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August 2013

Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered and Michael D. Sisk & Company, PC Merge
There are some new faces in the Lutherville office of Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants (WC&S). The Michael D. Sisk & Company, PC joined the CPA firm of WC&S effective June 7. “It is our goal to make this transition as easy as possible for the clients,” says Frank Savarese, Managing Partner at WC&S. “We look forward to bringing them a range of expertise and a quality of service unmatched by other accounting firms.” Today, Weyrich Cronin & Sorra employs more than 45 people in its three offices located in Lutherville, Bel Air and Elkton. Over the years, the firm has expanded its range of services beyond the traditional tax, accounting and consulting services to include practice areas that specialize in forensic & investigative accounting, business valuations, non-profits, retirement plan audits, small & family owned businesses, local municipalities, and dental practices.

Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards, Sept. 18’s Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards, sponsored by I95 BUSINESS, will honor everyday women who make extraordinary contributions to their community and those around them. “As the premier vehicle for recognizing women who are dedicated to making their community a better place, while excelling in their professional attributes, The Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards inspire others to seek within themselves and donate their time, talent and treasure as well,” says Monyka Berrocosa, founder/CCO of The awards will be presented in four main categories to Baltimore area residents: Rising Awards for women ages 21-35; Woman in Balance Award for working mothers employed full-time and successfully juggling family and career; Woman in Business Awards for business owners who have successfully used their company’s success and industry leadership to contribute to the community; and Woman of Baltimore Award for an incredibly accomplished woman in the prime of her life who acts as an example, leader and mentor in her community and profession and has done so for some time.

The winners will be honored at the 7th annual “Spirited Women of Baltimore” Power Lunch, Sept. 18, 11:30am-2pm, at The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Event proceeds will jointly benefit the Caroline Center, a tuition-free job-training program for women in Baltimore, and help fund the ongoing efforts of the Giving Spirits Foundation.

InboxAreasAreas USA Partners With Agency Serving Children and Adults With Special Needs
Areas USA, the company contracted by the Maryland Transportation Authority to rebuild and operate Maryland ‘s two I-95 Travel Plazas, has partnered with Bayside Community Network to provide employment for adults with developmental disabilities and raise funds for programs for children and adults with special needs. “Areas USA is committed to be engaged with our local communities to help as much as we can, delivering warmth and caring that our great state of Maryland is known for,” according to Carlos de Jesus, director of operations for Areas USA.” The company presented the agency with a check for $10,000.

Three Tourism Projects Land Grants
Three heritage tourism projects located in the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway have been awarded a total of nearly $140,000 in matching grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. A grant of $20,000 was awarded to the City of Havre de Grace for Concord Point Park; a grant of $19,461 to Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace, Inc., for phase two of the Lock House Museum’s historic window and shutter rehabilitation project; and a grant of $100,000 to Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway for heritage area management, project reinvestment and a mini-grant program.

InboxHIEHealthcare’s Information Edge Demonstrates Commitment to Downtown Bel Air
Healthcare’s Information Edge (HIE) recently celebrated joining the downtown Bel Air community with the grand opening event of its new office at 218 Fulford Ave. As a locally owned and operated business, HIE’s new state-of-the-art office demonstrates the business’s strengths, growth and commitment to clients in the healthcare consulting industry as well as the vibrancy of downtown Bel Air.
“While we serve on a national level, our roots are in Harford County and what better way to honor that than an office in the heart of Bel Air,” says Lisa Limberger, HIE owner. “We’ve waited 11 years for this. We are focused on making a difference for hospital and patient care and this new office space allows us to better service our clients.”

InboxKirschNew Hire at Fallston Group
Rob Weinhold, Fallston Group Founder & Principal, announced that Kristi Frisch has joined the Fallston Group as Client Services Manager. In this role, Frisch, whose most recent position was Communications Manager for Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air, will develop and manage client relationships while enhancing the firm’s local and national business development efforts. Weinhold says, “Kristi brings a set of terrific interpersonal and organizational skills to the Fallston Group. It is wonderful to work with a true professional who really understands the importance of relationship building and delivering high quality, world-class service. Kristi’s enthusiasm to ensure customer satisfaction, coupled with her communications background, will be essential to our clients as we continue to help leaders prepare for, navigate through and recover from issues of sensitivity, adversity and crisis.”

InboxCrosleySaint Agnes Hospital Appoints New Chief of Emergency Department
Saint Agnes Hospital has named Pascal G. Crosley, D.O. as chief of the hospital’s department of emergency medicine (ED). A native of Maryland and son of a Baltimore City physician, Dr. Crosley is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and also serves as vice president of practice development for CEP America, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced providers of acute care management solutions and a partner to the hospital. Dr. Crosley will oversee Saint Agnes’s main emergency department as well as its specialty tracks of urgent care, chest pain, pediatric and the implementation of CEP America’s Rapid Medical Evaluation process.

