Marlin Steel Among Fastest-Growing Companies

Marlin Steel has been named by Inc. Magazine to its annual 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the second consecutive year. Marlin’s 47-percent growth rate during the past three years ranked it 4,608th on Inc.’s fastest-growing list for 2013. Marlin ranked 230th among private U.S. manufacturing companies. Marlin manufactures precision-engineered material-handling containers from steel wire and sheet metal for clients in industries as diverse as health care, aerospace, automotive and telecommunications.

Carroll Hospital Honors Employees

092013_Carroll_Hospital_Honors_Employees2Dr. Kristian Hochberg, vascular surgeon and medical director of the Carroll Hospital Center’s vascular center, was named the hospital’s August Physician of the Month. Affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center for four years, Dr. Hochberg was nominated for his extraordinary care of a patient in the hospital’s operating room.

Alex Onesty, support services technician, was named the center’s August Associate of the Month.

A member of the Carroll Hospital Center staff for three years, Onesty was nominated for her outstanding performance during a recent Joint Commission survey of the hospital.

Lee Ann Snyder was recently presented with the center’s August DAISY Award. A nurse at the hospital for 30 years, Snyder was honored for her outstanding care of a patient in the hospital’s critical-care unit.

Cambridge Appoints CFO

Cambridge International, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of metal belting and wire cloth, announced the appointment of John Belza as chief financial officer. Belza brings a wealth of experience to Cambridge, with his most recent success as chief financial officer of Carat Security Group, where he led the company’s integration of the accounting and finance functions of its subsidiaries and holding companies in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States.

Two Join BBYO Team

Joanna Fink has joined BBYO’s Northern Region East as its program associate, NoVa council, and Danielle Hercenberg has joined as program director, Baltimore council.

Fink has been a part of BBYO NoVa Council for more than 10 years. As a teen, she was active in both chapter and council leadership. Hercenberg graduated with a degree in education from Towson University. She brings experience working for BBYO as the program associate in the Wisconsin Region for the past two years.

Jewish Community Services Honors Employers


Jewish Community Services presented its 2013 Employer Partnership Award to Murthy Law Firm and Miller’s Minuteman Press at its annual meeting on June 17.

The award is given annually to businesses that serve as outstanding examples of partnership with JCS Career Services, which involves listing multiple positions, interviewing candidates and hiring qualified clients who are pre-screened by JCS employment specialists to find the right match.

When A Death Sentence Brought Life To A Business

No one wants to hear, “You have nine months to live.” But those were the words that Michael, a 52-year-old tech wizard who had built a dynamic, multimillion-dollar business, heard from his doctor. Immediately concerned with how to tell his family that he was now battling terminal prostate cancer, he also began to worry about his company.

Managing 20 employees, his days and nights run together. He worries when staff gets sick, he sprints between appointments, and he has canceled lunch with his wife so often, she won’t plan anymore. His stress levels are off the chart.

But he knew he wanted to spend his last months with his family and also secure their future without him. He had to sell his business.

Some 10 million small companies will hang up a for-sale sign over the next decade, calculates Inc. Magazine. But they’re not prepared, because their owners are stuck in a business that owns them, which means they just have a glorified job. The true goal of an entrepreneur is to build a thriving business, a working asset that he/she can choose to sell or keep.

Michael had an urgent need for an immediate exit strategy. He initiated a build-to-sell effort and began working with a mentor, who helped discover weak spots in employee performance, in the business operation and in marketing and sales.

Together, they helped remove Michael from the daily operations one role at a time. He learned how a business owner can break free from each function, which is critical, even if the owner doesn’t want to sell. This built self-sufficiency into his staff and created a path of ascension for each team member to elevate and learn problem-solving through empowerment.

