Konsyl Pharmaceuticals Investing in Affordable Home Ownership

Konsyl Pharmaceuticals is investing in affordable home ownership in Talbot County through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. The Easton-based company has been making high-quality health care products for over 80 years. Konsyl manufactures natural dietary products for Over the Counter pharmaceuticals and supplements, plus the SITZMARKS® medical device. These products are supplied all over the world to support daily health and wellness.

Konsyl Phamaceuticals company representatives. Front row: Patti Brittingham, Jamie Campbell, Diane Elliott, Frank Gunsallus, Sean Tilghman, and Marie Teat. Back row: Rick Moser, Carroll Wilson, Rick Lutes, John Miller, and Ron Flohr who volunteers on Habitat’s corporate advisory committee.

Recognizing the importance of affordable home ownership for both it’s employees and the community as a whole, Konsyl has generously stepped forward with a contribution for Habitat’s new corporate giving program. “The longevity of this company has a lot to do with our people,” says Frank Gunsallus, general manager. “We live here and work here and want to give back to this community.”

As of July 1, 2015, Habitat Choptank is moving forward with a new strategic plan to expand its mission. The plan, which was developed over a period of two years with input from over 100 citizens, identifies quality, energy efficient, affordable housing as a fundamental matter for residents and for neighborhoods. It will run through 2019 and is aimed at expanding the organization’s impact through increased home production. The goal is to grow from four homes built or rehabbed a year to eight.

“Increasing the numbers of homes completed each year means increasing every resource: more volunteers, home buyers, land, and funding,” explains Nancy Andrew, executive director for Habitat Choptank. The nonprofit home builder has launched a corporate sponsor program in order to give business partners a way to actively participate in the Habitat mission and be recognized for their investment in this revitalization work around the Choptank region. Benefits of corporate sponsorship include alignment with a strong, trusted non-profit brand, recognition in marketing materials and on construction sites, employee team building opportunities with volunteer build days, and participation in home dedications and other key Habitat events.  Konsyl has also hosted on-site educational opportunities for employees to learn about Habitat Choptank’s affordable home purchasing program.

For information about Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, visit www.konsyl.com. To learn more about Habitat Choptank’s corporate sponsor program, to inquire about buying a home, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.

Oxford’s Scottish Highland Creamery to Change Ownership

Pictured from left are Victor and Susan Barlow, G.L. Fronk, Gordon Fronk and Michael Fronk.

After twelve years of owning and operating The Scottish Highland Creamery, Susan and Victor Barlow are pleased to share that the business will be passed on and sold to the Fronk Family at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The Barlows and the Fronks are fully committed to working together to ensure a smooth transition over the summer and beyond so customers will continue to enjoy the same delicious ice cream they have come to expect for years to come.

“It’s been a wonderful twelve years building this business, serving our community and being welcomed into the traditions and celebrations of our customers,” said the Barlows. “However, after 35 years of making ice cream, Victor has decided to ‘pass the scoop on’ as it was to him. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate the Town of Oxford for embracing us from the start and giving us the opportunity to do what we love. The familiar faces you have come to know at the window will not change, as our entire staff will be staying with the business.”

“The Scottish Highland Creamery will be our family business,” said GL and Michael Fronk, who will be running the day-to-day operations. “Customers can rest assured that we share the Barlows’ commitment to family, hard work and the Town of Oxford. We are honored that Victor has chosen us to carry on his recipes and techniques so that his ice cream will continue to be enjoyed by current and future generations. We are excited to lead the business into its next chapter.”

The Fronks are familiar faces around The Scottish Highland Creamery and have deep roots in Oxford and Talbot County. Gordon and Sally Fronk have been pillars of our community for many years. Their sons, GL and Michael, who will be managing the day-to-day operations of the business, both have a strong background in the Food & Beverage industry. GL and his wife, Laura, a teacher at Saints Peter and Paul, live in Trappe with their two children. Michael is currently in the process of moving back to Talbot County with his wife, Allison, a flight attendant, and two daughters.

