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Company’s June Leaders

WILLARDS – Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance Brokers (ASC&D) has announced Gary Waldych as the top producer for the month of June.

Waldych specializes in commercial lines insurance with an emphasis on condominiums, trucking, and contracting companies. He has been with ASC&D since 1986.

Meagan Krause Kohut received special recognition for her June production, as well. Kohut, an Account Executive, licensed in property and casualty insurance joined A/SCD in 2007.

Grad Jumps Into Real Estate

OCEAN CITY – Sarah Miller, a 2008 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, went straight from the classroom to the classroom.

While most graduates began their "Senior Week" celebration rituals the moment commencement exercises concluded, Miller signed up for a little different program. She began attending the Ed Smith Real Estate course first thing the next morning.

Miller’s graduation experience was much like other seniors; all the pomp and circumstance of commencement, the arrival of many excited family members from out of town, too much attention and too many family pictures. Afterwards Miller was determined to squeeze in at least a little post graduation celebration before turning in early. "It’s the most important night of my life and I was definitely not happy missing out on all the graduation night plans, but it was the only time of the summer that the real estate course was available. I didn’t have much choice," Miller said.

After completing and passing the real estate exam, Miller went on to pass the State of Maryland Real Estate Commission exam. At 18, Miller is a licensed real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at the 104th Street office. She currently assists the Peck Miller Group with sales of her father’s projects.

Miller will attend the College of Charleston in the fall.

"I know it’s a tough time to get into real estate but even if I sell one property, I have the potential to make a decent amount of money to put away for college,” Miller said. “Besides, I can learn a lot from my dad this summer, he’s a great teacher and a very good realtor. Next summer should be a better real estate market and by then I’ll have more experience at selling property."

5-Star Rating Earned

BERLIN – Calvin B. Taylor Bank President and CEO Ray Thompson wishes to remind consumers that the bank has again achieved a 5-Star rating from Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm.

The rating indicates that Taylor Bank is one of the strongest banks in the country. This is the 70th consecutive time that the bank has earned this high rating, which gives it the added prestige of being an “Exceptional Performance Bank” (for earning this highest honor for ten years or longer).

“Fewer than 16 percent of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction,” said Thompson. “We are all aware of the concerns in the banking industry these days. Consumers need to know that Taylor Bank continues to be safe, sound, stable, and secure, making our bank an ideal place to put your deposits”.

Calvin Klein Arrives

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Factory Outlets and the Cordish Company announced this week the conversion of the 5,000-square-foot Geoffrey Beene Outlet store to a Calvin Klein Outlet store, a worldwide leading fashion brand designer and retail marketer. The outlet retailer is expected to open by mid-September.

Through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide, Calvin Klein offers a broad range of brands/lifestyles. Their product lines include apparel, accessories, shoes, sleepwear, hosiery, socks, swimwear, belts, eyewear, watches, jewelry, coats, suits and fragrances, as well as products for the home.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel companies, acquired Calvin Klein in 2002. Phillips-Van Heusen is the world’s largest shirt and neck wear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands. The Ocean City Factory Outlets are already home to IZOD, Van Heusen and G.H. Bass & Co., three of Phillips-Van Heusen’s other extremely successful brand retailers.

Service Applauded

WILLARDS — Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Atlantic/Smith Cropper & Deeley in Willards for 15 years of service to the company.

“We are very fortunate to have Atlantic/Smith Cropper & Deeley as a part of the Allstate family,” said Kathleen Farrington, Regional Sales Manager for the company’s Capital Region. “This is certainly a milestone for Laura Deeley and Atlantic/Smith Cropper & Deeley. They have made great contributions to Allstate and have become an intricate part of the Willards community. We wish them continued success.”

Regional Recognition

BERLIN – Dr. Geoffrey Robbins and Dr. Lawrence Michnick were recognized as one of the region’s finest cosmetic and family dentists by the Exclusively® Series.

The doctors of Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are featured in the 2008 lower shore edition of Exclusively’s Eastern Shore publications as leaders in the dental field and active members in the community. Exclusively profiled the doctors’ desire to provide the highest quality of care while using the latest technology and providing a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere to each patient.

Not only have the doctors shown great care for their patients, according to the magazine, but Robbins and Michnick are both extremely active in various community organizations in and around the Greater Ocean City area.

Exclusively is a series of publications concentrating in the Mid-Atlantic region that profiles various companies and individuals who are considered leaders in their field and have a strong concern for the community.

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