Medifast Gets New President for Direct-Sales Division

Medifast is getting a facelift, and it’s hoping that it will help its customers to lose weight and to stick to their program. They have a new president for their direct-sales division, Mona Ameli. She is now the president for Take Shape For Life, Medifast’s largest revenue generator. This division accounts for approximately two thirds of the company’s sales i the third quarter this year.

Ameli comes to the company with a lot of experience at other weight loss companies. She worked for Shaklee Corp., Natural Alternatives International Inc. and Herbalife International. She was also the general manager of the Peru-based Belcorp.

Medifast is creating a strategic revamp that will also include hiring the Baltimore advertising firm GKV.


Marcus Starzel Starts as CEO at MediaGlu

Marcus Startzel is the new CEO at MediaGlu. He comes there after spending five years at Millennial Media where he was the chief revenue officer.

MediaGlu launched in 2009 with the goal of telling advertisers more information about where people are viewing their digital ads. They developed mapping technology that allows advertisers to track users across their devices. As Startzel said,

“I have a deep belief that mobile advertising is successful for brands. MediaGlu has a way to quantify that.”

Rather than continuing marketing their mapping services to advertisers, MediaGlu plans to focus on targeting other ad tech companies. As Startzel said, “We’re building this and believe we can be the independent player who delivers it so the entire ecosystem that can use it.”

So far the company has been self-funded but Startzel is eyeing the idea of a fundraising round.

Calvert Street Chesapeake Shakespear Co. Opens

The new Calvert Street theater is up and running for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. They celebrated their grand opening recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony – more appropriately called a sword cutting ceremony. They cut the ribbon using swords to open the $6.7 million theater which people hope will revitalize the Calvert Street corridor downtown.

Many other establishments are planned for the area including a series of apartments, according to Kirby Fowler,  president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc.

As Fowler said, “When you think off all the projects that are filling in, this is the best time for downtown in decades. I’ve always been perplexed why Calvert Street has looked the way it has for years when it’s a block away from the Inner Harbor.”

Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. will make its Baltimore debut with performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starting this weekend, with a black tie gala Saturday night. They still have $1 million to raise for pay for the theater.


Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Opens Today

Good news for the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. They just received approval for their gaming operations license.  The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission awarded the license which is pending their successful operations during two demonstration days.

The casino needed to show on August 18 and 21 that it complied with state rules and regulations. They then opened to the public on August 26.

The casino is expected to offer a nice influx of money for the city, as 49% of new employees are Baltimore City residents.

Interestingly, Horseshoe has outdoor slot machines – and is the only one in Maryland that does. There are 101 of them across eight balconies and outdoor patios.


CaliBurger Comes to Maryland

If you love burgers, you’re in for another great treat in Maryland. CaliBurger is now planning to open another 10 franchises in the state. They have forged a franchise agreement with local operator Goel Management LLC for the 10 spots.

CaliBurger is only, now, opening a US headquarters in Washington DC. And the franchise openings will follow after this launch of the corporate-owned location in DC.

As Sumeet Goel, president of Goel Management, said “We wanted to take a position in the growing premium burger market with a brand that stands out among its competitors based on the value proposition; CaliBurger provides the highest quality product we have tried at a meaningful price discount to its competitors. We see an opportunity to complete low-cost conversions of existing locations being used by other premium burger concepts that have been unable to scale due to their much higher price points.”

CaliBurger serves customers in Asia and the Middle East. Maryland will now be pleased to join the fun.

Baltimore Businesses Are Hiring

According to Biz, here are 8 Baltimore businesses that will be hiring. If you’re looking for a job, this just might be the opportunity for you. See the whole article.

  • Bowles Fluidics Corp. ( maintenance technicians, mechanical engineers, CNC machinists
  • Chesapeake Machining & Fabrication Inc. ( a machinist, fabricators, welders
  • Cristal ( a mechanical design engineer, a global principal environmental engineer, an HR generalist
  • Maryland Thermoform Corp. ( a CNC programmer, a customer service specialist
  • McCormick & Co. Inc. ( a packaging engineer, a facilities mechanic, a supply chain analyst
  • Micros Systems Inc. ( a customer support specialist, software developers, implementation professionals
  • Tessemae’s All Natural ( a sanitation supervisor, a production worker, a regional brand builder
  • Textron Systems ( a senior production planner, a program manager, a mechanical engineer

Businesses that are Hiring in Baltimore

BizJournals is always a location where you’ll find something new and important in the business world. In a recent article written by Carolyn Proctor, she highlights 32 businesses that are hiring in the area. This is certainly worth a look. The full article is helpful as well, while here is a partial list of what she offers:

