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On the move: 1/21/2011


Edward J. Mazur has joined Clifton Gunderson, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, as senior advisor for Public Sector Services, working in the Mid-Atlantic practice based in Timonium. Mazur has more than 35 years of experience as a governmental financial management executive and standards setter, including as controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management in the Office of Management and Budget, state comptroller of Virginia, and a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board. He most recently served as senior advisor for governmental financial management at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland. Mazur is a CPA and chair of the Audit and Financial Management Advisory Committee of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is also a member of the Financial Management Standards Board of the Association of Government Accountants and of the Financial Reporting Model Task Force of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.


Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing has received the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2010 Bridging the Gap Award, which acknowledges and pays tribute to minority-owned and women-owned firms for achievement and those who support minority business development. The Baltimore-based firm won in the category of successful minority- and women-owned firms.

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.

Towson University’s team won a recent four-team cyber security competition hosted by Computer Sciences Corp. Teams from Community College of Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park and James Madison University were second, third and fourth. The object of Cyb3r Battl3ground was to test the teams’ ability to defend networks against professional hackers.


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.

Gregory A. Hazlett has been named to the boards of directors of the Adams Express Co. and of Petroleum & Resources Corp. Hazlett is senior vice president–head of global equity strategies with Pacific Investment Management Co. Before joining PIMCO, he served as chief investment officer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hazlett has also served as managing director–global equities for Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and as a consultant to investment management companies. He is a director of other closed-end funds, including Aberdeen Emerging Markets Telecommunications and Infrastructure Fund, PXP Vietnam Emerging Equity Fund and PXP Vietnam Lotus Fund. The Adams Express Co. and Petroleum & Resources Corp. are Baltimore-based closed-end investment companies whose shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

Wendy E. Jacobs was recently elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, a partnership of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Legal Services Corp. Jacobs is the director of the forensic and valuation services division of Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, an accounting firm with offices in Lutherville, Bel Air, and Elkton.


Jania Stout, vice president of PSA Insurance and Financial Services, has been named president of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association. She had been director of membership development for the association, whose mission as a nonprofit is to be the voice of the profession on human resource management issues. Before working at PSA, Stout was vice president at Lockton Companies, and vice president at Fidelity Investment’s middle marketing division. She has received the PLANSPONSOR Adviser Team of the Year award and been on 401KWire’s List of the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution.


Donald K. Greger has been hired as business development executive of DocPoint Solutions, a subsidiary in Fulton of Quality Associates that assists organizations in enhancing employee collaboration and information exchange using the Microsoft SharePoint suite. Most recently, Greger has served as a business consultant to Washington, D.C.-area firms. Before that, he was chief operating officer of America’s Remote Help Desk, in Eldersburg; president and COO of Driven Inc.; and president and CEO of HIPAAdocs Corp. in Columbia.


Joseph Beretz III has been promoted to enhancement manager of Ruppert Landscape’s Forestville Landscape Management Branch. Beretz began with the company in 2008 as an intern and was quickly promoted to enhancement field manager of the Virginia Landscape Management Branch. Ruppert Landscape provides commercial landscape construction and management in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, and operates a wholesale tree nursery specializing in large-tree growing and moving in Montgomery County.


Heidi Landis has been hired as art director of Renegade, a marketing communications company, of Hunt Valley. She will support the development of branding and advertising campaigns as well as marketing communications initiatives for clients. Landis previously was art director and graphic designer at Merrick Towle Communications.  Before that, she held director of graphic design positions at Design Collective and Ayers/Saint/Gross. Honors that Landis has received include 2010 Great American Living Awards for Best Website and Best Overall Marketing Campaign. She earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from West Virginia University in 1994.

Two staff members have been added by gkv, of Baltimore: Shannon Gardiner is an account supervisor overseeing the firm’s comprehensive health-care businesses and new business initiatives. She previously was an account supervisor with TBC in Baltimore and LevLane in Philadelphia. Gardiner received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Cara Mundy is an interactive project manager after serving as an interactive intern. She is a graduate of Salisbury University.

Pauline Harris, owner/principal of SPIN, a marketing and public relations consulting firm with offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., has recently been a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and for students pursuing master’s degrees in the real estate program at Georgetown University.

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.

Real Estate

William (Bill) A. Badger Jr. has been hired as vice president of business development by TVM Real Estate Solutions, of Annapolis, which specializes in generating and executing turn-around solutions for troubled real estate assets. Badger is responsible for organizational management and the expansion of TVM’s client base. Badger spent 17 years working at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and then 11 years at the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., including more than seven years as president and CEO. He later joined M&T Bank as group manager for the Mid-Atlantic Government Banking Division. Badger is a Towson University graduate.

Kevin Setzer has been promoted to vice president of the Hogan Cos., an Annapolis land brokerage and real estate consulting firm. Setzer joined the Hogan Cos. in 2005 as a land and commercial broker. He focuses primarily on Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s counties, and Southern Maryland.


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. Before founding Palmer Vohrer Enterprises in 2001, Palmer worked for Cambridge Positioning Systems, Advanced Wireless Technologies, Communications Electronics, Genesis Data Systems and AAI Corp. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Palmer is a member of the board of directors for the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.


Elizabeth Hurley has been promoted to mid-Atlantic regional manager by Kimball Office, a supplier of workplace furniture. She will work with the sales team in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Hurley most recently was a government sales manager.

Daniels given MPT award

Joseph J. Daniels, assistant vice president of the Verizon Foundation, received the “Miss Jean” Worthley Award on Jan. 13 at Maryland Public Television’s Vision Honors Banquet for his contributions to youth and families. Daniels has worked through the Verizon Foundation to enable teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn, and to help adults achieve their goals. Also, Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School, from which Daniels graduated, asked him to join its Governance Board in 2007, and he was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors of Coppin State University. Daniels has collaborated with the MPT Education Department’s professional development team to improve the culture and climate of both the high school and the university.

Joseph J. Daniels

Education: B.S. in mathematics, master’s in information systems technology, Johns Hopkins University.

Resides in: Baltimore County

Daily commute: varies

Hobbies: Listening to classical and smooth jazz; cooking, especially on the grill; gardening.

Most recent vacation: Charleston, S.C.

Most recently read: Currently reading a book on Feng shui.

Favorite books: “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama; “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas L. Friedman; “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield.

Favorite food: Good Food! It must be presented well and something on the plate must have had a heartbeat at some point in its life!

Favorite quotation: “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case it’s a failure of leaders.” —Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell, “A Leadership Primer.” … I like substituting the words “our young people” for “soldiers.” For me, it brings today’s challenges for our young people into focus.