“While bittersweet, we are excited about our future and that of The Scottish Highland Creamery,” said the Barlows. “Now that we have secured the legacy of the business we’ve built, we are looking forward to spending time with family and figuring out what’s next. The fond memories from the years of establishing and growing our business and the thousands of people we’ve met and served along the way will remain with us always. We hope our patrons will continue to show The Scottish Highland Creamery and the Fronks the same loyalty and love you have bestowed on us for the past twelve years.”

Spy Moment: Talbot County Toasts Four Companies and One Special Saloon Owner

It was a pretty special morning over at the Milestone Event Center near the Easton Airport today. The Talbot County Economic Development Commission handed out their Community Impact Awards to some of the region’s most entrepreneurial and dynamic corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals. All part of the annual Commission’s Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the County’s Economic Development and Tourism office.

While program was highlighted by a keynote address of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, as well as brief remarks from Clay Railey, Chesapeake College’s vice president for workforce and academic programs, the real spotlight was placed on four companies and one individual who have made a making significant impact in Talbot County over the last year.

The Easton-based companies Caloris Engineering, Inquiries, Inc. and The Whalen Company, as well as the nonprofit, For All Seasons, focused on outpatient mental health services, all took a bow for their contributions to the region’s growth, but the largest round of applause was reserved for Diana Mautz, the community’s beloved sailing champion, philanthropist, and owner of the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.

The Spy was there with our iPhone camera in hand to capture some of the highlights.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Office please go here

 

 

Talbot County Biz Love Fest: Business Appreciation Breakfast April 21

The 9th Annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast will be held Friday, April 21 at 8 a.m. at the Milestone Event Center located at 9630 Technology Drive in Easton. The cost to attend is $25 per person.

Hosted by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, together with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, the breakfast annually celebrates the contributions made by businesses throughout the county. Awards will also be presented to those businesses and individuals who have exhibited a significant impact in the community in the past year.

“It’s important that we take time to celebrate the successes of our business community,” says Tim Jones, chairman of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission. “We recognize that our businesses provide jobs for our residents, but we often overlook the other important roles businesses play in our communities.

“Businesses help employ our volunteer firefighters, support local community organizations such as Scouts and Rotary, and provide resources to our schools,” he continues. “I hope others will join me in saying a collective ‘thank you’ to our business community for all they do for us and our families.”

The keynote address for the breakfast will be provided by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. He will share insights from his career as an accomplished attorney with experience in both the public and private sectors.

The breakfast receives support from breakfast sponsors, including 1880 Bank, Easton Airport, Easton Utilities, M&T Bank, Provident State Bank, Shore United Bank, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

PRS Guitars’ Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate from Washington College

Paul Reed Smith, founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Paul’s significant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented to Smith by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony on Thursday, April 13.

Paul was recognized for both PRS Guitars, his successful business that has been designing and manufacturing electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers for some of the world’s most prestigious musicians for more than 30 years, and also his new cutting-edge company: Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.
“Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school woodshop and ends up as Managing Partner and Founder of the third largest guitar manufacturer in the US. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” said George Spilich, a professor of psychology and director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College who treasures his own PRS guitar. “Now Paul is taking his expertise in signal processing and pivoting that knowledge into the creation of a signal processing company that has the promise of greatly improving medical imaging. If all that does not merit recognition in the business world, I don’t know what does.”

“I am very appreciative to be recognized by the Department of Business Management at Washington College,” said Paul Reed Smith. “I hope it serves as inspiration to the students, that regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan and great work ethics.”

Paul joins a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients that includes U.S. Presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians, and statesmen. Paul has visited Washington College on several occasions, offering master classes in music, and performing with the Paul Reed Smith Band.

Aside from Smith’s professional success, he is also dedicated to giving back to the community through PRS Guitars’ fundraising efforts for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Living with Cancer program and his mentorship program, which he personally has delivered at dozens of area secondary schools and colleges including Washington College. The mentorship program, which is largely funded by Smith himself, focuses on achieving goals and dreams through positive work ethics and responsibility. Paul is convinced that if he can reach even one student at each program that it is worth his time and effort.

