Special Section

Faces of Baltimore

These are the local industry leaders you need to know in Charm City.
By Special Advertising Section — July 2019

A prominent dermatology expert, a well-known investment manager, a retirement-industry leader, an occuplastic specialist,a well-known commercial real-estate builder: Those are just a few of the highly successful people featured in this third annual “Faces of Baltimore” supplement.

It’s a salute to some of the most talented and dynamic individuals in business and healthcare in the greater metro area, with each of our leaders not only representing their respective industries, but also sharing the compelling stories about how they rose to the pinnacle of their fields, and what sets them apart from the crowd.

Think of it as a shortlist of many of the industry leaders you need to know in Charm City—so let the networking begin.

Julia Arfaa

the face of medical malpractice
Attorney/Owner || ARFAA Law Group
2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21211

Julia Arfaa began her law practice in 2013 with one assistant and one desk in her home. They were crammed into a room so small they had to squeeze by the copy machine, and the telephone sat on a cardboard box. Six months later, she and her assistant moved to a small rented office in Clipper Mill. Since then, ARFAA Law Group has grown to include an associate, six full-time employees, and a summer intern, and it now occupies two floors in Clipper Mill.

The firm specializes in helping those facing medical-malpractice catastrophes. As a child, Arfaa would accompany her physician father on hospital rounds and grew to love medicine, inheriting his passion for helping those in need. After graduating from Smith College, Arfaa obtained her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and went on to become a partner at two of Maryland’s leading medical-malpractice firms before launching her own business. Arfaa has been featured as Baltimore’s Face of Medical Malpractice in 2018 and 2019, and has been recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates, the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and as a Super Lawyers Top 50 Female Attorney.

Arfaa has a track record for settlements and jury awards in the millions, including a $15.6-million verdict in Prince George’s County, an $18.6-million verdict in Baltimore County (the largest medical-malpractice verdict in the county), and a $21-million verdict in Baltimore City.

Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Division

Scott M. Adams, MD; Oren Blam, MD; Roberto Brandão, DPM; George Brouillet, MD; Michael DeMarco, DO; Nicholas Grosso, MD; Richard Kinnard, MD; Marc Lipton, DPM; Khurram Pervaiz, MD; M. Brian Polsky, MD; Scott L. Silverstein, MD; Gurtej Singh, MD; Sam Sydney, MD; Michael Wallace, MD; Ke Xie, MD; Ralph Zade, MD; Emad Zeitouneh, MD

the face of centers for advanced orthopaedics
Catonsville, Columbia, Eldersburg, and Ellicott City

2019 marks a special time for Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland as our practice celebrates its 50th year of service to the community. Since our founding, our team of specialists has provided the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art, results-oriented orthopaedic care that can be found in the state.

Thousands of Marylanders have relied on our expertise—from athletes who were treated and got back to their game following an injury, to those who once lived with chronic pain and are now enjoying active, healthy lifestyles thanks to our innovative care and guidance.

Here at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland, nothing gives us greater satisfaction than knowing our work is making a positive impact in our community. We are reminded of this every day, as stories of success and inspiration are told and shared by the patients we call our own.

As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are grateful for those who have put their trust in us and made our team of orthopaedic specialists their top choice. And we are focused on the next 50 years to come. As orthopaedic care continues to evolve, we will remain at the forefront, making the latest, most cutting-edge and advanced treatment options accessible and available for you.

It’s what we’ve always done. It’s what we’ll always do.

Left to right: Michael Wallace, MD , Scott Silverstein, MD, Oren Blam, MD, Khurram Pervaiz, MD, Sam Sydney, MD, and Nicholas Grosso, MD

Anne Arundel Dermatology, P.A.

