Good Stuff: Talbot Bank Employees Donate Funds for Lunches for a Habitat for Humanity Builders

Talbot Bank employee Rachel Miles, Teller (far right) and Stephanie Dulin, Assistant Branch Manager (not pictured), served lunch to young volunteers from the Diocese of Wilmington during a recent  build for the Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

Employees of The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, contributed funds to provide lunch for each volunteer who lent their time and talents at the Habitat for Humanity Choptank build located at 233 Port Street in Easton, Maryland this past July. Habitat Choptank paired with Pitcher & Basin, a Catholic Youth Ministry who invited the young volunteers to give back to their community.

Talbot Bank employee Rachel Miles, Teller (far right) and Stephanie Dulin, Assistant Branch Manager (not pictured), served lunch to young volunteers from the Diocese of Wilmington during a recent  build for the Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

Talbot Bank employee Rachel Miles, Teller (far right) and Stephanie Dulin, Assistant Branch Manager (not pictured), served lunch to young volunteers from the Diocese of Wilmington during a recent build for the Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

Henker Group Announces Kirsten Strohmer as VP of Business Development

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The Henker Group recently hired Kirsten Strohmer as their new vice president of business development. Strohmer will execute strategic initiatives for the company; develop relationships with like-minded businesses, organizations, and vendors; and support various needs relating to branding projects.

Kirsten Strohmer, VP of Business Development

Kirsten Strohmer, VP of Business Development

Strohmer brings with her over 15 years of diverse experience in sales, marketing, communications, professional voice work, and linguistics. Her professional skills and ability to communicate effectively is widely sought after for developing business relationships and is one of the reasons behind her hire.

As the owner of Your Voice Marketing and the sales manager of MTS Broadcasting, LLC, Strohmer worked with businesses and organizations of all sizes to plan and manage multiple advertising schedules, negotiate media buys, and create appropriate messaging for clients. Prior to transitioning into a career in sales and marketing, she was a language analyst for the Department of Defense.

Strohmer is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is highly committed to the community as she has served on a number of boards and fundraising committees in the area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Maryland, College Park and honed her Chinese-speaking skills at the American Institute in Taiwan. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and continues her interest in Chinese culture, history, and events.

The Henker Group is a full-service integrated marketing communications (IMC) firm located in Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Avon-Dixon & Selective Insurance Group Foundation Provide Grants to Children’s Centers

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The Avon-Dixon Agency and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers through a $1,000.00 grant.

L to R:  Kris George, Executive Director, CACC;  Kristina Henry, Past  President, Board of Directors, CACC; Bill Lane, Chairman of the Board, Avon-Dixon Agency; Peggy Baker-Rennels, MD., Current President, Board of Directors, CACC; Ginny Biondi, Agent, Avon-Dixon Agency; Rich Trippe, President and CEO, Avon-Dixon Agency.

L to R: Kris George, Executive Director, CACC; Kristina Henry, Past President, Board of Directors, CACC; Bill Lane, Chairman of the Board, Avon-Dixon Agency; Peggy Baker-Rennels, MD., Current President, Board of Directors, CACC; Ginny Biondi, Agent, Avon-Dixon Agency; Rich Trippe, President and CEO, Avon-Dixon Agency.

“Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers play a vital role in our community,” said Bill Lane, Executive Vice President, Avon-Dixon Agency. “Their centers not only benefit the local youth, but they also help to support parents and employers by providing reliable, quality and accessible childcare.”

The grant represents a $500.00 donation from the Avon-Dixon Agency matched by a $500.00 grant from The Selective Insurance Group Foundation.

“The Matching Grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities we serve,” said Chuck Musilli, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Lines Underwriting Officer for Selective.

