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Renovated Easton Eye Care Center Hosts Evening of Programs May 4

The Doctors and Staff at Easton Eye Care will host an evening of hospitality and education on Wednesday, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for the Mid-Shore community to learn more about the services that Easton Eye Care offers to enhance personal style and fashion.

“We are excited to showcase a number of local professionals, whom we know and trust, offering a special selection of beauty stations,” said Dr. Alan S. Bishop. “This event is held in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere where our guests may visit all or some of these beauty stations to designed to enhance their appearance and self-image.”

The complimentary consultations and demonstrations include the following:

  • A trunk show and consultation of the latest trends in eyewear by Tracy Heiden of ProDesign/Denmark.
  • Botox treatments with Dr. Orin Zwick of Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center. (Call 410-822-3937 to book with special pricing. Appointment availability is limited.
  • LASIK vision correction consultations by Lorrie Dozier of TLC Annapolis.
  • An eyebrow styling demonstration by aesthetician Georgi Bishop.
  • Cosmetic dentistry consultations (whitening, bonding, veneers, and clear aligner orthodontics) by Dr. Meredith Todd of Harbor Dental Center.
  • Color contact lens demonstrations and contact lens trials with John Ryan of ALCON.

All of the above professionals will offer special promotions during the event, and door prizes will be raffled off every 30 minutes.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Garden and Garnish Caterers of Trappe, and a guided wine tasting will be led by the staff of Hair O’ The Dog of Easton.

Registration is necessary to attend this event. Participants can register by calling Easton Eye Care at (410) 822-3937 or by going to and clicking on the “Special Event R.S.V.P button.” The event is limited to 50 confirmed registrations. Easton Eye Care is located in the newly restyled Tred Avon Square, adjacent to the Easton Premier Cinema, at 210 Marlboro Avenue in Easton.

Shore Bancshares Merges Banking Divisions into Shore United Bank

Shore Bancshares, Inc., at its annual meeting discussed its plan to merge its two subsidiary banks, The Talbot Bank, headquartered in Easton, Maryland and CNB, headquartered in Centreville, Maryland, into one bank that will be known as Shore United Bank. “Merging our two banks provides efficiencies that will allow us to focus on strengthening client relationships while minimizing the ever increasing burden of regulation that banks face today,” said Shore Bancshares, Inc. President & CEO, Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty.

The merger of the Talbot Bank with and into CNB and the corresponding name change to Shore United Bank is subject to regulatory approval. Applications for approval of the proposed merger have been or will be filed with the State of Maryland and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Shore Bancshares is not currently aware of any reasons that would preclude consummation of the merger. Subject to the satisfaction of all regulatory and corporate requirements and approvals, Shore Bancshares currently anticipates consummating the merger in the third quarter of 2016.

As a $1.1 billion bank, Shore United Bank will continue to operate all 18 existing branches, a loan production office, and wealth management office throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Delaware. “Customers will now have the convenience of conducting all banking activity, not just account transactions, at any of our branch locations. The Shore United brand will make it easier for customers to recognize their bank,” said Shore Bancshares, Inc., V.P. Chief Marketing & Project Officer, Debra Rich. The Talbot Bank and CNB have been affiliated as members of Shore Bancshares, Inc. community of companies since 2000. The combination is intended to facilitate operational efficiencies, a consistent culture and united branding under Shore United Bank. “Our banks have a rich history that will continue with the same great people, products and service under a new name, Shore United Bank,” Beatty said.

Damon Hostetter Joins Jack Martin & Associates

Jack Martin & Associates, an independent insurance agency specializing exclusively in boat, yacht and marine insurance, is pleased to announce that Damon Hostetter has accepted the position of Yacht Division Executive as of April 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 8.53.51 AMPrior to joining Jack Martin & Associates, Damon was Senior Vice President of Chubb Recreational Marine, formerly ACE and the nation’s oldest marine insurance provider.  In this position, Damon was responsible for directing the overall growth and profitability of the marine marketing and underwriting division.  Chubb Recreational Marine is part of Chubb’s high-net-worth personal lines business in North America.

Damon has more than 23 years of claim, underwriting and sales experience in the recreational marine business, and his maritime background includes a distinguished career serving in a leadership capacity as a United States Naval Officer.  Prior to his tenure with Chubb, Damon served as Chief Executive Officer of Jack Martin & Associates, Inc.  He previously spent ten years at Zurich Marine Insurance in Baltimore, MD, serving in several positions of increasing leadership, culminating with his appointment as Vice President.

Damon’s prior industry experience includes running a marine surveying business and serving as Director of Offshore Sailing for the U.S. Naval Academy.  Additionally, Damon also achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Navy.  He is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Mariner’s Club and served as the Club’s Skipper from 2003 – 2007.  He is an accomplished sailor, having raced and cruised extensively, including Atlantic and Pacific crossings, and a single-handed passage from Hawaii to California.

