Benincasa, Shoge launch Rivers & Roads Consulting

EASTON, Md. – Ross Benincasa and Sam Shoge, business and civic leaders on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, have joined forces to launch the Mid-Shore’s newest consultancy—Rivers & Roads Consulting.

Based in Easton, Maryland, Rivers & Roads is a regional economic and community development consulting firm focused on projects that help strengthen and revitalize communities. With a combined 22-years in small business development, marketing, public administration, and non-profit management, Benincasa and Shoge are combining their talents to advance the Delmarva peninsula’s largest opportunities.

“Consulting on projects for the public good has been what Sam and I have been fortunate enough to do for many years now through our government and non-profit roles,” co-founder Ross Benincasa said. “It made sense for us to partner and continue that work in the private sector, focusing on bringing more opportunity to Delmarva’s residents and businesses.

Rivers & Roads is built to help strong, well-meaning organizations execute projects that benefit the greater community. From new housing and retail projects in the area’s Main Street neighborhoods to community-oriented economic development plans for local government, Rivers & Roads’ projects remain focused on enhancing communities up and down the peninsula.

“I’ve never been more prepared to serve the businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments of Delmarva than in this moment,” co-founder Sam Shoge said. “Serving as an elected official, solving problems for major employers, mentoring dozens of small businesses, and serving as an engaged board member with some of the Mid-Shore’s largest institutions, have all led to this moment. Rivers & Roads stands ready to partner with business and nonprofit leaders to create impactful programs, launch new strategic initiatives, and leverage unique assets to revitalize our communities and economy.”

In addition to general consulting services for businesses and non-profit organizations, Rivers & Roads specializes in acquisition services, placemaking strategies, strategic planning, and public relations concerns, working directly with an organization’s board and executive team to help accomplish projects and assist with overall growth.

Rivers and Roads’ service offerings align with its founders’ professional and community service backgrounds. Benincasa is a licensed commercial real estate advisor with SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, and previously served as the Executive Director of Discover Easton, the marketing and community development organization for the Town of Easton. Shoge most recently served as the executive director of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce, and previously was the economic development coordinator for Talbot County. Benincasa and Shoge have also served multiple terms as elected officials in their communities, in Hillsboro and Chestertown, respectively.

To learn more about Rivers and Roads, visit www.riversandroads.com. Benincasa and Shoge can be reached at [email protected] or 443-720-0080.