Before Public Safety Day began, the LFC Class of 2016 was tasked with a homework assignment: Complete a ride along or tour the detention center. Some participants rode with medics, the Sheriff’s department, and the fire department, while others went to the court house and the detention center. Whether it was responding to a potential cardiac arrest and a car accident, going on a patrol and responding to shoplifting at the mall or a domestic dispute, or viewing a trial on delinquent child support payments, the class members headed into the class day with a deeper perspective.

Law Enforcement Center

The sun came up over the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, as the LFC Class of 2016 arrived and Frederick County’s finest continued their work. Our morning featured discussions with the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, including Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.


At the center, the class learned about procedures, challenges, and the responsibilities of law enforcement personnel. We saw tactical equipment demonstrations (including a taser) and toured the Emergency Communications Center to learn about response time and preparedness


Pictured above left: Jason Null, Special Tactics

Junior Fire Company

At the Junior Fire Company, we got an inside look at a fire engine and an ambulance, and heard about the career and volunteer fire and rescue services in Frederick County from Fire Chief Tom Owens. During lunch, the Junior Fire Company had responded to 4 calls. Every 16 minutes there is an incident in this county.



Frederick County Courthouse

Then it was off to the Frederick County Courthouse for a meeting with Circuit Court Judges Terry Adams, Julie Solt and Magistrate Julie Miner. Deputy State’s Attorney Nanci Hamm discussed the role and responsibilities of the State’s Attorney’s Office, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandy Dalton discussed court and jury operations.


Maryland Police Aviation Unit

The day ended with a tour and conversation with the crew of Trooper 3, the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit located at Frederick Municipal Airport. Pilot Russ Zulick talked about the aircraft, its mission, and the importance of the Golden Hour of Trauma.


Wrap Up

This class day provides insight into the public safety measures and professionals protecting Frederick County. In Leadership there lies a passion. This was clearly displayed by all the public safety officials and their dedication to the job and community.

“I feel like I have never worked a day in my life” – Jason Null, Special Tactics

Class members discussed challenges facing these department, budgeting and how to prepare for future issues, and making a plan for an emergency at their business.


Special thanks to Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to MAJ Troy Barrick(2016) who helped plan and present the day.

Discover Leadership Frederick County

Learn more about the program, enrollment dates, and opportunities to get involved. LFC is a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

Why Frederick?

The Class of 2016 set out for Economic Development Day with the goal of understanding why Frederick is a great place to do business.

We started the day at Frederick City Hall where Mayor Randy McClement discussed his philosophy of “Finding a Way to Say Yes” and the “Zero-Balance Budget”. Richard Griffin(2010), Frederick City Department of Economic Development; Helen Propheter(2010), Frederick County Office of Economic Development; and Heather Gramm(2011), Maryland Department of Commerce provided an overview of economic development. They discussed demographics, trends and expansions, sustainable initiatives, market access, commuting patterns and infrastructure, major employers, biotechnology, tourism, and commercial development.

After the presentation, the class heard from a panel of local business leaders including Daryl Boffman, Acela Technology; Tony Checchia, Frederick Indoor Sports Center, Kate Surdez(2014), Astrazeneca; and Dr. Chris Kemp, Kempbio.

Work Where There’s Room to Play

The Class also watched Work Where There’s Room to Play, a video from the City of Frederick that shows off our vibrant business culture and merchant life.

See for Yourself

With Richard Griffin as a guide, the class hit the streets for a walking tour of Carroll Creek Park and the Downtown Frederick area. The class was joined by Danielle Doll from the Downtown Frederick Partnership who discussed the impact of design and planning on the merchant community.

LFC Blog 5

Then it was off to the Bechtel campus for lunch from Manalu and the Broker’s Prospective presentation from Avision Young. The class learned about development plans and progress for the Westview South area and got an in depth look at Avision Young’s integrated approach to commercial real estate.

LFC Blog 6

The day continued with a tour of Wright Manufacturing conducted by their president, Shawn Wolfe. Their motto is E2B4 which means Everybody-Everyday Building Mowers-Building Teams-Building Companies-Building Lives.

LFC Blog3

The final stop was Flying Dog Brewery, where the class got a tour and a lesson from CEO Jim Caruso.

“The World wants you to fit in, and not fitting in makes the world uncomfortable. Don’t fit in” – Jim Caruso, Flying Dog Brewery

LFC Blog 4

Special thanks to David Rogers and Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to Jodie Bollinger(2014) who assisted throughout the day.


