Search resumes to name chamber's executive director...

Business Notes

April 09, 2001

Search resumes to name chamber's executive director

After 11 years as executive director of the West County Chamber of Commerce, Marsha Hall was ready to move on. A search committee had named her successor, Cathy Belcher, and Hall's second home for more than a decade seemed to be in good hands.

But Hall may be staying a little longer than planned.

Last week, Belcher called Hall to say she had changed her mind about the job, noting personal commitments. Hall didn't elaborate, other than to say the chamber was "disappointed, but we completely understand."

Belcher, a former Canadian government worker, has lived in Crownsville for about three years. Her husband, John Belcher, is president of ARINC in Annapolis.

Since Belcher's call, a chamber search committee has interviewed several more candidates for the job, which has an annual salary range of $30,000 to $40,000. Hall said the chamber is seeking someone with nonprofit experience who knows the community and has worked with volunteers. She expects a decision this week.

`CNN Headline News' to show local segments

If you're watching "CNN Headline News" on a Thursday this month, chances are you might stumble upon a familiar face.

Comcast's "Business Beat" - a five-minute segment during the bottom half-hour of the CNN program - will be featuring as guests Nancy Jane Brown, a county school system spokeswoman, discussing the annual Excellence in Education business and teacher awards; and Gene Condon, vice president and general manager of Arundel Mills.

The show highlights business leaders and regional issues, with the job of host alternating between Bob Burdon, president and CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Badger, president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

Brown's segment airs April 12 and 26, and Condon's on April 19 - each starting at 6:24 a.m., and running at two-hour intervals throughout the day.

New look, old prices mark restaurant's 20th year

The Rose Restaurant in northern Anne Arundel is turning 20, and owner-operator Lou Zagarino is celebrating the anniversary - and a complete remodeling - April 16-20.

Festivities for the week will include a menu "with some old-time favorites and prices rolled back to 1981," a complimentary evening buffet and reduced drink prices from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., entertainment and prize drawings.

Zagarino also will celebrate the grand opening of an adjacent business - a Sleep Inn & Suites hotel at 6055 Belle Grove Road - from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 17., including a ribbon-cutting, tours and a reception in the Rose Restaurant.

Annapolis design firm wins 2001 Silver Award

Neenah Paper has given 818 Studio Inc. of Annapolis its 2001 Silver Award for its entry in the Neenah Paper Letterhead Paperworks Competition.

The winning submission was for the corporate identity package for Next Step Design, a food-service consulting firm in Annapolis.

Combining technical drawings and images of the food-service industry, the identity incorporated elements integrated into a Web site and promotion sent to clients and prospects. Neenah Paper is a manufacturer of a wide selection of premium uncoated papers. Established in 1873, it is a sector of Kimberly-Clark Corp.

News notes

Moving in: Harmon Ltd., producer of glass windows for commercial office buildings, has leased nearly 60,000 square feet of space at 1731 Midway Road in Odenton. The company relocated to Odenton from Savage.

Real estate staff: Coldwell Banker, Stevens Realtors announced that Beth Manger and William Henderson have joined its Severna Park office, and Randy Miller has joined the Annapolis office.

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