Sternbach picked to take over GRP
Jan. 3, 2003
Noelle Barton * Staff Writer




An economic and business community powerhouse will lead a rejuvenated Greater Rockville Partnership, charged with attracting and retaining businesses in Rockville, city officials said.

Sally Sternbach, a Silver Spring-based business and civic activist who ran and lost the Democratic nomination for the District 5 County Council seat this year, will bring a big-picture perspective to her new role in Rockville, Mayor Larry Giammo said.

Sternbach accepted the position Dec. 20.

"She's one of these folks who knows what she doesn't know and knows how to figure out how to learn it," said Giammo, who is a Greater Rockville Partnership board member and served on the executive director search committee.

Giammo said Sternbach exemplifies the personality he hopes people will begin to associate with Rockville: high energy, can-do spirit, personable and with a solid knowledge about business and government at the county and state levels.

GRP was formed five years ago by city leaders and is funded by a $330,000 annual budget from the city. Its board and director meet with senior city staff and the mayor and City Council annually to work out a framework for the use of that money.

Sternbach will take up where Stephanie Phillips leaves off at her departure in early January. Giammo said his lengthy talks with Sternbach lead him to believe she'll be in the driver's seat for "at least several years."

Sternbach is a former head of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, and has lived in Silver Spring for more than two decades. She is also a former AT&T employee and belongs to several commerce and neighborhood groups. * *

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Syd Rivera and Steve Werntz, both vice presidents of sales for ExpoExchange in Frederick, have completed the requirements for the Certified Association Sales Executive program, which is implemented by the Professional Convention Management Association.

 

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Baltimore-based Provident Bank appointed Rajiv Desai manager of its Olney branch. Provident Bank, a regional commercial bank with $4.9 billion in assets, is held by Provident Bankshares Corp.

Paul Peck, a major donor to Montgomery College arts and humanities programs -- including the Humanities Institute named for him -- is this year's recipient of the Marriott International Arts and Humanities Patron Award for Excellence. In total, Peck has contributed nearly $3 million to Montgomery College.

Rockville-based Visual One Systems (Europe) Ltd. appointed Paul Staveley as director of sales in Europe. Staveley was formerly with SoftBrands and joins up with Mike Gadbury, who was appointed as managing director of Visual One (Europe). Visual One Systems provides software systems to the hospitality industry.

Several city residents and employees have been inducted into the Takoma Park Rotary Club, a local service group. New members include Robert Chapman, resident and local businessman; Andrew Clark, assistant chaplain and outreach director at Columbia Union College; Gaspar Colon, professor at Columbia Union College; Kay Landry, counselor and educator at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Hyattsville; Christopher Lebrun, city business owner; Randal Wisbey, president of Columbia Union College; and Brian Zervos, director for development at Columbia Union College.

Jennifer Gilmer, president and owner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd. of Chevy Chase, won first place in the National Kitchen & Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition.

Gaithersburg-based AWS Convergence Technologies Inc., which owns and operates a weather network, appointed Chris McCown as WeatherBug product director. McCown previously played a key role in interactive and information technology development within multiple divisions at NBC.

Bethesda-based August, Lang & Husak, an advertising and public relations firm, appointed Cynthia Epley director of media, Joel Mooy associate creative director, Ashley Clark art director and Avital Ingber assistant account executive.