A Week In Business – March 17, 2017

Nicholl Earns Realtor Emeritus Status

BERLIN – Frederick Nicholl, a Realtor with Frederick Nicholl and Associates in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) recently achieved the coveted Realtor Emeritus status.

Frederick Nicholl, a Realtor with Frederick Nicholl and Associates of Ocean City, with CAR President Don Bailey.                                    Submitted Photos

Frederick Nicholl, a Realtor with Frederick Nicholl and Associates of Ocean City, with CAR President Don Bailey. Submitted Photos

A Realtor is eligible for Emeritus status after holding membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and CAR for a cumulative period of 40 years. Emeritus members must also complete at least one year of volunteer service for an NAR committee. However, through 2019, the one year service requirement may also be met through service at a local or state association.

Realtor Emeritus members are no longer required to pay dues to NAR or CAR, and are exempt from NAR’s Code of Ethics Training requirement.

Other Emeritus Realtor members of CAR include Randall Bendler of Bendler Realty Corp in Ocean City, James “Bud” Church of Coldwell Banker/Bud Church Realty in Ocean City, Paul Faulstich of Century 21 New Horizon in Berlin, and Dean Richardson of Richardson Enterprises in Ocean City.

“It takes a lot of dedication and a true passion for this industry to be a Realtor for 40 consecutive years,” said CAR President Don Bailey. “We congratulate Mr. Nicholl and all of our Emeritus Realtor members on this impressive achievement.”

Buxbaum, Hinkle Join Speicher Group

OCEAN CITY – The Speicher Group of Long and Foster-Christie’s International Real Estate is expanding to the beaches of Delaware and Maryland and adding two experienced sales associates to its Speicher Group East team.

Annie Buxbaum

Annie Buxbaum

The new associates, Annie Buxbaum and Lisa Hinkle, are based in Ocean City. The Speicher Group is led by husband-and-wife team Peggy Lyn and Chris Speicher. The top-producing group serves clients in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, Northern Virginia, Ocean City and the Rehoboth and Bethany Beach areas of Delaware.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve more homebuyers and sellers along the Maryland and Delaware coast, and are so pleased to welcome Annie and Lisa to our family of experienced professionals,” said Peggy Lyn and Chris Speicher. “Each of them has a deep love of Ocean City, which serves their clients well when they’re looking for the best the area has to offer. We know that their skills and talents, combined with the amazing brand recognition of Long and Foster-Christie’s, will be an excellent addition to the Speicher Group.”

Buxbaum became a real estate agent in 2007 and is a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors, the Sussex County Association of Realtors, the Maryland Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Originally from Silver Spring, Md., she has lived in Ocean City for 13 years and was a reading specialist prior to becoming a Realtor. She and her husband own Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon in Ocean City and will soon open Dry Dock 28.

Lisa Hinkle

Lisa Hinkle

Hinkle grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., but spent summers growing up in Ocean City, and continued to visit the area each summer while she attended college in Baltimore. The former teacher loved the area so much that she moved to Ocean City permanently with her husband and two daughters in 2008. She is a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors, the Maryland Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

“We’re excited to welcome Annie Buxbaum and Lisa Hinkle to the Long and Foster family and the Speicher Group,” said Gary Scott, president of Long and Foster Real Estate. “The Speicher Group is a fantastic example of the high level of service and excellence that many have come to expect from Long and Foster, and we know they will continue to grow and succeed while guiding clients on their journeys home.”

The Speicher Group is comprised of 20 sales associates and support staff and has more than 100 years of combined experience in real estate. They are among the top real estate teams in Maryland and have represented more than 2,000 clients.

Perdue Farms Names New CEO

SALISBURY – Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to chief executive officer of Perdue Farms, effective immediately. Day has served as chief operating officer since May 2016. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors.

“Randy has done an outstanding job as chief operating officer over the past year, and he has my trust and the trust of our leadership team in this new role,” said Perdue, who has been chairman and chief executive officer of Perdue Farms since 1991.

Day is the fourth CEO in the company’s nearly 100-year history. Perdue will continue to serve as chairman and company brand spokesperson.

Randy Day

Randy Day

“Randy has more than 36 years of experience in our company, with deep knowledge of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness,” said Perdue. “He has proven himself to be a business leader who understands the importance of disciplined execution of our strategies and attention to competitive position and financial stewardship. He has a deep respect for – and lives – our values. Randy embraces and drives change and will provide the strategic leadership to make sure Perdue Farms remains innovative, relevant and trusted as we move into our next century.”

Prior to being named chief operating officer in 2016, Day served as president of Perdue Foods since February 2015. He joined Perdue Farms in 1980 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.

A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Day graduated from Easton High School and received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Western Maryland College. He earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Day served on the Board of Directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and on the Technical and Regulatory Committee of the National Chicken Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Chicken Council. In his community, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic YMCA, chaired the Secondary Education Advisory Committee for the Wicomico County Board of Education and participated in the Wicomico County Mentoring Project. He currently serves as a member of the Council At-Large of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Salisbury Committee. Day and his wife, Debbie, have three children, three grandchildren and live in Salisbury.

Webster Named To Lower Shore Workforce Position

SALISBURY – The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCC) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Webster has accepted the position of workforce director for the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance (LSWA).

Webster, a graduate of Salisbury University, has worked for LSWA for 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility including manager of the Health Coverage Tax Credit program, LSWA deputy director and most recently acting workforce director following the retirement of Milton Morris in June 2016.

Her leadership and relationship-building skills will enable LSWA to continue to build on their solid foundation of providing job training opportunities and job services to the community.

“The need for job training and retraining is vital to the economic well-being of our region,” said TCC Immediate Past Chair John Hall. “We are confident that Rebecca is the right person to lead LSWA forward to meet the challenges of the future.”

The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCC) was formed by an act of the Maryland General Assembly in 2001. The purpose of the council is to facilitate regional planning and development in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. From the Tri-County Council’s Multi-Purpose Center in Salisbury, they work with partners from several state agencies and non-profits to aid the counties in enhancing the region’s quality of life.

The TCC works closely with the Economic Development Administration (E-DA) of the United States Department of Commerce and United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and partners with the Maryland Department of Commerce. The TCC is dedicated to providing a local workforce that is fully prepared to meet business challenges and, equally, to provide employers services and resources that promote economic development through its two divisions, Shore Transit and LSWA.

Shore Transit operates fixed bus routes connecting major business, education and service centers in the region plus on demand transportation for ADA customers, senior citizens, veterans and others. Additionally, Shore Transit is the agent for Greyhound Bus Lines supporting their buses and passengers from the Shore Transit facility in Salisbury.

The LSWA is an organization that provides policy and oversight for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds and programs. WIOA services are primarily delivered at the One-Stop Job Market in Salisbury.