Business Notes


October 28, 2002

Insurance group receives award for quality

Jack Martin Insurance Group of Annapolis has received the Erie Insurance Group's F.W. Hirt Quality Agency Award. The award, named for Erie's retired president, is presented to highly successful agencies in recognition of profitability, high production and quality service.

Agency owners John W. Martin III and Brian S. Bays also won the Founder's Award for profitability, and district awards for top production in life and property-casualty insurance.

The agency, located at 111 Forbes St., employs 15 people and writes 90 percent of its business with Erie Insurance.

SCORE workshops offered for small-business owners

Service Corps of Retired Executives has scheduled three small-business workshops to be offered at the YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

They include "How to Start and Manage Your Own Business" on Nov. 19, "Small Business Accounting" on Dec. 4 and "Let's Prepare a Business Plan" on Dec. 10. The cost of each workshop is $45. Registration is recommended.

SCORE workshops are for owners of small businesses and those who plan to launch a business venture. Workshops begin at 8:45 a.m. and run through 2 p.m., except "How to Start and Manage Your Own Business," which will run until 4 p.m.

SCORE's office is at 2525 Riva Road in Annapolis.

Sturbridge homes honored for Waugh Chapel work

The Land Development Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland recently awarded its Award of Excellence to Sturbridge Homes for its work on Village at Waugh Chapel in Anne Arundel County. The award recognizes excellence in design and quality of land developments, and honors outstanding contributions to the land development industry by individuals and companies. Sturbridge also won the 2002 Commercial Project of the Year award for Village at Waugh Chapel.

The nonprofit Home Builders Association of Maryland comprises of 1,200 member firms, including home builders, commercial and industrial builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, lending institutions, developers, manufacturers, utilities, real-estate agents and architects in the central Maryland region.

Watermark Cruises wins award for Day on the Bay

Watermark Cruises of Annapolis received the Best New Product Award at the Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference, sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Council and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.

Watermark Cruises won the award for its new Day on the Bay Cruise to Rock Hall, in conjunction with its Maritime Artists' Showcase.

Watermark's Day on the Bay Cruise includes a cultural arts component: A maritime artist represents each of the ports, and exhibits of each artist's work is exhibited on shore in the artist's homeport, giving passengers the opportunity to meet the artists.


Manfred W. Leckszas of Annapolis, an attorney with Admiralty Practice, has been recognized in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his contribution in the area of maritime law. He has been included in the publication for the past 10 years. The Best Lawyers in America is the collaborative effort by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steve Naifeh and Greg Smith.

Gerry Gimelstob has been named the winner of the 2001 Ronald Award from among 108 owner-operators of McDonald's restaurants in the Maryland, Washington and Virginia region. The award was presented to Gimelstob for his outstanding contributions to McDonald's image on regional and local levels last year. His work ranges from local Chamber of Commerce activities to working with the Ronald McDonald House. He also sponsors reading programs, dental programs and local talent shows.


Buy Annapolis Day: A kickoff reception for the Buy Annapolis Day campaign will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at ARTFX gallery. The event is sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Communities. A scavenger hunt is planned for Nov. 9. Instructions are available from ARTFX, 40 West St., or Karma Creations, 101 Main St. 410-956-1002.

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