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October 2013

SAIC Splits Into Two Companies
SAIC recently announced plans to create two separate companies, each with its own growth strategies and competitive advantages. Upon completion of the planned spin-off transaction, the government technical services and enterprise IT business will retain the name SAIC and trade under the ticker symbol NYSE: SAIC, while the government and commercial solutions company will be named Leidos and trade under the ticker NYSE: LDOS.

“The challenges facing our customers are taking on new dimensions,” says John Jumper, Chairman and CEO of SAIC, and future Chairman and CEO of Leidos. “Leidos will continue SAIC’s proud legacy of supporting vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, enabling innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, defend our nation, and protect digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats.” Stu Shea, COO of SAIC and future President and COO of Leidos, says, “Science stands as the foundation of everything we do. We have a holistic problem-solving approach and information-based capabilities for an interdependent and digitized world.”

InboxKlahrPamela J. Klahr, CCE, Named President and CEO of Harford County Chamber of Commerce
On Sept. 9, Pamela Klahr became president and CEO of Harford County Chamber of Commerce. Klahr is a Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive and served most recently as president and CEO of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. In that role, she was responsible for an organization of more than 700 members and increased the chamber’s revenue, grew attendance at events, expanded member services, created a business alliance task force and introduced several new initiatives including BRAC to the Future and Cyber Conference and Operation Thank You.

“Pam Klahr’s extensive chamber experience will move the Harford County Chamber of Commerce forward and continue its position as one of the strongest business organizations in Maryland,” says Brenda Morrison, chair of the board. “The chamber’s board was very impressed with the relationships she built with the military community at Fort Meade, and we are confident that she will repeat that success in Harford County.”

Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union Welcomes New Branch Supervisor
Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union welcomes Melony McCubbin as the new Hunt Valley Branch Supervisor. McCubbin will manage daily branch operations and oversee the branch staff at AFFCU’s Hunt Valley location. She will serve and assist members with their financial needs. Joining AFFCU with over 15 years of experience in the credit union industry, McCubbin brings a wealth of knowledge and exceptional member service to this position.

Eat Healthy, Harford, with 
New Healthy Restaurant Designation Program
If you’ve been wondering how to make dining out in Harford County a little healthier, you don’t have to wonder any longer. At this year’s Healthy Harford Day on Sept. 28, Healthy Harford unveiled its newest program, the Healthy Restaurant Designation Program, to help make it easier for Harford County residents to eat healthy while eating out.

The new Healthy Restaurant Designation Program was developed in conjunction with area nutritionists, restaurant owners and Health Department food inspectors. To receive the Healthy Restaurant Designation, participating restaurants must offer at least two entrée selections that meet the following criteria: have fewer than 750 total calories; provide no more than 30 percent of total calories from fat, only 10 percent from saturated fat; contain less than 850mg of sodium; include at least three ounces of lean protein; include a vegetable and/or fruit; and contain no deep fried items. Restaurants that meet the Healthy Restaurant guidelines will receive a Healthy Harford logo to display in their window so consumers know that they have pre-screened, healthy menu options available.

InboxWalshThree Harford Co. Women Recognized as Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses
The Baltimore Business Journal Top 25 list in the Enterprising Women 2013 insert listed three Harford County businesses as Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned businesses according to percentage of growth in revenue between 2011 & 2012. No. 1 on the list was Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc., owned by Stephanie Novak Hau, with growth of 179.29 percent for 2011-2012. The environmental consulting group employs 59. No. 7 on the list was JigSaw Marketing Solutions, owned by Kathy Mignini Walsh, who also writes for 
I95 BUSINESS (pictured here). No. 13 on the list was Home Title Co. of Maryland, Inc. owned by Diane L. Sengstacke.

Boulevard At Box Hill 
Unveils Newest Merchants, 
New Charity Partner
Boulevard at Box Hill held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 14 to unveil its newest merchants to join the Boulevard at Box Hill family. Additionally, Boulevard at Box Hill and its merchants celebrated the selection of Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere as its first charity partner. To begin raising awareness and support, as well as to celebrate the kick-off of the new charity partnership, Boulevard at Box Hill also held a Ravens Pep Rally with all the proceeds benefiting RAACE.

CCBC and UB Sign Formal Articulation Agreements for Business Administration 
and Real Estate and Economic Development Programs
Getting into the Bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration or Real Estate and Economic Development at the University of Baltimore just got easier for Community College of Baltimore County graduates with associate degrees in Business studies. The two institutions, both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, recently signed a formal agreement allowing graduates with a degree in Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Law, or Business Management at CCBC to transfer up to 60 credits into the comparable bachelor’s-level program at UB’s Merrick School of Business.

