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Walmart, Sam’s Club announce campaign to assist with hurricane relief

With a catastrophic storm, flooding and power outages hitting the Eastern Seaboard, Walmart and Sam’s Club are launching a customer campaign to assist impacted communities with hurricane relief, according to a press release. The Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas will match customer donations two-to-one with cash donations up to $5 million for disaster response and recovery.

“Our associates and friends have been significantly impacted by this devastating storm,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc., in the release. “We’ve seen over the years that our customers all across the country stand ready to help their fellow citizens when mother nature hits. So we’re proud to provide a way to support their generosity during this great time of need.”

Customers will be able to donate online and at Walmart and Sam’s Club registers. Amounts donated to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas will support organizations helping with local relief efforts including supporting shelter, food, comfort and emergency assistance for those in need. Walmart’s matching commitment is in addition to $500,000 of in-kind donations that Walmart has already committed for immediate relief, the press release states.

• The company’s first priority is the safety of associates. Walmart and Sam’s Club work to take care of associates and their families by communicating with store and club location management teams, reminding associates of emergency procedures and what to do during and after the storm.

• The company is providing support to associates who have been impacted with disaster-support assistance, setting up support centers in the impacted areas, providing hot meals to families and proactively calling associates to conduct wellness checks.

• Providing prescriptions and immunizations to customers during and after this emergency through Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, which will be open as long as conditions are safe for customers and associates. In addition, a mobile pharmacy unit has been deployed to the impacted area and is ready to serve those affected by providing prescriptions, immunizations and general resources for those impacted.

• The company is working with suppliers to help stores and clubs stay in stock. Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will be prepared to open up as soon as possible so they can support communities in the affected area, and company pharmacies will also work with patients who might be displaced or have previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy.

• Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting associates’ needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts in the impacted regions.

• Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping stores and club locations during critical events such as this one and providing subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

During the campaign, customers can donate to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at registers in Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs, or on Walmart.com and Samsclub.com, according to the release. For each $1 donated from Sept. 15, 2018, to Sept. 21, 2018, Walmart will contribute $2, up to $5M, to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at the Foundation for the Carolinas. This will fund efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from Hurricane Florence and any other hurricanes that impact the U.S. and its territories this year.

Five veteran-owned businesses receive $50,000 in financing

The Maryland Department of Commerce recently announced that five veteran-owned businesses have received a total of $250,000 in financing through the Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program (MPVSBLP), which will help create nearly 40 new jobs throughout the state, according to a press release. Each business will use the $50,000 loan to support expansions and job creation, as well as infrastructure upgrades, equipment purchases, and working capital.

The businesses receiving financial assistance include C&B Strategic Consulting Inc., a Baltimore-based firm specializing in information technology and program management; C&E Pharmacy Services LLC, an Annapolis pharmaceutical startup specializing in virtual pharmacy services for veterans; Grimmer Technology and Operations Inc., a Howard County IT company that supports federal contracts for the Department of Defense; Narrows Hill LLC, a tabletop games and accessories developer based in Garrett County; and Spin Juice House, a startup retail juice and health food café in Waldorf.

“Our military and veteran loan program helps ensure that our local businesses have the funding they need to succeed,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, in the release. “We are honored to have assisted dozens of veterans through this program, and proud to provide the kind of support these men and women deserve as they work toward the next chapter of their careers.”

“The men and women who have worn the uniform of our Armed Forces have the drive, commitment and entrepreneurial spirit to be successful in business,” said George Owings, secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, in the release. “We are pleased to consult with Commerce on the veteran loan program and wish each of these businesses best wishes in their future endeavors.”

The Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program was created in 2006 and is administered by Commerce in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs. Veterans, military reservists, and National Guard members who own a business are eligible to apply. The program also accepts applications from small businesses that employ military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, as well as companies owned by or employing service-disabled veterans.

Applications for the state’s veteran loan program are currently being accepted through Aug. 17. To learn more about the program, go to http://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs-for-businesses/mpvsblp.

Chaney Enterprises announces promotions, restructures sales department

Chaney Enterprises, a ready-mix concrete, aggregates, custom blends, and related construction supplies provider, announced today a new structure for the company’s sales department alongside two internal promotions that will provide even better customer service and aligns with Chaney’s continued, strategic growth, according to a press release.

