Barb Clapp, president and CEO of Clapp Communications, has been selected as a winner of CEO Report’s Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Awards. The Women’s Leadership Awards program honors CEOs and executives who have moved their companies and communities forward. They are recognized not only for their accomplishments in business, but also for their contributions within their community. The women selected are trailblazers in business and truly stand out for being passionate about philanthropy and inspiring up and coming leaders.

“I am deeply honored to win this award and to stand by my fellow nominees,” said Clapp. “I have been incredibly blessed in life and have made it my mission to give as much as I can give to return that blessing, both personally and professionally. I am committed to the welfare of my community and will always fight for those without a voice.”

Clapp Communications also announced Melbourne Athletic Club (MAC) as its newest client for marketing and advertising services for the premier fitness club headquartered in Melbourne, Fla.

Tony Brandon, president and general manager of WYPR, announced that he will retire, effective June 30, 2019. Brandon, who has led WYPR for the past 16 years and was instrumental in the acquisition of the station from Johns Hopkins University in 2002, is credited with growing the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate to where there are now more than 250,000 weekly listeners.

“When we acquired WJHU, there were 14 employees and $1.7 million in total revenue, and a $250,000 annual deficit. Today, WYPR has over 42 employees and operates with a $6.4 million budget, and acquisition debt originally at $7 million has been paid down to under $1.9 million. I knew that there was potential for the station to thrive and become the preeminent resource for the community,” said Brandon. “Fast forward to today, that potential is realized as WYPR is a powerful voice, offering unique and informative programs, both on-air and in podcast, that connects and challenges our audiences each and every day.”

WYPR’s Board of Directors engaged Stanton Chase Baltimore to lead a national search for Brandon’s replacement.

Dry Run Honey Company, a boutique apiary hired Frederick-based Octavo Designs to develop the packaging design for a new line of premium honeys set to hit the shelves in late 2018.  According to a press release, “they wanted something truly unique—a design that would not only showcase the nature of their exceptional product and the passion that goes into it, but one that will stand out in a growing market.” Founded in 2000, Octavo has grown into a locally and nationally recognized graphic design studio. In 2003, founder and creative director Sue Hough acquired Gecko Media Group, a regional web development and marketing firm.

Warschawski announced the addition of Ben LoBue as senior associate. In his role, LoBue create and execute integrated communications campaigns, including Google search and display, shopping, digital and email marketing initiatives for clients. Most recently, he served as the Director of E-commerce at Sportique.

MGH has been selected by Brandt Information Services as a strategic partner for its outdoor recreational marketing efforts. Based in Tallahassee, Fla., Brandt offers state natural resources agencies technology solutions and services to increase responsible outdoors participation. MGH will offer strategic planning, digital/social media content and advertising, creative, public relations, and email marketing for the company. Brandt’s Go Outdoors hunting and fishing licensing system is live in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The company also offers parks reservations solutions, boat/watercraft registration, lottery and quota hunt management, event and volunteer management and customer support.

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