Search I95 Business Magazine




JUNE Business Briefs

June 2014


MedStarMichaelHartnettMedStar Health Names Michael Hartnett to Dual Leadership Role
Michael P. Hartnett has been named vice president of Public Affairs and Marketing for both the Baltimore region of MedStar Health, and for one of the four hospitals he will oversee: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership to the dual role, which follows a successful organizational model already established in MedStar Health’s southern region. In addition to MFSMC, Hartnett will be responsible for the communications, public affairs and marketing at MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals.


Community Foundation Receives National Accreditation
Community Foundation of Harford County has received accreditation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board. The accreditation – The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations – is the nation’s highest honor for philanthropic excellence.

TENAX Technologies Brings New Opportunities to Harford County
TENAX Technologies, a woman-owned small business, recently announced the launch of a new local startup. The company will focus on providing superior, professional technical support to government customers. Initially, the concentration will be on affording the best-qualified staff in the areas of information technology, systems engineering, chemical and biological defense, environmental consulting and communications.

As the budgets of federal government organizations continue to be tightened, more efficient technological processes must be developed. Only the most highly skilled professionals can create these tools to ensure that efficiency is not forfeited. “Better, faster, cheaper can be accomplished without sacrificing quality when you have the right people,” says TENAX CEO Tamera Rush. “There are many technology companies supporting the Aberdeen Proving Ground market, but most of their headquarters aren’t physically located in Harford County,” adds Rush. The TENAX office will initially be located at The GroundFloor at Harford. Rush has garnered numerous accolades from local, state and federal agencies including Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2012; the Athena Award in 2011; and the Hammer Award from VP Al Gore in 1998.

Harford County Men Wear High Heels to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”
On April 26, nearly 100 registered walkers participated in SARC’s sixth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.” The event raised $42,750 to support the ongoing work of SARC, Sexual Assault and Spouse Abuse Resource Center, which provides legal and counseling services, a shelter and a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year help line to victims of sexual and domestic abuse. The top fundraiser was Steve Linkous of Harford Mutual Insurance, who raised more than $19,000 and completed the mile walk in a pair of red leather, five-inch Mary Janes. The honor of “Best Heels” was awarded to Joe Foster. The top fundraising team was Strutting Fiercely, comprised of Ben Meyer, Patrick Chambers, P.J. Chambers, Steve Chambers, Maxwell Wray and Dr. Mary Teddy Wray, who together raised more than $3,000. Billy Boniface, a longtime supporter of the event and this year’s honorary event chair, joined County Councilman Chad Shrodes and Sheriff Jesse Bane to walk in brightly colored high heels.

TAPE Ranked Among “Top Businesses In America” By Diversitybusiness.Com
Technical and Project Engineering, LLC (TAPE), an Inc. 500 | 5000 fastest-growing company, has been named one of the Top Businesses in America by for the second year in a row. This year, the company made the list in several additional categories: Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S. (#283), Top 500 Veteran Owned Businesses in the U.S. (#58), Top 100 Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses in the U.S. (#23), and Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in Virginia (#2).

Presbyterian Home of Maryland President and CEO Susan Shea Honored
Susan Shea was recently named a 2014 Brava! Award winner by Baltimore SmartCEO. According to Baltimore SmartCEO, winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities who encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Shea began her career with PHM when she was just 16 years old and has worked her way up through the organization. She was named president and CEO in 1994. “I am honored to be selected as a 2014 Brava! Award winner and to be included in such a powerful group of women business leaders,” says Shea. “I hope this recognition brings greater attention to the need for a CCRC in Harford County. I look forward to bringing our mission to the county in the near future.”

CARCHEX Moving to Hunt Valley Towne Centre
Greenberg Gibbons, one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier developers of mixed-use, towne centre and retail properties, recently announced that CARCHEX will be moving its headquarters to a 10,400-square-foot location at Hunt Valley Towne Centre. CARCHEX will be relocating from its current office on Gilroy Road, also in Hunt Valley, to the space directly above Designer Shoe Warehouse in the Towne Centre.

PSA Financial and Armada Employer Services Announce Merger
Hunt Valley-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., a leading regional financial services firm specializing in employee benefits, risk management, wealth management and fiduciary consulting for employer-sponsored retirement plans, has announced a merger with Armada Employer Services, the retail Employee Benefit Consulting and HR Services division of ArmadaCorp. Armada Employer Services, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., is a leading regional provider of strategic employee benefits consulting and customized HR support services, including a unique integrated approach to HR and benefits that uses both technology and talent-based solutions.