Next, Michael launched Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each area of the business, allowing him to measure the success of its personnel and procedures. Finally, he established a clear mission and vision (values and purpose). A 2012 State of the Business Owner survey revealed that 42 percent of businesses with a written vision grew 50 percent faster and 30 percent larger than those without. Of those with written plans and accountable individuals, 60 percent grew faster than businesses with no revenue plan. And, owners who tracked metrics (KPIs) at least monthly earned 60 percent more than those who didn’t.

Michael felt ready to step away, knowing he could get the value that his business was worth. Almost miraculously, back at the clinic, Michael’s doctor greeted him with a smile and these words: “Michael, the latest round of tests show that you are cancer free.”

A stunned Michael sat speechless.

Later he wondered, “What if I hadn’t gotten cancer? Would I have stepped up and fixed my business?”

Today, sales are up in Michael’s company, employees are happy and the team is working smart. And Michael’s seeing more of his family.

A new year offers new beginnings for you and your family. Start down the path to greater freedom and prosperity.

Jon Goldman is president of Brand Launcher and a board member of Jewish Entrepreneurial Trust (JET). To learn more about JET or to get involved, contact

Drill And Fill? Uh-uh

Dr. Julie Blumenfeld and Dr. Joshua Weintraub are working together to improve the oral hygiene of Jewish Baltimore. Dr. Blumenfeld is the newest edition to Dr. Weintraub’s now eight-people practice. (Photo by David Stuck)

Dr. Julie Blumenfeld and Dr. Joshua Weintraub are working together to improve the oral hygiene of Jewish Baltimore. Dr. Blumenfeld is the newest edition to Dr. Weintraub’s now eight-people practice. (Photo by David Stuck)

There are many words that one can use to describe Dr. Julie Blumenfeld, such as artist or educator. This past July, she added pediatric dentist to the list, when she took on her first full-time professional role as a member of the team of Stevenson Smiles.

Affectionately known as Dr. Julie, Dr. Blumenfeld is focusing her work on dentistry for infants, children, adolescents and people with special needs. Stevenson Smiles owner and lead dentist Dr. Joshua Weintraub said Dr. Blumenfeld shares his vision of providing the highest quality service possible and of putting what is best for the patient first.

“She has a passion for working with children with special needs and focusing on the family unit as a whole and how everyone in the family can work together to improve their diet and oral health,” said Dr. Weintraub.

Dr. Weintraub learned of Dr. Blumenfeld through a patient. Subseq-uently, he met her at a lecture given by the Maimonides Dental Society. Her husband and Dr. Weintraub also crossed paths through involvement with AIPAC. Both doctors are graduates of the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Leadership Development Program.

Young, Dr. Blumenfeld is of the new dental philosophy of prevention rather than the traditional model of “drill and fill” dentistry. She, according to Dr. Shari Kohn of Dentistry For Kids in Hunt Valley, is also one of a fast-growing cohort of young women who are flocking to the field. Dr. Kohn said when she went to dental school more than 20 years ago there were few women in her classes. Today, in the classes she teaches at the University of Maryland, “there are more women than men. … This is a great profession for women, and we are really thriving and growing in it and growing in numbers.”

Dr. Blumenfeld said she was pre-med in college and involved in several internships. She was unsure where she would take that, but was one day talking to a family friend, telling him about her love of art — painting, sculpting. He told her to look into dentistry.

“I said, ‘I am not interested in putting my hands in people’s mouths, but thanks a lot,’” recalled Dr. Blumenfeld. “But a lot of dentistry is about being artistic. The first month [of dental school], we had to make a set of teeth out of wax. If you don’t have the hand skills, you can’t become a good dentist.  A lot of it is artistry.”

Being a dentist, with all its precision (and its not-so-positive patient reputation) could be very stressful. Dr. Blumenfeld, who has a 2-year-old and a baby on the way, acknowledged that, but said she loves her field. The best dentists, she noted, are those who help people overcome their fears of sitting in the dentist’s chair.

“I get to empower the kids, which is different than general dentistry,” she said. “Helping the children overcome these fears is really rewarding.”

