Walk joins OCHMRA

The Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association recently announced that Liz Walk has joined their team as event manager. Originally from Sarasota Fla., Walk received a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Business. Her adventure in Ocean City began when she arrived a couple of years ago to take care of her grandmother. Once in Ocean City, she quickly fell in love with the relaxed resort feel, the friendliness of the Eastern Shore and the sand between her toes.

Her love for hospitality came through her hostessing at Sunset Grille where she can still be found on occasion. Helping members comes natural as she honed her customer service skills while working with both the Berlin and Ocean Pines Chambers.


Becker Morgan wins award

Becker Morgan Group was recently awarded the 2013 Platinum Professional Remodeler Design Award in the Kitchen Remodel over $100,000 category for the Lakefront Kitchen Remodel. The project will be featured in the October issue of the Professional Remodeler and displayed on its Web site at The Professional Remodeler Design Awards recognize winning entries based on creativity, design/aesthetic appeal, problem solving, and construction quality. Awards are presented at the 2013 Remodeling Show in Chicago and winning projects are featured at the show.

This dramatic makeover converted a cramped, outdated space into an expansive gourmet kitchen with all the modern amenities for entertaining; while capturing the views of this unique lakefront space. A modern retro design approach blends the homes mid-century origins with modern flare and functionality. The Lakefront Kitchen was designed by Becker Morgan Group and built by Ruark Building Contractors.


Second VIP Real Estate Tour

Worcester County Economic Development hosted the second annual VIP Real Estate Tour on Sept. 27. Those who took part in the tour included approximately 50 visiting developers, real estate brokers and commercial bankers potentially interested in investing in the area.

The tour highlights the county’s pro-business atmosphere, job growth potential and the wealth of business opportunities here in our growing communities.

The tour gives WCED and local officials an opportunity to introduce prospective investors to Worcester County’s family-friendly lifestyle, school system, friendly towns, enterprise zones, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and ready access to major metropolitan markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Those interested in discovering more about the advantages of establishing or expanding a business in Worcester County should visit or contact Bill Badger at 410-632-3112 or


ACE Hardware recognized

Rommel’s Ace, the largest Ace dealer in the Mid-Atlantic with locations in Maryland, Delawre and Virginia, is celebrating Ace Hardware Corporation’s recent recognition in the J.D. Power & Associates 2013 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction StudySM. The results ranked Ace Hardware “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row.” Ace has been awarded this ranking ever since the organization began researching the home improvement category seven years ago.

The J.D. Power study is based on responses from more than 4,100 consumers who purchased home improvement products or services in the previous 12 months. Ace Hardware ranked highest among major retailers with an overall satisfaction index score of 803 on a 1,000-point scale. According to consumers, Ace performs particularly well in the staff, service, and store facility categories.

The score is based on performance in five areas: merchandise, price, sales and promotions, staff and service, and store facility.

Rommel’s ACE Home Centers recently tapped Renegade Communications to help the company enhance their customers’ experience, increase brand awareness and drive customer interaction via new traffic building campaigns and seamless brand messaging across various media platforms.


Worcester County Health Department recognized

The Worcester County Health Department has earned prestigious Joint Commission accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in both ambulatory and behavioral health care. Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission is a team effort that brings confidence to patients and provides a framework for the best care possible.

The accreditation award, which accredits organizations in three-year cycles, recognizes Worcester County Health Department’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.  The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

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