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Five Minutes with Jay Ellenby, business travel agency president

In 2010, clouds of ash floated over Europe following the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. The poor visibility left many airlines grounded and passengers wondering where to turn. It was a moment when travel agencies — which appear less relevant in the era of online bookings — could demonstrate their...

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  • Women's business group changes name to Executive Alliance

    Women's business group changes name to Executive Alliance

    The women's business networking group Network 2000 has changed its name to Executive Alliance and added the tagline "A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland." Network 2000 was established in 1993 to raise awareness for the need for more women executives and board members. The new name is meant...

  • Five Minutes with Alan Rifkin, sports franchise and business lawyer

    Five Minutes with Alan Rifkin, sports franchise and business lawyer

    He's not a professional athlete, but Alan Rifkin is a player of sorts in Baltimore sports history. The sports franchise and business lawyer — and primary outside counsel to the Orioles since 1994 — was instrumental in the approval and funding of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the 24-year-old, red-brick...

  • Former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko named executive director of Bromo Tower arts district

    Former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko named executive director of Bromo Tower arts district

    The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District has named Stephen Yasko, former general manager of Towson University radio station WTMD-FM, as its new executive director. Yasko, a Locust Point resident, succeeds Priya Bhayana, the arts district's first director who stepped down in June after nearly...

  • Cioffi appointed to dual role with Bambeco furnishings retailer

    Cioffi appointed to dual role with Bambeco furnishings retailer

    Bambeco Inc., a Baltimore-based online home furnishings retailer, has appointed fabric house executive Charles Cioffi to the dual role of CFO and COO. Bambeco was launched in 2009 and sells sustainable goods and furnishings. Susan Aplin, CEO and co-founder of Bambeco, said Cioffi will help direct...

  • Five minutes with Bill Schaefer, president of Nationwide Motor Sales

    Five minutes with Bill Schaefer, president of Nationwide Motor Sales

    As Bill Schaefer reopens his Nationwide Infiniti car dealership after a $3.5 million top-to-bottom renovation, the 80-year-old salesman remembers a simpler time in car dealing. Schaefer, a Baltimore native, turned to the car business in 1958, when he was in his 20s. His father was a plumber, but...

  • Kevin Plank reflects on early days when he was flat broke

    Kevin Plank reflects on early days when he was flat broke

    Under Armour founder Kevin Plank was honored at an event at the company’s “Make you Famous” wall on Wednesday and talked about the days when he was less than famous. In fact, he was broke when he started a 20-year-old company that he says will make almost $5 billion in revenue this year. “Like...

  • Curt Schilling eyes Senate run against Elizabeth Warren

    Curt Schilling eyes Senate run against Elizabeth Warren

    Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans on Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, but he declined to apologize to Rhode Island taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars when his video game company collapsed. Schilling spoke...

  • Intel ads to feature Michael Phelps and his 'Phelps face'

    Intel ads to feature Michael Phelps and his 'Phelps face'

    Intel tapped Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps to star in ads for the computer processor maker, including one featuring the return of the scowling "Phelps face" popularized on the Internet during the Rio Games. Phelps and actor Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" collaborate on the spots...

  • Visit Baltimore names new CEO

    Visit Baltimore names new CEO

    An Alabama tourism officer who oversaw the launch of a branding campaign for one of that state's port cities has been named the next leader of Baltimore's tourism and convention bureau. Al Hutchinson, 57, is expected to start as president and CEO of Visit Baltimore on Nov. 14, Baltimore's Convention...

  • Five Minutes with Jeffrey L. Cherry, founder of the Conscious Venture Lab

    Five Minutes with Jeffrey L. Cherry, founder of the Conscious Venture Lab

    Investor Jeffrey L. Cherry believes the best companies are about more than the bottom line. The erstwhile architect helped build a consulting business and hedge fund based on the idea that companies focused on satisfying a wide range of stakeholders perform better. Now he's turned his focus to...

  • Planit's founders hope to fuel creativity through new coffee shop venture

    Planit's founders hope to fuel creativity through new coffee shop venture

    The co-founders of Baltimore advertising firm Planit look at most things in terms of order and chaos. "Everything in life has a little bit of both," said Matt Doud, Planit's president. When he and co-founder Ed Callahan decided to open a coffee shop next to their Federal Hill agency, the partners...

  • Medifast replaces CEO with industry veteran

    Medifast replaces CEO with industry veteran

    Weight loss company Medifast Inc. has replaced CEO Michael MacDonald with a veteran of the direct selling industry, the Owings Mills firm said Monday. Daniel "Dan" R. Chard became CEO and a member of Medifast's board Monday, the company said in an announcement after the stock market closed. MacDonald,...

  • Five minutes with financial planner Kathy Armstrong, recently appointed to MDTA board

    Five minutes with financial planner Kathy Armstrong, recently appointed to MDTA board

    Kathy Armstrong had always been a numbers person. She majored in economics in college and earned her master's degree in finance. She worked in wealth management at a bank. She even taught college courses on financial planning. So when an unexpected divorce threw Armstrong's life and bank account...

  • Five Minutes With Matt LePore of Wegmans

    Five Minutes With Matt LePore of Wegmans

    Matt LePore found himself with no shortage of applicants when gearing up to open Maryland's eighth Wegmans. Before the Owings Mills location opened a week ago, 11,000 people had applied to work at the grocery store at Foundry Row, a new shopping center on the former Solo Cup manufacturing site...

  • Baltimore Sun's 25 women to watch in 2016

    Baltimore Sun's 25 women to watch in 2016

    Meet the Baltimore area’s most compelling leaders, thinkers and doers in 2016. Jan Baum 49, executive director, J. Baum Associates + 3D Innovation Institute The “black sheep” of her family, Jan Baum earned degrees in metal working and started out making jewelry and teaching. But that artsy background...