Dr. Blumenfeld loves children — and has the patience to educate them and their families about good oral hygiene. One of the major changes in the field, according to both Dr. Blumenfeld and Dr. Kohn, is the one-year dental visit.

“We have learned through dentistry over the years that mostly — if not all — problems can be prevented,” said Dr. Kohn. “If we get kids going to the dentist at a young age, we can hone in on prevention. We can also establish a dental home, a place to go for emergencies and questions and problems. You have someone to contact.”

Dr. Blumenfeld is all about education. She said she aims to teach parents about the importance of flossing and brushing, of course, but also about good dietary habits and the link between oral health and systemic health.

“What happens in your mouth, affects what happens in the rest of your body,” she said. “Prevention is really important. Once you get a kid who is 4 or 5 years old and never came to the dentist and the parents had no idea that having juice for multiple hours in a sippy cup wasn’t a good thing, it is a losing battle.”
How will Dr. Blumenfeld balance work and life, with two little kids and a growing pediatric practice? Said Dr. Blumenfeld: “I have a rally supportive husband who has made it easy for me to pursue my dreams.”

Maayan Jaffe is JT editor-in-chief

Meor Maryland Celebrates

090613_Meor_Maryland_Celebrates1More than 300 people gathered at 4607 Knox Road in College Park to celebrate the grand opening of Meor Maryland’s new home on Monday, Sept. 2.

Formally known as the Maryland Jewish Experience, Meor Maryland is part of Meor National, an emerging educational movement that has spread to more than 20 campuses nationwide.

Complete with formal and informal educational tracks, seminars, classroom-style learning, trips to Israel and other countries and Shabbat meals and programming, Meor Maryland seeks to serve as an outlet for sophisticated Jewish learning for Jews of all affiliations on the University of Maryland campus.

“We’re trying to impart a sense of deeper wisdom and sophisticated messages of Torah Judaism — that’s a real component of our mission,” said Rabbi Ari Koretzky, executive director of the organization that has been at the university for 10 years. “The other aspect is that we’re targeting the broadest spectrum of Jewish students on campus so that anyone can feel comfortable walking through the door and so that we can serve as a gateway for their entry into the Jewish world.”

090613_Meor_Maryland_CelebratesAs one of the founding campuses in the larger Meor movement, Meor Maryland has seen a rapid expansion in recent years and serves nearly 200 students on a regular basis, which led it to outgrow its single-family home on Princeton Avenue and move to a much larger fraternity-style house to better serve its students and staff.

“We just thank God we outgrew our previous space. I think it shows we’re growing in our name and recognition both locally and nationally, which is great,” said Rabbi Koretzky.

Monday’s grand-opening celebration included a formal dedication ceremony for the new building, keynoted by Rabbi Ari Israel, executive director of University of Maryland Hillel. Rabbi Eli Backman, director of University of Maryland Chabad, posted the mezuzah.

“It was important to us to involve all the different organizational players on campus,” said Rabbi Koretzky, who added that the university’s mascot, Testudo, and the mayor of College Park were also in attendance at the celebration. “We [Meor Maryland, Hillel and Chabad] all have distinct agendas and missions, but we really try to foster a campus culture of mutual respect and appreciation. We wanted to demonstrate that in a formal and public way with the ceremony.”

Rabbi Koretzky noted that Meor Maryland’s strong focus on Jewish educational programming and personal relationships with students makes it unique.

090613_Meor_Maryland_Celebrates2“Students know that they’re coming to us to learn about Judaism, to be able to tackle difficult questions and to learn in a sophisticated and deep way. We help them see Judaism as relevant to their lives in a way they never imagined and form very personal connections with every person that comes through the door. That’s our lifeblood — those relationships.”

That real-life application of Judaism is what attracted junior Alexa Sokol, 20, to Meor Maryland her freshman year. The communications major, who just came back from a six-week trip to Israel with Meor, described the program as being very hands-on and very welcoming.

