Two join j-ref board
Michael A. Mobley, executive director of j-ref, has announced that two new members have joined the board of directors of the small-business financier.
Jane R. Padgett, senior vice president and manager of the treasury management sales division of Provident Bank, brings 20 years of banking experience to the j-ref board. She is a resident of Ellicott City.
Fred Shaw, president of JPB Accounting Services, part of JPB Enterprises in Columbia, brings 30 years of financial experience to the board. As an adjunct member of the Howard Community College faculty, he teaches accounting. Shaw also lives in Ellicott City.
Headquartered in the Center for Business & Technology Development in Columbia, j-ref is a private, nonprofit funding source for Howard County startup and emerging companies.
Manekin gets new VP
Stephen A. Newhouse, a 37-year construction industry veteran, has joined Manekin Construction LLC as vice president of business development.
Working from the firm's Columbia headquarters, he will pursue construction management, design/build and design/bid/build opportunities with private and public clients.
A Leadership Howard County graduate, Newhouse spent the past 14 years at Atlantic Builders Group Inc., most recently serving as vice president. He is an Advisory Board member of Capitol College's Innovation and Leadership Institute and a Columbia resident.
Wood gains certification
Bob Wood, president of Wood Builders Collaborative in Howard County, has been named a "Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist" by the Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders.
The certification, which was earned after considerable study, designates him as "one of the building industry's top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for aging-in-place," according to a news release.
The NAHB designed the certification program in collaboration with the AARP.
Wood resides in Woodstock.