Winners by Rank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 1 . . . .MedImmune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 2 . . . .Shapiro & Duncan, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 3 . . . .Sourcefire, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 4 . . . .Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 5 . . . .Hughes Network Systems, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 6 . . . .GANTECH Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 7 . . . .iLuMinA Solutions, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 8 . . . .Corporate Network Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 9 . . . .TW Perry Building Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 10 . . .American Speech-Language-Hearing Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 11 . . .Aronson LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 12 . . .Adventist HealthCare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 13 . . .Rose Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 14 . . .Comcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 15 . . .Family Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 16 . . .Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 17 . . .Aquilent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 18 . . .The Retina Group of Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 19 . . .Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 20 . . .Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 21 . . .Quinter Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 22 . . .A Wider Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 23 . . .AVIAN Engineering LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 24 . . .Washington Property Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 25 . . .Walker & Dunlop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 26 . . .American Health Assistance Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 27 . . .Systems Application and Technologies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 28 . . .Adventure Theatre MTC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 29 . . .EBA Ernest Bland Associates, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 30 . . .Portal Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 31 . . .Rockville Printing and Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 32 . . .SocialToaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 33 . . .Crockett Facilities Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 34 . . .Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 35 . . .GlobalNet Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 36 . . .CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 37 . . .JD Clark Professional Services, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 38 . . .Optimal Networks, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 39 . . .Blue Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 40 . . .Montgomery Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 41 . . .Hillcrest Labs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 42 . . .Kendall Capital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 43 . . .Manna Food Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 44 . . .Olney Theatre Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 45 . . .ICAT Logistics, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 46 . . 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Montgomery College An Innovative Community Partner Since 1946, Montgomery College has proven to be an innovator in higher education, offering affordable, high-quality education to meet the community’s ever-changing needs for workforce development and lifelong learning. More than 60,000 students benefit each year from the credit and noncredit programs at the College. At Montgomery College, community members can find educational opportunities in the classrooms or online. With a low studentfaculty ratio, Montgomery College offers individual attention to students. Faculty members are committed to teaching—and to enhancing their own learning by working professionally in their respective fields, conducting cutting-edge research, or authoring textbooks. A majority holds industry-based certifications and credentials. Of the full-time faculty, 95 percent have earned a master’s degree or higher. Communities and businesses in Montgomery County benefit from a strong community college. Montgomery College encourages students to learn from local businesses and organizations through internships, cooperative education and apprenticeships. The College has also found success placing students in part-time jobs during the academic year. Students earn money for their education and, at the same time, support local businesses and help meet workforce demands. Montgomery College works collaboratively with businesses such as Discovery, Accenture, and Marriott to educate and train the workforce. The College provides customized business training annually to about 9,500 employees of local businesses, community organizations and government agencies, with a client satisfaction rate of nearly 100 percent. For example, the College is an authorized federal GSA training provider, offering classes to federal employees at agency sites or one of
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the College facilities, to assist the government in driving performance and results.
College’s strategic planning over the next eight years.
While we will always be in the business of changing lives for our students, we have also been recognized for our economic impact on the county and the state. Each year, Montgomery College strengthens the regional economy by approximately $1.8 billion through College operations, student spending and alumni productivity.
“But the College is so much more,” she continues. “It is a place where lives are changed. It is an economic engine for Montgomery County. It is a place that generates forward-thinking innovation. Most importantly, Montgomery College strives to be relevant to the needs of the community.”
Preparing tomorrow’s workforce today “Montgomery College has a long heritage of providing exceptional education and service to its students and the community,” said Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard in the introduction to Montgomery College 2020, a report that lays out the five themes driving the
Under Dr. Pollard’s strong leadership, the College actively develops and strengthens partnerships with government, business, nonprofit organizations, and other educational institutions. The Montgomery College Life Sciences Park at the Germantown Campus will help meet both the College’s and county’s economic goals. With a hospital established by Holy Cross as its
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anchor tenant, the park will provide cuttingedge, hands-on learning space for students at a time when the state of Maryland faces a scarcity of trained professionals. In addition, the park will spur the development of new businesses and create thousands of jobs that will contribute to Maryland’s tax base. The Life Sciences Park is but one example of the College staying at the forefront of indemand jobs. From classes focused on computer gaming and cybersecurity to emergency management and biotechnology, Montgomery College is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community. The College’s proximity to the I-270 corridor uniquely positions it to provide innovative science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) education to its students. With generous support from Montgomery County and Maryland, we have invested in substantial projects that will enhance the academic opportunities for our students and the economic growth of our state. In 2011, the College opened a Science Center at the Rockville Campus, which provides students
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with access to unparalleled science laboratories and learning facilities. The College also broke ground in 2011 on the Bioscience Education Center at the Germantown Campus, which will offer students the opportunity to learn in state-ofthe-art facilities similar to nearby federal agencies or innovative companies. Both buildings will enable the College to meet the surging demand for STEM education. By investing in infrastructure today, we ensure that our community will have a highly skilled and talented workforce tomorrow. After more than six decades, Montgomery College continues to provide a unique vantage point from which to see beyond today’s needs and to meet tomorrow’s expectations. Discover how you can benefit from developing an innovative partnership with Montgomery College. _____ To find out more about Montgomery College’s many accomplishments over the past year, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/report2012.
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____________________________________________________________ MedImmune Industry: Biotechnology Address: 1 MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg, 20878 County: Montgomery Employees: 4,000 Name: Peter Greenleaf Title: President Web: www.medimmune.com ____________________________________________________________ INNOVATION New, therapeutic and preventive medicines that hold tremendous potential for patients around the globe in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, respiratory disease and inflammation, cardiovascular/gastrointestinal disease, and neuroscience are the focus of MedImmuneâ€™s research. It has 120 therapeutic candidates in the
pipeline. By incorporating translational sciences, also known as customized medicine, in its clinical programs, MedImmune has positioned itself as a trendsetter. In addition to accelerating the time for product development, the company has invested in a talented intellectual property legal team and government, regulatory-affairs and health care policy experts to guide it through the complicated process of drug development and approval. COMMUNITY SERVICE MedImmune strives to inspire the next generation of scientists through collaboration with key educational partners, such as the MdBio Foundation and area universities. Through innovative programs aimed at fostering interest in scientific careers and driving achievement in STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) areas, students gain firsthand experience with the life sciences. It also sponsors career days, internships and science fairs. WHY ITâ€™S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A health and wellness program is led by a full-time staff member. An on-site health clinic allows employees to seek treatment for urgent medical needs or obtain a health assessment. Its fitness center provides group exercise classes, workouts with personal trainers and massages. MedImmune matches personal donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations up to $5,000 per employee per calendar year. Some 150 employees participate in the Ambassador Program, an employee empowerment initiative.
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media links and blog, PipeDreams. New processes have increased customer satisfaction while building market share. FIELDMAN keeps employees apprised of daily production and allows for feedback. FABMAN shares timelines with those in the fabrication shop. And, Tech Tool, a mobile pad, gives information to service technicians.
Industry: Construction Address: 14620 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 400 Name: Jerry Shapiro/Sheldon Shapiro Title: President/CEO Web: www.shapiroandduncan.com ____________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY SERVICE The firm puts high school students on the path to jobs and higher education in the construction industry by providing pre-apprenticeship training in HVAC. Shapiro & Duncan takes part in the National Building Museum’s Big Build and its employees donated 1,313 items of nonperishable food to the Maryland Food Bank. In partnership with Hess Construction, the company participated in Junior Achievement’s bowl-a-thon, raising $23,800 to help young people achieve economic success. Employees have contributed more than $30,000 to Children’s National Medical Center in honor of an employee’s son who continues his fight against cancer.
INNOVATION Shapiro & Duncan uses Facebook to connect with Generation Y; LinkedIn to search for clients that may need its service; and YouTube to post videos of its building information modeling capabilities, projects from start to finish, employee testimonials and company events. It recently launched an updated website, featuring its social
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK With career development as a focus, Shapiro & Duncan reimburses tuition for college, graduate school and apprenticeships. Its safety department provides training to employees and subcontractors. There’s an annual company holiday breakfast, employee appreciation day and summer family picnic, where years of service are acknowledged and rewarded.
