Ryan Brost has joined Harborside Group, of Baltimore, as a mutual fund consultant. He has spent six years in the financial services industry, the majority in sales and marketing. Brost previously was a business development consultant for Jackson National Life Insurance, serving advisers in the San Diego region. Brost maintains his Series 6 and 63 licenses. Harborside Group is a full-service sales, marketing and public relations firm serving the asset management industry.
Cartridge on Wheels recently was named Small Business of the Year by the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. The business delivers ink and toner to businesses and organizations while helping monitor their needs. Company owner Bruce Kanner won the chamber’s volunteer of the year award in 2010. He also works with one of the chamber’s Direct Connect groups.
Claire Zhang has been hired by Advanced BioScience Laboratories, of Rockville, to lead its downstream bioprocessing group. Zhang will direct development and optimization programs for the biomedical contract research and manufacturing organization’s commercial and government good manufacturing practice manufacturing clients. She most recently was the head of downstream development and manufacturing at Intercell, where she worked on multiple vaccine platforms including recombinant proteins and virus-like particles. Zhang has also worked for Human Genome Sciences and IBEX Pharmaceuticals.
Trina LaPier, Montgomery County retail and real estate advertising director for The Gazette, has been named chairwoman of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Other officers are: Chairman Elect and Vice Chair Ron Dimaranan, Mid-Atlantic Fe deral Credit Union; Treasurer Sam McNamee, Signs of Progress; Immediate Past Board Chair Doug Wrenn, Rodgers Consulting; Vice Chairs David Edgerley, HarVest Bank of Maryland; Colette Releford, Strive Business Solutions; and Scott Wallace, Linowes and Blocher. Other directors: Anita Anderson, BlackRock Center for the Arts; Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer; Andy Bass, United Bank; Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners; Eileen Cahill, Holy Cross Hospital; John Compton, GeneDx; Howard Covin, Johns Hopkins University; Robert Cowdrey, Capital Bank; Robert Czura, M&T Bank; Allen DeLeon, DeLeon & Stang; David Denton, Asbury Methodist Village; Robert Jepson, Adventist HealthCare; Ray McKenzie, Law Office of Raymond T. McKenzie; James G. Muir, Hughes Network Systems; Jim Norris, Montgomery County EFCU; Jerry Pasternak, PEPCO; Gizelle Petit, Sandy Spring Bank; Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College; Randy Scritchfield, Montgomery Financial Group; Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell; and Tony Tomasello, City of Gaithersburg.
Joseph R. Urgo, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and his wife, Lesley Dretar Urgo, have committed $100,000 to the college’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. They previously donated $20,000 to the school. The goals of the campaign focus on expanding available resources for need-based financial aid and strengthening academic programs. The Urgos designated $75,000 to a need-based scholarship fund, and the remaining $25,000 to the St. Mary’s College Arboretum.
Roadnet Technologies, a Baltimore-based vehicle routing, scheduling and fleet management technology company, won in the Technology category in the Association for Corporate Growth–Maryland Chapter’s 2011 Deal of the Year competition. Roadnet’s fleet management applications and logistics software provide territory and street-level route plans, multi-stop vehicle routing and scheduling, wireless dispatch, vehicle telematics, fuel management, and real-time vehicle GPS tracking.