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JREF Elects 2005-2006 Officers, Five New Board Members

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JREF Elects 2005-2006 Officers, Five New Board Members
Columbia, MD—July 1, 2005— JREF (The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund), the not-for-profit private fund established for new and emerging businesses in Howard County, recently elected officers for the 2005-2006 year and five new members to its Board of Directors.

Those elected to serve as JREF officers for the 2005-2006 year include:

  • Diane M. Battle, Wachovia Bank, president
  • Mary Kay Boler, MK Boler Associates, 1st vice president
  • Brian Israel, The Columbia Bank,  2nd vice president
  • Edmund “Skip” Coale, Coale, Pripstein & Associates, PA, treasurer
  • Alice T. Iskra, Patuxent Publishing Company, secretary
  • Antonio P. Salazar, Provident Bank of Maryland, past president

 The newly elected JREF board members include:

  • Annie Geiermann, Citizens National Bank
  • Michale C. Genna, Assured Decisions, LLC
  • Christopher S. Young, Business & Technology Law Group
  • Brian J. McIntyre, WorkStrategy, Inc.
  • Stuart Chandler, Optivor Technologies, LLC

The new term begins July 1, 2005.  Also serving on the board for the 2005-2006 year is Stephen Wolf, Steven Breeden, Kate Hetherington, Rosa M. Scharf, Anthony Tangires, Charles Breitenother, Eileen Levitt, George King, Richard Sinclair, and Jeannette Mills.  
Headquartered in the Center for Business & Technology Development in Columbia, Maryland, JREF (The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund) is a private, not-for-profit funding source for Howard County start-up companies. Support for the JREF program ( is available through partnerships with Howard County government, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, local financial institutions, and the local business community.  JREF is the administrator of the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for economic development in Howard County.  In addition to offering business loans ranging between $5,000 and $100,000, JREF works through its strategic partners to offer assistance to small and emerging companies in the areas of business advising, planning, and education.

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