InboxBankAmericaHabitatBank of America Awards $25,000 Grant to Harford Tech Build
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is pleased to recognize Bank of America as a supporting partner in the mission to help improve access to affordable housing. Bank of America’s $25,000 contribution will help fund Habi-Tech Green Build, a home that is built by students from Harford Technical High School using the latest green technology. “We’re working with community partners to help connect individuals and families to affordable housing as a first step toward long-term financial stability,” says David Millman, Maryland and Baltimore market president, Bank of America.

Two Baltimore County Vineyards Named “Best in Class”
At a reception held by the Maryland Wineries Association on Sept. 3 at the Evergreen Museum and Library on Charles Street, First Lady Katie O’Malley announced the finalists and winner of the 23rd Annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition. The 2013 competition, held every year in August, is the premier contest of Maryland wines. Boordy Vineyards’ Vidal Blanc 2012 and Royal Rabbit Vineyards’ Chatelaine 2012 took “Best in Class” from among 30 wineries/vineyards, placing them in the finalist category. The Governor’s Cup Award, “Best in Show” went to Black Ankle Vineyards in Frederick County.

Baltimore Co. Budget and Finance Director Earns National Recognition
Baltimore County’s Budget and Finance Director Keith Dorsey was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of North America for the level of excellence in financial reporting demonstrated in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. This achievement awards program is considered to be the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

InboxCatAdoptionCat Adoption Center to Open in Harford Mall
On Sept. 21, The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) hosted the Grand Opening of Rescue Me! at Harford Mall, the region’s first deluxe cat adoption center and boutique located in a shopping mall. HSHC is sharing space with Baron’s K-9 Country Store, which will be offering numerous health oriented pet foods, products and gifts for dogs and cats. “Some people may be reluctant to visit an animal shelter or they simply aren’t aware that we have a shelter on Connolly Road in Harford County,” says Mary Leavens, Executive Director. “Our primary goal with this new endeavor is to offer a convenient adoption location and to find forever homes for as many adoptable cats and kittens as possible.”

Renegade Communications Awarded Regional Harley-Davidson And Ace Hardware Accounts
Tim Watkins, President and CEO of Hunt Valley-based Renegade Communications, recently announced that the organization has been named Rommel’s agency of record for the region’s Harley-Davidson and ACE Hardware accounts. As the company’s agency of record, Renegade Communications will work to create seamless brand messaging across all media platforms while generating marketing and advertising services. “We are thrilled to be selected to help grow these important brands and generate increased store traffic, while re-focusing the overall Rommel brand,” Watkins says.

$100,000 in Education Grants Awarded to Military Spouses by Families First
Our Family for Families First Foundation, the nationally recognized private, charitable foundation of Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, awarded $100,000 in grants to the spouses of active-duty service members. As part of the award, 20 military spouses each received $5,000 education grants in support of secondary education. “Our goal in setting up the Foundation seven years ago was to find a way to give back to the service members by supporting their spouses and children in their pursuit of higher education,” says John Picerne, Foundation founder. “We are extremely proud of this year’s worthy grant recipients and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come.”

Baltimore Co. Again Named Among Top 10 Digital Counties
Baltimore County was once again named among the top 10 counties in the country using technology to improve services and efficiency by the foremost national authority on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center for Digital Government ranked Baltimore County 7th in the nation, up from a No. 9 ranking last year, among counties with populations of more than 500,000. The award focuses on jurisdictions’ success in effectively and efficiently using digital technologies to serve their citizens, streamline operations and achieve measurable benefits.

“We keep moving forward every day with using new technology to maximize our efficiencies in a way that helps us better leverage our resources to enhance public safety, improve our schools, and enhance services for our residents,” says County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I am very proud of our outstanding information technology staff and applaud their efforts to continuously improve our use of technology throughout County government.”

InboxECBCCollectsRecordECBC Collects Record Number of Back-to-School Supplies for Military Families
It was with great hesitance initially that the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) decided to hold its annual Back-to-School Drive this year – due to the looming furlough implications. But, the Center’s sixth Back-to-School Drive not only proved to be its most successful one thus far, but also proved that people will find ways to dig deeper, even in the midst of a furlough, if it is for a good cause. On Aug. 20, ECBC presented a record number of Back-to-School donations, collected between July 8 and Aug. 13, to the 20th Support Command and the 22nd Chemical Battalion.