Dr. Chikoti Mibenge Wheat & Mackenzie Doshi, MMS, PA-C.

the faces of Dermatology
443-351-DERM (3376)
10700 Charter Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21044

Anne Arundel Dermatology is one of the largest dermatology practices in the Mid-Atlantic region, staffed by highly regarded professionals offering a full range of services, including cosmetic dermatology, pediatric and adolescent dermatology, and certified Mohs surgeons providing specialized treatment of skin cancer lesions. Chikoti Mibenge Wheat, MD, FAAD, in the Columbia office is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Treating all ages, she has a special interest in complex medical dermatology, including psoriasis, eczema, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, and cutaneous lymphomas, as well as acne and hair loss, and specializes in skin disorders affecting skin of color. Mackenzie Doshi, MMS, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who practices general dermatology under the supervision of Dr. Wheat and treats general dermatology patients of all ages.

Maryland Dermatology, Laser, Skin & Vein Institute, an affiliate of Anne Arundel Dermatology

THE FACE of Cosmetic Dermatology
Dr. Robert Weiss, Dr. Karen Beasley, Dr. Sarah Hahn Hsu, Dr. Margaret Weiss, Dr. Christian Halvorson
54 Scott Adam Road, Suite 301, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

The Maryland Dermatology, Laser, Skin & Vein Institute (MDLSV) was founded by two world-renowned leaders in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, board-certified dermatologists Drs. Robert and Margaret Weiss, who were later joined by Karen Beasley, Christian Halvorson, and Sarah Hahn Hsu. In 2018, MDLSV joined Anne Arundel Dermatology, one of the region’s largest dermatology practices. With more than 40 lasers, MDLSV offers the most up-to-date non-surgical treatments available, specializing in full-skin examination, general dermatology, sclerotherapy, lasers, energy-based treatments, injectables such as neuromodulators (Botox®) and fillers, leg veins, and skin cancer. It is also accredited by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery to offer a one-year cosmetic dermatology fellowship for new dermatologists. MDLSV is home to the MD Body Sculpting Center, offering UltrashapePower®, CoolSculpting™, Ultherapy, Vanquish, EMSculpt, Exilis™, SculpSure®, and Kybella®.

Left to right: Drs. Robert Weiss, Karen Beasley, Sarah Hahn Hsu, Margaret Weiss, and Christian Halvorson

Advanced Behavioral Health

THE FACES of Mental Health
5820 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

The executive team members at Advanced Behavioral Health have a combined 70 years of experience in social work, counseling, and psychiatry, and they all share a passion to help those struggling with mental health. The approach is client-centered and family-focused, with treatment offered in a variety of partner settings, including schools, offices, and community centers. In addition to such modalities as trauma-focused and play therapy, ABH partners with area schools in a mentoring program that helps children and youth strive for success. Advanced Behavioral Health opened in 2011 in Prince George’s County with four staff members, and since then has expanded to Montgomery, Baltimore, and Frederick counties, currently employing more than 200, including medical professionals, mentors, and support staff.

Left to right: Lesly Baugh, MD; Vera Kurdian, LCSW-C CEO; Steven Green, LCPC owner; and Karen Ropp, LCSW-C owner;

Craig Decker

THE FACE of Wealth Management
Managing Director, Client Advisor || Alex. Brown / Decker Global Wealth Group
2077 Somerville Road, Suite 320, Annapolis, MD 21401
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC

By putting clients’ interests first, Craig Decker strives to earn their unquestioned trust. He graduated from Severn School in Severna Park, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a master of science degree in financial management. He started at Alex. Brown prior to the purchase by Bankers Trust in 1997, until its acquisition by Deutsche Bank in 1999, moved to Tucker Anthony until its acquisition in 2001 by the Royal Bank of Canada, then rejoined Alex. Brown, a division of Raymond James. He is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor, a designation earned from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business qualifying him to expertly serve high-net worth clients. He is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

Kaitlin Weber & Barclay Gibbs

THE FACEs of Ballet Chesapeake
Executive Director & Artistic Director || Ballet Chesapeake
In residence at Dance Conservatory of Maryland
3473 Merchant Boulevard, Abingdon, MD 21009