April is National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month and Easton Utilities reminds contractors and homeowners to call 811, which begins the process of marking underground utility lines. To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents should call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning. The hotline is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the approximate locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas pipelines, electric power lines and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects. Call before you dig. It’s the law.

To learn more about Easton Utilities, call the Customer Service Center at 410-822-6110 or visit www.eastonutilities.com.

Maryland 3.0: Screaming and Shaking at Justine’s with Tyler Heim

There is something rather extraordinary about a small town ice cream parlor. It inevitably strikes a nerve of memory and nostalgia for many Americans as they recall their families special trips in the early evening of summer to the local stand on Main Street.

And one of those very special places is Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour in St. Michaels.

Known for having the longest lines in town during the summer months, including those eager to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Justine’s over the last 30 years has become on those iconic snapshots of life on the Eastern Shore.

But behind the counter is another great American story of young entrepreneurs taking the concept of the summer ice cream place to an entirely different level. And that was the motivation behind the Spy’s recent interview with ice cream maker Tyler Heim,who, along with his brother, Jared, has been managing Justine’s for the store’s owner (and aunt) Kathleen Lash over the last few years.

When we talked to Tyler last week in the store last week, Tyler gave us an excellent overview of the world of local ice cream, the art of milkshake making, and plans to scale up the Justine brand in the years ahead.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information on Justine’s please go here. Maryland 3.0 is an ongoing Spy series on entrepreneurship on the Mid-Shore. 

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Announces Five Star Rating

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce its recent five star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. Chesapeake Bank’s five star rating, up from four stars last year, is an impressive achievement making it the highest rated Community Bank headquartered in the Chestertown area.

“We are certainly proud to receive this recognition of strength.” – Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO

BauerFinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Through the years BauerFinancial has earned the reputation of “the nation’s bank rating service”. BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they avoid a rating.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.

The 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo April 11

Save the Date for the 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo on April 11, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m., at Chesapeake College, HPAC.

It has been 22 years since we began coordinating the largest job match opportunity for job seekers and employers in the Upper Shore region!  We are again celebrating the best prospect for facilitating this event for meeting one another with our upcoming, five-county 22nd Annual Spring Career & Job Expo!  This free event represents the best place to meet the most employers in one single afternoon in our five-county area – employers who are interested in what you can do!  Competition will be fierce again this year as more and more job seekers flood the employment market.  You will need to articulate your skills, knowledge, talents, experience and abilities with your best effort for this local area network of employers who are all in recruitment and hiring mode!

This is your homework assignment:  prepare yourself to meet with employers by practicing with one of our local American Job Center staff to update your resume, practice your introduction and research the businesses in our area.  Dress for success and bring several copies of your resume with you.  Keep an eye out for the list of employers who are coming so you can look them up and understand their product and the jobs for which they recruit – everyone has a website!  Have you applied on-line recently for any jobs?  The local American Job Center can help you!  Do you have a short script ready to talk about your skills and experience?  Practice!  What about job applications?  How about that handshake?  Eye contact?  You’re going to shine!

Practice makes perfect – come to the American Job Center and let us assist you.  Follow us on facebook to get the most current job listings in our area.

Looking for work is a hard job…let us help! www.uswib.org

Sponsored by Chesapeake College, the Upper Shore WIOA & American Job Center Network, including Adult Ed, DORS, DWDAL & DSS Organizations

Bernard A. Cheezum, Jr., Chosen for Leadership Maryland

Willow Construction, LLC vice president/owner and Centreville resident is one of 52 selected for professional development program.

Leadership Maryland announced that Bernard A. “Andy” Cheezum, Jr., CHC ’17, Vice President/Owner at Willow Construction, LLC, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Cheezum is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class – the Class of 2017, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2017 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland
Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.