Business Briefs 4/5/19

Bergey joins bank

Shore United Bank announces that Ross Bergey has joined the company as a commercial banking officer.

Bergey will be working at the loan production office in Ocean City.

He joins Shore United Bank with prior experience in commercial banking and knowledge of the Ocean City market area.

Bergey believes in the benefits of a team effort and always putting the customer first. His background in accounting will help customers achieve their goals.

Bergey is a member of the board for the Atlantic General Hospital Corporation. He resides in Berlin with his wife, Ashley, and their three children, Drew, Cole and Jake.

He enjoys golfing, boating and visiting the beach with his family.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit


Raymond M. Thompson, president and CEO of Taylor Bank has announced that Atif Gaddis, BSA officer of Taylor Bank, has been invited to serve on the American Bankers Association’s newly formed Emerging Leaders Council.

Gaddis was nominated by the Maryland Bankers Association to serve on this ABA Council, which will have a banker representative from each state.

As a member of this ABA Council, Gaddis will have the opportunity to lend his expertise to continue build upon and expand the ABA’s efforts to better engage and connect emerging bank leaders at a national level, and to help develop the tools, resources, and opportunities that will help its members succeed.

Agents ranked

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ocean City Offices recently had several agents ranked in

February for the Greater Baltimore Region. They are: Peck Miller, first; Shawn Kotwica, 12th; Nancy Reither, 14th; Dan Clayland, 18th; Terri Moran, 21st; Mary Beth Watters, 23rd; Michael Nolen, 28th; Jamie Caine, 31st; Eric Green, 35th; Maryellen Rosenblit, 69th; and Michele Pompa, 84th.

Emeritus status

Four members of the Coastal Association of Realtors recently earned National Realtor Emeritus status.

Edie Brennan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean Pines, Bill Martin of ERA Martin & Associates in Salisbury, Bob Martin of Beach Real Estate in Berlin, and Linda Moran of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in West Ocean City were approved as National Realtor Emeritus during the 2018 National Association of Realtors Annual Convention.

A Realtor is eligible for Emeritus status after holding membership in NAR and Coastal for a cumulative period of 40 years.

Emeritus members must also complete at least one year of volunteer service for an NAR committee. However, through 2019, the one-year service requirement may also be met through service at a local or state association.

Other Emeritus Realtor members of Coastal include Randall Bendler of Bendler Realty Corp in Ocean City, Lester Chandler of Coldwell Banker Residential on 64th Street in Ocean City, James “Bud” Church of Coldwell Banker/Bud Church Realty in Ocean City, Paul Faulstich of Century 21 New Horizon in Ocean City, Frederick Nicoll of Frederick Nicoll and Associates in Ocean City, Dean Richardson of Richardson Enterprises in Ocean City, Chuck Shorley of Shore-Lea Realty in Ocean City, and Michael Weisner of Weisner Real Estate in Salisbury.

For more information about CAR, visit

Earns designation

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program, announces that Suzanne Ketcham of Lower Shore Land Trust in Snow Hill, has earned the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional designation.

The achievement of the CBLP Level 1 designation demonstrates an advanced level of professionalism and knowledge of sustainable landscaping practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay.

Certification is voluntary and candidates must pass a comprehensive exam that assesses an individual’s command of sustainable practices in the design, installation and maintenance of landscapes.

Advanced, Level 2 credentials are also available for highly experienced design (CBLP-D) and installation (CBLP-I) professionals.

CBLP-certified professionals have in-depth knowledge of sustainable landscape best practices and a focus on maintenance of stormwater best management practices.

As stewardship manager, Ketcham works to identify conservation and restoration projects that deliver water quality and wildlife habitat improvements.

Consumers are encouraged to ask for CBLP-certified individuals when selecting a landscaping company. For more information about becoming CBLP-certified or hiring a certified CBLP for sustainable landscaping services, visit

Lower Shore Land Trust is a nationally accredited nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving rural lands, promoting vibrant towns, and to building a healthier and more connected Eastern Shore. For more information, contact or 443-234-5587.

New addition

Traci Huggans, a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, has joined the Dunes Manor Hotel as its guest relations and marketing manager.

In her new role, Huggans will be running the hotel’s digital marketing initiatives for its social media channels and websites, creating and implementing seasonal and year-round guest activity schedules, and overseeing its public relations, email marketing and business networking efforts.

Huggans is the recipient of two associates degrees in hospitality and business management from Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury.

Her work background includes a managerial role in regional sales and marketing at 3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar. In 2015, she was the recipient of the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Wine and Spirit Award from the Atlanta Wine School.

Catlin AVP

Reid Tingle, president and CEO of Bank of Ocean City, along with the board of directors, welcome Amy Catlin as internal auditor/AVP.

Catlin joins Bank of Ocean City with over nine years of banking experience, specializing in internal audit.

She is an audit professional who has completed multiple banking courses through ProBank, Wilmington University and Independent Community Bankers of America.

Catlin will graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and also from Maryland Banking School.

Bank of Ocean City is a locally-owned, independent community bank. Established in 1916 and headquartered in West Ocean City, the bank has six offices: three in Ocean City, one in Ocean Pines, one in Berlin and its newest addition, in Fenwick Island, Delaware.

For more information, contact Tingle at the 59th Street office, 410-524-6144.

Bank honored

BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, salutes 5-Star Taylor Bank, of Berlin, for its continued financial excellence.

Not only has Taylor Bank earned Bauer’s highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability, it has maintained that top rating for 115 consecutive quarters.

Earning a 5-Star rating indicates this bank excels in areas including, capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality.

Earning and maintaining this top rating continuously for over 25 years gives Taylor Bank the added status of being a “Best of Bauer Bank.” This designation is reserved specifically for banks that have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for 100 consecutive quarters, or longer.

Taylor Bank was established in 1890, and has been building personal relationships ever since. Taylor Bank operates through 11 conveniently located offices in all three states and can also be found online at

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