Since 1850, the Avon-Dixon Agency, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, has partnered with families and businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region to protect them through every stage of life. As an independent, full-service insurance agency, Avon-Dixon has multiple locations in Maryland, including Jack Martin & Associates Yacht Insurance, Freestate & Son Insurance, and Elliott Wilson Trucking Insurance. Avon-Dixon and its affiliates offer a wide range of personal, business, benefits, marine and trucking insurance solutions. More information about Avon-Dixon can be found online at www.avondixon.com.

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for ten property and casualty insurance companies rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Selective maintains a website at www.selective.com.

The Talbot Bank Celebrates 130 Years of Service

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Brenda Wooden (center), The Talbot Bank Tred Avon Branch Manager, presents the 130th Anniversary winners, Dayne Nelson (left) and Justin Pokrywka (right), with new Apple iPad Air Tablets.

Brenda Wooden (center), The Talbot Bank Tred Avon Branch Manager, presents the 130th Anniversary winners, Dayne Nelson (left) and Justin Pokrywka (right), with new Apple iPad Air Tablets.

The Talbot Bank, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, recently celebrated its 130th Anniversary. The Talbot Bank was founded by Jerome Bennett in 1885. The state charter was granted on June 4, 1885 and the bank opened for business on July 1, 1885 at the Dover Street location which still operates as the main headquarters. Six branches were added from 1977 to 2008, the first in Easton at the Tred Avon Square Shopping Center, then St. Michaels, Elliott Road in Easton, Cambridge and finally Tilghman.

The Talbot Bank anniversary was celebrated from June 4th to June 13th with special drawings and promotions along with free giveaways at each of its six branches. Dayne Nelson was the winner of a new Apple iPad Air Tablet when he entered the New Regular Checking Account Drawing. Justin Pokrywka also won a new Apple iPad Air Tablet after entering the Customer Appreciation drawing. Three local newlywed couples qualified for the Lucky Brides promotion when they were married during the celebration week of June 4-13, 2015. Each couple received $130 deposited into their Talbot Bank joint checking account.

The Talbot Bank along with its affiliates throughout the Shore Bancshares community of companies is poised to help clients with their banking, investments and insurance for the next 130 years.

Talbot Bank’s Misty Newnam Promoted to Vice President

Misty Newnam has been promoted to Vice President, Operations and Security Officer

The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Misty Newnam has been promoted to Vice President, Operations and Security Officer.

Misty Newnam has been promoted to Vice President, Operations and Security Officer

Misty Newnam has been promoted to Vice President, Operations and Security Officer

Ms. Newman is responsible for managing the operations and security functions of the Bank, implementing strategies to achieve goals developed as part of the Bank’s strategic annual operating plan and ensuring the banks compliance with various operating policies and procedures and various regulatory requirements.

In 1998, Misty began her career at The Talbot Bank as a Teller in Cambridge until transferring to the Tred Avon Branch in 2000. Ms. Newnam earned a Foundations of Banking Diploma from Center for Financial Training in 2003.

In 2005 Ms. Newnam transferred to the Compliance and Operations department. Ms. Newnam became Operations Officer in 2012 and Security Officer in addition to Operations Officer in 2013.

“Misty exemplifies professionalism, dedication and excellence. During her time with The Talbot Bank, she has worked tirelessly for our customers and for the bank. It is a pleasure to announce her promotion to Vice President, Operations and Security Officer” says Pat Bilbrough, President and CEO of The Talbot Bank.

Misty resides in Trappe, MD with her two children. She has been active in her community with The Relay for Life of Talbot County. She enjoys being outdoors, the beach and sports.

Commerce: Londonderry Breaks Ground on New Cottages

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Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently broke ground for six new homesites. These homesites will have larger cottages. All of these new cottages have water access and are located near the Manor House on the Londonderry campus. The 1683 square-foot one-story cottages, designed by local architect Christine Dayton, start at $439,000.

