Newsmakers: Local business promotions and awards

July 21, 2011

Albert Rubeling Jr., a Monkton resident and president of Towson-based Rubeling & Associates – an architecture and interior design firm – was named secretary of the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects.

The members of the College of Fellows elected Rubeling to serve the two-year term effective Jan. 1. The function of the College of Fellows is to promote the purposes of the AIA and to advance the profession of architecture, as well as to provide services to society.

In the past 30 years, Rubeling has been appointed to the Maryland State Board of Architects and the Baltimore County Architectural Review Board. He is past president of the Essex Community College Foundation, and former member of Leadership Baltimore County and Baltimore Foundation of Architecture. He has chaired the Architecture Committee for the Baltimore/Richard Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, in Towson, and served on the Board for The Boys' Latin School. He now serves as a trustee for St. James Academy as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Rubeling is also currently on the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park School of Architecture as a lecturer.

Karen Buck, of Parkton, joined Wedding 411 On Demand as publisher and producer for a new publication that is targeted for couples in Baltimore. The publication, Wedding411 — The Magazine will launch this September and will complement the information available to engaged couples through the company's website,, and through local partnership with Comcast on Demand.

In her role, Buck will develop and manage editorial and sales material for the magazine, focusing on wedding industry trends and ways local companies can promote services they offer the engaged. Buck also will improve the company's website.

Buck has more than 30 years of wedding industry experience, serving most recently as owner and publisher for Maryland's Perfect Wedding Guide. Together with her husband, Jay, she serves as co-founder and chief operating officer for Modern Babies and Children magazine. She was named Smart CEO's Woman of the Year in 2009.

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