Making money by fixing things
Reliable Repairs Inc. of Pasadena, whose founder and CEO is Jo Ellen Soesbee, aka the ToolBox TomGirl, has been named Small Business of the Year by the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber. A pioneer in the male-dominated construction industry whose trademark is her pink boots, Soesbee has blogged and hosted workshops and radio shows for female do-it-yourselfers, mentored at Woodland Job Corps Center and taught as adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel and Harford community colleges. She has been recognized as Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women and served on the board at the National Association of Women in Construction.
Jo Ellen Soesbee
Resides in: Pasadena.
Why repairs? “Because it is fun … I am in no way typical so it fits my personality.”
Favorite repair job: “Demolition — love to break things! I also like to fix the toilet insides — flappers, chains, guts — my friends tease me because I teach toilet repair classes and blog about new toilet inventions all the time.”
Recent vacation: Fenwick Island — love the beach! I am a water baby, grew up on the Magothy River.
Favorite book: “Think and Grow Rich” (Napoleon Hill)
Favorite quotation: One I wrote myself: I am at peace with my world; God and the Universe support me in a love-filled existence. I have abundance in all aspects of my life, health, wealth, and happiness.
Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, was one of eight women recognized for their work, leadership, service and engagement in the community by YWCA Greater Baltimore at its ninth annual Leader Lunch this month. The criteria for selection included professional accomplishments, community commitment, leadership abilities and other qualities that set them above their peers. Honorees are inducted into YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Academy of Leaders.
Several businesses and executives from Southern Maryland will be honored at the 12th annual Leading Edge Awards ceremony to be held June 13 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. They include Calvert Systems Engineering (Calvert County Business of the Year); William F. Childs IV, president and CEO, Chaney Enterprises (CEO of the Year); Charles County Public Library (Charles County Technology Company of the Year); MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (CSM Partnership in Education); Sabre Systems, (Patuxent Partnership Member Firm of the Year), and Brian Keesee, president of Crown Trophy of Waldorf and co-owner of Pothole Pros (SBDC Small Business Person of the Year). The co-hosts are Calvert County Technology Council, Charles County Technology Council, The Patuxent Partnership, Small Business Development Center for the Southern Region of Maryland, The Corporate Center at CSM and CSM Foundation. Information at www.corporatecenter.csmd.edu.
Joseph M. Rigby, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of energy supplier Pepco Holdings Inc. has won the 2012 Corporate Leadership Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. The award recognizes PHI’s commitment to corporate responsibility and community service.
Jewish Community Services of Baltimore has won a Kovod Award for Excellence in Effective Use of Social Media from the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, a 125-member organization for Jewish human service agencies in the United States and Canada. JCS earned the reward for its ifIknew.org multimedia prevention education project, which educates and raises awareness in teens and young adults about substance abuse, body image and eating disorders, bullying and healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS, and media literacy. This is the second honor for ifIknew.org, which last year received the Challenge of Innovation Award from the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development.
GBMC HealthCare, parent company of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center hospital and Gilchrist Hospice Care, has won an Environmental Excellence Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes environmental stewardship in the healthcare business. GBMC noted several environmental achievements, ranging from reducing total waste by 13 percent through recycling to composting more than 10,000 pounds of food scraps every month. GBMC also organizes an annual Earth Day event to promote environmentally responsible behavior at work and at home.
Regina Shea, professor of accounting at the Community College of Baltimore County, has been named a regional recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The school said Shea has helped develop teaching projects at CCBC that have drawn the attention of publishers of accounting text books.
ANCILE Solutions Inc., an Elkridge-based company that develops learning and performance software products, has been named a finalist in SmartCEO’s Volt Awards. The company will be profiled in this month’s issue of the magazine. The company was nominated in the Technology Innovator category.
Chindex International Inc., a Bethesda-based company that provides health care services in China, is the recipient of this year’s Business 2000 Award from Network 2000, a Maryland not-for-profit that promotes the advancement of women in professional and executive roles. For this award, Network 2000 looks at the number of women in senior management, the number of women on a company’s board of directors, its employment practices, and results that demonstrate that a company values the advancement and support of women. This year’s finalists are KatzAbosch, Hamilton Bank and EntreMed Inc.
Frederick-based U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has appointed Peter Bernard to its board of directors. Bernard brings extensive expertise in the oil services sector of the energy industry, having filled senior roles with Halliburton and Royal Dutch Shell as well as serving as president and CEO of Landmark Graphics. He is currently the chairman of Zeitecs, a specialized artificial lift technology company, and of Tendeka, a global completions solutions company headquartered in the U.K. Bernard received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. U.S. Silica Holdings, which is 112 years old, is the second largest domestic producer of commercial silica, used in the oil and gas proppants end market and elsewhere.
Marc Bluestein, founder and president of Fulton-based Aquarius Sports and Entertainment, has been elected an at-large trustee of United Way Worldwide to support the organization’s U.S. movement over the next three years. Aquarius Sports and Entertainment is a sports sponsorship, entertainment and event marketing agency, and Bluestein has more than 15 years’ experience negotiating sponsorship deals for sports teams as well as Fortune 500 clients. He serves on the steering committee and board of directors of the National Sports Forum and has served as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s sports industry management master’s program.
