Levin & Gann Celebrates 100 Years

Levin & Gann, P.A. proudly announces its 100th anniversary.  Over its 100-year existence, the firm has grown from a practice focused on criminal law to a pre-eminent, mid-sized organization representing local, regional, national and international clients in virtually all areas of the law.

It was in 1915 when Ellis Levin, a 20-year-old Russian immigrant, was admitted to the Maryland bar.  However, because the admission age for eligibility to practice before Maryland courts was 21, Levin spent a “gap” year as a barber before starting his legal career. Once his practice began, Levin’s criminal defense acumen brought him much success.  That success led both his son, Calman (“Cal”) Levin, and his son-in-law, Stanford Gann Sr., to join his practice in the 1950s.

“We are proud of our Maryland heritage and have stayed rooted and loyal to that legacy, even as we expand the reach of our practice into areas we never dreamed of 10 or 20 years ago.  We work hard and constantly stay abreast of new developments in the law and its practice.  We plan and hope to be here for another 100 years,” said Stanford Gann Sr., one of Levin & Gann’s founding principals.

Salamon to Head GOP Finance Committee

The Maryland Republican Party announced that Stephen J. Salamon is MDGOP’s new finance chairman.

Salamon assumes the position with extensive experience. During the 2014 election cycle he served as campaign finance chairman for David Craig’s gubernatorial campaign.
Besides being active in Maryland politics, he has also worked with local and national trade associations representing health insurance agents.

Salamon has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, where he has been an executive or principal with several Maryland insurance agencies. “I look forward to serving the MDGOP in this role and hope that I can build upon the success of Gov. Larry Hogan to bring resources into the party to help elect more Republicans in Maryland,” Salamon said.

In 2003, then-governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed Salamon to the Maryland Health Care Commission. The governor named Salamon chairman the next year serving through February 2007. He is also a former chairman of the National Association of Health Underwriters Political Action Committee where he served prior to Ehrlich’s election. Salamon resides in Hunt Valley and continues to serve his clients as a senior employee benefits consultant with WorkforceTactix, Inc.

UM, Carroll Partner on Program

Carroll Hospital Center physicians will now have 24/7 remote access to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s brain attack team through a new telemedicine service for stroke patients.

The tele-stroke program allows Carroll Hospital Center physicians to consult with University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty specialists through innovative technology including secure video cameras and real-time sharing of medical data.

As part of the program, a member of the UMMC brain attack team will be available 24/7 for consultations on stroke patients presenting at Carroll Hospital Center. Consultations, which previously occurred via telephone, have now evolved to videoconference when warranted. Radiology images and laboratory reports can be shared seamlessly between the hospitals, and, using video cameras, University of Maryland physicians can perform remote examinations on patients across the miles, with a precision approximating being in the same location.

Tryko Assumes Management of Rock Glen Property

Six months after acquiring Rock Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, Tryko Partners, LLC has assumed operational management for the 120-bed property at 10 North Rock Glen Road. The firm will immediately launch a $1 million upgrade and repositioning at the facility, which has been renamed Westgate Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

According to Barry Munk, vice president of nursing home operations for Marquis Health Services, Tryko’s in-house healthcare division, the improvements will include physical renovations as well as service and program enhancements as the firm works to refocus the property toward short-term, sub-acute patient care. An expanded 1,500-square-foot therapy gym is among the plan highlights. Tryko Partners also will renovate family gathering areas, incorporate a fine dining program and update finishes throughout the Westgate Hills building to create a homelike environment.

“Providing quality of life is a key component of the Tryko/Marquis philosophy,” said Norman Rokeach, director of nursing home operations for Marquis Health Services. “For three generations, we have been catering to the needs of our patients and their families, with energy and excellence at the center of everything we do.”

Tryko Partners owns and manages more than 2,000 apartment units in Maryland, including several in Baltimore and its suburbs, and the company maintains a corporate office in the city.

MVLS Welcomes New Board Members

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro-bono legal services to low-income Marylanders, announced two new members to its board of directors. MVLS’s board of directors helps to advance the organization’s mission of closing the justice gap in the State of Maryland.

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service elected two new members to its board of directors during its meeting on Nov. 19, 2014. Joining the board for three-year terms are Patricia Bosse, vice president for advancement and marketing at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Gretchen Klebasko, director of intellectual property and associate general counsel at Legg Mason.

Promotions, New Staff at Komen

Kim Schmulowitz, Laura Pichotta, Sarah  Cordi (Photos provided)

Kim Schmulowitz, Laura Pichotta, Sarah Cordi
(Photos provided)

Komen Maryland announced two promotions and a new staff member at the affiliate.

