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Women of Influence
More than Forms and Handbooks, HR Influences Business
February 2017
Educator. Architect. Trusted advisor. Business partner. These are some of the words that Sheila Smith uses to describe her professional role as President and Chief Solutions Officer of her company, HR Strategies. A boutique consulting firm specializing in “custom, culture-focused HR services,” HR Strategies is poised to celebrate its fifth year in the Baltimore region. […]


A Strategy for Success
February 2017
If you’re a micro, small or medium-sized business owner, do you know if your website has the proper AMP, assuming you even know what it is? More importantly, do you need to know what it is? (Answer: It stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages and it’s an initiative to ensure pages load quickly on mobile devices, […]


Baygroup Insurance
February 2016
Melissa Barnickel learned many life lessons early. Raised by her mom, she learned the importance of determination and perseverance. Without a car, she commuted to Towson University by bicycle, pedaling from her Parkville home, five miles in each direction, in rain, snow and cold. She endured chases by dogs and even made it to school […]


The Gaylord Group, Garceau Realty
February 2016
First-time homebuyers, real estate investors and buyers and sellers of high-end properties alike all turn to the Gaylord Group of Garceau Realty for trusted real estate advice. “My clients are purchasing and selling what is most likely the largest asset in their portfolio – it doesn’t make sense to do it by themselves,” says Karen […]


Joy Home Design – Staging & Interiors
February 2016
With the emergence of many home design shows on television, Joy Waida was hooked. She became fascinated with the home design and decorating process. Knowing she was artistic, she felt a pull, and in 2004 decided to follow her heart and leave the corporate world behind. After graduating from the University of Delaware, where she […]


Diane Sengstacke and Carolyn W. Evans
February 2016
Diane Sengstacke and Carolyn W. Evans have been partners in Sengstacke & Evans, LLC, for 15 years, assisting clients in all types of business needs. “We are corporate attorneys and real estate attorneys, and we also handle estates and trusts, bankruptcies representing the creditor or the debtor, and most any aspect of doing business,” says […]


Susan Manning and Patrice Ricciardi: Freedom Federal Credit Union
February 2016
Freedom Federal Credit Union of Harford County, Maryland was founded in 1953 and was originally known as, “MATCOM Federal Credit Union” and served the military and civilian population of Materiel Command in Baltimore. The credit union later moved to the Edgewood Arsenal, which later become part of Aberdeen Proving Ground. To better serve Harford County, […]


Val Mills: Executive Coffee
February 2016
There is a business adage that building relationships equals success. There is no substitute for a personalized approach, one where business owners collaborate with clients to deliver products and services to fit their individual needs. Val Mills, president of Executive Coffee, has embraced this approach for over 30 years and consults regularly with her clients […]


Kim Zavrotny
February 2015
“It’s who you are. It’s what you’re meant to do,” says Kim Zavrotny, describing her calling to be a funeral director. “You don’t pick it; it picks you.” Zavrotny, a funeral director at McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon, says she felt drawn to the vocation in high school, and the feeling never really went away. […]


Annie Brock
February 2015
Energy, excitement and inspiration are the key benefits Annie Brock strives to impart to clients, audiences and the community. As a business and leadership development coach, Brock’s breadth of experience and sharp focus differentiates her in this burgeoning category. Her client roster includes private, public, non-profit and for-benefit companies, as well as individuals across all […]


Colleen Ferg Helmlinger, Esquire
February 2015
Colleen Ferg Helmlinger fell in love with the law when she was a student at The Catholic High School of Baltimore and attended a summer camp for gifted and talented students. An elective course at the camp focused on the law. After graduation, when Helmlinger’s friends headed to four-year colleges, she chose to attend what […]


Diane Sengstacke & Carolyn Evans
February 2015
Diane Sengstacke and Carolyn Evans have assisted their clients in all aspects of business – from establishing corporate entities, selling businesses, reviewing contracts and landlord-tenant leases, helping landlords through the process of working with new tenants or evicting existing ones as well as myriad other matters – since establishing their Bel Air law firm. “We […]


