Pediatric Dental Practice Joins DCA

Dental Care Alliance has announced its affiliation with the Baltimore pediatric dental practice of Dr. Richard A. Kline. Dr. Kline has been treating the dental needs of children in the Greater Baltimore area for more than 35 years and was recently voted a Top Pediatric Dentist by Baltimore Magazine.

Jacobs Named Treasurer of MANSEF

092013_Jacobs_Named_Treasurer_MANSEFDr. Linda Jacobs, executive director of The Harbour School at Annapolis and Baltimore, has been named an officer of the board of directorsfor the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities. Dr. Jacobs will serve as treasurer; she has served on the MANSEF board in various capacities, including president.

Johnson Named UMD Medicine Psychiatry Chair

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece has appointed Bankole Johnson, a leading expert in neuroscience and the psychopharmacology of addiction research, as the new chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He will also lead the new Brain Science Research Consortium Unit.

Dr. Johnson comes to the School of Medicine from the University of Virginia, where he was the alumni professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.

Local Attorneys Named America’s Best

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP has ann-ounced that seven attorneys from the firm’s Baltimore office have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and partner Herbert Better has been named 2014 Baltimore Mediation Lawyer of the Year. The seven attorneys were recognized in a total of 14 categories, including all seven in commercial litigation, three in bet-the-company litigation and three in white-collar criminal defense. They are Herbert Better, John J. Connolly, Martin S. Himeles Jr., Daniel P. Moylan, William J. Murphy, Robert T. Shaffer and Cy Smith.

In addition, Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. has ann-ounced that Best Lawyers has included two attorneys from its Baltimore office, Irving E. Walker and Gary H. Leibowitz, in the 2014 edition. In addition, Walker has been named one of Baltimore’s Lawyers of the Year.

And Nathan Lewin of Lewin & Lewin has been recognized by Best Lawyers in five categories, including appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and First Amendment litigation.

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