Long & Foster’s Linda Wilson Returns from Kenya

Linda Wilson, an agent in Long & Foster’s Easton’s office recently returned from Kenya, where she worked with orphans and underprivileged children.

Wilson founded Caring for Kids of Kenya (CFKK), a non-profit organization that sponsors children to go to school.  She travels to Kenya yearly to work with the children and the schools they attend.  Wilson also spends time in the orphanage where CFKK holds an annual Christmas party for children who would otherwise not have a Christmas celebration.

In addition to her work with CFKK, Wilson sells customized safaris.  While in the bush, she explored nearly 20 lodges, so she can make informed recommendations to her safari clients. “We were all amazed when Linda sent photos of lions right beside her vehicle,” said Martha Suss, manager of Long & Foster’s Easton office. Wilson commented that she has been to Kenya and Tanzania so often, that for her, it’s just another lion.

“Now that the spring real estate market is in full swing and simmering along quite nicely, it’s time to get back into real estate to help clients here on the shore,” said Wilson and Suss.

To learn more about Wilson’s work or safaris go to caringforkidsofkenya.org  or untamedexpeditions.com.


Rising Tide Partners Awarded State Funded County Campaign

Russell Granger

The Talbot County Health Department (TCHD) Prevention Office has awarded the development of its new and expansive media campaigns to Easton-based marketing communications firm Rising Tide Partners.

With specific focus on responsible alcohol and drug abuse issues, the TCHD projects are partially funded by the Maryland state Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) program. “We are honored to be bringing important life-affirming messaging to a community that has been so welcoming and supportive, both personally and professionally,” said Russell Granger, CEO of Rising Tide.

Granger moved his digital marketing agency to the Eastern Shore from Brooklyn several years ago when he inherited his father’s sales training business, then based in Easton. Using the methodology from his father’s critically acclaimed book, The 7 Triggers to Yes, the combined company now covers the full scope of customer communication through consulting, training, and creative services.

“It’s great for the area that media and technology firms like Granger’s are finding success here,” offered Dan Watson, who engaged Rising Tide to produce campaigns for the Bipartisan Coalition for New Council Leadership last year. “These kinds of businesses have a low carbon footprint, attract highcaliber talent, and contribute to both the cultural and commercial life of the region,” he said.

One of Rising Tide’s largest local accounts is Qlarant. Head of marketing for the Easton-based data science and technology firm, Pat Boos, echoed the enthusiasm for media communications proficiency so close to home. “We have clients and vendors nationwide,” she explained. “But to have the caliber of talent and experience Rising Tide offers right here in town is fantastic.” Rising Tide has produced print, digital, and video programming for Qlarant, as well as consulting on marketing and media strategy.

“Rising Tide did really wonderful work for Talbot County Empty Bowls,” added Naomi Hyman, the chair of the organization’s steering committee. “The TV spot they produced for airtime donated by Easton Utilities was even more than we’d hoped for. It was emotional. And it really helped us to get our message out.”

In addition to its growing regional client roster, which also includes Chesapeake Treatment Centers and the Chesapeake Film Festival, Rising Tide has both agency and training accounts nationwide, including top companies in pharmaceuticals, financial services, and technology.

Rising Tide specializes in customer strategy and brand, marketing, and media communications for commercial, political, and community campaigns. Design, production, and training to connect and engage people in more meaningful and profitable ways. Visit RisingTidePartners.com for more information.

Carolyn Fuss Thompson joins Heck & Company

Carolyn Fuss Thompson, an experienced non-profit professional, has been named an associate with Heck & Company, the fundraising consulting firm announced this week.

Fuss Thompson specializes in volunteer management, communications, marketing, program development and event planning and has worked with the Humane Society of Kent County, Washington College, and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. She also performed two years of national service with Volunteer Maryland!, an AmeriCorps program, and served as a volunteer management consultant for YouthBuild U.S.A.

