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Area Bank Promotions

BERLIN – Raymond M. Thompson, President and C.E.O. of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced the following promotions:

Jody Falter has been promoted to Director of Marketing. She began her career with Taylor Bank in 2006 as a Banking Officer in the Marketing Department. Falter is a graduate of Maryland Bankers School and has been in banking in the Ocean City area for the past 12 years. She is active on the Board of Diakonia and involved with fundraising, a Past Board member of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and Past President of Habitat for Humanity. She is currently a Commissioner on the Worcester County Commission for Women. Falter is located in the bank’s Main Office in Berlin.

Saritha Smith has been promoted to Staff Accountant at the Main Office in Berlin. Smith earned her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wilmington College in 2003.  Ms. Smith joined Taylor Bank as a Teller in 2000 and later transferred to the Bookkeeping Department. In 2005 she moved to the bank’s accounting department where she became involved in the issuance of quarterly and annual regulatory filings. 

Carl Vandivier has been promoted to Information System Specialist at the Main Office in Berlin. Vandivier earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Salisbury University in 2000. Vandivier joined Taylor Bank in 1999 where he was assigned to the bank’s Computer Department. While there, he served in a number of positions including proof operations.

CBRB Top Producer

BERLIN – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ocean Pines at the Pavillions, recently announced Greg Erdie as the office’s top producer for the month of April.

Company Supports Alumni Site

SALISBURY – Prospective homebuyers will have a fresh, new way to search for newly constructed homes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware starting this summer.

EasternShoreHousing.com, an innovative new website showcasing communities, builders, homes and towns across the shore, will launch on July 1.

The start-up site is locally owned and operated by an energetic staff that includes Salisbury University (SU) alumni who have decided to stay on the shore to pursue something they believe will change the way people search for homes on the peninsula. The team includes Katie Redmiles, a 2007 graduate from the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University, and Adam Rones, a 2007 graduate from the Perdue School of Business.

“I’m very particular about where I want to live,” founder Blake Pierson said. “For me, finding a place to call home is as much about finding a local culture that fits my lifestyle as it is about finding a house that I like. I love reading or working in coffee shops so I’d search for a home that has nearby coffee shops, so why not give others that same option? Everyone’s interests differ so we wanted to empower people to search based on what’s important to them and what their lifestyles require so they can truly discover a place to call home.’

The site has already gained the support of Burbage Communities, a staple of Eastern Shore development for 23 years. Owned and operated by John (Jack) H. Burbage, Jr. an Todd E. Burbage, SU alum ’95, Burbage Communities offers a wide array of housing and community options ranging from Sunset Bay in Chincoteague, Va., a 65-unit waterfront condominium building, to Bay Point Plantation in Berlin, a waterfront community with 33 single-family land sites.

“This website will be great for the Eastern Shore and I really see it revolutionizing the home search process on and off the shore, and that’s why I’ve committed to include my communities on the site. There’s nothing else quite like it out there for both the home buyers and the builders,” Todd Burbage said.

Merrill Lynch Appointment

SALISBURY – Merrill Lynch has announced the appointment of Ryan C.A. Kirby as Associate Resident Director for the Salisbury branch.

Kirby has been with Merrill Lynch since 2004 and will continue his role as Wealth Management Advisor for clients of The Allen-Kirby Advisory Group, which includes John H. Allen III, CFP, CIMA and Danielle Stermer, Sr. Registered Client Associate.

Kirby graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He resides in Salisbury with his wife, Kristen, daughter, Rylie and yellow lab, Morgan.

Bank Awards

BERLIN – Farmers Bank of Willards recently issued its first quarter awards.

Receiving the 1st Quarter Customer Service Award was Shannon Wasicki, assistant head teller at the West Ocean City branch. Wasicki moved to the Eastern Shore from Connecticut five years ago and began her career at the Farmers Bank of Willards in December of 2005.

Kay Outten was the 1st Quarter Employee Appreciation Award. Outten has over 29 years of banking experience and recently brought her experience to Farmers Bank of Willards as the Administrative Assistant to Indirect Loan Officer.

Company Staff Attends Seminar

BERLIN – The staff of T&G Builders recently completed a seminar presented by Diana Gutierreez, M.S., LEED AP. The seminar covered all of the criteria needed to qualify for certified LEED (Leadership In Energy & Environmental Design) Green Home designation.

T&G Builders is a locally-owned design build construction company building over 400 homes in the area. T&G opened a remodeling division in 2007 and has many remodels and custom homes under construction today. T&G opened a commercial division this year and was recently awarded the contract for the Clipper Hotel in Ocean City. Gary James of Berlin owns T&G.

Realtor Appointed

BERLIN – Lois Saraceni, Realtor®, SRES, was recently appointed to the Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission.

Saraceni was nominated by Councilman Perry Mitchell and the council voted unanimously to approve the appointment.

Saraceni is a Realtor® with Prudential Carruthers in Ocean City. Prior to her career in real estate, she was vice president of a healthcare consulting firm, a position that included managing people as well as major projects with cost saving projections in the millions for hospitals nationwide.

“Saraceni shares Prudential Carruthers’ commitment to the community,” said Tom Carruthers III broker/owner, Prudential Carruthers REALTORS®. “She is exactly the type of sales professional we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the local community.”

“I share Prudential Carruthers REALTORS®’s focus on community service and take every opportunity I can to help,” said Saraceni. “I look forward to joining the Planning and Zoning commission as our work is essential to the controlled growth of Ocean View. I believe that my experience as a Realtor will be an invaluable addition to the team.”

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