Ballet Chesapeake, the premier classical and contemporary dance company in northern Maryland, is composed of dedicated young pre-professional dancers who commit to a rigorous schedule of classes, rehearsals, and performances each season. Executive Director Kait Weber, who trained with the Washington Ballet and received a degree in mass communications from Towson, has the ideal combination of artistic and administrative experience to lead the company. As artistic director of Ballet Chesapeake, Barclay Gibbs, who received her degree in dance from Towson after training at Baltimore School for the Arts and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, as well as dancing professionally, ensures that dancers have a strong foundation in classical technique so they achieve a professional look on stage. Her goal, she says, is to help young people achieve their dreams.

Left to right : Barclay Gibbs and Kaitlin Weber

Stephen Taormino

THE FACE of Digital Marketing
President and CEO || CC&A Strategic Media
P.O. Box 39, Perry Hall, MD 21128

Stephen Taormino started designing websites in high school, but soon realized he could expand his business to take advantage of the vast potential of digital marketing and advertising. He positioned his company, CC&A Strategic Marketing, as a leading agency in marketing psychology and human behaviors and has helped organizations and brands all over the globe build their businesses. Stephen’s expertise has been recognized by the Maryland Attorney General’s office, which called on him as an expert witness on search analytics and reputation management; by an international delegation of CEOs who traveled to Cuba to discuss best business practices; and by major news outlets to weigh in on social-media privacy policies. CC&A ensures clients’ marketing strategies—and supporting technologies—work together for maximum return on investment.

Dr. Jason Brokaw, Dr. Lisa Grant,
Dr. Mark Rosenthal, Dr. M. Ayodele Buraimoh

THE FACEs of Spine Care
CAO OrthoMaryland
orthomaryland.net || 410-377-8900
2700 Quarry Lake Drive, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21209
4 Park Center Court, Suite 102, Owings Mills, MD 21117
1312 Bellona Avenue, Suite 302, Lutherville, MD 21093

There is a tremendous growth in the need for specialized, high-quality spine care. The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics (CAO) – OrthoMaryland, is meeting that need with a spine team consisting of two surgeons and two physiatrists, all fellowship-trained in spine care. Our physiatrists, Dr. Jason Brokaw and Dr. Lisa Grant specialize in non-operative treatments of spine conditions including spinal injections, medications, and physical therapy. Our spine surgeons, Dr. Mark Rosenthal and Dr. M. Ayodele Buraimoh, provide innovative spine surgery options, including minimally invasive surgery and microsurgery, as well as traditional open techniques.

Additionally, in-house physical therapy is available at all three practice locations to ensure a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to spine care. CAO – OrthoMaryland began in 1925, making it the oldest continuous independent group in Maryland. Surgery locations include Greenspring Surgery Center, Sinai, Northwest, and GBMC.

Left to right: Drs. Jason Brokaw, Lisa Grant, M. Ayodele Buraimoh, (Mark Rosenthal not pictured)

Angel Stevens

THE FACE of condo living
Angel Stevens Cummings & Co. Realtors
201 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD 21230

With nearly $500 million in Baltimore condo sales and a client list representing some of Charm City’s best-known residents, it’s no wonder Angel Stevens is considered the “Condo Queen” by many of her peers. “Condo living was relatively new when we started selling downtown in 1989. We had to educate buyers in what the condo lifestyle is all about—freedom,” says Stevens. Since then, thousands of residences have been built along the harbor, including ultra luxury brands such as The Ritz Carlton Residences and Four Seasons Residences. Angel’s unmatched market experience, unwavering dedication, and integrity have earned her enduring client loyalty—the majority of her current business comes from client referrals.

