Bountiful Interiors Earns National Recognition from Leading Industry Groups

Bountiful Interiors, a home accents retailer and full-service interior design firm based in Easton, Maryland, has been recognized for excellence by two leading industry organizations.

Bountiful Interiors was awarded “Best of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” by Houzz, the leading platform for remodeling and design. The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

Bountiful Interiors also earned recognition at the 29th Annual ARTS Awards, which took place January 19, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The ARTS Awards recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives from across the world. The event is produced by Dallas Market Center, a global trade center and wholesale marketplace for the retail and interior design industries, and ART, a creative home furnishings network that promotes and enhances the market position of the home furnishings industry. Bountiful Interiors was a finalist in the Home Accents Retailer East/Atlantic category.

“It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by our peers as one of the best home interiors retail stores on the east coast,” said Jamie Merida, owner of Bountiful Interiors. “The nominating committee included magazine editors, business owners, and industry leaders we respect a great deal, so it really means a lot to us.”

Merida said his team of interior designers and retail staff deserve the credit for the company’s growing reputation in the industry. “We have the most talented designers in the area, and everyone on the team works hard to make every customer experience a delight. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

Bountiful Interiors is located at 218 N Washington St in Easton, Maryland. The company’s website is

About Bountiful Interiors: Bountiful Interiors the Eastern Shore’s premier home furnishings and interior design firm. Located in Easton, Maryland, the 10,000-square foot store carries furnishings, bedding, and home accents from leading national brands, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques and handcrafted items. The interior design studio serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The studio’s work has been featured in leading publications, such as Southern Home, Romantic Homes, Home & Design, Chesapeake Views, and The Cottage Journal. Owner Jamie Merida recently designed a furniture and home accents collection under the brand Tidewater Collection for Chelsea House. For more information, please visit

About Houzz: Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

About Dallas Market Center: Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gift, lighting, and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at

About ART: ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at

Talbot Country Club Welcomes New General Manager, Rob McWilliams

The Board of Governors of Talbot Country are pleased to share that Rob McWilliams has joined the senior leadership team as the new General Manager.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rob to Talbot Country Club,” said Ron Flohr, Talbot Country Club Board President. “We are confident that he is a great fit for our Club and its members and staff. We look forward to partnering with him as we plan for and realize our future.”

“I have spent the past eleven years preparing for this opportunity, and I am fortunate to be part of such a wonderful membership and talented team,” said Rob McWilliams, Talbot Country Club General Manager. “I look forward to developing new relationships and friends on the Eastern Shore.”

McWilliams has more than 10 years senior-level experience in club management to include: food & beverage operations, clubhouse management, technology, financial management, capital project management, long-term planning and team leadership, mentoring and training.

Most recently, McWilliams was the Director of Operations at the Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fl. Prior to taking on that role, he was a member of the senior management team for three years and facilitated the Club’s transition from a developer’s club to a member-owned club. Club at Mediterra was the first golf course to be recognized as an Audubon Silver Sanctuary and the restaurants and banquet facilitates were the first in a private residential club to be certified “green.”

Prior to the Club at Mediterra, McWilliams worked with the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. (host to more combined USGA and PGA championships than any other course in the United States) from 2006-2011 where he served as the Support and Development Manager and Food and Beverage Manager. While at Oakmont, he managed the largest food venue of the US Women’s Championship Tournament, serving nearly 11,000 people in 7 days.

Before transitioning to a career in Club Management, McWilliams served in the US Army where he was a Nuclear Demolitions Specialist and was appointed a Chemical Warfare Readiness Officer. Following his service in the Army, he worked in the private sector as a project manager where he directed, supervised and coordinated activities in the electronics, aerospace, performance metals and robotics industries.

McWilliams is a native of the Pittsburgh area in Pennsylvania and has an adult son living in Washington DC.

