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Ocean Pines Association announces two employee promotions

Ocean Pines Public Works Director Eddie Wells and Accounting Manager Mark Swift have both been promoted to new positions.

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By Tara Fischer, Staff Writer 

The Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Viola announced on April 18 that Public Works Director Eddie Wells and Accounting Manager Mark Swift had been promoted to new positions. 

Wells, the current public works director, has been upgraded to the senior director of public works. 

“Eddie will take on enhanced responsibility for strategic planning, DMA Reserve Study, and pivotal initiatives in addition to his existing Public Works duties,” Viola said in a press release issued by Public Relations and Marketing Director Josh Davis. “With a proven track record of driving operational excellence and implementing innovative solutions, Wells is well-positioned to lead the Public Works department to new heights.”

Additionally, Swift, the accounting manager of the finance department, has been promoted to assistant controller. 

“Mark brings a vast range of knowledge to OPA, and he continues to develop his skills,” Director of Finance, Controller Steve Phillips, said in the release. “He has taken on increased responsibility over the past two years and continues to be a key employee of OPA.” 

Swift worked in public accounting in Salisbury for ten years. During his tenure there, the OPA employee said he was an auditor for homeowner and condo associations before transitioning to the deputy treasurer with Fruitland for seven years. He came to Ocean Pines in April 2022. 

As the accounting manager, Swift was responsible for financial reporting and assisting with the annual budget and audit processes. As the assistant controller, he will now also evaluate and develop operating procedures and maintain internal controls for the association’s accounting function. 

Swift was officially appointed to his new position on April 8. “My experience has been valuable,” he said. “I was able to hit the ground running and start contributing sooner because of my familiarity with HOAs and some of the departments we have here.” 

Swift noted that he hopes to achieve efficiency in his new role and is grateful to Ocean Pines leadership for the opportunity. 

“I am very pleased to make this announcement,” Viola said. “Recognizing our staff continues to be one of my favorite parts of the job. Eddie and Mark both earned this and as I structure the organization to meet the needs of the coming years, I hope to be able to make a few more announcements like this down the road.” 

This story appears in the April 25, 2024, print edition of the Bayside Gazette.