Our Mission

To foster and maintain a thriving business climate in which our
members and community can grow and prosper.

NEW MEMBERS
Welcome our recent new members!
Dream Professional Clean
1427 West Church St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301.991.9934
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
1723 Dual Hwy.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301.790.9799
NorthPoint Development
4825 N W 41st St., Ste. 500
Riverside, MO 64150
816.888.7380
Meinelschmidt Distillery
54 S. Potomac St., Ste. 102
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301.992.8777
Resources
 
Presented by: Bev Stitely, Tax Strategist, Enrolled Agent, Owner, Saunders Tax & Accounting
WHEN:         January 13; 10:00-11:30am
 
Presented by: Dave Barnhart, ManningMedia Marketing Solutions
WHEN:         January 13, 2021; 1:00-2:15pm

Presented by: Dennis Ottey, Antonio Guerrero, Dott Digital Marketing
WHEN:         January 14, 2021; 10:00-11:30am
 
Presented by Theresa Stacy-Ryan, President of tmsr Design Delivery, LLC
WHEN:            January 14, 2021; 1:00-2:00pm
 
Presented by: Jude Cyhpher, Graduate Assistant, Maryland SBDC
WHEN:            January 19, 2021; 11:00am-12:00pm
 
Presented by: Kevin McDermott, Esquire
WHEN:         January 19, 2021; 1:00-2:30pm
 
Presented by: Melody Belotte
WHEN:         January 20, 2021; 1:00-2:30pm
 
Presented by Richard Bock, FranNet
WHEN:         January 21, 2021; 10:00am-11:30am
 
Presented by: Pieter Bickford, Marketing Executive, HighRock Studios
WHEN:         January 21, 2021; 1:00-2:15pm
 
Presenter: Lennart Elmlund; LGE Designs International Corporation
WHEN:         January 25, 2021; 10:30-11:30am
 
Presented by: John Hickman, Eastern Region Director, Maryland Small Business Development Center and Arthenia LeFlore, Procurement Specialist, Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center
WHEN:         January 26, 2021; 11:00am-1:00pm
 
Presented by Ali Stamathis, Business Sustainability Center, Maryland SBDC
WHEN:         January 27, 2021; 1:00-2:15pm
 
Presented by, Andrew Hait, Economic Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau
WHEN:         January 27, 2021; 11:30am-1:00pm
 
Presented by Dr. Winsome Leslie, President and CEO of DevSolutions Consulting
WHEN:         January 28, 2021; 1:00-2:30pm
MEMBER NEWS
Browse through some of our members who've announced changes within their organization and some may even be able to help you during this critical time.
Bill Fritts, Member of SEK Was Voted Best Accountant By Herald Mail Readers
William F. Fritts, CPA, CVA, Member of SEK, CPAs & Advisors, has been voted Best Accountant in the Tri-State area by Herald-Mail Media readers for the second year in a row.

In the newspaper’s annual Best of the Best Awards, readers nominate and vote for their favorite businesses and business professionals.

Bill joined SEK in 1996 and was admitted as a Member of the Firm in 2001. He serves a Member-in-Charge of the firm’s Hagerstown office and leads the Accounting Services and Tax Department. He provides accounting and tax services to a wide spectrum of businesses and individuals, as well as valuation services primarily for estates and buy-sell agreements. Bill has been a guest speaker on various tax topics and an instructor of numerous undergraduate and graduate-level business classes at Shenandoah University and Shepherd University. In addition to his client responsibilities, Bill serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Tax Committees.

Thank you to all who nominated and voted for SEK!
Pictured from Left to Right:
Bryan Adgate, Director of Preconstruction and Estimating; Chuck Brandenburg, Vice President and General Manager of MK Concrete; Jeff Kluttz, Director of Construction; and
Taylor Davis, Vice President and General Manager - General Construction.
Morgan-Keller Construction Announces Additions to Ownership Team
Morgan-Keller Construction is pleased to announce that Bryan Adgate, Chuck Brandenburg, Jeff Kluttz, and Taylor Davis, four long-term team members of Morgan-Keller, have joined the Morgan-Keller ownership team as minority owners, alongside Brad Guyton and Darrell Guyton.

As Morgan-Keller reaches its 65th anniversary, great strides have been made over the last few years to ensure the long-term success of the company with several internal promotions across all business units. The commitment to developing existing team members into the future leaders of the company has been a top priority. The leadership succession of the company will be a long-term transition with Brad and Darrell remaining owners and continuing in their current leadership roles.