“Meor really showed me how, as a young Jewish leader, I could apply Judaism to my everyday life,” Sokol said. “It’s been a really positive experience and has really enabled me to stay grounded and have more purpose and direction in my Judaism.”

With a new school year just under way, Rabbi Koretzky is looking forward to the growth of the organization and to potentially reaching more Jewish students.

“We definitely want to continue growing and plan on doing so in a way that doesn’t compromise the integrity of our programs,” he said. “We want to continue to have personal connections with our students and have the students feel that there’s an address on campus that’s really home for them and a place where they can feel comfortable being themselves [while] pushing themselves to be something more.”

Emily Minton writes for JT’s sister publication, Washington Jewish Week.

From The Ground Up

From left, Maurice Offit, Howard Kurman and Ted Offit have been together as law partners for a quarter of a century. Over the past 12 years, they have added 90 attorneys to their practice and opened seven additional offices. ( David Stuck)

From left, Maurice Offit, Howard Kurman and Ted Offit have been together as law partners for a quarter of a century. Over the past 12 years, they have added 90 attorneys to their practice and opened seven additional offices. ( David Stuck)

Maurice and Ted Offit and Howard Kurman’s biggest concern 50 years ago was finding the perfect place to play ball or ride their bikes.

The furthest thing from this Pikesville trio’s mind was building a successful business together.

Today, that is a completely different story.

Maurice and Ted Offit, who are brothers, along with Kurman, a childhood friend, oversee more than 100 lawyers as part of the law firm of Offit/Kurman.

The firm, which earlier this year celebrated its 25th anniversary, has offices in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. It specializes in all aspects of business law, real estate, estate planning, health care, labor and employment, estate and trust administration and more.

The growth of the firm still amazes its founders; Maurice and Ted Offit opened a single office in Greenspring Station in 1987.

“We were in every class together for three years at Sudbrook Middle,” said Kurman, 63, a 1968 Milford Mill High School graduate. “Maurice, who is six years older than Ted, eventually went to Georgetown law school, and I went to Maryland law school. We went our separate ways and never really contemplated practicing law together.”

That all changed in 1989. At that time, Kurman was the labor counsel for The Baltimore Sun, which had just been purchased by Times Mirror. He felt the timing was perfect to go into private practice and reached out to the Offits to gauge their interest.

“Ted was over at my house and worried that The Sun as he knew it was changing,” said Maurice Offit, 63, a 1968 Pikesville High School graduate. “Our main concern wasn’t necessarily growth. It was just developing enough business to pay the bills, and we believed the partnership would work.”

The firm experienced modest growth over the next decade and in 1992 moved into an office at McDonogh Crossroads. By 2001, it had grown substantially and had 10 attorneys. The partners began to map out a plan to expand beyond Pikesville and its predominantly Jewish customer base.

Ted Offit, 57, a 1974 Pikesville High School graduate, said the plan was simple. They were going to expand the business by attracting veteran attorneys and through purchasing other like-minded firms.

“If we were going to grow, we needed to bring in experienced attorneys; we couldn’t afford to bring in a cadre of young lawyers right out of school because they don’t bring any business with them,” said Ted Offit, who received his law degree from the University of Baltimore.

Between 2001 and 2013, Offit/ Kurman brought in 90 additional attorneys and opened out-of-state offices in downtown Baltimore, Columbia, Frederick and Bethesda along with additional offices in Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia and Tysons Corner, Va.

Ted Offit said the growth strategy has paid off immeasurably, adding that the firm has made about eight acquisitions over the last decade.

“Instead of growing by clients, we grew by attorneys, and that strategy worked for us,” he said. “We’ve been looking for attorneys and firms that have our practice areas of expertise and litigation. … We have never put a cap on our growth plan. It was all about exploring opportunities and what made sense for business and for us.”

