Business Briefs 02/12/2021


Debbie Bennington, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Ocean Pines Office, has been named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ esteemed Chairman’s Circle-Gold Level for 2020.

The Chairman’s Circle-Gold Level is awarded to the top 2 percent of the company's network’s sales professionals and is a testament to Bennington’s dedication to her industry.

Bennington entered the real estate industry in 2002 and joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in 2011.

She has been a consistent award winner of the President’s Circle and Chairman Gold Circle Award.

Nurse practitioner

Atlantic General Hospital and Health System officials recently announced that a new family nurse practitioner has joined the health system’s Pocomoke primary care office to provide care alongside Dr. John Whittaker.

Christina Hargis, DNP, earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Salisbury University in May 2020.

Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salisbury University. She is board certified in family medicine by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Hargis started her career in nursing at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where she worked on the cardiothoracic surgical unit.

In 2015, she joined the team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on their Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit.

Upon her return to the Eastern Shore, Hargis worked as an RN and case manager at Peninsula Regional’s wound center. During that time, she also provided care at a medication assisted treatment center for substance abuse.

Hargis is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call Atlantic General Primary Care in Pocomoke at 410-957-6622.

Chair elected

Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., parent company of Calvin B. Taylor Bank announced that its Board of Directors has elected Hale Harrison as chair.

Harrison joined the company’s board of directors in October 1995 and the bank’s board in 1975.

He owns and operates Harrison Group Resort Hotels in Ocean City.

Harrison is a former councilman and secretary for the Town of Ocean City, and former chairman of the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also a past chairman and member of the finance committee of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic General Hospital.

In addition to serving as chair of the board of directors of the company and the bank, Harrison is chair of the bank’s executive compensation committee and a member of its governance committee.

New role

The Worcester County Commissioners named Michele Burke as the new business development and retention specialist within Worcester County Economic Development.

In her new role, Burke will oversee the county’s business attraction, retention and expansion program and serve as its business ambassador to help existing business owners and operators identify services and resources that support their goals.

She will also be the primary liaison with local, state and federal partners, including the area chambers of commerce, Maryland Department of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, and the Small Business Association.

For additional information about the programs and services available through WCED, contact Burke at or visit

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