Ralph F. Twilley Celebrates 40 Years with Shore United Bank

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Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Ralph Twilley for his 40 years of dedicated service. Mr. Twilley began his career with Centreville National Bank in February of 1978. Mr. Twilley joined our lending team as a loan officer and continues to serve the community through his lending expertise today. Currently, Mr. Twilley is a Vice President, Commercial Lender, focusing on meeting customers personal and commercial lending needs. His office is located at our branch in Stevensville, MD.

Ralph graduated from Salisbury State College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Twilley completed Maryland Bankers School in 1982. With the goal of continuing his education, he graduated from the Maryland Executive School of Banking in 2007.

“Ralph is an exceptional member of the lending team. His knowledge and experience are an asset to the loan process for all his customers. We are fortunate to have Ralph on our team for the past 40 years,” said Heather Bacher, Market Manager of Shore United Bank.

Mr. Twilley currently serves as a board member for the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce and Mid-Shore Pro Bono. Ralph is a past board member for the Queen Anne’s County Little League, the Queen Anne’s County Free Library, and the Centreville United Methodist Church.

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

Arts & Entertainment District Announces “Tea Bag” Art Project

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The Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District and the Main Street Chestertown Design Committee announce the Tea Party Festival Tea Bag public art project for 2018.  Artists, designers, students and creative spirits of all ages are invited to decorate cotton tote-bags with Tea Party or Chestertown themes and can compete for cash prizes.

The tote bags measure 15 inches square and come with a label that carries the Tea Party Festival logo and the tagline, “Chestertown: Steeped in History, Stirred by Art.”  They can be decorated with paint, markers, thread, found objects, or any other embellishment.  Three finalist prizes of $50 each and one grand prize of $100 will be awarded.

Participants can pick up the plain tote bags at Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street, for $2.00 per bag. All decorated tote bags will remain the property of their creators. To enter the judging, the embellished bag must be returned to Town Hall by Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Winners will be announced at the Friday night Tea Party Street Party scheduled for the foot of High Street, May 25.

George Washington Leadership Series Discussion to Feature Tom Polen

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Washington College’s spring George Washington Leadership Series will feature Tom Polen, president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, on Monday, April 16, 2018. Polen will be speaking with College President Kurt Landgraf about the future of medical technology and the leadership skills required to run a global healthcare company.

The moderated discussion begins at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall. It is free and open to the public.

BD is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and has an annual revenue of ~$16 billion with 65,000 associates worldwide. As president, Polen oversees BD’s three business segments—Medical; Life Sciences; and Interventional—comprising all 10 global business units. He also has responsibility for Research and Development, Innovation and the Americas Region commercial organization. He serves as a member of the BD Management Committee and is a senior faculty member of the Center for BD Leadership.

Since 2009, Polen has held multiple positions with increasing leadership and responsibility at BD, including president of BD Preanalytical Systems and BD Diagnostics Systems, and he served as group president responsible for the BD Medical Surgical Systems and BD Pharmaceutical Systems business units. In October 2014, he was named segment president, BD Medical, where he led the $12 billion acquisition of CareFusion in 2015, the company’s expansion into informatics and digital health solutions, and the $24 billion acquisition of C.R. Bard in 2017.

Polen’s career includes five years at Baxter Healthcare, where he last served as general manager of Baxter’s Global Pharmaceutical Injectables business. While at Baxter, he was named among Chicago’s top 40 leaders under 40.

A fellow at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Polen holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

About the Series

Washington College in 2012 created the George Washington Leadership Series to honor the vision and values of founding patron George Washington, especially his belief in a better future achieved through education, respect for scholarship, and the ideals of leadership, character, and service to others. Under its auspices, leaders from a variety of professions and walks of life are invited to campus to interact with students and faculty and to deliver a public address. Previous speakers include: Raghavan Seetharaman, group CEO of Doha Bank; Richard D. Wood III ’91, director of government relations and sustainability for Wawa, Inc., and Howard B. Stoeckel, vice chairman of the board; Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts; Lance Weaver, former vice chairman and chief administrative officer of MBNA; Ellen J. Kullman, chair of the board and CEO of DuPont; Paul Reed Smith, founder and owner of PRS Guitars; Bert W. Rein, founding partner of Wiley Rein LLP; H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. ’85, former CEO of Danaher Corporation; and David Williams, chairman and CEO of Merkle, Inc.

