‘We can tell our client’s story’

Scott Bowen of MSB Architects   From the fish tank in the wall to the guitars by the desk to the trademark bow tie he wears, Scott Bowen’s office atmosphere reflects a bit of his personal story. The architect, based in Hagerstown, Md., said that’s what his firm tries to do for its clients — to blend practical needs with an artistic vision that tells a client’s story. Three-dimensional models and large photographs show off some of those projects, such as the picture of the Lucy School in Frederick, Md., and the model of the planned expansion of the Schmankerl Stube […]

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Grocery pickup, delivery could fuel Walmart’s online growth

Walmart’s plans for online growth start with everyday items like groceries in everyday places like Hagerstown, Md., and Charles Town, W.Va. The world’s largest retailer plans to reach a 40 percent U.S. online growth target by next year. In a note to clients, Seth Sigman, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said Walmart’s latest moves — which include pickup service and a delivery option in many cities — might help it hit that target. Market Insider reported that Sigman considers online grocery sales “largely an untapped market.” “For (Walmart), given how early it is, we think it can lead to growth, […]

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Health through unity

Affiliation between Summit, WellSpan is the latest in a trend seen across the country.   The document proposing a formal affiliation between Summit Health and WellSpan Health is the latest chapter in a story that’s being written across the country. The move toward acquisitions, mergers and affiliations is being driven by changes in health care economics, policy, regulation and technology, said Julie Kissinger, vice president of communications and public affairs for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. “We have seen a growth in this trend in Pennsylvania,” Kissinger said. From 2000 to 2017, the number of Pennsylvania hospitals in health systems […]

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Top wealth advisor: ‘Most people need a coach’

Four area names, all from Maryland, made the roster when Forbes released its list of “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.” Named to the list from this area were: • No. 14: Larry Boggs, Wells Fargo Advisors, Cumberland • No. 22: Betsy Pakenas, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick • No. 29: Jim Holzapfel, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagerstown • No. 55: Nate Harris, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Frederick Holzapfel is managing director and investment officer with Holzapfel Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Hagerstown, Md. He’s not exactly a stranger to lists like these. He has earned numerous firm, industry and civic awards, including Outstanding […]

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‘We have an opportunity to come together as a community’

Sudhir Singh, new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business, talks about what he sees as the successes, challenges at the school. Sudhir Singh, recently named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop, seeks insights from leaders as diverse as Churchill, Lincoln, Gandhi and Nehru. Singh joined FSU in 1992, with a teaching focus on finance. He was associate dean from 2010 to 2015 and has served as interim dean since 2015. He has also served as director of the College of Business Center for Leadership Development since 2011. “Dr. Singh has wide expertise in finance and global […]

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