On the Move, 12/20: Stetz named to board of McCormick & Co.

Gordon M. Stetz Jr.

Gordon M. Stetz Jr.

Gordon M. Stetz Jr., executive vice president and CFO of McCormick & Co., has been elected to the Sparks-based company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 25. Stetz is a member of the McCormick Management Committee and has been CFO since November 2007. He previously was vice president-finance and CFO for McCormick’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Zone. Since joining the company in 1987 Stetz has also been vice president finance & administration for the Consumer Products Division, vice president acquisitions and financial planning, assistant treasurer and financial planning manager. He is a CPA.


The Rev. Sarah Wood Lee, a chaplain at Oak Crest Village in Baltimore, has been named Top Chaplain by the 2010 Dorland Health People Awards. Oak Crest Village is a member of LifeSpan Network, Maryland’s largest senior care provider association. The awards program recognizes supportive practitioners, coordinators and caregivers for the compassion, effort and dedication exercised in their roles. Lee also works with LifeSpan Network’s educational affiliate, the Beacon Institute, as a Wellspring Mid-Atlantic Alliance faculty member. In addition, she is an ecumenical parish associate at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.

Woody Derricks, president of Partnership Wealth Management, of Baltimore, has been selected to SmartCEO’s 2010 EcoCEO program. The program recognizes local companies that have introduced environmentally friendly products, services and technologies into their daily routines. When Derricks moved the company from Canton to Fells Point in 2009, the new office was made and is maintained as green as possible. Partnership Wealth Management was the first business to be accepted into Maryland’s Green Registry.


Planit, of Baltimore, has hired Amy Redgate as senior project manager, Kate Hendrickson as social influence specialist, and James Merrill as Flash developer. Redgate will manage all aspects of interactive projects at Planit; she previously was account supervisor at One to One Interactive in Boston. Hendrickson will manage online community and social media platforms; she previously was a public relations and events specialist at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. Merrill will be responsible for developing Flash animation and coding for several of the agency’s interactive client projects; he previously was a Flash developer at Flash Atelier in Sykesville, and a lead Flash animator at Kneebouncers in Sykesville.


Celia Lourens has been promoted to director of advertising and promotions of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. She previously was marketing manager at the aquarium’s Washington, D.C., venue. Before that, Lourens worked for the National Aquarium as volunteer/special projects coordinator from 1999 to 2003 and as communications coordinator from 2003 to 2006, in Baltimore venue. She worked as director of marketing for Port Discovery Children’s Museum for two years before returning to the National Aquarium in 2008.


Ramon “Ray” L. Palmer has been appointed president of Signs By Tomorrow, of Columbia. As president, CEO and co-founder of Palmer Vohrer Enterprises, he has been involved with Signs By Tomorrow for the past 10 years as a franchisee, owning and operating four of the national chain’s Maryland locations. Palmer has also served as a member and chairperson of Signs By Tomorrow’s Franchise Advisory Council. He succeeds Joseph McGuinness, who has held the position of president since founding the company in 1986. McGuinness will stay on as chairman of the board. Before founding Palmer Vohrer Enterprises in 2001, Palmer worked for Cambridge Positioning Systems, Advanced Wireless Technologies, Communications Electronics, Genesis Data Systems and AAI Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University. Palmer is a member of the board of directors for the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.

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