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.

Taking Stock: The Cambridge Hyatt Economic Development Project at 16 Years Old

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It seems like ancient history now, but in the early months of 2002, there was a dramatic addition to the city of Cambridge when the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay officially opened. A few visionary leaders in Dorchester County, DC developers, and most importantly, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation made good on their plans to construct a 400 room, 650 acres, hotel and resort on the shores of the Choptank with the goal of providing a long-term benefit for the then economically struggling center of the Eastern Shore.

At the time, this multimillion-dollar project was seen by some at the time as a remarkable risk. Cambridge was not known as a tourist or conference destination, even though it was located near some of the most remarkable natural resources on the East Coast. It also did not have the advantages of being in a major city, near a major amusement park, or benefiting from a tropical climate. Why stop in Cambridge, the story went, when you could drive another hour and arrive at the beachfront communities in Delaware and Ocean City.

But now that the Hyatt has been in place for sixteen years, The Spy thought it would be a good idea to check in with its general manager, Joel Bunde, who has a unique perspective on this economic development project. That is because Joel arrived in 2005 to be part of the executive management team to run the property for four years, and has now recently returned from another tour of duty to become its general manager. It is that arc of experience that made the Spy interested to hear Joel’s general observations about the Hyatt, the remarkable renaissance of downtown Cambridge, and the collateral soft and hard benefits that have come with the then $155 million investment in the Eastern Shore’s future.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. Additional aerial video content by Micah Berkley.  For more information about the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay please go here.

 

Entrepreneurship Center Launches Free Startup Business Program

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The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) will launch a new online training program April 3 to identify ideas and early stage business concepts for products and services that improve farming, fishing and the environment. The free six-week F³ Tech Pre-Accelerator runs through May 10 and is open to individuals and small groups looking to validate a business concept and potentially join a four-month accelerator.

“The F³ Tech Pre-Accelerator program is a specially-designed proof-of-concept process for startups and entrepreneurs looking to develop an idea or product to commercialization,” said Mike Thielke, Executive Director of the ESEC. “We’re targeting very early-stage startups to offer them an opportunity to validate their ideas, acquire valuable feedback from industry experts, and position themselves to take advantage of a more aggressive, traditional multi-month accelerator program such as the F³ Tech program beginning September 2018.”

Eight entrepreneur teams have already been accepted into the inaugural program from across Maryland including Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Kent, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Based in all F³ Tech sectors – agri, aqua and enviro – their business ideas call for recycling fruits and vegetables into high-protein edible spice mix, reversing the loss of bee hives, and creating hydroponic farms in urban areas.

In addition to Thielke, the training includes industry subject matter experts and mentors like Charles White, Founder and CEO of PaverGuide. White benefited from the innovation ecosystem supported by ESEC to create an enviro-tech company in Queen Anne’s county. White commercialized PaverGuide, a structural base for paving systems that is manufactured from recycled plastic and replaces impermeable stone surfaces with a massive reservoir to prevent nutrient runoff.

“As an entrepreneur and environmentalist, I’ve dedicated my career to improving storm water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the world. Thanks to the support of the ESEC and seed funding from multiple sources including ESEC’s Revolving Loan Fund Portfolio, I proved that our innovative technology could be profitable and sustainable. I look forward to sharing lessons learned and best practices with the pre-accelerator participants.”

The online program features two, one-hour interactive webinar sessions each week as well as a one-hour mentoring session with a designated mentor/coach. Topics include: Assessing an idea; validating the market; evaluating customer acquisition; business model preparation; handling intellectual property; branding and marketing strategies; and finances and raising capital

To learn more or to apply to the F³ Tech Pre-Accelerator visit f3tech.org or call (410) 770-9330.

About F3Tech

F³ Tech includes three sectors: Agritech, Aquatech and Envirotech. Agritech products improve farming yield, efficiency and profitability. Aquatech creates innovations to improve fish farming, aquatic plants, algae and aquatic organisms in controlled freshwater and saltwater conditions. Envirotech applies science, green chemistry, electronic devices and technologies to monitor, model and conserve environmental resources.

