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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Frank Daly

Posted On: 7/14/16
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Frank Daly In April, Frank Daly was the lone interested party sitting in an Ocean Pines Search Committee meeting, gathering information and considering a run for the board of directors. A few days before the May 10 deadline to file Daly, 67, visited the Gazette office to sit down for his first official interview as a candidate, having filed his paperwork just days earlier. Daly was born in southwest Pennsylvania and grew up in Ohio. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and has a master’s degree in finance and marketing. His first real job was as a mechanical engineering trainee in a Cleveland steel mill. As his career progressed, he moved into aerospace and worked as a senior-level engineer for a company associated with Northrop Grumman. He then moved to sales and marketing, and held titles such as product manager, director of marketing, vice president of sales and division general manager. Five years ago, he opened and his ran his own business, Jordan Frank &a...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Slobodon Trendic

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Slobodon Trendic Slobodon Trendic finished third in the race for Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last year, coming within less than 300 votes of earning a seat on the board. The 61-year-old Belgrade, Yugoslavia native is running again this year – for the third consecutive time. Trendic spent 30 years working in the information technology industry, and retired three years ago “for health reasons.” He moved to Ocean Pines in 2013. “Over the course of the last three years, it’s been kind of a journey of reality checks as far as the Ocean Pines affairs goes,” he said. “There’s some great aspects of that and some very disturbing aspects – that’s why I became very active in different ways, writing to the newspapers and making public comments at the board meetings, and really walking the streets and talking to the owners.” He joked that he “wanted to set a record” by running again. “It’s not whether I...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - George Simon, Jr.

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - George Simon, Jr. George Simon Jr. he has “seen it all” during his decades-long career in construction, and he’s hoping to bring that expertise to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors in August. “I’ve been in construction and construction sales pretty much my whole life,” he said. “The main thing I can bring to the board is knowledge of construction, construction projects, sales and the bid process, and … I have a good relationship with a lot of the contractors in the area.” Simon, a 55-year-old territory representative with TRI Supply & Equipment in Salisbury, is one of a dozen candidates vying for three positions on the board. After growing up in Baltimore, he moved his family to the Ocean Pines area in 1986, and bought his first home there about four years later. “We would come down here to the ocean on vacation and we liked the area, and when we had kids, we didn’t want them growing up [in the Baltimore] area,R...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Tom Janasek

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Tom Janasek Laurel native Tom Janasek, 50, came to Ocean Pines in 1984. He’s been a presence during board meetings for years, often offering his opinions during public comments, and is one of 12 candidates running in this year’s board of directors race. Janasek sold real estate straight out of high school and started his own construction company in the early 1990s. He ran his company for more than 20 years, and now works with AC Beverage out of Bishopville. He still dabbles in real estate, buying and flipping houses. He entered the 2016 race, he said, because he finally has had enough time to devote to the job. “This is the first year that I can physically spend time in Ocean Pines and be at the meetings and be part of committee work, and try to change something,” he said. “I never had that amount of time. We still live part-time in West River, Maryland, so I commute back and forth because I still have another house there that we’re flipping.” Simply...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Doug Parks

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Doug Parks Ocean Pines resident Doug Parks turns 61 this month. He’s one of 12 homeowners running for the Association’s Board of Directors this year and, if elected, he would be the youngest member of that body. Spending a few moments with Parks, it’s clear he has plenty of energy to offer the job. “Age is interesting, but I think the more important thing is energy level and attention to detail,” he said. “I have a couple of colleagues who are older than me, and I sort of hope I’m that sharp and have that much energy when I’m their age.” Born in Philadelphia, Parks grew up in Bowie, Maryland. He bought a second house in Ocean Pines in 2007, and moved to the area full time in 2013. He graduated from the University of Maryland, cum laude, with a degree in information systems management and a minor in business administration, and has held several executive positions during his three-decade career in the tech sector, including at the Howard...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Steve Lind

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Steve Lind Brooklyn-born Steve Lind, 68, served as a police officer for about two decades in New York City. He also ran a successful small business on the side before selling it and using the proceeds from to buy a large waterfront lot in Delaware. Now, Lind is looking to turn his diverse background into a successful bid on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors. “I have a combination of formal education, experience as a former and very successful small business owner, and real-world street smarts derived from my career with the PD,” he said. “I think I bring to the table a lot more of a well-rounded background than a lot of people that are running.” Lind said he is not running on his “resume and rhetoric,” but rather on his track record when it comes to Ocean Pines politics. “I’ve been involved, as a property owner, in board matters since settling down in the Pines full time in 1999,” he said. “I’ve attended and com...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Brett C. Hill

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Brett C. Hill Brett C. Hill is by far the youngest candidate running for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this year. Born in Baltimore, the 37-year-old has owned property in the Pines since 2012 and moved to the area full time last spring. His company, FTS Fiber, provides Internet infrastructure services from its headquarters in West Ocean City. “In the years we’ve been exposed to the community, it appears that there’s a select demographic, or a few people that seem to be pretty vocal and push their intentions, and the direction doesn’t necessarily align with what I feel is in the best interest of my family,” he said. “I think it doesn’t really represent the demographic – which is a fairly large population – of younger families moving into the neighborhood.” His, he suggested, is a “voice that hasn’t been heard by the community” in some time. “We make up a large portion of the homes and, at least...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Ray Unger

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Ray Unger Ray Unger might be one of the most upbeat citizens of Ocean Pines. The 75-year-old two-time former director is running for the OPA Board again this year, and says he is largely satisfied with the job the current directors are doing. “I think we’re kind of cruising a little bit now,” he said. “They’re going about it the right way. There are no big issues that I know of that are coming up, although it could happen at any time. “Things are moving along well. I spend a lot of time down at the dog park, and it’s getting nicer and nicer to live in the Pines,” he added. Unger said he is also comfortable with the level of discourse on the current board. “They’re going about it the right way. There’s very little contention compared to what we went through years ago,” he said. “Of course, there will always be differences of opinion, but there’s very little contention, so they’re getting some thing...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Pat Supik

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Pat Supik During the last two budget cycles, Pat Supik has chaired the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee. Along with her other duties, she has overseen the annual weeklong meetings the advisory group holds on the financial plan, and helped pen a list of recommendations to the directors. Supik, 71, is now looking to move up a rung on the ladder of Ocean Pines politics, running for one of three positions on the board of directors this August. A Baltimore native with an accounting background, she moved to the area in 2011 and has served on the budget committee for three years, chairing the last two. Last year, she said Director Tom Terry and former Director Pete Gomsak starting encouraging her to run. At the time, she said she “just couldn’t even think about” it. This year, however, Supik felt strongly enough about the issues that she was convinced to enter the contest. “I think that a board’s function, particularly in this setting, is to set...
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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Jack Collins

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OPA BOARD CANDIDATES - Jack Collins As the only incumbent in a group of 11 candidates seeking one of three vacancies on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, Jack Collins has a different perspective. Collins said he ended up in Ocean Pines after marrying “a local girl,” Connie Kelley, from Ocean City. “Her dad was the mayor of Ocean City (Mayor Harry Kelley) and that’s what drew me here. I’ve been coming to Ocean City and this environment since I was 12 years old, and I am now in my early 70s,” he said. “I was born and raised in Baltimore, but spent many, many summers down here.” After they were married, the Collins’s moved to Catonsville for a number of years, raising a family. In 2004, they permanently relocated to Ocean Pines. Collins, who had a career as a lender and manager in commercial banking, joined the board three years ago. He said he decided to run this year somewhat late into the process. “I have a group of people that have support...
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