A Week In Business
BERLIN - The Beach Group, comprised of Mia McCarthy and Leslie Smith, has been named team top producers for the month of August for the West Ocean City office of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. The Beach Group was also recognized for being the top team in sales volume and listings.
Carole Mendham was the top producing individual and the top listing individual.
McCracken Leads Office
OCEAN CITY -- Mary McCracken, a sales associate with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.'s Ocean City office, was recently announced as the top producer in sales volume and listings for the month of August, 2007.
McCracken has been affiliated with Long and Foster since February 1998 and has been licensed for eight years. She is a consistent top producer. She worked in the Long and Foster Rental Department until May 2004 then moved to the sales department.
BETHANY BEACH - Seacoast Realty, a Carl M. Freeman Company, recently announced the firm's top producers for the month of August.
Tammy Mushrush of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for listing volume for the month of August.
Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Tammy Mushrush for Bethany; Robert Kauffman for Clarksville; Steve Alexander for Edgewater/Sea Colony; Sandy Greene for Marketplace; Marc Grimes for Bear Trap Dunes; and Josh Morimoto at our newest Seacoast office located on 81st Street in Ocean City.
"I am extremely proud of our No. 1 position in the local marketplace," said Celeste Valliant, broker and vice-president of Seacoast Realty, "which we directly attribute to the dedication of each and every one of our sales associates at Seacoast Realty.'
Steve Alexander received top honors for sales volume for the month of August.
Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Ellen McCreary for Bethany; RJ Kauffman & EF Quillen for Clarksville; Steve Alexander for Edgewater/Sea Colony office; Sandy Greene for Marketplace; and Marc Grimes for Bear Trap Dunes.
Top listing volume team award was presented to the Allison Stine Team, which consists of Allison Stine, Colleen Kellner and David Orr.
Top sales volume team award was presented to Team Timmons, comprised of JT Timmons, Andy Timmons, Kae Quillen, Kathy Quillen, Rob Arlett and Kim Erwin.
New Account Executive
BERLIN - Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance Brokers announced recently that Meagan Krause Kohut has joined the firm as an account executive, licensed in Property and Casualty insurance.
Kohut received her Bachelors degree in Communications from Villanova University, and is an alumni of Worcester Preparatory School. Previously, she was a mortgage loan officer with First Horizon Home Loans in Ocean City.
Top Sales Associates
BERLIN - ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced that, for August, Sales Associate Nicole Peterdozzi posted the company's highest sales volume and Associate Broker Bill Hand recorded the company's highest listing volume.
In July, Hand recorded both the company's highest sales volume and highest listing volume.
Top Office Producers
BERLIN - Associate Broker Sonia Zaffiris, GRI, was named top listing agent for August for Hileman Real Estate.
Zaffiris has been with Hileman for 10 years. Licensed in Maryland and Delaware, she handles residential, commercial and repossessions.
Sales agent Bethany Drew has been named top sales agent for August. Licensed in Maryland and Delaware, she has been with Hileman for seven years and named agent of the year for three years.
OP Chamber Announces
New Board, Award Winners
OCEAN PINES - The Ocean Pines Area Chamber of Commerce has announced four new Board of Directors who will serve three-year terms beginning Oct. 1.
New board members are Andrea Hastings of Mitchell and Hastings Financial Services, Wes McCabe of Calvin B. Taylor Bank, Cynthia Walston of Countrywide Home Loans and Megan Jennings of Atlantic General Hospital.
They join President Ron Fisher of PRMC, Immediate Past President Vivian Muir of Atlantic General Hospital and Terri Mahoney of Comcast Spotlight. Current Board member Jim Patton of House Doctors was appointed to complete the two-year term of Rick Handelman of Catered Living/The Woodlands who resigned due to the time demands of his business.
The Ocean Pines Area Chamber also named its Outstanding Business, Outstanding Citizen and Ambassador of the Year recipients.
On an annual basis, the chamber recognizes and honors a local business that has set an example through community involvement and commercial integrity, a local citizen that has set an example of community involvement through volunteerism, and new this year and one of the chamber volunteers from the group proudly call Ambassadors.
The 2007 Business of the Year, DeNovo's Trattoria, is well known not only for its friendly service and excellent food, but for its generosity to the community and to volunteer service organizations. The chamber received seven nominations for DeNovo's from community service organizations alone.
Each person went to great lengths to thank Bob and Kelli Beck for the many donations to their causes that helped them put more into the community they serve. Also, if there was a fee for the food DeNovo's provided, it was nominal, and frequently non-existent.
The 2007 Citizen of the Year is Marie Gilmore, who is best known for her support of and activities with the Ocean City Parrothead Club. Serving as secretary of one the largest nonprofit organizations on Delmarva, she has been an active member for over seven years. Her many hours of volunteering over those years, along with her husband Bob, have been crucial to the success of events such as the Mardi Gras Carnival, Kiddie Crab Roundup and the Holiday Family Committee. Gilmore has been credited with submitting the Ocean City club for the "Golden Coconut Award," which they were received in 2005 for outstanding fundraising efforts in the community.