Jerry Edwards

THE FACEs of Catering
CPCE, President and Corporate Chef || Chef’s Expressions Catering and Event Design
9526 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093

As a child working in his grandmother’s kitchen or watching Julia Child and Grahm Kerr on television, Jerry Edwards knew he wanted to pursue a career in the kitchen. Now his company—launched in a 350-square-foot sandwich shop in 1983—has 20 full-time and more than 100 part-time employees and caters more than 300 events per year. Chef’s Expressions Catering and Event Design has also been named National Caterer of the Year by Catering Magazine and the National Association of Catering Executives. Chef Edwards believes strongly in philanthropy and donates proceeds from monthly wine dinners to various causes. He is also vested in Baltimore youth, creating pathways to careers in food through scholarships, internships, and educational events.

Charm City Medicus

THE FACEs of Medical Cannabis
Responsible Healing
717 North Point Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21224

“Treat people the way you want to be treated” is the motto that Bryan Hill and his company, Charm City Medicus, live by. Opened in December 2018, the company prides itself on customer service, as well as an array of products, from buds to concentrates to topicals. CCM also has free onsite consultations, free delivery, and a professional budtender staff who help patients make informed decisions. The cannabis industry is rapidly changing, seeing new products, new administration methods, and laws and regulations, says Hill. “We are fortunate to be part of something so unique and life-changing for our patients.” To support its medical cannabis offerings, Charm City Medicus hosts cooking classes and educational events with vendors for our patients.

Shari Kohn, DDS PA & Melena Evancho Parlette, DDS

THE FACES of Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentists || Dentistry for Kids
100 Sparks Valley Road, Suite C, Hunt Valley, MD 21152

When Dr. Shari Kohn started her practice in 2004, she drummed up business by visiting area pediatricians and dentists dressed as the Tooth Fairy. Now she and Dr. Melena Evancho Parlette offer a full range of preventive and restorative treatments. Dr. Kohn serves on numerous professional boards, including as a trustee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry foundation. She believes in reaching children at a young age to prevent oral problems and reaches out to daycare centers and preschools to educate parents and children—and she still dresses up as the Tooth Fairy for special occasions!

Left to right : Shari Kohn and Melena Evancho Parlette

Doulas of Baltimore

THE FACEs of Growing Family Support
Emily Pelton, Deborah Bailey, Camille Nyman
PO Box 1188, Owings Mills, MD 21117

As Baltimore’s only full-service doula agency, Doulas of Baltimore is committed to steadfastly guiding families through the transition from pregnancy to birth to parenthood with personalized, comprehensive support. Since 2002, founder Emily Pelton has served thousands of local families while cultivating relationships with the area’s most respected OBGYN providers, becoming a trusted resource for professionals and families alike. In 2014, she evolved her solo practice into an agency with two goals in mind: supporting more families and creating sustainable career opportunities for doulas. She now leads a team of professionals with partners Camille Nyman and Deborah Bailey. “Welcoming a new baby is one of the most profound experiences in life,” Emily says. “It is our mission to help families thrive through this season, not just survive it.”

Left to right : Emily Pelton, Deborah Bailey, Camille Nyman

Ella Pritsker

THE FACE of Fashion
Creative Director || Ella Pritsker Couture
20 East Timonium Road, Suite 312, Timonium, MD 21093

Ella Pritsker, who dreamed of being a clothing designer early in life, started her business in a walk-in closet in her home. Over the years, she expanded into a spacious Timonium studio, where she creates one-of-a-kind couture, along with stylish wardrobes for women on the go, while her employees manage business logistics and production schedules. With a background in engineering and a degree in hospitality, Ella is a self-taught designer, as well as an avid golfer, with dreams of piloting an airplane still on her bucket list. Pritsker has been consistently recognized by civic leaders and has been named Best of Baltimore by Baltimore magazine. She supports such nonprofit organizations as the Red Devils, Meals on Wheels, Fashion Rocks Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, and Center Stage.

