A Week In Business

Pharmacists Join Location

BERLIN – Apple Discount Drugs has announced the relocation of Robert Davis and Zack Sherr to the team of pharmacists in the Berlin Apple location.

Davis has 20 years of experience working behind the pharmacy counter and Sherr followed in his parents’ footsteps becoming a pharmacist after graduating from UMES School of Pharmacy in May of 2014.

Pharmacists Robert Davis and Zack Sherr have joined the Apple Discount Drugs Berlin location. Submitted Photo

Pharmacists Robert Davis and Zack Sherr have joined the Apple Discount Drugs Berlin location. Submitted Photo

“We are thrilled to have a resident pharmacist like Bob working in conjunction with one of our newest pharmacists in our Berlin pharmacy,” said Jeff Sherr, president, Apple Discount Drugs. “We value the expertise and passion that an experienced veteran pharmacist brings to the business and customers, along with the fresh ideas and energy of a younger pharmacist to keep up with how the healthcare industry continues to evolve over time.”

Sherr graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from UMES School of Pharmacy last May. An Eastern Shore native, Sherr works as a retail pharmacist at Apple Discount Drugs in Fruitland, Berlin and Pecan Square locations. Sherr also works routinely as an I.V. pharmacist in Apple Infusion doing clinical assessments and making recommendations. He consults with Apple Medsync and Apple Pak patients, providing routine medication reviews and patient counseling to assure medication adherence.

“I look forward to growing the Berlin sector of the company with Bob,” said Sherr. “Apple is the family business and I want to continue to be innovative. Change is inevitable, you have to be able to adapt to move on.”

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with a degree in pharmaceutical science, Davis spent several years practicing pharmacy in Delaware and six years ago made the move to start working in Maryland pharmacies.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to offer my expertise and guidance to the Berlin community,” said Davis. “Through my 20 years in pharmacy, I have always valued the close relationships I have with my customers. They call me with questions and for recommendations because I have established a level of trust with them when it comes to their health and well-being.”

The Berlin Apple location is in close proximity to the Ocean Pines/West Ocean City areas, which tend to attract a larger population of retired residents. Davis and Sherr see this as an opportunity to promote the free delivery service that Apple provides to those specific areas to help elderly residents get their prescriptions filled without having to leave the comfort of their homes.

Realtor Joins New Firm

Edie Brennan

Edie Brennan

BERLIN — Edie Brennan, Associate Broker and Coastal Association of Realtors 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has announced that she has affiliated herself with Shamrock Realty Group, Inc. at the former location of Re/Max Crossroads on Racetrack Road in Ocean Pines.

Brennan has been a top producer serving the entire resort area for 35 years. She also holds the CRS, ABR and GRI designations and is looking forward to working in a dynamic locally owned company.

Bank Achieves Superior Rating

BERLIN — Taylor Bank has earned BauerFinancial, Inc.’s highest (5-Star) rating for strength and stability. Achievement of this coveted 5-Star Superior rating puts Taylor Bank in an elite category as one of the strongest banks in the nation.

BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm, has been evaluating and rating banks since 1983. Earning a 5-Star Superior rating means Taylor Bank excels in areas of capital, loan quality, profitability and more. By achieving this 5-Star Superior rating for the most recent 100 consecutive quarters, Taylor Bank has earned an even more elite status of “Best of Bauer” Bank. This designation is reserved for those banks that have maintained the 5-Star rating for 25 years or longer.

According to Karen L. Dorway, president of Bauer Financial, “Taylor Bank’s achievement is a result of its commitment to community banking and values. By focusing on the financial needs of local families and businesses, Taylor Bank has in turn, charted its own path. It is a symbiotic relationship: the more success customers have, the more success the bank will have. It is built on a commitment to each other and is what all banks should strive for.”

Taylor Bank has been helping customers succeed since its inception as Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company in 1890. Celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year, it operates through 10 conveniently located offices in Berlin, Ocean City, Pocomoke City and Snow Hill, Maryland and in Ocean View, Delaware.

Top Producers

FENWICK ISLAND — ResortQuest Real Estate® recently announced the July 2015 top producers for its southeast Sussex County, Del., locations.
Ann Baker of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office earned top listing honors for July.

