Business Appreciation Week 2018
Business Appreciation Week 2018 Site Visits
Calvert County celebrated Business Appreciation Week 2018 with a salute to the vital role major employers have in our local economy. During the first full week of May, the Calvert County Department of Economic Development presented a series of events celebrating this important economic sector.
On Tuesday, May 8, five Ambassador Teams traveled to 15 businesses to meet the business owners and learn about the successes and challenges facing each owner.
The Arc of Southern Maryland
355 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
Founded in 1975, The Arc of Southern Maryland is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, affiliated at the state level with The Arc Maryland and at the national level with The Arc of the United States, the world’s largest grassroots organization of, and for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The Arc of Southern Maryland is the leading advocate for children and adults with I/DD living and working in Southern Maryland. The Arc provides an array of services including housing, job placement and behavioral support services. Its mission is to create opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.
Director of Human Resources Angel Gerald, Executive Assistant Jennie Parran, Director of Development Renee Seigley, Chief Executive Officer Terry Z. Long, Commissioner Steve Weems, Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook, Arc Director of Community Services Ron Mould, Calvert County Agricultural Development Specialist Jennifer Pettko, and Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland Business Services Representative and Training Coordinator Belinda Denton.
11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons
In 1994, Asbury Communities selected a 42-acre tract of land on the banks of the Patuxent River in southern Calvert County to make the dream of creating a continuing care retirement community in Solomons a reality. Residents began moving in on Sept. 3, 1996.
As the first continuing care retirement community in Southern Maryland, Asbury Solomons provides a lifetime of living well. It combines the beauty and relaxation of resort-style living with all the benefits of a continuing care retirement community. The site includes 228 apartments and 72 cottages. Their holistic approach to well-being includes the assurance of benevolent care to residents who, through no fault of their own, may outlive their financial resources.
Asbury Solomons offers 24-hour skilled nursing care that holds the highest overall rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
From left, Commissioner Tom Hejl, Asbury Ambassador Anna Tillack, Residency Specialist Katie Crane, Senior Residency Specialist Dawnn Hahn, Calvert County Economic Development Advisory Commission Member Susan Cox and ambassadors Steve Hudson, Don Dickinson and Julie Dickinson.
BuilderUp Truss Plant
1038 East Chesapeake Beach Road, Owings
BuilderUp, is a new building supplies and services division that was formed by the merger of Dunkirk Supply and The Concrete Store. BuilderUp now operates in three locations in Southern Maryland.
Materials and services available at BuilderUp include custom truss manufacturing and steel fabrication (I-beams, lolly columns, wrought iron rails and welding services), crane services, engineered wood products, concrete supplies, hardscapes, doors, windows, lumber and general tools and supplies for professional builders of all sizes. BuilderUp operates from locations in Owings and Waldorf along with a truss and steel plant also in Owings.
Steven Tripp, marketing manager at Chaney Enterprises, has been named chief builder of BuilderUp, taking over operations of the new division and overseeing the merger and launch. A 10-year employee of Chaney, Tripp said he is dedicated to advancing the building industry in his new role by modernizing the brand, equipment and processes with a focus on the customer.
Calvert County Nursing Center
85 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick
The Calvert County Nursing Center was established in 1969 to provide high-quality, compassionate services in skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, memory support, palliative and respite care for residents of Calvert County and surrounding areas. As a not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the community’s needs, Calvert County Nursing Center is an important link in the Calvert County health care delivery system.
In March 2015, Calvert County Nursing Center affiliated with Asbury Communities, Inc., a not-for-profit aging services organization providing life-enriching services to older adults through its system of continuing care retirement communities and home-care services.
The center offers rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech/language therapy and aftercare from surgery. Skilled care services include diabetic management, IV therapy and wound care.
From left are Calvert Nursing Home Admissions Coordinator Annise Jefferson, Calvert County Board of County Commissioners President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr., Calvert Nursing Home Senior Clinical Services Liaison Linda Wooge, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Slagle, Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon and Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Britany Waddell.
CalvertHealth Medical Center
100 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick
The history of CalvertHealth began in a two-story frame building in 1919. From these humble beginnings, it has transformed into a top regional health care provider, widely respected as a leader of innovative medicine among community hospitals.
Today, the health system includes the medical center in Prince Frederick along with an employed physician network, a diagnostic imaging center, urgent care facilities throughout the county and more. It is the largest private employer in Calvert County.
