Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Associate VP to take on dual roles for Adventist

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Adventist HealthCare has named Ashton resident Ismael Gama associate vice president of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for the Rockville-based company.

Gama will oversee Adventist HealthCare’s Pastoral Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE), Direct Spiritual Care and Parish Nursing program, according to a news release from Adventist HealthCare.

Gama, who has served as director of Mission and Pastoral Care at Washington Adventist Hospital since 2005, will continue in that position. From 2001 to 2005, he served as a pastor of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park and served as a staff chaplain at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Adventist Home Health from 1998 to 2001.

He has a bachelor’s degree in theology and psychology from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park and is working on a master’s degree in spirituality and pastoral care at Loyola College in Columbia.

Discovery taps executive for new role

Mark Hollinger, a longtime executive at Discovery Communications, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer, reporting to President and CEO David Zaslav, according to a news release from the Silver Spring-based company.

Hollinger, who was first hired by Discovery as vice president and general counsel in 1991, oversees Discovery Networks International and Discovery Commerce, and manages Corporate Operations, including information technology, media services, administration, business affairs, corporate communications, corporate marketing and research, and production management, according to the release. He also will oversee Discovery’s legal, government affairs, and standards and practices functions, as the company searches for a new general counsel.

In his new role, he will take responsibility for Discovery Studios, including the Discovery Films unit and Discovery’s internal content production operations. Chief operating officers from Discovery’s businesses now will report to Hollinger.

Silver Spring chamber hosts networking events

A networking breakfast sponsored by the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce will be held 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. today at Eggspectation, 923 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers at the door. Call 301-565-3777.

A business after-hours sponsored by the Silver Spring chamber will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Cost is $10 for prospective members; members are admitted free. Call 301-565-3777 to RSVP by Jan. 21.

Rockville group holdsbusiness plan competition

The deadline for submitting business plans for the annual Start Right! Women’s Business Plan Competition offered by Rockville Economic Development Inc. and sponsored by EagleBank and Foster, Soltoff & Love Ltd. will be Jan. 28. The competition is open to businesses that are at least 51 percent women-owned, active and in operation for two years or less, and qualified to operate in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Executive summaries and a $25 application are due Jan. 28 while complete business plans are due Feb. 4. Submit entries to REDI at 95 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850. For more information, visit www.rockvilleredi.org.

County chamberto hold orientation

An orientation for new and prospective members of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will be held 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday in the chamber office, 51 Monroe St., Suite 1800, Rockville. To register, visit www.montgomerycountychamber.com. For more information, call 301-738-0015.

County chamber hostsPublic Safety Awards

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 34th annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. For more information call 301-738-0015 or visit www.montgomerycountychamber.com.

Items appropriate for Business Notes may be mailed to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. They may also be sent by fax to 240-473-7501 or by e-mail to flewis@gazette.net.

Chamber to hear update on Wheaton projects

An update on Bozzuto Development projects in Wheaton will be held during a Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave.

Toby Bozzuto, executive vice president at Bozzuto Development, will discuss residential and retail projects Metropointe, above the Wheaton Metro station, and Metro Plaza at Wheaton Square, on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive.

Cost is $5 in advance for members; $10 at the door.

Send payment to Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce, 2401 Blueridge Ave., Suite 101, Wheaton, MD 20902. For registration information, call 301-949-0080, fax 301-9349-0081 or e-mail wkchamber@wkchamber.org.

County chamber hosts Public Safety Awards

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 34th annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. For more information call 301-738-0015 or visit www.montgomerycountychamber.com.

Economic Development Association hosts winter meeting

The Maryland Economic Development Association will hold a winter meeting with legislative leaders David W. Edgerley, secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development, and other business leaders 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Governor Calvert House, State Circle, Annapolis. Cost is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members. To register, visit www.medamd.com.

Tech Council hosts January events

A Tech Council of Maryland conference titled ‘‘Selling to the Military” will be held 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road. Cost is $90 for nonmembers, $60 for members. To register, e-mail Mark Glazer at mglazer@techcouncilmd.com or visit www.techcouncilmd.com.

The Tech Council of Maryland Financial Executives Forum breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at Bethesda Country Club, 7601 Bradley Blvd. Cost is $79 for nonmembers, $40 for members. To register, e-mail blevine@techcouncilmd.com or visit www.techcouncilmd.com.

Workshop focuses on ‘Advanced Concepts for Selling’

A workshop sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Counseling and Career Center titled ‘‘Advanced Concepts for Selling” will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Cost is $16. To register, call 240-777-8300 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov⁄cfw.

Baltimore-Washington chamber hosts January events

Information sessions on energy-buying cooperative sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will be held 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 17 and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the chamber office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. For more information, visit www.baltwashchamber.org, call 301-725-4000, 410-792-9714 or e-mail shirley@baltwashchamber.org.

A seminar called “Improve Performance and Bottom Line Results Through Effective Coaching and Mentoring“ sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will be held 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 in the chamber office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. Cost for the event, which will feature Bill Osborne of The People Business, is $20 for nonmembers, $10 for prepaid members. For more information, visit www.baltwashchamber.org, call 301-725-4000, 410-792-9714 or e-mail bwcc@baltwashchamber.org.

A Rockville Economic Development Inc. seminar called “Keeping HR Legal — Immigration Issues for Business“ will be held 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The class, featuring instructor Mary Saba, human resources manager for MicroManos, will focus on new immigration laws, managing the application-to-hire process, proper record keeping and cultural awareness.

To register, call Rayna Glucksman at 301-315-8096.