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October 2014

PSA Insurance & Financial Services Aligns with The PFE Group
Hunt Valley-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. and national retirement program consulting firm The PFE Group, a United Capital Financial Partners Company, recently announced a strategic partnership to unite the companies’ fiduciary consulting practices.

The alliance merges two industry leaders in retirement plan consulting services to advise a combined portfolio of employer retirement plans with assets exceeding $10 billion. “I am very pleased with this new stage of growth for PSA, our employees and clients,” says Chip Lewis, Jr., CFP®, managing director of PSA. “The PFE Group is the perfect partner for us in so many ways. They are like-minded professionals who share the same business philosophies and approach that PSA clients have grown to value over the years. Their team of professionals is extraordinarily accomplished and their technology resources are truly best-in-class.”

Reliable Churchill brings 500 jobs to Baltimore County

Reliable Churchill brings 500 jobs to Baltimore County.

Reliable Churchill brings 500 jobs to Baltimore County.

Reliable Churchill, LLLP, the largest wine and spirits distributorship in Maryland, brings over 500 jobs to Baltimore County as the company opens a new operations and distribution center in White Marsh/Middle River. The company’s office and warehouse have consolidated in a 449,200-square-foot facility built by Chesapeake Real Estate Group LLC and Industrial Income Trust in the Baltimore Crossroads business community.

“We are welcoming more than a major operations and distribution center to Baltimore County. We are welcoming 500 Reliable Churchill workers who can now say they are a proud part of Baltimore County’s business community,” says Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz. “Reliable Churchill is a tremendous addition to Baltimore Crossroads’ success as a significant employment center for eastern Baltimore County.” “The building and the location are a perfect match for Reliable Churchill. Our new office and warehouse operation is just minutes from I-95 and gives us the space we need to grow and be more efficient,” says Kevin Dunn, President and CEO of Reliable Churchill. “The move to Baltimore County has allowed us to continue deliveries to our customers throughout the region without interruption. Our employees are getting to know the many amenities that White Marsh and Middle River have to offer.”

Women’s Giving Circle Awards $20,000 In Grants
The Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County has awarded eight grants totaling $20,000 to nonprofits in the county that assist women, children and families. Over the past four giving cycles, the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County, with 133 members, has awarded more than $112,000 to nonprofits in the community. The recipients of the most recent grants were Arrow Child & Family Ministries, $3,000, for The Arrow Center for Education, Fair Meadows; Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, $2,945, for the Equicizer Therapeutic Riding Program; Hidden Jewel, Inc., $3,000, for the Successful Parenting for Women Program; The Highlands School, $1,441, for its Pedal Magic Program; Homecoming Project, Inc., $3,000, for its aftercare relapse prevention counseling; Making a Difference: Truancy Education, $3,000, for the Truancy Diversion Program; SARC, $1,714, for its parenting group; and the Village at Lakeview Neighborhood Network, $1,900, for its After-School Meals Program.

Fallston Group Welcomes P.R. Professional to its Team

Jessica Bieber has joined the firm’s expanding team as director of strategic communications and media.

Jessica Bieber has joined the firm’s expanding team as director of strategic communications and media.

Bel Air-based crisis management and communications advisory firm Fallston Group, LLC announced today that Jessica Bieber has joined the firm’s expanding team as director of strategic communications and media. In her new role, Bieber will lead the strategic development and implementation of results-driven public relations and marketing communications plans to enhance the public image and brand recognition of clients across various industries, including construction, banking and financial services, and retail. In addition to her managerial duties of client accounts and the firm’s strategic communications team, Bieber will assist with business development activities and other initiatives to achieve Fallston Group’s growth objectives.

Dave Crisp promoted to Senior Manager at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra
David Crisp, CPA was recently promoted to Senior Manager at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered. Crisp has over 10 years of public accounting experience and has worked extensively on audit, review, compilation and tax engagements in various industries including real estate and construction. Crisp also provides audit services to employee benefit plans such as 401(k), Defined Benefit, ESOP and other plans.

Local Financial Advisor Achieves High Score In Client Relationship Study
Andrea Kirk, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, has received high marks from her clients in the recent Ameriprise Financial Client Relationship Study. Kirk ranked in the top 25 percent of participating advisors who scored 96 percent or higher based on overall client satisfaction.

CEM Hires New Human Resource Administrator and Environmental Scientist
Having grown its workforce to over 50 employees over the last five years to serve the needs of an rapidly increasing client base,

CEM welcomes Robin Chamberlin as its new human resources administrator and Steven Wicker as an environmental scientist.

CEM welcomes Robin Chamberlin as its new human resources administrator and Steven Wicker as an environmental scientist.

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) welcomes Robin Chamberlin as its new human resources administrator and Steven Wicker as an environmental scientist. “As our team continues to grow, we want to provide a dedicated touch point to serve as a liaison throughout the entire lifecycle of employment, allowing us to recruit and retain the best and most qualified employees,” says CEM President and CEO Stephanie Hau. In addition to CEM’s new human resources administrator, the company hired Wicker to join the team of environmental scientists responsible for conducting and overseeing all phases of environmental assessment projects, to include coordinating teams.