Advanced Fire Protection Systems Invests $1.5 Million in Baltimore County’s Southwest Enterprise Zone
Mike Peters, owner of Advanced Fire Protection Systems, relocated his business for one basic reason: he was out of space. Peters needed a larger building to meet the needs of the growing business services company. Advanced Fire Protection Systems provides commercial fire protection and security services, including design, installation, service and inspection of fire alarm protection systems, automatic sprinkler systems, and security systems. Advanced Fire Protection Systems and its 60 employees have now moved to Baltimore County to a newly renovated building in the Southwest Enterprise Zone. The company invested over $1.5 million in the new Baltimore County location.

Atlantic Financial FCU Welcomes New Director of Finance
Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) is pleased to welcome Kaitlin Rankin as Director of Finance. As a new addition to AFFCU’s management team, she will be responsible for all financial, accounting and investment functions at the credit union. While managing the daily operations of the finance department, Rankin will prepare various financial reports and statements. Rankin will ensure compliance with regulations, policies, and procedures within the finance department and NCUA requirements.

TEDCO Invests More Than $1.1 Million in 14 Maryland Startups
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced that 14 companies have received a total of $1,109,990 in funding from the organization’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), formally the Maryland Technology Transfer and Commercialization Fund, since Sept. 2012. The funding will be used to advance the companies’ technology and product commercialization efforts.

Community Bank BCSB Joins Downtown Bel Air movement
Baltimore County Savings Bank (BCSB) recently celebrated joining Downtown Bel Air with the grand opening event of its new Bel Air branch. As a community bank serving Harford County since 1975, the bank renewed its commitment to the Bel Air community with its new location on the corner of Main Street and E. Gordon Street, beside the Klein’s ShopRite. “The new Bel Air branch is a true testament to our longevity and commitment in this community,” says Joseph Bouffard, President and CEO of BCSB. “The original Bel Air branch was our second branch location, established in 1975. And 38 years later we’re still invested, understanding the importance of Main Street and how the vibrant downtown area fits into the success of the community.”

InboxDundalkDundalk Booming with Retail and Residential Development
New shopping and housing are coming to Dundalk as developers are recognizing the community’s market potential. “Private developers see the strength of Dundalk as a great place to invest, especially in retail,” says Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Dundalk is truly seeing a boom in new shopping and business services.” According to data from Artois Retail, over 83,000 people live on the Dundalk peninsula. The developer, who is working with Regional Management to transform Merritt Park Shopping Center (seen on previous page), notes that 6,623 Dundalk households currently have average incomes over $75,000. Other commercial developments include Merritt Manor Shopping Center, which is now 83 percent leased; The Townes at North Point, where K. Hovnanian Homes is building a 108-unit upscale townhome community on part of the former North Point drive-in site; a 10,000-square-foot retail building next to The Townes at North Point by St. John Properties; and The Greens at Logan Field, a $15.2 million senior community of 84 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments by Enterprise Homes.

Carl Kampel Elected To Maryland Association Of Certified Public Accountants’ Board
Carl Kampel, CPA and Director in Charge of Professional Standards at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, was recently elected to serve on the 2013-14 Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA). As Director in Charge of Professional Standards at Ellin & Tucker, Kampel advises clients on financial reporting for complex transactions and represents the firm before financial reporting standard-setting organizations.

Promotions Announced At Ellin & Tucker, Chartered
Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, a leading regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm, announced that Cynthia Taylor, CPA has been promoted to Manager in the Audit, Accounting, and Consulting Department of the firm. Also, Samantha DeRemigis has been promoted to Supervisor in the Tax Department.

Meanwhile, R. Christopher Rosenthal, a Director in the Forensic and Valuation Services Group at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, has recently been elected President-elect of The Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

Renee Winsky named Leadership Maryland’s President and CEO
Renee M. Winsky, a Maryland business executive with broad experience leading organizations, has been named Leadership Maryland’s President and CEO. She will replace Nancy Minieri, who founded the organization in 1992 and announced in March that she will retire at the end of this year. Winsky, of Davidsonville, was previously the executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center, a technology business incubator in Annapolis. She brings to Leadership Maryland nearly 30 years of public and private sector experience. Leadership Maryland has become the state’s premier leadership development program, with more than 900 people having graduated from its yearlong course. Dozens of prominent Marylanders are alums, including elected officials, cabinet members, business executives, educators and non-profit directors.

Prometric Opens New $12 Million Global Operations Hub
Prometric has opened a new $12 million Global Operations Center of Excellence in White Marsh. The 60,000-square-foot facility brings 250 jobs to White Marsh from Minnesota and other parts of Maryland. Prometric conducts testing on behalf of clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets. Functions managed out of the new White Marsh facility include oversight of Prometric’s global test center network, global help desk, contact centers, on-demand testing, and candidate support.

Freedom Federal Credit Union Recognizes Second Quarter “Core Values Award” Recipient
Freedom Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Kristi Kelly, Electronic Services Representative, as the winner of Freedom’s 2013 second quarter “Core Values Award.” The “Core Values Award” recognizes Freedom employees who continuously demonstrate support of unique core values, which were established as a vision and guidance for all employees in their commitment to serve Freedom members, fellow employees and the Harford County community.