MISSION BBQ Founders Named Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists
EY announced that Bill Kraus and Steve (Newt) Newton, Founders of MISSION BBQ, are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Maryland Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Baltimore County Teacher Named National Teacher of the Year
BaltimoreCountyTeacherSean McComb, an eight-year educator from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts whose difficult childhood propelled him to find the inspiration to teach, is the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. McComb, 30, was one of four finalists for becoming the nation’s top teacher after being named Maryland’s Teacher of the Year last October and Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year on May 6 last year. “As a teacher, I have always found my validation in my students first – their learning, their engagement in our work and in their words of appreciation,” McComb says. “But personally, this is an incredible validation for each time I made a choice to do a little more for a student.”

MacKenzie Grows Presence in Harford County, Acquires RKS Realty
MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC (“MCRES”) is proud to announce the acquisition of RKS Realty (“RKS”), a commercial real estate firm based in Harford County. Driven by the desire of both firms to leverage local market knowledge on behalf of a growing client base, MacKenzie will expand its Harford County presence, welcoming Donnell “Beetle” Smith, Jr., Thomas C. Mottley, and Frederick Kern. The additions of Smith, Mottley, and Kern to MacKenzie’s Harford County team will double the firms’ presence in both office and retail, bringing the total number of represented listings in the area to 98 properties.

House of Cards Staying in Harford County
The Netflix series “House of Cards” will be returning to Harford County to film season 3 of the political thriller. Despite much discussion in the media and among Maryland leaders, the production company, Media Rights Capital, will be receiving $11.5 million in tax credits this year – less than the $15 million they had requested. The $11.5 million package includes production credits and state budget grants. It is estimated that “House of Cards” has generated more than 3,700 jobs and more than $100 million in economic activity.

MaggieLightFoundationMaggie’s Light Foundation Announces New Board Members
The Maggie’s Light Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports families caring for young and adult children with developmental disabilities and special needs, has announced that Kristi Frisch and Dave Williams have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. “Kristi and Dave bring a wealth of experience, from marketing communications and stakeholder relations to financial planning and investment services, as well as the insights that come from strategically supporting the goals of many organizations,” says Maggie’s Light Co-founder & Board of Directors President Kathy Wilmot. “Their time and talents will be a tremendous benefit to the Board and organization as a whole.” Frisch, client services manager for the Fallston Group, has been managing client relationships for more than 10 years. Williams is a Partner and Co-founder of WPG Financial Group.

Cushman & Wakefield Wins Big at NAIOP Maryland’s 2014 Awards of Excellence
The Baltimore office of Cushman & Wakefield capped off a successful year by bringing home two transaction awards at NAIOP Maryland’s bi-annual Awards of Excellence Gala. Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets team, led by Executive Director Cris Abramson, Director Brian Kruger and Associate Nicholas Signor, won the awards for Best Industrial Transaction, for 4000 Principio Parkway in North East, and Best Mixed-Use Transaction, for Maryland Executive Park in Towson.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce Names Brien Poffenberger President & CEO
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Brien Poffenberger as the organization’s next President and CEO. Poffenberger, who is currently President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, will begin his tenure on June 16. He succeeds Kathy Snyder, who will retire in June after leading the organization for more than 14 years.

Thousands of Pounds of Clutter Recycled and Reused
On April 26, hundreds of Harford County-area residents unloaded pounds of clutter at the fourth annual Clear Your Clutter Day hosted by Sappari Solutions Professional Organizing and Harford Community College. Nearly 500 vehicles full of unwanted items were unloaded by volunteers from the many participating organizations responsible for repurposing or recycling the discarded items. “The event ran very smoothly, thanks in large part to our fabulous volunteers,” says event co-organizer and owner of Sappari Solutions Nettie Owens. “We helped people de-clutter their homes and supported worthy charities in our local community – it was a win-win for everyone!”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County Appoints 8 New Directors to Board
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County announced the appointment of several new members to their board of directors. “As the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County approaches its 25th anniversary next year, we are very excited about the momentum and energy our new board will bring to this milestone event,” says Tim Wills, Executive Director for the Clubs. “Our Clubs service over 400 children each day from five locations around the County so it’s important we add members to our board with the reach and experience necessary to grow our resources,” adds Jeff Foulk, current Board President.

Miller'sMinutemanPressMiller’s Minuteman Press Relocates to Owings Mills
Miller’s Minuteman Press is bringing a new corporate headquarters to Owings Mills. A new corporate office and production facility will be constructed on 7.5 acres along Dolfield Boulevard in Merritt Properties’ Owings Mills business park. The new 36,450-square-foot building will further centralize the Miller’s Minuteman Press production facility, allowing the company to add new equipment and staff and expand their services. Miller’s Minuteman Press expects to initially increase their workforce by 30 percent and double it by the end of their second year in the new facility. Miller’s Minuteman Press, a graphic design, print and mailing company, is one of the largest Minuteman Press franchises worldwide. I95