Damon is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Daphne Wagner Celebrates 30th anniversary with The Talbot Bank

The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Daphne Wagner for 30 years of dedicated service. Ms. Wagner began her career as a teller at the Tred Avon location in Easton, on May 6, 1986. She transferred to the Dover Street location as a Customer Service Representative in 1994. Daphne was promoted to her current position as Assistant Branch Manager for the Elliott Road branch in 1998.

unnamedShe is a graduate of the Maryland Banking School which helps to develop leaders that shape the financial services industry. “Her loyalty, knowledge and her commitment to assisting her customers is exceptional.” says Pat Bilbrough, President & CEO, The Talbot Bank. “We greatly appreciate her many years of service.”

Ms. Wagner gives back to the community with her involvement in Hospice events such as Festival of Trees and supports many events for Talbot Humane Society which benefits our four-legged friends.

Ms. Wagner lives in Easton with her husband Joe. She has two children, Carlie Jo who lives in Longview, Texas and is employed at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals Neuro Science Clinic and Ethan who lives in Easton and works in the family business of Wagner’s Masonry as an apprentice, as well as two fur babies, Brutus and Hank. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and vacationing at Deep Creek Lake.

Easton Utilities names Kelly Simonsen as Marketing & Communications Manager

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 8.47.32 AMEaston Utilities named Kelly Simonsen as its Marketing and Communications Manager. In this role, Kelly will be responsible for managing all facets of internal and external communications and marketing to effectively promote the broad range of programs and services Easton Utilities provides. Partnering with the Town of Easton as well as other community members, Kelly plans to share the many benefits Easton Utilities offers residents and businesses. “Kelly brings a fresh perspective, extensive talents, and a genuine desire to positively impact our community,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO. “She is a welcomed addition to the team.”

Prior to joining Easton Utilities, Kelly was the Development Director at CASA of the Mid-Shore. Kelly has held several positions in various industries with a constant focus on marketing, sales and communications over her 16 year career. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Towson State University and is a 2014 graduate of Shore Leadership. She resides in Easton with her husband and two daughters.

Laura Heikes Celebrates 30th Anniversary with The Talbot Bank


Laura Heikes celebrates her 30th anniversary with The Talbot Bank

The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Laura Heikes for 30 years of dedicated service. Ms. Heikes was a customer of The Talbot Bank in 1986 and enjoyed the customer experience to the point that it inspired her to join the company that same year as an assistant to the Comptroller. She has held various positions during her career at The Talbot Bank such as Manager of Loan Administration, Compliance Officer, and Senior Vice President of Operations, Compliance and Security. In 2013, Laura was promoted to her current position as Senior Vice President of Branch Administration. “Laura is an essential part of The Talbot Bank team” says Pat Bilbrough, President & CEO, The Talbot Bank. “She brings a high level of professionalism and dedication to each of our branches and to the community overall.”

Ms. Heikes lives her commitment to the community with her involvement in many organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Talbot Bankers Relay for Life Team, Junior Achievement, Character Counts, Soroptimist of Talbot County, ACE Mentor Program, Easton Lions Club, Partners In Education, 4-H, and Shore Leadership. She received recognition for her professional and personal dedication when she was voted “Talbot County’s Businesswoman of the Year 2014” by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and also voted “Talbot County’s Most Beautiful Person” in 2015 for her volunteerism and community service.

Ms. Heikes resides in St. Michaels with her husband, Ed. They have two children, Kate – an RN at University of Maryland Shock Trauma and Jed – employed by Belle Aire Farms, Inc., in St. Michaels. Laura and Ed are overjoyed to recently welcome their new granddaughter, Peyton Skye Heikes. When not volunteering in the community, Laura loves spending time entertaining family and friends.

Kelly Sullivan Celebrates 25 Years with Jack Martin & Associates

Kelly Sullivan celebrates 25 years with Jack Martin & Associates

Kelly Sullivan celebrates 25 years with Jack Martin & Associates

Jack Martin & Associates, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Kelly Sullivan for 25 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Sullivan began her career with Jack Martin & Associates in 1991 as an office assistant. After obtaining her property and casualty license, Mrs. Sullivan held various positions with increasing responsibility and currently serves as Office Manager. In her current role, Mrs. Sullivan manages the administrative staff and supports the insurance agents behind the scenes to ensure customer policies are up-to-date and complete. She runs a tight ship and is known for being organized.

