Charles business briefs


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.

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!”

Regent Healthcare acquires Loving Touch Home Care LLC

Regent Healthcare, the largest, non-franchised home care agency in Central Maryland, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Loving Touch Home Care LLC, based in Chestertown, according to a press release. Under the terms of the agreement, Loving Touch will be absorbed by Regent Healthcare, who will employ all former Loving Touch employees, including office staff and caregivers, and assume care for nearly all former Loving Touch clients.

Loving Touch has served Chestertown and the surrounding areas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2013, specializing in companion, personal and skilled nursing care along with Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The Kent County Chamber of Commerce recognized Loving Touch as “New Business of the Year” in 2016, citing the county’s aging population and high demand for in-home health care services, the press release states.

Founded in 2008 and accredited by The Joint Commission, Regent Healthcare provides all levels of in-home companion, personal and skilled nursing care throughout Central Maryland, Southern Maryland, and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With this acquisition, Regent will establish a local presence in Chestertown by taking over the office space previously leased by Loving Touch.

“We are honored to welcome Loving Touch’s committed and caring staff to our growing Regent family, and we look forward to providing its clients with the same high-quality and compassionate care they are used to,” said Felton Magee, president and CEO of Regent Healthcare, in the release. “Regent is committed to establishing a local presence in the communities we serve, and we are excited to now have a location in Chestertown. With this acquisition, we are now positioned to meet the rising need for in-home personal, companion and skilled nursing care on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as create new job opportunities in the region.”

“Our entire team has shown unparalleled dedication to helping our neighbors in need,” said Barbara Reed, MEd, B.S.N., R.N., former owner of Loving Touch Home Care, in the release. “In joining Regent, we are still ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors,’ but our neighborhood just got bigger. I welcome the additional resources and opportunities this change brings to our community.”