Ocean City Today

Business Briefs 06/23/2017

Jun 22, 2017
Cindy Hall


Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley announces two recent promotions within the Executive Leadership Team.

Cindy Hall has been promoted to vice president of sales. She has 24 years of experience in sales management in the commercial and hospitality industry. Hall focuses her time assisting the sales and support teams and to help simplify the insurance purchasing experience and develop stronger agency/client relationships.

Hall and her husband reside in Worcester County where she remains active volunteering and serving on a variety of committees including, Junior Achievement of Worcester County, Eastern Women’s Golf Association and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Her three boys grew up in Worcester County and she remained very active in the Worcester County School Systems while the boys attended school.

Beth Bell has been promoted to the position of vice president of operations, in addition to her current role as CFO. She holds a significant role in supporting the strategic direction of ASC&D agency as the executive leader for HR, IT and Accounting.

She also directly supports the Personal Lines division of the agency. Bell is a senior certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management. She is active in the local community, serving on the Worcester County board of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. She is a native of Ocean City and currently resides in Bishopville with her husband and four children.

Headquartered in Willards, Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley is an independent insurance agency specializing in employer benefits, business and personal insurances.



Raymond M. Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, the bank subsidiary of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. has announced the following recent promotions.

Ross Bergey has been promoted to loan and business development officer for the Ocean City Market. Bergey will be located at the bank’s 20th Street location.

Bergey began his employment with Taylor Bank in June 2014. In January 2015, he entered the bank’s Management Trainee program where he was exposed to the various operations of the bank. Having joined Taylor Bank with a background in accounting and finance, Bergey was promoted to credit analyst in January 2016.

Scott Williams has been promoted to credit administrator at the bank’s main office in Berlin. Williams will support the bank’s loan operations in the credit underwriting area, including expanded duties and responsibilities related to post-closing file review, loan file compliance review and asset quality monitoring of the bank’s loan portfolio.

Williams graduated from Salisbury University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems. In 2006, Williams joined Taylor Bank as a customer service associate, and was subsequently promoted to management trainee in June 2008.

In 2009, Williams became the assistant manager of the bank’s main office. In 2014, Williams transferred to the loan department where he previously served as a credit analyst, and most recently loan operations supervisor.

Kathy Warren has been promoted to loan operations supervisor at the bank’s main office. In that capacity, Warren’s duties will include oversight of loan document support staff, loan document production and review, and management of the bank’s loan document systems.

Warren joined Taylor Bank April 2014 as a loan processor. She came to Taylor Bank with 28 years of banking experience in branch management, loan operations and loan production.


Bank award

Taylor Bank was recently recognized by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a recipient of the Silver Level Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Award.

The Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awards recognizes employers for exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. Applications were reviewed and scored by the staff of Healthiest Maryland Businesses, Maryland’s Worksite Wellness Program.

Taylor Bank launched its Fiscally Fit program in 2011 with a simple walking campaign that has now evolved into a holistic and strategized wellness program.



Grace Masten, broker of Sea Grace at North Beach Realtors in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) Board of Directors was among 21 graduates from the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR) 17th annual Leadership Academy honored recently in Annapolis. She received the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship award and the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award.

The scholarship is awarded to the graduate who best demonstrates integrity, a desire to lead and a high ethical standard, both professionally and through community involvement. Masten was awarded the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, by her peers, as the graduate who best demonstrated his character and ideals through faith, integrity and a deep commitment to community and real estate endeavors.

Masten was the first graduate to receive both awards in the same year.

Masten has been a Realtor since 1981 and a broker since 1985. She currently serves as a director on the CAR Board of Directors and chairs the association’s Rentals Task Force, while also serving on the Finance Committee.

In the past, she has served on the Professional Standards, Grievance, New Members, Community Service, Broker, Strategic Planning and Association Executive Search committees. Masten is the incoming state chair for the Maryland/DC Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, as well as the CRS Local Networking Group director for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

She holds the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation and is a secondary member of the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors in Easton and the Sussex County Association of Realtors in Delaware.


Custis joins board

Raymond M. Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, the bank subsidiary of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., has announced that John P. Custis, Esq., CPA has joined the Board of Directors of the company and the bank.

Custis is a partner in the law firm Custis, Dix, Lewis and Custis, LLP in Onley, Virginia, and has practiced law on the Eastern Shore of Virginia since 2010.

In 2015, Custis expanded his law practice into Maryland, becoming affiliated with the firm of Long, Badger, & Sheller, LLP in Salisbury. Custis owns Eastern Shore Tax Advisors, LLC, a tax compliance and consulting firm in Onley.

Custis is a founding board member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and also serves on the board of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance. He is also a member of the Salisbury University School of Business Executive Advisory Council, and serves as Pro-Bono attorney to numerous nonprofit organizations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

He is a past board member and president of the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation and the University of Virginia Club of the Eastern Shore, a branch of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. Custis is also a former member of the Shore Bank Accomack County Community Advisory Board and the Onancock Rotary Club.


Exec. committee

During its June board meeting, the following board members were approved as the Ocean City Development Corporation Executive Committee for the next year (June 2017-May 2018):

President Chris Trimper, Trimper Amusements; Vice President Blaine Smith, retired Ocean City Zoning administrator; Secretary Stephanie Meehan, Funcade;  Treasurer John Lewis, MR Ducks/Talbot Street Inn; and Immediate Past President Bob Givarz, Alaska Stand.

The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) is a nonprofit organization charged with revitalizing downtown Ocean City. The OCDC website at www.ocdc.org lists its various projects, programs and other information about the organization.

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