Harford County “Stars” who will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors. The “Stars” will take private dance lessons with professional dance instructors from Dancing with Friends. The evening will include an open bar, sumptuous food, the dancing competition, and an exciting live auction. The Honorary Chair is Tamera Rush, Vice President, Defense STG, Inc. and winner of the Judges Choice Award at the 2012 gala. The emcee is Jamie Costello, news anchor for ABC2 News. Tickets are $185 per person but $175 per person if purchased by July 1. A variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available to companies and organizations. Contact Lyndi Richards at or at 410-838-2177 to reserve program ads and sponsorships. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or checks can be mailed to Center For the Arts, Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015.

InboxGroundFlTech App Development Co-working Space Opens In Harford
The GroundFloor at Harford, a community-driven workspace and collaboration center for technology entrepreneurs, freelance developers and start-up businesses, opened May 15 in Havre de Grace’s Swan Creek Village Center. It is the first co-working space in Harford County. Located at 2021-G Pulaski Highway in Harford County’s Route 40 technology corridor, less than two miles from Aberdeen Proving Ground, The GroundFloor at Harford takes a traditional business incubator model to the next level. Developed by Harford County Office of Economic Development, The GroundFloor at Harford provides an environment that fosters technology development, entrepreneurial activities and out-of-the-box thinking. In addition to bringing together individuals in the technology industry, it will also encourage reciprocal access and use among other collaborative tech centers throughout the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor and the Greater Baltimore area. The GroundFloor at Harford offers nearly 2,700 square feet of space and is outfitted with workstations, conference rooms, presentation areas and is Wi-Fi enabled.

InboxVanDeusenVan Deusen Recognized for Being Among North America’s Best Customer Service Leaders
Van Deusen Construction Company has been recognized by GuildQuality as one of the industry’s best remodeling and construction companies in North America. GuildQuality bestowed this honor upon the Van Deusen Construction Company by presenting it with its 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. GuildQuality selectively recognizes a limited number of homebuilders, remodelers, developers and contractors throughout North America for their superlative performance based on the responses received from customer surveys. The Van Deusen Construction Company is now a 6-time Guildmaster Award winner having previously won the award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

InboxSlizewskiLaurie Slizewski joins Slavie Federal Savings Bank as Business Development Director
Slavie Federal Savings Bank welcomes Laurie Slizewski, who will serve as the community bank’s Business Development Director. Slizewski will focus on developing new business banking relationships with local businesses, while also providing oversight to maintain and grow existing business relationships. “Laurie is an experienced and dedicated professional who truly understands the needs of local business owners,” says Chairman, President and CEO Philip E. Logan. “Her success in developing and retaining business relationships by providing quality service, matched with the appropriate mix of financial tools, exemplifies our focus of serving our community businesses and neighbors. We are proud to have her join the Slavie team.” Slizewski will specialize in Slavie’s Commercial and Industrial lending, as well as SBA lending, while also providing clients with access to all of Slavie’s services.

Baltimore-Based DDG Wins Prestigious Award For Work On Guatemala City Retail Project
Baltimore-based DDG – an internationally renowned design, architecture, and graphics company – is the winner of the prestigious 2013 ICSC Latin America Shopping Center Award for its work on the Portales retail project in Guatemala City. DDG was responsible for the architectural design, the brand identity, and the environmental signage and graphics on the project. “For the 132-store Portales project, DDG focused on creating not only a family-friendly, inviting, and enjoyable environment, but also a fresh, contemporary bridge between the comfort of tradition and the energy of the modern retail experience,” says Ahsin Rasheed, Chairman, CEO and President of DDG.

Atlantic Financial FCU Announces 2013 Board of Directors
Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) held its 62nd Annual Meeting and announced the 2013 Board of Directors election results on April 15. For the 2013 term, Michael Spencer will continue to serve as AFFCU’s Board Chairman. David Botzler, executive vice president of Dunbar Armored, was elected Vice Chairman. PDP Group CFO Charles Feihe was elected Treasurer and Miquelle Koonce, Director of Finance for Maryland Chamber of Commerce, will serve as Secretary. Former AFFCU President and CEO, Richard Webb, was elected to the Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. Additionally, Theodore Prioleau and Botzler will also serve three-year terms on AFFCU’s Board. Angie Barnett, CEO of Better Business Bureau Greater Maryland, was elected to serve a two-year term. Wade Walters and Koonce will serve a one-year term on the Board.

