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February 2014

APG’s Robert Ferrell Promoted to Three-Star General
Major General Robert Ferrell, the former Senior Mission Commander for APG, Commanding General for the Communications-Electronics Command, and the lead for the Army Team C4ISR, was promoted to three-star general and chief information officer at the Pentagon. Ferrell will oversee information technology activities and direct C4 operations.

BetsyCollieBetsy Collie Joins Renegade Communications As Director Of Strategic Account Development
Renegade Communications, a 25-year-old marketing, strategic advertising and communications firm, announced that it has expanded its digital business development team with the addition of a new Director of Strategic Account Development, Betsy Collie. In this role, Collie will focus on building its digital business, as well as its portfolio of capabilities.

“Betsy has an impressive background in digital marketing, media and business development, and she will serve as a valuable resource and teammate as Renegade continues to expand and develop our video content and digital content solutions for our clients,” says Timothy Watkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Renegade.

SARC’s Luisa Caiazzo Named A Leading Woman Under 40
SARC Executive Director Luisa Caiazzo was recently recognized for her professional accomplishments and commitment to inspiring change as one of The Daily Record’s leading women 40 years old or younger. Caiazzo, 39, assumed her current role in 2006 and quickly found a need to update the nonprofit’s technology infrastructure, including its financial software and donor database. Under her leadership, the nonprofit adopted a new server system and launched a new website – improving dialogue and online donations.

Kamenetz’s Top Legislative Priority Remains School Funding
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz recently unveiled the County’s legislative funding wish list, including school renovation and construction. “There is simply no more important commitment that we can make to the future of the County than our commitment to providing students and teachers with 21st century classrooms in which to learn,” says Kamenetz. “I will work closely with our delegation and the school system to secure this funding.” Last year, the County obtained a record sum of $56 million for school construction and renovation projects.

Other agenda items included transportation projects, gas tax exemption for County-owned vehicles and restoration of any portion of highway user funds; and $2.5 million in state funding for the Eastern Family Resource Center at Franklin Square.

TracyPruittTracy Pruitt New CFO of The Arc Baltimore
As CFO, Tracy Pruitt is responsible for oversight of finance, accounting, billing, payroll, and investments management at The Arc Baltimore. Pruitt worked for the past 17 years at McGladrey, an assurance, tax, and consulting firm. There, she was a director with the Not for Profit Team in the firm’s Baltimore office, specializing in audit and tax services for the not for profit industry. “Tracy brings both tremendous experience and an incredible breadth of knowledge about the financial management of non-profit organizations to her new position as CFO,” says The Arc Baltimore’s Executive Director, Stephen H. Morgan.

New Local Concierge Service Launches
Founded by Harford County native Judy Fritz, VIP Concierge provides concierge solutions to busy executives and businesses in Harford and Cecil County as well as the greater Baltimore area. The Bel Air-based firm offers a variety of support services including corporate event planning, holiday help, executive services and household management and errands. According to Fritz, VIP Concierge’s mission is to be a local, reliable resource that will allow businesses, individuals and organizations to achieve greater success while obtaining a better work-life balance.

School Board Member James Thornton Announces Run For Harford County Council President
Harford County School Board member and Democrat Jim Thornton announced he is running for Harford County Council President. “This is not the time to stabilize the council or maintain the status quo. This is the time to make things happen, and I firmly believe I am the person to make that happen. I am ready to dedicate myself to facing the difficult issues that confront Harford County,” Thornton says.

ECBC Researchers Honored
A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center received the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award at the 65th Annual Secretary Honor Awards Ceremony. The team was recognized for partnering with the USDA to conduct critical chemical threat agent research to ensure that the nation’s food supply is safe and reliable. In order to protect public health and ensure food safety, the USDA must be able to identify and ensure it can respond to new and emerging sources of food contamination. The USDA lacked the capabilities and facilities to conduct the critically needed research that would ensure its mission was accomplished.

Chad J. Norfolk Joins WMS Partners
WMS Partners has announced the appointment of senior financial advisor and wealth management expert, Chad J. Norfolk, as a new partner in the Towson-based firm. WMS Partners, established in 1993 by Timothy W. Chase, CPA and Martin J. Eby, CFP, is a financial advisory and multi-family office with $2.4 billion in client assets under management, one of the largest wealth management firms in the country (and the largest in the Baltimore area).

“Chad brings a tremendous breadth of experience to WMS,” says Timothy W. Chase, Managing Partner. “Adding his leadership and depth to our team allows us to enhance the opportunities we offer our clients.”

NicoleBowensNicole Bowens Promoted to Manager of Resource Development at Business Volunteers
Business Volunteers Maryland promoted Nicole Bowens to Manager of Resource Development and Donor Engagement. In this role, Bowens will assist in the execution and growth of a comprehensive fund development program and donor engagement. This is a new position for Business Volunteers and will allow the organization to strengthen relationships with and increase resources from the foundation community, program alumni and individual donors.