Discover Leadership Frederick County

Learn more about the program, enrollment dates, and opportunities to get involved. LFC is a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

A participant’s journey through Frederick County Agriculture


7:15 am – Watching the class come in, many decked out in plaid shirts, jeans, and boots in response to a Facebook post encouraging folks to dress up for Halloween as scarecrows. The joys of social media requests.

8:00 am – Thinking how happy classmate Kelsey Maslen looks presenting on Agriculture in Frederick County. She described it as “getting her geek on”. I describe it as a person who really loves what she does and isn’t afraid to show it.

Lawyers Farm

9:00 am – At Lawyer’s Farm listening to Taylor Lawyer Huffman’s moving story about her father. She shared her family’s endeavor to carry on his name and the farm he loved.


9:30 am – Laughing as I watch Jaime and Teri blast pumpkins out of the cannon.


11:00 am – Feeling the wind whipping through me as we tour the grounds of Big Cork Vineyards and taste the sweet grapes straight from the vine.

11:30 am – Eating great food and drinking fabulous wines. Being a spectator as a group of classmates play cornhole on the winery lawn. No one wants to leave and get back on the bus.


2:00 pm – Learning about the dairy industry from Maryland Farm Bureau President and owner of Rocky Point Creamery, Chuck Fry… riding in a school bus painted like a Holstein Cow and chuckling at Brent and Jaime for putting on the cow mask. Oohing and aahing as we ride through the barn and see cows and calves, one born yesterday…. more eating (what diet?) this time ice cream freshly made at the creamery. Yummy.


3:30 pm – Smiling as we visit one of my favorite farms near my house, Thanksgiving Farms. Proud my classmates liked their family story and took a CSA membership form, which I think means they acknowledge shopping local is important and are considering participating.

3:45 – Surprised how many classmates never experienced the wonderful crispness and taste of an Asian Pear and were delighted to try one.


4:15 pm – Shaking my head and laughing as I see classmates running across the field, inserting their faces into scarecrow cutouts with David running right behind them to take their picture. That falls in the category of #lovingmylfcclassmates.


4:30 pm – Smelling the fresh aroma from the Christmas trees at our last stop. The Mayne Family is the Farm Family of the Year and is very proud of it. I love seeing people in their element, and the owner was indeed in his when he made the bus stop so he could prune a tree. He must have pruned 5 trees in a minute.

5:00 pm – Sleeping on the way back to the Chamber after a fun-filled and full experience.

Sometime over the weekend – Thanking the Chamber Team, Lawyer’s Farm, Big Cork Vineyard, Rocky Point Creamery, Thanksgiving Farm, Mayne’s Tree Farm, and LFC Class of 2016 for making this a day one that I will never forget.

The day began as all LFC days begin… early.  We met at FMH Crestwood. For those of you who haven’t been there, one word: WOW! The entire facility departs from the stereotype of stuffy doctor’s offices, complete with community art gallery on the ground floor. We began our day with a presentation by Josh Pederson, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, about the role of nonprofits that serve human service needs in our community.

The class explored the FMH Womens Center via a guided tour.
The class explored the FMH Womens Center via a guided tour.

Health Explorations at FMH Crestwood

Throughout the day we learned about the diverse models and delivery methods of health and human services in Frederick County.  We were fortunate to hear about these topics straight from the mouths of Thomas Kleinhanzl, CEO of Frederick Regional Health Systems; Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, health officer at Frederick County Health Department; and Pat Hanberry, CEO of the Mental Health Association, among others. We also explored seated yoga, a tour of the FMH Women’s Center, and individual health assessments performed by Corporate Occupational Health Solutions.


A visit to the Frederick Rescue Mission resulted in helping with two volunteer projects.
A visit to the Frederick Rescue Mission resulted in helping with two volunteer projects.

