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Anita Kramer, Gloria Larkin, Mary Ann Scully, Roger Staiger, Michele Cohen, and Nancy Ferrell at Oriole Park on Jan. 12, 2012
Snapped at the latest CREW event at Oriole Park (and hoping new Oriole GM and former off-Broadway actor Dan Duquette will right the ship): ULI's Anita Kramer, TargetGov prez Gloria Larkin, Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully, Stage Capital's Roger Staiger, Miles & Stockbridge's Michele Cohen, and NorthMarq's Nancy Ferrell(also CREW Baltimore prez). Anita says she's busy expanding ULI's China Cities Survey to 18 cities. Gloria tells us this event was bookended, as usual, by travel: Just back from Charlotte and Charleston, she's now off to Kansas City, Tampa, Boston, and Orlando (if you're looking to donate frequent flyer miles...). Mary Ann says Howard is working on its SEC registration. And Nancy tells us Fannie, Freddie, HUD, and the life insurance companies NorthMarq works with have strong appetites and liquidity to invest in CRE mortgages; the attractive long-term fixed rates mean refinances are the main food group right now.
Rene Carter, Ginny Cradford, Kim Hogan, Jennifer Taylor, and Allison Dameron at Oriole Park on Jan. 12, 2012
USSI's Ginny Bradford (right, with Unlimited Restoration's Rene Carter, Manekin's Kim Hogan, M&T Bank's Jennifer Taylor, and Gebhardt & Smith's Allison Dameron) tells us USSI (janitorial services) added 10 clients in Q4. Rene says her firm provided emergency services for M&T when its basement flooded last year and also cleaned up water at PNC and 1st Mariner. (What Bisnowlearned today: Flood water has it in for the banks.) And in June, after the rainy season, she's taking her children, who will be 15 and 17, to Paris and Rome. (100 points if you can name the artist for whom Rene and the following lyrics just inspired us to start a Jango station:"Another summer day / Has come and gone away / In Paris and Rome / But I wanna go home.")