Be More Inspired Wedding Studio Opens
K&B Bridals announced its relocation from 54 N. Main St., to an expansive 6,250-square-foot design space at 24 S. Main St. In conjunction with this relocation, K&B Bridals announced its partnership with local wedding vendors Moore & Co. Event Stylists, Blush Floral Design BeMoreInspiredStudio LLC, Lavish Salon & Spa and Faye Daniel Designs to present the first all-inclusive wedding studio in Maryland.

Presbyterian Home of Maryland To Build First Continuing Care Retirement Community in Harford County
Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a faith-based not-for-profit organization, plans to develop the first continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Harford County on a property located on Fountain Green Road in Bel Air. The new Presbyterian Home community will offer residents ages 60 and up a variety of living choices ranging from apartments to single villa homes in a neighborhood setting. Director of Harford County Economic Development Jim Richardson is an enthusiastic supporter of the project, saying, “Presbyterian Home is an outstanding organization which has been working for several years to bring their first class facility to Harford County. I couldn’t be more pleased that our citizens will have the opportunity to stay near their family and friends as they move into retirement, and know that Presbyterian Home will provide a quality, caring and healthy venue.”

Cushman & Wakefield Arranges Sale Of 4000 Principio Parkway
Cushman & Wakefield of Maryland, Inc. announced it has arranged the sale of 4000 Principio Parkway in North East to Cole Real Estate Investments, a market-leading net-lease REIT. Cushman & Wakefield’s capital markets team of Cristopher Abramson, Brian Kruger, Nicholas Signor and Jonathon Chalkley coordinated the disposition of the property on behalf of the seller, Weeks Robinson, a private real estate investment and development company.

Expansion and New Services at Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors recently added Michael Mathews, Brian MacMillan and Kavita Verma to fill three key new management positions designed to expand the capabilities and service offerings of the comprehensive wealth management firm to include mergers and acquisitions. Mathews and MacMillan come to BWFA from Success Business Services, a firm owned by Mathews that specialized in merger and acquisition services for healthcare, government contractors, technology firms and other industries. Verma joins BWFA as its Managing Director of M&A and Strategic Alliances.

Atlantic Financial FCU’s CEO Recognized in BBJ’s “40 Under 40”
Matthew Piazza, President and CEO of Atlantic Financial Federal Credit, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. Earlier this year, Piazza, 30, was promoted from Chief Financial Officer to the credit union’s President/CEO. Since AFFCU’s existence, he is the youngest CEO to hold the top spot. “It’s been an amazing year and I’m extremely honored to be included among this group of talented professionals impacting our community,” says Piazza.

TAPE Announces Key Promotions To Support New Strategic Alignment
Technical and Project Engineering, LLC (TAPE), an Inc. 500 | 5000 fastest-growing company, announced the promotions of several key personnel. Daria Gray, formerly Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications, has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Program Operations; and Christine Workman, formerly Director of Information Technology (IT) and Facilities Management, is now Vice President of Administration.

TAPE also announced the promotions of Nicole Calderwood, formerly Financial Analyst, to Senior Financial Analyst; and Joel Fleck, who has been promoted from Assistant Program Manager of Army Training Models to Program Manager of ATM.

Floral Shop Named To Top 500 In World By FTD
Flowers by Lucy has been named a Top 500 Partner by FTD, an international floral wire service with more than 40,000 affiliated floral shops worldwide. Last year, Flowers by Lucy made FTD’s Top 1,000. “Last year, I didn’t think much of it. Now, to be named in the Top 500 FTD shops worldwide, I’m taking it a little more seriously,” says Jim Weber, who owns and runs Flowers by Lucy shops in Aberdeen and Abingdon. The shops have an FTD Customer Satisfaction rating of 98.6 percent, and a Delivery Confirmation Rate of 97.6 percent.

TEDCO Invests $1.3 Million in 13 Maryland Startups
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced recently that 13 companies have received a total of $1.3 million in funding from the organization’s Technology Commercialization Fund since July 2013. The funding will be used to advance the companies’ technology and product commercialization efforts. Funds were awarded to startups representing a wide-range of industries, including medicine and disease treatment, health care, biopharmaceuticals, software development and systems integration.

BaltimoreDDGBaltimore-Based DDG To Design Expansion Of Jakarta’s Grand Metropolitan Mall
Baltimore-based design, planning, architecture, interiors, and graphics firm DDG has been named to design the expansion of Jakarta’s highly successful Grand Metropolitan mall. DDG was responsible for concept architecture – including defining the theme of the mall and schematics – for the original 646,000-square-foot Grand Metropolitan mall, which had its formal grand opening on Dec. 13. The Grand Metropolitan expansion will feature two high-rise towers. “The high-rise towers of Horizon Grand Hotel and Metropolitan Grand Office and Residences will create a new skyline for the area and become an architectural icon and modern lifestyle destination for both business and living purposes,” says Ahsin Rasheed, Chairman, CEO and President of DDG. I95