Sotheby’s Affiliate Expands Team with Addition of Lisa Hoon


Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is expanding its presence on the Eastern Shore with the addition of veteran sales agent Lisa Hoon.

Originally from Baltimore, Hoon moved to Chestertown in 1982, where she and her husband Phil, an
attorney, raised their two sons. Previously with another Chestertown firm, Hoon combines decades of local knowledge with over 10 years of real estate experience.

“The addition of Lisa Hoon to our team is a big win for BFPSIR,” Says partner Laird Bunch, “We represent several high-end listings in Kent and Cecil counties, and she knows that market and understands the nuances of handling complex properties, which is hard to find in an agent.”

When she is not busy with real estate transactions, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is an avid reader whose other interests include travel, her pets, cooking and gardening.

Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty represents buyers and sellers of exceptional properties in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore.

CNB Announces New Chairman of the Board


CNB, member of Shore Bancshares Inc. community of companies, announced that Clyde V. Kelly, III has been appointed Chairman of the Board of CNB. Mr. Kelly has been a director of the bank since 2005. He is the President of Kelly Distributors, Easton, Maryland. Mr. Kelly is past President of the Kent Island Rotary, Prospect Homeowners Association, and the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association. Mr. Kelly also served on the Anheuser Busch Wholesaler Advisory Panel Steering Team, the National Beer Wholesalers Board of Directors and currently serves on the vestry at Old Wye Parish.

It is CNB’s tradition to rotate the chairman of the board every three years. “We look forward to working with Clyde, as we guide the future of CNB. He is committed to the bank and the communities we serve and will offer solid direction to our board,” says F. Winfield Trice, Jr., President and CEO of CNB.

Outgoing chairman, Wm. Maurice Sanger has been a director of the bank since 1992 serving as Chairman the past three years and will continue to serve as a director of CNB. “CNB appreciates Maurice for his admirable leadership, and we thank him for the contributions he has delivered to CNB, during his tenure as chairman,” says Mr. Trice. “We look forward to continuing to work with him on our board.”

Jeffrey E. Thompson will serve as Vice Chairman. Mr. Thompson has been the bank’s attorney since 1986 and a director of the bank since 2005. He is a partner with Thompson and Richard, LLP, a law firm in Centreville, Maryland.

CNB is a community bank, headquartered in Centreville, Maryland, with $473 million in assets and is a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, the largest independent financial services company to offer banking, insurance and wealth management services to families and businesses on the Delmarva Peninsula.

L to R: New CNB Chairman of the Board, Clyde V. Kelly, III, with F. Winfield Trice, Jr., CNB President & CEO, Vice-Chairman Jeffrey E. Thompson and outgoing Chairman Wm. Maurice Sanger.

L to R: New CNB Chairman of the Board, Clyde V. Kelly, III, with F. Winfield Trice, Jr., CNB President & CEO, Vice-Chairman Jeffrey E. Thompson and outgoing Chairman Wm. Maurice Sanger.

J. Slocum Names Five Members to Advisory Board

L to R: Renee Bench, Lloyd Cooper, Tracy Slocum, Mike Slocum, Holly Vrotsos, Mark Myers. Not pictured: Simon Edwards

L to R: Renee Bench, Lloyd Cooper, Tracy Slocum, Mike Slocum, Holly Vrotsos, Mark Myers. Not pictured: Simon Edwards

Chestertown, Md., July 1, 2014 — In advance of the launch of its new apparel and accessories line, J. SlocumTM has named its advisory board. This panel will provide guidance regarding product development, marketing communications, pricing and brand strategy for the new line which will feature high-end products and builds on the legacy of Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone. The advisory board members are Simon Edwards, Mark Myers, Lloyd Cooper, Holly Vrotsos and Renee Bench.

Simon Edwards is a delivery captain at Endurance Yacht Deliveries. He has crossed the Atlantic six times, including single handedly, and has made numerous trips to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Gulf of Mexico, most recently sailing from Annapolis to England.

Mark Myers is President of Atlantic Arts, Inc. and the Past Commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club. He is co-chair of the Annapolis Newport Race 2015, a former US Sailing Sr. Judge and Umpire, and former Regatta Chairman of the Columbus Cup Regatta. Mark has been racing and cruising in boats since 1975, including extensive racing in the Chesapeake, and cruising in New England and the Caribbean.

