Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree at WC on March 25

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Jim Loree, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stanley Black & Decker, will be the speaker for Washington College’s spring 2019 James C. Jones Seminar in American Business on March 25.

Loree will give a talk entitled “Purpose-Driven Performance: Staying Relevant for 175 Years and Beyond.” The event, sponsored by the Department of Business Management, takes place in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Underwood Lobby.

Stanley Black & Decker operates the world’s largest tool and storage company featuring iconic brands such as Craftsman, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Stanley, and Bostitch. Loree joined the company, then Stanley Works, as CFO in 1999 when the company generated just over $2 billion in revenue, according to the company’s website.

“In that role, he led a massive restructuring of the business and began a re-architecting of the company’s portfolio,” the website states. “Since that time, he was promoted to COO, President and then CEO in 2016, as the company generated significant growth both organically and through acquisitions to stand at $13 billion in annual revenue (more than 5x growth since 1999), with more than 58,000 employees across 60 countries.”

Loree is also the husband of Rebecca Corbin Loree ’00, a member of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, and the namesake of the Rebecca Corbin Loree Center, which houses the College’s Center for Career Development.

The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business was endowed in 1978 by the George W. King Printing Company of Baltimore in memory of its former company president. Jimmy Jones, a 1947 graduate of Washington College, served on the Board of Visitors and Governors from 1974 until his death in 1978. Previous speakers include College President Kurt Landgraf; Paul Reed Smith, founder of PRS Guitars; Michael Bloomberg; and ABC News business correspondent Betsy Stark.

Watch the livestream www.washcoll.edu/offices/digital-media-services/live/

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 39 states and territories and 25 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.

Delmarva Power is Powering Communities in More Ways Than One

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In 2018, Delmarva Power contributed more than $1.2 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 16,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout Delaware and Maryland. These contributions are part of the company’s commitment to powering communities and being a good corporate citizen for the areas where its employees live and work.

“We value the strong relationships we’ve built with our communities across Delaware and Maryland over the last 100 years,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “While we are known for our commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy service for our customers, we also see it as our duty to give back to the communities we serve. Seeing the benefits of our continued charitable contributions and volunteerism is another reminder of our deep connection to our communities and the vested interest we have in their continued success.”

Every charitable contribution from Delmarva Power also comes with a dedicated pledge of volunteers. The company’s Powering Communities program helps connect employees with volunteer opportunities throughout Delmarva Power’s service area and recognizes their efforts. In 2018, more than 320 employees volunteered a combined total of more than 1,900 work days through the program, helping support nearly 460 unique organizations across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The top volunteers will be honored at the company’s Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in April, at Dover Downs in Dover, Del.

Delmarva Power’s charitable contributions assist organizations that support education, the environment, arts and culture, and community development programs. In 2018, the company sponsored important community organizations including the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the YMCA, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, The Salvation Army, and the United Negro College Fund.

In 2018, Delmarva Power’s parent company Exelon and its 34,000 employees gave more than $51 million to nonprofits and volunteered more than 240,000 hours with organizations across the country. This record-breaking community giving helped support more than 12,000 nonprofit organizations across 236 cities and 19 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 527,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 134,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.

Qlarant Foundation Awards Additional Grants to Maryland Nonprofits

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Qlarant Foundation, the mission arm of Qlarant, who recently awarded $385,000 in grants to 14 organizations in Maryland and Washington, DC supporting local healthcare-related quality improvement efforts, has now given an additional $4000 to two of those grantees.

A portion of the new grants were awarded to Cambridge-based Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions whose mission is to provide self-management training for individuals living with chronic disease. The organization is also a resource for the social determinants of health, including housing, food and transportation. Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions will use the funds to provide continued education training for their Community Health Workers and Peer Support Specialists.

A child receives free asthma services and preventative care on the University of Maryland’s Breathmobile.

The University of Maryland Medical System Foundation’s Breathmobile will also receive grant funding in order to purchase long-needed medical equipment. The Breathmobile’s current portable spirometer, used to measure the lung function of children at every visit, is almost 12 years old and in need of replacement. The estimated cost for a new spirometer is $2,000. The Breathmobile provides free asthma care services to underserved Baltimore City children and has been supported by grants from Qlarant Foundation in each of the last three years.

“The work these organizations do is outstanding and often goes unnoticed,” said Dr. Molly Burgoyne-Brian, Qlarant Foundation Board chair. “We are proud to provide both funding and encouragement to the many volunteers and staff members who serve the community so well.”

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. In addition, the Qlarant Foundation has provided over $4.5 million in grants throughout Maryland and Washington D.C.. Qlarant is an 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

MacLeod Law Group Welcomes Kent Native to Growing Team

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MacLeod Law Group is pleased to announce that Kyle K. Kirby, Esq., Rock Hall resident and Kent County native, has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Kirby will focus his practice on transactional real estate matters, planning and zoning, business and contract law, civil litigation, and local government law. “We are delighted to have someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Kyle, and we look forward to continuing to expand MacLeod Law Group’s services throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” said Chip MacLeod, principal at MacLeod Law Group (MLG).

