Business Notes


January 26, 2004

Advocates group adds two to its board of directors

Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocate has added Mahmoud Baptiste of Annapolis and Joshua Greene of Crofton to its board of directors.

Baptiste has been advocating on behalf of children, particularly minority children, for more than 25 years. A manager for Recreation and Parks at the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis, he develops and implements leisure and recreation programs. He has volunteered with the Human Relations Commission of the City of Annapolis; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner Committee; and the board of directors of Opportunities Industrialization Center. He has also worked as a director of a court-based diversion program.

Greene, an attorney with Patton Boggs LLP in Crofton, concentrates on public policy and civil litigation. He is a volunteer speaker with the Maryland Business Roundtable's Achievement Counts Speakers Program for ninth-graders, and has also spent several years working with mentoring and tutoring programs for U.S. congressional staff.

Anne Arundel CASA, a private and nonprofit organization, is part of a network of 900 child advocacy programs in the United States that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for childrenin the juvenile court system.

Oceaneering International division moving to Hanover

Oceaneering International Inc.'s Advanced Technology Group, or ADTECH, is moving from Prince George's County to a 145,180-square-foot facility in the Hillside Business Park in Hanover.

ADTECH is expected to move administrative offices and manufacturing operations into the location by midsummer of 2005. The company employs 170 personnel and plans to increase by at least 50 percent its number of permanent full-time employees by 2010.

The ADTECH division performs work for customers with specialized requirements in underwater, space or other harsh environments, including deep-sea ocean search and recovery services. It also provides engineering services such as marine search and rescue, undersea telecommunications cable installation, ship maintenance and repair, civil works projects and commercial theme park animation.

Founded in 1964, Oceaneering International has grown from an air and mixed-gas diving business in the Gulf of Mexico to a diversified, advanced technology organization operating around the world. The company employs approximately 3,500 people working out of 43 locations in 17 countries.

Floors Inc. founder joins Severn Bancorp board

Albert W. Shields, founder of Floors Inc. - now a subsidiary of HD Builder Solutions Group - has joined the board of directors of Severn Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB and Hyatt Real Estate. He is a resident of Edgewater.

Shields has been involved in the real estate and development market and the building-supply industry for 35 years. He was chief executive of Floors Inc. from 1986 to 2002, when the company was sold to Home Depot. He is vice president of sales for the northeast region of HD Builder Solutions Group.

He is a graduate of Humboldt University.

County National Bank opens Millersville center

County National Bank recently opened its fourth financial center at 8310 Veterans Highway in Millersville. Linda Eller has been appointed Millersville branch manager.

County National Bank, based in Glen Burnie, also has branches in Pasadena and Odenton.


Nonprofit: Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp, a nonprofit organization, offers help to job seekers and employers throughout Anne Arundel County through its One Stop Career Center in Severna Park and through satellite offices throughout the county. The AAWDC helps job seekers with job acquisition, career change and employment re-entry, and employers with their work force needs in hiring and downsizing. The AAWDC is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Anne Arundel County.

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