Names & faces
Apr. 2, 2004


FMI Services Group in Frederick, which provides janitorial, landscaping and security services, announced two promotions. Jim Miller, formerly an operations manager in the company's Frederick office, is now director of business development for the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia region, while continuing to work in the Frederick office. Tony Henderson has been promoted to operations manager for janitorial services. He previously was a quality assurance manager. He will be responsible for managing the production janitorial staff in Maryland and Northern Virginia.


The Sutton Group, a marketing communications company in Washington, D.C., named Deborah Briceland-Betts of Silver Spring senior vice president. Briceland-Betts, who has more than 20 years of nonprofit-sector experience, will focus on securing strategic alliances and forging public-private partnerships for clients working to advance social causes. Briceland-Betts was executive director of the Older Women's League for seven years and national director for the Long Term Care Campaign for four years. Most recently, she was deputy director of Mobilization for the BenefitsCheckUp at the National Council on the Aging.

Community Association Services Inc. of Gaithersburg, which manages homeowners associations, named Linda Wildman of Mount Airy community manager. Wildman has 22 years of experience in residential, commercial and association management and previously was a community manager with ComSource Management of Olney for nine years.

Scheer Partners of Rockville, a real estate services company, named Dan Gonzalez and Tom Sandlin executive vice presidents to head its new Virginia office in McLean. Previously, Gonzalez and Sandlin were senior vice presidents for USI Real Estate Advisors' mid-Atlantic region and worked with the Staubach Co.

Riderwood, an adult community in Silver Spring, promoted Donna Crocker to associate executive director. Crocker joined Riderwood a year ago as director of diversity and communication. Previously, she was deputy chief administrative officer for the Prince George's County Health and Human Services Office. She also was director of the county's Department of Family Services and held other county positions.

Chris Davitt, president of Ruppert Nurseries of Laytonsville, was appointed to the board of advisers of the Capital Contractors Consortium. The consortium was created by Cornerstone Financial Partners of Bethesda to identify important issues in the contracting industry and provide solutions.

Acorn Direct, the consumer division of Acorn Media of Silver Spring, named Miguel Penella president. Previously, Penella was vice president of customer marketing at Time-Life and worked in catalog marketing for National Direct Marketing and the National Wildlife Federation.

Optelecom Inc. of Germantown elected Walter R. Fatzinger Jr. to its board of directors. Fatzinger is vice chairman and a director of ASB Capital Management Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevy Chase Bank FSB. Previously, he was president of First National Bank of Maryland's Greater Washington Region and executive vice president of First National Bank of Maryland's Institutional Bank.

Health Pathways of Gaithersburg, a health-care products and services holding company, named Neil Agate general manager of its NetHealth Trust division, which provides IT services for the health-care industry. Previously, Agate was senior vice president of sales and services for Ikimbo. In 1994, he founded Sussex Systems Inc., which Ikimbo acquired in 2002.

Prince George's

Joseph Savia, business manager for Steamfitters Local 602 in Lanham, was named chairman of the Mechanical Contractors and Unions Seal of Excellence for 2004-05. Savia has been a leader of Local 602 since 1979, when he became a business representative and organizer. He was named business manager in 2003.

Richard A. Finci, a managing partner with Houlon Berman, a law firm in New Carrollton, has been named to a four-year term on the Maryland State Commission on Sentencing Policy. Finci is the commission's representative from the private criminal defense bar.


The Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington elected the following officers and board members: president-elect, Chris Kelly, president of Kelly HVAC Inc. of Upper Marlboro; board members, Carey Dove of M&M Welding & Fabricators of Gaithersburg and Bob Emenecker of AMS of Maryland Inc. of Laurel.