Dean Named to Top 40 Under 40

Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. announced that member G. David Dean has been named a top 40 Under 40 legal advisor by The M&A Advisor.

The 40 Under 40 award winners were chosen from a highly competitive field of established attorneys and other professionals, and selected by an independent committee of prominent business leaders at both the national and regional level.

Dean is a member of the bankruptcy & corporate restructuring and litigation departments in the firm’s Baltimore office. He focuses his practice on corporate reorganizations, in and out of bankruptcy court, as well as complex business litigation in federal and state courts.

Diamond minds

(From left) Ron Shapiro, Caden Shapiro and Mark Shapiro share a special bond over baseball.  (provided)

(From left) Ron Shapiro, Caden Shapiro and Mark Shapiro share a special bond over baseball.
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Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro — son of Mark and grandson of Ron — pitching — in a baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Md., after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle.

Mark Shapiro, the president of the Cleveland Indians, was back recently for the three-day competition as a coach for his boy’s Cleveland Spiders, not to see his Tribe play the Orioles at nearby Camden Yards.

The site for the tournament — a complex of beautifully maintained fields — was named for Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. — the most recognizable client of his dad, an eminent sports agent.

At 11, Caden is the latest Shapiro drawn to baseball, a chain emanating from the 1950s, when Ron’s immigrant father, also named Mark, took his young son by train from their home in Philadelphia to a World Series game at Yankee Stadium in New York

Ron and Mark Shapiro have combined for 62 years of baseball-related employment that began when the Orioles’ then-owner Jerry Hoffberger asked Ron, a lawyer friend, in 1975 to assist Brooks Robinson with financial problems the team’s All-Star third baseman was experiencing.

It launched Ron Shapiro into a lucrative career as an agent representing athletes in contract negotiations.

The work appealed to Mark Shapiro too, but he blazed a different path to his baseball life. In 1991, he took an entry-level job with the Indians that included chauffeuring prospective free agents such as pitchers Sid Fernandez and David Wells from the airport. From there he would serve as director of player development, assistant general manager and general manager before being promoted to president four years ago.

Their jobs, at least occasionally, would have pitted Shapiro the agent against Shapiro the executive. Instead, they recused themselves from face-to-face involvement.

“When it came to doing contracts, he delegated and I delegated,” Mark Shapiro said. “It just seemed like the right way, the honest way, to handle it.”

Ron Shapiro said he’s heard plenty of kind words around baseball about Mark’s integrity.

“What does a father feel other than unbelievable pride?” he said. “I look at Caden looking at his father, and the relationship continues.”

Mark and Ron Shapiro see each other five or six times a year — they had been together a month earlier at the New Jersey bat mitzvah of Mark Shapiro’s niece — but speak by telephone several times a week.

“Nothing happens of major importance where we don’t talk to each other,” said Ron Shapiro, 71.

“It makes me happy to see kids play and parents and kids interacting around baseball,” said Mark Shapiro, 47.

It was Mark Shapiro who co-founded the Spiders — a name the Indians had used in the late 19th century — two years ago to imbue youth baseball with values that he thought were missing.

In youth baseball, “the overarching opportunity is character development,” Mark Shapiro said, sitting with his father in the shade following Caden’s game. “Character is how do you respond to adversity [and] setbacks? Being a great teammate, showing respect — that’s at the core of what this experience provides for us as coaches and as fathers.”

They have the perfect role model in Ripken. The Orioles former star infielder, baseball’s Ironman, had stood with Ron Shapiro not far from here surveying the acreage that would become a stadium and complex for the minor-league Aberdeen Ironbirds and youth leagues to draw the next generation of players.

At the Ripken facility, Mark Shapiro called over former major-league first baseman Sean Casey to address the Spiders. Casey, coaching his son Jake’s Pittsburgh club, stood beside his own father, Jim, who had enlisted Ron Shapiro as his son’s first agent upon his being drafted by the Indians in 1997.

Jake and Caden’s teams would square off that afternoon. Close friends Casey and Mark Shapiro would be in the coaching boxes.

“Take it easy on us,” Casey told the Spiders.

Coaching the Spiders helped Mark Shapiro overcome the temptation to attend the Indians-Orioles series. So was visiting with his father and stepmother, Cathi, at their suburban Baltimore farm.

