Rebecca Combs Chosen for Prestigious Leadership Maryland Program

Leadership Maryland announced today that Rebecca “Becki” Combs, CFO of Quality Health Strategies, 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. Combs is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26th class – the Class of 2018, 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 2018 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.  For more information regarding Quality Health Strategies, please visit www.qualityhealthstrategies.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.

Steven Ochse Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2018

Leadership Maryland announced today that Steven Ochse ’18, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Easton Utilities Commission, 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. Ochse is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26th class – the Class of 2018, 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 2018 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.

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 www.talbotcc.com or call 410-822-0490.

Oxford Community Center Appoints Liza Ledford as Executive Director

The Oxford Community Center has appointed Liza Ledford as the center’s Executive Director. Ledford grew up on the Miles River in Marengo Farms and attended the Country School. She traveled to Boston for High School and spent the majority of her career in Los Angeles. Upon her return to Talbot County six years ago, Ledford worked with various regional non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Chesapeake Film Festival and The Avalon Foundation. She assumed the position officially on October 31st.

Joseph Fischer, OCC Board President and Liza Ledford

Hiring Ledford was the result of an extensive search by a search committee appointed by the OCC Board of Trustees. The search was headed by Joseph Fischer, OCC Board President.

“We are very pleased to have Liza join OCC as the Executive Director,” said Fischer. “Liza is the perfect match for OCC and will be able to lead us to accomplish our strategic objectives during this period of growth. Her background is ideal to meet the challenges ahead in bringing the most exciting programming to our Community in Talbot County.”

Ledford is familiar with Talbot County non-profit and cultural organizations. Her private marketing company Northstar Consulting Services, LLC served multiple non-profits and small businesses in the area supporting their event production, programming, facility rentals, marketing strategy and public relations. Ledford’s focus on branding and telling the “story” of each organization created engagement with the public and grew awareness about the various organizations. Ledford built strong relationships with media outlets to grow her client’s presence in the competitive non-profit arena.

Prior to Northstar Consulting Services, Ledford honed her producing and marketing skills in the entertainment industry. She was an executive at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Associate Producer for Universal Pictures then finished her Hollywood career at Sony Studios. Her skills producing “experiences” and creating buzz translate well for growing OCC.

“The quality of the programs and events offered at OCC are fantastic! I am also inspired by the commitment the board made to continue new initiatives and invite more people and partners to enjoy this incredible space,” said Ledford.

Ledford married an “Oxford Boy” in The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with reception at Pope’s and enjoys time with the many Ledford’s in the area, especially her father-in-law “Big Al” with the Oxford Fire Department. She lives in Easton with husband Mark and their two children, Mason, 17, and Alice, 14. Ledford is a member of the Rotary, an adjunct professor at JHU/MICA Film Center and serves on the Advisory Board for AEMS, Arts Education in Maryland Schools and the Interactive Media Production Department for Talbot County Public School System.

Located in the town of Oxford, the OCC is housed in a former schoolhouse built in 1928 and designed by Annapolis-born architect Henry Powell Hopkins. Hopkins designed notable public buildings throughout Maryland and the OCC is the last surviving example of his school projects. OCC completed a successful capital campaign and renovation of the building. The facility is now an award-winning LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified building with state of the art HVAC, sound and lighting systems, large auditorium, commercial kitchen and several classrooms. OCC hosts programs, performances, and classes throughout the year, and is available for rental.

For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, email oxfordcc@verizon.net, visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org or their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

 

Shore United Bank Celebrated Opening of New Loan Production Office

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Shore United Bank Loan Production Office in Ocean City, MD.

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, celebrated the opening of their new Loan Production Office in Ocean City, Maryland, with the assistance of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce during their ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7, 2017. They are now open to serve the Ocean City business community and its surrounding area.

“We are excited to expand our presence and lending capabilities to the lower Delmarva Peninsula market”, said W. Thomas Mears, Market Executive of Shore United Bank. “We are pleased to offer small business lending and deposit solutions for the Ocean City business community. We have an experienced and professional staff to help our clients achieve their personal and business financial goals”.

For more information about Shore United Bank visit www.shoreunitedbank.com

Bayleigh Chase Promotes Fountain to Director of Marketing & Community Partnerships

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, announced that Amy Fountain has been promoted to Director of Marketing and Community Partnerships. In this position, she will be responsible for introducing prospective families to the amenities, services and lifestyle that make Bayleigh Chase a leading retirement destination in Maryland, as well as identifying and developing strategic partnerships to continue to grow and strengthen Bayleigh Chase’s ties in the local community.

Fountain is a licensed social worker, and has worked for Bayleigh Chase since 2011, helping to guide residents and their families on their journeys through the community’s levels of supportive living. Prior to joining Bayleigh Chase, she served as a social worker at both Medical Management and Rehabilitation Services and the Caroline County Health Department. She holds a degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Born and raised in Centreville in Queen Anne’s County, Fountain is a life-long resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, memory support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant retirement communities throughout Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

William (Bill) Lane, Jr. Celebrates 35 years with Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Bill Lane, Jr. for 35 years of dedicated service. Mr. Lane began his career with Avon-Dixon in 1982 as an insurance sales and service representative for personal and commercial insurance products. Mr. Lane is currently a Senior Executive Vice-President and works with insurance products that assist clients with asset protection and wealth management. Mr. Lane is certified in insurance counseling and risk management.

