Business People - Dec. 30

December 30, 2012
  • Tracie Hovey
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Housing Authority of Washington County

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 27 approved the appointments of John Lestitian and Toni Sandridge to the Housing Authority of Washington County Board of Commissioners, each for a five-year term through Nov. 30, 2017.

Since May 2010, Lestitian has served as director of community and economic development for the City of Hagerstown and brings to the board 24 years of experience in public service. His professional career has been in law enforcement, law enforcement training, community outreach/development and in numerous government leadership positions.

Sandridge is currently an independent insurance agent in Washington County. As a member of the Community Organization Fund Committee, she brings to the board knowledge of how resources related to nonprofit and/or required citizen services are invested and leveraged in Washington County.

The Housing Authority of Washington County is an independent arm of Washington County government whose mission it is to provide safe, affordable housing solutions that strengthen the community by focusing on local needs.

Power Marketing LLC

Tracie Hovey recently joined Power Marketing LLC in Hagerstown as business development director.

Hovey is responsible for managing contacts between Power Marketing and new and existing client accounts, ensuring constant communication and that the creative department is meeting all client expectations.

Hovey has primary input in developing strategic marketing plans. After plans are developed and presented to clients, she is responsible for estimating, acquiring approvals and carrying out strategic marketing plans on a daily basis, as well as representing the concepts to the creative department and clients.

Before joining Power Marketing, Hovey served as development director for Star Community Inc., where she developed strategic marketing plans and public-relations campaigns, managed all communications and more. She has worked as a public relations director for the past 10 years with various nonprofits, government agencies and film festivals.

As part of one public relations campaign, she directed a documentary film titled “Secrets to Love,” which won numerous film festival awards and was distributed by PBS.

Hovey has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University and plans to graduate in February with a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.

She is vice president of the Maryland International Film Festival, which she helped establish in Hagerstown two years ago to support the talents of independent filmmakers. She also serves on the legislative committee for the “Washington County: We Mean Business!” reception and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Tims Tax Service Inc.

Tims Tax Service Inc. at 118 E. Oak Ridge Drive, Suite 2100, in Hagerstown announces that Tina Saunders has successfully completed all of the IRS testing and 15 hours of continuing education necessary to be a licensed paid tax preparer and a Maryland-licensed tax preparer.

Tim Saunders passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, Series 6 Investment Company/Variable Contracts Exam. He affiliated himself with H.D. Vest Financial Services as a investment adviser.

For more information, call 301-733-5307.

Keller Williams Premier Realty

Keller Williams Premier Realty, at 17301 Valley Mall Road, Suite 595, in Hagerstown, recently added the following agents:

Dave Thompson, licensed in Maryland and West Virginia

Amanda Llewellyn, licensed in Maryland

Grettell Delcid, licensed in Maryland

Kris and Kristin Jose, licensed in Maryland

Sihin Tsegaye, licensed in Maryland


Maryland State Police

PIKESVILLE, Md. — Lt. Col. G. Robert Turano will retire Jan. 1 from the Maryland State Police after 26 1/2 years of service to the citizens of Maryland.

Turano is chief of the Support Services Bureau of the Maryland State Police, overseeing departmentwide responsibilities involving training and personnel, records command and logistics command. He was first appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2008 through August 2010. He served then as chief of the Field Operations Bureau of the state police, the largest of the three department’s bureaus, comprised of 1,500 sworn and civilian men and women.

Turano’s service in the county began in 1997, when he was a detective sergeant, first sergeant and barrack commander at the Hagerstown barrack. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the commander of the Frederick barrack. His previous assignments included patrol, executive protection, statewide auto theft investigations and criminal section supervisor as a detective sergeant in the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement.

He also has held every command position in the Field Operations Bureau, including barrack commander, troop commander and region commander/assistant bureau chief. Turano also served as the commander of the Firearms Enforcement Division under the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement.

Turano holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice administration from Mansfield (Pa.) University. He  attended the Police Executive Research Forum at Harvard University. He has served on a number of committees for police executives and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

Turano lives in Washington County with his wife, Candy, and his two children, who attend local colleges.

Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. recently announced a new slate of officers and the appointment of several new trustees. The new officers and trustees were welcomed at the foundation’s annual meeting in November.

Officers include Dr. Mitesh Kothari, chairman; Vice Chairmen Spence Perry and the Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan; Treasurer John P. Itell; Secretary Brian A. Kane; and Past Chairman David Beachley.

New trustees of the board include Michael G. Day, Bradley D. Pingrey, Melissa Reabold and Todd M. Snook.

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