A Week In Business

Merril Lynch Ocean City Attends Workshop. 

The Merrill Lynch Ocean City office of Rodney Dean, John
Allen, Brian Selzer, Kelly Sobol and Christine Selzer attended a leadership
workshop in Baltimore Maryland. Guest speakers were Zig Ziglar, General Colin
Powell amongst other business leaders.

New Realty Team

BERLIN – A new team has started operating out of the
Coldwell Banker Bud Church Realty office in Ocean City.

Nancy Hooper and Lauren Devito, both of Berlin, have
joined forces as Realtors to offer a unique approach to selling real estate. The
team have unique experience in design and marketing that allows them to think
outside the box and come up with new ways to reach people in an ever-changing

To learn more about the company, visit www.iloveocmd.com.

Seminars Planned

BERLIN – The Economic Development Committee, the Ocean
City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and the University of Maryland Eastern
Shore Hospitality Training Institute are presenting two important seminars both
featuring “The Savvy Traveler” Rudy Maxa.

The first seminar is the Annual Customer Service Seminar
for Front-line Employees “Why You’re More Important Than Your Boss” on Tuesday,
June 5, 9-10:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or free to business

The second seminar is the Annual Customer Service Seminar
for Managers “Why Service Stinks” on Wednesday, June 6, 9-11 a.m. Cost is $25
per person or free to business sponsors.

Both seminars will be held in the Roland E. Powell
Convention Center. For information about sponsorship, and to register call

Maxa is an award winning travel writer, editor and radio
and television personality and is one of America’s premier consumer travel

Bank Award Presented

BERLIN – Mercantile Peninsula Bank President and CEO
Jeffrey F. Turner recently presented Russell Henman, Loan Documentation
Officer, with the 2006 Annual Community Service Award.

Henman began his career with the bank in 1986 as a
seasonal teller in Ocean City. He has since held numerous positions within the
bank including head teller, loan clerk, branch manager, loan department
administrator, and was promoted to Loan Documentation Officer in 1997.
Additionally, Henman has served on the State of the Bank, Share Drive Clean Up,
and Communication Committees.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Bank, Henman
remains active in the community. As a Life Crisis Center volunteer, Henman
attends monthly advocate meetings, Wicomico County Sexual Assault Response Team
meetings, and various training seminars that include Advocacy Protocol,
Protective/Peace Orders, and SAFE/SART training. He was a member of the 2006
Chicken Festival Steering Committee, and is a volunteer for the Girdletree
Volunteer Fire Department and the Cypress Festival.

As the Annual Community Service Award winner, Henman
received an original watercolor painting, a cash reward and a day off with pay.

Henman is a graduate of Wor-Wic Community College where he
earned an Associates of Applied Science in the Business Management, and
completed the Certificate Program of Business Management Banking. He resides in
Snow Hill.

Office Events Planned

BERLIN – Seacoast Realty, a Carl M. Freeman Company, has
announced an exciting new line-up of events to take place this summer at their
new premier office location in the Marketplace at Sea Colony.

On Thursday, May 31 at noon, there will be a ribbon
cutting ceremony to celebrate the newest Seacoast office followed by the grand
opening on Saturday, June 2 from 4-6 p.m. with live musical performance by
Nancy Micciulla at the Sea Colony Marketplace Courtyard.

To continue the celebration, Seacoast Realty and First
Republic Mortgage (in cooperation with the Sea Colony Recreation Association)
will be providing a free summer concert series on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9
p.m. at the Sea Colony Marketplace Courtyard beginning June 2 and ending Aug.
28 with a superb line-up of musicians: Nancy Micciulla, Wes Davis, Kevin Poole,
Rick Kennedy, and Don Bellew. Guests are asked to bring blankets and chairs.

“This move is another milestone for Seacoast Realty,” said
Vice President Celeste Valliant, “Because our company has developed and known
Sea Colony since its inception, we are able to provide a superior level of
service for our sales and vacation rentals customers.”

Top Seacoast Producers

BERLIN – Seacoast Realty, a Carl M. Freeman Company,
recently announced the firm’s top producers for the month of March.

“Sales are way up. 
We averaged 1.5 sales and/or listings every day during the month of
March,” said Celeste B. Valliant, Vice-President and Broker of the firm. “It
seems that the smart buyers are realizing that now is a great time to buy.”

Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office
are: Sandy Greene, Bethany Beach; Ellen McCreary, Ocean View; Colleen
Bisaha-Windrow and Missy Nalewaik, Bear Trap; Rich Riddle, Marketplace; and Bob
Maxwell, Edgewater/Sea Colony.

Bob Maxwell received top honors for No. 1 Listing Volume
for the month of March.

Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office
are Pam Pridgeon, Bethany Beach; Ellen McCreary, Ocean View; and Missy Nalewaik
and Colleen Bisaha, Bear Trap. 

Marc Grimes received top honors for No. 1 in Sales Volume
for the month of March.

Top listing volume team award and top sales volume team
award went to the Allison Stine Team for the Marketplace office.

 “The caliber of
dedicated professionals we are privileged to work with at Seacoast is
phenomenal” said Valliant. “Our clients and customers receive the highest
standard of service possible. We are extremely proud of our Sales Team and
their accomplishments.”