A Week In Business

Company Announcements

WILLARDS — Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance recently announced several personnel matters.

Nicole Brushmiller was named top producer for December.

A nine-year veteran of the insurance industry, Brushmiller specializes in Commercial and Transportation insurance. She earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 2010.

In other news, President Laura Deeley Bren has announced Julie Wilsey as the Director of Information Technology. Wilsey joined the agency in 2011 and is a graduate of University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and Wilmington College.

Additionally, Christina Gallagher has been named Operations Analyst. She joined the agency in 2012 as a Support Analyst, providing technical assistance and support to the staff on issues related to computer systems, software and hardware. In her new capacity, she will maintain systems by researching and resolving problems; study system capabilities; analyze alternative solutions; conduct training of associates; and maintain system integrity and security.

New Program Offers
Free Lighting Upgrades

OCEAN CITY — Businesses in Maryland may be eligible for free upgrades to their interior and exterior lighting systems to make them more energy efficient to reduce consumption through the Empower Maryland program.

The state-mandated program works with the major utilities to provide incentives for businesses to help lower their energy costs. A group of trained, professional experts will visit the business to do a free assessment of their energy usage and make recommendations that can often be done at no charge to the business owner.

“If businesses aren’t taking advantage of these programs, they are essentially losing money and their competitive advantage,” said James Deveney, owner of Watershed Installation Services LLC., who has been certified by the utilities to implement the program.

“We have helped businesses replace thousands of dollars in lighting, and they didn’t have to pay one penny. These programs are all funded through a surcharge on everyone’s energy bill. They are designed to help a business owner reduce their energy usage. It’s a win-win situation for almost every business owner,” Deveney said.

In addition to lighting, certified experts can also review HVAC systems for energy efficiency and provide tune-ups and occupancy controls for free or significantly reduced costs. Refrigeration controls and devices can also be checked and sometimes replaced at little or no cost to the business owner as well.

To learn more about this program, contact Watershed Installation Services LLC., at their Ocean City office 443-664-2844

Engineer Honored
SALISBURY — Michael Riemann, Civil Engineer and Senior Associate at Becker Morgan Group, was honored as the 2013 Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year by the Homebuilder’s Association of Delaware (HBADE).

The award was announced at the Leadership & Legacy Ball on Dec. 7at the White Clay Creek Country Club in Wilmington, Del. Recipients are chosen based on their dedication and service to the HBADE throughout the year. Riemann showed tremendous support for the initiatives of the Association, leadership through numerous regulatory challenges, and frequent attendance and volunteer time at Association events.

Riemann has over 12 years of experience in civil engineering with Becker Morgan Group and been on the HBADE Board of Directors for two years.

Property Changes Hands

SALISBURY — Henry Hanna, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, has announced the sale of 3.04 acres of Riverfront property in Salisbury.

The land at 500 Riverside Drive sits directly on the Wicomico River and is zoned in the Central Business District. It is one mile from Salisbury University and walking distance to PRMC, the Wicomico County Public Library and Historic Downtown Salisbury. The property sold for $500,000.

Hanna and Wesley Cox represented the seller and Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson represented the buyer, Devreco, LLC.

“We are excited about the potential of this site. It’s a wonderful time to make an investment in Downtown Salisbury, and we look forward to finalizing the vision for this waterfront parcel and complementing the fantastic progress of Downtown revitalization” Gillis said.