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____________________________________________________________ Sourcefire, Inc. Industry: Information Technology Address: 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, 21046 County: Howard Employees: 242 Name: John Burris Title: CEO Web: www.sourcefire.com ____________________________________________________________ INNOVATION The world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, Sourcefire created Agile Security™ vision, which protects customers against dynamic attacks through a continuous, four-step process: first, SEE everything in an environment; then LEARN by applying security intelligence to data that will next ADAPT defenses automatically to
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enable security to ACT in real time. The Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System lies at the heart of Sourcefire’s portfolio, offering three solutions to fit the varying needs of enterprises. Sourcefire was named to Forbes’ 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for the third consecutive year. The company has focused on expanding its security portfolio by providing innovation solutions that support its Agile Security™ vision. COMMUNITY SERVICE Sourcefire awards its annual Cybersecurity scholarship to students who attend a university that uses Snort or Sourcefire products to protect its network or uses Snort as part of the curriculum. Since 2004, Sourcefire has awarded more than $80,000 to 16 deserving students worldwide. Employees receive an extra vacation day annually to use in a community service program of their choice. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Sourcefire employees may recognize their coworkers via an online “you’re on fire” form. Recognized employees are termed “firemen” and their accomplishments are noted at companywide meetings. Free lunch is provided daily, along with free soft drinks, water, energy drinks and snacks. An on-site lounge with games gives employees a space to unwind and relax. Employees may bring their dogs to work with them, which fosters a community-like atmosphere.
checks on uploaded data, instantly spotting out-of-range and other inconsistent data, and flagging these anomalies. As part of the same project, it created and programmed a graphics module into the automated reporting system that generates charts and graphs, making it simple for clients to see variations in data quality.
____________________________________________________________ Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. Industry: Other Address: 8757 Georgia Ave., 12th Floor, Silver Spring, 20910 County: Montgomery Employees: 309 Name: Kevin Beverly Title: Executive Vice President Web: www.s-3.com ____________________________________________________________ INNOVATION SSS develops and exploits new ideas and technologies to improve public health worldwide. It is an industry pioneer in public health research, policy analysis and health information dissemination. For example, one of its processes automatically conducts more than 3,000
COMMUNITY SERVICE SSS employees have a passion for making the world a better place, volunteering 5,000 hours in 2011. More than 40 civic and industry organizations—including Professional Services Council, Tech Council of Maryland, MDTech and Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce—have benefited from the company’s fundraising efforts. A clothing drive collected and delivered more than 500 items to the local organization Suited for Change. Employees also donated 400 handmade blankets to children in hospitals and shelters. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK An employee-owned company, SSS offers undergraduate and graduate education reimbursement, in-house training on supervision and project management skills, and incentives for employees to work toward Project Management Professional certification. There are onsite wellness programs and a weekly visit by a licensed massage therapist. In 2011, the company received a “Heroes Award” from Hearts & Homes for Youth for its many years of service to the county’s disadvantaged young people.
____________________________________________________________ Hughes Network Systems, LLC Industry: Telecommunications Address: 11717 Exploration Lane, Germantown, 20876 County: Montgomery Employees: 1,239 Name: Pradman Kaul Title: President Web: www.hughes.com ____________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Hughes is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office. HughesNet® is the top high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace with more than 650,000 North American subscribers. The company has shipped more than 2.8 million systems to over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share. In
July, Hughes launched EchoStar XVII, its next generation Ka-band satellite with JUPITER™ high-throughput technology. With over 100 Gbps capacity, it will be the cornerstone of HughesNet Gen4 services in North America, bringing higher speeds and more choices to 1.5 million additional customers, reinforcing its leadership in broadband satellite services. COMMUNITY SERVICE Hughes embraces community service activities and encourages volunteerism locally, nationally and globally. Employees have participated in the American Heart Walk, cell phone donation, disaster relief through the Red Cross, Lee Denim Day, Relay For Life and Toys for Tots. Hughes has a Donations Committee that supports individual employee philanthropic efforts by evaluating and donating to employee requests. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Through the provision of technology, flexible work arrangements, learning, health and wellness programs, community involvement, diversity, and a positive corporate culture, Hughes creates an outstanding environment for employees. Its wellness initiatives provide resources, and education and fitness programs promote more active lifestyles and improved health. A good corporate citizen, Hughes promotes an extensive recycling program in addition to installing many energy-saving devices throughout its buildings.
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GANTECH Inc. Industry: Information Technology Address: 9175 Guilford Road, Suite 101, Columbia, 21046 County: Howard Employees: 93 Name: Thomas Laskowski Title: President Web: www.gantech.net __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION GANTECH’s mission, to passionately transform emerging technology into value, has been the basis for its growth and differentiation. Its three delivery models—ProSource, ProServe and ProManage—provide flexibility in meeting client needs and achieving goals. Its EVERGreenIT© program of virtualizing technology enables clients, partners and GANTECH itself to do more with less, reducing environmental degradation and increasing cost savings.
iLuMinA Solutions, Inc. Industry: IT Consulting Address: 23330 Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 350, California, 20619 County: St. Mary’s Employees: 84 Name: Simone Acha Title: CEO Web: www.iluminasolutions.net __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION iLuMinA Solutions is an unbiased voice in the federal programs consulting arena. While providing oversight services on four Department of Defense Enterprise Resource Planning programs, they are applying methodology internally to learn how to facilitate successful implementations to small and mid-size companies. Investments in personnel and training have helped maintain a competitive, skilled workforce to deliver a high-quality service.
COMMUNITY SERVICE As an emerging business, GANTECH has donated nearly $100,000 to charities such as the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation and The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The company participates in two State Highway Administration programs to help keep Maryland beautiful and litter free.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Involved in charity and community work in the Washington and Southern Maryland areas, the company has supported the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, which provides scholarships, funds capital projects and purchases equipment. Executives are a part of Leadership Southern Maryland and efforts to salute the armed forces.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK GANTECH ensures its employees are personally and professionally equipped to be a responsive, strategic partner delivering secure innovative solutions to its clients by offering workforce trainings, certifications and tuition reimbursement. The firm participates in Crestcom’s The Bullet Proof Manager training program.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The company follows an honest, sound and purposeful vision for employees. Client and supervisory feedback ensures personnel are informed with honest input on how they are making a difference with clients. iLuMinA Solutions believes that a healthy, happy and balanced employee will perform at the highest standard.
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Corporate Network Services Industry: Information Technology Address: 20010 Fisher Ave., Suite E, Poolesville, 20837 County: Montgomery Employees: 47 Name: Karen Kalantzis Title: CEO Web: www.cornetser.com __________________________________________________________________
TW Perry Building Supply Industry: Construction Address: 8101 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, 20879 County: Montgomery Employees: 197 Name: Michael Cassidy Title: President and CEO Web: www.twperry.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Corporate Network Services’ new marketing message, which is focused on making clients happier with CNS PROSuite Managed Services, has yielded a 50 percent increase in weekly sales appointments. A trackable well-defined and practiced sales methodology for interacting with prospects has led to more productive appointments with less time spent pinning down the next step.
INNOVATION A lumberyard that offers a referral program to connect homeowners to contractors, TW Perry now incorporates customer notification, photo capture and GPS delivery guidance to bring items to job sites in a faster, more efficient manner. A new design center allows builders and architects a place to show products and hold meetings, and website updates make accounting easier for customers.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Poolesville tree lighting, the Poolesville 5K Race, Poolesville youth sports, WUMCO (Upper Montgomery) HELP and Poolesville Relay For Life are among those benefiting from Community Counts, CNS’s branded community service program. For the third year, CNS collected, shredded and recycled 2,500 pounds of documents at its free event.
COMMUNITY SERVICE TW Perry supports organizations related to construction, like Rebuilding Together and Eagle Scout projects, as well as those specific for veterans, such as the Yellow Ribbon Fund and Horses for Heroes. The yearly TW Perry Roger Gregory Award is given to a customer who exemplifies community service.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A Wellness Counts committee emphasizes the importance of being healthy. The company’s Holiday Weigh-In rewards nongainers with cash. A new vacation-sharing plan benefitted an ill employee. CNS offers tuition reimbursement and flexible work arrangements. Quarterly meetings bring employees together for business/social events such as bowling and laser tag.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The cohesive, inclusive and open culture of TW Perry encourages employees to be innovative in problem solving. Annual employee business planning gives the opportunity to make recommendations and hear from owners and a quality assurance program improves the organization. Yearly awards, family picnics, as well as financial support and counseling are also offered.
