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Supervisor Earns Honor

WILLARDS – Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley has announced Mary Jane Wharton was named "2008 Insurance Woman of the Year" by the Insurance Women of Sussex County. She received the award for her outstanding work ethic, dedication, and devotion to the Insurance Women of Sussex County.

Wharton, a Personal Lines Team Supervisor, has been with the agency

For 34 years and over those years has earned the designations of CISR, and CPIW.

Realtor Graduates

BERLIN – Patricia Terrill, a Realtor® from Ocean City, Maryland is a graduate of the Inaugural 2008 National Association of Realtors® Leadership Academy.

Realtors® were selected from an application process by an advisory council for the premier session that started in Chicago during August of 2007 and concluded last week at the association’s May Midyear meetings in Washington, D.C. The selected volunteer leaders worked in teams on a project that was presented by them to the NAR Executive Committee. The Leadership Academy was formed to identify, inspire and mentor emerging leaders for the organization.

Terrill, a real estate professional for 34 years, is a sales and rental associate for Prudential Carruthers Realtors®, a large brokerage in Ocean City. Terrill is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors and was president of the Coastal Association of Realtors® in 2006.

Office Leaders

BERLIN – Peter Copenhaver, branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Ocean Pines office, has announced the top producers for May. Greg Erdie was the top listing agent and Edie Brennan was both top sales agent and top agent in the office.

Security Pledge Enforced

BERLIN – Through a service called CDARS (pronounced “cedars”), Taylor Bank can offer you up to 500 times the standard $100,000 level of coverage found at most banks.

“There is nothing safer than FDIC insurance,” said Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Taylor Bank. “Why? Since the FDIC was created in 1933, no one has lost a single penny in an FDIC-insured account. Because of FDIC insurance, four generations of Americans have been able to sleep soundly at night knowing that their money is fully protected. … Now with CDARS, we can protect depositors for up to $50 million, and that means that you can sleep soundly without worrying about your money, too.”

CDARS is a deposit placement service. Deposits placed through CDARS meet the pass-through insurance coverage guidelines established by the FDIC.

To offer CDARS, a bank must belong to a special network called the Promontory Network. When a customer places a large deposit with a network member, the bank arranges for the placement of funds into CDs issued by other network banks – in increments of less than $100,000 to ensure that both principal and interest are eligible for full FDIC protection.

From the customers’ point of view, CDARS is one-stop shopping. Regardless of the number of CDs they receive, CDARS customers work with only one bank, sign only one agreement, and receive one account statement.

If you have ever heard the saying ‘As safe as money in the bank,’ you know how valuable FDIC insurance coverage is. At Taylor Bank, we’re delighted we can offer you many times the coverage that most other banks,” Thompson said.

Call Stacy Schaffer at 410-641-1700 or email her at sschaffer@taylorbank.com for more information on the CDARS program at Taylor Bank.

Website Being Revamped

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Board of Directors included $30,000 in the current fiscal year budget to redo the Ocean Pines website- www.oceanpines.org. Subsequent to that action, the board received an offer from association member Joe Reynolds and OceanPinesForum.com to code the new site at no cost to OPA. On May 21, the OPA Board of Directors voted to accept Mr. Reynolds’ generous offer.

All association members and staff are invited to provide input and suggestions as the shell of the site develops to completion over the next 12 weeks. The goal is to provide OPA with a new, attractive website using the latest technology and providing easy navigation to all the various items of information and resources association members expect to find.

To facilitate as much association member input as possible, there is a new message section on the message board at the OceanPinesForum.com website. The message section is named “OPA Web Site” and will be limited to suggestions and other discussion about the new OPA web site. Everyone is encouraged to offer input and suggestions.

The site will be developed initially at www.OceanPines.tv where there is currently the beginning of a site shell. Once complete and accepted by staff, the new site will be moved to the existing OPA domain name and opened for use.

Suggestions and input may be emailed to info@oceanpines.org or posted to the message board on www.oceanpinesforum.com in the “OPA Web Site” message section.

OPA Names Director

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association recently named Justin Olney as the new Aquatics Director and Recreation Supervisor for the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department. He assumed his duties on May 19.

Olney will manage the operation of four seasonal pools and one year-round indoor pool and will supervise recreational programs including aquatic classes, swim parties and any special events.

Top Company Producers

BERLIN – Seacoast Realty, now a ResortQuest company, has announced April’s top producers for all eight Seacoast Realty locations at a recent sales meeting.

Top Listing Volume awards for individual agents by office are: Wayne Phillips of Ocean City office; Linda Quasney for the Bayside office; Tammy Mushrush of the Bethany Beach office; Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap office, Julie Schroeck for the Marketplace; and Steve Alexander for the Edgewater office.

Top Sales Volume awards for individual agents by office are: Grimes for the Bear Trap office, Phillips for the Ocean City office; EF Quillen for the Clarksville office; Pam Pridgeon for the Bethany Beach office; Rich Riddle for the Marketplace office; and Alexander for the Edgewater office.

Top Listing Volume Team Award by office are: The Mike Conover Team for the Bethany Beach office; Team Anne/Jen for Bayside; and the Josh Morimoto Team for the Ocean City office.

Top Sales Volume Team Award by office are: Team Dayna Feher, Bethany Beach office, and Team Anne/Jen for Bayside.

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