“Both Darrell and I are pleased to have this leadership succession put into place with team members that share our pride of the company,” said Brad Guyton, President and CEO. “They will ensure that our Core Values of Teamwork, Ownership, and Professionalism continue well into the future.”

Morgan-Keller was founded in 1955 as a family-owned residential construction company located in Wolfsville, Maryland. Over six decades, the firm has transitioned into one of the region’s most respected commercial builders. To learn more, visit www.morgankeller.com.
The Dakota Durning-Blackwood Fund Created to Benefit Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Company
The family of the late Dakota Durning-Blackwood have created a fund to memorialize him. 2020 People’s Choice Award winner Jamie Blackwood was awarded with a $5,000 endowment fund upon being selected as a recipient of this annual prestigious award. Created in his son’s name, this fund will benefit the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Company.
“Honoring our son with this endowment means the world to us,” says Blackwood, a community leader with years of both professional and volunteer firefighting as well as youth advocacy work to his name.
“It’s truly a gift to be able to steward funds made in the name of a loved one. A fund like this will grow over the years and create a legacy benefiting an organization as important as the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Company for hopefully a long time to come,” says Director of Marketing and Communications for the Community Foundation Tim Luipersbeck. 
Donations may be made in Dakota Durning-Blackwood’s memory to the Community Foundation at 37 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or on the Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org. Simply click “Donate Now” at the top of the homepage and select “Dakota Durning-Blackwood Fund” to make a donation. For more information on the Community Foundation, please call 301-745-5210.  
SEK Admits New Member of the Firm
The Members of SEK, CPAs & Advisors are pleased to announce that Denver R. Martin, CPA, has been admitted as a Member of the Firm effective January 1, 2021.

With more than 12 years of experience, Denver is an integral part of the firm’s Accounting Services and Tax Department. He primarily works with closely held businesses in a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare, financial services, and the manufactured beverage industry. His expertise includes general business consulting, QuickBooks consulting, individual and business tax preparation, and financial statement preparation. In addition to his client responsibilities, Denver serves on the firm’s Practice Development Committee.

Prior to joining SEK’s Hagerstown office in 2008, Denver graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University.

Denver is an active member of the Franklin County and Washington County communities, serving on the Boards of Network Ministries, Inc. and World Harvest Outreach. He is the Treasurer for the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Additionally, he is a member of Antietam Exchange Club and currently enrolled in Leadership Washington County’s Class of 2021.
SEK Announces Manager Promotions
The Members of SEK are pleased to announce the following Manager promotions effective January 1, 2021:

Teena R. Curnow promoted to Manager: With more than 16 years of experience, Teena has dedicated her career to the local governmental industry and specializes in that area. In addition to managing 25 audits each year, she is an instructor of the firm’s in-house training programs on governmental accounting and a presenter at SEK’s annual governmental seminar. She graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Teena joined SEK in 2004 and is based in the firm’s York, PA office. She was recently notified that she passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is in the process of applying for her license.

Kelly A. Garbinski, CPA promoted to Manager: Kelly has over 12 years of experience and specializes in nonprofit taxation and individual taxation for sole proprietorships, single-member LLCs, farms, rentals, and investment income. Kelly also works on audits for governmental and nonprofit clients. She graduated cum laude from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She joined SEK in 2012 and is based in the firm’s Hagerstown, MD office. Outside of the office, Kelly is involved in leading her church’s youth group.

Hillary M. Grove, CPA promoted to Manager: With more than nine years of experience, Hillary provides tax and accounting services to individuals and closely held businesses ranging in size from small businesses to multi-state companies. Her specializations include tax preparation, general business consulting, financial statement preparation, and tax planning. She also assists with payroll and on-site audits. Hillary graduated magna cum laude from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting. She joined SEK in December 2017 and is based in the firm’s Hagerstown, MD office. Outside of the office, Hillary volunteers as a coach for North Hagerstown High School Girls Soccer and Hagerstown Soccer Club.
Hagerstown Magazine Hires a New Business Development Person, Chuck Boteler
Hagerstown Magazine would like to introduce you to our new business development person, Chuck Boteler, who will be assigned exclusively to all Hagerstown-area account and territory management. It's been many years since Hagerstown has had one dedicated professional manage this area and we're excited about the fresh ideas and experience he will bring to our valued partners.
 
Chuck brings more than 30 years’ experience in print, online and email marketing to your account and you may discuss both marketing strategy ideas and editorial suggestions with him to help position your business for long-term success through the area's best lifestyle-focused resource.
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