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 www.mscf.org, 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 benchworks.com, 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.

WC Hires Mark C. Hampton as New V.P. for Finance


Washington College has announced the hiring of University of Virginia budget and finance officer Mark C. Hampton as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration. Hampton is currently Assistant Vice President for Budget & Financial Planning at U.Va., where he oversees the Academic Division’s $1.4 billion operating budget and $800 million capital budgets. He has developed strategies for tuition and financial aid that support the university’s funding needs and long-range goals and has led the various schools and departments in using analysis and metrics to align their spending with institutional priorities.

Washington College has announced the hiring of University of Virginia budget and finance officer Mark C. Hampton as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Washington College has announced the hiring of University of Virginia budget and finance officer Mark C. Hampton as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration.

For six prior years in Charlottesville, Hampton was chief financial officer at the University’s Curry School of Education, where he also has regularly taught courses in higher-education leadership as an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy.

He held key institutional research and planning positions at Virginia Commonwealth University (2001-2007), after starting his higher-ed career at the University of Utah in a series of jobs in institutional research, planning and budgeting.

Hampton says his 20-plus years teaching, planning, and managing budgets for large universities have been rewarding but that he was drawn to Washington College by its small size, its focus on student learning, and its broader mission of preparing graduates for lifelong learning and engaged citizenship. “As I read the College’s strategic plan, it became clear to me that I wanted to be part of it—that this is a place where I could do my best work and help the leadership team keep moving the College forward on its goals.”

Washington College president Mitchell B. Reiss describes Hampton as bringing a winning mix of big-picture planning and detail-oriented budget analysis. “He understands and values our mission. He knows how to be a responsible steward of limited resources, how to shepherd a capital project from design to completion, and how to set ambitious but reachable goals,” says Reiss. “I think he’ll bring great energy, creativity and commitment to our team.”

Hampton holds three degrees from the University of Utah: a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s in statistics and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy. He is a competitive runner, triathlete and swimmer who has run in four Boston Marathons and has completed three ultramarathons. He expects to be on the job in Chestertown by July 21, 2014.

New JBK Hardware Celebrates Grand Opening Weekend April 25-27


America’s most celebrated “helpful place” is officially opening its doors this weekend in Chestertown. The new JBK Hardware store, located at 18 Washington Square Shopping Center, will bring the company’s unique blend of personal, knowledgeable and helpful service paired with quality home maintenance expertise and products to Chestertown residents. The neighborhood store recently converted from True Value to JBK Hardware and is now part of a team of more than 4,850 locally-owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe.

JBK Hardware is the second store opened by local resident and owner John Price, who also owns Price & Gannon Ace Hardware in Centreville. The store has been designed to reflect the needs of the Chestertown community, including solutions to everyday home maintenance needs, as well as an extensive array of high-quality products in categories such as paint, lawn and garden.

“Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice and assistance they have come to expect from Ace,” says Price. “We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”

The 12,000 square foot store is packed with thousands of essential products and supplies, including some of the most respected brand names and best-selling items to help people take care of their homes. Key product offerings include paint, lawn and garden, hardware, electrical, plumbing, and automotive, as well as niche categories including power equipment rental, party

The grand opening festivities will take place from Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Specific activities and promotional offers by date are listed below.

Friday, April 25
$5 off any purchase of $20 or more of regular priced merchandise with coupon*
$10 off any gallon of Clark+Kensington® paint+primer in one. Limit 4 gallons per customer. Coupon not valid with any other offers or coupons.
Saturday, April 26
Enter to win a $100 Ace gift card
Free Ace 5 gallon bucket to the first 200 customers plus 20% off everything that fits into the bucket with coupon. Customers after first 200 receice 20% off everything that fits into the provided bag.**
$10 off any gallon of Clark+Kensington® paint+primer in one. Limit 4 gallons per customer. Coupon not valid with any other offers or coupons.

Sunday, April 27
Enter to win a limited edition Ace 90th Anniversary Weber® Q® 1200™ gas grill.
50% off any regular priced item under $30 with coupon***
$10 off any gallon of Clark+Kensington® paint+primer in one. Limit 4 gallons per customer. Coupon not valid with any other offers or coupons.
JBK Hardware Store Information:
Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 18 Washington Square Shopping Center , Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-9600
Store Management: John Price, Owner

*Valid at JBK Hardware on April 25, 2014, only. Discount only applies to regular priced and in‑stock merchandise. Not valid on online, sale or clearance priced merchandise, Weber® branded products, power equipment, in‑store services, or previously purchased merchandise. Can­not be combined with any other offer. Other restrictions apply; see store for details. Limit 1 per customer.
**Valid at JBK Hardware on April 26, 2014, only. Discount applies to regular priced items, excludes sale and coupon items, power tools, licenses, gift cards and Weber® branded products. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 1 per customer, while supplies last. Other restrictions apply; see store for details.

***Valid at JBK Hardware on April 27, 2014, only. Discount only ap­plies to regular priced and in‑stock merchandise. Not valid on online, sale or clearance priced merchandise, Weber® branded products, power equipment, in‑store services, or previously purchased merchandise. Other restrictions apply; see store for details. Maximum discount is $15. Limit 1 per customer.