Sal Bianco has been promoted to Northern/Eastern Shore sales and business development manager and Brandon Coombs has been promoted to Southern sales and business development manager. The promotions come with Chaney’s restructured sales department, now divided into three teams. The Northern team serves businesses north of U.S. Route 50 and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Southern team serves south of U.S. Route 50 and Virginia, and the D.C. team serves Washington, D.C., inside of the Capital Beltway, and Prince George’s County, the press release states.

Bianco and Coombs bring years of industry experience and Chaney know-how to their new positions and will play an important role as we further streamline our sales structure to meet the needs of our customers,” said Jan Holt, chief customer officer of Chaney Enterprises, in the release. “These internal promotions are in line with Chaney’s corporate culture of internal opportunity and advancement and allow for our team to quickly make an impact for our customers.”

In their new roles, Bianco and Coombs’ primary responsibilities are to lead and mentor the sales teams, manage and grow accounts, identify new opportunities, cultivate sales, and streamline day-to-day processes, according to the release.

Bianco, a resident of Catonsville, joined Chaney in 2011. Coombs has been with Chaney since 2003 and is a resident of Charlotte Hall. Both were previously sales and business development representatives.

Regent Healthcare acquires Freedom In Home Care LLC

Regent Healthcare, the largest, non-franchised home care agency in Central Maryland, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Freedom In Home Care LLC, according to a press release. Under the terms of the agreement, Freedom will be absorbed by Regent Healthcare, who will employ all former Freedom caregivers and assume care for all former Freedom clients.

Freedom has served the tri-county Southern Maryland area since 2011. A privately-owned company, Freedom provided services including in-home care evaluations, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal care services, companion care, licensed nursing assistance, skilled care services, respite care, and staff relief and cluster care for assisted living facilities, the press release states.

Founded in 2008, Regent Healthcare provides in-home companion, personal and skilled nursing care throughout Central Maryland, Southern Maryland, and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With this acquisition, Regent is now a licensed Medicaid provider and will expand its reach to serve both private pay and Medicaid-eligible clients.

Since its inception, Freedom In-Home Care has built a reputation for providing the highest quality of compassionate in-home care, while fostering trusted relationships between its clients and caregivers,” said Felton Magee, president and CEO of Regent Healthcare, in the release. “We are grateful and excited to welcome Kim Farrall’s talented team and client base to the Regent family, and we look forward to being able to serve more Maryland families as a licensed Medicaid provider.”

“Freedom was founded with the mission of providing the highest quality in-home care, and it has been an honor and privilege to work with the individuals, families, and caregivers we have served in our local communities,” said Kim Farrall, owner, Freedom In Home Care LLC, in the release. “With the need for quality home health care and skilled private nursing care services continuing to grow, joining Regent gives our staff the best resources and opportunities to reach as many people as possible. Regent shares our dedication to excellence in care, and our core values of treating all clients and employees with respect and compassion, and I am excited to see the company become part of the largest non-franchised home care agency in our region.”

For more information about Regent Healthcare, call 410-872-0310 or go to www.regenthealth.com.

Old Line Bank gears up in response to continued loan growth, announces promotions

Old Line Bank’s loan portfolio continues to grow organically and with the addition of their recent mergers with Bay Bank and Damascus Community Bank, the bank’s lending team has prided themselves with steady commercial real estate lending and low loss levels, according to a press release. After the two recent acquisitions and the addition of new lending talent, Old Line Bank recognized the need to expand their loan operations group in order to maintain the highest quality lending practices.

On Wednesday, June 27, two senior level promotions were announced: Rori L. Bailey as senior vice president and portfolio risk manager, and Sammy K. Pulliam Jr. as senior vice president and manager of special assets, the press release states.

Bailey, initially hired in 2014 as a credit analyst, was quickly asked to assist the bank with the implementation of their CRE segmentation analysis, strengthen Old Line Bank’s credit stress analysis and ALLL analysis. All of which have proven effective to ensure the highest quality of loan growth in the bank’s portfolio. Pulliam came to Old Line Bank in 2016 and has been instrumental in helping reduce the bank’s NPAs to their historically low level.

“Our loan growth and asset quality speaks for itself,” said James W. Cornelsen, president and chief executive officer of Old Line Bank, in the release. “Rori Bailey and Sammy Pulliam have been great assets to our company and our organization has greatly benefited from their expertise and experience.”

Pulliam holds a bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University and received a master of business administration, finance and strategy degree from Howard University. Bailey has a bachelor of science in finance from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University, and is a recent Stonier Graduate School of Banking grad with the Wharton School of Business, according to the release.