Merritt Properties Announces New Tenants
Merrit Properties announced several new tenants: Edwards & Hill Communications, LLC, at Annapolis Junction; Chung-Juk Associates, LLC, and Dawain Grayson & Elton S. Wilson at Guilford Industrial Park; Lifebridge Health, Inc., at Timonium Business Park; Maryland Moving, LLC, at Merchant Drive; M.R. Tech, Inc., at Sulphur Spring; Harbor East Law, LLC, and Lukoil Marine Lubricants USA, Inc., at 729 East Pratt; Bully! Commercial and Entertainment Media, LLC, at Foundry on Fort Avenue; Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Inc., at Timonium Two; The Garden Creative, LLC, at Columbia Corporate Park; Ruby Reef, Inc., and All Staffing, Inc at Owings Mills; 180°, LLC, at Pulaski Business Park; and Arett Sales Corporation at Baltimore Commons.

The Town of Port Deposit and Towson University Host Celebration of New Partnership
The Town of Port Deposit, in Cecil County, and Towson University have established a cooperative partnership that will preserve and enhance the Town’s ecosystem while providing Towson students and faculty support for valuable research opportunities. For several years, Richard Seigel, a professor in the Towson University Department of Biological Sciences, has conducted research with his students on the impact of human and environmental factors on the endangered Northern Map Turtle. The only place the Northern Map Turtle is found in Maryland is along the Susquehanna River. The turtles use the beaches of Port Deposit for nesting.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Welcomes New CFO and Development Associate
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc. (HHS) is pleased to announce Steve Fulkrod as its new Chief Finance Officer and Tara Hyde as its new Development Associate. Fulkrod brings to HHS a vast knowledge of financial and operational strategies for non-profit organizations. Most recently, he was Vice President of Finance and Administrations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. He also served as a member on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, where he was honored a volunteer service award for completing more than 500 hours of service.

Hyde holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. Her previous internship experience qualified Hyde for the position.

InboxHCoFederalHarford County Youth Cash In During Freedom’s Youth Month Celebration
Hundreds of kids of all ages turned out in April to take advantage of Freedom Federal Credit Union’s Youth Month celebration. Every April marks Youth Month at Freedom, where financial management and education are highlighted to children and young adults under the age of 25. Freedom offered new youth club account members the option to earn up to $25 through a matching deposit. Freedom also stressed the importance of saving by entering youth club members, who made qualifying deposits throughout April, for a chance to win a new XBOX gaming system. Nearly 90 new youth club members joined the Credit Union during the April promotion, taking positive steps to begin developing their financial future.

Kamenetz Unveils Vision for Redeveloping 3,300-acre Sparrows Point Peninsula
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz recently unveiled a broad vision for redeveloping the 3,300-acre Sparrows Point peninsula in Dundalk, with a goal to create over 10,000 jobs. The plan is based on findings of the Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group of port officials, commercial, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution executives established by the County to recommend a framework for bringing new jobs to Sparrows Point after the closing of the RG Steel mill in May 2012. “We view the Sparrows Point peninsula not as the resting place of a declining smokestack industry, but as 3,300 acres with a combination of assets rarely found in one place in the Northeast United States,” says Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We have every reason to believe that these assets, led by expanded growth at the Port of Baltimore, will bring more than 10,000 new jobs to Eastern Baltimore County.”

PathoS and DynaSystems Named Winners of TowsonGlobal’s 2013 Business Plan Competition
After months of preparations, two teams emerged as the winners of the third Annual TowsonGlobal Business Plan Competition on May 1. The first place winner was PathoS, a Johns Hopkins University team that is developing low-cost cancer diagnostic solutions. Second place went to DynaSystems, the developer of a patent-pending tire deflation device that enhances public safety. The competition was held at Towson University’s West Village Commons where the five finalists made private presentations, which included an intense question and answer session by the panel of five judges. After much discussion and deliberation, the judges selected the two teams as the winners, with the other finalists not far behind.

The first place prize package is valued at over $17,000 and includes a monetary prize of $4,000, a 90-day Resident Membership to TowsonGlobal, executive coaching from CEO IQ and logo design by 99designs. The second place winner also receives a prize package valued at $5,200, which includes a monetary prize of $1,000, 90-day Associate Membership to TowsonGlobal, one year membership to the online community and resources of CEO IQ, and logo design by 99designs.