Debra L. Shapiro, the Clarice Smith Professor of Management and Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, has been elected to serve a five-year term on the executive committee of the Academy of Management, effective August 2012. Shapiro will serve as the academy’s president from August 2015-2016. The academy is a professional organization for the management field, with about 20,000 member scholars and students from more than 100 countries. Shapiro, who holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, joined Smith in 200. She has served the academy since 1992 and was chair of its conflict management division in 1996.
Ken Finch is joining the ADG|Creative agency, which is based in Columbia, as director of federal solutions. Finch served most recently as program manager for L3 Communications for eight years after 22 years in the Navy.
Frazier Bell has been named executive director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Stocks in the Future program, which teaches financial skills to middle school students. Bell was previously director of strategy and development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. He had eight years’ experience in banking with Wachovia Bank and taught school in Virginia and Connecticut. Bell has an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in teaching from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in biology from Hampden-Sydney College.
The Institute of Notre Dame, the oldest Catholic girls’ high school in Baltimore, has selected Gail Donahue as principal, beginning with the next academic year. An authority on curriculum design, faculty development and Catholic education, Donahue is currently assistant principal of professional development at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. She has taught for 34 years in Catholic schools and has presented at events sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association and the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University, Chicago. Donahue is an associate faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University and is expected to complete a Ph.D. in educational leadership there this month. She holds an M.A. in reading from Trinity University and a B.S. in elementary education from Penn State.
Dr. Jason Bromer, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, has joined the staff at Shady Grove Fertility Center’s Frederick office. Bromer received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Yale University. Bromer comes to Shady Grove from the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the International Society for Fertility Preservation. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
David Parkinson M.D. has been appointed to the board of directors of Zyngenia Inc., a Gaithersburg-based biopharmaceutical company, and named head of its clinical advisory board. He will also serve as interim chief medical officer. From 2007 until 2012, Parkinson served as president and CEO of Nodality, a California-based biotech. Before that he was senior vice president, oncology R&D at Biogen Idec, and his resume also includes stints with Amgen and Novartis. Parkinson worked at the National Cancer Institute from 1990 to 1997, serving as chief of the Investigational Drug Branch and then as acting associate director of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. He has held positions at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas and New England Medical Center of Tufts University School of Medicine. Parkinson received his M.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1977 and trained at McGill University and New England Medical Center. He is a past chairman of the Food and Drug Administration Biologics Advisory Committee, past president of the International Society of Biological Therapy, and past editor of the Journal of Immunotherapy. He recently completed terms as a member of the FDA’s Science Board, the board of directors of the American Association of Cancer Research and the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine.
M. Blake Kaiser-Mohondro has been named director of clinical and related services by The Children’s Guild, which serves children and adolescents who are difficult to educate due to autism, multiple disabilities and trauma. Kaiser-Mohondro has 28 years of experience in social work. She was previously director of clinical services for Adventist Behavioral Health, where she restructured the clinical services program. Previously, she was clinical director for Center-For-Children Inc. and clinical services manager for Compass Health. In addition, she held positions with the United States District Court, University of Washington, Whidbey Counseling, Whidbey General Hospital and Arizona State University. Kaiser-Mohondro earned her master of social work from West Virginia University and bachelor of social work from the University of Evansville in Indiana. In addition, she received training at the Family Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C.
Richard P. Hoppe M.D. has been appointed director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service for the VA Maryland Health Care System. Before joining the system in 2010 as a staff physiatrist, Hoppe trained at the East Orange and Lyons VA Medical Centers and at the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in New Jersey. Since then he has served as the interim director of PM&R Service. His responsibilities will include developing programs to serve the needs of Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and specialized services to support women Veterans initiatives. Hoppe earned his medical doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2006 and completed an internal medicine internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2010 at the same university. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Standard Insurance Co., a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group Inc., has promoted Scott Mattison to employee benefits sales manager in the Washington, D.C., group office. Mattison will cover Virginia and Maryland in addition to the District of Columbia. Mattison has been a sales rep in the Washington office since he joined The Standard in 2002. His most recent title was senior employee benefits consultant. Mattison graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in finance. He is currently enrolled in The Standard’s Accelerated Leadership Program.
customer service, including proposals, claims, renewals and day-to-day support.
College in Maryland.
Ruth Gambino, an assistant property manager with Manekin LLC, has received the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation from BOMI International, for third-party property managers and corporate property managers. Gambino has eight years’ experience in the industry and helps oversee the management of 36 South Charles St., a 25-story, Class A, high-rise office building. A member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, she joined Manekin in 2007. She previously served as property management coordinator at Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and completed coursework at Catonsville Community College.
Kate Galten and Craig Clarke, both with the resorts division of Legum & Norman Inc., an Associa company, have received the Certified Manager of Community Associations designation from the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers. Galten, a Berlin native, graduated from Salisbury University with a B.A. and made the transition from lifestyle director to assistant general manager at GlenRiddle, in Berlin. Clarke has 12 years’ experience in weekly condo rentals, multifamily housing and condo associations and serves as site manager at the Braemar Towers in Ocean City.