__________________________________________________________________ American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Industry: Health Care Address: 2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 255 Name: Arlene A. Pietranton Title: CEO Web: www.asha.org __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Collaborations have expanded ASHA’s audiences. It partnered with Univision to reach Latino families and sponsored a joint poll with AARP to highlight hearing health issues among older Americans. Its magazine featured a rare interview with the speech-language pathologist treating former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. COMMUNITY SERVICE A community outreach team identifies, promotes and plans initiatives to assist local charities with overlapping missions and visions. Through the Manna Food Center’s Smart Sacks initiative, ASHA employees provide backpacks of kid-friendly food every Friday to 29 students at College Gardens Elementary School so they can eat on weekends.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK ASHA’s fitness and group activity rooms are regular stops for staff. A quarter of employees participate each week in at least one of the daily exercise classes. Diagnostic and wellness screenings are available. ASHA’s wellness program extends to family members. The nonprofit is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion practices and environmental sustainability.
Aronson LLC Industry: Other Address: 805 King Farm Blvd., Suite 300, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 225 Name: Jeffery P. Capron Title: Managing Partner Web: www.aronsonllc.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Aronson has embraced social media, blogging and technology to enhance its position as a thought leader and gain greater market share. Blogs, written by professional accountants, provide business management information to 250,000 unique visitors annually. A new service platform allows clients to package services that work together for success. Aronson revamped two business units to address marketplace needs. COMMUNITY SERVICE The firm recently launched a Community Enrichment Program, a formalized plan for supporting and rewarding staff’s good deeds and commitment to charitable activities. Through mid-2012, the Aronson Foundation and Aronson employees contributed $80,000 to charitable endeavors. Employees work with Junior Achievement and participate in Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ internship program. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Aronson provides staff the opportunity to forge a future and balance work and life through innovative policies and programs. It offers professional development programs, flexible work arrangements and social opportunities. Staff benefit by engaging in mentoring activities and from access to cutting-edge technology. Special Advertising Supplement | P&B53 2012 | 11
__________________________________________________________________ Adventist HealthCare Industry: Health Care Address: 1801 Research Blvd., Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 6,900 Name: William G. Robertson Title: President and CEO Web: www.AdventistHealthCare.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Having increased its social media presence exponentially, Adventist HealthCare’s Facebook pages serve as a vital, lifesaving patient education tool. YouTube videos feature medical experts and former patients. Adventist’s Ambulatory Care Electronic Health Record Support program improves patient care by enhancing coordination among health care providers, thereby reducing medical errors.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Through Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital, the company provided nearly $57 million in community benefits last year. Staff reached out to 4,100 people at 56 health fairs, provided blood pressure checks to 2,500 residents and screened some 1,200 people for cancer. More than 200 people received 528 free screenings at Adventist’s Love Your Heart Expo. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Adventist promotes work-life balance with flexible hours and shifts. Access to free, online courses allows employees to stay current on the latest in patient care and keep licensures up to date. Employees may access free health risk assessments, flu vaccines and wellness coaching.
__________________________________________________________________ Rose Financial Services Industry: Banking/Finance Address: 2 Research Place, Suite 300, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 50 Name: Ted Rose Title: President and CEO Web: www.rosefinancial.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Combining the best people, practices and systems, Rose Financial Services provides clients with a cost effective and scalable financial infrastructure. After upgrading its internal systems to NetSuite to integrate the business development team with the operations and accounting team, the company shared the experience and updated others through social media campaigns. COMMUNITY SERVICE The company’s own RFS Gives Back Foundation supports educational, clientbased charitable efforts and employee-driven locally focused causes. Along with donating school supplies for children, a canned food drive and raising funds and awareness for foundations supporting various illnesses and scholarships, the Meals for the Homeless event prepared more than 1,000 lunches both in December and this summer. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The company’s “Success for All” vision inspires employees through communication. Daily team and monthly companywide huddles let employees share what they are doing professionally and personally. An employee appreciation week, as well as ice cream and catered meals throughout the year, have been held for employees.
Comcast Industry: Telecommunications Address: 8098 Sandpiper Circle, Baltimore, 21236 County: Baltimore Employees: 126,000 Name: Brian L. Roberts Title: Chairman and CEO Web: www.comcast.com __________________________________________________________________
Family Services, Inc. Industry: Other Address: 610 East Diamond Ave., Suite 100, Gaithersburg, 20877 County: Montgomery Employees: 281 Name: Thomas E. Harr Title: Executive Director Web: www.fs-inc.org __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Skype on Xfinity became available in Maryland in June. Customers can make and receive video calls with their televisions in HD picture quality, and send and receive instant messages via Skype. Voice 2go, a new, free feature marries Xfinity Voice customers’ home phone service with some of the best mobile technologies. Xfinity Home customers can control and monitor their homes in a whole new way, from virtually anywhere, anytime.
INNOVATION Family Services, Inc. uses technology—such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Constant Contact—to increase its reach. Its Text4Baby connects pregnant women and new moms to health information. By identifying gaps in available services, FSI has found innovative ways to partner with local government, community organizations and other nonprofits to increase services to those hardest hit by the recession.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Through its Leaders and Achievers scholarship program, Comcast awarded more than $100,000 to Maryland high school seniors in 2012. Internet Essentials gives lower-income families access to low-cost Internet service, affordable computers and free digital literacy training programs.
COMMUNITY SERVICE FSI and its employees serve and support the most vulnerable individuals and families in Montgomery County. Its Health Integration Project has helped 400 clients reduce blood pressure, tobacco usage and body mass index. In FY11, FSI helped some 2,242 clients access food, shelter, utilities and health care.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Employees receive personal and professional development opportunities through career advancement tools, training programs and education. Tuition reimbursement is available for career-related degrees. Wellness incentives and access to personal health assistants improve employee health. Employees can tap free financial planning assistance.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK More than 33 countries are represented among FSI’s 280 employees. Staff members are recognized by management and their peers through notes, gift cards, and appreciation lunches for work above and beyond their job requirements. Employees organize social events and a Green Team keeps the workplace eco-friendly.
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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Industry: Energy Address: 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, 20637 County: Charles Employees: 478 Name: Austin J. Slater Jr. Title: President and CEO Web: www.smeco.coop __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION A distribution electric cooperative serving more than 153,000 customermembers in Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert and southern Prince George’s counties, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative has invested in technology to better respond to power outages and communicates through social media during these times. A new engineering and operations facility is LEED certified and will serve as a storm-hardened nerve center. COMMUNITY SERVICE While providing safe, reliable electricity and the lowest possible price, SMECO employees serve on numerous boards and in leadership positions for dozens of local charities. Supporting the Calvert Marine Museum; local chambers of commerce; the College of Southern Maryland; and numerous churches, little leagues and rotaries, SMECO provides financial donations to Southern Maryland groups each year. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK With many employees with more than 25, or even 40, years of service, SMECO is a large, close-knit company in the community. A yearly Family Fun Day and a 75-mile bike ride bring employees together. An employee recognition program awards staff members for going above and beyond.
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Aquilent Industry: Information Technology Address: 1100 West St., Laurel, 20707 County: Prince George’s Employees: 201 Name: David Fout Title: President and CEO Web: www.aquilent.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Aquilent delivers web-based solutions that can truly change lives and is aligned with President Obama’s mandate for a more transparent and open government. Having fully embraced social media, the firm utilizes each social channel differently to achieve specific goals. Its 4-Point Aquilent Advantage drives growth. The company forecasts a 40 percent increase in revenue for 2012. COMMUNITY SERVICE AquilentCares provides a platform for employees to give back. Adopt-a-Road, a concert for residents of The Children’s Inn at NIH, and a veterans outreach program are among programs and events supported by staff. Aquilent will match charitable contributions made by staff. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Work-life balance is encouraged at Aquilent. The firm has an on-site game room, exercise facility with top-of-the-line equipment, and workout room with padded floor for martial arts or yoga. Free flu shots are available to employees and their families and free seated massages are offered during Aquilent’s Benefits & Health Fair. 1862543
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The Retina Group of Washington Industry: Health Care Address: Maryland Trade Center III, 7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 300, Greenbelt, 20770 County: Prince George’s Employees: 140 Name: Richard J. Donnelly Title: CEO Web: www.rgw.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Dedicated to advancing retinal and macular care through the use of technology and doctors’ expertise, RGW was one of the only area groups to conduct local drug trials for treatment of the serious “wet” version of agerelated macular degeneration. Patients have access to all medical forms online ahead of appointments, as well as an informational website for an efficient and stress-free experience. COMMUNITY SERVICE RGW doctors donate their time and services to treat patients and perform medical procedures at clinics and hospitals around Washington. While seeing nonpaying and uninsured area residents, the practice participates in community health fairs and makes presentations at senior communities. RGW physicians have also treated and performed surgeries in such countries as the Dominican Republic. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Some staff members have been with the RGW family for more than 30 years. The family-oriented practice provides benefits, tuition reimbursement and a corporate health initiative. The teamwork concept creates an atmosphere of comfort and caring for both employees and patients.