Prior to coming on board at MLG, Mr. Kirby spent several years practicing law in the area, first with Stevens Palmer, LLC in Centreville and then with Rasin, Wootton & Hurd, LLC in Chestertown. With these firms, he focused on small business, real estate, planning and zoning, and general litigation matters. Before he returned to his Eastern Shore roots, Mr. Kirby worked at the law firm of Marsden & Seledee, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland where he practiced in the areas of insurance subrogation and creditors’ rights litigation primarily in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Prince George’s County.

Mr. Kirby is excited to join MacLeod Law Group, which he describes as, “a local firm with a great reputation,” in part because of the intersection of real estate and local government in their portfolio. Land use rights, rights of way, zoning and regulations are all areas that are of particular interest to him and he looks forward to working on behalf of his neighbors. It is one reason he and his wife, a graduate of Washington College, returned to the Eastern Shore – the sense of community here makes it a wonderful place to raise a family.

Mr. Kirby graduated from Kent County High School in Worton, Maryland and went on to earn a B.A. in Business Management from James Madison University and graduate cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is active in the community as a member of the Kent County Bar Association and Hope Fellowship Church, as well as being a former club champion of golf at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club. Kyle currently resides in Rock Hall with his wife, Kristin, who is a teacher at Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, and their daughter, Bailey.

About MacLeod Law Group

MacLeod Law Group is comprised of four attorneys who specialize in residential and commercial real estate, local government law, environmental law, estate planning, business law and trade association management and advocacy. Mr. MacLeod is a registered lobbyist. The firm has offices in Chestertown and Denton.

Maryland Relay Announces New MAT Program Evaluation Centers

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Maryland Relay, the free public service that allows people who are unable to use a standard telephone to make and receive calls, announces that it has entered into new agreements with five organizations to provide evaluations for the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program.

The following organizations are now providing MAT program evaluations in 10 locations across the state:

Telecommunications Access of Maryland (TAM) oversees the MAT program and is serving applicants from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil and Harford Counties at its Baltimore City location.

Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth through Empowerment (IMAGE) Center of Maryland, located in Towson, with Accessible Resources for Independence, located in Glen Burnie, is serving applicants from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties.

Easter Seals is serving applicants in Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Washington Counties at its Hagerstown and Silver Spring locations.

MAC, Inc. is serving applicants on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at its Salisbury and Easton locations.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP) is serving applicants in Baltimore City and Alleghany, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Garrett, and St. Mary’s Counties at its Baltimore City, Cumberland and Mechanicsville locations.

“Our main goal is always to make telecommunication easy and accessible for all Marylanders,” said Asia Johnson, Maryland Relay public relations officer. “It is vital to the MAT program that we have evaluation centers throughout the state to help us serve as many people as possible, and we are thrilled to have established new partnerships with these community organizations.”

Established in 1997, the MAT program was one of the first of its kind in the United States to offer no-cost assistive telecommunications equipment to qualified residents who cannot use a standard telephone. Equipment available through the MAT program includes amplified phones, captioned telephones, ring signalers, tablets, large-button telephones, hands-free phones, and more.

Qualified MAT applicants are those who do not use a standard telephone due to their hearing status, speech difficulty, low vision, low mobility, or cognitive factors. They must also meet specific financial requirements. Once approved, applicants will receive notification via their preferred method of communication (standard mail or email) and must then schedule an evaluation at a MAT center to ensure they receive the equipment best suited to meet their needs.

People wishing to apply for the MAT program, or who would like more information, may visit www.mdrelay.org or contact Maryland Relay at 800-552-7724 (Voice/TTY),410-767-6960 (Voice/TTY), or 443-453-5970 (Video Phone).

About Maryland Relay
Maryland Relay provides a free public service that allows people, unable to use a standard telephone, to both make and receive calls. The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program distributes State-provided assistive telecommunication devices to qualified applicants. Maryland Relay is easily accessed by dialing 7-1-1 and is overseen by Telecommunications Access of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Information Technology. For more information about Maryland Relay and its services, please visit mdrelay.org or call 800-552-7724 or 410-767-6960 (Voice/TTY) or 443-453-5970 (Video Phone).

Delmarva Power Energizes Two Major Projects on Eastern Shore

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Delmarva Power has energized two major substations in Hebron and Centreville, part of the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver safe and reliable service for customers across the Eastern Shore. The new Hebron and Carville substations, totaling more than $24 million, will enhance electric service for more than 15,400 customers across Wicomico and Queen Anne’s counties.

“Maintaining the safe and reliable service our customers expect requires ongoing efforts to modernize the local energy grid,” said Tyler Anthony, senior vice president & COO, Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. “Energizing these new substations helps us continue to meet this commitment and deliver record electric service reliability for our customers.”

Substations, like Hebron and Carville, reduce the voltage of electricity as it is delivered across the region to homes and businesses. Built by Delmarva Power and local contract crews, the new substations will help deliver energy more efficiently and create new configurations on the local energy grid that allow Delmarva Power to automatically restore service more quickly or isolate damage. By automating certain functions on the electric system, the new substations create a smarter energy grid and reduce the number of potential outages in the neighborhoods they serve.

