Spy Chat with Health Integrity President Sandy Love on Their New Home

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While there might be mild disappointment that the shiny new addition to Marlboro Avenue behind Target in Easton is not the much anticipated Harris Teeter food store, there remains good reason to celebrate. The County’s fourth largest business, Health Integrity, and its philanthropic wing, the Delmarva Foundation, will be moving many of their 230 employees into their digs next Monday.

Rather than relocate off the Eastern Shore, Health Integrity decided to stay put, which means good things to Talbot County’s economy. With most of their employees having advanced degrees, as well as experience as nurses, computer analysts, and law enforcement, those high paying jobs add considerably to the local economy.

But what exactly does Health Integrity do? That’s the question the Spy posed to their president Sandy Love earlier this week.

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Mid-Shore Community Foundation Names Morris CFO

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The Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) has announced that Michael Morris of Easton, Maryland has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer.

MSCF Staff – Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris

MSCF Staff – Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris

Morris brings over 20 years of finance, accounting and human resource experience to the position. He also brings his knowledge of both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Michael and his wife relocated to Easton 4 years ago from Worcester, MA. Michael holds a BS in accounting from Boston University and graduate level credits from Clark University.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael to the Foundation,” said MSCF President Buck Duncan.

With over $52 million in assets, MSCF is the 4th largest community foundation in the State of Maryland and is the largest scholarship provider in the Mid-Shore Region. Since it’s founding (22 years ago), the Foundation has received over $48.3 million in contributions and has given more than $18.3 million in grants and scholarships.

In FY 2014, the MSCF awarded over $2.6 million in grants and related charitable expenses to 271 charities and 91 individuals. The individuals were recipients of $425,752 in scholarships with an average award of $4,700.

“Michael’s extensive experience will be integral as we continue to manage our growth and look for new opportunities to maximize the impact of our work in the community,” said Duncan.

“I am particularly impressed at the number and size of the scholarships that are funded by MSCF,” said Morris. “I look forward to contributing toward that support of educational opportunities for the young people of the Mid-Shore area, as well as supporting the Mid-Shore nonprofit organizations”.

For more information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, visit mscf.org or call 410-820-8175.

Londonderry Breaks Sales Records, Announces Expansion

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As of May 1, 2014, Londonderry on the Tred Avon had 30 homes on the market. To date, the retirement community reports that they have sold 96% of the cottages that were for sale in 3 months, with only 4% remaining to sell. According to Andy Hollis, Executive Director of Londonderry on the Tred Avon, “Londonderry, which currently has 97 cottages and 26 apartments, is over 96% occupied which is well above industry standard.”

Irma Toce, Sales Consultant, who joined Londonderry on the Tred Avon in the spring, adds, “On average in the past three months, the Londonderry sales and marketing team has sold on average seven cottages/apartments per month.”

In addition to the growth in sales, Londonderry on the Tred Avon is expanding by releasing six lots for new construction. Hollis comment, “We are currently working with the architect regarding making modifications/ improvements to the existing floor plans, and adding a smaller one story cottage option as well. All units will continue to have a one car garage and all will have the ability to add a second story for storage or livable space.”

In 1992, Londonderry Retirement Community was built on 24-acres at the head of the Tred Avon Creek, originally part of a 1664 land grant known as Westmoreland that was granted to Irish immigrant Francis Armstrong. As the property changed hands over the next 100 years, it became known as London Derry, and eventually Londonderry on the Tred Avon, as it is called today.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Easton, MD is a cooperative retirement community. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland. At Londonderry, the building and land is owned by the cooperative. Each resident owns shares in the cooperative based on the value of their home. Shareholders have occupancy rights to a specific home as long as they own their stock. The stock may be sold when the resident leaves and the equity returned to them or their families. In this unique cooperative, shareholders may take tax deductions for interest paid on the co-op mortgage and real estate tax deductions.

For further information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, call 410-820-8732.

An aerial photo of Londonderry on the Tred Avon (Photo by Tim Herlihy)

An aerial photo of Londonderry on the Tred Avon (Photo by Tim Herlihy)

Michigan Manufacturing International Dispels Manufacturing Myths

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There are some common misconceptions in the manufacturing industry about managing suppliers and using specialty components. At the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show in June of this year, Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), discussed how using specialty components can help customers save money.

