A Week In Business

Biz AWesley Cox, a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and a REALTOR® for Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, was honored this month for his community service during the annual Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Conference & Expo in Ocean City. The award honors individual members who give unselfishly of their time to assist the communities in which they live. Pictured, from left, are Vicki Harmon, Brandon Brittingham, Cox, Linda Moran, Susan Megargee, Sheila Dodson, Lauren Bunting, Sarah Rayne and Don Bailey, all of CAR and attended the annual MAR event. Submitted Photos

PRMC President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa is pictured with her 2014 Maryland Most Admired CEO Award.

PRMC President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa is pictured with her 2014 Maryland Most Admired CEO Award.

CEO Earns Honor

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa was honored among Maryland’s 30 top CEOs, and on Thursday, Sept. 18 at an event at the BWI Hilton in Baltimore was presented a 2014 Maryland Most Admired CEO Award.

Created by The Daily Record, a Baltimore-based business newspaper, the award highlights some of the most notably talented CEOs leading the state’s nonprofit, for profit and public companies. 2014’s Most Admired CEOs were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership, vision, competitiveness and innovation, community service, commitment to financial performance and excellence, growth, corporate leadership, board service and nonprofit involvement.

Naleppa was also a recipient of this award in 2012. She is one of just seven Maryland CEOs honored in the category of “Non-profits with More than $10 Million in Annual Revenue” and is the Eastern Shore’s lone recipient this year.

“Being named a Most Admired CEO takes more than in-depth knowledge about running a company or organization. It requires an extraordinary level of drive and ambition because it is a tremendously challenging job,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, Publisher of The Daily Record. “They have learned the value of surrounding themselves with great team members, with leaders and employees who believe in the organization’s core values and mission.”

Naleppa, who has served as PRMC’s President since 2008 and its CEO since January of 2010, is responsible for the leadership of Maryland’s ninth largest hospital by bed count with 275 licensed acute care beds and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of space on the Salisbury campus. Its annual system budget is close to $500 million.

Radio Stations Sold

SALISBURY — Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell the majority of its radio cluster in Salisbury and Ocean City to Adams Radio of Delmarva Peninsula, LLC. Kalil & Company was the broker in the transaction.

The acquisition includes WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM (both licensed to Seaford, Del.), WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM (both licensed to Georgetown, Del.), WKHI-FM (licensed to Fruitland), and WOCQ-FM (licensed to Berlin). The deal also includes FM Translators W242AV and W262BF.

“We are very excited to join the broadcast community in Salisbury – Ocean City. This cluster is another rare opportunity to acquire a company that has been in the same family for almost 50 years,” said Adams President/CEO Ron Stone. “We are honored to be chosen by the Scott family to be the next stewards of these great stations. These stations are a great compliment to the other markets we have acquired.”

This is the fourth market for Adams Radio Group since reentering the radio business last July. Adams owns and operates clusters in Las Cruces, N.M., Fort Wayne, Ind. and suburban Chicago area in Northwest Indiana referred to as “The Region”.

“Our family has proudly served the Delmarva Peninsula for 50 years. We quietly listed our stations in hopes that we would find the perfect buyer that shares our values in serving the public. We believe Adams Radio is that company,” said Jeff Scott of Great Scott Broadcasting. “We have no doubts that our family’s tradition of high quality programming will continue and the public will be well served by Adams.”

Great Scott Broadcasting has also entered into a purchase agreement with The Voice Radio Network for their remaining four stations; WKDB-FM licensed to Laurel, Del., WZEB-FM licensed to Ocean View, Del., WJKI-FM, licensed to Bethany Beach, Del. and WXSH-FM licensed to Pocomoke.

Zoo Gains Accreditation

SALISBURY — Salisbury officials this week announced the Salisbury Zoo has been granted accreditation by the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “As a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife and education outreach, the Salisbury Zoo is ranked among the best zoos and aquariums in the world.”

To be accredited, the Salisbury Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety. The AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete the rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the association.

“The entire Salisbury Zoo community should be recognized for their continued efforts in keeping this prestigious accreditation,” said Mayor Jim Ireton. “I thank them for all their hard work on behalf of our citizens and the over 300,000 visitors that come to the Salisbury Zoo each year.”

Firm Ranked High

SALISBURY — Becker Morgan Group has been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) MidAtlantic as one of the 2014 Top Design Firms, ranking No. 62 in the region and No. 5 in Delaware, among many national and international design firms.

This annual list of Top Design Firms includes architects, engineers, and other design professionals doing business in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia. ENR is a leading provider of news, analysis, commentary and data for the construction industry.

Housing Applications Sought

SALISBURY — United Needs & Abilities is now accepting applications from individuals with disabilities interested in living at the new River’s Edge Apartments & Studio for the Arts, located at 670 Fitzwater St., Salisbury.

Several floor level apartments have been specifically designed with larger doorways and are fully handicapped accessible. It is anticipated that apartments will be ready by late December or January 2015.

Contact Mike Dyer at United Needs & Abilities for an application appointment at 410-543-0665. Applications must be made in person at 688 E. Main St., Salisbury, MD 21804.

United Needs & Abilities, a nonprofit organization, 501 (C)(3), assists individuals with developmental disabilities to become more self-sufficient and integrated into the community, by providing them financial, residential, recreational, vocational and educational services.

New Foundation Members

SALISBURY — The Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. has welcomed three new members to its board of directors — Rafael Correa of Ocean City, Dwight Miller of Salisbury and Dave Rommel of Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Rafael Correa

Rafael Correa

“We appreciate the diverse experiences and wide range of business backgrounds that our three new members bring to the board,” said T. Greg Prince, executive director of the SU Foundation and vice president of advancement and external affairs at SU. “All are uniquely connected to the University through personal and family ties. Ultimately, students and faculty will benefit from their involvement.”

Correa, a two-time SU graduate, earned a B.S. in accounting in 2003 and an M.B.A. in 2010. He is chief financial officer at Blue Water Development Corporation in Berlin. He also is a co-owner of The Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury. Previously, he was vice president of both supply chain and operations at MaTech, Inc.

Dwight Miller

Dwight Miller

Miller earned a B.S. in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from SU in 1982. President of GGI Builders, Inc., T/A Gillis Gilkerson, in Salisbury, he has over 30 years of experience in commercial, medical, industrial and multi-family construction management. A former lacrosse player, he is a supporter of SU Athletics and the Maroon & Gold Club.

Rommel owns Rommel Harley-Davidson, a network of seven dealerships stretching from Delmarva and Annapolis to Durham, NC, and Scranton, PA. His construction group includes Rommel Electric,

Dave Rommel

Dave Rommel

Rommel Engineering & Construction, Rommel Cranston and the Farfield Company. He also owns Rommel Holdings, which operates Ace Hardware stores and other businesses.