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Inside Office Space: Media Works



Citybizlist continues its Pictorial Tour feature, in which we spotlight a local company’s office in pictures, with Media Works.

Media Works is a full-service, social media, strategic media planning, buying and research agency headquartered in Baltimore. Founded in 1989, the firm has grown to include more than 20 full-time professionals and support staff. Last year, Media Works doubled in size as the result of earning the $30 million Van Tuyl Automotive Group account, bringing the agency’s billings to more than $60 million. Other clients include Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, LifeBridge Health, and Kiddie Academy. (See more clients here.)

Media Works is led by CEO Jody Berg.

Enjoy the digital tour of Media Works’ office.

Welcome to Media Works! The front desk staff welcomes a visitor from WBAL

Our Social Media Manager catches up on what’s happening in the industry while relaxing in the front lobby

Office Space: A Pictorial Tour of Hord Coplan Macht


Courtesy of Citybizlist – Citybizlist is excited to continue its Pictorial Tour feature, in which we spotlight a local company’s office in pictures, with Baltimore design firm Hord Coplan Macht.

Hord Coplan Macht’s office was designed to foster creativity and collaboration. They were the first tenant in the 18-story office tower located at 750 East Pratt Street when the building opened in 2005. Prior to that, the firm was located next door in the Candler Building. Hord Coplan Macht has been based in Baltimore City since it was founded in 1977, and has recently added an office in Alexandria, VA.

Architects Ed Hord and Lee Coplan along with landscape architect Carol Macht formed Hord Coplan Macht to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to design.

Some of the firm’s projects include Dorchester Career and Technology and Coppin State University Physical (click here); the Children’s Hospital at Sinai and the Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge (here); and Hopkins Plaza and Loyola University of Maryland (here).

Without further ado, enjoy the digital tour through Hord Coplan Macht’s office.

Visitors are greeted by a gallery of HCM’s portfolio

Reception desk at Hord Coplan Macht
Casual seating in the elevator lobby
CEO Lee Coplan’s office, with views of Federal Hill and beyond
The main conference room overlooks the Inner Harbor


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Businessweek Names Loyola, U of Md. Among Top Undergrad Business Schools


Courtesy of Citybizlist — The University of Maryland and Loyolawere named among the top undergraduate B-schools in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek. They were the lone schools from the state represented on the list.
Maryland ranked 38 and Loyola 62 overall, respectively, out of 124 colleges.

Maryland moved up a spot from its 2011 rank of 39, while Loyola fell from 45.

Bloomberg Businessweek said that it based its rankings on the responses of more than 28,000 students at the schools.

The publication assigned rankings in 14 academic disciplines for each school, ranging from entrepreneurship and ethics to marketing and sustainability.

For example, Notre Dame (Mendoza) was the top ranked school overall, coming in first in Ethics and in the top 5 in Accounting, Finance, Sustainability, and other disciplines, but it ranked in the middle of the pack in International Business.

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Inside Office Space: Baltimore Harbor East Views


Our friends at Citybizlist are offering “The Insider” for those at work.  Cbl’s new feature, “The Pictorial Tour” lets you peek inside Baltimore office space, but we just want to know, who gets the corner office? – The Eds

Citybizlist is excited to introduce a new feature, the pictorial tour, in which we spotlight a local company’s office in pictures.

If you’re anything like us, you’re more than a little curious about where your friends or colleagues work, how their offices are designed, what their views look like …

We’re extremely pleased to present McGladrey as our inaugural host on this digital tour.

An assurance, tax, and consulting firm, McGladrey relocated from Timonium to its new headquarters in Baltimore Harbor East – 100 International Dr., Ste. 1400 – last July. The firm inked a 10-year lease for 38,500 square feet of Class-A office space in the new Legg Mason Tower.

As Marty Brunk noted to citybizlist recently, McGladrey’s move to the city has proven to be “an incredible recruitment tool.”

Special thanks to Tracie DeVane for coordinating the pictures and headlines you’re about to enjoy.

1. Welcome to McGladrey.

2. Tracie DeVane enjoys that first cup of Joe and the view before starting her day.

How to Achieve Baltimore’s Next Economy


Courtesy of Citybizlist – A prescription has been written to move Baltimore into its next economic phase.

But first, consider these facts: the highest paying jobs in the greater Baltimore region grew less than 10 percent for almost a 30-year span up to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The figure was nearly triple that nationally. By contrast, the lowest paying jobs grew more than 62 percent, both regionally and nationally during that time.