Special components and assemblies made by MMI.

Special components and assemblies made by MMI.

Prak stated that customers may think it is easier to manage a supplier who is nearby, instead of one that is far away. He said, “The truth is that it is much more important to find the right supplier than to find one that is in close proximity. MMI easily sources products from all over the world.”

When a specialty component is desired, a common idea is that one should find a supplier who specializes in the processes required for that component. However, by sourcing a product from a company who specializes in a certain process, a customer can get locked into using that process. Prak offered a better solution, saying, “It’s better to find a manufacturer who can analyze the function of the part and then offer the most cost-effective, best-performing manufacturing process to suit the situation.”

While it is best to use standard components when possible, Prak noted that innovative products and designs will often require special components due to their new and unique characteristics. Special components are often designed to function more effectively in a given application or to take the place of multiple standard components, often saving money.

In a recent example, a customer came to MMI with a part that consisted of a bamboo shaft that had been reinforced with a carbon fiber rod. The challenge was how to maintain the same weight and strength, but cut the cost. Prak explained how MMI successfully met this goal. “We replaced the carbon fiber with an aluminum extrusion. The strength was maintained, and the result was a cost savings of about 25%.”

Founded in 1991, Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI) specializes in supplying manufactured to print assemblies and components to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Products include assemblies, castings, stampings, machined parts, gears, bearings and more. Services include product engineering, manufacturing, inventory management and stocking programs — all designed to streamline client operations and increase profitability. MMI designs the most effective, highest quality solutions from anywhere in the world.

For more information about MMI, visit www.michmfg.com or call 800-677-0504.

Maryland Agricultural Education Grants Announced


The Rural Maryland Council is pleased to announce the winners of grant funding for Fiscal Year 2015 from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund. Established in 2000, the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistant Fund (MAERDAF) offers important financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. The Fund also providestargeted financial assistance to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance offerings.

During Fiscal Year 2015, a total of 54 rural-serving organizations submitted applications requesting more than $1,000,000 in grants from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund. This year, however, only $170,000 was available which was distributed to 17 rural-serving nonprofits. Recipients are:

· Adkins Arboretum, Ltd: $6,850
· Caroline Economic Development Corporation: $11,504
· Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Inc.: $10,000
· College of Southern Maryland Foundation: $11,500
· Crossroads Community, Inc.: $4,875
· Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center: $14,923
· Enchanted Haven Horse Rescue: $8,000
· Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, Inc.: $23,500
· Habitat for Humanity Choptank: $6,150
· LEAD Maryland Foundation: $10,000
· Lower Shore Land Trust: $7,054
· Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts: $2,500
· Off Street Sports Performance: $15,000
· Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area: $15,500
· Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art: $12,795
· Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council: $4,882
· Women Supporting Women: $4,908

Between FY 2001 and FY 2014, the MAERDAF program has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to 57 rural-serving nonprofit organizations. Many of these organizations have been able to establish or continue programs and projects that have had a significant and positive impact on Rural Maryland because of the MAERDAF program. Moreover, the Fund has helped many nonprofits develop
institutional capacity, improve grant-writing skills, and enhance the internal development of volunteer boards and staff.

The Rural Maryland Council administers MAERDAF in partnership with the Maryland Departments of Agriculture Health and Mental Hygiene Business and Economic Development, Housing and Community Development, and Natural Resources.

MBIA Adds Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center

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The Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA) is pleased to announce that the organization has added five new members since January of 2014. The new members of MBIA include:

BioHealth Innovation (BHI) a regional innovation intermediary that accelerates and facilitates technology transfer and commercialization of market-relevant research in federal labs, universities, and biohealth companies. It is a private-public partnership in the form of a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that connects the Region’s innovation assets to provide integrated technical knowledge, financial means and entrepreneurial and managerial expertise to turn promise into prosperity for the region while advancing human health. The BHI Incubator is a dedicated co-working space at our headquarters in Rockville where we support our client companies with the goal of progressing the business model for the company. (Located in Montgomery County)

