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Influential Marylanders: 2010 Honorees

INFLUENTIAL MARYLANDERS

*Up-and-comer honoree

CIVIC LEADERSHIP

William Baker

President/CEO, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

William Baker began working at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation right out of college and has been president and CEO of the group since 1982. The organization is now the largest conservation nonprofit dedicated solely to preserving, protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The largest estuary in North America and a national treasure, producing enormous quantities of seafood over the years, the Chesapeake has suffered the ravages of pollution. Though progress has been made in cleaning up the bay, much more needs to be done, Baker says.

“Our goal is to have the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay be a model worldwide for balancing the economy and the ecology,” Baker says.

A top priority for Baker is amending the federal Clean Water Act to require strict pollution controls for the bay. Such legislation, he says, would “demonstrate that you can meet the economic and environmental balance to rescue one of the of the nation’s great treasures.”

– Erlene Wilson

Andy Frank

Deputy Mayor, City of Baltimore

Deputy Mayor Andrew Frank has been at the forefront of Baltimore’s revitalization for nearly a decade and believes the city is on the threshold of a profound transformation. Having served as executive vice president at the Baltimore Development Corporation, as well as deputy to former Mayor Sheila Dixon and now to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Frank is well qualified to make that assessment. “Baltimore has all the ingredients to be a great city and it is well on its way to becoming one,” Frank says.

Frank will leave the city government in May to work for Johns Hopkins University, where he will serve as an economic development adviser to the university’s president.

Developing regional and connected transportation systems is at the heart of efforts to transform Baltimore, Frank says. While the vision may seem like a dream, for Frank, trained as a city planner, everything starts with a dream. “I learned early on that to be a city planner you have to believe that tomorrow can be better than today,” he says. “That’s where great begins.”

— Erlene Wilson

Don Fry

President/CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is well known as an advocate for business in the central Maryland region. He has championed regional transportation as a top priority. He also has promoted the emerging bioscience industry, supporting the development of two bioscience parks – the University of Maryland BioPark and the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins, which includes an 80-acre neighborhood revitalization component that is projected to generate thousands of jobs. Fry also has been a tireless supporter of small and minority- and women-owned businesses.

“Small business is the backbone of any economy and represents in Maryland well over 95 percent of businesses, so it’s important that we support them,” Fry says.

These efforts are particularly important as Baltimore and the region prepare to emerge from the recession. The Greater Baltimore Committee is bringing together former economic development directors at the local and state levels and current business leaders to determine the components of a strong, competitive business environment.

– Erlene Wilson

Luwanda Jenkins

Special Secretary, Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

As special secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, or GOMA, Luwanda Jenkins oversees one of the oldest and most successful minority business enterprise programs in the nation. Maryland is one of only 15 states with an MBE program, and one of just four states with an MBE law. It is the only state that collects data on the progress of its program and the first to establish a sub-goal for business done by African-American-owned firms.

With the support of Governor Martin O’Malley, Jenkins has implemented strategies to support small and minority businesses. GOMA recently held its first “MBE University,” which brought together more than 200 small and minority businesses with state agencies and private sector partners such as Verizon and Pepco.

Jenkins is working with economic policy expert Anirban Basu to analyze the economic impact of minority business participation in Maryland. “Good intentions certainly have their place, but at the end of the day it’s measurable results that tell the story,” Jenkins says.

– Erlene Wilson

Doug Nazarian

Chair, Maryland Public Service Commission

Douglas Nazarian, the chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, took the reins at a time of tremendous change in how energy is produced, consumed and regulated. Because Maryland, like other states, is struggling with the deregulation of its electricity market, the commission’s role increasingly has been to ensure that the interests of the public are met. “The challenge is to maintain focus on the needs of the public in a world where government has an increasingly smaller role in regulating certain services,” says Nazarian, who was appointed to the top post by Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2008.

Nazarian, who joined the commission in 2007 as general counsel, is also mindful of the future. “As we become aware of and address climate change, there’s going to be a lot of change in the way we use and generate electricity,” he says. “It is our job to understand those rules and know how to navigate in that environment where we have less direct regulatory control … but where decisions that are made other places have a critical impact on peoples’ lives.”

– Erlene Wilson

Terry Hasseltine*

Director, Maryland Office of Sports Marketing, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

When Terry Hasseltine was appointed director of the newly created Maryland Office of Sports Marketing in 2008, he was charged with promoting Maryland as a sports event and travel destination. “Part of that is creating an identity for Maryland in the industry so these groups know and will consider us,” Hasseltine says.

