Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land hosts Lead­ing Edge Awards ban­quet

16th an­nual event high­lights six busi­nesses in Charles, Calvert coun­ties

Maryland Independent - - Business - By DAR­WIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land held its 16th an­nual Lead­ing Edge Awards pre­sen­ta­tion Wed­nes­day at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Wal­dorf. The six busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als came equally from Charles and Calvert coun­ties.

Noel A. Cervino, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Univer­sity of Mar yland Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in La Plata, was named the CEO of the Year. Cer vino joined the then Civista Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 2008 as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and rose to its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer in 2009. He guided the med­i­cal cen­ter’s tran­si­tion to full af­fil­i­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem start­ing in 2011.

Tom Nel­son, pres­i­dent of NDG Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc. in La Plata, ac­cepted the Charles County Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany of the Year Award on be­half of his com­pany, which has de­vel­oped sev­eral dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions for home builder clients and their cus­tomers. The com­pany has also helped its clients win nu­mer­ous in­dus­try awards.

Lee Platt, CEO of Aven­ing Man­age­ment and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices in La Plata, ac­cepted the SBDC Small Busi­ness of the Year award for her com­pany which pro­vides man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to Depart­ment of De­fense or­ga­ni­za­tions. The com­pany grew its rev­enue from $600,000 to more than $2.4 mil­lion un­der Platt’s lead­er­ship.

Rhonda Thomas of LEAP For­ward, Inc. in Prince Fred­er­ick ac­cepted the South­ern Mary­land Mi­nor­ity Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness of the Year Award for its non­profit work that helps in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for mi­nor­ity youth from un­der­rep­re­sented eth­nic and cul­tural back­grounds in math and sci­ence ca­reers.

Eve­lyn Sea­man, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Re­sort & Spa, ac­cepted the Calvert County Busi­ness of the Year award on be­half of the long­time Ch­e­sa­peake Beach icon. The 70-yearold busi­ness is be­gin­ning a ma­jor two-year ex­pan­sion project later this year.

Dean Teague, pres­i­dent and CEO of Calvert Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Prince Fred­er­ick, ac­cepted the CSM Part­ner­ship in Ed­u­ca­tion award for the hos­pi­tal’s work with the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land in de­vel­op­ing nurse and other train­ing pro­grams. More re­cently the hos­pi­tal sys­tem is us­ing the CSM Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus to train its own work­force.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY DAR­WIN WEIGEL

Noel A. Cervino, pres­i­dent and CEO of Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, was named CEO of the Year at the 16th an­nual Lead­ing Edge Awards ban­quet hosted by the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land

Lee Platt, CEO of Aven­ing Man­age­ment and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices in La Plata, ac­cepted the SBDC Small Busi­ness of the Year award on be­half of her busi­ness at the 16th an­nual Lead­ing Edge Awards ban­quet hosted by the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land

Tom Nel­son, pres­i­dent of NDG Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ac­cepted the Charles County Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany of the Year award at the 16th an­nual Lead­ing Edge Awards ban­quet, hosted by the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

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