Canton Health Ventures (CHV) is located in one of Baltimore’s most desirable “new industrial” areas, and provides market acceleration services to disruptive health care entrepreneurs. Through its affiliation with Sage Growth Partners, a leading health care strategy and technology firm, CHV offers early stage firms access to invaluable commercial contacts and a continuum of health care specific strategy, technology, marketing, business development and thought leadership services – all aimed at bringing high impact companies to market. With a multi-disciplinary team of health care consultants, clinicians, technologists, strategists and entrepreneurs, CHV’s subject matter experts deliver hundreds of thought-provoking presentations annually at leading health care and technology conferences in the US and abroad. Co-located with Sage Growth Partners in 3,000 square feet of modernized warehouse space, entrepreneur partners enjoy a rich interchange while leveraging the deep expertise, broad capabilities and extensive commercial contacts that Canton Health Ventures and Sage Growth Partners can provide. (Located in Baltimore City)

Center for Entreprenuership and Innovation (CEI) at University of Baltimore is an on-campus incubator and co-working space for student-run ventures. Businesses at any stage–idea, start-up or growing ventures–are welcome. Tenants will have access to shared meeting space and technology. Teams have access to mentors, Entrepreneur in Residence and consultants. In addition, the CEI cultivates, develops and infuses entrepreneurial thinking. We are a “go-to” resource for entrepreneurship and value creation – a place where students, faculty, alumni and the entrepreneurial community connect. The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs and the Merrick School of Business. ( Located in Baltimore City)

Supported by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, hotDesks serves as a core location for the startup, innovation, and creative communities to meet and collaborate together. The goal of hotDesks is to also serve as a conduit through which entrepreneurs and innovators on both Western and Eastern Shores of Maryland can connect and engage with each other.hotDesks is an Eastern Shore network of co-working spaces, with Salisbury being the first location opening in mid-2013. Bringing a style of working that is urban in origin to the rural Eastern Shore provides an opportunity for the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators to collide and collaborate as never before available.( Located in Salisbury, Wicomico County)

FastForward is Johns Hopkins’ technology accelerator and innovation ecosystem, focused on creating patent backed start-ups to commercialize the diverse research being done at all of JHU’s divisions. Located in the historic Stieff Silver building near the Homewood campus, FF occupies 12,000 sq. ft. and offers a shared core wet lab facility, individual wet and dry labs, work benches, offices, internet access, as well as conference and meeting rooms. FF’s mission includes local economic development, the entrepreneurial education and training of the JHU community, and growing a sustainable community of technology and innovation at Johns Hopkins. Tenancy in the accelerator is for up to two years, during which time FF staff work intensively with start-ups, providing cradle to IPO support. Support starts pre-tenancy for early stage ventures, and includes product models, development and validation plans, market assessment, and business structuring. Later stage ventures receive mentoring, networking, capital introductions, and continued support and guidance. ( Located in Baltimore City)

To learn more about incubator, co-working and accelerator programs and events in Maryland visit, www.incubate.md and click on events and incubators to learn more.

Salisbury University Group Director Named Innovator of the Year


The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University and its director, Dr. Michael Scott, have been named among the state’s Innovators of the Year for 2014.

Bestowed by the Maryland Daily Record, the honor recognizes those whose work “heralds new frontiers for how we live, work, play and give back” and those who have “created new products, services or programs that have improved their fields.”

“This is a well-deserved award for Dr. Scott and his ESRGC colleagues,” said Dr. Karen Olmstead, dean of SU’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. “Not only do they innovatively provide data and analyses to solve challenging problems, they routinely engage students in high-impact experiential learning.”

Scott and the ESRGC were nominated specifically for developing customizable dashboards that support Maryland’s open data initiatives, said Dr. Memo Diriker, founding director of the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at SU and a partner in many dashboard initiatives.

Some dashboards were created for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to allow users to compare counties or measure Maryland against other metropolitan areas and states. Other dashboards for Maryland and Oklahoma help bring job seekers, training programs and employers together to improve workforce development efforts. Two additional dashboards for Maryland’s BayStat program make data on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries easily viewable by the public; one shows sources of pollution, while another shows actions taken to reduce it.

In addition to dashboard efforts, Scott and the ESRGC were applauded for developing innovative GIS tools to help the Maryland State Highway Administration mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise on infrastructure, as well as helping county planners and local jurisdictions accurately map and inventory impervious surfaces for future storm water plans.