Service Projects at the Frederick Rescue Mission

Later, we made the trip to the Frederick Rescue Mission.  At the Rescue Mission we saw firsthand the role of the nonprofit sector in the community in regards to human services.  Services provided for many of these organizations can be the difference between life and death.  For example, the Rescue Mission provides emergency services, showers, food, and community outreach events. Every year, approximately 70 men go through the Mission’s Changed Life Recovery Program. While at the Mission, half of the Class of 2014 unloaded food from the food truck (generously donated daily by various grocery stores and restaurants in Frederick), and the other half of the class helped with outreach mailings. We concluded our visit to the Rescue Mission by eating lunch with those they serve. It was a humbling experience. The trip to the Mission hit home many of the issues that we discussed earlier in the day and was a good bridge into the afternoon’s activities. Continue reading “LFC Health & Human Services Day”

This December we launched Chamber TV: On The Go & In The Know!

Special correspondents for the upcoming Season 4 On The Go include Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual Insurance), Jenna DeStefano (Healthy4Lyfe), Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training), and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber).

This month, we interviewed Danny Farrar, Founder of SoliderFit, about how to embody your brand. His advice: “YOU are you brand!” Check out the episode to learn more about why Danny believes Frederick is a great place to open a business, and how your team can help grow your brand and spread your message.

We also got a glimpse into Public Safety Day with the Leadership Frederick County class of 2014.

The episode wraps up with an interview with 2013 Young Professional of the Year, Michelle Day of Frederick County Workforce Services. Michelle discusses important qualities of leadership and shares her advice to young professionals. Tammy Feaster, Generation Connect co-chair, explains how and why Michelle was selected as YP2013 out of a total of 30 applicants.

Links in this episode:
Getting Employees to Act on Your Brand Promise
Leadership Frederick County: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Young Professional of the Year Event Recap
Frederick Chamber YouTube Channel

Do you have a topic for Chamber TV that explores leadership, advocacy, or education?  Email your suggestion to editor@frederickchamber.org.

April 20, 2012

Your Hosts

Season 2 of Chamber TV continues with Episode 17, hosted by Joe Porpiglia and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Tracey Lucas (Frederick County Public Schools) graduated from Leadership Frederick County in 2008, and now serves as President of the LFC Council. She joins us for an update on LFC and some tips for anyone interested in applying for the Class of 2013.

John Bellomo stops by to tell us about the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, the impact of arts and culture on our state’s economic, and the power of “serious play.”

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to see photos from the grand opening at Taste of Asia last month. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Did you know? D. John Markey was our Chamber’s first president. Just like Ric Adams, our current President & CEO, Mr. Markey was born and raised in Frederick County and attended Frederick High School. He was a merchant who sold hats and shoes in Frederick, and unlike our current president, he has his own Wikipedia page.

You can learn more about our Chamber’s history online.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: $20 off your first home or office cleaning by Busy Bees Maid Service, and 10% off new shoes from If The Shoe Fits.

If The Shoe Fits is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a ribbon cutting at their new location (1170 W. Patrick St., Frederick) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Catering Sponsor

Refreshments for our live studio audience were provided by Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Grand Prize

Congratulations to Marc Laborde from AFLAC, Frederick, who won this month’s grand prize: A ticket to the Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast on April 27th.

Previous Episodes

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.


December 16, 2011

Your Hosts

To celebrate our one-year anniversary and the first episode of Season 2, all three co-hosts share the stage today: Joe Porpiglia, Jon-Mikel Bailey, and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Jenifer Dobbins (Frederick Arts Council) talks with us about the economic impact of the arts, and how to encourage creativity in the workplace.

George Wunderlich (National Museum of Civil War Medicine) discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Frederick, as well as leadership lessons from the Civil War.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to read about a New Member Connection: Don from Infratactix recently met with Kevin from Wright-Gardner Insurance and had a great customer service experience. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Top 10 Reasons to do Business in Frederick

Mayor Randy McClement took a break from his busy job at the City of Frederick to read our crowd-sourced Top 10 list! You can read the Top 10 on our Chamber TV blog.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured coupons: Discounts on Hot Air Balloon flight gift certificates from Tailwinds Over Frederick and a 50% discount off Social Media Audit services from VillageWorks Communications.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 13 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsors

Refreshments for our live studio audience were provided by Sumittra Thai Cuisine and Roy Rogers Restaurants.

Grand Prize

Lucky members of our studio audience won prizes from Liberty Mutual Group, Tyz Scarves, and the Chamber TV team.

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bag items for our live studio audience are provided by Baltimore Coffee & TeaDynport Vaccine CompanyFrederick Regional Health SystemLiberty Mutual GroupNatural Fusion Hair Studio, PNC Bank, Roads and Rails Museum, and The Callos Companies.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during recording.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.