Moorefield promoted to chief operating officer at Mona

Mona Electric Group Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Brian R. Moorefield to chief operating officer, according to a press release. Moorefield joined Mona in 1988 as part of the estimating department and has over 30 years of industry experience. In his new role, Moorefield will oversee the operating groups which include service and construction.

In 1996 Moorefield was promoted to project manager and quickly ascended Mona’s company ladder and was promoted to senior project manager in 2002. As senior project manager, he oversaw the largest project Mona had completed to date, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farm. With many other successful projects under his belt, Moorefield became Mona’s construction manager in 2007, overseeing the daily operations for the organization’s large construction group. In 2009, Moorefield was promoted to vice president of construction, where he was responsible for all aspects of the group. In 2012, Moorefield was promoted to senior vice president. Over the years, his role was expanded to include the management of the purchasing department, the field service center and pre-fab. Over his 30 years with Mona Electric, Moorefield has been involved with many different types of projects and has gained a vast knowledge in all areas of Mona’s industry, the press release states.

Mona recognizes the continued challenges facing today’s electrical contracting industry and has no doubt that Moorefield will continue to exceed market demands while continuing to provide the company’s clients with superior service, according to the release.

Precise Systems awarded PMA-299 H-60 Program Office support contract

Precise Systems recently announced the award of a five-year, $41.5 million contract to Precise to provide program and financial services to PMA-299, NAVAIR’s H-60 Helicopters Program Office, according to a press release. H-60 missions include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, medical evacuation, communications relay, vertical replenishment and naval gunfire support. In accomplishing these missions, PMA-299 manages multiple H-60 Seahawk helicopter variants including the MH-60R, MH-60S, SH-60B, SH-60F and HH-60H.

Precise Systems’ partners are Don Selvy Enterprises and Island Creek Associates. The team will provide support services in program management and financial management for: H-60 research, development, test and evaluation; procurement; foreign military sales; and sustainment projects. “Precise is proud to serve one of the U.S. Navy’s largest aviation programs,” said Scott Pfister, president, Precise Systems, in the release. “The Precise Team will leverage our extensive corporate experience with rotary wing platforms to provide innovative solutions to PMA-299 and its international partners.”

Eatwell DC expands to Maryland

EatWell DC restaurant group which includes The Bird, The Pig, Grillfish, Commissary and Logan Tavern, recently announced its newest venture, The Charles – Farm Table & Public House, according to a press release. The Charles, which is anticipated to open Oct. 1, replaces the nearly four-decades-old Casey Jones, an iconic downtown La Plata restaurant and pub known for among other things, its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Casey Jones will close in early August.

The Charles will be a neighborhood gathering place located at 417 Charles St. in La Plata, very close to the group’s own EatWell Natural Farm where much of the produce that’s served by the entire restaurant group is grown. EatWell DC’s first restaurant in Maryland features a menu of “greatest hits” from the group’s existing restaurants while still highlighting the traditions of southern Maryland. Expect The Bird’s delicious Duck Meatballs, Commissary’s coveted Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts, Grillfish’s popular Ginger Calamari, The Pig’s appetizing Pork Buns, Logan Tavern’s signature burgers, soft shell crabs (when in season), local oysters, rockfish and much more, the press release states.

Leading culinary efforts at The Charles is Will Cutchley, an alumni of noted kitchens at Le Bernardin, Le Cirque, and The Yale Club. Mark Berry, a member of the EatWell family for the last six years, is the restaurant’s general manager.

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity of this amazing space and to become a greater part of La Plata’s community. With our farm being so close, we look forward to integrating the two concepts and serving the people of La Plata and all of Charles County,” said David Winer, principal of EatWell DC, in the release.

The restaurant will receive a complete facelift in the “farmhouse modern” style, while paying respect to the past. The space boasts more than 300 seats including an enclosed porch and a covered terrace as well as two bars. Two private dining areas allow for sit-down gatherings both intimate and larger, with private space for parties of 10-60 people. There’s also parking for 125 cars, according to the release.

At opening, the restaurant’s hours of operation will be: Sunday-Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; and happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Shortly after, weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday), starting at 10 a.m., and weekday lunch, starting at 11 a.m., will be served. For more information, visit The Charles at @thecharleslp on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Strauss elected to national auctioneers board

Nicholls Auction Marketing Group Inc. recently announced that the National Auctioneers Association elected Kelly D. Strauss, CAI of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, to its board of directors at its recent 2018 International Auctioneers Conference and Show held in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a press release. The National Auctioneers Association (NAA) is the auction industry’s largest membership association with over 3,800 members.