  • Company owned by David Trone agrees to pay $150k to settle campaign finance citations

    Company owned by David Trone agrees to pay $150k to settle campaign finance citations

    A major Democratic fundraiser who ran for Congress in Maryland this year has agreed to pay $150,000 after prosecutors cited his company for exceeding campaign contribution limits to local political candidates. A company run by David Trone, who hosted President Barack Obama at his home for a fundraiser...

  • Under Armour creates Cam Newton game on Snapchat

    Under Armour creates Cam Newton game on Snapchat

    Hey Snapchat users. Under Armour has a new game for you. The game is a spinoff of the Baltimore athletic brand's footwear marketing campaign "It Comes From Below," and one of its films starring Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. That spot, unveiled earlier this month, shows the NFL MVP dodging...

  • Madison Bank of Maryland names new CEO

    Madison Bank of Maryland names new CEO

    MB Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Madison Bank of Maryland in Harford County, has named Philip P. Phillips as its President and CEO. Phillips succeeds outgoing President and CEO Julia A. Newton, with whom the community bank has "parted ways," according to a statement. Newton will also resign...

  • Columbia Festival of the Arts under interim executive director following departure of Todd Olson

    Columbia Festival of the Arts under interim executive director following departure of Todd Olson

    Artistry is an ever-changing movement, says Columbia Festival of the Arts president Ron Nicodemus. He said the organization is ushering in a new era to the Howard County community, beginning with its new interim executive director, David Phillips. Over the next several months, Phillips will help...

  • Under Armour signs lacrosse star Taylor Cummings

    Under Armour signs lacrosse star Taylor Cummings

    Under Armour has signed its most accomplished lacrosse player -- Taylor Cummings, a three-time winner of the award for the most outstanding female collegian in the sport. The Baltimore brand is announcing the signing of the former University of Maryland star today. ''It was an easy decision,''...

  • Baltimore artist Joyce Scott named MacArthur Fellow

    Baltimore artist Joyce Scott named MacArthur Fellow

    Joyce J. Scott was in no mood for a prank phone call a few weeks ago. The Baltimore-born artist, known for creating intricate, often provocative jewelry and beaded sculptures, was coping with acute sciatica. Unable to lie down, she tried to get some sleep while seated at a desk, her head resting...

  • Giant Food will sell Queen Latifah's floral line

    Giant Food will sell Queen Latifah's floral line

    Giant Food plans to sell a floral line designed by actress/singer Queen Latifah starting next month. The Queen Collection, a line of floral bouquets and plants, will be available at the Baltimore area's largest supermarket chain starting Oct. 7. Ahold USA, the parent of Landover-based Giant Food,...

  • Cal Ripken Jr.'s Reisterstown estate goes on the market

    Cal Ripken Jr.'s Reisterstown estate goes on the market

    Cal Ripken Jr. has put his 25-acre estate in Reisterstown on the market for $12.5 million, nearly five months after his divorce from his wife Kelly was finalized. The former Baltimore Orioles ironman now lives in Annapolis. The 25,000-square-foot home, nestled into a ridge near the intersection...

  • Immigrants play big role in the Maryland economy

    Immigrants play big role in the Maryland economy

    Eshhaq Rafiq's parents fled Afghanistan for the United States during the Soviet occupation of that country. Mei Xu left China after the university student was assigned to warehouse work for re-education after the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Juan Barbaran came to America from Peru, seeking new opportunities...

  • Five Minutes with Brandon Etheridge, new Ravens general counsel

    Five Minutes with Brandon Etheridge, new Ravens general counsel

    At 31, Brandon Etheridge — the Ravens' new general counsel — is the same age as quarterback Joe Flacco. It's an age when quarterbacks are often in midcareer. But general counsels of NFL clubs? Older attorneys typically hold those positions. "I think it happened a lot quicker than I expected it...

  • Stephen Curry is key to Under Armour’s China push

    Stephen Curry is key to Under Armour’s China push

    More than other American-based leagues, the NBA has a significant China presence. A sizable portion of that is attributable to Yao Ming, the Hall of Fame former NBA player. The China market has been on Under Armour’s radar for years, and the Baltimore brand appears to be intensifying its push. ...

  • BGE CEO Butler to chair United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign

    BGE CEO Butler to chair United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign

    Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. CEO Calvin G. Butler Jr. has been named chair of the United Way of Central Maryland's 2016 fundraising campaign. The nonprofit has a goal of raising $25.3 million this year, up from $23 million last year. The annual fundraising campaign supports United Way's work in...

  • Former Millennial Media exec takes reins at QL2, establishes headquarters in Baltimore

    Former Millennial Media exec takes reins at QL2, establishes headquarters in Baltimore

    Former Millennial Media executive Carl Wartzack has been named CEO of QL2 Software and will establish a Baltimore headquarters for the travel-pricing data company. QL2 plans to hire between 60 and 80 employees for its new Baltimore headquarters at 3700 O'Donnell St. in Brewer's Hill. The company...

  • Five Minutes with … Stanley S. Fine, real estate attorney

    Five Minutes with … Stanley S. Fine, real estate attorney

    Name a real estate development in Baltimore and the odds are good that attorney Stanley S. Fine has worked on it. In his nearly 40-year career, the 72-year-old Baltimore native has become one of a handful of go-to lobbyists for development work, adept at navigating city bureaucracy and treading...

  • Kevin Plank donates $1 million to Baltimore Catholic schools

    Kevin Plank donates $1 million to Baltimore Catholic schools

    The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will offer 100 more scholarships for city students to attend its schools, thanks to a $1 million donation from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. Plank’s charitable organization, the Cupid Foundation, presented the gift at the archdiocese’s annual back-to-school...

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