Business Notes

Managers recognized for commitment to clean marinas

The Department of Natural Resources and the Marine Trades Association of Maryland held the fifth annual Clean Marina Awards Ceremony Wednesday at Casa Rio Marina in Mayo.


DNR Assistant Secretary of Chesapeake Bay Programs Mark Bundy presented managers of this year's certified clean marinas with citations from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. recognizing their leadership and commitment to clean water.

Operators of certified clean marinas have demonstrated their commitment to clean water by adopting many of the recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook on vessel maintenance, fueling and storm water runoff control. The recognized Anne Arundel County marinas are London Towne Marina in Edgewater, Oak Grove Marine Center/Persimmon Point Marine in Edgewater, Selby Bay Yacht Basin in Edgewater, Town Point Marina in Tracey's Landing and Oak Harbor Marina in Pasadena.


The ceremony was held in conjunction with National Marina Day, which was Saturday, and sponsored by the National Marina Operators Association of America.

Scholarships available for budding entrepreneurs

Hanover businessman Philip Ratcliffe, pledging to help would-be entrepreneurs become business owners, is financing $1 million in Anne Arundel Community College scholarships for entrepreneurs over the next 10 years.

AACC President Martha Smith described the donation as "an extraordinary gift made by an extraordinary person."

The college unveiled the scholarship program and launched an Entrepreneurial Studies Institute at a reception July 21.

The money will fund the Philip E. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship. Institute classes begin in the fall. Scholarships of up to $7,000 per year will be awarded. Information: 410-777-2161.

Jeffrey H. Hider earns intermediary designation

Jeffrey H. Hider, president of The THOR Group of Severna Park, received the Certified Business Intermediary designation during an International Business Brokers Association's educational program in Orlando, Fla.


Business brokers serve as intermediaries for owners who want to buy or sell a business.

Hider was awarded the designation after completing 60 credit hours of association courses, passing an examination and adhering to the association's code of ethics.

DTravel consultant company opens office in Annapolis

Personalized Travel Consultants Inc. recently opened in Annapolis.

Personalized travel consultants book and deliver plane tickets; arrange for rental cars, hotel and meeting facilities; plan and schedule leisure activities and VIP tours; and award free VIP upgrades.

Information: 410-349-0577 or 800-262-0546.



Douglas W. DeVaughn has joined County National Bank as vice president of commercial lending and new business development. DeVaughn is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Pasadena.

Michael J. Dee has been promoted to senior vice president of Patapsco Bank. He most recently served as vice president of management accounting for Sandy Spring National Bank of Maryland and as a manager of financial planning and analysis with United Press International in Washington.

John D. DeLuca a certified public accountant with Sturn Wagner Lombard & Co. in Annapolis, recently attended the weeklong National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts training program in Baltimore. Upon completion of the 40-hour course, he passed the Certified Valuation Analyst examination.

Sarah O'Malley has joined the firm of Sturn, Wagner, Lombardo & Co., an accounting and consulting business in Annapolis. O'Malley is a staff accountant. She has a bachelor's degree in operations management from Northern Illinois University and received a certificate in financial accounting last year from Anne Arundel Community College.