A Week In Business – July 29, 2016

Bank Announces Addition

BERLIN — Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company President and Chief Executive Officer Raymond M. Thompson has announced that Douglass M. Cook has joined the bank as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.

Douglass Cook

Douglass Cook

In this role, Cook will assume the management and oversight of the bank’s loan operations including the lending team and their respective portfolios. He will also be establishing new personal and commercial banking relationships.

Cook comes to Taylor Bank with over 22 years of banking experience, specializing in business banking and commercial real estate lending on the lower Eastern Shore. During his banking career, Cook has served as the Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Sales Manager with PNC (formerly Mercantile Peninsula Bank), Senior Vice President and Business Services Officer with BB&T and most recently Maryland President and Chief Lending Officer of Shore Bank.

Cook holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Salisbury University and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Finance from Regis University. He also graduated from the National Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University and the Maryland Banking School. He served in the United States Army.

“We are delighted that Doug Cook has joined our team of outstanding banking professionals. He is well-known in our local communities as an experienced banker, and we look forward to the contributions that his skills and market presence will provide to our lending operations, our customers, and our stockholders,” said Thompson.

Firm Adds Advisor

SALISBURY – Comprehensive Financial Solutions (CFS) has proudly announced the addition of Michael J. Sise to their team as a financial advisor.

The firm serves over 1,200 families and small businesses and consists of six full-time investment professionals – including two CFP® professionals, a full-time CPA, a 35-year financial services veteran and an insurance specialist. The administrative and support staff consists of six members including a MBA.

Michael Sise

Michael Sise

Sise, an Ocean City native, is a 2008 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and a 2012 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He was previously employed as a financial advisor with the Ocean City Merrill Lynch office for the last three years.

Earlier this year, Sise achieved the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation. This professional designation is granted by The College for Financial Planning and is widely recognized within the financial services industry. The CRPC® curriculum provides designees with in-depth knowledge of pre-and post-retirement considerations — from maximizing retirement income to investing to enhance the longevity of assets. A Financial Advisor with a CRPC® designation is prepared to help their clients save for retirement, determine an optimal retirement age, implement a comprehensive retirement plan and re-evaluate goals on an ongoing basis to make sure they remain on track.

“Fewer and fewer retirees are blessed with adequate pension income in retirement. Increased market volatility, as well as ever-changing regulations surrounding both estate tax law as well as Social Security demands that investment dollars are correctly allocated both before, and during retirement. Furthering my education in retirement planning, my clients can feel confident in my commitment to helping them both preserve and enjoy their retirement nest egg. – Michael J. Sise”

Center Awarded

BERLIN – Mid-Atlantic Health Care announced that Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received the 2015 Quality Innovation Award from the Maryland and Virginia Quality Innovation Network.

This award recognizes high-performing nursing homes that are improving resident care and satisfaction on multiple fronts. All nursing homes in Maryland are part of the Maryland-Virginia Nursing Home Improvement Network, and therefore were eligible for this award based on 2015 calendar year performance.

“I am proud of our entire team for their commitment to quality care,” said Bob Lanza, Administrator at Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “This award serves as well-deserved acknowledgement of their hard work, and we are excited to make a positive impact on the health of our community.”

Service Center Completed

SALISBURYGillis Gilkerson, a general contracting and construction management firm on Delmarva, announced the completion of the new Choptank Electric Cooperative Regional Service Center building at 6520 Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.

The facility, built across from Wor-Wic Community College combines the Salisbury and Berlin Choptank district offices and houses a redundant systems control room, member service center and additional departments for the company to utilize in preparation for the region’s future growth.

“In today’s economy, businesses are continuously looking for ways to efficiently expand services and maintain their competitive edge,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson.  “Gillis Gilkerson is here to help prepare Choptank Electric and other area businesses for future growth in the regions they serve.”

Gillis Gilkerson was contracted to build the center with architectural plans designed by Davis, Bowen, and Friedel, Inc., also of Salisbury. The Cooperative is also seeking LEED Silver Certification and will have a solar field to help provide energy for the building.  Building plans include energy and water efficiency technologies, renewable, recycled and low-emitting materials and a construction waste management program.  The new facility also includes an on-site lineman training facility to provide ongoing training opportunities for line crews.

“We were very pleased to have Gillis Gilkerson as the contractor for our new service center,” said Bob Behlke, Vice President of Member Services.  “Even when we were faced with challenges throughout the project, the team from Gillis Gilkerson stepped up and made sure everything was completed to our satisfaction.  They finished the project on budget and now we have a great asset that is beneficial to the co-op and its members.”

According to Project Manager Jason Rudd and Superintendent,Dan Disharoon, the building opened for business on June 20, 2016.

Former Facility Sold

SALISBURY – SVN|Miller Commercial Real Estate Senior Advisors Henry Hanna and John McClellan collaborated to sell the former Choptank Facility located at 2129 West Zion Road in Salisbury.

Choptank Electric Cooperative was represented by Hanna, who has assisted with a multi-year consolidation of several lower shore facilities into one centralized location on Walston Switch Road.

The 4.2 acre property was purchased by Delmarva Auto Glass, represented by John McClellan. They will be relocating from their current business location at 1923 North Salisbury Boulevard. Delmarva Auto Glass was established in 1983 and currently operates four locations on Delmarva. They purchased the West Zion Rd. property for $1,050,000 and plan to fully relocate their business there by late summer.

Medical Director Named

SALISBURY — James Burns, DO, has joined Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center as Medical Director.

Burns will lead a team of wound care specialists at the Center, which offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues, and biosynthetics to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal. Once a patient’s chronic wound is healed, he or she will return to their primary care physician to continue non-wound related care.

Dr. James Burns

Dr. James Burns

Burns received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.

In joining Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, Burns will collaborate with a network of academic medical centers, hospitals and thousands of professionals committed to advancing wound healing by creating, sharing, and activating wound prevention and care expertise.

Dr. Burns completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Union Hospital in Union, NJ. He is certified in Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

Burns has been practicing medicine in the Salisbury area for over 25 years.  Prior to joining the Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center, he spent eight years in emergency medicine; he then owned a successful occupational health and urgent care practice for two decades.  In 2009, Burns sold the practice to become the Medical Director of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Occupational Health Services division.

Del. License Secured

Doug Williams

Doug Williams

SALISBURY – SVN|Miller Commercial Real Estate announced that Land Advisor Doug Williams has earned his Delaware Real Estate License. Williams now holds his Delaware license in addition to his Maryland Real Estate License.

Williams is part of the SVN Land Group, a unit of SVN-Miller focused on the brokerage and advisory services of land based properties in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. He works alongside Senior Land Advisor Ben Alder and Advisor Nick Campanaro. The group’s transactional experience includes over 20,000 acres of land in the tri-state area.