__________________________________________________________________ Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union Industry: Banking/Finance Address: 19785 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, 20874 County: Montgomery Employees: 24.5 Name: James H. Norris III Title: President and CEO Web: www.mcefcu.org __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Creative promotions, including a cupcake giveaway, have helped the Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union add new memberships and gain exposure. While adopting a “fast follower” approach to technology, the credit union offers convenient text message banking, mobile banking, remote deposit scanning and external account transfers. MC EFCU strives to provide services that simplify life for members, save time and money, and allow dreams to come true. COMMUNITY SERVICE Supporting one of their own members, MC EFCU sponsored a local charity, For 3 Sisters, Inc., to raise awareness of breast cancer. Employees have also participated in other walks around the county, and the credit union and CEO are active with the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The win-win culture at MC EFCU encourages, rewards and celebrates goals and personal achievements. Employees have the chance to dunk the CEO at a company picnic or work out at the state-of-the-art gym. Tuition reimbursement and in-house trainings help employees stay at their peak.
Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. Industry: Other Address: 7735 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 20814 County: Montgomery Employees: 35 Name: Nancy G. Fax Title: Managing Partner Web: www.pasternakfidis.com __________________________________________________________________
Quinter Design Industry: Media/Marketing Address: 3308 Gold Mine Road, Brookeville, 20833 County: Montgomery Employees: 2.5 Name: Robyn S. Quinter Title: President Web: www.QuinterDesign.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Serving clients in Bethesda for more than 30 years, Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. specializes in collaborative law. Resolving separation and divorce, business disputes and will contests, the law firm also has gained experience in samesex relationship legal matters. The firm involves nonlawyer professionals— paralegals and legal assistants—in a variety of direct client matters.
INNOVATION A small, family-owned home-based firm, Quinter Design works with start-ups to federal agencies creating graphic design for web and print, publicity campaigns, and trade show displays. In efforts to cross market their core services, the graphic design company offers bundled service packages, and posts to social media sites and an electronic newsletter communicate and network with clients.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Sponsoring interests ranging from theatre productions to kickball teams, partners and associates participate in organizations, boards and charities in the Bethesda area. The managing partner sits on the board for The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, and the firm holds a food drive every holiday season. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Associate attorneys work closely with top practitioners in the areas of trusts and estates, family law, and litigation. Encouraged to write and speak in their specialties, associates are provided a budget for continuing education and bar memberships. Flexible work schedules and classes in estate law and planning are offered for paralegals.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE Committed to donating to valued, local nonprofit organizations, Quinter Designs provides work pro bono or at a discount. With one owner on the board for the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the other for Montgomery Alliance for Community Giving, community service is an essential element of Quinter Design. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK With an occasional cat walking across your keyboard, the graphic design company combines the comforts of home with personal night-owl work schedules. Employing one part-time design associate, the small office encourages creativity without distractions, interruptions and high pressure.
A Wider Circle Industry: Other Address: 9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, 20910 County: Montgomery Employees: 21 Name: Mark Bergel Title: Executive Director Web: www.awidercircle.org __________________________________________________________________
AVIAN Engineering LLC Industry: Aerospace/Defense Address: 22111 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 20653 County: St. Mary’s Employees: 80 Name: Kevin Switick Title: CEO Web: www.avianeng.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION AVIAN’s proprietary process and tools for Acquisition Roadmapping led to its 2009 receipt of the NAVAIR Commanders Cup for Business Operations. It is cofounder of the Naval Aviation Test and Evaluation University, a nationwide program that trains young military test and evaluation engineers. AVIAN’s investment in a corporate quality assurance program has fueled growth, broadened its reputation and increased its business base.
INNOVATION This grassroots nonprofit channels the region’s excess resources into the hands of 22,000 people living in poverty. Despite more than doubling the size of its facility—where clients come to shop free of charge—to 21,000 square feet, the company devotes only 3 percent of its financial resources to overhead. COMMUNITY SERVICE Opportunities for community volunteers have been expanded, bringing thousands of new faces to A Wider Circle. Last year, 2,000 families dropped off items at the center, supplementing household goods picked up from 4,000 other families.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AVIAN sponsors Christmas in April, which benefits hospices in Southern Maryland. During winter, staff assembles gifts and care packages for deployed servicemen. The company sponsors the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Alumni Association golf tournament and Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ East Coast Symposium.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK No matter one’s job description, every employee can be involved in every endeavor, part of a larger effort to end poverty. The greatest rewards come in the form of a “thank you” from a homeless veteran receiving items for a new home or a hug from a child who will soon sleep in his own bed for the first time.
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WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK AVIAN employees benefit from access to the latest technology and the premium placed on continued learning and growth. Staff gym fees are reimbursed and fitness activities include softball, volleyball and kickball. Wellness events include guest speakers, such as a nutritionist, and a companywide massage day.
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Washington Property Company Industry: Real Estate Address: 4719 Hampden Lane, 3rd Floor, Bethesda, 20814 County: Montgomery Employees: 30 Name: Charles K. Nulsen III Title: President Web: www.washproperty.com __________________________________________________________________
Walker & Dunlop Industry: Banking/Finance Address: 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1200E, Bethesda, 20814 County: Montgomery Employees: 189 Name: Willy Walker Title: CEO Web: www.walkerdunlop.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Washington Property Company has more than 15 years of experience in the Silver Spring region, including private investment of office, retail and multifamily projects. WPC completed a 17-story, 295-unit multifamily high-rise in downtown Silver Spring in May, and development in Bethesda and Wheaton is slated for the next two years. The full-service commercial and residential firm provides attentive, personal service, interactive websites and events.
INNOVATION Walker & Dunlop began more than 70 years ago and has evolved into a national entity with a focus on real estate finance. Last year, the company launched its Interim Financing, or Bridge Loan, program as an expansion of its service to allow the company to serve multifamily properties more creatively. Company milestones and growth are communicated on the company website and through social media efforts.
COMMUNITY SERVICE For five years, WPC has brought together more than 700 members of the real estate community for Monte Carlo Night and raised $2.5 million for the Children’s National Medical Center. WPC also supports New Community for Children and The Armed Forces Foundation, along with smaller efforts, such as an office holiday book drive.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Supporting Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program for more than 23 years, the company creates ways to raise funds, including Jeans Day, a raffle and auction of employee-donated items, and a walk on the National Mall. Employees may spend four hours a month with pay to volunteer their time.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The teamwork-oriented community-minded company coordinates employee volunteer efforts, such as serving dinner to disabled veterans and families, to say thanks as a company and as friends. WPC recognizes and rewards performance, dedication and leadership, and also holds annual corporate outings.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Walker & Dunlop recognizes Employees of the Quarter and top-producing sales staff can earn annual trips. To acknowledge employee retention and longevity, the company awards approximately $50,000 in service awards annually. There’s also an annual holiday party and company picnic, as well as frequent sports tickets.
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American Health Assistance Foundation Industry: Other Address: 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, 20871 County: Montgomery Employees: 41 Name: Stacy Pagos Haller Title: President and CEO Web: www.ahaf.org __________________________________________________________________
Systems Application and Technologies, Inc. Industry: Aerospace/Defense Address: 1101 Mercantile Lane, Suite 200, Largo, 20774 County: Prince George’s Employees: 279 Name: Timothy J. Adams Title: President and CEO Web: www.sa-techinc.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION AHAF funds pioneering research into degenerative diseases. Its investments allow researchers to generate funding 10 times the initial grant. AHAF’s grants are disproportionately influential, contributing to research with twice the average impact of studies supported by the U.S. government and 2.5 times that of investigations funded by nongovernment sources.