Kurman said their conservative growth strategy helped the firm weather the rough economic times during the recession; they grew the business during that time.

Kurman noted that having such a close relationship for 50 years — all three had their b’nai mitzvah at Beth El — worked to their benefit, as they discussed strategy and how to make smart decisions.

“It’s unusual for friends to go through a business cycle and not come out unscathed,” Kurman said. “There are often scars. We’ve had situations where we’ve had heated discussions, [but] we enter those talks with a single mind of looking for a way for the firm to grow.”

Kurman continued: “We trust each other implicitly, and when you have a trust in knowing someone for 50 years it establishes a real balance and stability that allows you to get through a growth phase like we have. I don’t know that there are that many firms that have grown like ours, where the founding partners have known each other for this long.”

Maurice Offit said he is extremely proud of how they built their business from the ground up and believes there is still room to grow in the years to come.

But only if the situation is right for everyone.

“It’s a nice story to tell, and we know it doesn’t happen for everyone,” he said. “Was there luck along the way? Probably. But unlike some law firms we had a vision and didn’t wait for something to happen. We had the goal to get out there, and that gave us an advantage.”

Ron Snyder is a local freelance writer.

Business Briefs

Elissa Goetschius has been named artistic director for the Strand. (Ryan Maxwell)

Elissa Goetschius has been named artistic director for the Strand. (Ryan Maxwell)

New Artistic Director at Strand
The Strand Theater Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Elissa Goetschius. Goetschius has been working in the Baltimore-Washington area for the last eight years as a director and dramaturg. Recent credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Glass Mind Theatre and “A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits” and “Night Sweats” with the EMP Collective.

Carroll Hospital Honors Top Staff
Ryan King, facilities shift foreman, was selected as Carroll Hospital Center’s July Associate of the Month. An employee of Carroll Hospital Center for two years, King was nominated for his willingness to go above and beyond his duties to assist a visitor at the hospital.

Mark Goldstein, emergency medicine, was selected as Carroll Hospital Center’s July Physician of the Month. A physician affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center for one year, Dr. Goldstein was nominated for his extraordinary care of a patient in the emergency department and his outstanding efforts in ensuring that the patient’s best interests would be met once discharged from the hospital.


Joel Breitstein (provided)

Joel Breitstein (provided)

Breitstein Joins Bloom Metz
Bloom Metz Consulting welcomes Joel M. Breitstein, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience, to its team as a senior consultant focusing on the areas of charitable gift planning, endowment and planned gift development. Bloom Metz Consulting specializes in nonprofit fundraising, strategic planning, leadership development and marketing.

Taylor Listening Center Opens in Pikesville
Local resident Emily Taylor, who graduated with a doctorate in audiology from Towson University, recently opened the Taylor Listening Center at the the Commerce Center in Pikesville. “My mission as a new audiologist is to start a healthy hearing movement to
encourage adults to be more diligent about their hearing,” Taylor said.

Frenkil Named President of GW Alumni
Miles & Stockbridge announced that Steven D. Frenkil, a principal who represents management in employment law and education law matters, was installed last month as president of the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA). Frenkil, a 1974 graduate of the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and whose son received degrees from GW in 2006 and 2010, will serve a two-year term.

Neubauer Joins Hero Home Source
John Neubauer of Long & Foster Real Estate, a Pikesville resident, joined Hero Home Source as an employee benefits director for the Baltimore area. Hero Home Source is a division of Fellowship Builders, a nonprofit organization of professionals who seek and honor distinguished members of our community. The organization offers large rebates and incentives to these professionals on the purchase or sale of their home.


Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux (Provided)

Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux (Provided)

Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux
The Golan Heights Winery earned a gold medal at the Citadelles du Vin awards in Bordeaux, France for its 2011 Yarden Heights wine. The winery also won two silver medals, one for the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, and one for the Yarden Syrah, Avital Vineyard, 2008.