The medical staff has grown to almost 350 providers, offering more than 45 specialties. Their outstanding care is enhanced by clinical alliances with metropolitan medical centers that bring the region’s top experts here to treat local residents close to home.
A new 43,575-square-foot, three-story addition to the medical center will consist of two, all-private, 20-bed units on the upper levels for medical surgical patients as well as areas for medical and support staff.
From left around the table are Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon, Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Britany Waddell, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle, CalvertHealth President and CEO Dean Teague, Board of County Commissioners President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr., CalvertHealth Chief Operating Officer Anthony Bladen, and CalvertHealth Associate Vice President of Corporate Communication and Philanthropy Theresa Johnson.
Calvert Internal Medicine Group
985 Prince Frederick Blvd., Suite 201, Prince Frederick
The mission of Calvert Internal Medicine Group is to provide excellent, compassionate and affordable medical care to adults and adolescents in the community.
The group currently has offices in Dunkirk, Prince Frederick and Solomons with specialized gastroenterology and cardiology services in Prince Frederick. They currently have 19 primary care providers and 10 specialists and offer 40 years of experience providing state-of-the-art care in Maryland. Hours are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Average patient volume is 120 patients per day. They consistently maintain a waiting time averaging less than 20 minutes.
The Calverton School
300 Calverton Road, Huntingtown
The Calverton School’s mission is to foster a culture of respect, high expectations, and shared experiences. It instills in students intellectual curiosity, personal responsibility and a strong work ethic to prepare them for higher education and responsible citizenship in a democratic and global community.
The campus occupies 153 acres with modern facilities including a sports complex, Global Housing Village, nature trails and forests, streams and marshland between the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 was 259 students. Among faculty, staff and administrators, 59 percent hold advanced degrees and cumulatively possess 700+ years of teaching experience. The school’s student/teacher ratio is 7:1 and the average class size is 14 students.
From left are Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland Business Services Representative and Training Coordinator Belinda Denton, Head of Lower School Heidi Merryman, Director of Finance Janice Bunch, Head of Upper School Bett Alter, Head of School Christopher Hayes, Calvert County Commissioner Steve Weems, Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook and Calvert County Agricultural Development Specialist Jennifer Pettko.
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach
Otto Mears opened the original Chesapeake Beach Resort in 1900. It featured a boardwalk lined with concession stands, a roller coaster, a band shell, dancing and other forms of entertainment. In 2004, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa was born.
A new expansion project will include replacing the oldest part of the property, the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, with a new structure that complies with current flood regulations. The new Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa will incorporate the new, two-story restaurant, two levels of hotel suites, retail stores, an arcade, a boardwalk promenade, additional restaurants, gaming and bingo areas, a rooftop pool and bar and a brand-new parking facility.
An important piece of history lives on the grounds. The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum celebrates the early part of the 20th century—a time when the railway brought people to the peace and relaxation they sought.
From left are Calvert County Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran, Resort Director of Guest Services Ashley Cluster, Director of Human Resources Robert Cameron, Director of Sales & Marketing Renee Seiden, and Calvert County Economic Development Advisory Commission Vice Chairman Tony DeStefano.
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach
The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is owned and operated by the citizens of Chesapeake Beach.
The park opened in the summer of 1995 to serve the local community. Amenities include eight water slides, fountains, waterfalls, a lagoon, kids' activity pool, food and drink, cabana rentals and a retail store for those items you forgot to bring.
Today, the park offers swimming lessons, birthday party packages and special rates for summer camps.
From left are Chesapeake Beach Council Member Larry Jaworski, Maintenance Tech Filo Blake, Chesapeake Beach Mayor Pat “Irish” Mahoney, Calvert County Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran, General Manager Marilyn VanWagner, Calvert County Economic Development Advisory Commission Vice Chairman Tony DeStefano and Chesapeake Beach Council Member Greg Morris.
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
146 Williams St., Solomons
In 1918, not long after the Wright brothers’ first flight, Reginald Truitt was the first person to fly over Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay and discover from above that the magnificent estuary was all truly connected. It inspired him to borrow a microscope and set up a modest laboratory to study the oysters, crabs and fish that were so plentiful in the bay. When he opened the laboratory in 1925, it would become the first publicly supported marine laboratory on the East Coast.
