A Week In Business

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Cropper Testifies At Hearing

OCEAN CITY — Reese Cropper III, CIRMS testified at the Maryland Insurance Administration’s (MIA) quasi-legislative hearing this month on the availability and affordability of property and casualty insurance in the coastal market.

The Maryland Insurance Commission called the hearing due to some insurance carriers who no longer want to insure in coastal areas or want to place a moratorium on insuring additional coastal properties. Senator Jim Mathias also testified at the MIA hearing.

Cropper answered questions from Commissioner Therese Goldsmith and deputy commissioners from the MIA on the admitted and non-admitted markets. It is the insurance industry’s position that Maryland’s coastal market requires no legislative or regulatory action at this time.

Cropper is owner of Insurance Management Group, Inc., an agency that primarily insures coastal condominiums and homes located in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Attorneys Honored

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City-based law firm of Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A., has announce that three of its members — M. Dean Jenkins, James W. Almand, and Bruce F. Bright — have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers@. Super Lawyers.

The Thomson Reuters publication selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Each nominated candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-bystate basis. No more than 5% of all lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion.

Jenkins, Almand, and Bright are three of only 12 lawyers based on the Lower Shore ever selected for inclusion in the Maryland Super Lawyers list.

Certification Earned

BERLIN – Daniel Pascucci, DO, a physician at Atlantic Orthopaedics, recently achieved board certification in sports medicine from the American Osteopathic Association.

Pascucci joined Atlantic General Hospital’s medical staff in September of 2010 and currently serves as the team physician for Stephen Decatur High School.

He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Bryn Mawr Family Practice in Broomall, Pa. Pascucci also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pa.

New Board Members Named

SAILSBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Peninsula Regional Health System recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

Deborah Abbott has a career in banking that spans 30 years. She is currently a Senior Vice President and Business Development Manager for The Bank of Delmarva. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Salisbury University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Banking and Advanced Banking Schools, National Commercial Lending School of American Bankers Association at Indiana University and the Advanced Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University.

She is currently the Treasurer of the Board at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury, a member of the Southern Delmarva Advisory Board of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake, a board member of HALO and a board member of the Salisbury University Foundation. She is a former board member of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Board of Directors.    

Coates is a member of Coates, Coates & Coates, P.A. and has practiced law in the Berlin and Ocean City area for over 25 years. He is a graduate of The Mercersburg Academy, Washington and Lee University and the University of Baltimore Law School. Coates is also a member of the Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations. He is a past chairman of the board at Atlantic General Hospital.

Both new members will serve three year terms and they replace Jeff Turner and Brian Shockley.

Architect Recognized

BERLIN – David D. Quillin Architecture recently won both a “Citation for Architectural Excellence” and a “People’s Choice Merit Award” in the AIA/Chesapeake Bay Chapter design awards competition, held in Annapolis. The awards were for a sustainably designed home in Lewes, Del., which utilized numerous green strategies.

The residence, which was designed to maximize passive solar benefits, was constructed primarily of Structural Insulated Panels with a recycled wheat chaff core. It has three separate areas of vegetated roofing, photovoltaic panels, solar-thermal panels, a geothermal heat pump, and collects its rainwater in large cisterns to be used for landscaping.

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