Strauss said that the importance of family was a significant factor in both his personal and professional auction lives. “We are truly a family in the NAA. During this short week, we see auctioneers rekindling friendships, catching up on each other’s lives, and we see auctioneers helping other auctioneers,” Strauss said in the release. “I will be proposing an NAA mentorship program to assist the success of new and even returning auctioneers as they become part of the NAA auction family.”

In his speech before the NAA election, Strauss said he would keep the best interest of the National Auctioneers Association at the forefront to enhance its image.

As auction coordinator of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group Inc., Strauss oversees the day-to-day management of many complex auction projects for the company. A graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and the Certified Auctioneers Institute, Bloomington, Ind., Strauss was born and raised in the New River Valley region of Virginia in Christiansburg and Radford. He is an auctioneer from King George County, Va., where he has made his home for over 20 years with his wife and two children, the press release states.

Strauss has most recently represented the auction industry serving as the 2015 Virginia Auctioneers Association (VAA) president. Strauss was instrumental in scheduling highly respected members of the auction industry to speak at VAA meeting during his tenure of the VAA board of directors.

Strauss has served on numerous national, state, and local boards and is active in many community and church activities in King George, according to the release.

For more information about Kelly Strauss and the NAA, go to www.nichollsauction.com and www.auctioneers.org.

Weis Markets donates $225,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America

Weis Markets recently presented a $225,000 donation to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in support of their Mission: ABLE‘s Heart of the Brave campaign, which encourages veterans and their families, corporate supporters, and friends to help create an America where our most severely injured heroes have access to what they’ve earned and deserve: care, jobs and benefits, according to a press release.

This donation was generated through customer contributions during a two-week, in-store fundraising program. Weis Markets’ stores raised $195,000, and a corporate contribution rounded up the donation to $225,000. This is a significant increase from Weis’ inaugural PVA campaign over Veteran’s Day in 2017, which raised a total of $150,000 for the organization.

“We are extremely grateful to our customers for their generosity and we’re proud of our many associates who helped generate this donation, which was a $75,000 increase over what was donated during our inaugural PVA campaign last year,” said Ron Bonacci, vice president of advertising and marketing for Weis Markets, in the release. “Paralyzed Veterans of America provides much-needed support to veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. We are pleased to be working in support of this deserving cause.”

To support the initiative, Weis Markets and its associates encouraged customers to make small donations at Weis checkouts by rounding up their orders or purchasing $1, $3 or $5 vouchers from June 21 – July 11.

With more than 42,000 American veterans living with spinal cord-related paralysis, PVA’s mission is to create an America where the most severely injured veterans are provided the physical care needed to live a healthy life, receive the benefits they’ve earned through military service and obtain job training and opportunities for new and fulfilling careers, the press release states.

For more information about Weis Markets and its support of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE, go to WeisMarkets.com.

Bowling named chair of MACPA board of directors

Bryantown resident Samantha Bowling, a partner at the accounting firm of Garbelman Winslow CPAs in Upper Marlboro, has been named chair of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) 2018-19 board of directors, according to a press release. Bowling was elected to the position on June 7 during the MACPA’s annual meeting in Bowie, and will hold the seat for one year.

Bowling is a 1989 graduate of La Plata High School and a 1993 graduate of Salisbury University. She is a certified public accountant licensed in Maryland, D.C. and Arizona. In March 2018, Bowling was honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record, the press release states. Garbelman Winslow CPAs is a 70 full service public accounting firm located in Upper Marlboro that has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses since 1947.

Chaney celebrates decade of recognition for workplace quality and success

Chaney Enterprises, a ready-mix concrete, aggregates, custom blends, and related construction supplies provider, recently announced it has won its tenth consecutive Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) Seal of Approval award for its commitment to supporting employees and their communities, according to a press release.

The AWE Seal of Approval is awarded to companies on the criteria of balanced leadership and overall workforce success. Chaney’s selection for this award recognizes superiority in corporate culture practices, employee opportunity and family friendly policies, commitment to corporate, social, and civic responsibility, and diversity and inclusion practices, among other attributes. Chaney was also awarded the AWE Health & Wellness Seal of Approval and the AWE EcoLeadership Award, applauding employee health and wellness initiatives and commitment to environmental sustainability and effective use of resources, respectively.

As one of 41 employers of all sizes and industry types from across the country being recognized, Chaney is the only concrete and aggregate supplier in the region to receive the awards this year, the press release states.

