Qlarant Named One of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Data Analytics Companies

Qlarant has been selected by The Silicon Review, as one of the top 10 fastest growing data analytics companies for 2019.

The award places Qlarant among the elite in data analytics companies for the second year in a row following 2018’s recognition as a Top 20 Most Promising Predictive Analytics Solutions Provider from CIO Review magazine and a Top 10 Solutions Provider as recognized by CIO Applications magazine.

Headquartered in Easton, Md., Qlarant is a Solutions company that focuses on risk management, quality improvement programs, and delivering customized technical products and services to solve complex, real-world problems for their clients.

“The quality assessment industry is growing quickly and Qlarant has risen to meet the demand” says CEO Dr. Ron Forysthe Jr. “Utilizing data analytics has established us as highly credible reviewers and solution providers, and has distinguished us amongst our peers. Data analytics, used in conjunction with subject matter experts and the benefit of AI, enables us to provide clients with new perspectives and courses of action. Qlarant has helped millions of people and saved billions of dollars for agencies and organizations by uncovering and identifying risks, sometimes before they occurred.”

In addition to the award, Silicon Review also featured Qlarant President and CEO Dr. Ronald G. Forsythe, Jr. as their April magazine cover story. He has an extensive background in resource development, innovation, analytics, and risk management. Dr. Forsythe also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) and was a former member on the regional advisory board for BB&T (NYSE:BBT).

About Qlarant

Qlarant is a not-for-profit, nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste, and abuse—improving program quality, and optimizing performance. The company uses subject matter experts and innovative data science and technology to help organizations see risks, solve problems, and seize opportunities. Solutions are customized for state and federal agencies as well as commercial industries across the nation. The Qlarant Foundation— the mission arm of the organization—provides grants to services provided in underserved communities. Qlarant employs nearly 500 people and has a 45-year record of accomplishment improving the performance of some of the Nation’s most important programs. Qlarant is a licensed AgileCxO Transformation Partner.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Pat Boos at 410.819.3553 or email at boosp@qlarant.com.  For more information and to view the video go to www.qlarant.com

Pretty Cool: Mid-Shore’s David LaMotte to Receive Maryland International Business Leadership Award

LaMotte Chemical’s CEO, David LaMotte, has received the prestigious Maryland International Business Leadership Award for 2019 in Baltimore next week. The award is sponsored by World Trade Center Institute.

In receiving the award, which was presented by Governor Larry Hogan, LaMotte was acknowledged for LaMotte Chemical’s  mission, international reach, and community involvement as one of Maryland’s top global companies.

For more information on the awards and the awards program please go here.

After the First Decade: Piazza’s Emily Chandler Looks Back and Forward

As the Spy celebrates its own tenth year of operation, it dawned on us that there were quite a number of businesses on the Mid-Shore that started at the same time the Spy began publishing.  Ranging from bakeries to contractors, dozens of small businesses opened their doors amid a significant economic recession, relying on instinct and self-confidence that their services would be sought after, no matter the current business climate.

With that in mind, the Spy has decided to interview many of these brave entrepreneurs over the next year for them to reflect on their experiences.

We start with Emily Chandler, the owner of the now extremely popular Piazza Italian Market, in Easton.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Piazza please go here.

 

Easton Hotel Sells Above Asking Price to Local Buyer

The Best Western Plus Easton Inn and Suites on Route 50 has new owners.

On Friday, March 29th, the Chesapeake Office of SVN | Miller Commercial Real Estate, working with Exit on the Bay Realty in Grasonville, closed on the sale of the hotel property located at 8708 Alicia Drive along Route 50 in Easton.

Bob Greenlee, Managing Director and Senior Advisor for SVN | Miller, brokered the $6.2M deal, which commanded $205K over the $5.995M asking price.

Greenlee said the 65-room hotel was originally built in 2010 with the intention of being a Country Inn and Suites, but the property sat vacant for two years. It was purchased at auction and opened in 2013. Since then, the hotel has consistently received high marks for quality service and has maintained a AAA rating year over year.

‘It is one of the highest performing hotels within the Best Western system,’ Greenlee said. ‘It is a beautiful property, with well above standard architectural features and interior finishes.’

According to Greenlee, the Ocean Gateway location and building quality made this a ‘very attractive investment’. He said the SVN marketing platform along with the reach and support from SVN’s national hotel group ‘generated tremendous interest with potential buyers from top to bottom of the Eastern Seaboard.’

‘Competitors pushed the price well over the asking price,’ Greenlee said. ‘But in the end Exit’s B.J. Kilby was able to produce a local buyer.’

This sale marks a significant achievement for Greenlee, whose 30-year career began in the hospitality sector of commercial real estate and evolved into providing asset management, valuation and consulting services to the industry as a whole. Greenlee’s practice operates out of the Easton office on Bay Street. The office also serves as a satellite office for SVN | Miller Commercial Real Estate, an SVN franchise within the 220-office global system and headquartered in Salisbury.

