A Week In Business

CAR Presents Awards
OCEAN CITY — The cream of the crop in real estate gathered to honor some of the finest in the industry recently at the Coastal Association of Realtors® (CAR) awards banquet at the Captain’s Galley.
An active member of CAR for the past 35 years, Bill Martin, ERA Martin Associates, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award. Martin has been a member of every single CAR committee at least once and served on the Board of Directors, including president, CREIN Board of Directors, OCCS and the EO Search Committee. Martin has also been honored twice as Realtor® of the Year.
Giving back to the community is something Martin is familiar with. He has been a member of the Wicomico Rotary Club, Greater Salisbury Committee, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Area Property Owners Association, Shore Bank Board, Maple Shade Family Services Board of Directors and Trinity Methodist Church.
Upon learning of his nomination for the award, Martin said, “I would not have chosen any other path and I hope that I have made a positive impact on those I’ve worked with.”
The 2013 Realtor ® of the Year Award was presented to Pam Wadler, who has earned numerous designations including ABR, SRS and MCHI. She has also received certification for BPOR Estate and WHC Workforce Housing Certification. She has attended MAR Conventions and NAR Mid-Year and Annual Meetings and is a member of RPAC Sterling R. She attended the NAR Rally to “Protect the American Dream.”
As an active member of Coastal Association of REALTORS®, Wadler has served as a member of the Board of Director and chaired and been a member of the Advertising, Finance and Forms Committees. A licensed Associate Broker, she was instrumental in the opening of Shamrock Realty Group and has served as an office mentor and trainer for a large brokerage in the area.
The 2013 Realtor® Community Service Award Winner was Julie Sadler, a Realtor with Shamrock Realty Group, based in Berlin and has had several designations including e-Pro and MHIC.
She has participated annually in Christmas caroling at local nursing homes, selling hot chocolate for the Ocean City Boosters and the blood drive for the Blood Ban k of Delmarva. She also dedicates her time to volunteering for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, Coastal Hospice, the Bill Wills Golf Tournament, Believe in Tomorrow Buckets of Love, among others. She has been a member of CAR since 2004 and has served on the Community Service Committee, the Finance Committee and the Affiliate Committee and has chaired the Community Relations Committee.

Top Producer Named
WILLARDS — Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley recently congratulated Nikki Strickler as top producer for August.
Strickler has nine years of experience in the insurance industry. She is an expert in employer benefits and specializes in health and wellness.

Utility Bills To Go Up
BERLIN — The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) this week authorized Delmarva Power to increase delivery rates for its Maryland customers.
The change will add 3.6 percent to monthly residential bills. A typical bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would increase by approximately $5.09, moving the average monthly bill from $140.22 to $145.31, or approximately 16 cents more per day. The bill impact on commercial and industrial customers would vary according to usage. The approval of the $14.98 million revenue increase is less than the company’s request for $22.57 million.
“While we believe the entire amount of our rate increase request was fully reasonable, the PSC’s decision reflects an effort to balance our need for additional revenues to maintain the reliability of our electric system while having a fairly modest effect on our customers,” said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge. “We will continue to make the necessary investments in our electric system to meet customers’ needs and regulatory requirements.”

AGH To Hold Open House
BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital’s Human Resources Department is holding an all-day open house on Tuesday, Sept. 24 for experienced registered nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in working at Atlantic General. Clinical and non-clinical positions are also available in Atlantic General Health System. Human resources staff and department directors will be on-hand to conduct interviews throughout the day.
Interested individuals can register for the open house by sending an email to [email protected], with their name, contact information and the position or positions of interest, or by calling 410-641-9612.

Chamber Awards Announced
OCEAN PINES — The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff have announced 2013 Citizen of the Year and 2013 Business of the Year that will be recognized at the Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, which has been a yearly tradition for the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce for the past 14 years.
The winners are Business of the Year, Atlantic Physical Therapy, Robert Hammond; Citizen of the Year, Kathy Jacobs of Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island; and 2013 Non-Profit of the Year, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.
The award recipients will be celebrated on Oct. 18, from 6-9 p.m. The 2013 banquet will be a “Roaring 20’s” theme appropriately at the Ocean City/Ocean Pines Lions Club on Airport Rd. in West Ocean City. Tickets are just $55 per person and can be purchased on-line: www.OceanPinesChamber.org or by calling the Ocean Pines Office at 410-641-5306.

Chef Named A Finalist
BERLIN — Monty Jones of Frontier Town’s on-site restaurant, The Lazy River Saloon, is one of eight finalists of more than 550 entrants who will compete in the University of Delaware’s Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off.
The event will be held at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Division To Expand
SALISBURY – Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate Managing Director Amy Miller has announced the expansion of the property management division within the company.
SVN-Miller is now partnering with real estate agents and on-site property managers nationwide to provide their property management services throughout the country.
“Our new business model allows us to reach outside of our local market area while providing the same level of customer service our regional clients are accustomed to,” Miller said.
With this new business model comes the opportunity to expand the SVN-Miller management portfolio to include multi-family property management. SVN-Miller has partnered with SVN affiliate Bo Barron, CCIM, to manage Kingston Square, a 48-unit apartment complex in Owensboro, Ky., and Brentwood Apartments, a 12-unit complex also in Owensboro, Ky.
“SVN-Miller has allowed me to build my property portfolio while I continue to focus on my career. They are responsive and experts at property management. They exceed anything in my market, and I couldn’t do it without them,” Barron said.