A Week In Business – December 14, 2018

Board Members Named

Biz A

New members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® Board include, back from left, Austin Whitehead, Grant Fritschle, Steve Parsons, Joel Maher, Tony Prochazka, Joe Wilson and Brandon Johnson; and seated, Joni Williamson, Bernie Flax, Grace Masten and Cameron Drew. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) installed its 2018-2019 Board of Directors at a recent special ceremony at The Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City.

Bernie Flax, a REALTOR® and broker of EXIT Realty At The Beach in Ocean Pines, was installed as president of the association’s board.

“I’m looking forward to serving our members while leading the association into a new year with new opportunities and challenges,” Flax said.

The following members were also installed during the ceremony: President-Elect Joe Wilson, Coastal Life Realty Group; Vice President Joni Williamson, ERA Martin Associates; Secretary/Treasurer Tony Prochazka, Vantage Resort Realty; Immediate Past President Joel Maher, Coldwell Banker Residential; Director Steve Parsons, Coldwell Banker Residential; Director Brandon Johnson, ERA Martin Associates; Director Grace Masten, Sea Grace at North Beach REALTORS®; Director Grant Fritschle, Condominium Realty; Director Austin Whitehead, Whitehead Real Estate Executives; and Director Cameron Drew, Hileman Real Estate.

“We have a great group of professionals to lead us into 2019,” said Page Browning, executive vice president of CAR. “They will represent our over 1,000 members well.”


Trustee Changes Announced

BERLIN At its annual corporation meeting, Atlantic General Hospital’s Board of Trustees appointed a new board chairman, Greg Shockley, who is the former treasurer of the board. At the meeting, they also appointed Will Esham as the vice chairman, Doug Cook as the treasurer and Charlotte Cathell as the secretary.

Biz B

Greg Shockley

Shockley, owner of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub in Ocean City, was the 2012 recipient of the Paul Hazard Award, named after one of the original Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) members. Shockley is a founding member of the Boardwalk Development Association, helping to implement $5 million in

boardwalk improvements, and serves on the Maryland Tourism Development Board. He has also served as president of the Ocean City Development Corporation and the OCHMRA. He has served other roles on the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees and began his term as board chair in November.

“We acknowledge Greg’s dedication and willingness to work hard for Atlantic General,” said Michael Franklin, FACHE, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg as the board chair, after just serving as the board treasurer. We are likewise especially grateful for the year that Hugh

Cropper served as our board chair, and the impact that he has made on our hospital.”

Biz C

Hugh T. Cropper, IV

Cropper, the outgoing board chair, served in this position from November 2017 to October 2018. Cropper practices as an attorney, and he is a partner in the law firm of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, PC. Cropper is the chairman of both the Board of Directors for Bank of Ocean City and the Board of Directors for the Lower Shore Land Trust. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and he is a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the First Circuit. Cropper has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic General Hospital since 2007. He was secretary and treasurer of the Board of Trustees before becoming the chair.

Biz D

William E. Esham, III

William E. Esham, III, has been named vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. Esham is an attorney with Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1987. He was admitted to the bar in 1991 after obtaining his law degree from University of Baltimore. He served as law clerk to the Honorable William R. Buchanan, Sr., and in Circuit Court for Baltimore County and is a member of the Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Atlantic General, Esham is a member of the Board of Trustees of Worcester Preparatory School, the Board of Directors of Ocean City Golf Club, attorney for the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission and past president of St. Martin’s Church Foundation.

Biz E

Doug Cook

Doug Cook is the chief lending officer and executive vice president at Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company. Over the years, Cook has been involved in Atlantic General Hospital by serving on the Finance Committee and also on the board for Atlantic ImmediCare. Cook also serves as a trustee member for the Life Crisis Center.

“The betterment of our community is important to me. AGH is the most vital asset to our area,” said Cook, who holds a masters of business administration degree from Salisbury University and a bachelor of sciences degree in finance from Regis University.

Biz F

Charlotte K. Cathell

The Honorable Charlotte Kerbin Cathell was first sworn into office as the Register of Wills for Worcester County in 1998. A lifelong resident of Worcester County, Cathell is married to Judge Dale R. Cathell. She is also on the AGH Foundation Board of Directors. Cathell was a founder and president of Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), a former long-time member and vice-president of the Worcester County Commission for Women and is on the Board of Directors of Taylor Bank. Cathell has resided in Ocean Pines for over 40 years and is the first countywide-elected official from Ocean Pines.  She was recently named the Citizen of the Year by the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce.


Community Recognized

SELBYVILLE – Bayside has been named a finalist in the Best Community category of the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show on Feb. 20, 2019.

Ideally situated in Fenwick Island, just four miles from the beach, Bayside comprises nearly one thousand bucolic acres overlooking the Assawoman Bay and features a master-planned 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Opportunities for family fun and relaxation abound, with community pools, kayaking and paddle boarding, stocked ponds for fishing, delicious dining and special activities for kids of all ages. You’ll also find the Freeman Stage at Bayside, offering an impressive roster of dance, theater, live music and children’s performances, all in your own backyard.

With over 1,050 settled homes within the community, Bayside continues to grow, enriching the lives of residents and visitors alike. Being proud partners with Schell Brothers and Beazer Homes, Carl M. Freeman Companies strives to offer not only state of the art amenities, but also quality builders, allowing homeowners to “Live the Best” while experiencing a community like no other.