INNOVATION Employing personnel in 14 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Italy and Japan, SA-TECH has reduced costs and improved quality by streamlining the management structure, delegating tasks and enhancing incentives. The Department of Defense contractor uses leading-edge technology and the latest automated tools to provide support services to DoD customers.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AHAF develops tools—publications, podcasts and videos—that raise awareness of diseases and encourage preventive behaviors. Staff answers questions in Spanish and English via a toll-free phone number. Locally, AHAF sponsors educational programs at Asbury Methodist Village and manages interns as part of University of Maryland, College Park’s Public Health Science program at The Universities at Shady Grove.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Volunteering his time, the president and CEO is active with the Patriots Technology Training Center in Seat Pleasant, which creates technology opportunities for minority students. Dedicated to the armed forces, other efforts include support of reception rooms at Joint Base Andrews, graduate scholarships to Airmen and being active with wounded warriors, among others.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK It is the collegiality of a small office combined with the benefits of larger employers that AHAF staff appreciates. The nonprofit supports employees’ professional growth. Scientists offer webinars, explaining their work and enhancing staff connections to the ground-breaking science that AHAF funds.
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WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Approximately two-thirds of SA-TECH personnel have a Secret Clearance or higher. A complete benefits package is offered for employees, as well as tuition assistance, bonuses, and quarterly and yearly recognition programs. Employees and families can attend sports events through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.
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Adventure Theatre MTC Industry: Other Address: 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 20812 County: Montgomery Employees: 28 Name: Joseph A. Rossi Title: Managing Director Web: www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org __________________________________________________________________
EBA Ernest Bland Associates, P.C. Industry: Other Address: 802 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, 20910 County: Montgomery Employees: 12 Name: Ernest Bland Title: President Web: www.ebapc.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Through the development and premiering of new plays, hiring top-notch veteran and new artists, and engaging in creative partnerships, ATMTC has become a leader in performing arts and education. The recent merger of Adventure Theatre with the Musical Theater Center allows ATMTC to serve children of all ages in a consistent and graduated way and strengthen organizational capacity.
INNOVATION EBA Ernest Bland Associates’ delivery of design and related services is built around two specific approaches. It targets marketing to potential clients for whom its services are tailored and it remains responsive to client needs to obtain repeat business. The constant upgrade of equipment and software, combined with large doses of creativity and top-notch resource management, enhances the firm’s capacity to perform.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Underserved populations benefit from ticket discounts, in-school programs, scholarships and outreach efforts, as well as ASL-interpreted performances and sensory-friendly performances for children who are diagnosed with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. ATMTC partnered with social service groups to offer a summer performance camp to 40 at-risk youth.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Every other summer, the firm hosts the “EBA Summer Slam,” where the community is invited to a day of live entertainment, food and guest speakers. EBA sponsors Takoma Park little league teams, provides gift certificates for local football teams and contributes to The Nora School.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Making theater for children is a fun business and brings joy to both staff and artists. Flex time and the provision of rehearsal room off-hours at minimal charge to smaller artists and groups allow staff to explore their own artistic pursuits. A collegial atmosphere pervades ATMTC.
Portal Solutions Industry: Information Technology Address: 2301 Research Blvd., Suite 105, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 35 Name: Daniel Cohen-Dumani Title: Founder and CEO Web: www.portalsolutions.net __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION By connecting people, data and content, Portal Solutions has redefined their advisory services to complement existing technical knowledge and experience. As a consultative partner, creating a collaborative and social work environment and implementing “Social Enterprise” solutions, the company now has larger projects and new opportunities, as well as achieved financial growth. COMMUNITY SERVICE Members of the Tech Council of Maryland, the company participates in various activities and events to sponsor IT education programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Employees are encouraged to support community programs and are offered time off to pursue charitable work. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Flexibility and an environment where employees want to come into the office to collaborate and socialize help make Portal Solutions a great place to work. Weekly free catered lunches, benefits, telecommuting options and “creative time off” create a balance for employees.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Because the firm believes in the importance of family, it seldom stays open late or on weekends. EBA events and outings include sailing and fishing trips and bowling outings. Employees’ birthdays are celebrated with a handmade card and dessert.
Rockville Printing & Graphics Industry: Manufacturing Address: 736 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 20852 County: Montgomery Employees: 104 Name: Robert Wepasnick Title: President Web: www.colornetgroup.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION A one-stop printing solution, Rockville Printing & Graphics and The ColorNet Group have three locations—Rockville, Gaithersburg and Sterling, Va.—that all support each other’s brands. With options such as creative design, high quality digital color, posters and bindery, the printing company strives for green practices, such as recycling paper and aluminum printing plates and using soy inks. COMMUNITY SERVICE Active in the Buy Rockville initiative since the initial stages, Rockville Printing sponsored an office makeover project in the community. A Tuesday networking event, founded by the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, allows more than 250 attendees to create business and social relationships. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Grown from operating in a garage, the owners listen to suggestions and valuable feedback from the “team.” Rockville Printing and ColorNet holds internal educational seminars and employees are encouraged to regularly attend industry trade shows. There is a softball team and yearly company picnic, as well as a holiday party open to all locations. Special Advertising Supplement | P&B53 2012 | 17
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SocialToaster Industry: Other Address: 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 310 Baltimore, 21211 County: Baltimore City Employees: 12 Name: Brian Razzaque Title: CEO Web: www.socialtoaster.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION While mobilizing Super Fans of media and entertainment brands and sports teams to increase fan engagement, drive website traffic and strengthen advocacy, SocialToaster monetizes the social channel and measures social media marketing. To meet a client’s need to track social efforts, the software company creates, broadcasts and manages a brand’s message through ambassadors, which results in a higher click-through rate.
INNOVATION In 2012, Crockett Facilities Services established a LinkedIn site, where it posts articles about facilities maintenance that position the firm as a thought leader in the HVAC industry. The company is active in industry associations to network and expand its presence. An expanded business development team has enabled CFSI to identify and submit more proposals for multiyear, multimillion-dollar government contracts.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Through the use of their software and general consulting, SocialToaster has contributed more than $200,000 in support and usage to organizations throughout Baltimore and the state. The company launched a campaign promotion for Baltimore Child Abuse Center to amplify their social media efforts and increase their reach and share rate to earn votes to win funds to continue serving the community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CFSI donated $3,000 worth of baby supplies to A Wider Circle. It is an educational and outreach initiative preparing young mothers-to-be for a healthy pregnancy and to develop healthy behaviors to make positive choices to be good parents. To support the troops, CFSI employees assembled care packages, stuffing canvas bags with travel-sized toiletries for servicemen and women overseas.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK An encouragement and open-door management environment has made SocialToaster a dynamic and inspirational workplace. Open to new ideas and willing to listen, the CEO believes every employee has the ability to bring value and has a unique skill set to help the company grow and provide perspectives.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Industry: Other Address: 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 80 Name: Ken Hughes Title: CEO Web: www.dhgllp.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION The largest CPA firm in the Southern U.S., Dixon Hughes Goodman has dedicated practice groups, each immersed in a specific industry and offering comprehensive solutions that go beyond traditional accounting services. Its internal trade show exposes employees to each practice area, which they are incentivized to sell. COMMUNITY SERVICE The company underwrites worthwhile programs through monetary contributions and contributions of time and talent. Some 100 metro D.C. employees recently raised nearly $70,000 for the March of Dimes. Its first Count the Cans initiative in the Rockville office brought in more than 2,000 pounds of food for donation to the Manna Food Center. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Dixon Hughes Goodman features the warm, friendly, welcoming environment found at small firms, yet has the resources and advancement opportunities of a large firm. Some 60 percent of employees take advantage of the firm’s workday flexibility program, working less than full time, compressed workweeks or off-peak start and end times.
