Robert M. Gagnon has opened his own firm, Gagnon Engineering, which will provide fire protection engineering services as well as code consulting and fire protection design.
Continental Realty Corp. (CRC), a Towson-based developer and real estate management company, promoted Mary Vizzini to property manager. Vizzini will manage five CRC retail and
business centers in Maryland and one in Virginia.
* Lawrence V. Adam Jr., senior vice president, Dean Whitter Reynolds Inc., is the recipient of the Outstanding Community Award by the Maryland Association of Realtors. Adam was recognized for his service to the Harvest for the Hungry food collection program to benefit the hungry in Maryland.
Adam is the founder of Harvest for the Hungry, which is a grassroots effort that lasts throughout the year rather than being limited to the holiday season. The food and money collected goes to the Maryland Food Bank. In addition to soup kitchens, the Maryland Food Bank also supplies other local church pantries, missions, and food banks throughout the state.
Adam personally has recruited most of the participating organizations, which now include 39 federal agencies in the Baltimore metropolitan area, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Realtors, the United Steelworkers of America and schools and area colleges.
Adam has helped organize fund-raising activities such as a concert featuring the U.S. Army Field Band sponsored by Governor William Donald Schaefer and the Maryland State Employees, Allstate Insurance Corp. and the Pillsbury Co.
In its first four years, Harvest for the Hungry raised more than $960,000 in food and money. Its goal is over $1 million for the current campaign.
Patricia L. Fisher is the new patient coordinator for Optioncare, a home intravenous and nutritional therapy service.
Fisher has over 13 years of experience of critical care and nursing and over two years in management and administration of facility-based and home-care services.
* Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., has been elected a trustee of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Inc. Carson, the recipient of many honors and awards, is assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Anne E. Wills and Tom Horeff have joined Premier Design Systems (PDS) as sales representatives. A registered software developer, Wills will work with civil engineering, land planning, GIS and facilities applications. Horeff, an industrial engineer, will work with industrial manufacturing applications. Premier Design Systems provides desktop computer solutions for the design, engineering and construction marketplaces.
James R. Eyler has been elected chairman of the Miles & Stockbridge law firm for a three-year term. He became partner in the firm in 1973 and has been vice chairman since January of this year. The firm has 200 lawyers. Eyler graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Law School in 1967 and joined the firm in 1968.
* Leslie S. Ries has joined the law firm of Rosenberg, Proutt, Funk & Greenberg as partner. Previously, Ries was a partner in the real estate department of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman. Rosenberg, Proutt, Funk and Greenberg is a full-service law firm with 10 attorneys.
Jim Ward has been promoted to general manager of WITH Radio AM-1230. Previously, Ward was general sales manager of WITH, and he has worked in sales at WLIF and WFBR in Baltimore and WCAU in Philadelphia.
Karen C. Sowizral has been named product analyst for the corporate research kitchens of McCormick & Company Inc. Sowizral will be responsible for performance testing, competitive product reviews and applications development. Previously, Sowizral served as food scientist at the Food Network, a consulting concern in Ithaca, N.Y.
Cary Crocker has been named manager of exhibits and advertising at the American Urological Association's headquarters in Baltimore. Originally from Baltimore, he moved back from Chicago where he worked in the exposition industry for four years.
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