“Avon-Dixon is pleased to celebrate 35 years with Bill. His commitment to his customers and his continuing drive to learn something new every day speaks volumes to his clients and co-workers. It is always a pleasure to work with him” says Rich Trippe, President and CEO of Avon-Dixon.

Mr. Lane resides in Easton with his wife, Barbara. He enjoys small boat sailing and woodworking. Mr. Lane currently serves on committees for multiple organizations, such as Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Talbot Historical Society and more.

Winners Announced for 2017 Talbot Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Program

The Talbot County Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Business Awards Program.  Each year the Talbot Chamber asks its members to nominate individuals and organizations to be recognized for outstanding service to our community.  The Chamber Board of Directors reviews the nominations and votes for a winner in each category.

2017 winners:

Business Man of the Year – Robert D. Rauch Owner, RAUCH inc.

Business Woman of the Year – Marie Teat, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Small Business of the Year – Dwelling & Design, Owners Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters

Large Business of the Year – AXIS Geospatial, LLC,  Owner Justin Lehman

Not-For-Profit Business of the Year – Channel Marker, Inc.

Young Professional of the Year – Kristin Lockerman, Avery Hall Benefit Solutions

Community Service Award – Joseph Peters, Chairman & CEO of JR Management Corporation

Join us on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, when we recognize these outstanding award winners.  Registration is $60 per person online at www.talbotchamber.org, or contact the Talbot Chamber at (410) 822-4653 or info@talbotchamber.org.

Judy Crow New Maryland Wineries President

Judy Crow

The Maryland Wineries Association announced May 1 that Judy Crow, owner and operator of Crow Vineyards, is the new President of the Board of Directors. Crow will preside over all Maryland Wineries Association meetings, assist with membership initiatives and guide major policy discussions at this critical time of industry growth.

“Judy has been an industry leader since the winery’s inception and we look forward to her dedication in the role of president of the association,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

Crow was raised on a dairy farm and spent almost thirty years teaching college and creating early childhood programs in Maryland and Delaware before she met Roy Crow, her husband. In 2008, Judy and Roy married and began the transformation of Crow Farm, a third generation family farm located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore. Together Roy and Judy focused on diversifying the farm from the traditional farm of corn and soy beans to include a farmstay B&B, a vineyard, and a winery along with an impressive herd of grass fed Angus cattle. Committed to creating the best products in the region, Judy, her son Brandon, and Roy continue to be very hands-on with the management of winemaking, the tasting room and wholesale distribution.

“In the short time I have been in the wine business, I have seen growth in the Maryland industry and believe that, with a strong winery association, the opportunities are endless. I believe that Maryland’s diverse wine growing regions allow consumers and tourist alike to experience a full portfolio of interesting wines,” said Judy Crow.

Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member based, trade association, represents more than 80 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and by increasing awareness through special events, industry education, advocacy, promotions and tourism. MWA is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit the MWA website

Allegra Publishing Kicks Off in St. Michaels

Would you like to go beyond the dusty family album? Allegria Publishing, a new company on the Eastern Shore, can help. Its motto is, “We bring the past to life.” With an array of talents, its founders have experience in writing, editing, research, and videography. They have produced biographies, folios, and personal videos, using family archives. Would you like to self-publish the book you have always dreamed of writing, or produce a Ken Burns type short video of your family history? Allegra Publishing can help.

Carl Widell, who studied history at Princeton, and reality in Vietnam, heads up the firm. He has self-published two books and is putting the final touches on a biography of a prominent attorney on the shore. Due to his military background, Carl understands how to research old military service records. He is assisted by Pamela Heyne Widell who has published three books, including her latest on Julia Child and kitchen design. She also is an experienced videographer.

In researching their own family archive, the Widells produced a short video about Carl’s grandfather, E.D. Johnston, who served with Canadian forces in WWI.

Johnston’s war diary describes experiencing the first mustard gas attack on April 22, 1915. His photo album contains pictures from the trenches, as well as happier occasions. One picture depicts two laughing WWI officers holding a mirror, in which the photographer, Carl’s grandfather, was reflected. Could this be the first selfie?

Carl’s siblings were surprised and delighted with the video, and sent it on to other friends and relations. According to Carl, “Our families are so spread around now, that our oral histories are lost. With so many images flooding the internet, it is particularly meaningful to celebrate original images from our own archives.”

Pamela Heyne Widell, also known as Pamela Heyne, is an architect and continues to practice. However, she likes the “sleuthing” aspect of writing. Years ago she wrote a book on the architectural mirror. In the rare book room at the Library of Congress, she read an old French 17th century account from a visitor to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. “He was dazzled, and I was fascinated to relive his emotion, hundreds of years later,” Pam says.

Contact information: allegriapublishing.com 23901 Mount Misery Road, Saint Michaels, Md. 21663 410-714-9555