Sean W. Marsh

THE FACE of Bathtubs
CEO || EverGlaze Bathtub Reglazing
410-391-BATH (2284)
7110 Golden Ring Road, Suite 116, Baltimore, MD 21221

Twelve years ago, EverGlaze founder and CEO Sean W. Marsh and an engineer invented a new porcelain and tile refinishing compound, offering a unique way to give new life to bathtubs, sinks, and tile—including fixtures made of cast iron and fiberglass gel-coat. Founded in 2009, Marsh’s family-operated company—four sons and two nephews are part of his team—now transforms bathrooms and kitchens all over the Mid-Atlantic, as well as selling their patented product nationally. EverGlaze will also refinish your vanity and kitchen counters, giving them a brand new look and making them resistant to future damage. A local company, EverGlaze gets high ratings on referral lists. Its employees are fully licensed, bonded, and certified by the Bathtub Refinishing Association of America to use the EverGlaze system.

Dr. Kyong Choe

THE FACE of implant dentistry
Feldman, Fitzgerald & Choe, DDS, PA
660 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 103, Towson, MD 21204

Kyong Choe, periodontist, was inspired in his career choice by two brothers who also practice dentistry. The decision to specialize in periodontics was influenced by Dr. Sylvan Feldman and Dr. Bryan Fitzgerald, whom he met during his residency, and, in 2007, Choe joined the practice founded by Feldman. That practice, known today as Feldman, Fitzgerald & Choe, offers comprehensive periodontal services, including treatment of gum disease and replacement of missing teeth. “We have been fortunate to have a growing practice between the three of us, and we all teach at the University of Maryland dental school,” says Choe. One key lesson Choe has learned from Feldman and Fitzgerald: “Do not accept anything short of excellence,” he says. “This has helped me tremendously in delivering the type of care I was trained to do.”

Lisa Rusyniak

THE FACE of Community Empowerment
President and CEO || Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
222 East Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lisa Rusyniak describes herself as a data geek. Some numbers she is really proud of: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, where she has worked for the past 22 years, helps more than 2,000 people in the community find jobs each year. With 950 employees, it’s one of the largest nonprofit employers in the Maryland, operating 32 retail-donation centers and 11 job-training sites. Goodwill’s retail stores fund their mission of providing job training for people with barriers to employment. Since she became CEO seven years ago, Rusyniak has opened 10 new locations, with another on the way. Rusyniak has been recognized as Most Admired CEO by The Daily Record and her organization is one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work. Board member and Vice Chair of the Conference of Executives for Goodwill Industries International, Rusyniak also serves on the board and is Treasurer of Business Volunteers Maryland.

Rick Landsman & Brian Wolf

THE FACEs of Firearm Safety and Training
Founders || GUNTRY Club of Maryland
10705 Red Run Boulevard, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The new GUNTRY Club’s state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open in Owings Mills in the fall of 2019, will feature firearms training, awareness, and safety to both club members and the general public. The seasoned law-enforcement professionals behind the new facility bring decades of industry knowledge and experience. GUNTRY’s space is more than 60,000 square feet, featuring 25- and 100-yard ranges along with a spacious retail area selling firearms, clothing, and accessories. Specialized courses in self-defense, handgun qualification, and armament systems will be taught by industry professionals. On-site experts, state-certified instructors, and ADA-accessible ranges mean GUNTRY has something for everyone, and it offers a variety of memberships to meet the needs of shooters of all levels, from beginners to advanced. 

Left to right: Rick Landsman and Brian Wolf

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

THE FACE of post-graduate degree success
The Career Development Office
100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202

Taking advantage of strong corporate relationships with more than 30 global companies and an alumni family of 22,000 graduates, the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Career Development Office prepares students for future employment from the day they step foot on campus. From coaching and resume building to mentoring and personal branding, students are invited to join a robust network filled with endless professional resources. An annual career fair and numerous employer treks connect students with a host of regional and international employers. While Carey graduates have a global mindset, 39 percent of the 2018 MBA class launched their careers in Baltimore. Carey’s career development team ensures that graduates, who have gone on to hold titles such as vice president of communications, venture capital associate, and senior investment manager, can make an immediate professional impact on today’s business world.