Cordish To Build $200M Mass. Casino
The Cordish Companies has officially signed a host agreement with Leominster, Mass., to build a $200 million casino entertainment destination. The host agreement is an important step in Cordish’s bid for the sole Category 2 gaming license in Massachusetts, which will allow for the development of a slots-only facility.

Howard County Historical Society Earns Grant
The Howard County Historical Society Museum was awarded a $2,000 Heritage Fund Grant from Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historic Trust. The museum replaced its entranceway roof, which had become compromised. General wear and this summer’s excessive rain had caused minor damage to the interior of the entranceway of the 119-year-old First Presbyterian Church, home to the Historical Society’s Museum collection.

Prudential Ranked In Report
The Prudential Homesale family of real-estate companies, which includes Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty, was named among the top real-estate brokers in the United States in RISMedia’s 25th Annual Power Broker Report. Prudential Homesale was ranked 24th in the United States in closed sales during 2012. It was ranked 42nd in sales volume.

MJHS Announces Two New Board Appointments
The Maryland Jewish Health System has added two industry leaders to its board of directors: Brad Fluegel and Amir Kishon. Fluegel is senior vice president, chief strategy officer for Walgreens, where he is responsible for corporate strategy, business development, project management and corporate consulting. Kishon is chairman and chief executive officer of Wellness Layers, Inc., a leading provider of online customer and patient portals that creates deeper online engagement for healthier lifestyles.

Conlon Receives Cohon Award
Conductor James Conlon received the 2012 Cohon Award from the Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon Memorial Foundation in a ceremony hosted by the Illinois Holocaust and Education Center in Skokie. Conlon was honored with the Cohon Award in the creative arts field for his unique work in recovering the music of composers suppressed by the Nazi regime, thus contributing significantly both to Jewish history and to the world of music.

Fox Joins Blades & Rosenfeld
Blades & Rosenfeld, P.A. has hired Jennifer T. Fox as an associate in its litigation practice group. Fox concentrates in the areas of civil litigation, family law matters and appeals throughout Maryland.

Mueller Elected Greater Towson Committee President
MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services announced that Vice President Matthew B. Mueller has been selected by the Greater Towson Committee to serve as its president for
a two-year term. Volunteer driven, the nonprofit organization seeks to promote investment in Towson through development and revitalization of property and infrastructure.

Lierman Re-elected to ATC Board
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that Terry Lierman of Chevy Chase is again serving on its board of directors, which is made up of 15 elected volunteers who are elected to serve two-year terms. In June 2007, Lierman became chief of staff for then-House Majority Leader and now-Democratic Whip Congressman Steny Hoyer.

Carroll Hospital Awards Scholarships
To assist students furthering their education, the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation recently awarded scholarships worth a combined $9,500 to six Carroll County residents.

The Libman Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Ciepiela, of Hampstead, and Ashley Poe, of Westminster, who each received $2,000 to cover tuition, books and fees at Carroll Community College for their pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse.

The Scholarship for Dependents of Associates was awarded to Jacob Harple of Westminster. He received $2,000 toward his studies at Penn State University, where he will be pursuing a degree in civil engineering in the fall.

The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Zahn, R.N., of Hampstead, and Jennifer Hudgins, of Hanover, Pa. Zahn, who was awarded the scholarship for a second consecutive year, received a $750 check toward her studies at the University of Phoenix, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Hudgins also received a $750 check toward her tuition, as she pursues her nursing degree at Harrisburg Area Community College.

The Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship for dependents of associates was awarded to John Richards, of Westminster, son of Carroll Hospital Center’s director of volunteer services, Mary Richards. A junior volunteer at the hospital for four years, John
received $2,500 toward his studies at the Virginia Military Institute.

Schein Receives National Award
Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of health-care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, has announced that Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, was recognized by the National Dental Association (NDA) with its Centennial Recognition Award for extraordinary commitment to the organization’s mission.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from an organization that has dedicated the past century to helping elevate the health status of the underserved in our country by serving as advocates in the public arena and private sector,” said Bergman.

