The Lesson I Learned from "The Associate" Week 2

by Robert Kunisch 26. February 2015
Do you want to win in business? Then listen to what the client wants and deliver a clear and concise proposal to meet their needs. It’s a simple concept, but it’s often forgotten. Too frequently we want to tell the client what their needs are and how we are going to resolve them our way. This week, the Towson University Associate program reminded me to look at how 1st Mariner is responding to our customer and prospect needs. In week two of the competition, team Synergy and team Emine... [More]

I Fired a Woman Yesterday

by Robert Kunisch 18. February 2015
I fired a woman yesterday. The decision to do so was one of the hardest of my career. She was smart, highly motivated and worked more hours than most of her peers. Why did I do it, you ask? I had to. Someone had to go - it is part of the rules. A few months ago I was approached by Towson University to serve as the “Donald” for an annual competition called "The Associate" that simulates the hit TV show The Apprentice. In the Towson version, the presenting company offers the winning st... [More]

'Twas the Night before Christmas: Baltimore Remix

by Stacy Tharp 19. December 2014
1st Mariner is getting into the holiday spirit. With the help of our employees, we give you our rendition of "The Night before Christmas." Bet you've never heard this version before!   Having trouble viewing this video on your mobile device? Click here to watch it on YouTube.   Want more holiday fun? Check out our holiday eCard

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