Pictured: Corinne Brassfield, Director of Employer Relations; Roger Williams, Senior Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion; D. Jill Green, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Experience; Kevin Frick, Professor and Vice Dean for Education; Christy Murray, Executive Director of the Career Development Office

Irma Toce & Rachel Smith

THE FACEs of Retirement on the Eastern Shore
CEO & Director of Sales and Marketing || Londonderry on the Tred Avon
700 Port Street, Suite 148, Easton, MD 21601

CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith each bring something special to the independent-living community Londonderry on the Tred Avon.  Irma, who has more than 25 years of executive experience in the senior-housing field, understands the importance of helping seniors after her grandmother’s dementia diagnosis. Rachel, who grew up on the Eastern Shore, has extensive experience in senior-housing sales and marketing,and enjoys sharing her love for the Shore with others. The 29-acre residential community sits on 1,500 feet of shoreline in Easton and offers a range of housing options for adults 62 and over. Irma and Rachel believe the key to a high quality of life for seniors is a robust and vibrant lifestyle. Most recently, Londonderry opened its new clubhouse, where residents gather for social, cultural, and wellness-based activities.

Lothorian LLC

Mark Herbkersman, Matthew Thompson, Bob Thompson, Terri Smith

THE FACEs of Pool Design
13536 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131

Launched in 1980, the family-owned Lothorian has grown from servicing and maintaining pools to developing Baltimore’s most spectacular residential and commercial swimming pools. With 45 full-time employees, Lothorian designs, constructs, and maintains swimming pools for the most discerning clients. The Design Division consists of a licensed architect, a structural engineer, and an interior designer, who work collectively to develop a project “from concept to cushions.”  Lothorian controls every aspect of construction, from its own excavation equipment to its master plumber and gas fitters on staff, so that virtually every step of the project can be accomplished through one trusted vendor. One of Maryland’s largest swimming pool companies, Lothorian has garnered “Best of Baltimore” awards for such projects as the Clipper Mill pool, as well as numerous national awards for new construction and renovation from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.

Left to right: Mark Herbkersman, Architect; Matthew Thompson, CEO; Bob Thompson, President; Terri Smith, Designer

MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC

THE FACEs of Women Brokers in Commercial Real Estate
2328 West Joppa Road, Suite 200, Lutherville, MD 21093 and Other Locations

Founded in 1968, MacKenzie Companies consists of seven firms collectively offering leasing, sales, investment, general construction, property management, and other services to ensure clients exceptional service in corporate real estate. The company is committed to providing opportunities to women and is represented by one of the largest groups of women in commercial real estate in its market. Employees take an active role in economic development and strategic planning through board positions, industry memberships, volunteering and mentoring, and more. The women pictured, Maryland-licensed real estate agents, some with MBAs, have received recognition as Maryland Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, CoStar Power Brokers, and Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record, as well as from the numerous committees and boards that they serve.

Left to right: Maggie Merkert, Bethany Hobbs, Trish Farrell, Laura Williams, Terri Harrington, Allison Perry, and Karen Deeley, (Ginny Vernick not pictured)

Emily MacQuaid

THE FACE of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Medical Director || MacQuaid Eye Institute
9 Schilling Road, Suite LL8, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
479 Jumpers Hole Road, Suite 106, Severna Park, MD 21146

Dr. Emily MacQuaid, a renowned, board-certified surgeon, spent years studying the anatomy of the eyelid, allowing her to produce the best possible outcomes for the intricate surgeries involved in oculoplastics. 

Dr. MacQuaid completed her Fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Prior to opening MacQuaid Eye Institute of Hunt Valley in 2017, she was the Director of Oculoplastics and Aesthetics for a leading practice in the region. Dr. MacQuaid recently expanded to a second office in Severna Park. MacQuaid Eye Institute specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures involving the eyelid and midface. Dr. MacQuaid tailors each procedure to the wishes and needs of her patients. She offers both surgical and non-surgical enhancement techniques, including Botox® and fillers.