Since its creation in 2004, the ESRGC has worked on 135 projects, totaling more than $5.6 million in grants and contracts. Staff have done many pro-bono projects for individuals, non-profits, schools, governments and businesses. The ESRGC is a joint effort between SU, the Mid-Shore Regional Council and the Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The team includes 14 full-time staff, as well as student interns and graduate assistants.

In 2013, Diriker was named an Influential Marylander by the Baltimore-based business newspaper. In 2012, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach became the only University president to earn the newspaper’s inaugural award for Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs. She also has been among its Top 100 Women three times, placing her in the Circle of Excellence for that award.

Selected by Daily Record editors, the Innovators of the Year are recognized at an event on Wednesday, October 15, at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.  For tickets, visit http://thedailyrecord.com/innovator-of-the-year/.

For more details about the ESRGC’s award, call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.   


Sotheby’s Affiliate Expands Team with Addition of Lisa Hoon

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Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is expanding its presence on the Eastern Shore with the addition of veteran sales agent Lisa Hoon.

Originally from Baltimore, Hoon moved to Chestertown in 1982, where she and her husband Phil, an
attorney, raised their two sons. Previously with another Chestertown firm, Hoon combines decades of local knowledge with over 10 years of real estate experience.

“The addition of Lisa Hoon to our team is a big win for BFPSIR,” Says partner Laird Bunch, “We represent several high-end listings in Kent and Cecil counties, and she knows that market and understands the nuances of handling complex properties, which is hard to find in an agent.”

When she is not busy with real estate transactions, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is an avid reader whose other interests include travel, her pets, cooking and gardening.

Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty represents buyers and sellers of exceptional properties in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore.

CNB Announces New Chairman of the Board

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CNB, member of Shore Bancshares Inc. community of companies, announced that Clyde V. Kelly, III has been appointed Chairman of the Board of CNB. Mr. Kelly has been a director of the bank since 2005. He is the President of Kelly Distributors, Easton, Maryland. Mr. Kelly is past President of the Kent Island Rotary, Prospect Homeowners Association, and the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association. Mr. Kelly also served on the Anheuser Busch Wholesaler Advisory Panel Steering Team, the National Beer Wholesalers Board of Directors and currently serves on the vestry at Old Wye Parish.

It is CNB’s tradition to rotate the chairman of the board every three years. “We look forward to working with Clyde, as we guide the future of CNB. He is committed to the bank and the communities we serve and will offer solid direction to our board,” says F. Winfield Trice, Jr., President and CEO of CNB.

Outgoing chairman, Wm. Maurice Sanger has been a director of the bank since 1992 serving as Chairman the past three years and will continue to serve as a director of CNB. “CNB appreciates Maurice for his admirable leadership, and we thank him for the contributions he has delivered to CNB, during his tenure as chairman,” says Mr. Trice. “We look forward to continuing to work with him on our board.”

Jeffrey E. Thompson will serve as Vice Chairman. Mr. Thompson has been the bank’s attorney since 1986 and a director of the bank since 2005. He is a partner with Thompson and Richard, LLP, a law firm in Centreville, Maryland.

CNB is a community bank, headquartered in Centreville, Maryland, with $473 million in assets and is a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, the largest independent financial services company to offer banking, insurance and wealth management services to families and businesses on the Delmarva Peninsula.

L to R: New CNB Chairman of the Board, Clyde V. Kelly, III, with F. Winfield Trice, Jr., CNB President & CEO, Vice-Chairman Jeffrey E. Thompson and outgoing Chairman Wm. Maurice Sanger.

L to R: New CNB Chairman of the Board, Clyde V. Kelly, III, with F. Winfield Trice, Jr., CNB President & CEO, Vice-Chairman Jeffrey E. Thompson and outgoing Chairman Wm. Maurice Sanger.

Tech Thursday: Smart Lightbulbs Can Reveal Wifi Passwords?


Here’s an interesting site, The Internet Patrol, offering daily techie tidbits for those interested in having “The Internet and Technology Explained in Plain English.” Here’s an example:

“A lightbulb as a port of entry for a hacker to steal your wifi password? Yes! Specifically the LIFX smart lightbulbs, but it could be any smart bulb, or for that matter any other ‘smart’ thing connected to that Internet of things.”


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