Originally from England, Lloyd Cooper is a yacht broker with Forbes Horton in Annapolis, Maryland, specializing in blue water sailing boats. He has a comprehensive knowledge of yacht design, rigging and long-distance cruise equipment. Lloyd has sailed to the Caribbean and delivered boats up and down the Eastern seaboard.

Born in Boston, Holly Vrotsos is a lifelong sailor. Her career includes chartering, yacht delivery and ocean racing. She has more than 60,000 miles on various vessels as a captain, chef/mate and crew member. On the Slocum advisory board, Holly provides valuable insight and recommendations regarding product design and development.

Renee Bench is President of Benchworks, a full service marketing communications firm in Chestertown, Maryland. Renee serves on several boards in Chestertown, including the Kent Association of Riding Therapy, the Chester River Association, and the Library Foundation.

Benchworks, marketing partner for J. Slocum, planned the first meeting of the advisory board which was held in Annapolis, Maryland on May 20. The group discussed and decided on topics which ranged from defining the brand promise, identifying target demographics, and products to be included in the new line. The logo design and visual identity package are in development.

“The work done behind the scenes is very important to launching a successful brand,” said Tracy Slocum, direct descendant of Joshua Slocum. “We appreciate the wisdom and guidance of this very accomplished group.”

For more information, call Benchworks at 800-536-4670.

Chesapeake Bank’s CEO James Anthony to Join Severn Savings


Chesapeake Bank & Trust Company announced today that James Anthony has tendered his resignation as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Anthony has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Annapolis-based Severn Savings Bank.

Michael Macielag, Chairman of the Board of Directors, made the announcement at a meeting of employees late Monday afternoon. In his announcement, Mr. Macielag said: “One of the realities of community banking is that if you are blessed to have a talented executive, other institutions will recognize it and seek to recruit that officer to their team. Severn Savings is nearly ten times the size of Chesapeake. Severn will provide a bigger challenge, and if you know James, you know that the bigger the challenge, the happier he is. We are very sorry to lose him. He has done an outstanding job at Chesapeake, bringing skills to the table that were perfectly aligned with our needs. He will have left the company far better than he found it and has earned the respect of the entire community, employees, directors and shareholders. We will miss him.”James Anthony 002Mr. Anthony remarked, “Chesapeake has excelled during the financial crisis thanks to the dedication of its employees, the guidance of its Board of Directors, the patronage of its shareholders, and the support of our community. The company is committed to tirelessly serving the needs of our community and is well-positioned for continued profitability and growth.” Mr. Anthony went on to say, “Chesapeake could not be in better hands going forward. I will truly miss the wonderful people throughout this organization, but I know that everyone at Chesapeake will continue to build on the success we have enjoyed.”

The Board of Directors also announced that it is already engaged in a search to hire a new Chief Executive Officer. In the meantime, should that search extend beyond July 11, the Board intends to “put the band back together” in the words of one director. Mr. Macielag and Michael Messix, former Senior Loan Officer and current Chesapeake Bank Director have been asked to spend time in the bank to provide some guidance. Richard Coffman, the long-standing Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has agreed to serve as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Rick has been trying to retire for two years” Macielag offered, “and we keep holding him back. We hope this assignment won’t last very long for Rick’s sake, but we are confident that his 40 years in banking will provide the kind of on-site, day-to-day decision making that the company needs and our shareholders deserve. He has actually served as President and CEO of two other financial institutions during his long career. This will be the hat trick.”

Chesapeake’s formal announcement included the following statement from its Board:

“Our company is in very good shape. The last seven or eight years have been a challenging environment for all banks; many institutions have fallen by the wayside, suffered large losses, or required government assistance. None of these circumstances apply to Chesapeake, primarily because we have always adhered to a conservative policy of financial discipline. Our “fortress balance sheet” has been our first principle and it has served us well. We are approaching thirty years of existence and have never had an operating loss. Our shareholders have enjoyed the benefit of that conservative discipline. We embrace and reiterate that strategy. The future is challenging but bright.”

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Announces New Directors


The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to it’s Board of Directors: William “Bill” Brooks, Heather Guerieri, Kirk Helfenbein and Stuart Bounds.

Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks

The Foundation is honored to have the leadership and guidance of these individuals. The new members have diverse backgrounds and their collective experience and knowledge will be invaluable assets to the foundation.

