Inn at Perry Cabin Introduces New Tennis Club

Inn at Perry Cabin is pleased to announce the introduction of The Tennis Club, newly designed and managed by the renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis company. Now open to club members and guests of the waterfront resort, The Tennis Club and all tennis programming is overseen by Robert Wright, Director of Tennis.

“We are thrilled to introduce a partnership and tennis program with this world-class tennis and fitness company,” said Michael Hoffmann, General Manager, Inn at Perry Cabin. “Inn at Perry Cabin has long been a destination for sailing and yachting enthusiasts, and with the addition of the Inn at Perry Cabin Tennis Club by Cliff Drysdale, we look forward to enhancing this tradition by welcoming tennis enthusiasts to our stellar facilities.”

(L to R): Michael Hoffmann, General Manager, Inn at Perry Cabin; Cliff Drysdale; Robert Wright, Director of Tennis, Inn at Perry Cabin

Steeped in history and style, Inn at Perry Cabin is consistently ranked one of the best luxury resorts in the Mid-Atlantic, including #1 in the region by Condé Nast Traveler. The intimate resort, nestled along the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, boasts spectacular waterfront lawns and sweeping bay views, as well as a pristine fleet of sailboats and performance yachts, docked at the Inn’s private harbor.

The new Tennis Club includes three state-of-the-art outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts, lighted for both day and night play. Later this summer, guests of the Inn will also have access to Links at Perry Cabin, the new 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye. Additional guest amenities include the spa, full service fitness center, outdoor pool, sailing school and additional water activities.

“We’re delighted to add Inn at Perry Cabin to our resort portfolio,” said Scott Colebourne, Vice President of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Management. “This is a beautiful, world-class location and we hope to elevate the tennis experience through exceptional tennis instruction and service for resort guests and members alike.”

The tennis program at Inn at Perry Cabin will be led by Director of Tennis Robert Wright. Originally from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, Wright is an LTA-certified teaching pro with more than a decade of coaching experience. Since joining CDT in early 2016, Wright has held many key roles at resorts across the country, including the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Stratton Mountain Resort, and most recently at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa where he served as Assistant Director of Tennis. Tennis programming is now available and features an expanded offering of adult and junior instruction, as well as special events and seasonal camps.

The Tennis Club at Inn at Perry Cabin, by Cliff Drysdale Tennis

For more information about Inn at Perry Cabin, visit: www.belmond.com/Belmond/StMichaels.

For more information about the new Cliff Drysdale Tennis program at Inn at Perry Cabin, contact Robert Wright at r.wright@cliffdrysdale.com.

About Inn at Perry Cabin
A top luxury destination in the Mid-Atlantic, Inn at Perry Cabin is an intimate waterfront resort nestled along the Chesapeake Bay in St. Michael’s, Maryland. Home to 78 contemporary guest rooms and suites by renowned designer Alexandra Champalimaud, the boutique estate is grounded in classic American design, casual elegance and a celebrated nautical identity. With a pristine fleet of sailboats and yachts, including “Five Star,” a 55’ Hinckley, Inn at Perry Cabin boasts one of the most prestigious, sophisticated sailing programs at any resort in the US. Links at Perry Cabin, the signature 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye, is one of golf’s most anticipated openings of 2018, and the Inn’s new Tennis Club is managed by the iconic Cliff Drysdale Tennis. A coastal culinary adventure, award-winning Stars restaurant offers seasonal, local specialties and exquisite wines in a sunny setting on the water’s edge while the charming Purser’s Pub provides Chesapeake Bay favorites, an inventive cocktail menu and leafy garden courtyard. Additional guest amenities include the botanic spa, sauna, full service fitness center, outdoor pool and High Tide bar, kayaking, paddle boarding and bicycling.

About Cliff Drysdale Management
Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 30 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com

Shore United Bank Welcomes Nancy Bell, V.P. Commercial Banking Officer

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Nancy Bell has joined the company as a Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer in the Greater Baltimore area. Her office is located at our Owings Mills branch, where she will be responsible for providing banking services to commercial customers in the surrounding area.

Nancy has an extensive banking background, including over 30 years in the industry. Ms. Bell has a bachelor’s degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Loyola College. Nancy currently serves on the Board of the Samuel Ready Scholarship organization, which provides educational funding for deserving Baltimore City females.

