Ryan Stryker

Ryan Stryker

WINCHESTER, Va. — Ryan Stryker joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. Stryker’s career background includes additional positions in sales, marketing and customer service. He graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and earned an associate degree from Lord Fairfax Community College. For many years, he has prioritized giving back to the community by volunteering with Kare 4 Kidz and local food pantries. Stryker also enjoys playing and coaching basketball, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and their 9-month-old daughter. […]

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Gordon M. Cooley

Gordon M. Cooley

FREDERICK, Md. — Gordon M. Cooley, former commissioner of financial regulation for the state of Maryland, was named First United Bank and Trust’s Frederick County market president, overseeing the bank’s strategic sales and growth initiatives in Frederick County. Cooley brings 30 years of banking and financial-services experience to the company. In his position as commissioner of financial regulation, he supervised banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout Maryland, as well as more than 16,000 other lenders, brokers, originators and financial-service providers. Prior to his time in state government, Cooley held the position of regional president at PNC Bank, as well […]

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Boyce C. Williams

Boyce C. Williams

FROSTBURG, Md. — Boyce C. Williams, a nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education, has been named Frostburg State University’s interim dean of the College of Education. Williams most recently was president and CEO of the National Alliance for Learning Inc., a higher-education consulting agency. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Her background also includes working in public-school administration in East Lansing, Mich., and in teacher education at Elizabeth City State University, part of the University of North Carolina system. Williams also […]

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Dr. Reza Keshmiri

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Kool Smiles dentist Dr. Reza Keshmiri traveled to Bolivia recently with CHOICE Humanitarian, where he spent a week providing dental care to children in the country’s rural Altiplano region. The humanitarian trip was part of Kool Doctors Giving Back, a global outreach initiative that aims to bring quality, compassionate dental care to underserved communities at home and abroad. Keshmiri and other members of the volunteer dental team conducted dental examinations, extractions, fillings and cleanings in a rural village. […]

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Budding business owners hear tips, make pitches at Hagerstown college

Some budding business owners heard a morning full of advice and practiced their sales pitches Thursday at Hagerstown Community College.

About two dozen people attended the Spring Entrepreneur Extravaganza, sponsored by HCC’s Technical Innovation Center.

The morning was punctuated by a pep talk from motivational speaker Rick Rando, owner of a land development company, as well as Kick Masters Karate, one of the nation’s largest open-space martial arts schools located in Allegany County. […]

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Economic leader reveals changes in wooing businesses to Washington County

These days, new business contacts usually begin anonymously with the Internet, according to Kassie Lewis, director of the Washington County Department of Business Development.

“They are looking at us before we have any idea — any idea at all — that they are looking,” Lewis said of business prospects seeking locations for new facilities.

When companies do make contact, “they usually come to us through a consultant. … Now everything is very confidential,” she said. […]

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African cuisine coming to Hagerstown

A new Hagerstown restaurant can trace its roots to a family venture in Texas and its influence to the cultures of Africa.

Dyllis Minang is planning to open Christopher’s on Friday at 204 E. Franklin St. It’s named for her brother, Christopher Bujung, who will be the chef. She said the restaurant will offer American and African cuisine, including items like plantains and pepper soup (with goat meat) and African takes on dishes like tilapia.

“We cook it whole, grilled with herbs,” she said of the fish. “That makes it really nice and flavorful.” […]

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Sandra L. Sullivan

W.Va. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg appointed Sandra L. Sullivan as the new associate director of patient-care services (nurse executive), effective Feb. 5.

Sullivan began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2012, as the associate chief nurse of geriatrics and long-term care at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. […]

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Beth Henson

  Beth Henson of the Henson Nationwide Insurance Agency has earned the On Your Side Basic Farm Certification designation from Nationwide, the leading farm insurer in the United States. The designation is intended to help farmers and ranchers recognize agents who have made a commitment to understanding the complex risks faced by the agriculture industry. Agents must uphold education and service commitments to retain their certification.   […]

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