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  • October 22, 2015 1:40 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)
    Great office space in the heart of Hunt Valley for Rent!

    1,300 sq. ft. - 2 rooms; 3 cubicles - conference room.  Located within the Hunt Valley Business Community with quick access to I-83 and Shawn Road, minutes from I-695. Close proximity to Hunt Valley Towne Centre and Light Rail.  Amenities Include: kitchen, conference room, copier, dry-erase walls. Free parking!

    Please Call (410) 598-7334 for more information!

  • October 20, 2015 1:57 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)
    HVBF Chairman Eric Miller and Executive Director Carolyn Panzer are featured in this month's I-95 Magazine.

    Read more as they discuss the history and future of the Forum. Click Here>>

  • October 13, 2015 10:08 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Our mission is to advance learning about how exercise, diet, relationships, and health care fit together to benefit mental health.

    Click here to purchase tickets to Brick Bodies' 30th Anniversary Bull & Oyster Roast Celebration

    This event celebrates Brick Bodies’ 30th Anniversary as well as the launch of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation(501c3). Victor and Lynne Brick established the foundation to support research and education in mental health. Honoring Victor’s brother, John, who suffered from schizophrenia and died prematurely of complications from the disease, the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation is dedicated to advancing research towards a comprehensive scientific understanding of relationships between exercise and mental health. The foundation will support a program of studies for that purpose and the dissemination and application of results.

    Click here to donate to the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation

  • September 30, 2015 4:10 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HUNT VALLEY, Md. – September 30, 2015 – Point Breeze Credit Union has been named one of the 2015 Best Credit Unions to Work For by the Credit Union Journal. The awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best credit unions in the country.

    “We are grateful to receive this national award from the Credit Union Journal as one of this year’s Best Credit Unions to Work For. Most importantly, we’re grateful to our Board of Directors and our employees who are responsible for making this recognition possible,” said Bernie McLaughlin, president and CEO of Point Breeze Credit Union. 

    “Providing employees with the best work environment possible enhances our members’ experience; and our mantra here at Point Breeze is that it’s all about our members,” continues McLaughlin.

    Point Breeze was highlighted for their causal Fridays and Saturdays with company-provided casual attire, a reasonable 401K plan with company match, and “years of service” bonuses to reward long-term employees for their loyalty.

     For more information about Point Breeze Credit Union, visit www.pbcu.com.

    About Point Breeze Credit Union:

    Point Breeze Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Currently, Point Breeze is one of the largest credit unions in Maryland, with offices located in Hunt Valley, Rosedale and Bel Air. Point Breeze serves more than 500 Employer Groups and nearly 50,000 members in the Greater Baltimore area, with total assets exceeding $723 million. Our mission is to provide a superior financial experience for our members. We are people helping people achieve their goals and, as neighbors, we believe that a prosperous community benefits all. Point Breeze offers consumer and business checking, savings and loan services. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For more information, please visit www.pbcu.com.


  • September 21, 2015 12:01 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) is proud to announce the hiring of Kevin Zaegel as Marketing Director. 

    Kevin brings over 11 years of marketing experience to the position at AFFCU. Most recently, he spent three years in marketing at Freedom Federal Credit Union in Bel Air, MD.  Prior to Freedom, Kevin spent eight years as marketing coordinator at Dunbar Armored, Inc. in Hunt Valley, MD. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Salisbury University. 

    Kevin joins the credit union’s management team where he will oversee all marketing and business development activities

    Matthew Piazza, AFFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Kevin’s valuable experience will help elevate the credit union’s marketing efforts.  I am excited to have Kevin join the AFFCU team.” 

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU), headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a full-service financial institution serving the employees and their families of over 160 companies and organizations. Offering a full range of electronic services and phone activated transactions, members also have access to over 35,000 free ATMs and over 6,800 shared branches nationwide through the CO-OP Network. Visit www.affcu.org to learn more.