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Pictured left to right at Londonderry on Tred Avon’s groundbreaking ceremony are John Masone, Londonderry Board member; Irma Toce, Executive Director of Londonderry on Tred Avon; builder Eric Cahall, J.E. Cahall, LLC; Jean and Ed Brown, new owners at Londonderry on Tred Avon; Nancy Orr, President of the Londonderry Board; Bob Laforce, Londonderry Board member; Ed Schmidt, Londonderry Board member; Rosemary and Sam Trippe, new owners at Londonderry; Elaine Utley, Vice President of the Londonderry Board; Rachel Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Londonderry on Tred Avon; and Roscoe Clough, Building and Grounds Manager at Londonderry on Tred Avon.

Potential buyers can visit Londonderry’s Design Studio in its Marketing Office to learn more about the new cottages. For further information or to make an appointment, call Rachel Smith at Londonderry on the Tred Avon at 410-820-8732.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Elects Three New Directors

President Buck Duncan and Suze Chaffinch

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the election of three new directors that include Susan (Suze) Chaffinch, Kenneth (Ken) Kozel, and Richard Scobey.

“We are pleased to welcome Suze, Ken and Richard to our Board of Directors,” says Foundation Chairman, W. Moorhead Vermilye. “The new directors bring a wealth of experience and their collective knowledge will be an invaluable asset to the Foundation.”

President Buck Duncan and Suze Chaffinch

President Buck Duncan and Suze Chaffinch

Suze Chaffinch was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and has lived most of her life in Caroline County. Since her retirement from teaching, she has enjoyed her involvement with various volunteer organizations. She has been a volunteer with Rebuilding Together Caroline County, The Children’s Home Foundation, and has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Suze lives in Denton and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Ken Kozel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Regional Health System. He is active in civic and community service. He has been a Board Member of the Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives and has served on the Council on Clinical and Quality Issues for the Maryland Hospital Association. Ken is a Maryland native and has two children.

Richard Scobey is the Deputy Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank. He currently serves on the Boards of the

Richard Scobey

Richard Scobey

Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, and Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Committee, and has been active with Building African American Minds, Chesapeake Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Save the Elephants in Kenya, and Alliance of Religions and Conservation in UK.

Effective July 1, 2015, the new directors will serve two-year terms and will serve on a variety of committees that include Investment, Grants and Scholarships.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is dedicated to serving the Mid-Shore Region. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future. For more information, visit www.mscf.org.

Commerce Update: 1880 Bank and Easton Bank Officially Merge

David Hill and Kim Liddell

Delmarva Bancshare, the parent company of 1880 Bank, announced that the acquisition of Easton Bancorp (Easton Bank & Trust Company) through the merger of Easton Bank with and into 1880 Bank, became effective July 15, 2015.

Kim Liddell & David Hill

As a result of the merger, 1880 Bank — with approximately $330 million in assets, $225 million in loans and $280 million in deposits – becomes the sixth largest community bank on the Delmarva Peninsula. 1880 Bank will have six full service banking offices in Talbot and Dorchester counties focused on building long-term relationships with businesses, professionals and individuals.

“Together, we now offer clients six branch locations in Dorchester & Talbot counties, a higher borrowing capacity, more electronic banking services and added financial planning resources,” said Kim Liddell, Chairman, President and CEO. “Most importantly, we are extending the personal, hometown customer service that clients have enjoyed at both banks for so many years. We welcome Dr. Hill and the team of Easton Bank professionals to our combined company.”

David Hill, who joins the Board of Directors of Delmarva and 1880 Bank commented, “As the 1880 Bank name implies, we bring more than 135 years of service to businesses and families not only in Talbot and Dorchester but in all the other counties of the middle and lower Eastern Shore. We’re two like-minded organizations, entrenched in the community, that now offer a more robust team of professionals and capabilities.”

Immediately prior to the consummation of the acquisition, Delmarva closed its previously announced private placement of $14 million in equity, which was used, in part, to fund the cash purchase price for Easton and to redeem Easton’s subordinated debt.