ECBC Helps Local Teachers Use Robotics for Applied Math Lessons
While students often ask themselves why they need to learn math, teachers ask themselves how they can make math more relevant in the classroom and relay its real-world application in a meaningful way. In times where the number of students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees is dropping and the need for a technically skilled workforce is significantly growing, it is critical that subjects like math are taught in a fashion that matters to students. Therefore, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) offered 20 middle and high school teachers at Cecil County Public Schools a professional development training that revealed how mathematics lessons can be embedded in the context of robotics, April 18-20. “Which student wouldn’t want to play with robots?” STEM Coordinator for Cecil County Public Schools Frank Cardo rhetorically asked. “Here’s an opportunity to take a topic that interests students and to integrate math in a meaningful and relevant way.”

“Having ECBC’s scientists and engineers train with us is helpful because, as teachers, we can then exactly tell students how professionals out there use math as part of their every day jobs,” says Michael Hinton, computer literacy teacher at Elkton Middle School. “It also allows us to use them as resources in our classroom to show students that math can lead to a better career and ultimately to a better future for them.”

Peter & Georgia Angelos Gifts $2.5 Million to Saint Agnes Hospital for New Medical Pavilion
Saint Agnes Hospital received a $2.5 million donation from Peter and Georgia Angelos in support of a new medical building that encompasses the hospital’s expanded Cancer Institute, as well as a variety of specialties, including cardiovascular, bariatrics, urology, pulmonary, thoracic, general surgery and others. The four-story, 80,000-square-foot building, named the Angelos Medical Pavilion, officially opened at Saint Agnes in February 2013.
President and CEO of Saint Agnes HealthCare, Bonnie Phipps, says, “We’re thrilled to receive this very generous donation from Peter and Georgia Angelos. The Angelos Medical Pavilion is one of many recent projects we have developed to improve the campus and expand the clinical services our hospital offers. We’re especially enthusiastic about the newly expanded Cancer Institute that is a flagship for innovation at Saint Agnes, and across Maryland.”

Promotion Announced At Ellin & Tucker, Chartered
Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, a leading regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm, announced that Lisa Loi has been promoted to Senior in the Audit, Accounting, and Consulting Department. Loi’s responsibilities include assisting on reviews and compilations of financial statements for clients involved in the construction, manufacturing, not-for-profit and service industries, as well as processing tax returns. Loi graduated from Stevenson University and holds an Advanced Accounting Certification from University of Maryland University College.

Finalists Selected for 13th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), Lonza Group LTD, McGladrey LLP, Millennial Media, Saul Ewing LLP, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and the Maryland Biotechnology Center announced 23 finalists for the 13th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of current and graduate companies within Maryland’s incubators. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore on June 13. “Maryland’s network of incubators continues to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed,” says Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO. “The Incubator Company of the Year Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of that network and the emerging businesses and technologies that it supports. TEDCO congratulates this year’s outstanding group of finalists.”

The finalists and incubators are: ADASHI Systems, Biologics Resources LLC, Blue Wave Semiconductors, Inc., Boss Medical LLC, Clear Guide Medical, Creatv MicroTech, Inc., Curiosityville, DSPlogic, Inc., GCC Technologies LLC, KoolSpan, Light Point Security, Maryland Energy and Sensor Technologies LLC, Mosaic Power, Plasmonix, Inc., Rehabtics, Riskive, Enterprises LLC, Savenia Labs, Social Growth Technologies, Inc., SOL VISTA, Unbound Concepts, Inc., Vasoptic Medical, Inc., and Vertical Wind Ventures LLC.

Saint Agnes and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Save Historic Field, Hospital Reveals Plan for Former Cardinal Gibbons Property
Saint Agnes Hospital and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are teaming up to save the field on which Babe Ruth played as a young man. The partnership is part of Saint Agnes’ vision for the former site of Cardinal Gibbons School, which the hospital purchased from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012. The 32-acre site will soon become a mixed-use development, featuring green space, community services, recreational facilities, and grand housing, which will provide affordable housing to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

“Our vision is to create a community asset unlike any other,” says Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare. “The vision for Gibbons Commons was to create an innovative plan consistent with the needs of Southwest Baltimore. Honoring the past, we are partnering with key community members like the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to ensure the creation of an environment that is respectful to those who left their fingerprint on this community. We are delighted to have Cal and his team on board, and we look forward to driving the plan for Gibbons Commons and this historic baseball field to fruition together.” I95