Eric & Kelly Ribeiro

Owners || MaidPro
8500 Harford Road, Suite 103, Parkville, MD 21234

MaidPro of Greater Baltimore, one of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchises throughout North America, consistently performs in the top five offices due to the leadership of owners Eric and Kelly Ribeiro. The couple, who met at Emerson College in Boston, acquired MaidPro of Greater Baltimore 10 years ago, streamlined operations, and introduced a culture of care among employees and customers. As a result, the company has expanded its territory to five counties, opened a second location, and quadrupled its staff. Offering residential and commercial services throughout the region, the company follows a 49-point checklist that guarantees a top-to-bottom cleaning. Through MaidPro, Eric and Kelly have given more than $13,000 in charity donations and pro-bono cleanings in the past three years to area schools and organizations such as Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore.

Jordan Flitter

THE FACE of Luxury Eye Wear
Owner || Paris West Optical
521 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Paris West Optical, as its name suggests, specializes in chic. The European-style shop offers the East Coast’s largest selection of high-end and international eyewear and has recently expanded its offerings to include more custom-designed frames and lenses. Owner Jordan Flitter, who began working as an apprentice optician in a high-school work-study program, founded the company in 1995 and opened a second shop in Bel Air in 2013. He remembers his father telling him, “Always be of service. There will always be a need for that.” Indeed, his staff, with 150 years of combined experience, is extremely service-oriented. They have garnered numerous industry awards from The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine, and Baltimore City Paper — among others. Oh, and one more thing Jordan wants you to know, “This is my real hair.”

Dr. Matthew H. Wallengren

THE FACE of Comprehensive Dentistry
Roland Park Dental
600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Suite 270, Baltimore, MD 21210

Dental care at Dr. Matthew Wallengren’s practice begins with a comprehensive intra-oral and extra-oral exam to determine all the factors at work in a patient’s dental health. Sore jaw joints, bleeding gums, dental crowding, and sleep disorders can inform Dr. Wallengren’s approach to improving a patient’s health, aesthetics, and comfort. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Dr. Wallengren practiced for many years in New Hampshire. He returned to Maryland with his family in 2010 and purchased a small practice in Roland Park. He has been recognized as a top dentist, is a faculty member of Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is currently working with Stanford University on how dental problems may affect sleep.

Smyth Jewelers

Bob Smyth, David Smyth, Buzz Getschel,
Tom Smyth, Bob Yanega, Karl Getschel

THE FACEs of Maryland Engagements
2020 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

When Tom Smyth, co-president at Smyth Jewelers, joined the family business, it was a fairly small, mostly wholesale operation. “I was asked to help with the cleanup and recovery after our business experienced a devastating fire in 1970,” he recalls. Over the years, Smyth and his team grew Smyth Jewelers through conscientious customer service and an eye for quality. Today, the company has more than 130 employees in three locations. Besides being “where Maryland gets engaged,” Smyth Jewelers offers a wide range of services, including fine jewelry repair, watch repair, pearl stringing, and engraving. From a “best-kept secret” in the 1970s, says Smyth, “We’ve grown to be one of the largest independently operated jewelry stores in the nation.”

Left to right (back row): Bob Smyth, Co-president; David Smyth; Buzz Getschel, Co-president; Tom Smyth, Co-president Left to right (seated): Bob Yanega, CFO; Karl Getschel, Gold Buy Manager


The Faces of Wealth Advisors
8170 Maple Lawn Blvd, Suite 100, Fulton, MD 20759
900 Bestgate Road, Suite 200, Annapolis, MD 21401
1405 Wesley Drive, Suite 32, Salisbury, MD 21801