Meg Cotton
February 2015
For Meg Cotton, success is the merger of two passions. Cotton combined her love of art, which she minored in at Shippensburg University, and her interest in technology, which dates back to her youth when she watched her father run a computer business. The merger of the two has enabled Cotton to find her “niche.” […]


Sheryl Davis Kohl
February 2015
Beacon Staffing Alternatives, Inc., a supplemental staffing company headquartered in Aberdeen, is marking its 30th year of providing businesses with the staff they need and employees with the jobs they want. Sheryl Davis Kohl sees opportunity everywhere she looks. As the co-founder and owner, she works with clients and employers to place administrative, clerical, light […]


Tammy Ehrbaker
February 2015
When Tammy Ehrbaker joined Stathis Kotanidis as co-owner of NVS Salon & Spa in 2008, she knew it was going to be a good partnership. “We had the same vision,” she says, adding that before moving to NVS, she already had spent nearly two decades behind the chair. “We were conscience about the environment, so we decided to use Aveda products exclusively …


Gina Shaffer, Esq., Principal, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover LLC
February 2014
When Gina Shaffer’s pathway to becoming a private Christian school teacher took an unexpected turn, she found herself at a law firm working as a legal secretary and actually liking it. Despite her undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies with a focus in Christian Education, she soon realized she didn’t want to pursue …


Robin Sommer, Images of Sommer Photography
February 2014
When Robin Sommer decided to pursue her passion for photography, she didn’t plan the traditional route of classes or seminars. Changing careers from speech/language pathology, she applied her knowledge of child development and family dynamics. With encouragement from her husband, photographer Bill Rettberg, Jr., Sommer researched and contacted photographers whose work she …


Nettie Owens, Owner, Sappari Solutions Professional Organizing
February 2014
When Nettie Owens founded Havre de Grace-based Sappari Solutions 10 years ago, she never envisioned her home-based, post-corporate profession would position her for a role as the lead organizer in an episode of the TLC series “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Likewise, most people never envision themselves as having …


Judy Fritz, Owner, VIP Concierge
February 2014
Judy Fritz wants you to know she is here to help. Her business, VIP Concierge, provides concierge solutions to busy executives and businesses in Harford and Cecil counties as well as the greater Baltimore area. Fritz and her team of personal assistants offer a variety of support services including corporate event planning, project management, sales and marketing support, and administrative …


Diana Capobianco, D.D.S., Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
February 2014
When Diana Capobianco, D.D.S. opened Growing Smiles Pediatric Dental office in March 2004, she wanted to offer state-of-the-art dental care in an inviting atmosphere for her young patients and their families. Designed with kids in mind, she built Growing Smiles from the ground-up, establishing both her practice as the first of its kind in Bel Air and herself as the first female pediatric dentist …


Sandy MacIver, COO, Maryland Golf and Country Clubs
February 2014
Sandy MacIver is always on the move. An avid athlete who participates in just about every sport imaginable, MacIver is also on the move in her career, taking on new challenges with an infectious, energetic spirit. As Chief Operating Officer of Maryland Golf and Country Clubs (MGCC) in Bel Air, MacIver aims to take the 50-year-old club to the next level while staying true to the club’s rich history. To do this …


Diana Hirschhorn, The Hirschhorn Group, Long & Foster Realtors
February 2014
When looking to buy or sell a house, you may be trying to decide between a real estate agent who has a large staff that can cater to all your needs and offers an array of services, or an agent who focuses solely on you and offers personalized service. Luckily for those who choose Diana Hirschhorn and The Hirschhorn Group with Long & Foster Realtors, you get it all – one-on-one service …


Susan Shea, President/CEO, Presbyterian Home of Maryland
February 2014
Susan Shea is President and CEO of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a faith-based, not-for-profit organization in the process of developing the first continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Harford County. Founded in 1883, for more than 130 years the Presbyterian Home of Maryland has been providing Christian-based retirement living and healthcare through a continuum of life …


Lisa K. Feulner, M.D., Ph.D., Advanced Eye Care & Aesthetics
February 2014
Lisa K. Feulner is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a well-respected and highly-skilled practice, Advanced Eye Care & Aesthetics in Bel Air, Md. While her list of medically related credentials is as long as your arm, what is most impressive about this woman is her dedication to her patients, family and the Harford County …


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