‘Together [with SVN], we are able to provide top-level global expertise across the entire real estate transaction,’ Greenlee said. ‘Our unique skill-set brings ultimate value to our clients and it’s what sets us apart from other real estate firms, especially those where commercial property is not their primary focus.’

For more information about SVN | Miller Commercial Real Estate and the Chesapeake Office please contact 443-390-2600.

SVN | Miller Commercial Real Estate, with offices in MD, DE and VA, is a top-performing franchise within SVN’s 220-office global system specializing in advisory, brokerage, consultation, leasing, asset and property management services for clients in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Delmarva Power Honors Top Local Volunteers

Delmarva Power honored five top volunteers at the company’s Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony, which recognized employees who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism.

“We consider it our responsibility and privilege to help enhance the quality of life for people in the communities where we live, work, and serve,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “We are extremely proud of our volunteers of the year, and all our employee volunteers, who embody our company’s commitment to service both in their day-to-day work at Delmarva Power and in their spare time helping our community partners achieve their missions.”

Richard Davis, of Bel Air, Md., a senior district system operator with Delmarva Power, was recognized as the company’s most impactful volunteer in 2018. Davis dedicates his time to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, where he logged more than 600 hours last year. As part of his award, Delmarva Power will contribute $1,000 to his fire company in honor of his efforts. Since joining the fire company in 1990, Davis has made more than 30,000 fire and emergency calls and trained over 200 firefighters. In addition to his newest honors, Davis is also the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award and other lifesaving awards. Prior to joining Delmarva Power in 2017, Davis worked for Exelon sister company BGE in Baltimore for 18 years.

Delmarva Power also recognized the following individuals for their outstanding acts of volunteerism:

• Julianne Bailey, of Wilmington, Del., a senior strategic database specialist who has worked at Delmarva Power for five years, was recognized for her work with Odyssey of the Mind, Delaware.Bailey helps coordinate the organization’s local creative problem-solving programs for area students, helping them build self-confidence and develop strong life skills.

• Nicole Bruno, of Salisbury, Md., a business analyst who has worked for the company for 18 years, was recognized for her work with Town Cats in Ocean City, Md. Bruno helps this non-profit cat rescue organization with its social media accounts and assists with fundraising and adoption events.

Curtis Kilmon (middle) alongside Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president (left), and Glenn Moore, Delmarva Power region vice president (right).

• Curtis Kilmon, of Easton, Md., an engineering fieldman who has worked at Delmarva Power for 39 years, was recognized for his work with the Maryland Spring Hill Cemetery. Kilmon serves as acting president of the board for the cemetery, overseeing the regular maintenance of this historical property by helping coordinate projects for new signage, fencing, monuments, roadways, and landscaping.

• Andrew Labovitch, of Ridley Park, Pa., a senior engineer who first started with the company in 1991, was recognized for his work supporting veterans who have served in war or campaigns overseas through his roles at the Herbert W. Best Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 928 Auxiliary. Labovitch has served as treasurer and trustee for the organization, overseeing accounting for its auxiliary funds, among other duties.

Delmarva Power’s Powering Communities program helps connect employees with volunteer opportunities throughout the company’s service area and recognizes their efforts.In 2018, more than 320 employees volunteered a combined total of more than 1,900 work days through the program, helping support nearly 460 unique organizations across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In 2018, Delmarva Power’s parent company Exelon and its 34,000 employees gave more than $51 million to nonprofits and volunteered more than 240,000 hours with organizations across the country. This record-breaking community giving helped support more than 12,000 nonprofit organizations across 236 cities, 19 states, and the District of Columbia.

Readers are encouraged to visit The SourceDelmarva Power’s online news room. For more information about Delmarva Power, visit delmarva.com. Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnectOur mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 527,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 134,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.

Mayor Willey Swears In Commissioner for Easton Utilities

Mayor Robert C. Willey administered the Oath of Office to Easton Utilities Commissioner W. W. “Buck” Duncan, Jr. for an additional six-year term commencing April 1, 2019. As chairman of the Easton Utilities Commission, he is charged with governance and oversight of Easton Utilities, along with Rodanthe Hanrahan and William Stagg, per the Town of Easton’s charter. “I am honored to continue my role as a Commissioner and look forward to the exciting opportunities facing Easton Utilities. We will continue our focus on safely providing delightful customer experiences with reliable and cost-effective utility services,” stated Duncan.

Mr. Duncan currently serves as President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and is extremely committed to the Eastern Shore, especially Talbot County. He was previously President and CEO of Talbot Bank, Chairman of Mercantile Eastern Shore Bank and served as Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He resides in Easton and currently serves on the board of Provident State Bank and Provident State Bank Holding Company. Over the years, he served on several local boards including United Fund of Talbot County, Rotary Club of Easton, The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Chesapeake College Foundation.  Mr. Duncan earned a Master’s Degree in Management from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia.  In addition, he was a Captain in the United States Air Force.

Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area. Visit eastonutilities.com for more information.

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. “This proactive safety measure can prevent accidentally damaging utility lines, which can lead to serious consequences,” stated James P. Crowley, Department Manager of Gas, Meter and Safety for Easton Utilities.  To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents must call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning.