Over the decades, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has developed a national and international reputation for the quality of its research enterprise. By supplementing its three primary research areas—ecosystem studies and restoration science, fisheries science and environmental chemistry and toxicology—CBL’s multi-disciplinary approach to scientific discovery and environmental problem solving sets it apart from its peers.
From left are Associate Professor Dr. Lora Harris, Assistant to the Director Elissa Lee, Associate Director of Administration Stacy Hutchinson, Professor Dr. Carys Mitchelmore and Faculty Research Assistant Skyler Golt.
5351 Ketch Road, Prince Frederick
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From left are Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning Director Mark Willis Mark Willis, DirectMail President & COO Shawn Salta, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Carpenter, M&T Bank Vice President Susan Coumans, and Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Officer Chris Zarnosky.
Exelon/Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
1650 Calvert Cliffs Parkway, Lusby
The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant has been a part of Lusby and its surrounding communities for more than 40 years. It provides hundreds of well-paying jobs and millions of dollars in economic support, including about $22.8 million in taxes annually for schools, roads and other public services.
The plant’s two nuclear reactors produce 1,756 megawatts of zero-emissions energy – enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 1 million homes. The approximately 1,500-acre site is home to a well-cared-for Champion Chestnut Oak, which is listed in the American Forests national register.
From left are Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon, Calvert County Board of County Commissioners President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr., Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Site Vice President Mark Flaherty and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant General Manager Todd Tierney, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle and Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Britany Waddell.
Fantasy World Entertainment
124 Jibsail Drive, Prince Frederick
Fantasy World Entertainment is a full-service party and amusement rental company with professional and experienced staff that provides great service, quality products and super prices for the party of a lifetime.
For more than 26 years and over 26,000 events, the company has made customers’ ideas and dreams become reality. With a huge inventory, Fantasy World is a “one-stop shop” for all picnics, promotions, casino nights, black tie galas, college events, corporate parties, dance parties, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and large birthday parties.
As a family-owned business, Fantasy World delivers, sets up and operates attractions at customer venues. Customers select from the company’s unique inventory which includes carnival rides and games, LED and traditional casino tables, ice and roller skating rinks, rock walls, arcade games, inflatables, water attractions, lazer tag, stuff-a-bear, green screen photos, antique photos, foam and glow dance parties, LED dance floors, drive-in movies, photo novelty fun, charter fishing and much more.
From left are Sales Associate & Event Manager Doug Ewalt, Co-Owner Schrader Grady, Administrative Assistant Courtney Grady, M&T Bank Vice President Susan Coumans, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Carpenter, Co-Owner Brooks Grady, Sales Associate & Event Manager Rajaee Butler, Co-Operations & Event Manager Lance Young, Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning Director Mark Willis and Co-Owner Amelia Grady.
The Gott Company
95 Jibsail Road, Prince Frederick
The Gott Company is a third-generation family-owned business focused on distributing petroleum products throughout the Southern Maryland area since 1945. The company currently operates Quality Discount Oil and Gas (Q-DOG Fuels), a chain of Fastop Convenience Stores and the Magic Tunnel Car Wash in Prince Frederick. In 2007, the decision was made to sell the home heating oil and propane division. At that time, they had been in the business for 63 years.
In addition to oil and gas, Gott is also involved in land development, having created the Lusby Town Center and hoping to eventually market The Green at Lusby Town Center.
From left are Calvert County Agricultural Development Specialist Jennifer Pettko, President John Gott, Jr., Calvert County Commissioner Steve Weems, Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook and Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland Business Services Representative and Training Coordinator Belinda Denton.
Holiday Inn Solomons
155 Holiday Drive, Solomons
Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center & Marina is a nine-acre waterfront resort in Solomons located on Back Creek less than one nautical mile from the Chesapeake Bay. The largest conference and event center in Southern Maryland, it has 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space to host business and/or social events, from a boardroom for 12 people to formal receptions for 400 guests.
On-site amenities include 326 updated guest rooms and suites, Isaac’s Restaurant & Pub, a Jr. Olympic-sized outdoor pool and fitness center with a wet and dry sauna, tennis courts and Solomons Harbor Marina offering transient and long-term boat slips.
From left are Director of Rooms Lee Baines, General Manager Jeff Shepherd, Guest Service Representative Jasmine Barnes, Director of Sales & Marketing Mina Kim, Calvert County Commissioner Tom Hejl, Sales Manager Vee Castro and Sales Manager Jennifer Rush.