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Crockett Facilities Services Industry: Mechanical Service Address: 4901 Telsa Drive, Suite L, Bowie, 20715 County: Prince George’s Employees: 178 Name: Cynthia Crockett Title: President Web: www.crockett-facilities.com __________________________________________________________________
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A family-first atmosphere pervades CFSI. An open-door policy enhances employee communication. The president continues to visit every job site once a year. CFSI holds team-building exercises and weekly management meetings.
GlobalNet Services, Inc. Industry: Information Technology Address: 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 300, Rockville, 20852 County: Montgomery Employees: 91 Name: Ori Reiss Title: President & CEO Web: www.gnsi.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION GlobalNet Services, Inc. serves government and commercial clients with innovative and cost-effective IT solutions, including website metrics and analytics, enterprise search and Citrix remote access. One of the first to offer Google Enterprise Search products, GNSI has achieved a high rating for software and systems engineering, as well as invested in training and infrastructure. COMMUNITY SERVICE GNSI supports numerous community service efforts from The American Red Cross tsunami relief to three blood drives in the last year. In addition to sponsoring fundraising events for local foundations, GNSI staff provides cooked meals for the Gude Drive Men’s Shelter. Executives serve on the boards of local, national and international charities. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK With a focus on retention, GNSI has extended employee benefits and offers training and career development options, retirement planning and insurance. Team-building and recreational events include foosball and Wii Sports tournaments, picnics, and laser tag. Complimentary fresh fruit is available to show the importance of employee well-being.
CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co. Industry: Hospitality/Travel Address: 1310 South Main St., Mount Airy, 21771 County: Frederick Employees: 43 Name: Christopher Carter Title: CEO Web: www.carterque.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Affordable and friendly, CarterQue BBQ has something for everyone—like kids meals served on Frisbees. Its marketing mixes new and traditional: Facebook and Twitter for younger customers and printed media for older adults. Partnerships with business and media outlets have allowed CarterQue to extend its reach and cater 150 events annually. COMMUNITY SERVICE CarterQue provides food monthly to a church that feeds the hungry and takes food to firefighters when a destructive incident occurs. It supports fundraisers by deeply discounting catering services to nonprofits. Its Central Maryland Swinetastic BBQ Festival has resulted in $45,000 in donations to nonprofit groups. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK CarterQue has retained 80 percent of its staff since opening in 2006. The company’s family-friendly policies attract high school and college students as well as parents. It honors an employee of the month and treats staff to ice cream or Gatorade on hot days or buys pizza at the end of a long day.
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JD Clark Professional Services, LLC Industry: Construction Address: 6501 Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights, 20772 County: Prince George’s Employees: 3 Name: Tisa JD Clark Title: President Web: www.jdclarkps.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION With core services in property preservation, maintenance and improvements, JD Clark specializes in facilities and grounds management. Dedication to exceptional service has led to repeat clients, strong community rapport and favorable referrals. The construction firm leverages the use of technology in its accounting systems and wireless communication in the field to support real-time feedback. COMMUNITY SERVICE As a member of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, JD Clark supports local schools. Whether it is providing financial support, supplies and materials to a high school carpentry class to participating in a network that supports entrepreneurship educational programs to inspire students to stay in school, the company has cultivated a relationship that continues to grow. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A family-oriented environment welcomes children in the office, and JD Clarks holds cookouts, lunches and holiday events. Refreshments for staff working outside are provided during the workday. JD Clark offers full-time benefits packages, as well as company uniforms and training.
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Optimal Networks, Inc. Industry: Information Technology Address: 15201 Diamondback Drive, Suite 220, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 22 Name: Heinan Landa Title: CEO Web: www.optimalnetworks.com __________________________________________________________________
Blue Corona Industry: Media/Marketing Address: 7595-G Rickenbacker Drive, Gaithersburg, 20879 County: Montgomery Employees: 18 Name: Ben Landers Title: President and CEO Web: www.bluecorona.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION In addition to participating in trade shows, networking, and use of social media and e-newsletters, Optimal Networks has introduced video marketing—where the CEO and COO discuss a topic—to increase presence. Expanded cloud services attract smaller organizations, and company dedication to client service process improvements have increased revenue and average employee stay rate.
INNOVATION Blue Corona—which provides online marketing, lead generation, and analytics services to small- and medium-sized businesses—has created a “do it for me” system that makes it easy for companies to track their strategies. Founded at the peak of the economic downturn, Blue Corona recognizes that data, combined with gut intuition, beats gut intuition alone every time. The firm has seen 2,000 percent growth since 2008.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Optimal Networks has served as a corporate sponsor and donated to such causes as Susan. G. Komen Race for the Cure and local Shepherd’s Table. During the holidays, the company holds secret Santa and adopt-a-family programs. Employees are also given paid time off to participate in community projects of their choice.
COMMUNITY SERVICE In the process of developing its first community service program, Blue Corona intends to use its expertise to help needy organizations build a more effective online presence and provide technical education opportunities to at-risk youths.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A productive and progressive place to work, Optimal has an open-door executive policy and regularly shares financial data. Weekly company breakfasts and spirit days help to review and align individual, team and company goals.
Montgomery Hospice Industry: Health Care Address: 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 232 Name: Ann Mitchell Title: President and CEO Web: www.montgomeryhospice.org __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Offering quality end-of-life care in homes, extended care facilities and at Casey House—the only free-standing facility in the county dedicated to hospice patients, Montgomery Hospice’s team of doctors, nurses and counselors provided hospice care to more than 2,000 patients in 2011. A growing complementary therapies program comforts patients through touch, music and aroma. COMMUNITY SERVICE Caring for patients regardless of their ability to pay, Montgomery Hospice also offers free grief support to families after the death of their loved one, as well as free workshops and support groups. In 2011, volunteers donated more than 16,000 hours and made 6,100 patient visits. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Working as part of a team, Montgomery Hospice employees consider it an honor and a privilege to serve community patients during a difficult time. Peer support meetings allow employees to share ideas about handling unique challenges they face. With benefits and a leave-sharing program, employees are encouraged to pursue continuing education and certifications.
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WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Interacting with Apple, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google, among others, Blue Corona employees learn skills and techniques that won’t make it to the classroom for years. The company culture is vibrant and high-energy. There are learning workshops, free-lunch Fridays, and company outings, like watching “The Social Network” together.
Hillcrest Labs Industry: Other Address: 15245 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 85 Name: Dan Simpkins Title: Founder, Chairman and CEO Web: www.hillcrestlabs.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Hillcrest Labs partners with many other companies to create services and applications for interactive at-home and on-the-go entertainment. A leading provider of multiplatform motion software and products, Hillcrest technology can be found inside TV sets sold at major retail stores. Dedicated to supplying technology that is cost effective, the products provide an ideal and accurate consumer experience. COMMUNITY SERVICE CEO Dan Simpkins and his wife contribute to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and support the Washington Performing Arts Society. Simpkins is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kol Shalom, and Cornell University’s Daniel S. Simpkins Endowment Fund supports undergraduate research projects for the College of Engineering. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK With a team of experienced professionals to create a revolution in entertainment, Hillcrest strives to make the company an engaging and rewarding place to work. Every employee’s opinion matters, innovation is rewarded and mistakes are used as learning experiences to improve future behaviors.
Kendall Capital Industry: Banking/Finance Address: 20 Courthouse Square, Suite 216, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 3 Name: Clark Kendall Title: President Web: www.kendallcapital.com __________________________________________________________________
Manna Food Center Industry: Other Address: 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, 20877 County: Montgomery Employees: 21 Name: Minerva Delgado Title: Executive Director Web: www.mannafood.org __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION A fee-only, fiduciary-based, independent, financial planning and investment management firm, Kendall Capital recognizes that each client is focused on his/her family’s financial future. With 70 percent of new business from referrals, the company combines technology, research and decades of experience to assist clients. Networking to professionals and the public, the company has a direct-mail campaign and newsletter, as well as a website and blog.
INNOVATION Partnered with more grocery stores, community groups and individuals than ever before, Manna Food Center has taken a full circle approach to emergency food distribution for families in need. Volunteers, with more than 50,000 hours of work this year, collect and sort fresh food daily to distribute that day, store in the warehouse or compost to use again by local farms.
COMMUNITY SERVICE While supporting several local nonprofit and charitable ventures, Kendall Capital also sponsored a run to benefit orphans in Uganda. The firm is active in the Rockville and Olney chambers of commerce and other professional organizations, and company President Clark Kendall is involved with boards around Olney.