“I’m very impressed and thankful to see the amount and variety of school supplies our workforce and partners ‘literally’ brought to the table this year,” says ECBC Director of Program Integration Suzanne Milchling. “Actions speak louder than words, and our people have definitely spoken loudly.” In an effort to ease the burden of back-to-school expenses for military families in its neighboring community, ECBC’s workforce collectively with employees from the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office donated more than 5,000 school supplies valued at approximately $4,000.

Attorney Sheela Murthy Gives $50,000 Endowment to CCBC
Local immigration attorney Sheela Murthy continues her commitment to the Community College of Baltimore County’s Global Education program with a new $50,000 endowment to establish the Sheela Murthy/Donna Reihl Global Lecture Series. This new lecture series will allow the college to grow its Global Education program by highlighting international and global leaders in business, government, education and other areas important to CCBC students, faculty and the community.

Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered and Chesapeake Accounting & Bookkeeping Service Merge
After several years working together in a business relationship, Chesapeake Accounting & Bookkeeping Service, Inc. has joined the CPA firm of Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered. Chesapeake Accounting & Bookkeeping Service, Inc. has been serving Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. “Jennifer Arches embodies the heartbeat of our firm, which is to provide the highest quality services to clients and deliver it with close personal attention,” says Benny Walker, CPA, partner in the Bel Air office of WC&S. “WC&S has been doing work in Cecil County for several years and performing the tax work for Jennifer’s clients for the past two years. The merger was a natural next-step.”

InboxNewCenterNew Center to Bring First-Class Amenities to Military Families
Corvias Military Living and Aberdeen Proving Ground leadership gathered Aug. 19 to witness the first phase of construction on a community center that will bring military families first class, conveniently located amenities. The upscale Bayside Community Center is designed to improve the quality of life for APG residents and will provide nearly 8,000 square feet of free services. Residents can enjoy swimming in a resort-style pool with lap lanes and beach-entry play area, all while enjoying the feel of being on a seaside boardwalk. The beach-themed center will also include a fitness center, playroom, studio for group workouts, multi-purpose room with computers, free Wi-Fi, outdoor gathering spaces with play equipment and picnic pavilion, and arcade games.

“This is going to be a homerun,” says APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell. “When you look at all the activities that will be offered, it’s really going to add a ‘wow’ effect for residents.” The construction of the center
is nearly four years into the 50-year apartnership between APG and Corvias, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their families. “This is truly a good partnership,” says Ferrell. “The relationship has been efficient, innovative and responsive in taking care of our families.”

Southern Harford Rotary Awards Bus to the Boys & Girls Club Harford County
Southern Harford Rotary recently awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County a transportation vehicle to the Edgewood location. The new bus will be available to provide transportation services to youth members. The mission of Southern Harford Rotary is to assist children in southern Harford County reach their maximum potential.

The M&A Advisor Names SC&H Capital Principal to Prestigious 40 Under 40 List
SC&H Capital, an investment banking and advisory firm focused on middle market and growth companies, recently announced that Matthew Roberson, a Principal in the practice, has been selected as a Winner of the 2013 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Awards. “Matt represents the next generation of business leaders who brings the highest level of dedication to serving clients and the community,” says Ronald M. Causey, Managing Director and Co-Founder of SC&H Group.

Towson University’s New Event Center Officially Named SECU Arena
Towson University’s newly constructed state-of-the-art athletics and entertainment venue will now be known as SECU Arena. SECU – Maryland’s largest state-chartered financial cooperative – and Towson University announced a new agreement that gives SECU exclusive naming rights to the new home of Tigers athletics and other community events. The venue will also be used for concerts, family shows, meetings, commencement ceremonies for TU and other area schools, and small conventions.

Oldfields School Welcomes New Head Of School
On Oct. 10, Dr. Parnell Hagerman was invested as the 10th Oldfields Head of School. Dr. Hagerman joined the Oldfields staff in the fall of 2008 as Associate Head under Taylor Smith, who served Oldfields as the ninth Head of School. Prior to joining Oldfields, Dr. Hagerman worked in admission at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass., and later at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., where she was named Dean of Admission. From there, she spent time as an education consultant before working with the Harvard Business School, after which she returned to the independent boarding school environment.

Ingerman Commences Leasing At New East Crossing in Cecil County
Ingerman recently announced that applications are now being accepted at New East Crossing, a new community of 72 upscale, affordable apartments in North East, Md. New East Crossing offers newly constructed one-, two- and three-bedroom rental residences. As part of the development, Ingerman is constructing the new satellite location for the Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County. I95