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On the Move – 6/29/12: Witty directs Susquehanna

Witty directs Susquehanna

James D. Witty

Susquehanna Bank has named James D. Witty as regional president for the Baltimore area and eastern Maryland. Witty will lead Susquehanna’s commercial and retail banking teams in Baltimore city and Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and Worcester counties. The bank operates 23 branches in the region. Witty worked most recently as senior vice president/commercial banking unit manager in Baltimore for PNC Bank. Before the PNC merger in 2007, Witty oversaw Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co.’s Asset Based Lending Department. He has more than 24 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Witty has been active as a community volunteer throughout his career, and he serves on the board of trustees of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and as a trustee, treasurer and member of the executive committee of The Irvine Nature Center.

James D. Witty

Education: Lehigh University.

Resides in: Reisterstown.

How do you see Susquehanna growing in this market? “I believe all banking is local. Our approach is to keep decision-making based in the local market, while giving customers the benefit of the greater lending capacity and diverse financial expertise of a regional bank.”

Recent vacation: Bermuda.

Favorite book: “The Last Lecture” (Randy Pausch).

Favorite quotation: “Earn it.” (Capt. John Miller to Pfc. James Ryan in “Saving Private Ryan”)


Everyman Theatre, Baltimore’s only resident professional theater, has named Jonathan K. Waller as marketing director. Waller joins Everyman as it prepares for its inaugural season in its new theater on Fayette Street. Waller joins Everyman after serving as director of external affairs for the Vineyard Theatre in New York.


Creative Access, an Ellicott City-based interior architectural planning and design firm specializing in health care and commercial facilities, had added Bertina Angeles, formerly of Brasher Design, as an interior designer and planner.


Rex Smith, president and CEO of Hearts & Homes for Youth Inc., based in Silver Spring, recently received a Harris Heroes Award. The awards were created by WJLA-TV news anchor Leon Harris to recognize community organizations that benefit the Washington area. Hearts & Homes provides group homes for troubled youth, shelter for the homeless and foster care.

Heritage Financial Consultants LLC of Hunt Valley was selected by Worth magazine for its list of Top Wealth Advisors. Heritage Financial Consultants is the only firm in Maryland selected for this list. Heritage will provide articles for all six of Worth magazine’s issues in the coming year.

John Anglim and Susan Hannah Hadary won a National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award in Public/Current Community Affairs for their documentary “Departing Rosewood,” which premiered on Maryland Public Television last year. The documentary, produced through MedSchool Maryland Productions, followed the journey of one man with development disabilities from institution to society.


TD Bank has named Debi L. Stephens the store manager, vice president of the store located on Eastern Avenue in Essex.

Stephens has 21 years of banking experience with expertise in finance, real estate, insurance and mortgage. Before joining TD Bank, she served as a store manager at Wells Fargo in Reisterstown and a mortgage director at Wachovia, managing the Maryland and Metro D.C. market.


Greg Farno, senior vice president in the corporate and investment banking area for SunTrust Bank, has been named to the board of directors of the Center for Urban Families. Farno is also a member of the executive committee of the B&O Railroad Museum, the board of directors of the St. Ignatius Loyola Academy of Baltimore and the Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council.

David E. Botzler has been appointed to Hunt Valley-based Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union’s board of directors. He is fulfilling the remaining term vacated by Bernard Goodman’s death. Botzler is executive vice president at Dunbar Armored Inc.

The Fort Meade Alliance has named Deon Viergutz president of the nonprofit organization, which promotes and supports Fort George G. Meade. Viergutz, director of operations at Lockheed Martin Cyber Solutions, will serve a three-year term effective July 1. Three new board members have also been appointed: Lisa Decker of Whiting Turner Contracting Co., Bill Dunahoo of Praxis Engineering Technologies Inc. and Dr. Maureen McMahon of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Capitol College has named Haden Land, vice president of engineering and chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil business, to the college’s board of trustees.


