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August 2014

InboxRapidLarger Space for Rapid Refill
Rapid Refill’s owner Donna Gustafsson announced that after seven years in downtown Bel Air, her Rapid Refill business is expanding and moving two doors away in the Terelyn Square shopping center. “Our new space will double our original store size allowing us to expand into the professional print/copy sphere,” says Gustafsson. The new location boasts easier street access, dedicated parking spots and the ability to offer same and next day professional print services. Beyond the new offerings, Rapid Refill will be able to stock an even larger amount of high quality Rapid Refill brand ink and toner cartridges.

To introduce the community to the new location and new services, a fun and family friendly “Grand Re-Opening Celebration” was held June 25 with complimentary refreshments, raffles and special offers.

inboxReneeMcNallyHR Solutions Owner Launches Leadership Matters!
Renee McNally, owner of 10-year-old HR Solutions, LLC located in Bel Air, recently joined the John C. Maxwell Team by becoming certified with this world-renowned leadership expert. As part of Maxwell’s team, McNally will offer leadership coaching, leadership training sessions, speaking services and several types of Leadership Mastermind Groups to business professionals and organizations throughout Maryland.

As part of the addition of these leadership-specific services, McNally has created a new company, Leadership Matters! ( This new company will offer leadership-centric services, both as value-added services to her current human resources consulting clients, as well as to local business professionals looking to improve their leadership skills. Leadership Matters client Jeff Harrison, owner of a small Internet consulting business in Bel Air, states, “Renee McNally is personable and considerate of my workload, while still requiring me to take responsibility for my own leadership growth and the tasks she recommends to facilitate that growth. The skills she teaches are already making a difference in the daily management of my business, my employees and my life in general.”

inboxJamesConstableJames W. Constable Selected as Chair of the Maryland Environmental Trust
James W. Constable, a partner at Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP, has been appointed to chair the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Environmental Trust. Among the 20 largest land trusts in the United States, the Maryland Environmental Trust works with landowners, local land trusts and government programs to permanently protect Maryland’s landscapes and natural resources as a legacy for future generations.

David H. Gilbert Recognized as 2014 Volunteer Of The Year
The Maryland-DC Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) recognized David H. Gilbert as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Gilbert has served as a member of the board of directors for Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union (APGFCU) for more than 30 years. He was board chairman for 20-plus years and continues as a director. During his 45 years of service, Gilbert has been recognized throughout the credit union movement. He also serves as the volunteer director for the MD DC Credit Union Association. He is an active leader in the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen and a charter member of the Maryland Chairman’s Forum.

WMS Partners Adds Senior Advisor
WMS Partners, the largest wealth management firm in the Baltimore area, is pleased to announce that senior financial advisor and wealth management expert, Gary R. Anderson, has joined the Towson-based firm as a senior advisor. “Gary brings a tremendous breadth of experience to WMS Partners. His background developing creative tax and estate planning strategies and executive compensation packages will be very beneficial to our clients,“ says Timothy W. Chase, Managing Partner. “We are very pleased to be adding his leadership and knowledge to our team.”

Weyrich Cronin & Sorra, CPAs & Business Consultants Honored as Firm of the Year
Enterprise Worldwide’s highest honor, the Firm of the Year award, was presented to Weyrich Cronin & Sorra at the Enterprise Worldwide Annual Symposium at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort. This award is chosen each year by the EW Support Team based on the firm’s involvement in the association and their overall growth as a firm.

“Weyrich Cronin & Sorra was the obvious choice for Firm of the Year this year,” says Adelaide Ness, Executive Director of Enterprise Worldwide and EVP or The Rainmaker Companies. “They participate in all of our events, contribute at a very high level and are excited about their firm and our association. Additionally, the partners at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra are committed to growth and have had great success growing both organically and through several strategic acquisitions over the last few years. “We’re honored to be the recipient of this award,” says Frank Savarese, Managing Partner. “I’m thankful for the dedication of our Partners and Staff who contribute to our success.”

Rubeling & Associates Promotes Sawicki to Associate Vice President
Rubeling & Associates, a regional architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Sandra R. Sawicki, CID, IIDA, from Managing Interior Designer to Associate Vice President, Interior Design. In her new position, Sawicki will be responsible for the entire interior design department, overseeing its strategic direction, growth, and day-to-day operation.

inboxTAPELouisaTAPE CEO and President Named Woman Vetrepreneur Of The Year
Technical and Project Engineering, LLC (TAPE), an Inc. 500 | 5000 fastest-growing company, announced that its CEO, Louisa Long Jaffe, has been named the First Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. The award honors veterans who have utilized their military experience and training to establish successful entrepreneurial pursuits ranging from small businesses to large multimillion-dollar operations.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition as both a veteran and woman business owner. I hope that the story of my journey inspires the entrepreneurial spirit in other female veterans who hold dreams of business ownership,” Jaffe says.

inboxKristenCaveyKristen Cavey Joins Caskey Group
As an Account Executive, Kristen Cavey will expand Caskey’s business clients in Maryland. A resident of Abingdon, Kristen previously worked for 10 years at RPM Solutions Group (Rainbow Printing) in Baltimore City. “I am excited to be able to offer my clients more than print on paper,” says Cavey. “The opportunity to do their marketing planning and print, online, and promotional implementation is huge.” Caskey prints I95 BUSINESS and provides fulfillment distribution to its direct mail subscribers.


Andrea Kirk Achieves Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services Status
Financial Advisor Andrea Kirk has become an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services advisor based on the success of her financial services practice in 2013. Kirk, with an office in Bel Air, is one of approximately 25 percent of the nearly 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisors to achieve this status. As an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services Advisor, Kirk is focused on providing advice and financial solutions for clients with high asset levels. She is knowledgeable on a variety of topics and strategies including retirement, tax and estate planning, insurance and asset management.

PSA Insurance & Financial Services Announces Promotions
Hunt Valley-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. announced two promotions to its executive Leadership Team. The promotions will expand PSA’s Leadership Team from five to seven members. Jania Stout will continue as Practice Group Leader for PSA’s Fiduciary Consulting/Retirement Plans Group while assuming the title of senior vice president; former Marketing Director Justin Hoffman will assume the role of senior vice president, business development, while continuing to oversee the PSA Marketing Department in a chief marketing officer capacity.

Freedom Federal Credit Union Supports The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation
Freedom Federal Credit Union and The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation have jointly announced recognition of Freedom’s ongoing commitment to support The Foundation, making a $50,000 total commitment with an annual gift of $10,000 for the next five years, beginning in 2014.

CPWN Annual Fashion Show, Oct. 14
The Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network (CPWN) is holding its 16th annual Fashion Show fundraiser on Oct. 14, at Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood, 5:30 p.m.
With over 180 members, CPWN is one of the region’s largest professional networking groups for women. The annual Fashion Show was created to provide a funding mechanism to give back to the community. CPWN’s mission is to support charities that support women in the workplace, and children to the extent that they impact women in the workplace. The evening includes networking, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle sales, culminating with dinner and the Fashion Show. Sloane Brown will introduce fashions from participating retail stores, including Athleta, K&B Bridal, Pour la Pluie, Ruby Ribbon, Talbots, Dress Barn & Dress Barn Woman. Accessories are provided by Accents Fashion jewelry and Advanced Eyecare. Men’s fashions will be represented by Christopher Schafer custom business attire. Models are CPWN members. Last year’s event was a sellout raising nearly $17,000. For more information about CPWN and to buy tickets to the Fashion Show, visit I95