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OC Bureau Honored

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau has received the 2009 Facilities & Destinations Top Destination Award. The Top Destinations Awards are voted on by the Facilities & Destinations’ readership of more than 51,000 association and corporate meeting planners.

The Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau is included in the list of award winners published in the 2009 Facilities & Destinations SuperBook.

The Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau was also awarded the Meetings & Conventions Magazine Gold Service Award. This is the fifth time the CVB has earned this prestigious award.

PRMC Reorganizes Department

SALISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center has announced the reorganization of its former and combined Community Relations & Marketing Department.

Effective immediately, Donna I. Richardson has been named the Director of Marketing and Roger A. Follebout, Jr. has been appointed the Director of Community Relations.

“The ways in which we provide assistance to our patients and our communities and keep them informed of advancements at our Medical Center have changed tremendously in just the past few years,” said Peggy Naleppa, Peninsula Regional President. “We felt the appropriate way to meet those needs was to distinguish these two departments by appointing a director responsible for the continued growth and enhancement of community relations and also of marketing.”

Richardson, who has been with Peninsula Regional since 1984 as Director of Community Relations & Marketing, graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA degree, and has over 30 years experience in advertising, design and marketing. 

Follebout, who joined the Medical Center in 1998 as a Community Relations & Marketing Specialist, has most recently served as the department’s manager since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a BGS degree Telecommunications Emphasis and is a former television broadcast journalist.

Realtor Earns Designation

OCEAN VIEW, Del. – Lois Saraceni with Prudential Carruthers Realtors has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the National Association of Realtors.

“Today’s real estate brokers and agents want to provide a full menu of services for their clients, whether they are buyers or sellers”, explains Dale A. Stinton, President and CEO of REBAC. “The ABR® designation, the benchmark of excellence in real estate buyer representation, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representation, and has the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers.”

Saraceni joins more than 34,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation and verifying professional experience.

Saraceni has also earned the SRES designation.

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