The TownePlace Suites at Joint Base Andrews, 7800 Ferry Avenue, Clinton, Maryland – Press Release – Announcing the commissioning of a 706kW solar energy project to power the hotel

December 17, 2014

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott at Joint Base Andrews adds Maryland’s largest solar array serving a hotel.  The TownePlace Suites will be the only Maryland hotel to be nearly 100% solar-powered, as part of the hotel’s efforts to “go green.”

The TownePlace Suites is located across Old Alexander Ferry Road from Joint Base Andrews.  A large segment of the hotel’s guest base is military personnel on temporary duty at Joint Base Andrews. The hotel prides itself on providing a “home away from home” and an inviting atmosphere to support our troops.  Both as part of participating in the military’s mission expanding the use of renewable energy, and as a way to cut costs and maintain affordable rates, the hotel started looking into a solar photovoltaic energy system last year.

“We thought that solar would enhance our ability to offer a great hotel value to all our guests especially our military guests and their families.  Energy security is a big part of the military mission.  We felt this was something  we could do to enhance energy security and help the environment, while also giving us the ability to hold costs down,” said Dr. John Miller, one of the hotel’s Managing Partners (along with Mark Rothman, Esq.)

“Mark and I discussed the potential of a solar photovoltaic electricity generation project and after analyzing the numbers we decided to go ahead with the project.  We then contracted with Centurion Development Group, LLC to provide overall coordination of the project, along with Jeff Wolfe Consulting to coordinate the design, procurement of the system components and commissioning of the system.

When asked about the Project Rothman said, “Our TownePlace Suites by Marriott, a winner of numerous awards from Marriott including TownePlace Suites ‘Hotel of the Year’ in 2012, is pleased to take a leadership role in using renewable energy in the hotel industry.”

Jeff Wolfe, an international leader in solar energy stated, “We wanted high quality equipment, knowing that this system would serve as an exemplar project for many more systems throughout the country.  We selected Trina Solar PV modules, Schletter racking, and Solectria inverters due to their long history of quality products and great service.”

The solar array, located on four acres adjacent to the hotel, will generate enough electricity to offset almost all of the electricity needed by the hotel.  With additional conservation measures in place soon, the hotel will likely be 100% solar powered in the near future.

“The support from Joint Base Andrews in this process has been great. We always appreciate working with them, and see this as just one more way we are aligned with the Base’s mission,” said Emily Wolf, project coordinator.  “We have had a great team on the project, including all the suppliers and consultants, and Evergreen Solar Services, our contractor.

Speaking for EagleBank, which provided the financing for the project, Chairman and CEO Ron Paul commented, “This is a great project to show our support for a greener environment, while at the same time benefiting military personnel with lower hotel costs.  We are proud to be involved.”

Trina Solar provided their new Duo-Max modules for the project.  These modules have a longer warranty than traditional solar modules, and they provide enhanced fire safety, longer strings and withstand harsher climates.  “This project offered an opportunity to showcase our best new product,” said Trina Solar US President Jeff Dorety.  “Trina is proud to be a key partner in a project indirectly supporting our military.”

or more information about the project, please contact Emily Wolf at


Clarksburg, WV April 18, 2014


Dickey’s Barbecue Now Smoking Low and Slow in Clarksburg

Newest West Virginia Location Gives Away a $500 Gift Card at Opening Party

(Clarksburg, WV) Once Randy Miller tasted Dickey’s Barbecue and toured a few stores, he was hooked on the concept. On Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m., Miller will open the newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in West Virginia in the Clarksburg community. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50.

Friday, radio station 97.9 WKKW will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. One lucky winner will win a $500 gift card. Saturday, the party continues with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit merchandise giveaways.

“We felt the area was in need of a good BBQ restaurant,” said Miller.  “We really feel that the folks in this area are going to love Dickey’s Barbecue and we’ll do our best to take care of them, providing great BBQ and great service!”

The new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Clarksburg is located at 538 Emily Drive and the phone number is 304-841-0247. This location is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dickey’s Barbecue serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecue honey ham, polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, turkey and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget kids eat free on Sunday and free ice cream is offered every day.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Dickey’s Barbecue was founded by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. More than 72 years later, the Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise still offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids meals every Sunday. All meats are slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The fast casual family-friendly concept has expanded to almost 400 locations in 42 states and holds the title of the world’s largest barbecue franchise. This year Technomic named Dickey’s “Fastest-growing restaurant in the country” and they were also named “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine. For more information, visit Dickey’s or for barbecue franchise opportunities call (866) 340-6188.



Morgantown, WV March 11, 2014

Towne Place Suites Wins Platinum Award Again!

John J. Miller CEO of the Centurion Companies announced today that the Towne Place Suites at Joint Base Andrews, Clinton, MD won its 3rd consecutive Marriott Platinum Award.  Miller expects additional awards to be announced in a few days.

The Towne Place Suites by Marriott was developed by Centurion.  Centurion Hospitality Services is the co-manager of the hotel and Miller and Mark S. Rothman, Esq., are the co-managing Members of the company that owns the Towne Place Suites.