“Nancy not only brings her energetic personality, but also many years of local market knowledge and a network of contacts with her to our team. We look forward to all that she will accomplish,” says Bill Hudson, Market Manager of Shore United Bank.

“I am thrilled to have joined such an outstanding group of professionals who bring the highest level of commitment to their customers and to one another. I love the core values of the company and look forward to helping the organization grow,” says Ms. Bell.

Nancy resides in Towson, Maryland with her husband, Auburn and their two daughters, Casey and Cameron. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, playing the piano and spoiling their family poodle, Beau!

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com.

Leonard W. Dayton, Jr. Celebrates 30 Years with Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

Leonard (Jay) W. Dayton, Jr.

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Jay Dayton, for 30 years of dedicated service. Mr. Dayton began his career with Avon-Dixon in June of 1988. Jay is currently a Vice-President and works with clients to insure their commercial and personal assets. Mr. Dayton is a Certified Insurance Counselor and is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance in over 10 states.

“We are pleased to have Jay on our team for the past 30 years. His knowledge of the insurance industry and his commitment to the agency is remarkable. Jay is an asset to the company and we are proud to congratulate him on this monumental milestone in his career,” says Rich Trippe, President & CEO of Avon-Dixon.

As someone who grew up on the Eastern Shore, Jay has always enjoyed sailing, hunting and fishing. He currently resides in Oxford, Maryland. Mr. Dayton has served on the board for many organizations, such as Marine Trades Association of Maryland, The Waterfowl Festival, Tred Avon Yacht Club and the U.S. Superyacht Association.

For more information about Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, visit AvonDixon.com

Shore Bancshares are Proud Supporters of Tour, Toast & Taste Event

Photo: L-R: Lora Davis, Financial Advisor of Wye Financial & Trust; Debra Rich, V.P. Chief Marketing and Project Officer of Shore Bancshares; Susanna Scallion, Audubon Maryland-DC Office Manager & Pickering Creek Development Manager; Mark Scallion, Executive Director of Pickering Creek Audubon Center; Laura Heikes, Community & Government Relations Officer of Shore United Bank; Rich Trippe, President & CEO of Avon-Dixon Agency

Shore Bancshares community of companies are proud supporters of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Tour, Toast & Taste event on June 9th held at Joe and Missy Walsh’s Lombardy in Unionville.

The event gives guests the opportunity to socialize and purchase culinary adventures to add to their social calendar throughout the year.  Proceeds from the event support Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s education programs.

About Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Shore Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Easton, Maryland and is the largest independent bank holding company located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It is the parent company of Shore United Bank; one retail insurance producer firm, The Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC (“Avon-Dixon”), with two specialty lines, Elliott Wilson Insurance (Trucking) and Jack Martin Associates (Marine); and an insurance premium finance company, Mubell Finance, LLC (“Mubell”).  Shore Bancshares Inc. engages in trust and wealth management services through Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank. Additional information is available at www.shorebancshares.com.

Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

Easton Utilities welcomed seven interns to participate in the summer-long internship program, now in its ninth year. The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on the various services, infrastructure, and demands of each department at Easton Utilities.

Front row, L to R: Sydney Chance, Julie Andrew, Martha Hutzell, Emily Cohoon. Back row, L to R: Trevor Nier, Eddie Burgstahler (not pictured: Erin Sauter)

The group of interns includes:
• Julie Andrew, Business Management Major from Salisbury University
• Eddie Burgstahler, Accounting Major from University of Maryland
• Sydney Chance, Graphic Design Major from NC State
• Emily Cohoon, Environmental Studies and GIS Major from Salisbury University
• Martha Hutzell, Information Systems Major from Salisbury University
• Trevor Nier, Mechanical Engineering Major from Virginia Tech
• Erin Sauter, Computer Science and English Majors from Washington College

While completing this in-depth orientation, the interns are fully submerged in their respective departments for a true hands-on experience. In the first few weeks, they each select a specific project to focus on during the internship and are required to give a presentation at the culmination of the program. “Our goal is to expose these students to a real-life experience in an active business environment and we set high expectations for them,” said Melissa Book, Human Resources Assistant for Easton Utilities.

The program is led by Book with support from Athena Mellis, Systems Analyst in IT, who was also an intern in 2015. The internship experience has helped many students secure full time positions with both Easton Utilities and elsewhere upon graduating.