2007 Ambassador of the Year, Terry Testani of Shamrock Realty, has earned the award by attending and adding her efforts to the success of Chamber Business After Hours, Power Hour Breakfasts and Ribbon Cutting Events. Along with attending and participating in the majority of chamber events, Testani promotes the Chamber in a positive, friendly manner to her business contacts and goes out of her way to make new members feel welcomed and current members feel recognized and informed.
Installation of the Board of Directors as well as presentation of awards will take place at a special dinner to be held on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., at Phillips Seafood House in Ocean City. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration and can make reservations by calling the chamber at 410-641-5306. Cost is $35 per person and includes Phillips Famous Seafood Festival, non-alcohol beverage, tax and gratuity.
Advisors Rank High
SALISBURY -- Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate has announced that three of its Advisor Teams have been ranked among the top 100 producers in the nation.
Second quarter results for Sperry Van Ness corporate, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the United States, ranks local advisors in the top 100 within the national firm.
Henry H. Hanna, CCIM, Senior Advisor and Wesley Cox, CCIM ranked 20th, Brent C. Miller, CCIM, CPM, Managing Director, and Rick Tilghman ranked 73rd, and John McClellan, CCIM, ranked 94th, out of the 900 advisors operating within the Sperry Van Ness network nationwide.
'Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate strives to work as a team in order to provide our clients with results driven transactions,' said Miller. 'This team philosophy has helped the individual Advisors rank as top national producers for Sperry Van Ness. We plan to continue the tradition of excellence year after year'.
PRMC Pledges $100K To Continue SU Partnership
SALISBURY - The region's predominant medical center and largest institution of higher learning are again joining forces to expand the pool of future medical professionals.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center this week announced the commitment of$100,000 to continue the Peninsula Regional Clinical Instructorship at Salisbury University. This will ensure the position through 2013.
During the past two years, the faculty instructorship has allowed the Department of Health Sciences' Program in Respiratory Therapy to dramatically expand enrollment and address a critical shortage of respiratory therapists in the region.
SU's Respiratory Therapy Program now has nearly 100 majors, a record number, said Dr. Robert Joyner, director. Since initiating this partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in the spring of 2004, the number of students declaring respiratory therapy as a major has increased over 80 percent. This past year, more than 20 percent of the graduating class accepted positions at the Medical Center, headed.
'Peninsula Regional is pleased to continue its commitment to this very important medical education program. The greater the capacity for students interested in pursuing a degree in respiratory therapy the better it is for our Medical Center, the patients we care for and the region we serve. Salisbury University plays a significant role in the training and availability of health care professionals in our area. It's important to us that these programs continue to expand and be successful,' said Alan Newberry, president/CEO of the PeninsulaRegional Health System.
'The University is proud to partner with a medical center with such an excellent national reputation,' said SU President JanetDudley-Eshbach. 'We are grateful for the clinical opportunities and scholarships that Peninsula Regional offers to all our students pursuing medical careers, not only in respiratory therapy, but also in nursing and clinical laboratory science.'
SU is the only institution of higher learning in Maryland offering a bachelor of science in respiratory therapy. Fifty-five such baccalaureate programs exist in the country, Joyner said.
SU's program is nationally accredited by the American Medical Association's Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care Programs.
Business Course Offered
SALISBURY - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), located at Salisbury University, and Wor-Wic Community College hold the course entitled 'Making the Leap From Employee to Employer'.
The first of two sessions is Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wor-Wic's Salisbury Campus WDC103A. The second session is Saturday, Oct. 20 in Room WDC103C.
This course is designed for those thinking about starting their own business and who want to discover how their own thoughts about money, marketing, and leadership can help determine success. Participants learn to set clear goals, priorities, persevere through challenges and focus on the steps that should be taken prior to making the leap from employee to employer.
Registration for this course must be made through Wor-Wic's office of Community and Continuing Education by calling 410-334-2815. To learn more about the SBDC's programs, call Brooke Pramov at410-543-6516 or e-mail email@example.com.
Course Offered In Berlin
BERLIN -- Learn about the principles and techniques of estate planning and identify methods to prevent disputes and contested wills by taking 'Wills and Estates,' which is being offered by the continuing education division at Wor-Wic Community College. The class will meet on Mondays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the college's Berlin-Ocean City Instructional Center in Berlin.
The course will cover the probate process, gift programs, life insurance, property titling, charitable gifts, taxes, trusts, lifetime planning, disability concerns, medical directives and long-term health care.
Another section of this course is being offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 2-23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the college campus on the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.
For more information, call 410-334-2815 or 410-641-4134, or visit www.worwic.edu.
A University Now
WILMINGTON - Dr. Jack P. Varaslona, President of Wilmington College, has announced to the Faculty Senate that Wilmington College had officially changed its designation to become a university. His announcement comes after the Board of Trustees approved the change at their September meeting. He noted that this was a historical moment in the history of the institution.
This change was a result of a two-year study initiated by Dr. Varsalona to conduct research on the impact of such a change. During the discussion, it was noted that Wilmington College met many of the criteria to be considered a university, including multiple campuses and programs of study ranging from associate to doctoral degrees and over 11,500 students.