A recipient of Traveler Insurance’s “High Achiever Award,” Mrs. Sullivan enjoys her work at Jack Martin & Associates because every client, every boat and every situation is unique. While no two days are the same, Kelly and her team work to make every client experience seamless and meet Jack Martin’s consistently high customer service standards. “Kelly plays an integral role at Jack Martin. Her loyalty, knowledge and leadership skills are truly an asset to our agency,” said Jon Horton, AVP and Sales Manager, Jack Martin & Associates.

A lifelong Maryland resident, Kelly was born in Annapolis and now resides in Shady Side. Outside of the office Kelly is all about family and community. She has been married to her husband, Mike for 26 years and is a mother of two. Over the years Mrs. Sullivan has volunteered at local schools and various fundraising events. She enjoys spending her free time with extended family, attending sporting events and kayaking and just completed her first 5K.

Susan Haschen has joined The Talbot Bank

The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Susan Haschen has joined the company as Assistant Vice President, Credit Administration Manager. Susan will be responsible for managing loan documentation preparation as well as the loan closing process.

Ms. Haschen is a Bank Administration Institute, School of Bank Operation and Technology graduate. Prior to joining The Talbot Bank, Ms. Haschen worked for Easton Bank & Trust as Vice President/Operations for 20 years. “We are very pleased to have Susan as part of our team”, says Pat Bilbrough, President and CEO of Talbot Bank. “She brings outstanding customer service and leadership skills, with extensive experience in banking.”

Ms. Haschen resides in Easton with her husband Herbert. They have two children Chad and Kobi, as well as two “fur babies” Nyx and Chester – English Springer Spaniels. Ms. Haschen enjoys gardening, reading and traveling.

Wye Financial & Trust Welcomes Lori Wrightson, Wealth Management Operations Manager

Lori Wrightson, Wealth Management Operations Manager

Lori Wrightson, Wealth Management Operations Manager

Wye Financial & Trust, a division of CNB and a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Lori Wrightson has joined the company as their Wealth Management Operations Manager.

Lori will be responsible for managing operations and compliance in accordance with industry compliance guidelines. She will oversee the management of client accounts as well as deliver personal investment solutions to help clients work towards their long-term financial goals.

Ms. Wrightson is a graduate of Towson University and is an American Bankers Association Graduate Level Two National Trust School.

Prior to joining Wye Financial & Trust, Ms. Wrightson worked with high net worth clients in the financial industry for sixteen years; the past eight years with PNC Wealth Management in variety of different positions starting as a Sales & Service Specialist then promoted to Trust Advisor in their Easton office, and most recently as a Personal Banker in their Annapolis office.

“Lori is a wonderful addition to our Wealth Management team. She brings a wealth of financial experience that will benefit our clients,” said Wye Financial & Trust Manager, Talli Oxnam.

“I enjoy helping clients work towards their financial goals. I am excited to be back working on the Eastern Shore and part of a company that not only cares about its clients but also the community in which we serve,” said Ms. Wrightson.

Ms. Wrightson resides in Easton with her husband Charles and daughter Jordyn. She actively participates in mission trips with her church having traveled to Iquitos, Peru, Mexico; Welch, WV and this year will go to Costa Rica.


Commerce: Outlet Stores Expand in Queenstown

The Queenstown Premium Outlet continues to grow. The Center announced this week the completion of the Talbots renovation. Also this season, Kay Jewelers will undergo a complete remodel and Under Armour will relocate to a larger space.

Talbots, a leader in women’s contemporary fashion, completed its full remodel on Tuesday, March 8.

With updating shelving and expanded offerings, shoppers can expect to find classic and stylish trends with ease, including petites and plus size women’s clothing. Talbots, located near Kate Spade New York, will continue to impress guests with revamped flooring and renovated interior furnishings, also part of its complete renovation.

Kay Jewelers Outlet, the number one specialty jewelry brand in America committed to a superior in-store experience, will renovate its current space near Tommy Bahama. The luxury-style shop will remain open throughout the renovation in a nearby storefront located adjacent to Eddie Bauer.

Scheduled to reopen before the July 4th holiday, Maryland-based retailer Under Armour will relocate to an expanded 9,346 square-foot storefront near Coach. To complement its larger space, the performance apparel retailer will offer shoppers a wider array of merchandise including athletic gear for men and women, accessories and clothing, as well as a variety of superior sports equipment. The store will stay open in its current location, near St. John, until the relocation and expansion is complete.

“Queenstown Premium Outlets continues to grow,” said Susan Humphries, director of marketing and business development at Queenstown Premium Outlets. “The recent renovations and expansions mirror our future plans for the center and will make a positive impact on the overall shopping experience. Our goal is always to offer comfort and convenience on all levels, and in addition to our ever-growing retail roster, we’re confident these improvements will contribute to our mission and shoppers’ expectations.”