A Week In Business – June 23, 2017


Pictured, from left, at Shore United Bank’s presentation of $5,000 to Atlantic General Hospital were Michael Franklin, president and CEO Atlantic General Hospital; Michelle Fager, Campaign for the Future Co-Chair and AGH Foundation Board of Directors secretary; Tammy Patrick, development officer, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation; Terri Johnson, vice president, commercial banking officer Shore United Bank; Tom Mears, Shore United Bank market executive; and Toni Keiser, vice president public relations Atlantic General Hospital. Submitted Photos

Bank Supports Campaign

BERLIN – The Atlantic General Hospital Campaign for the Future received a donation of $5,000 from Shore United Bank toward upcoming projects including the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center.

Shore United Bank and its community of companies have a rich history dating back to 1850. The bank is committed to the success of its communities and maintains strong ties within the communities it serves.

“We’re honored to support Atlantic General Hospital and its mission to bring services like comprehensive cancer care to the community,” said Shore United Bank Market Executive Tom Mears.

Campaign For The Future Co-Chair Jack Burbage said, “We’re extremely grateful for the commitment shown to our not-for-profit community hospital and the generous support of local businesses like Shore United Bank.  The way healthcare services are delivered is changing, but Atlantic General’s commitment to state-of-the-art medicine only grows stronger. Philanthropy plays a critical role here in our community – thanks to the generosity and support of the residents and businesses of our community – we can help AGH meet the challenges of providing the very best healthcare services right here – close to home.”

Community Wins Awards

SELBYVILLE – Bayside, a Carl M. Freeman Community, was awarded 10 Regal Awards by the Home Builders Association of Delaware, a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The family beach and golf community won the prestigious Regal awards for Sussex County Community of the Year, The Best Print Ad, The Best Amenity Value, The Best Social Media Campaign, The Best Email Blast, The Best Informational Brochure, The Best Event Promotion, The Best Exterior Merchandising, The Best Overall Marketing and Delaware’s Community of the Year.

“We are honored and grateful to win 10 Regal awards from The Home Builders Association including Delaware’s Community of Year,” said Michelle D. Freeman, president and CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies. “Amongst heavy competition, these awards validate the hard work, creativity and dedication our team provides every day to make Bayside a world class resort community.”

Committee Members Named

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Development Corporation’s Executive Committee members for the next year were recently approved.

The committee includes President Chris Trimper, Trimper Amusements; Vice President Blaine Smith, retired Ocean City zoning administrator; Secretary Stephanie Meehan, Funcade; Treasurer John Lewis, MR Ducks/Talbot Street Inn; and Immediate Past President Bob Givarz, Alaska Stand.

Hospital Announces Fellow

BERLIN – Kim Justice, vice president planning/operations at Atlantic General Hospital, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.


Kim Justice

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” said Deborah J. Bowen, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements and be committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

“I am extremely grateful to have earned this designation and truly believe myself and the other FACHE executives and leaders at Atlantic General Hospital are furthering the hospital and health system’s mission and ethical commitment to the community through lifelong learning,” said Justice, who has been with the hospital since 1993 and previously held positions as laboratory manager and director of ancillary services.

New Board Member Named

BERLIN — Raymond M. Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, the bank subsidiary of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., has announced that John P. Custis, Esq., CPA has joined the Board of Directors of the company and the bank.


John P. Custis

Custis is a partner in the law firm Custis, Dix, Lewis, and Custis, LLP in Onley, Va., and has practiced law on the Eastern Shore of Virginia since 2010. In 2015, MCustis expanded his law practice into Maryland, becoming affiliated with the firm of Long, Badger, & Sheller, LLP in Salisbury. Mr. Custis owns Eastern Shore Tax Advisors, LLC, a tax compliance and consulting firm located in Onley, Virginia.

Custis is a founding Board Member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and also serves on the Board of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance. He is also a member of the Salisbury University School of Business Executive Advisory Council, and serves as Pro-Bono Attorney to numerous non-profit organizations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

“We are delighted to welcome John Custis to our Board of Directors. Taylor Bank has recently expanded onto the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the opening of our 11th branch in Chincoteague. John is a native of Onancock, Va., and his market knowledge, community involvement and professional affiliations will bring tremendous value to the bank as we increase our market presence on the Eastern Shore of Virginia,” said Thompson.

Courses Attended

SALISBURY — Dr. Beverly M. Glass, a periodontist and implantologist in Salisbury, has spent the last three months attending numerous, intensive, continuing education courses.

In 2008, Glass developed the socket shield surgical technique, which, after much research over the last eight years, is providing surgeons with an innovative approach to placing dental implants. Glass also utilizes new treatment procedures involving implant therapy and cutting edge techniques such as providing patients with a new smile the same day. She has been practicing on the Eastern Shore for 33 years.

Coordinator Hired

OCEAN CITY — The Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Center for the Arts welcomed Georgette Greason of Ocean View, Del. as their new development and events coordinator.


Georgette Greason

Greason will assist with donor relations and help coordinate special events.

Originally from New York, Greason holds a BS in special education from Florida International University and an MS in education from Western Connecticut State University. She has previously volunteered extensively in the nonprofit sector, working in development, fundraising, and grant writing.

“Working collaboratively, I look forward to establishing partnerships with those who value, appreciate and understand the importance of supporting a vibrant arts community,” Greason said.

Hotel Project Completed

OCEAN CITY — Gillis Gilkerson announced it has completed the new Crystal Beach Hotel at 2500 Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City.

“Contributing to the growth of a family legacy has offered us a unique and rewarding opportunity,” said Dwight Miller, president of Gillis Gilkerson. “We are excited this hotel is already attracting attention and visitors for the 2017 summer season in Ocean City.”

The new 54,000 square foot hotel is located where the Riviera Motel once stood until it was demolished in December 2015. The new hotel accommodates 63 guest rooms on four floors and includes a conference room, outdoor pool, restaurant and bar.

“They stayed on track, built the hotel on time, on budget and delivered a great hotel product,” said Patrick Leary, project manager for the owner.  “From the concrete and painting to the punch out man, we were very happy with the professionalism and quality of all of the sub-contractors Gillis Gilkerson brought on board to make it happen.”

Gillis Gilkerson Project Manager Mike Truitt and Superintendent Bill Schiavo completed the hotel within 14 months.