For more information about the internship program at Easton Utilities, please call 410-822-6110.

Laura Johnson Steps Up Into Role as Vice President of Finance

Washington College President Kurt Landgraf announced today that Laura Johnson, who has served as Washington College’s chief budget officer for the past four years, will be promoted to Vice President of Finance.

Johnson, who before joining Washington College was the senior global financial analyst with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, succeeds Rahel Rosner, who has accepted a position with St. Paul’s School in Baltimore.

“I am honored to continue to serve Washington College and excited for the opportunity to partner with Kurt, faculty, and senior leadership to ensure the sustainability of our future,” Johnson says. “We have some of the most talented and dedicated students, faculty, and staff and a board that is generous and insightful.  I look forward to the relationship with the community of Chestertown and to the exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

In announcing the transition, Landgraf applauded the work of the Finance and Administration team, which is managing capital projects in various stages of development, from the construction of the Hodson Boathouse and Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, to the upcoming renovation of the Cullen residential hall, the completion of a full facilities condition assessment, and a master plan update.

Less visible, he said, has been the team’s work on financial sustainability, budget modeling, and projections—areas of primary focus for Johnson. She has been the main liaison between both the Provost’s Office and the Office of Finance and the academic and administrative departments for matters related to resource allocation, financial planning, and approval of actions related to employees, major purchases, and capital projects. She serves on the Finance and Benefits Committee, the Planning Committee, the Donor Relations & Stewardship Committee, and as an adviser for the Washington College Veterans Association, helping lead the annual holiday drive to gather and send supplies and gifts to those deployed in the active military.

“Laura Johnson is an incredibly talented financial officer who has proven to be up to the challenge of maximizing the College’s resources,” says Landgraf. “She’s also totally committed to the welfare of this institution. I am delighted to be able to tap one of most our talented and committed employees for a position of greater responsibility.”

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 35 states and a dozen 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.

Construction Starts at The Country School

Willow Construction, one of the largest and most trusted commercial construction firms on Delmarva, has begun work on The Country School, a private school in Easton, Maryland. Work began on Monday, April 23rd, and is expected to take 16 months to complete the project and be ready for the 2019-2020 school year. The project consists of three phases. Phase one includes construction of a new parking lot and drop off/pick up lanes and associated site work. Phase two consists of construction of a new, two story, 20,000 square foot brick building to house the upper school. The last phase of the project will include renovations of the existing Lower School. “Our team is beyond thrilled about this opportunity to not only enhance this prestigious institution but also to update the gateway to Downtown Easton. Additionally, we are proud that The Country School has put their trust in a locally owned and operated company, such as ours, to meet their construction needs” says Mike Hiner, President of Willow Construction. “We love these kinds of projects because we understand what it is going to mean to the people that will be benefiting from the upgraded facilities and supporting the communities we serve.”

Willow Construction has a long history of building educational facilities on the Delmarva Peninsula, including Chesapeake College’s Learning Resource Center, Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge, and The Wye River Upper School in Centreville, Maryland.

Habitat Choptank and Lowe’s to Host National Women Build Week

Next week, Habitat Choptank and Lowe’s will host the annual National Women Build Week from May 5-13 where women volunteers and Habitat homeowners will unite nationwide to build up their communities and gain skills in home construction.

National Women Build Week encourages women nationwide to devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in our local communities. Women have the strength and determination necessary to build Habitat houses, addressing the problem of affordable housing in a concrete way so that families can achieve stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable homes.

Habitat Choptank will be offering the following build days for volunteers to get involved for a full day or a half day.  The build days will be hosted at one of the following locations in Talbot and Dorchester County: Tuesday, May 8th or Wednesday, May 9th in Cambridge; Friday, May 11th or Saturday May 12th in Easton; or Friday, May 11th or Saturday, May 12th in Hurlock.

“Since 2012, Habitat for Humanity Choptank has been uniting strong women volunteers of all experience levels in our Talbot and Dorchester Counties to build or repair homes alongside our hardworking, empowered Habitat homeowners,” said Habitat Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen. “We would like to thank our local Lowe’s for partnering with us to educate, inspire and empower women to build up their communities.”