These figures appear in a recent study by Brookings Institution Fellow Jennifer VeyBuilding from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy.

In it, Vey espouses three main points: 1) not enough quality jobs are being created, and low income jobs are on the rise in the region; 2) greater Baltimore is not sufficiently taking advantage of the assets at its disposal; and 3) the region needs to invest in the “next economy” while ensuring that low income people are able to tap into it.

“Betamore”: Baltimore’s New Urban Tech and Entrepreneur Campus


Courtesy Citybizlist – Betamore, the co-creation of Greg CangialosiMike Brenner, and Sean Lane, will combine elements of an incubator, accelerator, and co-working space all in one urban campus for technology and entrepreneurship.

The 8,000 sqft campus, announced late last year, will be located in Federal Hill and feature two large classrooms, dedicated office space and conference rooms for tech startups, and a membership-based community co-working area for events and happy hours.

The details, shrouded and coy, emerged in a post from Brenner recently in which he described it this way:

“We’re positioning Betamore as an urban campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, it aims to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration, incubation, and mentorship. Second, and arguably most important, we’ll be offering an education to the public community led by current industry experts. Betamore’s educational curriculum aims to fill the gap between the offerings of a traditional liberal arts education and the skills required for 21st century jobs.”

More specific information, including participants, launch date, exact location, was unavailable.

Betamore’s website is here.

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Baltimore Tech Conference Celebrates Failure?


Courtesy of Citybizlist – The tarpaulin was on the field at Clarence “Du” Burns Arena. The MC wore a Meh t-shirt. The enforcer brandished an accordion. A Fail-Off competition ensued. And the audience was on the field, not in the stands.

We are talking about the Bmore Fail conference, organized by the to demystify the idea that failing in entrepreneurial endeavors is a natural evolution of the process … and not something to be feared.

The Friday event drew approximately 300 participants from around Baltimore and featured a diverse panel of presenters: Dr. Paul Foster, Internal Medicine Program director at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Tracy Gosson, president of Sagesse; Rodney Foxworth, board member of Social Enterprise Alliance, Maryland chapter and advisory board member of Digital Harbor Foundation; and others.

The brainchild of Chief Instigator Jason Hardebeck, Bmore Fail focused on outing failures in a public way.

Hardebeck’s idea – leveraged from an Ignites presentation by Bizelo founder Ron Schmelzer (who plays a mean accordion, incidentally) – is about cultivating a more liberated mentality when it comes to entrepreneurship in Baltimore.

– Fail, learn, and move on

– Success is not a series of consecutive victories … it includes failure

– Fail, learn, pivot, and go forward …

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The $100k Actuary or What People Earn in Maryland


Courtesy of Citybizlist – If you have salary envy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a tool for you.

The agency provides an online query of the annual and hourly wages of a slew of occupations in Maryland based on May 2011 data.

The curious-minded can also spy on what your peers in other states earn while taking a gander at national numbers.

Take the occupation of a Lawyer for example. Did you know that …

Orioles Value Increases 12 Percent


Courtesy of Citybislist – The Baltimore Orioles are valued at $460 million, ranked 19 among 30 Major League Baseball teams, according to Forbes. That is a 12 percent increase from last year when the O’s were valued at $411 million.

Said Forbes: “The Orioles finished the 2011 season with a 69-93 mark, their 14th consecutive losing season. The team’s shoddy play on the diamond goes a long way in explaining their horrible local television ratings. Last season, the Orioles averaged 31,000 households per game on MASN/MASN2, which tied them with the Oakland Athletics for 28th out of baseball’s 30 teams in average audience size. The Orioles drew 1.76 million fans to Camden Yards last year, the fifth-lowest attendance in the major leagues.”

Peter Angelos bought the team in 1993 for $173 million. When MLB moved the Nationals to Washington D.C., Angelos secured a deal assuring him a price of at least $360 million should the franchise be sold.

Read more stats about the finances of the team at Citybizlist


Under Armour Exec Walks Away from $12 Million


Courtesy of Citybizlist – Former Under Armour (NYSE:UA) executive vice president of Global Brand and president of International Mark Dowley forfeited $12.04 million in restricted stock when he abruptly resigned last year.

Had he stayed on, Dowley would have hauled in $13.06 million in total 2011 compensation, according to the company’s recent proxy statement.

Dowley, who left his position as CEO of William Morris Endeavor Marketing to join Under Armour last February, resigned three months later, agreeing to take on an advisory role reporting to president and CEO Kevin Plank.

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