Wilhelm Commercial Builders Inc., a general contracting company specializing in interior tenant construction and high security environments, based in Annapolis Junction, has hired Carley Nelson as its marketing and communications coordinator. Nelson has over two years of experience from previous internships involving both construction and corporate communications.

Health care

Dr. Robert G. Leikin has joined Katzen Eye Group, Maryland’s largest private eye care practice, as director of refractive services. Leikin comes to Katzen from Kameen Eye Associates, where he served as clinical director of refractive services for nearly 14 years. Leikin specializes in refractive eye surgery, including Lasik, PRK and Premium Intraocular Lenses for cataract surgery.

W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D., director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was recently elected as chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery Inc. Lee will be the third Hopkins faculty member to lead the board in its 75-year history, joining Dr. John Staige Davis (1937), the board’s first chairman, and Dr. John E. Hoopes (1982). Lee has served as one of the board’s directors for the past six years. Lee is the leader of the facial transplantation team at Johns Hopkins. A pioneer in hand transplants, Lee performed the nation’s first double hand transplant in May 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was among the first to perform a single hand transplant in the United States in March 2009.


Choice Hotels International Inc. of Silver Spring has named Louise Slark as vice president, compensation and benefits.

Slark joins Choice Hotels International with more than 20 years of experience in compensation and benefit plans as well as human resources information technology. Most recently, she served as senior director of total rewards and HR systems for Neustar Inc. Her background also includes experience at RSM McGladrey, Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic, Ernst & Young and KPMG.


John Marsh was named vice president and director of Client Digital Services for GKV, a Baltimore-based integrated marketing communications firm. He will work closely with the GKV account teams to provide digital strategies and results to clients. Marsh has more than 12 years of advertising, marketing and interactive experience. Before joining GKV, he served as interactive director at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, where he led the organization’s digital strategy, including redesigning the website and all online design assets, pioneering the use of streaming video, webinars and Wiki tools and launching the new media marketing presence.

Daniel Robinson was promoted to senior vice president, director of media services at GKV from his previous position as media director. Robinson will be responsible for overall client media strategy, including management responsibility for all traditional and new media planning and buying. He will also continue to conduct strategic media research on behalf of clients, in addition to overseeing a staff of media planning and buying professionals and reviewing staff recommendations for paid media campaigns.

Chip Whiteford is joining Columbia-based ADG Creative as a developer. He most recently served as a web/multimedia/simulation/emulation developer.

Profiles Inc., a Baltimore-based public relations, marketing, and special events firm, has hired Christina Camba as a junior account executive. Camba comes to Profiles from South Moon Under, where she served as marketing director. Camba works directly with Vice President Amy Burke Friedman on the media outreach, social media, special events, and partnerships/promotions efforts for Profiles clients.

Renegade Communications, a Hunt Valley-based marketing company, has added four people to its staff: Lisa Randle as executive assistant to the company’s president/CEO and chief strategy officer; Toyia Giles as executive assistant to Renegade’s management team; Felicia Allen as receptionist; and C. Joshua McCardle as IT administrator. Randle brings more than 20 years of experience in office management and executive support and has worked in numerous industries including shipping, manufacturing, interior design, vehicle and equipment leasing and innovation technology. Giles has experience as an executive assistant for CEOs and other senior corporate officers in a variety of industries, including engineering, real estate, law, civil rights and insurance. Allen is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County. McCardle comes to Renegade after technology roles with Activision and Turtle Beach.

Real estate

Baltimore-based Questar Properties Inc., which develops planned communities in the mid-Atlantic, named Sheryl McKibben vice president of marketing. McKibben, who previously was vice president of marketing for The Bozzuto Management Co. in Greenbelt, specializes in real estate development, including feasibility studies, product programming and marketing strategy through lease up and management. Among her initial responsibilities, McKibben is promoting Questar Properties’ new Dorsey Ridge luxury apartments in Hanover.


Wit & Wisdom, located in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, has appointed Clayton Miller, formerly of Trummer’s on Main in Fairfax, Va., as executive chef, effective July 5.