“We pride ourselves on providing an excellent experience for our employees which, in turn, helps them to deliver excellent service to our customers,” said Francis “Hall” Chaney III, president of Chaney Enterprises, in the release. “To be recognized as a leader in workplace excellence for the past decade is reassuring for our employees and shows our team’s commitment to our mission of taking pride in delivering exceptional products and services, while demonstrating commitment to our people, our communities, and our environment.”

All nominees for AWE awards undergo a comprehensive assessment process led by an independent review panel of business professional and master’s and Ph.D. level students in various fields including business, industrial and organizational psychology, human resources, environmental science, public health, and diversity and inclusion, according to the release.

Chaney employees were present to receive the awards during a gala celebration and recognition ceremony held in Gaithersburg.

Leadership Southern Maryland announces selection of the Class of 2019

The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) board of directors is pleased to announce the selection of 37 Southern Maryland leaders for its 11th class — the Class of 2019, according to a press release.

Following a two-day opening retreat in September, these class members will attend eight one- or two-day intense sessions focusing on economic and workforce development, defense, education, healthcare, public safety, housing and human services, multiculturalism, and energy and environment. These sessions will conclude with a closing retreat and graduation in May. More than 50 experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

From Calvert County:

Susan E. Alexander, vice president/ CFO for PSI Pax Inc.

Danielle L. Conrow, deputy director of engineering and highways for Calvert County Department of Public Works

Meagan Drees, executive director for Calvert Physician Associates, CalvertHealth System

Tom L. Jones, division chief for Calvert County Department of Buildings and Grounds

Theresa M. Kuhns, director of government affairs for the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors

Shannon Q. Nazzal, director for Calvert County Parks and Recreation

William A. Rector, deputy sheriff for Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

Pamela R. Wilkerson, workforce operations manager for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

From Charles County:

Erika M. Abell, development coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland

Christina S. Adams, business director for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division

Donna H. Attick, small business innovation research program manager for NAVAIR

Aida Torres-Bohnhoff, metrics and analytics manager for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division

Britany J. Waddell, deputy director for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning

Jill R. Wathen, director of project management and business solutions for the College of Southern Maryland

From Howard County (however, works throughout the Southern Maryland region):

Kelly Gibson Caplan, community outreach manager for Washington Gas

From Prince George’s County (however, works in Charles County):

Nikial M. Majors, executive director of human resources for Charles County Board of Education

From St. Mary’s County:

Kimberly S. Aus, general manager for Home2Suites, Cherry Cove Group

Bryan M. Barthelme, business development manager for ASEC

Michael D. Bellis, executive director for United Way of Charles County

Kyle K. Bishop, executive director of the Wellness Center, and assistant dean of students for St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Jennifer L. Brown, programs and membership director for The Patuxent Partnership

Matthew A. Burgan, real estate professional for ReMax One

John J. Carey, software requirements analyst for Precise Systems

Christopher A. Cox, executive officer for NAS Patuxent River

Sandra I. Dorsey, president for Simms Insurance

Kristen M. Dziedzic, office manager for MedStar Cardiology Associates

Denise M. Ferguson, corporate compliance coordinator/ privacy officer for University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

Amy R. Ford, Lexington Park branch manager for St. Mary’s County Public Library

Kate L. Harrison, principal for Kate L. Harrison Consulting, LLC

Maria “Christy” Hollander, chief engineer for St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission

Christina Johannsen, senior analyst for WBB, Inc.

Julie B. Randall, disabilities advocate (volunteer)

Donald O. Sirk, director of IT for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

David M. Trick, requirements analyst for HTii

Diana Mary Waldorf, corporate operations officer for Naval Systems, Inc.

Samuel H. Wiest, associate attorney for Dugan, McKissick, & Longmore

From Virginia (however, works in St. Mary’s County):

Phil A. Fickes, manager, global military business development-Lexington Park office for Bell Helicopter

Aina joins BuilderUp as green building guru

Chaney Enterprises, a ready-mix concrete, aggregates, custom blends, and related construction supplies provider, recently announced its building supplies and services division, BuilderUp, has hired Tony Aina as green building guru, according to a press release.

Aina will focus on the education, sales, and installation of insulated concrete forms (ICF) for BuilderUp. He joins BuilderUp with 16 years of general contracting and sales management experience. Most recently, Aina managed the contracting division at Dean Lumber.

ICFs are insulated foam blocks that lock together and are then filled with reinforced concrete. Originally used as insulation, ICF is now used as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs, the press release states.