Photo: Delmarva Power employees completing the final stages of preparation before energizing the new Carville substation in Centreville, Md.

The new substations are part of a broader reliability improvement plan Delmarva Power is implementing on the Eastern Shore to reduce outages and enhance the resiliency of the local energy grid. This effort includes modernizing infrastructure, such as transmission and distribution lines, and adding greater automation on the local energy grid with new substations and equipment.

Over the last five years, Delmarva Power has invested hundreds of millions of dollars across its service area to modernize the local energy grid. Delmarva Power customers continue to benefit from the enhancements being made and have seen the frequency of outages decrease 34 percent.

Energy delivery charges on customer bills pay for important projects, like these new substations, that help deliver energy to customers in Delmarva Power’s service area. In 2018, Delmarva Power spent more than $425 million to enhance the local energy grid and provide safe and reliable service for customers. Delivery charges for Maryland customers are reviewed and set by the Maryland Public Service Commission through a transparent regulatory rate review process.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.

Rob Billings Named to Pacesetter’s Club at Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley announced today that Robert M. Billings, a Financial Advisor in its Wealth Management office in Easton, has been named to the Firm’s Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service.

Rob, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2015, is a native of Easton, MD.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and a graduate degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Rob currently lives in Chestertown.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, banking services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  

Qlarant Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies

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Qlarant announced today that they have received the national recognition of being selected a winner in the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the Nation.  The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® annual competition strives to recognize the most influential, trend-setting companies across the country by reviewing answers to questions about communication, work-life balance, employee education,  and diversity.  It identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. Participating companies have the opportunity to benchmark results with other cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Chicago.  Nationwide there were over 2400 nominations who met all the participation requirements.

The Qlarant Easton based employees participating in community service.

The competition identified Qlarant as a key industry leader, top influencer and best in class performer in this national annual competition.

Deborah Keller, Vice President of Human Resources at Qlarant commented, “We are thrilled that our associates nominated us for this award – it demonstrates that they believe Qlarant is an exceptional place to work; we are focused on offering affordable benefits that appeal to a broad workforce and providing a strong work/life balance.  Winning the award is a strong testament to commitment to our culture.”

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. www.qlarant.com

Delmarva Power Reminds Customers of Important Energy Assistance Programs

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This winter season, Delmarva Power reminds customers of important energy assistance available in Delaware and Maryland to help meet their energy needs. Colder temperatures during the winter can result in customers using more energy and seeing higher than normal bills, so Delmarva Power is taking steps to expand awareness of these important programs. These programs can also help customers stay energized through temporary or extended financial hardship, including those who may be impacted by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

“We are committed to providing affordable energy service for every customer,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “Every day we work with community partners across the region to make sure available energy assistance gets in the hands of those who need it most, when they need it most.”

Delmarva Power works with state, federal, and nonprofit partners to connect customers with grants and programs.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP provides customers with up to $1,000 in grant support per customer, depending on a household’s income, size and type of fuel, with no pay back required. Delmarva Power customers in Delaware can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance by visiting the Department of Health and Services website or by calling 302-644-9295 in New Castle County, 302-674-1782 in Kent County, or 302-856-6310 in Sussex County. In Maryland, customers can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance through the Department of Human Services website, by visiting a Local Energy Assistance Office, or by calling the Office of Home Energy Programs at 1-800-332-6347.

Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Delmarva Power partners with the Salvation Army to offer energy assistance to customers struggling to pay their winter energy bills through the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. In addition to the donations received by customers, Delmarva Power matches $1 for every $3 received, up to $70,000 annually. For eligibility, Delaware customers can call the Salvation Army at 302-472-0750. Maryland customers can call the Cecil Heating Assistance Program at 410-996-0270, Harford County Community Action Agency at 410-612-9909, or the Salvation Army at 410-749-3077.

Gift of Energy

Through Delmarva Power’s Gift of Energy program, anyone can make a payment towards a friend or family member’s energy bill. The gift will appear on a future bill as a credit to the recipient’s account.

Other Delaware Programs

Additional assistance for customers in Delaware is available through Delaware 211 (DE 211). By dialing 2-1-1, customers can be referred to local agencies and services that can assist with energy bills and other necessities. More information is available at delaware211.org.

Other Maryland Programs

Other programs supporting Maryland customers include the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), which helps eligible customers pay for a portion of their current electric bill. The Arrearage Retirement Assistance (ARA) program helps customers with large, past due electric bills. If eligible, customers may receive forgiveness of up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is designed to help low-income families during the heating season. Information regarding these programs can be found on the Maryland Department of Human Services Office of Home Energy Programs website or by calling 1-800-332-6347.

Delmarva Power will work with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. The company offers payment options, like Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans.

Customers can contact Delmarva Power at 1-800-375-7117 to ask about available resources or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save money and energy.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.

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