COMMUNITY SERVICE From food drives to warehouse work, Manna provides volunteer opportunities for thousands of people a year. Manna works with partner agencies to provide work experience, and also offers the opportunity for service learning hours for Montgomery County students. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Manna Food Center employees support the community, as well as each other in work and personally. Working as a team, employees donate vacation hours to others who are sick, or find solutions when personal needs arise.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Teamwork and communications among staff, as well as incentives encourage employees to reach their goals and contribute to the success of the firm. With 100 percent of professional educational tuition and exams covered, Kendall Capital also offers benefit packages and holds events throughout the year.
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Olney Theatre Center Industry: Other Address: 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 20832 County: Montgomery Employees: 202 Name: Jennifer Kneeland Title: Board President Web: www.olneytheatre.org __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Home to America’s longest running classical touring company, Olney Theatre Center produces a mixture of plays and musicals for audiences of all ages. With an increase in donation contributions and grants, the theatre currently has six shows a season, including its successful “The Sound of Music” in 2011. Emails, print and, now, social media communicate the numerous artistic and educational offerings available. COMMUNITY SERVICE Committed to theatre education, outreach programs involve local schools and organizations, and theatre space and activities rentals are available for other groups. The National Players have performed for more than 5,000 high school students in the state alone, and the theatre offers free or reduced-cost tickets and performances during the year. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Led by valuable, experienced leadership, employees have great pride and passion for their work. The award-winning artistic programming showcases the talents of national directors, actors and designers. An internship program for recent college graduates provides hands-on training in theatre production and administration with professionals.
ICAT Logistics, Inc. Industry: Other Address: 6805 Douglas Legum Drive, 3rd Floor, Elkridge, 21075 County: Howard Employees: 29 Name: Rick Campbell Title: President and CEO Web: www.icatlogistics.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Having opened two new locations this year, ICAT Logistics is committed to helping agency owners with sales and marketing practices. The ICAT mentoring program recruits and trains new sales representatives for agencies, and then coaches them for a year to ensure success. Working to grow international business, the company provides the “behind the scenes” support that gives agency owners freedom to do what they do best. COMMUNITY SERVICE With locations around the country, ICAT believes community commitment should originate with the team members in each office. Maryland employees participated in a student book drive, and the corporate office sponsors meals for families at Thanksgiving and purchases children’s holiday gifts. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK ICAT believes in employees planning for and creating their own success. To keep the momentum going, daily visual aids are used throughout the office as motivation and incentives are awarded during the year for reaching goals. Special celebrations create an atmosphere of fun and achievement.
Insurance Associates Industry: Other Address: 21 Church St., Suite 100, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 31 Name: Stephen A. Spencer Title: President Web: www.insassoc.com __________________________________________________________________
Interfaith Works Industry: Other Address: 114 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 87 Name: C. Marie Henderson Title: CEO Web: www.iworksmc.org __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Customer service is Insurance Associates’ trademark; ongoing training and continuing education seminars maintain high standards for employees. With a 100-percent paperless email and scanning system, the company’s three offices are all connected on one line to protect the network and client files. Doubling staff efforts, they ensure processing billing transactions, especially credits, and having claims resolved are done quickly for the customer.
INNOVATION Interfaith Works provides services for the needy and homeless with programs to respond to community need. With support from donations and volunteers, the nonprofit uses social media as a tool to raise visibility and generate interest. Fundraising efforts focus more on individual support, building lifelong believers with a commitment to the mission. On a larger scale, Interfaith Works helps to provide training and find employment for those in need in the community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Believing that any “truly” successful organization must never lose sight of its responsibility to the community, Insurance Associates has donated to more than 200 local, worthy causes and also matches employee charity donations. Several employees donate in excess of 500 hours of personal time a year to many local charities. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Employees are encouraged to lead healthy and active lifestyles with both wellness and smoking reimbursement programs. Company ownership, with a stock ownership plan, is shared among key employees to promote satisfaction and a clear direction.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE With a strong partnership with the school, civic, religious and business communities, more than 5,000 volunteers are the foundation of Interfaith Works’ operations. Volunteers donate meals and time at the women’s shelter and the clothing center offers free clothing and home goods. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK The loving, patient and professional support of the employees is spotlighted in an e-newsletter to create a greater sense of unity. Shelters are staffed on a 24-hour basis with committed and passionate employees. Holiday and early leave time provide flexibility.
CPR MultiMedia Solutions Industry: Other Address: 7812 Cessna Ave., Gaithersburg, 20879 County: Montgomery Employees: 18 Name: Jeff Studley Title: President and CEO Web: www.cprmms.com __________________________________________________________________
First Federal Corporation Industry: Information Technology Address: 75 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg, 20878 County: Montgomery Employees: 75 Name: Marc Langer Title: President Web: www.ffederal.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION CPR continues to invest in state-of-the-art technology to position itself ahead of competitors and insure success. Its reputation—for delivering superb technical and creative expertise—has buoyed the firm during the economic downturn as clients turn to CPR knowing they have only one chance to get a live event right.
INNOVATION First Federal provides secure off-site media storage services for disaster recovery purposes. Its reputation for first-class customer service, highly secure facilities and competitive all-inclusive pricing have fueled its three decades of growth. It is a former recipient of the Cogswell Award bestowed by the Defense Security Service for significant contributions to the nation’s security.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CPR donated more than $100,000 in in-kind services and sponsorships in 2011 to charities and nonprofits, including Life with Cancer, DC Central Kitchen, Capital Area Food Bank and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Although it does not have formal community service programs, employees take part in various charitable activities. Operations staff members, who recently landscaped the grounds of First Federal’s facilities, received the “Golden Shovel Award” for helping to beautify the city of Gaithersburg.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK CPR is a privately held business that puts family first. It offers flexible hours, telecommuting, and paternity, as well as maternity, leave.
WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK First Federal guarantees a 40-hour work week for drivers and librarians even if scheduling does not require them to actually work the full 40 hours. It offers quarterly and annual bonus payments to employees who do not take sick leave. Uniforms and free lunch on the first Friday of every month are other company perks.
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Frederick Keys Baseball Industry: Other Address: 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, 21703 County: Frederick Employees: 18 Name: Dave Ziedelis Title: General Manager Web: www.frederickkeys.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Since Frederick Keys Baseball is open fewer than 400 hours a year, it places a premium on creative ways to spread the word and cater to and grow its demographics. The Keys pack more than 400 promotions into a 70-game season and market the team regionally to build a fan base. COMMUNITY SERVICE The Keys partnered with 40 to 50 Frederick County charities this past season. The company opens its stadium to events, such as the MS Walk, provides tickets for fundraisers, and allows marketing tables at games. It arranges 200 community appearances outside of games. The Keys Care foundation funds local youth-based organizations. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK Working at the ballpark year-round is a dream come true for most in the industry. In the off-season the Keys hosts staff outings away from the ballpark. During the season, management limits the grunt work done by fulltime staffers who put in long hours before attending games at night.
Visionary Ophthalmology Industry: Health Care Address: 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1202, Rockville, 20852 County: Montgomery Employees: 26 Name: J. Alberto Martinez, M.D. Title: Founder and Owner Web: www.visionaryeyedoctors.com __________________________________________________________________ INNOVATION Treating patients as a whole, not just their eyes, Vision Ophthalmology integrates technology, efficiency and a loving touch to provide eye care for patients. Striving for efficiency and growth, the health care company hired more employees last year and, with the reputation of their surgeons, has seen an increase in referrals from other doctors. COMMUNITY SERVICE VO is a sponsor of an after-school Latin dance club program for Montgomery County students to promote cross-cultural awareness and empower students to share their heritage. J. Alberto Martinez, M.D., hosts a radio program that educates and promotes awareness among Hispanics on the importance of taking care of their eyes. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A modern medical facility designed for both patient and employee comfort and efficient operation, VO strives to be organized and systematized to provide world-class eye care. The company provides competitive salaries and benefits and supports medical research and teaching. Continuing education for employees allows them to become certified and improve their professional future.
