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Gordon joins EXIT
EXIT Realty at The Beach in Berlin recently announced the addition of Christy Gordon to its team of real estate professionals.
Gordon was born and raised in Baltimore County. In 1999, she moved to the Worcester County area to become a “local” and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She retired from a 31-year career in public education in 2011 and obtained her Realtor license the same year.
She represents buyers and sellers, specializing in her home town of Snow Hill as well as serving Stockton and Girdletree, Public Landing, Newark, Berlin/Ocean Pines. Gordon’s clients love her sense of humor, attention to detail and her honesty. She makes every real estate transaction an easy and enjoyable experience for all her clients.
She lives in Public Landing with her husband, Steve. Gordon has three grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Snow Hill area.
EXIT Realty is a by-invitation-only company focused on the business of real estate. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. To date, $3.5 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity.  
Grace Masten, broker of Sea Grace at North Beach Realtors in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors’ (CAR) Board of Directors, was among 21 graduates from the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR) 17th annual Leadership Academy honored during ceremonies held recently in Annapolis.
The MAR Leadership Academy was formed by Realtors who understand the important role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge and competencies of fellow Realtors interested in making a difference in their personal lives and in their communities.
Masten has been a Realtor since 1981 and a broker since 1985. She currently serves as a director on the CAR Board of Directors and chairs the association’s Rentals Task Force, while also serving on the Finance Committee.
In the past, she has served on the Professional Standards, Grievance, New Members, Community Service, Broker, Strategic Planning and Association Executive Search committees. Masten is the incoming state chair for the Maryland/DC Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, as well as the CRS Local Networking Group director for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
She holds the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation and is a secondary member of the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors in Easton and the Sussex County Association of Realtors in Delaware.
Masten received the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship award, presented by 2008 MAR President Ilene Kessler. The scholarship is administered through the Leadership Academy and is awarded to the graduate who best demonstrates integrity, a desire to lead, and a high ethical standard, both professionally and through community involvement. The award covers the cost of Masten’s tuition for the program.
Masten was also awarded the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, by her peers, as the graduate who best demonstrated Maclin’s character and ideals through faith, integrity and a deep commitment to community and real estate endeavors. This award was created by colleagues from the Class of 2002.
This is the second year in a row that a CAR member has been the recipient of the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, as local Realtor. Board member Joseph Wilson received the honor last year.
Masten was the first ever graduate to receive both awards in the same year.
Raymond M. Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, the bank subsidiary of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. has announced the following recent promotions.
Ross Bergey has been promoted to loan and business development officer for the Ocean City Market. Bergey will be located at the bank’s 20th Street location.  
Bergey began his employment with Taylor Bank in June 2014. In January 2015, he entered the bank’s Management Trainee program where he was exposed to the various operations of the bank. Having joined Taylor Bank with a background in accounting and finance, Bergey was promoted to credit analyst in January 2016.   
Scott Williams has been promoted to credit administrator at the bank’s main office in Berlin. Williams will support the bank’s loan operations in the credit underwriting area, including expanded duties and responsibilities related to post-closing file review, loan file compliance review and asset quality monitoring of the bank’s loan portfolio.  
Williams graduated from Salisbury University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems. In 2006, Williams joined Taylor Bank as a customer service associate, and was subsequently promoted to management trainee in June 2008.   
In 2009, Williams became the assistant manager of the bank’s main office. In 2014, Williams transferred to the loan department where he previously served as a credit analyst, and most recently loan operations supervisor.  
Kathy Warren has been promoted to loan operations supervisor at the bank’s main office. In that capacity, Warren’s duties will include oversight of loan document support staff, loan document production and review, and management of the bank’s loan document systems.  
Warren joined Taylor Bank April 2014 as a loan processor. She came to Taylor Bank with 28 years of banking experience in branch management, loan operations and loan production.
Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley (ASC&D) announces several promotions
Kim Schmidt has been promoted to the role of Life and Health team leader. Schmidt has been influential in streamlining processes within her department and has successfully trained many in the Life and Health team. She has worked in the insurance industry since 2000. She enjoys spending time with her sons and going to the beach with family.