Top listing agents by office were Robert Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office, Gail Phelan of the Edgewater/Sea Colony Oceanfront office and Linda Quasney of the West Fenwick office.

Colleen Windrow of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office earned top sales honors for July.

Top selling agents by office were: Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office, Jenny Smith of the Edgewater/Sea Colony oceanfront office, Cindy Spieczny of the West Fenwick office and Valerie Harmke of the Bear Trap Dunes office.

Company Opens New Office

FRANKFORD, Del. – Chesapeake Plumbing and Heating Inc. has opened a new headquarters office building in Frankford, Del. The new office building will enable the rapidly growing company to further its commitment to enriching the lives of its employees, customers, and community.

“Our company’s purpose is to enrich the lives of our employees, customers, and community – that means being a partner in many ways,” said Travis Martin, owner of Chesapeake Plumbing and Heating Inc. “This new building exemplifies the company’s commitment to making Chesapeake a great place to work. It is so important to me, personally, that my employees like where they work.”

Martin added, “Our new building is the gateway to Frankford. We are proud of our town and we strive every day to prove just that. We work very hard to be a strong partner in the community.”

The new 4,000-square-foot building opened on July 20 and displays the company’s clear commitment to the personal and professional development of its employees. The facility houses a training room and is outfitting a 24-hour CrossFit-style gym for employees.

Chesapeake Plumbing and Heating Inc., founded in 2003, is a full-service plumbing and heating company specializing in both residential and commercial new construction. It ranks #1,479 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation. The company operates in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and North Carolina and it provides employment to over 120 people.

Free Seminars Offered

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will offer the first in a series of free seminars on care for seniors on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Ocean Pines Community Center.

Presented by Home Instead Senior Care, the first seminar will cover patient and doctor communication and family caregiver information. Subsequent seminars will be held on Oct. 6 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Oct. 20 (arthritis) and Nov. 3 (diabetes), all from 10 a.m.-noon.

Although there is no charge to attend these seminars, which are open to the public, registration is required. Please contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or [email protected] to register or for more information.

Hotel Manager Named

OCEAN CITY — Shawn McMahon has accepted the position of general manager for the Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City, scheduled to open in 2016.

McMahon is a hotel management executive with over 14 years’ experience in various roles. McMahon most recently held the position of general manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City since 2011. Prior positions held by McMahon include general manager of the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Gaithersburg, Md., director of revenue management and director of operations, Summerfield Suites by Wyndham, Washington, D.C., assistant general manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Gettysburg, Pa. and front office manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Springfield, Va.

McMahon has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina – Aiken. Over the years, he has accumulated a number of achievements, most recently the 2014 Gold Circle Award presented by Courtyard by Marriott. He has a reputation and track record excelling in guest satisfaction while balancing it with financial success.

Located at 300 Seabay Lane, the Residence Inn Ocean City will have 150 suites and operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Inns of Ocean City, LLC and managed by Palmer Gosnell Hospitality, LLC of Vienna, Va. The hotel is adjacent to 61st Street and Coastal Highway immediately south of where Route 90 enters Ocean City. It is situated on the Isle of Wight Bay waterfront next to Fager’s Island and is close to all that Ocean City has to offer — the beach, Boardwalk, shopping and dining, amusements and golf. It is located just blocks away from the Roland E Powell Convention Center and Performance Arts Center. Rates vary depending upon season and length of stay.

Partner Appointment

BERLIN — Jill Creasy, managing partner at the Ocean City Applebee’s, was selected by The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Corner Baker Cafe restaurants, to serve on its President’s Advisory Council. Creasy joins 12 other regional restaurant managers on the President’s Advisory Council. Selections were based on their continued ability to demonstrate exceptional leadership, communication, and management capabilities. During their two-year term on the council, members will be responsible for identifying opportunities and areas for growth in all functional areas of the business, providing advisory services to executive-level management and providing constructive feedback on pre-determined topics, gathering insight on areas of opportunity from their peers, and proactively offering solutions to any issues they discover.

“We feel the best way to learn about new opportunities and areas for improvement is to regularly engage with store management and involve them in high-level decision making processes,” said Jeff Warden, president and CEO of The Rose Group. “These members of our staff have continued to showcase exceptional leadership, communication, and management capabilities throughout the years. I feel they will be an asset to the advisory council, and I look forward to an exciting and productive year.”