Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, former Baltimore Sun editor David Nitkin and writer Karen Nitkin have bought a stake in Baltimore Fishbowl, according to the online news and entertainment outlet. “Through a new partnership, Bowled Over Investments, LLC, Ulman and the Nitkins are hoping to use their expertise to grow the digital news site,” according to a post by Managing Editor Brandon Weigel. Fishbowl was founded in 2011 by Susan Gerardo Dunn as an alternative online-only source of daily journalism, essays and features.

Allison S. Mayer has been appointed deputy chief of staff for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Mayer joined the Hogan administration in July 2015 as managing director of marketing and communications at the Maryland Department of Commerce. Prior to locating in Maryland, she held senior positions at South Carolina’s lead economic development agency and at the Port of Charleston. “It’s an absolute honor to be joining the governor’s core team in this new role, and to have the opportunity to support Governor Hogan’s vision of prosperity for the state,” said Mayer. “I look forward to continue working with such dedicated and talented colleagues in changing Maryland for the better.”

Also making the move to the State House is Stephen Schatz, who has served the Hogan administration for the past three years at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in both communications and policy capacities. Before joining the administration, he served at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and worked at several national trade associations.

The Daily Record has announced its 2019 “Influential Marylanders” honorees. In the communications category, winners are Ray Crosby of Crosby Marketing Communications, a Capitol Communicator sponsor, Rick Hutzell, editor of The Capital Gazette; Mary McLaughlin, Comcast; April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks, and Stan Stovall, WBAL-TV. Awards will be presented on March 28.

Visit Baltimore, the official destination sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, has named Trish McClean as its new director of brand marketing responsible for the development, implementation and execution of consumer-facing campaigns to position Baltimore as a world-class meetings and leisure destination. McClean most recently served as group strategy director at Baltimore-based creative agency Planit, where she was responsible for setting strategic foundations for clients’ campaigns, crafting marketing plans and conducting research for a variety of consumer and B2B brands. She also served on the firm’s senior leadership team.

SHIFT, a Baltimore headquartered consulting, executive membership and venture capital company, announced that its marketing team has added Sarah Hall as digital marketing manager and Maggie Brundige as sales and marketing coordinator.

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