New Bank Board Member

BERLIN — Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced that Louis H. Taylor has joined the Board of Directors of the holding company and the Bank.

Taylor, a Bishopville native, is the principal of Stephen Decatur High School, a Maryland Blue Ribbon School. During Taylor’s 27 years of employment in Worcester County Public Schools, he has served as teacher, coach, assistant principal and, since 1995, principal. He was Principal of the Year for the State of Maryland for the 1998-1999 school year.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Atlantic General Hospital and Chairman of the Board of Hudson Health Services. He is a director of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Salisbury University Varsity Club.

“With his excellent record of professional accomplishment and community involvement, Mr. Taylor will bring tremendous value to Taylor Bank’s mission of remaining the strongest community bank in Worcester County. We welcome him to our company,” said President Ray Thompson.

Designation Earned

WILLARDS — The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred upon Steve Soliday, account executive of Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley in Willards, following the successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

Currently, more than 29,500 agents and insurance professionals throughout the country have received the CIC designation.

Soliday is in his sixth year with Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley,

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BERLIN — Christine M. Selzer, Resident Director of the Ocean City Merrill Lynch office, has welcomed Lynn F. Allen.

Having received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus in 1986, Allen holds a variety of licenses and designations, including the Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses and Life/Health Licenses. She received her Charter Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation from the College for Financial Planning.

She is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the American Women in Business Association, Entrepreneur’s Exchange Group.

Certification Announced

OCEAN CITY – Reena Oettinger, President of Old Dominion Investment Corp., has announced that Kristi F. Connell was recognized by the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards for successfully fulfilling the rigorous requirements to become a Certified Financial Planner professional, which represents the highest standard of certification in financial planning.

“I’m proud to say that I have earned the CFP® certification, an achievement that places me in a group of financial planners who have met the rigorous standards of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards,” Connell said.

Connell now joins a group of Certified Financial Planner professionals who have voluntarily agreed to abide by high standards of ethical conduct and client service. In addition to maintaining high standards of ethical conduct and client service, they are professionals are required to report 30 hours of continuing education courses every two years.

Top Producers

BETHANY BEACH – ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced April’s top producers for its southeast Sussex County Delaware locations.

Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for listing volume for the month of April.

Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Gail Phelan of the Edgewater/Sea Colony; Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap office; Linda Quasney of the Bayside office; and Jane Baxter of the Bethany Beach office.

Steve Alexander of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office received top honors for sales volume for the month of April.

Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Alexander for the Edgewater/Sea Colony office; Colleen Windrow for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Grimes for the Bear Trap Dunes office; Anne Powell and Jen Hughes for the Bayside office; and Barry Grim for the Bethany Beach office.

Rating Renewed

BERLIN — Drs. Christopher and Tracy Rush of Healing Hands Chiropractic renewed their Advanced Proficiency Rating through Activator Methods. They received continued certification in vertigo and balance disorders.

Company Honored

SALISBURY — The Leading Producers Round Table (LPRT) of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) announced that all of Avery Hall Benefit Solutions’ producers were honored for demonstrating professional excellence in the sale of health and disability income insurance and sales management in 2010. Avery Hall Benefit Solutions has locations across Delmarva, including offices in Easton and Salisbury. 

Cindy Whaley of Easton and Mary Mengason of Salisbury have qualified to receive the association’s Golden Eagle Award, which is the highest recognition bestowed by NAHU.  The Association also honored Cassandra Smith, CSA; Marti Wright, CLTC; Kathy Sutton and Sherry Schuyler of Easton; and Alyssa Minton of Salisbury for qualifying for the Eagle Award. Susan Brown of Salisbury qualified for the Association’s President’s Council.

Conference Attended

SALISBURY — Henry Hanna, senior advisor for Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, recently attended the 2011 SIOR (Society Industrial Office Realtors) spring World Conference in Scottsdale Arizona.

SIOR is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association with members in more than 580 cities in 28 countries.  SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. 

Hanna, who has 18 under contract or settled properties so far with over $3,400,000 in sales/leased volume, was also invited to serve on the National Recruitment Committee working to attract other successful industrial brokers to pursue the SIOR designation.