About ESEC

The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2004 to help advance an entrepreneurship ecosystem on Maryland’s Eastern Shore including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

WC President Kurt Landgraf to Speak at Jones Seminar in American Business Lecture

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Washington College President Kurt Landgraf, whose deep experience in financial accountability, information technology, and integrated business strategies helped place him in the top echelons of corporate America, will give the J.C. Jones Seminar in American Business lecture on March 29.

Hosted by the Department of Business Management and the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society, the free, public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, and will be followed by a reception in the Underwood Lobby.

Landgraf, a former senior executive who was named president of Washington College in May of 2017, discusses his “situational” approach to the diverse leadership positions that he’s held throughout his career. Whether driving sales at DuPont Merck or resuscitating the failing Educational Testing Service, Landgraf has adopted different leadership approaches to achieve the desired outcome while operating consistently within a framework of corporate or institutional social responsibility. Whatever environment he’s in, Landgraf abides by three core values: 1. On performance, no excuses; 2. Everybody deserves special treatment; and 3. businesses are social institutions. Distilled to its essence, it simply means doing the right thing.

Landgraf has a decades-long resume as a senior executive with DuPont, including serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of DuPont Europe Middle East and Africa, Chairman and CEO of DuPont Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of DuPont Merck Company. His 13-year tenure as President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), helped revive the world’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization and leader in educational research.

The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business was endowed in 1978 by the George W. King Printing Company in memory of its former company president who was a graduate of Washington College and served on its Board of Visitors and Governors.

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.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Announces Five Star Rating

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Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce its recent five star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. Chesapeake Bank’s five star rating, now two years running, is an impressive achievement making it the highest rated community bank headquartered in the Chestertown area.

“We are very proud to again receive this recognition of top financial strength.” – Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO

BauerFinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Through the years BauerFinancial has earned the reputation of “the nation’s bank rating service”. BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they avoid a rating.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.

A Good Recovery Sign: Lundberg is Hiring

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Lundberg Builders, Inc., the leading full-service custom design and build firm serving Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland has announced they are seeking site supervisors, carpenters and carpenters’ helpers to support the company’s growth a midst residential construction trade labor pool shortages.

The great economic downturn in 2007 hit the housing industry the hardest. As a result, many of the skilled construction tradesman who suffered catastrophic economic losses and bankruptcies left the building industry never to return. It was a loss that despite today’s housing industry rebound is still felt among homebuilders who rely on skilled tradespeople to support their growth.

Reuters reports a rise in new homes being built with a 13.7% surge in housing starts the highest level since October 2016 and the second-best reading in 10 years. Despite the leading economic indicators continuing to report rising and robust housing market numbers, the lack of skilled workers in the construction trades continues.  In fact, the trend has only worsened year-over-year with builders recording serious shortages in the labor pool from a low of 21% in 2012, to a rate of 56% in 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Founder and President, Brad Lundberg who has led Lundberg Builders to survive and thrive for over 40 years (even during the housing crisis)​ says the time has come to build the next generation of skilled craftsman to rebuild the residential construction labor pool. To address this shortfall, Lundberg Builders is providing an unprecedented opportunity for interested and motivated job seekers to learn a trade alongside its highly trained staff of industry professionals.

“With the current state of the economy strong and unemployment down, we need to begin the good work in our community and in our industry to identify, hire and train residential construction tradespeople. As such, we are launching a proactive and progressive response to the skilled labor shortfall with an announcement of jobs we are offering to support our growth. We are looking for motivated people to fill Site Supervisor, Carpenter and Carpenters’ Helper positions who want an opportunity to learn that will provide them with a lifelong highly-skilled vocational trade and economic empowerment.”

Employees typically work within a one-hour radius of our office on Kent Island. All applicants for Site Supervisor, Carpenter and Helper positions must have reliable transportation.

 

Interested parties can download an employment application here

Shore United Bank Welcomes Ed Dillon, Branch Manager

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Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Ed Dillon has joined the company as Branch Manager at our location in Ridgely, Maryland. Ed joins Shore United Bank with previous banking experience as an assistant branch manager.

Mr. Dillon graduated from York College of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

“Ed is a wonderful addition to the team in Ridgely. His knowledge and experience in banking goes a long way in strengthening the relationships with employees and customers.” said Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I’m very excited to get to know our customers and to help them with their financial needs and goals” said Mr. Dillon.

Ed resides in Chestertown, Maryland with his wife, Leigh and their new baby, Charlie.

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