  • September 08, 2015 2:11 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Looking to ease your employees’ crazy commute? rabbitEXPRESS is a commuter bus service that connects York, PA to northern Maryland on weekdays. Escape parking hassles and make time in traffic productive as you ride in comfort and access free WiFi. Track your bus in realtime with rider apps. Need to leave mid-day for an emergency? No worries. rabbitEXPRESS comes complete with an Emergency Ride Home Program. Stops in Hunt Valley, Timonium and Towson and connects to the MTA Light Rail and bus stops. Commuter happiness can start today! Visit www.rabbittransit.org/express, email info@rabbittransit.org or call 1-800-632-9063 for more information.   



  • August 18, 2015 12:13 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HUNT VALLEY, Md. – August 18, 2015 – Point Breeze Credit Union announces the promotion of three associates of the credit union’s management team. Kristin Reynolds, Karen Trimp and Susan Waite have each been promoted to vice president.

    With Point Breeze for 11 years, Kristin Reynolds is now Vice President, Director of Human Resources. In this position, Reynolds will oversee HR initiatives including recruitment, compensation, benefits and relations. She will also work closely with the executive management team to ensure the credit union’s alignment of overall mission and strategy. Reynolds has more than 14 years of industry experience and is a resident of Forest Hill, Md.

    Karen Trimp is now Vice President of Compliance at Point Breeze. In her new role, Trimp will ensure credit union compliance with related laws and regulations, oversee various risk aspects and administer the vendor and contract management program. She will also direct the record retention program and oversee compliance with the credit union’s policies and procedures. Trimp has more than 34 years of industry experience and has been with Point Breeze for 11 years. She resides in Catonsville, Md.

    Susan Waite assumes the position of Vice President of Lending. Waite is responsible for daily operations of the indirect, consumer and mortgage lending departments. She has been with Point Breeze Credit Union for more than 25 years and is a resident of Bel Air, Md. Waite is a graduate of Frostburg State University where she studied finance. 

    Reynolds and Trimp will be based in Point Breeze Credit Union’s corporate headquarters in Hunt Valley, Md. Waite will be based in Point Breeze’s Rosedale office.

    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Currently, Point Breeze is one of the largest credit unions in Maryland, with offices located in Hunt Valley, Rosedale and Bel Air. Point Breeze serves more than 500 Employer Groups and 50,000 members in the Greater Baltimore area, with total assets exceeding $740 million. Our mission is to provide a superior financial experience for our members. We are people helping people achieve their goals and, as neighbors, we believe that a prosperous community benefits all. Point Breeze offers consumer and business checking, savings and loan services. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For more information, please visit www.pbcu.com.

  • August 17, 2015 3:17 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Every inch. Every foot. Every mile. Every step is a chance to end breast cancer. #OneStepCloser is the call to action for the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Executive Plaza at the corner of Shawn and McCormick Roads.  The race route spans more than three miles through the heart of the Hunt Valley business district.

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum has started a group for the race, and invites members to start teams under this group. Register at www.komenmd.org/2015

    Race teams are a great employee morale- booster and incorporate fun and friendly competition into the workplace while giving back to the community. Race teams are also a way to add low-to-no cost philanthropy to your company. Employees can pay for their own race registration fees, or Komen Maryland can set up a “company pay” arrangement where an employer covers the fee.

    The Race festival village opens at 7 am, (but get there early for best parking), and the Race kicks off at 8 am. The event also includes music, food trucks, a survivor parade, kids’ activities, and more.

    If you need assistance with setting up your team, please call the Komen Maryland office at 410-938-8990 or email lpichotta@komenmd.org.

    Susan G. Komen is the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to fighting breast cancer. Since 1982, every major advance in breast cancer research has been touched by Komen funds.

    Through events like the Race for the Cure, Komen Maryland has funded more than $37 million in the last 22 years for local breast health programs, education, and transformative national research. 75% of net donations stay in Maryland, while 25% funds national research.

    Interested teams can also reach out to Laura Pichotta with questions or help to register: lpichotta@komenmd.org or 410-938-8990 .

  • August 08, 2015 12:45 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Point Breeze Credit Union Awards $24,000 in Scholarships


    Hunt Valley, Md. – August 6, 2015 – Point Breeze Credit Union announces the 2015 recipients of its ninth annual scholarship competition. This year, the Point Breeze Credit Union Board approved additional scholarships after receiving the most applications to date. The college-bound winners will each receive $1,500 toward their continued education.