Bill Brooks and his two brothers are the fourth generation to operate the J. M. Clayton Company in Cambridge, Maryland. The Clayton Company is the oldest working crab processing plant in the world and is a Chesapeake Bay landmark. Bill serves on the Board of the National Bank of Cambridge and is an Advisor to The George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Heather Guerieri

Heather Guerieri

Heather Guerieri has been the executive director of Hospice of Queen Anne’s, Inc. in Centreville,

Maryland since February 2007. Heather holds her certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing as well as sits on the board for the Hospice and Palliative Network of Maryland.

Kirk Helfenbein

Kirk Helfenbein

Kirk Helfenbein is President of Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. with locations in Chestertown, Easton, Kent Island, Millington, Centreville and Annapolis. He also is involved with Shore Memorials, a granite and monument company, serving the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kirk served as President of The Chestertown Rotary Club, Chestertown Elks Lodge, Ducks Unlimited and other local civic groups.

Stuart Bounds

Stuart Bounds

Stuart Bounds is a former President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and prior to that, he was President of Chesapeake College. Stuart serves on the Boards of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and The Country School.

The new directors will assist the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in it’s efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens on the Mid-Shore. For information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit, call 410.820.8175 or connect on Facebook.

Kent Commissioners Keeps Eastern Shore Tents and Events in County


There was a rumor going around town that Eastern Shore Tents and Events, a local Kent County company specializing in special events, and which employing up to twenty-five employees during peak season, was moving over to Queen Anne’s County this summer. In fact, it was more than just a rumor. Land had been identified in Church Hill, with a good price and better location than ESTE had in their present location on Dixon Drive. It was pretty close to a done deal.

But that’s when the Kent County Commissioners stepped in last month. In an unusually swift move on their part, Ron Fithian, William Pickrum and Billy Short decided to invite ESTE to take a look at county property at the business park in Worton and offer a deal that allowed the business to get out of the QAC purchase and stay in Kent.

“We certainly didn’t want to see a business like that leave Kent County,” said Fithian. “And in this case, we were able to break even in our investment at the business park and at the same time keep ESTE in the County.”

Today’s F.C.C. Proposal Might Fracture Net Neutrality


One of the best explanations about Net Neutrality, this New York Time article by Edward Wyatt is a clear window into what’s at stake. If you don’t know about it, how it works and how it could be altered irrevocably by an FCC proposal today, you should.

“Speculation about what is in the net neutrality proposal drafted by Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is to come to an end on Thursday, when Mr. Wheeler is expected to release his outline for protecting an open Internet.” from Edward Wyatt, NYT

Continue reading here.

Benchworks Names Emil C. Andrusko Senior VP of Pharmaceutical Strategy


Emil C. AndruskoBenchworks is pleased to announce that Emil C. Andrusko was recently named Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Strategy. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for market development with new clients within the biopharmaceutical market, as well as strategic planning and direction for a variety of existing clients.

Emil Andrusko has 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical industry with Wyeth and Pfizer. He has held numerous executive sales and marketing leadership positions in numerous therapeutic categories and has a track record of innovation and driving growth for brands.

“I am very pleased to have Emil join the Benchworks leadership team,” Benchworks CEO Thad Bench said. “Emil’s extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical marketing honed by decades of experience will greatly contribute to the development of highly effective strategy, positioning and top-tier campaigns for our clients.”

Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services firm headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. The company specializes in the design, production, and launch of complete marketing and branding services. Clients include a wide variety of companies in the pharmaceutical, beverage, manufacturing, marine, tourism and education industries in North America and Europe.

For more information, visit, or call 410-810-8862.

Netflix Now Available Through Atlantic Broadband


Netflix, the provider of on-demand Internet streaming media and a DVD distribution service, is for the first time becoming its own cable channel in a limited number of markets. One of those markets will be some areas of Kent County where Atlantic Broadband offers service. This service is reported to have become available yesterday, April 28.

According to Bring Fung, reporting for the Washington Post, Netflix reached an agreement with three relatively small cable companies to make its streaming video service available as its own cable channel, of which Atlantic Broadband was one of the partners.

To get the service, customers need to subscribe to both the cable provider and Netflix, and get a TiVo set-top box provided by the cable company.

Consumers were able to access Netflix through their televisions before this deal was reached, but would need to purchase a separate set-top box (or some other technology) that had Internet functionality, and use a different remote control to access the Netflix service.

Read the entire Washington Post article here.