Northwest Honored for LGBT Healthcare
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, has recognized Northwest Hospital as a 2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

Northwest Hospital was acknowledged in this year’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for its commitment to protecting LGBT patients and employees from discrimination, for guaranteeing equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents and for training key staff members in LGBT patient-centered care.

CCBC Receives $15K Grant for Adult Education
The Community College of Baltimore County, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Plus 50. The goal of the Plus 50 initiative is to increase the number of students over the age of 50 who complete degrees, certificates and not-for-credit credentials in order to increase their labor-market competitiveness. CCBC will offer support and flexibility to help workers over 50 reach their education and training goals.

WPM Ranked Top Residential Property Manager
Real Estate Management, based in Owings Mills, has been ranked No. 1 on the Baltimore Business Journal 2013 list of largest residential property management companies in the Baltimore area. This is the second consecutive year WPM has topped the list of the 25 largest companies managing residential properties in the Baltimore region.

WPM has experienced significant growth in recent years. “Our expansion has been careful and focused,” said Mark Caplan, chairman. “We are committed to bringing clients an experienced owner’s perspective and on-the-ground knowledge about the markets we serve, while at the same time creating great communities for our residents, tenants and homeowners.”

Carroll Hospital Raises $8K For Cancer Center
The Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary raised close to $8,000 to benefit the new William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center during two successful events held recently — the Year of the Book signing event and Charity Day at Maggie’s. Expected to open in the fall of 2014, the center will offer a range of comprehensive cancer services to the community, expanding the services the hospital currently offers.

Humanities Council Reading Program Supported
In support of the One Maryland One Book program, promoting reading and discussion programs throughout the state, the Maryland Humanities Council has been awarded $2,500 by M&T Bank, $10,000 by the Thalheimer Foundation and, for the fifth consecutive year, $10,000 by BGE.

One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is Maryland’s statewide community reading project, boasting participation in all 24 Maryland counties.


Alan Ronkin AJC (Provided)

Alan Ronkin AJC (Provided)

AJC Names Director
The Washington, D.C., regional office of the American Jewish Committee has appointed Alan Ronkin as regional director. Ronkin, who recently relocated from Boston, is a former member of Congressman Joseph Kennedy III’s staff and served as deputy director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston from 2000 to 2012. He succeeds Melanie Maron Pell, who has been appointed assistant director of AJC’s Department of Regional Offices and director of regional engagement. AJC
is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and for the advancement of democratic values for all.

Eastern Shore Dems Announce Summit
The Eastern Shore Democratic Central committees and Democratic clubs are pleased to announce the Second Annual Eastern Shore Democratic Summit. The 2013 Summit will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Minker Banquet Hall, 920 Principio Furnace Road in Perryville.

The Summit program will feature presentations from local and regional political strategists, elected officials and community leaders. Democratic activists and leaders will be attending in order to start focusing on the next election cycle (primary, June 24 and general election, Nov. 4) and to learn how to best present their Democratic principles, ideals and issues to the voting public.

BBJ Honors Associated Officials
Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and Mark Smolarz, CFO, were among six CEO/CFO teams recognized July 26 at the Baltimore Business Journal’s CEO/CFO Dream Team awards. According to the Journal’s website, the two were recognized for working to consolidate four agencies, for streamlining their administrative operations and for improving the way the facilities worked together.

Long & Foster Announces Top Employee
Long & Foster’s Pikesville office has announced David Desser as the top lister and top producer for July.

JCS Elects Board
Jewish Community Services has elected officers to its board of directors for 2013- 2014. They are: Barbara Levy Gradet, executive director; Harriet Berg, president; Ronald Attman, first vice president; Elaine Snyder, vice president; Jonathan N. Davidov, vice president/secretary/ treasurer; Allison J. Magat, vice president; and Brian A. Goldman, immediate past president.