Delmarva was advised by Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and the law firm of BuckleySandler LLP. Raymond James also served as sole placement agent in connection with the private placement of equity, and Alston & Bird LLP served as legal counsel to Raymond James.

Easton Utilities & Habitat Choptank Team Up for $170,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants

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Easton Utilities and Habitat for Humanity Choptank have teamed up to help low- and moderate-income homeowners improve energy efficiency and lower their monthly utility bills. Funded by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) 2015 EmPower Clean Energy Communities Low to Moderate Income (LMI) grant, the “Power Up Easton” initiative will deploy up to $170,000 in cost-effective energy efficiency measures that may include air duct sealing, appliance replacement, insulation, HVAC replacement and window replacement.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 12.33.07 PM“Supporting projects that improve the health and well-being of all Maryland residents while saving energy and money reinforces the MEA mission of promoting affordable, reliable, clean energy,” said A. Leigh Williams, Esq., Director of MEA. “We are pleased to partner once again with Habitat Choptank and Easton Utilities to build a stronger and more resilient Eastern Shore.”

“Improving energy efficiency reduces energy demand and saves customers significantly in monthly utility costs,” said Geoff Oxnam, Vice President of Operations, Easton Utilities. “Teaming up with Habitat for Humanity allows us to leverage support for a greater number of customers.”
“Often, the people who would benefit most from energy upgrades are least able to afford them,” said Rhodana Fields, project manager for Habitat Choptank. “Partnering to improve energy efficiency is a vital part of creating affordable, sustainable housing in our local communities. Energy efficiency improvements are important to the ongoing mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing.”

Participants in the Power Up Easton program will receive a home energy audit by a certified auditor who will identify weatherization and HVAC upgrades appropriate for each home. Based on the audit, certified contractors will install the upgrades. The Power Up Easton program will fund upgrades of up to $5,000 per home for projects not involving a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system replacement and a maximum of $8,000 per home for a project involving an HVAC system replacement. Power Up Easton will fund 100% of the project costs.

To be considered for participation in the program, prospective low- to moderate-income homeowners should visit www.eastonutilities.com/powerup.aspx email Grants@eucmail.com or call (410) 819-3412. Participants must be Talbot County homeowners.

LMI households are defined as those that earn less than 85% of the County median Income, which for Talbot is $79,800. A family of four must earn less than $67,850 to be considered moderate income and less than $47,880 to be considered low income. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and projects funded up to the limit of the funds available from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Suzanne Jefferson Retires after 47 years with The Talbot Bank

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Suzanne Jefferson is retiring after serving 47 years of employment with The Talbot Bank, a member of the Shore Bancshares’ community of companies. The Talbot Bank is proud to recognize Ms. Jefferson for so many years of dedicated service. Ms. Jefferson’s voice is the first one that you hear when calling The Talbot Bank. She welcomes everyone who enters the building with a friendly smile and takes pleasure in working with people every day. “People are my favorite part of my job,” Ms. Jefferson said. “I just love seeing the people, being around them and I get along with everybody.”

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 8.50.29 AMMs. Jefferson started her career with Talbot Bank in 1968 in the bookkeeping department and later moved to the loan department. In 1988, Ms. Jefferson became the receptionist and telephone operator at the Dover Street branch of Talbot Bank and later moved to the Shore Bancshares’ headquarters, a position she has held for over 25 years.

“We are proud to celebrate Suzie’s 47 years of devoted service at Talbot Bank,” explains Laura Heikes, Talbot Bank Senior Vice President and Branch Administration Officer. “She is reliable, personable, and always willing to help in any way. It’s been a pleasure to have her as part of our team and we wish her many happy years of retirement.”

Ms. Jefferson and her husband, Edwin, live in Easton, Md. She has one son, Michael and five stepchildren: Rusty, Denise, Christine, Sandy and Trish along with many grandchildren. She has loved serving as a volunteer with the Festival of Trees, and plans to stay active by traveling and staying in touch with her family.