In its first year, Hasseltine’s office was directly associated with projects that provided $125 million in economic stimulus to the region.

In addition, Maryland just landed the 2013-2014 U.S. Soccer Region I Championship, which is expected to have an economic impact of $12.5 million a year. Hasseltine describes this impact as “heads on beds, food in the belly, gas in cars, credit cards and cash on counters.”

“The bottom line is that [visitors are] going to be out spending money and that stimulates the economy and we want to be a part of that,” Hasseltine says.

– Erlene Wilson

COMMUNICATIONS

Vic Carter

Anchor, WJZ Baltimore

Anchor Vic Carter has been delivering the news at WJZ-TV for 15 years and bringing his unique style of journalism to Baltimore viewers by taking them to the story — wherever it may be. A consummate journalist, Carter believes that if the story is important enough to tell, it’s important enough for him to go to the scene.

“I’m a reporter at heart and I love to be able to get out of the studio and bring the viewers with us to places they may not have a chance to visit,” Carter says.

When he’s not in the anchor chair, Carter nurtures his other passions, collecting fine art and writing. “I personally own over 300 pieces of art. When I’m in the art gallery, it’s just the art and me.” Carter is also the author of “From Yonder to Here,” the story of civil rights pioneer Dr. Ozell Sutton. Carter is currently working on a second book, about the Olympic gold medalist Ralph Boston, who broke Jesse Owens’ record for the long jump in the 1960 Games.

– Erlene Wilson

Johnny Holliday

“The Voice of the Terrapins”, University of Maryland Athletics

Broadcaster Johnny Holliday, the voice of the Maryland Terrapins football and basketball teams since 1979, has been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. He began his career at a small radio station in Perry, Ga., going on to gain national fame as a Top 40 disc jockey in Cleveland, New York and San Francisco, and to become the announcer on popular television shows such as the 1960s’ “Hullabaloo.”

A gifted storyteller and performer, Holliday has starred in more than 30 theater productions and was nominated for a Helen Hayes award as best actor in a Washington musical for his role in “Me and My Girl.” He is also the author of the autobiography “Rock to Jock.”

“I think I’ve been in the right place at the right time in just about everything I’ve been able to do and I feel very lucky to be doing it all of these years,” Holliday says. “I’ve been given some wonderful opportunities and I’m still loving it just as much as when I got into it.”

– Erlene Wilson

Tom Marquardt

Executive Editor/Publisher, Capital-Gazette Newspapers

Tom Marquardt took the helm of the Capital-Gazette at the most difficult time in the publication’s nearly 300-year history. The Capital-Gazette Newspapers, the country’s oldest newspaper publisher, has been in business in Annapolis since 1727.

The formerly family-owned business, now owned by Landmark Communications, had considerably expanded from its Annapolis base. It also had made significant changes while Marquardt was editor, upgrading the computer systems and moving the operation from its antiquated building into more efficient space.

As publisher, Marquardt was faced with the need to make even more drastic changes, thanks to the recession and the travails of the newspaper industry. Press and preproduction work was outsourced to Comprint Printing, a division of the Washington Post Co. in Laurel. “There was a lot of change, and among that change was saying goodbye to people who had been here as long as I have,” Marquardt says. “I had to make some really incredibly difficult decisions and it was not for the timid.”

– Erlene Wilson

Peter Schmuck

Columnist, Baltimore Sun

A native of Southern California, Peter Schmuck covers the Baltimore Orioles and sports in general for The Baltimore Sun. He started out in the newspaper business as a news reporter and got a lucky break when his paper’s baseball writer quit and he was assigned the job. In 1990 Schmuck moved to The Baltimore Sun, for which he has covered nearly every major sporting event, including nearly two dozen World Series, four Super Bowls and the 1996 Olympics. Schmuck has been named Maryland Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and has won numerous other journalism and broadcasting awards.

Humorous and self-deprecating, Schmuck is a popular personality. In addition to his sports column he writes a blog, “The Schmuck Stops Here,” and also can be heard on WBAL radio (1090 AM) at noon most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. “It’s a lot of work, but I’m not digging ditches; I’m not carrying concrete,” Schmuck says. “I’m going to baseball games, so I’m not complaining.”