In fact, according to a 2018 national study by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, more than nine-in-10 American women believe providing and advocating for access to affordable housing for women can benefit society. The survey also found:

• Nearly all women (98 percent) agree access to affordable housing helps women heads of household thrive.
• Having a safe, stable home is a source of pride (96 percent) that makes women feel more confident (98 percent) and independent (97 percent).
• Three-in-five (62 percent) women say they cannot afford to purchase a home that meets their family’s needs in the neighborhood where they want to live.

“Lowe’s is proud to sponsor National Women Build Week to educate, inspire and empower women to volunteer alongside other women in their community to address the critical issue of affordable housing. We know women working together are an unstoppable force for creating meaningful change in our communities,” said Colleen B. Penhall, Lowe’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “At Lowe’s, we believe that a safe, stable home is an important source of strength, pride and security for families. Together with Habitat, our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and women nationwide, National Women Build Week will provide valuable support to advance accessible housing in the communities where we all live and work.”

Lowe’s and Habitat Choptank share the vision that every woman, man and child have a decent place to lay their heads at night. Far too often, low-income families are faced with choosing between paying their housing costs and buying basic necessities like food and medical care to provide for their family. National Women Build Week recruits, educates and inspires women to build, and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities alongside their future neighbors—making a difference in their community, one nail at a time.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, and provides how-to clinics at stores to help equip women volunteers for the builds. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed over $30 million to Habitat for Humanity International and helped more than 6,500 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

Both women and men of all experience levels can participate by signing up to volunteer or by joining the conversation online. As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat are activating a social movement to generate conversation about building one another up and sharing the message of women empowerment, positivity and action by using #BuildHer and #WomenBuild. To volunteer or to find out specific job site locations, please call Nora Skiver, Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat Choptank, at 410-476-3204.

About Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 76 families and currently partners with 15 local home buyers. Income qualifying individuals and families are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s inventory of durable and energy efficient houses.  After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of home ownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its home ownership program throughout the year.  For more information, to make a donation or volunteer, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Qlarant Expands National Presence Opening 3 Locations

Qlarant, Inc., a national leader in quality improvement and the fight against fraud, waste, and abuse is pleased to announce an expansion of its national presence with the opening of three new regional offices.

Following the recent Unified Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) awards for the Southwestern and Western Jurisdictions, Qlarant has expanded its footprint coast to coast to a total of twelve cities. By creating a new Cerritos, California regional hub and relocating its Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida offices into improved spaces, Qlarant has accommodated the increased workforce and improved on already award winning services.

Jaysen Eisengrein – Sr. VP Qlarant (left) and Scott Ward – Sr. VP Qlarant

“Our new office here in Cerritos puts us in an accessible, visible area that is ideal for working with our existing clients and creating relationships with new customers,” said Jaysen Eisengrein, Qlarant’s Sr. Vice President for the UPIC Western Jurisdiction. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead our experienced team into new areas.”

Workforce expansion and increased customer demand have also necessitated a new office location for Qlarant’s existing Houston staff. With offices also in Dallas and McAllen, Texas, Qlarant’s presence in the Lone Star state continues to grow.

“We’ve called Texas home for nearly a decade and I’m proud that we are continuing our relationship with the State,” said Scott Ward, Qlarant’s Sr. Vice for the UPIC Southwestern Jurisdiction. “The new offices will allow us to grow and continue to improve on the important work we do every day.”

Qlarant’s new offices are part of a long term plan to expand the brand across the entire country. The recent UPIC awards have afforded the company the ability to hire many new associates. For more information on open positions visit www.qlarant.com/careers.

About Qlarant

Qlarant is a not-for-profit nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste & 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 health and human services organizations, government agencies, and financial and insurance companies. 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. www.qlarant.com

Shore United Bank Welcomes Kerry Nagle, Branch Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Kerry Nagle has joined the company as Branch Manager at our location in Stevensville, Maryland. Kerry joins Shore United Bank with several years of banking experience.

“We are thrilled to have Kerry on our team. Her knowledge of community banking will allow for her branch to excel under her leadership,” said Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I am greatly looking forward to working in the community and assisting our customers with any financial needs they may have,” said Ms. Nagle.

Kerry is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, attends Centreville United Methodist Church and is a prior member of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce. Kerry resides in Church Hill, Maryland with her husband, Ralph and their two children, Kendall and Conlan.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com