New Owner of The Maryland Spine Institute
The Maryland Spine Institute & Wellness Center announces that Dr. Rochelin Herold, DC, MS, BS, CEAS, is the new owner and primary physician at the full service chiropractic, physical therapy and natural health facility. With Dr. Herold as the owner of Maryland Spine Institute and Wellness Center, patients can expect more than just a name change. They can look for a wider variety of treatment options, acceptance of new insurance programs, a more efficient billing system and better administration. The facility is also one of the few spinal care centers to offer on-site X-rays.

Community Foundation Of Harford County Awards Mini-Grants
Community Foundation of Harford County, through its various funds, has awarded nearly $4,800 in mini-grants to nonprofits in the community. “The mini-grants have a big impact on the nonprofits and those they serve,” says Tamara W. Zavislan, executive director of the Community Foundation of Harford County. “These grassroots grants help meet the everyday needs of people in our community.”

Harford Family House’s Horses for the Homeless Gala Raises Over $100,000

Horses for the Homeless Gala

Horses for the Homeless Gala

On Aug. 23, nearly 250 people gathered at The Water’s Edge Event Center in Belcamp, Md. for Harford Family House’s annual Horses for the Homeless Gala. This was the premiere of what will be an annual event for the non-profit, made even more important and meaningful during its 25th anniversary year. The fundraiser raised $100,000 after expenses and not including event sponsorships, which is a record for any HFH event. Event proceeds, combined with the money raised at its Family Fun Day on Aug. 16 meant that HFH was able to achieve its 25th anniversary goal of raising $250,000. HFH Executive Director/CEO Joyce Duffy said of the fundraiser, “This event was the perfect way to celebrate the important difference that Harford Family House has made in the lives of so many, as well as inspire the community to keep their eyes looking toward the future and the work that we can accomplish together over the next 25 years.”

Piccirilli Dorsey Announces Three New Hires
Piccirilli Dorsey, a Bel Air-based digital creative and branding agency, announced the addition of three new hires to their digital team. Steve Gutowski, Audrey Watson and Deborah Ponder Mance will share their management and creative development expertise respectively with Piccirilli Dorsey employees and clients. “We are thrilled to welcome three amazingly talented professionals to our team,” says Micah Piccirilli, partner of Piccirilli Dorsey.

BFG Community Foundation to Award $25,000 to Charities in the Local Baltimore Area
The BFG Community Foundation, a local charitable organization, is expanding their support to the local community this year with the introduction of their Champion in Life Grant Program. Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to up to 10 local community organizations and individuals who are leading with the heart in order to serve the needs of others. It is their hope that these grants will further the great works that are being done in and around the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Sephora Cuts Ribbon on New 650,000-square-foot Perryman Facility
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray joined with executives from Sephora Americas, the leading prestige beauty retailer, to officially open the company’s new 650,000-square-foot distribution facility in Perryman. The Company, which has operated in Harford County since 2005, plans to retain its existing workforce of 410 employees, and add another 200 full-time jobs by December 2017. To assist with the project, the State approved a $1 million grant, which will be paid out in stages provided the company meets performance benchmarks.

“We are pleased to continue to work with Sephora Americas as they expand and create 200 new jobs for Maryland’s workers,” says Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “We remain committed to investing in world-class companies like Sephora, ensuring that they continue to grow and stay in our state.”

Sparrows Point Redevelopment Vision Moves Closer to Reality
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz recently applauded Sparrows Point Terminal, LLC, the new local owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula in Dundalk, for moving the Sparrows Point Partnership’s redevelopment vision closer to reality. An environmental agreement among the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency and the new ownership group led by Redwood Capital Investments provides a pathway for clean up and redevelopment on the five square mile peninsula.

“I am pleased to report that the future for returning thousands of family-supporting jobs to Sparrows Point looks brighter than it has in many decades. We are encouraged that the new local ownership group has reached an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the EPA that clears the first hurdle to redevelopment of this important industrial property. I want to commend the O’Malley Brown Administration for leading these essential clean up efforts,” says Kamenetz. “Sparrows Point is now poised to once again be a vibrant economic engine for Baltimore County and the entire region.”

“In developing a vision for bringing jobs back to the peninsula, the Sparrows Point Partnership recognized that dealing with environmental issues is a critical first step. As advocates for the Port, business, and real estate sectors, we understand the complexities of redeveloping older industrial properties. We appreciate the commitment of the new owners to moving in a thoughtful, responsible way,” says Donald C. Fry, Greater Baltimore Committee President & CEO and Sparrows Point Partnership member.

SARC Raises More Than $85,000
SARC, a Harford County non-profit that provides resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking, hosted its fifth annual Rising Above It Festival Weekend that included a hot air balloon gala at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs and a Family Fun Day at Ripken Stadium. The event raised over $85,000 for SARC.

Scully Discusses Technology
Mary Ann Scully, Founder, Chair and CEO of Howard Bank, recently spoke to the Hunt Valley Business Forum. Scully spoke about leadership and technology. “Technology offers tools to inform and help us stay in touch, but they don’t create relationships. Tools do not listen, ask questions and grow deep or meaningful connections,” she said. She encouraged the audience to be curious, increase competencies, and show commitment. “Your job is to add value to the company.” I95