A graduate of Washington College, Carolyn holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame University in Baltimore, where she earned the top Academic Achievement Award in 2006.  A recipient of the Governor’s Citation in 1999 and 2000 for her accomplishments in AmeriCorps, she also was honored with the George M. Elsey Award for youth programs she developed at the American Red Cross.

“Carolyn is an enormous asset and we are very fortunate to have recruited her,” Principal Barbara Heck said. “We are delighted to be able to offer her many talents to our clients.”

Heck & Company provides on-site fundraising expertise to non-profits on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and beyond. The firm helps organizations with campaign planning and implementation, major gift strategy, annual giving, stewardship, prospect research and management, grant writing, corporate and foundation relations, marketing and graphic design, special events, and social media. For more information contact: Barbara Heck at Heck & Company or visit their website.

Easton, Maryland Receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation

Easton, Maryland has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Organized and maintained by Discover Easton, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Easton, Maryland is one of the longest-accredited Main Street communities in the State of Maryland.

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,”said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history.Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

Easton’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Maryland through the Department of Housing and Community Development, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We are excited to continue our work with Main Street Maryland and the National Main Street Center,” Discover Easton director Ross Benincasa said. “To be nationally-accredited is a highly sought-after recognition, and we are excited to continue to engage our Easton community over the next year in new events and initiatives throughout our Main Street.”

In addition to Easton’s Main Street designation, Discover Easton manages marketing and event promotions for the Town of Easton and serves as the independent business association for the town. They have recently submitted plans to create an Easton Arts District to the State of Maryland and a proposal to extend the town’s Main Street district, which would offer more incentives to the growing business community.


Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles. To learn more about our organization, businesses, and upcoming events, head to www.discovereaston.com.


Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings.Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

APG Media Supports Education Foundation Fundraiser

The Star Democrat/APG Media has joined other local businesses in supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s second annual “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” fundraising event as a Principal’s Honor Roll Sponsor.

Photo: L to R – Juanita Hopkins & Becky Firth, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Betsy Griffin, Advertising & Marketing Sales Director and Paul Hagood, Chief Revenue Officer, APG Chesapeake and The Star Democrat; Pam Clay, Laura Heikes and Mike Fisher, Education Foundation Advisory Board.

All proceeds from “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” benefit the Education Foundation’s Grants for Teachers program. To date, the Education Foundation has awarded $33,000 in grants to TCPS teachers for programs at the elementary and secondary level in nearly every academic discipline. “At APG Media we understand how important it is to support public education in our communities and are thrilled to be part of this outstanding event,” said Betsy Griffin, Advertising & Marketing Sales Director, APG Chesapeake and The Star Democrat.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at dgardner@talbotschools.org or by calling 410-822-0330.

Morgan Stanley – The Easton Group Supports TCPS Education Foundation

Morgan Stanley – The Easton Group is generously supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s second annual“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” fundraiser at the “Principal’s Honor Roll” level.  The event will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Easton High School Auditorium. Admission is free and all proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation’s Grants for Teachers Program.

Photo: L to R – Laura Heikes, Foundation Advisory Board Chair; Tom Hill, Financial Advisor and Curry Wilford, Financial Advisor, both of Morgan Stanley the Easton Group; Becky Firth and Mike Fisher, Education Foundation Advisory Board Members.

Six teams of 5th graders from all of the TCPS Elementary Schools will test their knowledge and skills, answering questions from a broad range of categories.  Each team also includes a celebrity guest from the sponsoring organization or school community.  Morgan Stanley will sponsor the team from Chapel District Elementary School, and Mr. Curry Wilford, Financial Advisor, will participate as the team’s celebrity guest.

To date, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $33,000 in grants for programs for elementary, middle and high school students in a variety of disciplines.  “At Morgan Stanley we believe in the importance of investing in our community’s most valuable resource, our children,” said Mr. Wilford. “We are very pleased to support the Education Foundation’s Grants for Teachers program by sponsoring this event.”

To learn more about the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at dgardner@talbotschools.org or by calling 410-822-0330.

Paris Foods Supports Education Foundation Event

Paris Foods has joined other local businesses in supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s second annual “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” fundraising event as a Principal’s Honor Roll Sponsor.

