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Eastern Shore Bailey Family
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Michelle Garcia-Daniels, Rochester, NY
Michael Rosato, Cambridge, MD
SolidTops, LLC, Easton, MD
Rauch Engineering, Easton, MD
Jack Construction, Easton, MD
Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism
Easton Economic Development Corporation
Town of Easton
State of Maryland Arts Council
Maryland Commission on African American Affairs and Culture
Patuxen Building Supplies
West & Callahan
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tilghman
Richard Marks & Amy Haines
Holly was previously the Executive Director for Venture Lititz, Downtown Lititz’s Nationally-Accredited Main Street Program. She was responsible for various downtown events such as the Taste of Lititz and Lititz Fire & Ice. In this role, she was responsible for the overall economic and community development projects and programs for Lititz and also served as a board member of the Lititz Regional Community Development Corporation.
Prior to moving to Lititz, Holly worked in economic and community development for the City of York and managed the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the Blight Task Force. In her role, she helped developers identify buildings for redevelopment and work through the financing options for projects. She also worked with various neighborhood associations within the city, working on blight remediation projects, youth programs, and crime prevention. Holly coordinated the designation of York’s 2nd Elm Street Program. Holly worked for Royal Square Development and Construction, managing redevelopment of blighted buildings, writing grants for historical tax credits and New Market Tax Credits used in the redevelopment of market district projects totally over $10 million dollars.
With an extensive career in marketing, nonprofit management, and downtown redevelopment, Holly plans to use her skills and experience to further the redevelopment of the Easton downtown and community.
Douglas (Doug) S. Walker represents numerous local, regional and national financial institutions, as well as investment funds, in all aspects of commercial financing transactions, restructurings and collection matters. His practice includes representation of financial institutions throughout the State of Maryland, in connection with loan closings, loan sales or acquisitions, participation agreements, workouts, reorganizations, troubled debt restructures, foreclosures and bankruptcy.
Doug also regularly counsels businesses and developers in a variety of corporate and commercial real estate matters and serves as general corporate counsel for many regional and closely held businesses. His business practice includes representation businesses of all sizes in various industries, as well as equity investors, in a wide variety or corporate and business matters, including, but not limited to, mergers and acquisitions, sales, reorganizations, spin-offs, joint ventures, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and buy-sell agreements as well as general day-to-day business and succession planning.
His real estate practice includes representing owners, developers, borrowers, private equity funds and lenders in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including real estate development, leasing, financing, construction contracts, acquisition and the preparation and negotiation of declarations, easements and other real estate development documents.
Prior to founding McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker (MDSW), Doug practiced with Miles & Stockbridge P.C. for nine years, four of which as a partner, and prior to that spent five years practicing at Royston, Mueller, McLean and Reid, LLP in Towson, Maryland. Doug lives with his wife and three daughters in Easton, Maryland and enjoys spending time with his family throughout the Eastern Shore exercising, playing or coaching sports and fishing.
As someone who was partially raised by books and television, Lance has always been intrigued by the power of language. He is compelled by stories and discussions that connect people and hopes to create some of his own. Throughout his many jobs and his college career, he strived for bettering his environment and putting everything he had into his work. He hopes to help the EEDC highlight the rich history of Easton to its natives and visitors and keep communication a constructive force. He has a Bachelors in English literature and, like most people of that discipline, an alarming number of books and movies. He is happiest when watching an old movie, reading a graphic novel, or singing badly in an isolated area.
Easton Airport is one of the busiest General Aviation airports in the State of Maryland. The airport has been financially self-sufficient since 1993 and is poised for smart, well balanced growth. Recognizing that aviation careers are understaffed nationwide, airport management has taken proactive measures to introduce aviation to the youth of the Midshore. Aviation careers are highly technical, some require little or no college, and they are in high demand throughout our region. Aviation trades can be classified as “Blue Collar STEM” jobs.
The purpose of the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Program is to provide students the opportunity to explore careers in the aerospace industry. The program introduces students to a variety of aviation related career paths and also provides resources and support to help them pursue a career in the aerospace industry. The program will promote interest in aviation careers by teaching safe operating principles, using leading edge technology and committing to the future of aviation in Talbot County.