About Talbot Country Club

Established in 1910, Talbot Country Club is the oldest golf club on the Delmarva Peninsula. Talbot Country Club is committed to providing its membership and guests with superior social and recreational experiences by offering the finest staff, services, facilities and activities while preserving the rich traditions of the Club which foster friendship, fellowship and pride. For more information, visit or call 410-822-0490.

Robin Deputy Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Robin Deputy for her 25 years of service. Ms. Deputy began her career in December of 1992 as an administrative assistant to the President. She has also held positions as a teller, loan coordinator, human resources manager, chief operating officer and corporate secretary. Robin is currently the Branch Manager at the Camden, Delaware location.

Ms. Deputy attended Delaware Technical and Community College with a major in Administrative Office Systems. In addition, she has also completed several classes through the American Institute of Banking including Principles of Banking, Law & Banking Principles and Personnel & the Law.

Robin Deputy is a member and officer of the Felton Community Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoys reading and gardening.

Ms. Deputy resides in Felton, Delaware with her husband, Donald. She has 3 children, Jordan, Lauren and Ryan, and 2 grandchildren, Avery and Colton.

Lisa K. Rosengren Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies is proud to recognize Lisa Rosengren for her 25 years of service. Ms. Rosengren began her banking career in December of 1992 as a Loan Coordinator and Senior Loan Administrator to her present role at Shore United Bank as a Senior Loan Assistant in Credit Administration.  Ms. Rosengren is responsible for reviewing the credit quality of commercial loans in our Delaware Region.

Ms. Rosengren has completed various classes and seminars through American Institute of Banking. “Lisa is a true asset to our team,” says Stephen Wright, Regional Manager at Shore United Bank. “She values our customers and what they mean to our company each day. We appreciate her dedication to the company and the communities we serve.”

Ms. Rosengren is an active member of the Felton Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoys crafting and spending time with her daughter, Alicia, and granddaughter, Autumn.

Ms. Rosengren resides in Felton, Delaware with her four-legged “fur baby” Skyler.

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Shore United Bank Welcomes Tracy Berrigan as Branch Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is excited to announce that Tracy Berrigan has joined the company as the Branch Manager of our Dover Street location in Easton, Maryland. Tracy joins Shore United Bank with 37 years of banking experience and management.

Ms. Berrigan is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and holds a degree in business administration. She has also attended several courses and seminars through the Maryland Bankers Association including, deposit documentation, bank regulations and loan underwriting.

“Tracy is a great addition to the team at Dover Street. Her enthusiasm and her love for helping people go hand in hand when it comes to her leadership style that she demonstrates in the branch every day” says Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I look forward to meeting and serving   the customers that visit our Dover Street location,” says Ms. Berrigan.

Ms. Berrigan serves on the Executive Board of the Talbot Chamber of Commerce, Board of Director for Friends of Hospice and the Brighter Christmas Fund and also serves as the Treasurer of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Denton.

Ms. Berrigan resides in Denton, Maryland with her husband, Tim.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Receives $10,000 Grant to Support Debtor Assistance Programs

Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation to support their Debtor Assistance Project (DAP).  Since 2010, the DAP has provided free legal advice to more than 700 individuals and families facing bankruptcy or other consumer debt issues on the Eastern Shore.

This grant will fund Mid-Shore Pro-Bono’s monthly DAP clinics providing debtors with opportunities to meet with specially trained volunteer attorneys for cost-free half-hour consultations. Clinics are hosted in Easton and Centreville with plans to expand to other counties in 2018. Mid-Shore Pro Bono sustains this program independently with the support of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court who established this program.

In addition, the grant will support outreach efforts to reach potential clients facing consumer debt.

“The continued support of the American College of Bankruptcy will allow us to reach individuals and families struggling with consumer debt,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “The earlier we can reach clients and begin working with them, the easier it is to keep them in their homes and avoid bankruptcy. Many clients don’t know their rights and are reluctant to confront these issues, but we can help.”