Video Labs Industry: Media/Marketing Address: 15237 Display Court, Rockville, 20850 County: Montgomery Employees: 13 Name: Michael Weiss Title: CEO Web: www.videolabs.net __________________________________________________________________
Metropolitan NeuroEar Group Industry: Health Care Address: 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 900, Rockville, 20852 County: Montgomery Employees: 11 Name: Sanjay Prasad, M.D., FACS Title: Founder and Chief Surgeon Web: www.earsite.com __________________________________________________________________
INNOVATION Specializing in helping organizations communicate their messages through tape, disc or digital media, Video Labs uses cross-training to add to company capability and enhance employee skill sets. Social media efforts have allowed the company to assist some followers with their advertising campaigns. The Just In Time inventory practice minimizes stock needs.
INNOVATION Providing patients with up-to-date and high-tech medical care, Dr. Sanjay Prasad specializes in the treatment of ear conditions and doctors of audiology and physical therapy assist in the evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. This team approach gives patients a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in one location. The in-depth educational website allows patients to upload scans safely for a second opinion.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Video Labs provides reduced or no charge services, including public service announcements, for nonprofit organizations. Financial and support contributions are given to industry and community organizations, such as TIVA-DC, Women in Film & Video, Capital Camps and independent filmmakers. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK As a small business, decisions can be made quickly and all staff members can find solutions. Frequent training and regular production meetings improve individual and company capability and communication. Birthdays are celebrated for every staff member.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE The future The Need to Hear Foundation will benefit those unable to work solely due to hearing loss who could return to work with the help a hearing aid. The team provides publications and lectures to educate patients, their families and medical practitioners on hearing specialties. WHY IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK To bring the fields closer together and benefits patients, in-service meetings allow each member to learn more about the other fields from medical to audiology to physical therapy. With less than 20 employees, team members encourage and support each other in and out of the office.
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Hughes is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the No. 1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace with offerings to suit every budget and more than 620,000 subscribers in North America. Hughes has shipped more than 2.8 million systems to customers in over 100 countries representing more than 50 percent market share. Hughes evolved from a Rockville start-up, Digital Communications Corporation, which was formed by five entrepreneurs in 1971 to develop networking technology and led to the development of the first commercial satellite VSAT (very small aperture terminal) networks in the mid-80s. The company’s first customer was Wal-Mart, and since that time its client base has grown to include many of the Fortune 1000 companies across virtually all vertical-sector industries—including GTECH lotteries, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Choice and Wyndham hotels, BP, ExxonMobil, and Chevron—and with major corporate, telecom operator and government customers on every continent. Hughes pioneered the high-speed satellite Internet market for consumers and small businesses, which today represents the fastest growing part of its business, bringing broadband connectivity to large populations either unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband services, such as cable and DSL. A B O U T
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In 2007, Hughes launched its award-winning SPACEWAY® 3 satellite, the world’s first with onboard switching and routing, enabling communications in a single hop between customer terminals without requiring a central hub. This “switch in the sky” has led to new and innovative services in North America and, in particular, has given Hughes a competitive advantage in the consumer satellite Internet marketplace. On July 5, 2012, Hughes successfully launched EchoStar XVII, its next generation Ka-band satellite with JUPITER™ high-throughput technology. With well over 100 Gbps capacity, it is the cornerstone of HughesNet Gen4 services in North America, bringing higher speeds and more choices for 1.5 million or more additional customers. Hughes has been a proud Montgomery County employer since starting up in a Rockville garage over 40 years ago. A rich heritage of excellence across our business has been evidenced by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence award given annually since 2000, and, additionally in 2012, by the Health & Wellness Trailblazer and the EcoLeadership awards. Hughes is committed to maintaining the integrity of workplace excellence by offering employees a great place to work through technology, flexible work arrangements, learning, health and wellness programs, community involvement, diversity, and a positive corporate culture. Hughes has embraced the opportunity to provide our employees with wellness options that enhance their interests and needs by providing resources, education and fitness programs that promote a more active lifestyle and improved health. Hughes promotes an extensive recycling program in addition to installing many energy-saving devices throughout the company’s buildings. S P O N S O R S
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These days everyone is trying to be “greener.” Through our Better Ways To Work! programs, Montgomery County Commuter Services helps businesses, employees, residents and others traveling around the metro area to do so with a smaller environmental and economic footprint. Help for commuters! Innovative programs and information to assist commuters in finding greener alternatives to driving alone, including transit, carpools, vanpools, telework, alternative work schedules, bicycling and walking. Help for employers! We conduct on-site employer consultations, commuting programs for employees, transit and ridesharing information, and transit subsidy programs. Many employers find they can cut costs while improving benefits for employees, using approaches Commuter Services can help them implement. Help for the community! Promoting use of alternatives to the Single Occupant Vehicle helps address traffic congestion, reduces impacts on the environment, improves the healthfulness of our air, and enhances our quality of life. Programs and Services • Transit Subsidy Programs • Guaranteed Ride Home • On-site Employee Information/Commuter Information Fairs • Regional Carpool/Vanpool Matching • Customized Trip Planning • Biking and Pedestrian Resources • TRiPS Commuter Stores • Telework Programs • Alternative Work Schedules Our services are free. Call us at (240) 773-BWTW (2989) or visit our website montgomerycountymd.gov/commute. Let us help you and your employees find Better Ways To Work!
Congratulations to the 2012 P&B Exceptional 53 companies, especially the 20 companies who choose to make Rockville their home! We appreciate their contributions to our city, and would welcome you to join them. Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is a public-private partnership that works within the city of Rockville to strengthen and broaden the city's economic base through business recruitment, retention and expansion programs. Some services that we offer include: site selection assistance, coordinated expedited project assistance, demographic/trend/real estate data, access to financing opportunities, workforce development assistance, networking & training opportunities, and referrals. Rockville is the only city in the mid-Atlantic to be recognized in 2010 by Bloomberg Businessweek, Money magazine and U.S. News & World Report as a great place to live, work and start a business! Located just 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., we are home to not only biotech, advanced technology and research firms, but also have a strong entrepreneurial and family-owned business base. Rockville is also the seat of Montgomery County, a rapidly growing and changing region where history blends with the contemporary, where urban life melds with suburban living, and where you'll discover an endless source of entertainment, shopping and cultural experiences. To learn more about Rockville or to see what REDI can do to assist your company, visit www.RockvilleREDI.org or call 301-315-8096. Special Advertising Supplement | P&B53 2012 | 25
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Now more than ever it is important to understand your options as a small business, solo practitioner, or entrepreneur. Our Virtual Office plans enhance your home-based office and give the advantages of a prestigious business address and personalized telephone reception. ExecuSuites I-270 provides everything essential for conducting a successful meeting, including teleconferencing, videoconferencing, hispeed internet and high-end presentation equipment, all in our professional environment. Roll up a traditional office with today’s “walk in and work” capabilities complete with instant software setup and cloud computing packages. However you work, ExecuSuites I-270 has what you need.
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Coming Soon in Pride of Prince George’s 2013 The Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce and The Gazette of Politics & Business are partnering again to produce a special publication for a program called, “Pride of Prince George’s.” It is an advertising campaign utilizing well known and respected Prince George’s County companies and organizations to act as “ambassadors” for the county by highlighting the resources of the county, its’ growing community and the benefits of doing business here! We believe this will continue to be a valuable marketing tool with measurable rewards for all of the participants. The Gazette of Politics and Business will include in this publication an editorial portion for each company that participates in the advertising.You will have the opportunity to purchase discounted ad space and The Gazette of P&B will donate the same amount of space to you for editorial.We will provide a writer for you or you are welcome to write your own editorial portion. “Pride of Prince George’s” will be inserted in the December edition of Gazette of Politics and Business reaching their 18,000 readers throughout the state of Maryland. In addition,The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce will distribute the publication at all of their events throughout 2013.
We Are Montgomery The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and The Gazette of Politics and Business are proud to partner once again and present the forth annual “We Are Montgomery,” celebrating the companies that help define Montgomery County’s vibrant business community. The Gazette of Politics and Business will include in this publication an editorial portion for each company that participates in the advertising.You will have the opportunity to purchase discounted ad space and The Gazette of P&B will donate the same amount of space to you for editorial.We will provide a writer for you or you are welcome to write your own editorial portion.
Contact: Terry Tillman, Advertising Director, 301-670-2084 • email@example.com 1862536
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