Father and son exude warmth. Ron Shapiro, unable to stay for the afternoon game, told Mark upon departing, “Give me a kiss and a hug,” and through their embrace the men uttered their mutual love.

Their personal-baseball time together here was a weekend to savor.

“For me, baseball has always been relational — and nothing is more relational than family,” Mark Shapiro said. “My love for baseball has always been tied to my father. And to be able to see that relationship and love for the game shared with my son, and to have my dad here, is incredibly special.”

Caden gets the whole baseball-family thing.

“It’s pretty cool, passing down baseball generation to generation,” he said, grasping the white sphere. “It’s a great experience I’m living with my father and grandfather. Baseball just runs in our family. I’ll pass it on to my grandkids.”

Sandberg Joins Junior Achievement

061314_biz-Kirsten-SandbergJunior Achievement of Central Maryland (JACMD) has appointed Kirsten E. Sandberg to a three-year term on its board of directors.

A senior vice president with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Sandberg leads a team of investment, credit, banking and fiduciary experts in taking an integrated approach to helping clients meet their unique lifestyle, family, business and philanthropic goals.

Joining the JACMD board brings Sandberg full circle, as she participated in Junior Achievement’s Exchange City (now known as JA BizTown) program as a fourth- and fifth-grader in Kansas.

In addition to lending her time and talent to JACMD, Sandberg is active with the Women’s Giving Circle of the Baltimore Community Foundation, the William T. Walters Association at the Walters Art Museum and the Digital Harbor Alliance Board. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and their two daughters.

Lawrence Named SHJ President

Larry M. Lawrence, a resident of Washington, D.C., was installed on May 3 as the President of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ). A graduate of Harvard University and Indiana University, Lawrence previously served as secretary and treasurer of Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, of which he is a long-term member.

“I’ve found a secular/spiritual home in Humanistic Judaism,” said Lawrence. “When I discovered Machar in the 1990s, I found a place to give my daughter a Jewish education that I believe in — not one with features I had to explain away. And to my pleasant surprise, after Liz’s Bat Mitzvah in 1999, both she and I have continued to learn and grow with the movement of Humanistic Judaism.”

“He brings his organization skills, forward thinking ideas, and dedication to our philosophy and practice to his new position as president of the Society,” said Bonnie Cousens, SHJ Executive Director. “We look forward to him applying his skills and ideas to increase the visibility of Humanistic Judaism, while reaching out to the many people who share our beliefs but have not yet found this meaningful way to celebrate their Jewish identity.”

Himeles Jr. Named Champion of Justice

The Equal Justice Council (EJC) of Maryland Legal Aid recognized Martin S. Himeles Jr., managing partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP’s Baltimore office, as a “Champion of Justice” at its 17th annual recognition breakfast.

Himeles was one of two people who received the “Champion of Justice” honor at the event, which was held at Camden Yards. The EJC recognized Himeles for his pro bono support of the organization, as well as his participation and leadership in its fundraising and member recruiting efforts.

A lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Himeles currently serves as co-chair of the EJC’s law firm campaign, an annual giving program focused on connecting with area firms. At Zuckerman Spaeder, Himeles’ practice encompasses a diverse mix of litigation of commercial origin. As a former federal prosecutor and private practitioner representing corporations and individuals, his courtroom record includes trials of a broad range of civil and criminal matters.

Katz Award Recipients Announced

The winners of the prestigious Katz Award for 2014 were announced at a ceremony in Jerusalem on May 27. The Katz Award was established in 1975 by Marcos and Adina Katz and is bestowed upon individuals and enter- prises engaged in the application of — Jewish law in moder life — in the creation of written work and practical endeavors.

This year’s recicpients include Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and a professor of Judaic thought at New York University and Yeshiva University; Rabbi Zvi (Herschel) Schachter, the Yeshiva University Rosh Yeshiva and the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbincal Theological Seminary; Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg, the Rosh Yeshiva of both the Hasidic Yeshiva of Sadigura and the Jerusalem College of Technology; and the late Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth z”l, a rabbinic scholar who authored “Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah,” the authoritative work on the laws of Shabbat and Yom Tov.

