Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area:

• Hats off to Dan Spedden, president of Visit Hagerstown-Washington County (Md.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, who received the tourism advocate award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition. Spedden was praised for leading a 2017 legislative initiative that brought awareness to the heritage tourism industry and increased its funding.

• More students and companies should find ways to take advantage of the Maryland apprentice programs available through Frederick County and Washington County schools. From what we’ve seen, the programs help students and businesses.

• Congrats to Michael Henningsen, director of hotel operations at Plamondon Hospitality Partners, who was named the Maryland Hotelier of the Year by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association.

• Congratulations to Dr. Sudhir Singh, who has been named the new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop. Singh has been at FSU since 1992, serving as associate dean from 2010 to 2015 and as interim dean since 2015.

• Kudos to the practical nursing program at Hagerstown Community College, which was been ranked No. 1 in Maryland by This is the second straight year HCC’s program has received that recognition.