Will Maier, founder and chief instructor of United Martial Arts Academy of Columbia was the recipient of the national "Man of the Year Award" for his leadership and service to the martial arts community andindustry.
The award was presented in Florida by the U.S. Martial Arts Association which has over 500 member schools in the United States and Canada.
Maier received the "Retention Award" for the fourth consecutive year due to his rate of 92 percent.
He also received the "Directors' Award" in recognition of his commitment to excellence in the pursuit of the martial arts.
COUNSELING SERVICE OPENS
Ellen D. Carr, hasannounced the opening of Changes Unlimited, a counseling and education service in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Carr, a licensed social worker, established Changes Unlimited to help people improve theirrelationships, eliminate addictive and co-dependent behaviors and effectively manage stress.
CAPTION: ELLEN D. CARR
Established Changes Unlimited
KNAUER FINISHES TRAINING
Kenneth E. Knauer, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative, with offices in Ellicott City, has earned the Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation.
Knauer completed an extensive basic and advancedtraining course in fraternal life insurance, passed three comprehensive exams and met production requirements.
LAWYER NAMED TO POST
Richard R. Goldberg of Columbia was recently elected president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers at its annual meeting in San Francisco.
Goldberg is vice president and associate general counselof The Rouse Company where he has worked since 1970.
The AmericanCollege of Real Estate Lawyers is a non-profit organization composedof almost 800 lawyers who have gained distinction in the practice ofreal estate law.
NEW FIRE PROTECTION FIRM
Robert M. Gagnon has opened Gagnon Engineering, a consulting engineering firm that provides fire protection engineering services, code consulting and fire protection system design in Ellicott City.
Gagnon, a 1966 graduate of Annapolis High School, earned a bachelor's degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland.
JackieEverett, owner of Du Jour Catering has announced the expansion and relocation of her catering service to Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center.
Both Everett and colleague Erin Williams completed a cookbook writing course and plan to publish some of their recipes.
BANK APPOINTS OFFICER
Signet Bank has appointed Jo Ann Kerzel of Columbia to officer in the commercial finance division, where she will join the audit department.
Kerzel previously worked for two Baltimore-area banks and State Street Bank and Trust of Boston, Mass. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Salem State College.
Leadership Howard County has announced that Hamish S. Osborne is the recipient of their "Distinguished Leadership Award" for 1991.
Osborne, an attorney in private practice inColumbia, was recently honored at the annual convention of the National Association for Community Leadership where there was special presentation made to each of the recipients of this award from other Leadership programs in the United States.
Osborne is the 1990-1991 Chair of Leadership Howard County's General Membership and was a participant in the class of 1989.
Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the program.