Kim Schmulowitz, who has been with the organization in a variety of capacities since 2010, is the new communications and marketing director. Sarah Cordi, who began working with the affiliate in September 2014, moves into the position of development manager. Laura Pichotta is the new communications and marketing manager. All three are off and running in their new positions, with a strong focus on the Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure on April 19.

Schmulowitz has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and has worked in print media, public relations and nonprofit administration. Cordi has a master’s degree in elementary education and has worked for local arts nonprofits as well as in print publication in both Baltimore and Los Angeles. Pichotta recently moved to Maryland from California, after receiving her B.S. degree from California State University, Chico.

Lenrow to be JHU Alumni President

021315_bbriefs_Jay-LenrowJay L. Lenrow of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, has begun serving a two-year term as president of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council.

“I am thrilled to take on the challenge of leading the council, which organized more than 500 alumni events in 17 countries around the world last year,” Lenrow said. “My goal is to make sure that everyone connected to Johns Hopkins, from the first day they set foot on campus and throughout their careers, helps celebrate the greatness of this institution.”

Lenrow began his longtime affiliation with Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate. After earning a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, he attended the university’s School of Advanced International Studies. He recently completed terms on the board of advisers for both the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Hillel and continues to serve on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. In November, he led a JHU alumni contingent on an educational mission to Cuba with Gianfranco Pasquino from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center in Italy.

As an attorney, Lenrow focuses his practice on real estate law, corporate law, construction law and real estate finance. He joined Adelberg, Rudow in 2012, after serving as a principal in Lenrow, Kohn & Oliver, P.C., the firm he co-founded in 1995.

Baltimore Executive Coaching Firm Launched

A new Baltimore-based executive coaching firm called ProtÈgÈ Executive Coaching & Consulting, LLC, has been launched to meet the coaching needs of area executives and to provide expert management consultation. Seven highly recognized and accomplished business leaders have joined forces to support area executives, using their decades of leadership and mentoring experience. They have experience in a diverse group of fields, including business, financial/investment services, communications/technology, higher education, healthcare, marketing and communications, government relations, public accounting and nonprofits.

Protégé’s principals are Warren Green, former president and CEO of LifeBridge Health; David Nevins, founder of marketing and communications firm Nevins & Associates; Howard Rosen, president of RS&F, a leading regional accounting and consulting firm; Stephen Burch, board chairman of the University of Maryland Medical System and former president of the Atlantic Division of Comcast Cable; Joseph DeMattos Jr., CEO of Health Facilities Association of Maryland; Terrence Smith, an executive adviser and former higher education executive; and Judy Berman, former senior VP of the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Most of the principals also serve on the boards of major corporations and organizations.

“We formed Protégé Executive Coaching & Consulting to help other top executives transform their leadership skills. We can help them make more effective decisions, better resolve conflict, enhance their communication skills and build better teams, all in a confidential environment,” said Berman. “We serve as trusted advisers who can help them grow, and in turn, help their organizations grow.”

Bayshore Announces New Partnership

Andrew S. Parker, Steven J. Sless and Ian B. Sandler have partnered with Bayshore Mortgage Funding to launch their reverse mortgage division. Previously employed by Maverick Funding, DBA Reverse Mortgage Network and Great Oak Lending Partners, they played a key role in building both companies into top 10 Reverse Mortgage lenders.

“Bayshore Mortgage Funding is very excited to add this division to our already growing company,” said Bayshore president Paul Jednorski. “We have wanted a reverse division for a long time. Due to the nature of the product and the need to deliver exceptional service to our clients it was important to have the right leadership in place. We believe our patience has paid off. We are confident that we have found the best possible group to lead and grow this division, providing our clients with the service and education that the reverse mortgage requires.”

Friedman Named to Sinclair Board

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Howard E. Friedman has been appointed to its board of directors. Friedman will stand for re-election to the board at Sinclair’s next annual meeting of shareholders.

David Smith, chairman of Sinclair’s board, said, “Howard, a native of Baltimore, will provide the kind of experience and knowledge that will add voice and point of view essential to the governance of this great company we have built.”

Friedman is a founding partner of Lanx Management LLC, a hedge “fund of funds.” He was the co-founder, publisher & CEO of Watermark Press, Inc. From 2006 to 2010, Friedman served as president and then chairman of the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In 2007 and in 2009, Washington Life magazine listed him as one of the 100 most powerful people in Washington D.C.

From 2010 to 2012, he served as the president of the American Israel Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of AIPAC. He is the immediate past chair of the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Friedman has served as president of the Baltimore Jewish Council and as president of JTA-The Global News Service of the Jewish People. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

In addition, Friedman serves on the boards of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Touro College and University System, Talmudical Academy and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.