    To be considered for the scholarship, applicants had to be a member of the credit union and demonstrate great ambition in and out of school. An independent committee judged the applications based on academic excellence, involvement in school and community activities, leadership skills, initiative and the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” This year’s essay question asked, “You have just graduated and landed your first job with a starting salary of $50,000 per year. What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (5 years plus) financial goals? How will you manage your money?”

    The 2015 Point Breeze Credit Union Scholarship Winners are:

    • Siaka Bafalie – Siaka is a graduate of Chesapeake High School and will attend Virginia Wesleyan College. Siaka was also an intern at Point Breeze.
    • Alexandra Bowen – Alexandra is a graduate of North Harford High School and will attend Harford Community College.
    • Abigail Cox – Abigail attended Susquehannock High School in Pennsylvania and will attend Shippensburg University.
    • Kylie Dunham – Kylie is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania and will attend Juniata College.
    • Austin Glab – Austin is a graduate of Calvert Hall College and will attend York College of Pennsylvania.
    • Bethany Guthall – Bethany is a graduate of Hereford High School and will attend Lynchburg College
    • Gabriel Lee – Gabriel is a graduate of Dulaney High School and will attend Towson University.
    • Lauren Loftus – Lauren is a graduate of C. Milton Wright High School and will attend University of Maryland.
    • Angel Markley – Angel is a graduate of Greater Grace Christian Academy and will attend the Community College of Baltimore County.
    • Kristin Newman – Kristin is a graduate of Dulaney High School and will attend Emory University.
    • Robert Palmisano – Robert is a graduate of Hereford High School and will attend Duke University.
    • Michelle Rogers – Michelle is a graduate of Kenwood High School and will attend the Community College of Baltimore County.

    • Destiny Schriefer – Destiny is a graduate of Sparrows Point High School and will attend University of Maryland.
    • Katelyn Skelton – Katelyn is a graduate of South Carroll High School and will attend Carroll Community College.
    • Ryan Sprangel – Ryan is a graduate of South Carroll High School and will attend North Carolina State University.
    • Zachary Vance – Zachary is a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School and will attend University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). 

    “This year, we had a lot of interest in the scholarship from very talented students. That’s why our board decided to offer more scholarships for the 2015 competition,” said President/CEO Bernard McLaughlin. “The winners did an excellent job thinking through financial goals for their first salary in the essays. We’re excited to contribute to the bright futures of these college-bound members.”

    Scholarship winner Destiny Schriefer, who will attend University of Maryland in the fall and study biology, commented, “With this scholarship, I will be able to help pay my tuition, which allows me to accomplish more than I ever hoped. Thank you to Point Breeze for helping me [to] pursue a degree as a physician assistant at University of Maryland!”

  • July 14, 2015 10:49 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HVBF Executive Director Carolyn PanzerThe Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Hunt Valley Business Forum (HVBF) have named Carolyn Panzer as the new Executive Director. Ms. Panzer had served as interim director since March of this year. 

    Carolyn brings an extensive background in business and non-profit leadership to her new role. As co-founder of Connect Technologies, Inc., a Baltimore-based telecommunications firm, she has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as well as in sales and marketing. Carolyn serves on several boards and has been a major contributor to the growth of a number of area non-profit organizations. 

    “I am honored to serve as the Executive Director for the Hunt Valley Business Forum. My goal is to enhance our program offerings so that we bring strong value to our members and their membership,” she said. 

    “We are delighted that Carolyn is our Executive Director bringing her extensive experience to grow and strengthen the Forum” said Eric Miller, chairman of HVBF. Formed in 1990, the Hunt Valley Business Forum’s membership has grown to over 200 businesses and organizations. 

    This year, the HVBF has undergone a reorganization to focus on four areas in which they plan to better serve their members, business owners and the Hunt Valley community. It is the leading organization serving professionals and businesses in the North Baltimore/Southern Pennsylvania region.

    Please join us in welcoming Carolyn! 

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