Bernstein Award Winners
Barberry Wins 2006 Bernstein Award For Excellence
Date: May 8, 2006
SALISBURY, MD---With an increasingly global workforce, native languages among
co-workers often vary. However, the language of safety should be universal,
according to 2006 Bernstein Achievement Awards for Excellence winner Patrick
The Darlington, MD, resident and SU senior business management major has won
$5,000 in the annual business plan competition for his proposal, Translations
Consulting Group. The business, which Barberry hopes to implement next year by
using the prize as startup money, would provide translation services and
bilingual safety training to companies with Spanish-speaking employees.
The idea&'s roots stem from Barberry's father's business, Aldino Sod Farms,
which employs immigrant workers. Without proper translation, this sometimes led
to confusion in communication and safety issues. With that in mind, Translations
would target small to mid-sized businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
Barberry's interest in entrepreneurship also stemmed from his experiences on
the farm, where he plans to work for a year following graduation this May. His
father designed a machine to use in sod work to help minimize frustrations on
the job. Apparently other sod farmers had similar problems. Today, Barberry's
father has sold the machines to 220 of the 300 working sod farms worldwide. His
entrepreneurship was "really an inspiration" Barberry said.
Many helped Barberry shape his idea and supported his plans, including his
parents, Mike and Charlene Barberry; roommate, Alex Buhlman; girlfriend, Robyn
Chrest; supporter Robert Chrest; John Hickman, director of the Small Business
Development Center at SU; and Dr. Stephen Adams, Bernstein Award coordinator and
management faculty at SU. The plan, Barberry's second entry in the Bernstein
competition, began as a project for Adams's entrepreneurship class. Now,
Barberry plans to work on the project for submission to the national Fortune
Small Business Student Business Plan Competition, the winner of which receives
Other SU students also were honored for their plans. Lisa Patrick of
Greensboro, MD, along with Bill Myszka won the $1,000 second-place award with
her submission, "File Cabinet Bookkeeping Services: The Key to Your Business'
Success." Amy Gebhart and Amber Moore of Salisbury, with Sean Crosariol and Kate
Scott, presented "Fix it for Her Automotive Repair"; to take a $250 honorable
mention award. Brian Warren and Tyler Rowe of Berlin, MD, and Matthew Lacher of
Severna Park, MD, also received a $250 honorable mention award for their plan,
The competition was established by businessman Richard Bernstein to recognize
SU students who create an outstanding original proposal for a business startup
or for the transformation of an existing business. The Franklin P. Perdue School
of Business hosts the annual contest.
This year's judges included Warren Citrin, co-founder of Solipsys Corp. and
his latest company, Gloto Corp.; Lauren Kimlel, vice president and business
development officer for Mercantile Peninsula Bank; James A. Poulos II,
registered patent attorney and executive director of the University of Maryland
Office of Technology Commercialization; and Edwin A. Rommel III, co-founder and
managing partner of Twilley, Rommel & Stephens, P.A.