|Robert J. Romadka
Business Excellence & Achievement
When he started his law practice in 1953, Bob Romadka believed it was good business to live in the community where he worked and to work to improve the quality of life there. His career is evidence that he was right.
While building a successful practice, Bob served as the Executive Secretary of the fledgling Essex Chamber of Commerce, taking on the role in 1956 and housing the Chamber’s administrative functions within his office on Eastern Blvd. for over 20 years. No salary! No rent! The Chamber’s only expense was for a phone. He brought business people together and helped to address some of the major issues facing the Essex and Middle River areas over the years: opposing routing of the Beltway onto Route 40, opposing rezoning of property along Back River for heavy manufacturing, and dealing with crime in Mars Estates, advocating for the County’s purchase of that property.
Bob was involved when CCBC Essex was started, and is still an active member of the CCBC Essex Foundation Board. He was approached by Franklin Square Hospital when they wanted to move to Baltimore County, and has been an active supporter and leader in the hospital ever since. He was a key player in bringing cable TV to Baltimore County. Bob and his wife Ellie raised 4 children in our community, who are now part of our business and community network. He is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and on the Board of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School.
Bob hasn’t stopped looking out for business interests or pursuing community improvements. He is pleased to see the fruits of his labors, and we are truly honored to highlight them for him as our first inductee into the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber Hall of Fame.
Leadership & Contribution to the Community
Norman Sines first came to the Middle River community at the age of 3. He attended Victory Villa Elementary, Middle River Middle, Kenwood High and Essex Community College. Norman served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1973. He Propsoed to Vicki Sines in Germany, and they were married in March of 1974. After returning from teh military, Norman worked at Bethlehem Steel, until leaving to open his own business in 1984. He owned and operated Sines Excavating, Inc. until, in 1999, he turned the family business over to his sons. Norman then applied his knowledge in the business community to real estate ventures as the owner and operator of mulitple investment companies.
Norman served as a board member and became president of the Essex Middle River White Marsh Chamber of Commerce in 1998. During his tenure in those roles, he pplayed a key role in computerizing our offices. With help from Vicki and others, it was under his leadership that the Chamber developed a relationship with the Carson Scholars, raising funds through a very successful Harvest Ball event.
Norman has played an integral part in the community, as well as in the Chamber. He served as a board member and president of the Oliver Beach Improvement Association, trustee at Ebenezer Methodist Church and now serves on the board of Woofound Inc., a start-up business located in Middle River with the mission of connecting people to the places they’ll love.
He received the Alberto Pugh Memorial Community Service Award from the Essex Middle River Civic Council, the 1998 Presidents Award from the Essex Middle River Chamber of Commerce, and was honored with teh Sam Walton Business Leader Award in 1999.
Norman has been blessed with a large and tight-knit family: three sons, 3 grandsons and one granddaughter. The entire Sines family resides in the Essex- Middle River community adn contiues to support community and business endeavors.