A Week In Business

Biz A WEBDelaware Business Systems representatives Chad Hastings and Jason Blusk, second from left and right respectively, recently presented Stephen Decatur High School students Connor Forte and Kris Rorke with $500 toward the Beach Bots Robotics Club. Both Forte and Rorke served internships with DBS. Also pictured are Coordinator of Instruction Diane Stulz and SDHS Principal Tom Zimmer. Submitted Photos

EWesley Cox, CCIM, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, was presented the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year award by Sperry Van Ness International at the 2014 Spring Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This award is given to the advisor who makes an extraordinary effort to give to her or his community, and the recipient is selected from over 800 SVN advisors.

Stock Repurchase Option OK’d

BERLIN – Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., announced this month that the Board of Directors has authorized the corporation to repurchase up to 244,907 shares (8%) of its outstanding common stock at a purchase price of $25 per share.

The timing and amount of repurchases, if any, will depend on market conditions, share price, trading volume and other factors, and there is no assurance that the corporation will repurchase any shares. The corporation may acquire the shares from time to time in open market transactions, via privately negotiated transactions, in block purchases or otherwise, and may suspend the repurchase program at any time.

Karen Staskey

Karen Staskey

Company Adds Coordinator

OCEAN CITY — Vantage Resort Realty announced the addition of Karen Staskey to its staff as Senior Business Development Coordinator in its Ocean City vacation rental office.

Staskey brings with her an impressive resume of experience in the Ocean City real estate market, specifically in the areas of luxury new home sales, re-sales and investment properties.

“We are thrilled to have Karen on our team,” said Denny Murphy, Sr. Business Development for Vantage. “Her knowledge of the market, desire to help her clients and attention to detail will make her a success in this position. After our initial meetings with her, we were excited to get started as soon as possible.”

During her 14-year tenure with Moore, Warfield & Glick, Staskey was a multi-million dollar producer in real estate sales, achieved the position of associate broker and worked as onsite sales associate for several upscale resort communities. She later went on to become a mortgage loan officer for Moore, Warfield & Glick’s affiliate company, Sun Coast Mortgage.

In her new role with Vantage, she will work one-on-one with vacation home owners to maximize their rental potential. Her personalized approach will help owners to set strategic rental pricing, reach guests through online marketing channels, achieve high occupancy rates, and protect their investments with thorough property care.

“In the past, I’ve helped people to purchase and finance their beach properties,” she said. “Now I have the opportunity to help them maximize the benefits of ownership.”

Service Project Coordinated

SALISBURY — Neighborhood residents and community volunteers participated in a Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services (SNHS) community service project this month. As part of a national program called NeighborWorks Week, they implemented playground cleanups in target neighborhoods in Salisbury with the goals of maintaining a clean, safe environment for the children of Salisbury and continuing SNHS’s mission to improve the community.

“Community improvement activities are a crucial piece of neighborhood revitalization,” said SNHS Executive Director Cheryl Meadows. “Positive appearance can help to attract new neighbors and allow existing residents to see that progress is taking place in their neighborhood. Our volunteers signed up to help in the community and will be donating their time to cleaning up, mulching, and painting and improving our communities from the inside, out.”

SNHS will bring together residents, government officials and organizational partners to celebrate through the following NeighborWorks Week activity.

NeighborWorks Week is just one example of volunteer activities. Throughout the year more than 7,000 volunteers work with SNHS, and other NeighborWorks nonprofits to create communities everyone is proud to call home. SNHS is part of the NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Solar Auction Planned

NEWARK, Del. – Delmarva Power, announced the dates for the commencement of a Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) Spot Market Auction. The application process began June 25 and applications will be accepted through July 7.

SRECs allow generators of renewable energy to sell credits to Delmarva Power for its compliance with state standards for renewable energy development. These credits can accrue automatically to solar panel owners and often can be traded and sold like stocks in the financial market.

Through the auction, Delmarva Power intends to purchase from 2,000 to 6,000 SRECs to help meet its compliance year 2013/20143 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations in the State of Delaware. The company will be accepting bids from generators of renewable energy wanting to sell existing SRECs created from generation sources on or after June 2010.

ImClime, Inc. has been selected to act as Procurement Agent for the auction. The auction will be hosted at www.SRECDelaware.com and all information regarding the auction will be posted on the site.

ImClime will use its leading SREC management platform and apply its market expertise in the execution of the auction. Consistent with the recently completed 2014 SREC Procurement Program, all bids will be entered online at the ImClime site.


For more information, interested sellers should contact Rick Swink, Delmarva Power’s manager energy transactions at 202-872-2430 or Kevin Quilliam of ImClime at 410-231-3996.

Top Producers Named

OCEAN CITY — ResortQuest Real Estate® has announced the May  top producers in its southeast Sussex County, Del. locations.

Christina Antonioli of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office won top honors for listings for the month.

Other award top listings winners by office were Gail Phelan of the Edgewater Lobby/Sea Colony office; Cindy Spieczny of the West Fenwick office; and Tammy Hitchens of the Bethany Beach office.

Spieczny also won top honor for sales for the month.

Top sales volume awards honorees by office were Bill Hand for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Jane Baxter of the Bethany Beach office; Jenny Smith of the Edgewater office; and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office.

“I’m extremely proud of all our ResortQuest Sales Associates,” said Brigit Taylor, Broker of Record for ResortQuest. “They are dedicated to excellence in their profession and providing exceptional service to our customers and clients, consistently obtaining a 98% rating or higher in our Customer Satisfaction Survey.”

Promotion Announced

BERLIN — Greg Staley has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for Kelly Foods Corporation in Berlin.

Staley’s job experience includes 29 years in the food industry with positions at Monogram Food Solutions, West Liberty Foods, Nestle’, Zartic Inc., Jac Pac Foods, Boar’s Head Provisions and Carolina Turkeys.

Staley is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp where he received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded a commanding General’s Letter of Commendation in 1988.

Erica Clayton

Erica Clayton

Nurse Awarded

SALISBURY — Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.

The award recipient for June is Erica Clayton, RN, a nurse in the Pediatrics unit. The nomination, written by a patient’s mother, described how Clayton’s expert care and personal compassion made all the difference. Like the man in whose honor the DAISY award was created, this 6-year-old patient has Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disease.

“Our daughter has been through seven hospital admissions, five of which have taken place at PRMC. While we have gotten to see many wonderful nurses in the Pediatrics unit, we have grown especially grateful for Erica Clayton,” the nominator wrote. “Her understanding, compassion, and respect for her patients and her work are outstanding. Our daughter was happy for Erica’s patience when it came time for ever-so-frequent medicines. Erica is a wonderful nurse who clearly excels in her nursing profession, but is also encouraging as an emotional support when it came to considering our opinions and feelings. We will forever be thankful for the strength Erica has given our family during the many times she has been our daughter’s nurse.”

Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Erica Clayton, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

The certificate reads, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D’Amico. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

Lease Announced

SALISBURY — Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson have announced the three-year lease of 115 West Main Street in Salisbury.

The 1,300-square-foot space was previously occupied by a recording studio and has been leased to Tony Weeg, who will be opening a photography studio and gallery.

The business is expected to be open in late June. Gillis and Gilkerson represented both the lessor and lessee in the deal.