A Week In Business

Purnell-Ayres Named To Wor-Wic Board

SNOW HILL-Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently appointed Lorraine Purnell-Ayres of Snow Hill to the Board of Trustees of Wor-Wic Community College.

Lorraine Purnell-Ayres

Lorraine Purnell-Ayres

Purnell-Ayres is a retiree who has worked in a variety of positions in the Snow Hill and Salisbury areas for the past 30 years. She was a parole and probation agent with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and an income maintenance caseworker for the Maryland Department of Social Services.

She also worked as a youth counselor and director of the Maryland Energy Assistance Program at Shore Up! Inc. Purnell-Ayres also worked in the private sector as a restaurant owner/operator and financial analyst. After retirement, she was a part-time exercise science faculty member at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

She is a past president of the Worcester County branch of the NAACP, a founder of Oasis Ministries, now Haven House, an after-school tutorial program housed at Snow Hill Elementary School, and a former member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. She also served as a youth Bible study coordinator and instructor at Ebenezer United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and as a teen instructor for the Snow Hill Vacation Bible School.

Purnell-Ayres is a graduate of Snow Hill High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from UMES and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in adaptive physical education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Purnell-Ayres has two grown children and three grandsons.

SoDel Promotes Temple To GM Of Matt’s Fish Camp

BETHANY- Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of SoDel Concepts in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recently announced the promotion of Jack Temple to general manager of Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes, which is scheduled to open in early summer.

Jack Temple

Jack Temple

SoDel Concepts owns and operates eight other restaurants, Plate Catering and the food truck Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen. The SoDel Concepts family also includes hospitality management and consulting divisions, and artisanal lines of sea salt seasonings and sodas.

“Jack has been working under one of our strongest management teams at Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View,” Kammerer said. “He’s the perfect choice for the GM position at our newest location. He comes with a lot of great restaurant experience. We’re excited to give him the opportunity to continue his career here on the Culinary Coast.”

Temple, who is originally from Howard County, Maryland, studied political science at Towson University, where he was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Over a span of nine years, he managed two different locations for Atwater’s restaurants in Baltimore. While at Atwater’s, he helped open one of the company’s restaurants. Temple moved to the beach in October 2015, when he began working for SoDel Concepts.

His girlfriend, Annie Plowman, previously worked for the company, and she spoke highly of it. “Even while living in Baltimore, I admired SoDel, having visited the area and experienced some of the restaurants,” Temple said. “I left Baltimore looking for a new challenge and found exactly what I was looking for in a company that inspires me to better myself. I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to open SoDel’s newest restaurant in Lewes.”

The new Matt’s Fish Camp will be located in the former site of Donut Connection in Tenley Court on Route 1. It’s perhaps best known as the original home of Lazy Susan’s, which is now located across the highway. The Lewes restaurant will be the second Matt’s Fish Camp in the SoDel Concepts family. The first is in Bethany Beach. An avid golfer and avowed sports fan, Temple lives in Rehoboth Beach with Plowman and their dog, Oscar.

Former Hostess Outlet Rededevloped

SALISBURY- Sperry VanNess- Miller Commercial Real Estate hosted a renovation groundbreaking at 601 E. Main Street in Salisbury on Thursday, March 3 which drew a crowd of close to 100 people.

The former Hostess Bakery Outlet was recently sold to Silicato Development, represented by SVN-Miller Managing Director Brent Miller, CCIM, CPM. Senior Advisor Henry Hanna, CCIM, SIOR represented the seller in the transaction.

Dennis Silicato of Silicato Development is redeveloping the 21,000-plus square-foot space into River Park Center, a professional office building. Salisbury based architecture firm Davis, Bowen and Friedel, Inc. has agreed to lease the east side of the building, nearly 12,000 square feet of space. They are currently located in the One Plaza East Building in Downtown Salisbury but needed to make a move so they could have their entire organization on one floor, allowing for collaboration amongst colleagues.

Davis, Bowen and Friedel designed the interior and façade of the building and local construction company Gillis Gilkerson has been hired to complete the interior buildout and renovations.

“The vision of River Park Center began when we acknowledged our organization sought a more collaborative work environment at a truly inspiring location across from the City Park,” said Davis, Bowen and Friedel Principal Mike Wigley. “With the professional guidance of SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, and by partnering with longtime friends of Davis, Bowen and Friedel, Inc. in Silicato Development and Gillis Gilkerson, this vision is finally on its way to reality.”

The 9,189 square foot space on the west side of the building is still available for lease. The scenic location across from the City Park and within steps to Downtown Salisbury is a great opportunity for a tenant needing class A office space with ample parking.

Guy Appointed To Leadership Md.

SALISBURY- Dr. Sarah Guy, associate director of the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) in Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, has been chosen to participate in the Leadership Maryland professional development program.

Dr. Sarah Guy

Dr. Sarah Guy

The program is dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting the state’s brightest leaders. Guy is one of 52 business and community leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 24th class, which will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state exploring Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2016 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée Winsky, president and chief executive officer of Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, communities and state.