There are many benefits in using ICF, both short- and long-term. ICF installation, done by properly trained professionals, is quicker than traditional materials lending to projects being completed faster and the building being occupied sooner. It requires less maintenance, won’t rust, rot, or deteriorate, and gets stronger over time. Building with ICF and concrete provides a fire-resistant structure and a safe structure from natural disasters. ICF walls stop more sound and are 12 times quieter than non-insulated concrete walls. Also, ICFs provide long-term economic benefits including a reduction in heating and air-conditioning costs between 25 and 45 percent.

“In today’s tight labor market, ICF construction is a highly-desired option because less workers are needed, and this alleviates the pressure felt from the construction labor shortage that we see our customers feeling,” said Steve Tripp, chief builder of Chaney’s BuilderUp, in the release. “Not only does this help with the labor shortage in the construction industry, but, because ICF installation is so fast, more jobs can be done per year.

“Today, with rising materials costs, energy costs, and disaster-related costs, ICFs are more in-demand than ever before,” Tripp added in the release. “Clearly this is a lot of education to be done on this topic and Tony is dedicated to advancing the building industry with this green product and our installation experts. His customer-oriented focus aligns perfectly with Chaney and BuilderUp.”

RoyRogers Restaurants partners with Texas Pete to launch new spicy chicken sandwich

To help kick off National Chicken Month, Roy Rogers is spicing up its menu by teaming up with Texas Pete to introduce the restaurant’s all new Texas Pete Spicy Chicken Sandwich, according to a press release.

The collaboration between Texas Pete and Roy Rogers will challenge even the biggest spicy food fans to giddy-up their taste buds. The base of Roy Rogers new creation starts with an all-white-meat breast fillet that is hand-battered and breaded in the restaurant. The juicy fillet is covered in savory spices, giving it the signature Texas Pete flavor. The spicy chicken fillet is served on a fluffy Kaiser roll, smothered in Roy Rogers smoky chili-pepper sauce and topped with a thick slice of Monterey Jack cheese.

Teaming up with another cowboy to create a new and unique spicy chicken sandwich is great for both Roy Rogers and Texas Pete,” said Mark Jenkins, senior director of marketing for Roy Rogers Restaurants, in the release. “Our ROYalists will have their taste buds tingling with this delicious sandwich!”

HHHunt announces promotions for Apartment Living management team

HHHunt is pleased to announce promotions of seven members of the HHHunt Apartment Living team, according to a press release. HHHunt develops and manages apartment homes throughout Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company is a multifamily industry leader at the forefront of innovation with an unparalleled focus on customer service.

“Having an enthusiastic and highly experienced team leading our HHHunt Apartment Living Division has been instrumental to our growth,” said Janet Riddlebarger, president of HHHunt Asset Management Group, in the release. “We’re thrilled that these team members are taking on new leadership roles. Their expertise and dedication truly show their commitment to fulfilling HHHunt’s vision to improve the world and how people live.”

The following team members received promotions, according to the release:

• Lance Goss has been named director of operations. He oversees the financial and physical operations as well as the sales, marketing and leasing operations for over 8,000 HHHunt apartment homes in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He joined HHHunt in 2002.

• Gabrielle Bouknight has been named assistant director of training and development, a new position. In this role, she oversees various employee-centered initiatives such as onboarding and core class training for new employees. Additionally, Bouknight leads an employee focus group and is a facilitator for HHHunt University, an orientation and training program for new HHHunt team members. She has been with HHHunt since 2007.

• LaCole Gadson has been named senior regional property manager. She oversees Apartment Living operations for all HHHunt’s apartment communities in North Carolina and South Carolina. She joined HHHunt in 2010.

• Donna Gresh has been named senior regional property manager. She oversees Apartment Living operations for HHHunt’s various Virginia apartment communities in Blacksburg, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Stafford and Manassas. She has been with HHHunt since 1990.

• Melinda Dunford has been named area property manager. In this role, she oversees Virginia apartment communities in Blacksburg and Glen Allen. Dunford began her career in the multifamily industry in 1997.

• Ashleigh Fisher has been named area property manager. In this role, she oversees North Carolina apartment communities in Charlotte and Mooresville. Fisher began her career in the multifamily industry in 2010.

• Casey Viator has been named area property manager. In this role, she oversees all apartment communities in Maryland. Viator began her career in the multifamily industry in 1997.

HHHunt opened its first apartment living community in 1966 in Blacksburg, Va. Today the company owns and manages 7758 apartment homes in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with more than 890 units in development in North Carolina and Virginia, the press release states.