A Week In Business

OC Trade Expo Features Top Chef

OCEAN CITY — Bryan Voltaggio, who has become one of the most recognized and influential chefs in contemporary American cooking, will be making an appearance at the March Trade Expo, organized by the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association.

Bryan Voltaggio

Bryan Voltaggio

Starting with VOLT, his flagship, seasonally driven restaurant in his hometown of Frederick, Voltaggio has delivered an electric shock of culinary innovation to the Chesapeake region, which he loves for its rich culinary history and access to high-quality ingredients.

“I grew up here, so I feel like I have a responsibility to this region,” he says. “With each restaurant I open, I hope to reach new audience and show them that good food and the bounty of what the region has to offer very much go hand in hand.”

Voltaggio will take the stage and cook up a recipe during the OCHMRA Trade Expo on Sunday, March 6 at noon in the Culinary Showcase Corner. Cookbooks will be on sale and a meet and greet is planned for immediately following his cooking demo.

Voltaggio has been a finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” as well as “Top Chef Masters” — the first contestant to compete on both shows — during which he raised funds for Share Our Strength, a charity he avidly supports throughout the year.

For complete Trade Expo info, visit www.oceancitytradeexpo.com.

Bank Makes Promotions

Susan Trimble

Susan Trimble

OCEAN CITY – Along with the Board of Directors, Bank of Ocean City President and CEO Reid Tingle has announced the promotion of four employees.

Susan Trimble has been promoted to senior vice president, while Jason Parker, Earl Conley and Dana Bodley have all been promoted to vice president.

Jason Parker

Jason Parker

Trimble joined Bank of Ocean City in August of 2010 and currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Salisbury University and is currently pursuing her Master in Business Administration from Frostburg State University. Trimble has over 20 years of accounting experience and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. In the Spring of this year, she will be graduating from American Bankers Association – Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Earl Conley

Earl Conley

Parker joined the bank in 2003 and was born and raised in Berlin, Maryland. He is a graduate from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is also a 2015 graduate of Maryland Banking School. Parker is the branch manager of the 59th Street location in Ocean City where his other duties include Commercial/Consumer/Residential Lending, Merchant Services and Business Development.

Dana Bodley

Dana Bodley

Conley joined Bank of Ocean City in 2008. He is involved in Commercial Lending, Business Development/Relationship Banking as well as heading the Marketing and Merchant Services departments. Conley is a 1990 graduate of Worcester Preparatory School and he earned a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Salisbury University. Conley is based out of the Main Office located in West Ocean City.

Bodley joined the bank in April 2014 as a commercial lender. She had previously worked for Bay Bank in the Salisbury office. Bodley began her banking career in Baltimore at First National Bank [now M&T Bank] in 1995 after obtaining her Master in Finance from the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Her role at the bank involves commercial lending and overseeing the credit underwriting function.

New OC Hotel Underway

SALISBURY – Gillis Gilkerson announced it has been hired to build a new 54,000-square-foot hotel at 2500 Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City.

The space was most recently occupied by the Riviera Motel, until the structure was demolished in December 2015. The new hotel will accommodate 63 guests on four floors and will include a conference room, outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. This project is being done for a returning client, for whom, Gillis Gilkerson previously built the original Crystal Beach Hotel on 25th Street, The Haven Hotel on 1st Street and Haven Suites on 1st Street.

“Gillis Gilkerson was always on time and organized,” said Maria Florio, owner of Crystal Beach Hotel. “We decided to go back to them because of their reputation and ability to deliver.”

“A returning customer is a satisfied customer, Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide them with a brand new hotel to attract visitors for the 2017 summer season in Ocean City.”

Medical Office Buildings Sold

SALISBURY — Chris Davis and Bradley Gillis, senior advisors with SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, settled four medical office deals in the fourth quarter of 2015, totaling over $22 million in value. The medical spaces are located throughout Maryland and Delaware. In all four transactions, Gillis represented the seller and Davis represented the buyer.

The properties are as follows: 29,000 square feet located at the Delmarva Health Pavilion in Millsboro, Del., a 22,000 square foot medical building located within Woodbrooke Medical Park in Salisbury, 9,900 square feet in the Bridgeville Medical Center in Bridgeville, Del. and 9,850 square feet of medical space within the Georgetown Medical Center in Georgetown, Del. Delmarva Health Pavilion, Georgetown Medical Center and Bridgeville Medical Center are income-producing properties, occupied by either Peninsula Regional Medical Center or Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Biz FMercantile Processing, Inc. (MPI) was recognized for its outstanding achievement as a Business Leader in the Sussex County community at the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards luncheon last month. MPI is a locally owned Delaware company that serves the Delmarva area by providing competitive pricing to merchants of all sizes. Pictured, from left, are Senator Brian Pettyjohn, Mercantile Processing, Inc. owner Kyle Morgan and Representative Ruth Briggs King.