Howard County newsmakers

July 22, 2011

Douglas Erdman, co-owner and president of Community Realty Co., has been elected president of the board of the Arc of Howard County. Erdman is a resident of Ellicott City.

Other officers are attorney Jane Chambers, vice-president; Ellicott City resident Ed Wilson, director of sales for Constellation Energy, secretary; and North Laurel resident Derward A. Brooks Jr., treasurer. Robert Topper is past president.

Peter Della-Croce, a vice-president and senior financial analyst for Merrill Lynch; Jodie Gill Bedell, owner of Patrick's Hair Design; Eric Lewis, a vice president of BB&T; Michael Munoz, a vice president/commercial lending officer of Howard Bank; Pam Guzzone, a leadership and organizational development project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; and Kim McKay, co-executive director of Parents for Parents, were elected to the Arc of Howard County Board of Directors.

Lawrence F. Twele, certified economic developer, newly appointed executive vice president of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, will serve as vice president on the Executive Committee of The Maryland Economic Development Association board of directors.

John Keeney, president of Keeney Financial Group, a comprehensive wealth management firm located in Columbia, announced that the firm added Michele McAllister Peele as director of client services and Steven Stern as client service associate.

Before joining Keeney Financial Group, Peele served as a senior registered client associate with Merrill Lynch for seven years. A Westminster native, Peele resides in Columbia.

Stern joins Keeney Financial Group after five years as a sales and marketing representative for Ryan Homes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from University of Maryland and resides in Baltimore.

Colliers International property manager Michael Corso was named Young Man of the Year by the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland, which supports charitable and educational opportunities. The award recognizes a member of the AIAC who contributes to both the organization and community. Corso serves as the AIAC's secretary and volunteers on committees.

Corso manages more than 3 million square feet of industrial, warehouse and retail property in Maryland and Virginia for Colliers International, headquartered in Columbia. He earned his bachelor's degree in international business with minors in international relations and political science from Rollins College. Corso lives in Baltimore.

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