  • A-G Associates Inc. ( a research associate, a junior analyst, a senior consultant
  • A-Team Solutions LLC ( a program manager, a subject matter expert, an analyst
  • Columbia Technologies ( sales, marketing and information systems positions
  • Commercial Insurance Managers Inc. ( an account manager
  • Control Cable Inc. ( manufacturing personnel, quality inspectors
  • Cyber Cloud Technologies LLC ( system engineers, security engineers, software developers
  • Diverse Concepts Inc. ( help desk support, system administrators, network administrators
  • DuraBante LLC ( senior analysts, principal analysts, business process improvement consultants
  • EnDepth Solutions ( a security engineer, a software engineer, a systems engineer
  • IncrediTek Inc. ( a field installer, field engineering, site acquisition, a general manager
  • JTS Construction Co./JTS CM Services LLC ( superintendents
  • JW Environmental LLC ( a delivery driver, a clerk, marketing
  • Kojak Graphic Communications Inc. ( an account representative
  • Operations & Technology Inc. ( an HCM manager, a proposal writer
  • Pieran LLC ( a software developer, a health care business intelligence analyst
  • Premier Management Corp. ( acquisition support, contract closeout specialist, financial management
  • Reliable Heating & Cooling ( HVACR technicians
  • Sonex Solutions LLC ( account managers, technical recruiters and staffing sales
  • Strategic Alliances Group Inc. ( a software system engineer, a software programmer/analyst, a program analyst
  • Sullivan Cove Consultants LLC ( an office manager/firm administrator, a legal assistant, an administrative assistant
  • Tidewater Refrigeration LLC ( an HVACR tech
  • Trusant Technologies LLC ( a software engineer, a systems engineer, a civil engineer

Finalists Announced for the EY 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Maryland Awards

As reported by Biz Journals, the EY 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Maryland awards will take place at a black-tie gala on June 12 in Baltimore. The list of finalists has come out and Baltimore entrepreneurs certainly top the list. The winners, who are selected by a panel of independent judges, will be announced on June 12.

This year’s Maryland finalists include:

  • Rebecca Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore
  • Kevin Cashen, Bay Bank in Baltimore
  • J.M. Schapiro III, Continental Realty Corp. in Baltimore
  • Vlad Friedman, Edgewebhosting Inc. in Baltimore
  • David Block, Gliknik, Inc. in Baltimore
  • Charles Werhane, Enterprise Community Investment in Baltimore
  • Ethan Giffin, Groove in Baltimore
  • Ryan Sysko, WellDoc Inc. in Baltimore
  • Todd Marks, Mindgrub in Baltimore
  • Christopher Brandt, Audacious Inquiry LLC in Catonsville
  • Philip Green, Intelligent Solutions for Information Systems LLC in Columbia
  • Kwame Kuadey, in Columbia
  • David Costello, Costello Construction in Columbia
  • Chris Mechanic, WebMechanix in Columbia
  • Mike Battle, Battle Resource Management Inc. in Clarksville
  • Bill Kraus and Steve Newton, Mission BBQ in Glen Burnie
  • Bruce Zwicker, Haines in Glen Burnie
  • Jacky Kimmel, InfoTeK Corp. in Hanover
  • Len Moodispaw, KEYW Corp. in Hanover
  • Doug Stewart, Milestone Intelligence Group, Inc. in Hanover
  • Robert Graybill, FMS Solutions in Pasadena
  • Chuck Faughnan III, Bridges Consulting Inc. in Annapolis Junction
  • Linda Abell, Security Vault Works Inc. in Laurel
  • Rick Wuest, Thompson Creek Window Co. in Lanham
  • Kevin Switick, AVIAN LLC in Lexington Park
  • Christopher Toleman, Arocon Roofing and Construction LLC in Westminster

UNBC Ranked as a Public School with the Smartest Students

According to Niche, a website that utilizes user-submitted responses to review and rank colleges, UNBC is worth every penny that students pay. They ranked among the 10 public colleges with the smartest students in a recent review by Niche. UMBC is already known for its technology, science and engineering courses and majors. Now it will also be known for its smart students.

And certainly, the price tag is right. As a state school, tuition for in-state students is less than $11,000 a year. They have approximately 14,000 students.

The list includes, from 1-20:

  1. College of William & Mary — Williamsburg, Virginia
  2.  University of California, Berkeley — Berkeley, California
  3. Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta, Georgia
  4. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, Virginia
  5. University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, California
  6. University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7.  Colorado School of Mines — Golden, Colorado
  8.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  9.  New College of Florida — Sarasota, Florida
  10.  University of Maryland, Baltimore County — Baltimore, Maryland
  11.  Michigan Technological University — Houghton, Michigan
  12.  University of California, Davis — Davis, California
  13.  Truman State University — Kirksville, Missouri
  14.  University of Wisconsin — Madison, Wisconsin
  15.  University of California, San Diego — San Diego, California
  16.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  17. California Polytechnic State University — San Luis Obispo, California
  18. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology — Socorro, New Mexico
  19. SUNY Geneseo — Geneseo, New York
  20. University of Florida — Gainesville, Florida


Luk Fu Coming to Arundel Mills Casino

If you already enjoy the Arundel Mills casino from Maryland Live, you’ll be able to enjoy it even more soon. A new Asian restaurant called Luk Fu should be opening in the late spring.

The casino is trying to cater to its Asian clientele, and Luk Fu is set to overlook a collection of table games that are popular with Asian patrons. This includes Pai Gow, Sic Bo and baccarat, among others.

Maryland Live was prompted to create the space after watching the overflow at the 80 seat restaurant Noodles. The chef de cuisine will be Joseph Ku, who was most recently the executive chef at the Pechanga Hotel Casino in California. Menu items will include dim sum, wok-fried noodles, grilled satay and others.