Baltimore Hispanic Chamber and County Launching Business Workshops for Hispanic Entrepreneurs
Hispanic entrepreneurs in Baltimore County will soon have greater access to business opportunities, financing and marketing resources with Simplemente Negocio/Simply Business, a new series of workshops presented by the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. The workshops, to be held in Spanish, were announced by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz as he officially welcomed the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members to the Chamber’s new office in downtown Towson.

Loyola’s Sellinger School Grads Achieve Highest CPA Exam Pass Rates in Maryland
First-time certified public accountant candidates who graduated from Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management achieved the highest CPA exam pass rates of all first-time candidates who graduated from Maryland institutions. Nationally, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) ranked Loyola’s Sellinger School the eighth best in test performance among similarly sized programs in 2012. According to NASBA, 74.5 percent of 51 candidates with Sellinger School bachelor’s degrees passed the CPA exam the first time, more than 20 percent higher than the Maryland average of 52.9 percent in 2012. “This is the result of the dedication our accounting faculty have to ensure our students are well prepared for this professional licensure,” says Karyl B. Leggio, dean of the Sellinger School.

State Designates Three Sustainable Communities in Baltimore County
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Maryland Department of Planning have designated three Baltimore County areas as sustainable community areas. Catonsville/Patapsco, Greater Dundalk and Hillendale/Parkville/Overlea are now qualified to apply for State funds for projects leading to increased economic, transportation and housing choices, and environmental improvements.

InboxECBCECBC Urges Girls to Pursue STEM Careers
Aiming to excite local seventh-grade girls about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, subject matter experts from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center recently supported Project DREAM Work’s Girls STEM Discovery Day at Harford Community College. ECBC collaborated with Project DREAM Work, a middle school initiative of Harford Community College, and the Women in Defense, Mid Atlantic Chapter, to engage 30 female Edgewood Middle School students in hands-on STEM experiences.

“As the nation’s principal research and development resource for non-medical chemical and biological defense, it is ECBC’s mission to protect our warfighters and the nation against potential CB threats,” says Suzanne Milchling, director of program integration at ECBC. “But, it is also our responsibility to help prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow to ensure we have access to a pool of STEM professionals who are able to tackle complex problems through cutting-edge solutions.”

Mission BBQ Announces Expansion With Three Additional Restaurants
Mission BBQ fans will soon be able to enjoy delicious BBQ with a hefty side of patriotism at three additional locations this year. The fast casual restaurant announced it will open three new local branches in California, Md., Canton, Md., and York, Pa. Mission BBQ plans to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic with a targeted goal of opening 40 restaurants nationwide by 2018. “We are thrilled to begin our expansion and bring our unique concept to three new locations this year,” say Mission BBQ co-owners Bill Kraus and Steve Newton. “This gives us the opportunity to honor and give back to our American heroes in even more communities.” Not only is Mission BBQ known for its traditional, American BBQ, but they also donate proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, USO, Honor Flight Network, and a number of local fire and police charities. Every day, at exactly Noon, the entire restaurant halts to play the National Anthem.

InboxFergusonHarford County Association of REALTORS® Announce 2013 Award Recipients
President Simon Nwaigwe of the Harford County Association of REALTORS® recently announced the 2013 REALTOR® of Year is Marianne Ferguson, Branch Vice President with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Harford County. The REALTOR® of the Year Award is bestowed upon the REALTOR® in the local association who exemplifies the model member through Real Estate Service to the Community, and the Local, State and National Associations.

Cushman & Wakefield Tapped To Sell 694-Unit Multifamily Portfolio In Maryland
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. recently announced it has been retained as the exclusive sales agent for a five-property multifamily portfolio totaling almost 700 garden and townhouse units, currently owned and operated by Multi-Properties, Inc. Dispersed throughout the Baltimore metro region, which has exhibited steady and consistent apartment fundamentals, the portfolio is comprised of Beacon Pointe (201 units) in the Edgemere section of Southeast Baltimore County, and Edgewood Park (132 units) in Harford County, along with Fox Crossing (117 units), Hillsdale Manor (180 units) and Forest Glen Rental Townhomes (64 units), a grouping located in various parts of Baltimore City.

Women In Defense Co-Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the national non-profit organization Women In Defense (WID) will co-host its ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Community Women’s Club at Water’s Edge Event Center, Oct. 10, 11:30am-1pm. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Upper Chesapeake Health Cancer LifeNet.

SwingTime Ballroom Raises over $5,000 for Dancing for a Cause
Medical professionals from Upper Chesapeake Health paired with SwingTime Ballroom this year to strut their stuff and Dance for a Cause to benefit Cancer LifeNet. With just over a month of training, they took the floor recently to compete for the title of “Dancing for a Cause Champion,” awarded to the couple who raised the most money via votes for the cause. It was a close race this year, but the winner was Dr. Ramon DeJesus, dancing with SwingTime Ballroom’s competitive amateur dancer, Barbara Ziegler, a clinical resource manager at Upper Chesapeake Health. I95