Monthly DAP clinics are held in the Mid-Shore Pro Bono offices in Centreville at 108 Broadway and Easton at 8 South West Street. For more information about the DAP program, please call the office at 410-690-8128.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit

Shore United Bank Welcomes Heather L. Bacher, Market Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Heather Bacher has joined the company as a Market Manager of our Queen Anne’s and Kent County branches.

Heather will be responsible for promoting and growing business while leading her team of commercial bankers and working with the branches within the northern region. Her office will be located at our Commerce Street branch in Centreville, Maryland.

Ms. Bacher is a graduate of Salisbury University earning a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Prior to joining Shore United Bank, Ms. Bacher spent the past twenty years working in both retail and commercial banking.

“We are very excited that Heather has joined our team. Her experience in banking will help us deliver products and services to the communities we serve”, says Michael Cavey, Senior Lending Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I am looking forward to serving our customers and being able to work in the same community where I live. Ensuring the success of our branches through a team of professionals will assist us in growing our local economy while meeting our customers financial needs,” says Ms. Bacher.

Heather is the Treasurer of United Way of Queen Anne’s County, a Board Member of Chesapeake College Foundation Board, a Board Member of the Chesapeake Women’s Network QAC and a Committee Member of the Bosom Buddies Ball.

Ms. Bacher resides in Stevensville, Maryland with her son, Ryan.

Easton Utilities Branches Out

In keeping with a tradition started in 2008, the employees at Easton Utilities participated in the annual tree planting initiative known as “Branching Out”. This year, the team planted 24 trees along Bay Street using a variety of cherry, crepe myrtle and pin oak trees.

The “Branching Out” program is part of Easton Utilities commitment to environmental stewardship. “Planting trees in our community is an effective way to add natural beauty, prevent pollution and directly benefit our environment,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. Following the initial planting of trees, Easton Utilities maintains them until they take root and can thrive.

Trees offer a variety of benefits in addition to their beauty. Trees are natural air filters by consuming carbon dioxide and provide shade in the summer reducing the need to use air conditioning. Tree roots help to anchor soil in place and prevent erosion. Soil erosion into storm drains contributes to sedimentation in rivers, creeks and the Chesapeake Bay that clouds waters and kills aquatic plant and animal life. Easton Utilities is a member of the Maryland Green Registry, which recognizes sustainable practices aimed at solid waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, and renewable energy utilization.

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Freestate and Son Insurance Welcomes Vicki Wood Dean, Account Executive

Freestate and Son Insurance, a division of Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency and a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is excited to welcome Vicki Wood Dean to their insurance team as an Account Executive. Mrs. Dean started her new career with Freestate and Son Insurance on October 9, 2017.

Prior to joining Freestate and Son, Mrs. Dean worked with Shore United Bank for over ten years. She has served her community in multiple positions within the bank as a teller, customer service representative, assistant branch manager and manager of the Commerce Street, Centreville, Maryland branch.

Mrs. Dean earned an Associate’s Degree from Chesapeake College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Salisbury University. She is continuing to further her education by currently attending the Maryland Banking School and the Hartford School of Insurance.

Vicki Wood Dean serves on the board for the Centreville Rotary Club and the United Way of Queen Anne’s County. She also serves on the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair committee and the Claws for a Cause committee to raise funds for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Queenstown, Maryland.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job has been the relationships I have built within our community. I look forward to expanding those and creating new ones as I take on a new role, serving their insurance needs with Avon Dixon”, said, Mrs. Dean.

“Vicki is a great addition to our team and we are thrilled to have her. Her knowledge of the community and its people will be a tremendous asset to the insurance division,” said Rich Trippe, President & CEO of Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency.

Mrs. Dean resides in Queen Anne with her husband, Brad and their two children, Victor and Barley.

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Wye Financial & Trust Manager Earns Advanced Trust Certificate

Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank and a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Talli Oxnam on her recent achievement through the American Bankers Association. This September, Ms. Oxnam completed her third year of course work in Atlanta and received an Advanced Trust Certification. ABA Trust Certificates show a recognizable level of achievement and knowledge in trust and wealth management.

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