Movers & Shakers, 2/20: Furlong named development director of CollegeBound Foundation

Beth Furlong

Beth Furlong has joined the CollegeBound Foundation as development director. Furlong began her professional career in the national sales office of Marriott Hotels in New York. She previously was the alumnae director and director of gift planning at St. Paul’s School for Girls, in Baltimore. CollegeBound provides college advising, scholarships and “Last Dollar Grants” enabling underserved students in Baltimore City Public Schools to attend college. Furlong’s primary focus will be to identify and promote opportunities for financial support of CollegeBound within the greater Baltimore community.


Gail Smith-Howard, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore since 2004, recently became one of 26 nationally and internationally known leaders and a select group of hotel general managers to receive the 2012 Trumpet Award, which recognizes African-American achievements and contributions. During three decades with Hyatt, Smith-Howard rose through the management ranks. She received the Hyatt Corp.’s Manager of the Year Award in 2004.

Real Estate

Sharon Akers has been promoted to vice president, corporate relations, of St. John Properties, of Baltimore. Akers, who has worked for the company since 2007, also is executive director of the Edward St. John Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Benjamin Alder has joined Sperry Van Ness–Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury. Alder worked for nearly 10 years with Ducks Unlimited before entering the private sector and real estate. His focus has been to help landowners obtain easement and other conservation program funding to bring financial incentives to his clients for their land. Alder had worked with Coldwell Banker since 2004.


Manny Mejias has been named general manager of the new Olive Garden Italian restaurant in Owings Mills. Mejias has been with the company for a year, most recently as general manager of the Olive Garden in Columbia.


Ron Frost has been appointed franchise business consultant for the central region of Signs By Tomorrow, a national signage and graphics company based in Columbia. Frost has 24 years of experience in mechanical engineering, sales and management. He and his wife previously owned and operated an independent signage and graphics business in Florida. Before that, he was a mechanical engineer for Gerber Scientific Products and a branch manager for Grimco and for Clarke Systems.


Tony Myers has been promoted to vice president of the technology & management solutions division at Catapult Technology, a Bethesda-based contractor to the federal government. Before joining Catapult nine years ago, Myers worked at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and Krajewski & Associates, a management consulting firm. He is a certified Project Management Professional as designated by the Project Management Institute.