Maryland Capital Enterprises Announces Winner of the 2020 MCE Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Maryland Capital Enterprises is pleased to announce that Anthony Darby, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Wellness/Peninsula Alternative Health in Salisbury, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2020 MCE Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Runners up include Galen Gardner, Owner of Trident Furnishings, Inc. in Ocean City, Maryland, and Dr. Amy Heger, Chief Executive Officer of The Night Watch Childcare Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Peninsula Wellness/Peninsula Alternative Health, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Darby:

Doing business for four years, Peninsula Wellness/Peninsula Alternative Health moved into their beautiful new campus located at 1003 Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, MD, in September 2020. With their tagline, “Your Home for Holistic Empowerment” their goals are to create a holistic patient model in which they lead their industry in patient-focused research and development projects, bring innovative products to market, and broaden their scope of services to continually improve the quality of service they offer to their patients. According to their website,, their Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Darby states, that “Wellness to (me) is a philosophy and a way of living where you’re constantly bettering your mind, body and spirit”. Mr. Darby also believes that the “best leaders and businesses set out to serve”. He currently participates in the Greater Salisbury Committee, the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, and supports many local nonprofits and City of Salisbury initiatives. Congratulations Anthony Darby and the entire Peninsula Wellness/Peninsula Alternative Health Team!

Trident Furnishings, Owner Galen Gardner:

With several locations throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware, Trident Furnishing’s Owner, Galen Gardner, states that his employees are what differentiates his company from his competitors. Referring to his team as family, he says he wants the same people working for his 10 years from now so customers can come back and work with the same person year after year. Their website is Congratulations to Galen Gardner and his entire crew!

The Night Watch Childcare Center, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Amy Heger:

Located at 547 Riverside Drive in Salisbury, Maryland, The Night Watch Childcare Center is Maryland’s only childcare center to exclusively offer overnight childcare. Dr. Heger states that her “business is about creating a resource for families who work nontraditional hours”. She also states that the “success of her business is measured by the quality of life of her staff”. Dr. Heger is involved in the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the City of Salisbury educating the community and other local businesses about green practices and the environment. Their website is Congratulations to Dr. Heger and her staff!

Maryland Capital Enterprises would also like to thank our generous sponsors, which include The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World of Dorchester County, Gillis Gilkerson, PNC Bank, Baltimore Community Lending, The Bank of Delmarva, The City of Salisbury, Delmarva Power, NAI Coastal, The First Shore Federal, Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Hebron Savings Bank, iHeart Media, M&T Bank, Elks of Salisbury, Capital One, Business Finance Group, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, and Farmers Bank of Willards.

Maryland Capital Enterprises is a nonprofit that empowers businesses to grow, create jobs, and generate wealth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the state.

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