Jim DeCarlo, CEO of StratWealth, makes sure his financial planning and investment firm is focused on one overriding mission: “We are anchored on delivering client’s goals and dreams,” he says. The company’s primary goal is to make lives better by serving others. StratWealth has been operating in Baltimore for more than 25 years, tailoring clients’ financial plans and 401K strategies. “What really sets us apart is our people,” says DeCarlo. Everybody matters.  Today StratWealth is expanding its mission to provide leadership services and technology solutions to smaller independent advisors seeking growth.  DeCarlo, who has worked in the international financial services market for more than 20 years, is a recognized industry speaker and thought leader. A former professional indoor lacrosse player, he is the son of Art DeCarlo of the 1958 Baltimore Colts (era).

Left to right : Patricia Achterhof, Amanda Campbell, Joseph Garrison, Kimberly Magaha, Jim Griesser, Jennine LaCroix, Jay Eichelberger, Jim DeCarlo, and Gary Desjardins

Dr. Babar Sultan

THE FACE of Aesthetic Surgery
Sultan Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
100 West Road, Suite 111, Towson, MD 21204

Babar Sultan, MD, a facial plastic surgeon and graduate of Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Hospital residency, enjoys the complexity and beauty of the human face. “It’s the first thing people see,” he says. “I love the artistic component, as well as attention to detail” involved in facial surgery. Dr. Sultan’s practice, located in a new, state-of-the-art, personally designed space, offers face and neck lifts, eyelid surgery, Botox/filler injections, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), chin implants, laser treatment, skin cancer removal, and scar revision. However, what really sets Dr. Sultan apart is his level of training, dedication to only the face, and his VIP treatment of patients—he even shares his cell phone number with patients and encourages them to get in touch any time.

Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC

THE FACEs of Vascular Care
Locations in Abingdon, Lutherville, Bel Air, and seven area hospitals

Vascular Surgery Associates, founded in 1987 by Dr. Roger Schneider and Dr. Peter Golueke, is a 10-member group of specialty-trained vascular surgeons using the most advanced techniques. The group has multiple locations and provides coverage to seven area hospitals for elective and emergency consultations. Several of the surgeons have been named “Top Docs” in Baltimore since 2012, donate time for health screenings locally, and take yearly trips to underserved areas to provide vascular care. The practice treats vascular disease medically, endovascularly, and surgically while supporting patients and families on what is often a long journey to wellness. The specialists address all types of problems, from aneurysms to varicose veins, and tailor each patient’s treatment to their needs.

Left to right front row: Richard Bafford, MD; Carter Freiburg, MD; Mark Gonze, MD; Roger Schneider, MD; Andre Biuckians, MD; Stephen Bartlett, MD;  Left to right back row: Micah Girotti, MD; Kristian Ulloa, MD; Michael Osgood, MD; Peter Mackrell, MD

Brewer Gayhardt Wisniewski Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Troy Brewer, Craig Gayhardt, David Wisniewski

THE FACEs of Financial Consulting
Senior Vice Presidents – Investment Officers

As a financial consulting group, Troy Brewer, Craig Gayhardt, and David Wisniewski work as a team to help clients grow, maintain, and eventually transfer their wealth. The colleagues, Maryland natives, believe in establishing deep relationships with clients and plan for the long term. “Creative” investment planning is a specialty. They each bring a particular skillset: Troy began his career as a manufacturing engineer before completing his MBA in Finance; Dave has focused on retirement planning strategies for more than 34 years; and Craig, prolific at investment selection, is also well versed in fine art/collectible services. Among its areas of experience, the group excels at coordinating input from client CPAs and attorneys. With offices in Baltimore and Timonium, the team has garnered Wells Fargo Advisors’ Premier Advisor awards for the past eight years.

The Premier Advisor distinction is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by three or more of the following: length of service with the firm, completion of educational components, business production and professionalism. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC. CAR-0519-04170

Left to right: David Wisniewski, Aprenea McCutchen, Craig Gayhardt, Mary Powers, and Troy Brewer

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