Attention New Grads

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To the roughly 1.6 million college graduates in the Class of 2014, you have my heartiest congratulations — and my sympathies. I graduated during the recession of the early 1990s when finding a decent job was very difficult, so I have an inkling of the challenges many of you now face.

Although available job-search technology has changed considerably since then, as someone who is now on the other side of screening candidates, I can tell you that many of the underlying principles for waging a successful search remain the same. Let me share a few:

Stand out from the crowd. You’ll probably be competing with dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for most jobs, so:
• Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight education, skills and experience relevant to the position; check out Monster.com’s resume center for tips.

• If your work history is brief, play up education highlights, volunteer or internship positions, awards and organizational memberships.

• Have strong references, and make sure they’re willing to speak or write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

• Proofread everything carefully, and ask a trusted acquaintance to review.

Before applying, research the company to make sure it’s a good fit. If you do get called for an interview, kick it up a notch:
• Make sure you understand the company’s products, services and customer base.

• Examine their business structure and how your potential department fits in.

• Research competitors so you understand the business environment in which they operate.

• Investigate their social-media presence for clues on how they interact with customers.

Employers are forced to do more with fewer resources, so they seek employees who are focused, polished and willing to work hard. I’ve spoken to numerous hiring managers who say many candidates they see don’t convey those qualities. A few tips:
• Google yourself. Review your social-media footprint and remove photos or other materials that portray you unprofessionally.

• Show up — on time — for interviews dressed appropriately, with copies of your resume, work samples and any requested materials.

• Be prepared to answer a barrage of questions about yourself and how you would react in different situations. (Monster.com has a great list of potential interview questions.)

• Make sure you can back up any claims made on your resume or during interviews.

Register with job-search engines where you can apply for jobs and make yourself visible to potential employers and recruiters. Popular sites include Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com. LinkedIn, After College.com and LinkUp.com.

Landing a good job can take months or even years, so be persistent and tap all available resources. For example:
• Contact your school’s career office to see which services are still available to you as a recent graduate. Many will help by reviewing your resume, conducting practice interviews and connecting you with alumni volunteers willing to meet for informational interviews.

• Build and maintain a profile on LinkedIn. Many employers and recruiters go there first when looking for suitable candidates. Also, join LinkedIn groups for your field of interest and partake in their discussions.

• Contact and join professional organizations in your field. Weddles.com provides links to thousands of professional organizations.

• Many companies use automated tracking systems to scan incoming resumes for skills and job-appropriate key words before a human will ever see them. Make sure your resume includes these key words — provided your experience is relevant, of course.

Bottom line: You worked hard to earn your degree. Unfortunately, you may have to work equally as hard to get your career going, so take advantage of the available tools — and good luck.

Pringle Joins WBAL

061314_biz-Megan-PringleWBAL-TV 11 welcomed Megan Pringle to WBAL-TV 11 News Today weekday mornings. Pringle joined Mindy Basara and Jason Newton on the show.

“Megan’s long experience covering Baltimore news is the perfect complement to our already strong morning team,” said WBAL-TV President and General Manager Dan Joerres.

Pringle served as a morning news anchor in Baltimore for six years. Pringle and her husband, Rob, live in Howard County with their twin daughters. Aside from being an avid runner, Megan is also committed to the local community in many ways; she serves on the advisory board for Donate Life Maryland and volunteers as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gavant Inducted as Fellow

Morris L. Gavant, M.D., has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Gavant is a partner physician at Advanced Radiology in Baltimore and an active staff physician at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was formerly chief of the radiology department. He is a member of the ACR. Gavant received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Tennessee.

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist is recognition as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching or research. Approximately 10 percent of ACR members achieve this distinction.

JWI Awarded for Fraternity Programming

Jewish Women International (JWI) was awarded the Laurel Wreath Award for the Safe Smart Dating program by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach or influence within the fraternal world.

Safe Smart Dating is the first national program on dating abuse and sexual assault for the Greek community on college campuses.

Engaging men as allies, according to Lori Weinstein, CEO of JWI, is the key to changing the culture on campus. “Nationally, more than one in five college women experience physical abuse, sexual abuse or threats of physical violence from a dating partner. This is an unqualified epidemic that can only be mitigated by training and education, honest conversation, bystander intervention and voices of partnership between women and men,” she said.