The is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas, electric and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches deep, 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.

Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree at WC on March 25

Jim Loree, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stanley Black & Decker, will be the speaker for Washington College’s spring 2019 James C. Jones Seminar in American Business on March 25.

Loree will give a talk entitled “Purpose-Driven Performance: Staying Relevant for 175 Years and Beyond.” The event, sponsored by the Department of Business Management, takes place in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Underwood Lobby.

Stanley Black & Decker operates the world’s largest tool and storage company featuring iconic brands such as Craftsman, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Stanley, and Bostitch. Loree joined the company, then Stanley Works, as CFO in 1999 when the company generated just over $2 billion in revenue, according to the company’s website.

“In that role, he led a massive restructuring of the business and began a re-architecting of the company’s portfolio,” the website states. “Since that time, he was promoted to COO, President and then CEO in 2016, as the company generated significant growth both organically and through acquisitions to stand at $13 billion in annual revenue (more than 5x growth since 1999), with more than 58,000 employees across 60 countries.”

Loree is also the husband of Rebecca Corbin Loree ’00, a member of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, and the namesake of the Rebecca Corbin Loree Center, which houses the College’s Center for Career Development.

The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business was endowed in 1978 by the George W. King Printing Company of Baltimore in memory of its former company president. Jimmy Jones, a 1947 graduate of Washington College, served on the Board of Visitors and Governors from 1974 until his death in 1978. Previous speakers include College President Kurt Landgraf; Paul Reed Smith, founder of PRS Guitars; Michael Bloomberg; and ABC News business correspondent Betsy Stark.

Watch the livestream www.washcoll.edu/offices/digital-media-services/live/

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 39 states and territories and 25 nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Delmarva Power is Powering Communities in More Ways Than One

In 2018, Delmarva Power contributed more than $1.2 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 16,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout Delaware and Maryland. These contributions are part of the company’s commitment to powering communities and being a good corporate citizen for the areas where its employees live and work.

“We value the strong relationships we’ve built with our communities across Delaware and Maryland over the last 100 years,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “While we are known for our commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy service for our customers, we also see it as our duty to give back to the communities we serve. Seeing the benefits of our continued charitable contributions and volunteerism is another reminder of our deep connection to our communities and the vested interest we have in their continued success.”

Every charitable contribution from Delmarva Power also comes with a dedicated pledge of volunteers. The company’s Powering Communities program helps connect employees with volunteer opportunities throughout Delmarva Power’s service area and recognizes their efforts. In 2018, more than 320 employees volunteered a combined total of more than 1,900 work days through the program, helping support nearly 460 unique organizations across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The top volunteers will be honored at the company’s Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in April, at Dover Downs in Dover, Del.

Delmarva Power’s charitable contributions assist organizations that support education, the environment, arts and culture, and community development programs. In 2018, the company sponsored important community organizations including the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the YMCA, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, The Salvation Army, and the United Negro College Fund.

In 2018, Delmarva Power’s parent company Exelon and its 34,000 employees gave more than $51 million to nonprofits and volunteered more than 240,000 hours with organizations across the country. This record-breaking community giving helped support more than 12,000 nonprofit organizations across 236 cities and 19 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 527,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 134,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.

Easton Utilities Completes Spanish 101

Working in conjunction with Chesapeake College, Easton Utilities held a course for ten employees titled Spanish for Requesting Personal Information and Data. “The curriculum is customized for Easton Utilities’ employees and is aimed at preparing students [employees] to provide basic Spanish interactions for our customers’ needs,” said Tracie A. Thomas, Director of Customer Service for Easton Utilities.

Anderson Watson, a bi-lingual Customer Service Representative for Easton Utilities and a part-time employee of Chesapeake College, was the instructor. He led the class through progressively difficult conversations targeted to billing, services, and installation needs for cable TV and internet.  Team members from a variety of departments and positions within Easton Utilities took the course over a three-week period totaling 12 hours. Leah Copper, Samantha Jeter, Jeremy Newnam, Claire Robertson, Christian Smith, Paula Taylor, Tracie Thomas, Micki Thompson, Mary Wheeler, and John Wooters completed the course and graduated from the ‘Spanish 101’ class.

Chesapeake College was instrumental in providing the curriculum and developing the  customized course.  “The Spanish-speaking community is growing in our region and we are proud to offer a variety of courses to help our local businesses strengthen how they communicate with this population,” said Lois B. Thomas, Director of Personal Enrichment and Lifelong Learning for Chesapeake College. “It comes as no surprise Easton Utilities would take the lead in such an endeavor to demonstrate their commitment to exceptional customer service.”

Offering the Spanish course is just one of the significant initiatives accomplished by a committee formed at Easton Utilities to better serve Non-English speaking customers. In addition to the course, which will be offered to other groups of employees going forward, the committee has implemented a phone interpretation service, translated a variety of communications including the website, and fulfilled a strategic initiative in hiring Watson as a bilingual representative. “It is important to us to provide quality service to each and every customer and this course will enable us to better fulfill this promise,” added Thomas.

Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area. Visit eastonutilities.com for more information.

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