Rothman said, “We are delighted to again be recognized by Marriott as one of its premier hotels. The outstanding service provided by our staff, several of whom have been with me for 25 years make the difference between being excellent and outstanding.”

The hotel is managed by Gayle Wells who received the award on behalf of the hotel.



The Centurion Companies

Hospitality Development & Management

Morgantown, WV, February 20, 2014:

Centurion Goes Green with Solar!

Emily M. Wolf, Project Coordinator for Centurion Development Group, LLC announced today the launch of the development of a 700 kW ground mounted solar photovoltaic (“PV”) electricity generating system being built by Clinton Suites Hotel, LLC to power its 115 key award-winning Towne Place Suites hotel by Marriott at Joint Base Andrews, Clinton, MD.

Centurion Development is coordinating the Project for Clinton Suites which is a Joint Venture between a Centurion affiliate and Clinton Hotel, LP.  The Towne Place Suite is co-managed by sister company Centurion Hospitality Services and Evergreen Management.

The 700 kW solar electric system will be one of the largest solar projects in MD.  The system is being designed by Urban Engineers, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA.  Jeff Wolfe Consulting, White River VT is technical advisor for the Project.

Regarding her collaboration with Jeff Wolfe on this Project, Emily Wolf (no relation) said, “I am excited to be collaborating with Jeff in this important Project.  Jeff is one of the pioneers and top experts in the solar energy industry and a leading voice on solar energy policy throughout the U.S.

Jeff is the elected chair of the PV Division of the Solar Electric Industry Association (SEIA), the country’s leading PV trade organization.  He also serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board and is one of a select group of experts qualified to present Al Gore’s climate change presentation.  Jeff is a founder, former board member and Chair of Renewable Energy Vermont, and founder, former board member and Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association. Jeff also frequently speaks on workforce development issues in solar energy.”

Dr. John J. Miller, CEO of the Centurion Companies and Mark S. Rothman, Esq. of Bethesda, MD and Aspen, CO are co-managing members of Clinton Suites.  Construction of the solar energy project will be financed by Eagle Bank, Bethesda, MD.  Miller said, “Mark and I are looking forward to the cost savings and added value this solar generating system will bring to the Towne Place Suites hotel, as well, we are committed to making a very important contribution toward maintaining a cleaner environment.”

For additional information please contact;


The Centurion Companies

Hospitality Development & Management

Morgantown, WV, February 19, 2014:

Randy Miller, Chief Operating Officer of The Centurion Companies is pleased to announce the appointment of Vishal (Vic) Malhotra as Operating Partner of Centurion Restaurant Associates.  In his capacity of Operating Partner Vic will be in charge of Centurion’s Dickey’s BBQ Pit franchised operations.

Centurion is a multi-unit Dickey’s developer.  Vic will open Centurion’s first Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Clarksburg, WV at 538   Emily Drive in the Newpointe Plaza.  The store is currently being constructed and equipped and is scheduled to open late April of this year.

Vic brings extensive food and beverage management experience in both front of the house and back of the house operations, as well as food and beverage marketing at full service restaurants, hotels and resorts in positions ranging from bartender to general manager.

Vic has an Associate Degree from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Robert Morris College with a specialization in Hospitality and Tourism.

Joining the dynamic Centurion Companies as Operating Partner marks a milestone for Vic who is excited both to join Centurion and to bring the mouth-watering flavor of Texas-style barbecue to Clarksburg.   Vic said, “We smoke all of our meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in at the original Dickey’s back in 1941. With over 70 years in business Dickey’s serves up the best barbequed beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken you will find anywhere in West Virginia. In addition to its Texas-style barbequed meats, Dickey’s serves an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And kids always eat free on Sunday.”

“We will also provide a wide range of catering options with some real special Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings,” Vic noted.

In welcoming Vic and his family to the Centurion family, Randy said that Vic will bring a new dimension to our company given his broad range of expertise and enthusiasm for providing our customers with great food and service at a remarkably fair price.

For additional information please contact Randy Miller



1241 Pineview Drive

Morgantown, WV 26505


The Towne Place Suites by Marriott hotel at Joint Base Andrews (JBA) in suburban DC won multiple awards on May 30, 2013 at the Marriott International General Managers conference in Orlando.  The hotel won:  Inn of the Year; the Marriott Diamond Award; and awards for: Best Staff Service; Best Breakfast; and Most Likely to Be Recommended by its Guests. 

The Towne Place Suites at JBA, which opened January 2009 is owned by a joint venture between Hospitality Development Corporation of Morgantown, WV and Clinton Hotel, LP of Bethesda, MD, and operated by Centurion Hospitality Services of Morgantown, WV and Evergreen Management of Aspen, CO.

Towne Places Suites are a Marriott International extended stay hotel featuring studio, one and two bedroom suites. All suites feature full kitchens, connected work areas, entertainment centers, and many other amenities valued by long-term guests.