Located on Ocean Gateway in Trappe, Paris Foods Corporation supplies frozen fruits and vegetables to the Foodservice and Industrial markets. Operating from three facilities on the Eastern Seaboard, Paris packages product and distributes in full or partial shipments to the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest. Paris strives to be the most responsive and responsible supplier to its customers.

Photo: L to R – Jane Bramble, Ronshea Duncan, John Schreiber, Laura Heikes (TCPSEF Advisory Board), Shannon Parker, Richard Marks, Emilee Kingsley, Bridget Babich-Dadds, Anthony Dixon, Rosalyn Wilson, Marciesha Holland, Sharon Turner, Amie Taylor, Wendy Pitts, Juanita Hopkins (TCPSEF Advisory Board) Christina Dulin, Jennifer Haller, Carol Fegan, Lisa Woolford.

“At Paris Foods, we recognize the importance of a supporting our public school system,” said Amie Marks Taylor, President,“and we are grateful for the many exceptional members of our team who are graduates of TCPS!”

All proceeds from “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” benefit the Education Foundation’s Grants for Teachers Program. In 2018, the Education Foundation awarded $33,000 in grants to TCPS teachers for programs at the elementary and secondary level in nearly every academic discipline.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at dgardner@talbotschools.org or by calling 410-822-0330.

AXIS GeoSpatial Celebrates Earth Day

Employees at AXIS GeoSpatial in Easton, MD, recently gathered in celebration of upcoming Earth Day to clean up the grounds around their office building. Teams were assigned to pick up litter, plant wildflower seeds and skim the nearby pond for garbage and grass clippings.  After the grounds were cleaned, the team gathered for a BBQ cook-out to celebrate their hard work.

Jeremy Sullivan and Shanna Bowser smile for a picture while picking up litter in the grassy area near AXIS’ parking lot.

Meghan Lahman, HR Administrator for AXIS GeoSpatial shared, “We have a culture of giving back here at AXIS and so it only seemed natural for us to celebrate Earth Day in this way.  We are thankful for the beautiful space we have here at the Talbot Business Park, and it feels really good to take care of the place where we come to work every day.”

About AXIS GeoSpatial

Founded in 2001, AXIS GeoSpatial LLC, a national geocapture firm, employs innovative remote-sensing and measurement technologies to capture geospatial data for integration into civil engineering, land surveying and GIS applications. AXIS is headquartered in Easton, Maryland with additional locations in Colorado and Delaware. During the past 17 years, AXIS has applied extensive, proven experience in producing high quality aerial imagery, LiDAR, CADD, GIS and other related geospatial datasets for civil engineering and government clients throughout the US and abroad.  For more information visit www.axisgeospatial.com, join us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @axisgeospatial.

Tickets on Sale to 2019 Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast

Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Talbot County Economic Development Commission will host the 11th Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Milestone Event Center in Easton from 8 – 10 a.m.

The program is designed to honor all Talbot County businesses, with special recognition for those that have exhibited a significant positive impact in the community in the past year.

“Whether it is through volunteering, providing a service that is in desperate need in the community, or hiring and retaining a great workforce, our local business community goes above and beyond when it comes to community impact,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack. “Businesses, organizations, and individuals are an integral part of our community and we are proud to celebrate their successes at the Business Appreciation Breakfast.”

Last year, four community impact awards were presented to business and community projects. Winners included Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Eat Sprout, Easton Utilities, and Talbot County Sherriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary for Talbot Goes Purple. Furthermore, Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry were awarded the Community Impact Award for an individual.

In addition to the award presentations, this year’s Breakfast will feature Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz as the keynote speaker. In her role as Secretary, Schulz oversees an agency comprised of six divisions and 13 public boards and commissions. Prior to joining Commerce, Schulz served as Secretary for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, an agency of nearly 2,000 employees and a $375 million budget.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at www.TalbotWorks.org. For more information, or to purchase a table, call 410-770-8058.

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

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