Names & Faces: Ellicott City man wins $1 million Super Bowl commercial prize -- Gazette.Net


Raj Suri, who grew up in Ellicott City, and partner Ryan Anderson of Scottsdale, Ariz., won Doritos’ annual $1 million Super Bowl commercial contest.

Suri and Anderson saw their commercial, which won the online fan vote and $1 million top prize, air less than five minutes into the big game on Sunday.

The commercial, called “Time Machine,” was filmed in Arizona and portrays Anderson’s young son, who convinces a neighbor to give him his Doritos for a ride in a cardboard time machine. Suri’s team had the lowest budget among the five finalists — $300. The pair have the opportunity to work with Marvel Studios on the set of “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” More than 100 million people were estimated to have seen the “Time Machine” commercial.

Accounting and advisory firm CohnReznick LLP promoted Ken Slater to partner as of Feb. 1.

Slater, based in CohnReznick’s Bethesda office, has more than 17 years of experience in audit, tax and management advisory services to real estate entities and nonprofit organizations. He specializes in affordable housing and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Bobby Bagheri joined Rockville law firm Miller, Miller & Canby as an associate in its real estate practice group. He previously worked in the real estate group at Squire Sanders and in the corporate transactional group at Patton Boggs LLP.

Lorna Donatone, chief operating officer and president of Gaithersburg-based Sodexo Education, was elected treasurer of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. She is also a board member of the National Restaurant Association.

Steve Cooper joined Bethesda-based Digital Management Inc. as vice president of strategic programs. He previously was the acting deputy assistant administrator and CIO for information technology at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bethesda-based Edge Commercial Real Estate named Erik Pedersen a senior associate. He was formerly with Jones Lang LaSalle in Bethesda and is joining Edge’s landlord and tenant advisory teams.

MedStar Health appointed Ed Kimlin medical director of its network of urgent care centers, MedStar PromptCare. He has been with MedStar PromptCare — which has locations in Gaithersburg and Wheaton — since October 2012.

Brett Hess, president of accounting firm Business Management Co., and Mark Greathouse, president of business advisory firm GTG Solutions, are among the founders of Frederick-based Strategic Capital Partners. The business accelerator helps link young companies with investors.