A Week In Business

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Oasis Travel Ribbon Cutting

WEST OCEAN CITY – Oasis Travel and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Oasis Travel is a full-service travel agency located at 9923 Stephen Decatur Highway, Teal Marsh Shopping Center, West Ocean City, Md. 21842.

Owner Neil Hitchcock is a local entrepreneur, managing numerous businesses and the new Oasis Travel Agency. He is past president of the Ocean City Chamber and serves on numerous business-related boards.

Engaging in this venture is his new managing partner, Holly A. Hudson. She has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry and also has more than five years experience in the hotel industry.

Hudson is excited about re-entering the world of travel and feels her knowledge in the industry will lead to success. Although the Internet is accessible for travelers to book their trips online, Hudson feels have a business with an accessible store frontage is important. She said Oasis Travel is committed to offering the same trip for the same price or better as well as being there to help the client should any issues arise.

Community members are invited to learn more about Oasis by attending next week’s ribbon cutting. Refreshments will be served.

FCC Grants License

BERLIN – Firepro Inc. of West Ocean City has been granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to construct and operate a wireless mesh, long-range radio system for monitoring intrusion, fire and industrial alarms across the Eastern Shore. The system will be capable of two-way communications so that its central station will be able to receive signals as well as provide remote control of equipment installed out in the field.

“We only wanted to bring the best system to the Eastern Shore,” said Firepro President Donald Westbrook. “And it took us several years before we found the right one in AES-Intellinet.”

The system is the only wireless system to provide monitoring of all types of systems, including fire alarms panels, without the need for any telephone lines. The system is a wireless mesh, long-range radio system engineered in such a way that it is self-healing and self-routing.

Wadler Claims Top Honor

BERLIN – Shamrock Realty Group has announced that Pam Wadler has been named the 2008 Realtor® Member of the Year by the Maryland State Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR).

Wadler was named the local chapter’s Member of the Year last month and went on to earn the state level award. The announcement was made at the Maryland Association Of Realtors® annual meeting held at the Ocean City Convention Center earlier this month.

Wadler has been a member of the WCR since 2000 and is a past secretary and treasurer for the group. She is also the chairperson of the Bylaws Committee and is a member of the Newsletter Committee. 

She has been a licensed real estate agent since 1999. She began her real estate career with a large regional real estate company and later moved to a smaller local brokerage in the area. In 2006, she became licensed as an Associate Broker in Maryland and Broker in Delaware. She then teamed up with a local builder, Gary James of T&G Builders, and together they started Shamrock Realty Group, Inc. from the ground up. The company has overcome the relatively weak market of the past two years and grown to be a viable competitor in the local real estate market, according to Wadler.

Wadler is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, a licensed Maryland Home Improvement Commission (M.H.I.C.) salesperson, and recently has earned credentials as a Work Force Housing Specialist and a Certified Credit Smart Trainer.

Wadler adds her most recent recognition to some previous honors including earning the Coastal Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) Top Producer award for the years 2002 through 2007.

Company’s Top Agents

BERLIN – Top agents for August were recently announced by Debbie Hileman, broker of Hileman Real Estate.

Associate Broker Sonia Zaffiris was named top listing agent for August. She has many years of experience in residential and commercial properties in Delaware and Maryland

Bethany Drew was named top sales agent. With Hileman for eight years, she is licensed in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia and handles all types of properties including repossessions and short sales.

Firm Leaders Recognized

BERLIN – Shamrock Realty Group has named Carole Mendham as top sales agent and Julie Sadler as top listing agent for the month of August.

Mendham joined Shamrock Realty Group in February as a seasoned Realtor® and continues to be a top performer. Sadler, a veteran agent with Shamrock Realty Group, continues to be a top contributor to the company’s goals.

Two-Day Academy Attended

BERLIN – Mary Burgess, Realtor®, GRI of Long & Foster Real Estate, participated last month in the two-day Leadership Academy in Chicago, Ill., sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR), a national professional development organization with 16,000 members. Burgess is president-elect of the Coastal Delmarva Chapter.

The Academy provided hands-on training in areas like team building, conflict management and effective meetings. Burgess also learned techniques for developing superior education programs, providing business networking opportunities to chapter members and recruiting and retaining new members to the chapter.

Registration Deadline Near

SALISBURY – The Breast Diagnostic Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center joins the American Cancer Society, The Wellness Community-Delmarva and Women Supporting Women in inviting all area women to their fourth annual breast cancer conference.

“Genetics: Are You At Risk?” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 2 at The Fountains Conference Center in Salisbury. Registration and a buffet dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and the program will be held from 6:15 until 8 p.m. Topics discussed will be “Genetics: What Does It Mean?” by Jessica Scott, MCG, a Genetics Counselor from Mercy Medical Center and “Survivorship” by Maimah Karmo, Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of the Tiger Lily Foundation.  There is no cost to attend.

Space is limited so women wishing to participate must register in advance by calling The American Cancer Society at 410-749-1624 no later than Sept. 25.

New Executive Director Named

SALISBURY – Ann Tyndall recently joined The Wellness Community-Delmarva, The Guerrieri Center for Hope & Support, as Executive Director.

Tyndall serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for implementation and execution of strategic initiatives, and daily operations of the organization within the framework of the policies, principles and practices established by the Board of Directors.

Tyndall joins the organization with 21 years of experience in cancer related non-profit management. Previously serving as the Regional Executive Director for Delaware/Delmarva American Cancer Society; Ann has a working knowledge of the cancer burden, program delivery and fund development.

As a native of the eastern shore, Tyndall “looks forward to the opportunity of working with the local community in continuing to provide quality support services to local individuals and families who have been affected by cancer.” 

“With her experience and comprehensive understanding of healthcare nonprofit, we (the board of directors) are thrilled to welcome her as our new Executive Director” said Lauren Kimlel, President of TWC-D Board of Directors, “She brings a grounded focus and a fresh perspective as she explores new opportunities to meet the strategic goals of the organization.”

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