– Erlene Wilson

Jordan Wertlieb

President/GM, WBAL-TV

Jordan Wertlieb has spent his entire career in the broadcasting business. He has been president and general manager at WBAL since 2005 and counts himself fortunate to have worked with former general managers, including Phil Stoltz and Bill Fine.

Over the years Wertlieb has seen vast changes in the media business, but he remains optimistic about the station’s future and ability to remain competitive. “While the industry has changed in terms of multiple channels of information available to the public, there is still a great need for accurate and timely local information from trusted organizations like ours,” Wertlieb says. “I think that we have demonstrated that importance and relevance immensely during the recent snowstorms/blizzard, where the information coming out from the local news organizations was critical to the safety and the execution of the government’s plan of keeping people safe and getting the streets cleared and restoring services.”

– Erlene Wilson

Matt Doud*

President/Co-founder, Planit

Matt Doud is president and cofounder of Planit, the ad agency known for combining the traditional values of advertising and relationship management with innovation. Doud and his partner, Ed Callahan, started Planit 16 years ago, wanting to do something they really enjoyed. Fun was a priority from the beginning and remains at the core of how they run their business. “Having fun doesn’t mean being frivolous or less successful,” Doud says. “I think it means having passion for what you’re doing and that you work harder.”

It is a philosophy that has landed the agency more than 140 creative service industry awards since 2006. Planit also has been ranked among the 100 fastest-growing, inner-city businesses in the country by Inc. magazine, and it was named one of the largest 150 advertising agencies by Advertising Age magazine.

“It’s hard to show on your balance sheet the value of a great office with a cool view, but when your greatest asset is people, you need the best people working for you if you’re going to be the best agency,” he says. “To do that you need to have the best culture and a great environment. It’s hard to put a dollar value on that.”

– Erlene Wilson

EDUCATION

Robert Bogomolny

President, University of Baltimore

Robert Bogomolny, president of the University of Baltimore since 2002, draws on a background that includes expertise in the fields of law, academics and corporate leadership. He considers the university a resource for the entire community, and he has worked tirelessly to improve conditions and opportunities for students and the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

Bogomolny’s many initiatives have included creating the school’s first student center and developing a joint M.B.A. program with Towson University. He was also active in developing UB’s new logo, colors and “Knowledge That Works” tagline.

“To me, this recognition is really about the University of Baltimore,” Bogomolny says. “I am fortunate to be president of a university that continues to make major contributions to our city and region. Our influence is realized through our thousands of graduates, through our many partnerships in the community and through our ongoing development of our UB Midtown neighborhood. This is a particularly transformative and dynamic chapter in UB’s history.”

— Karen Nitkin

Phoebe Haddon

Dean, University of Maryland School of Law

When she was hired in 2009, following a nationwide search, Phoebe Haddon became the first African-American dean of the University of Maryland School of Law.

In her role, Haddon is building upon a lifelong focus on using law as a tool for social good and leadership. Under her guidance, the school has sent students to post-Katrina Mississippi and to Namibia in southern Africa, with the goal of leading them “to think more deliberately about what it means to represent people,” Haddon says.

Haddon’s own career has focused on law as a tool for greater good. A graduate of Yale Law School, she has written numerous articles on such issues as equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and diversity. During her years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, she was active on committees working to fight racial and gender bias on the Pennsylvania bench and bar.

— Karen Nitkin

Chris Nelson

President, St. John’s College of Maryland

Christopher Nelson, the president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, opened this year’s convocation by noting that most students in the room were born the year he took the school’s top job, in 1991. As the leader of a small college considered a national and international model for liberal arts education, Nelson sees his role as both advocate and preservationist.

Nelson has traveled the world, helping set up liberal arts program in places as far-flung as Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union. “We have a reputation as the model or the example of [a liberal arts] institution,” he says.

Maintaining that model in the face of budget cuts and an increasing focus on specialized, career-based learning is not easy, but it is important to withstand the pressure, he says. A liberal arts education teaches students to think broadly, he says; it “helps students understand mankind from many different angles.”

Nelson will hold fast to that view by, in his words, “concentrating a lot on keeping St. John’s strong and healthy rather than reacting to the latest catastrophe.”

— Karen Nitkin

Martha Smith

President, Anne Arundel Community College

Martha Smith has set a bold course for Anne Arundel Community College. Her Student Success 2020 program calls for doubling the number of degrees, certificates and workforce credentials given by the school. The school currently awards about 1,200 associate degrees a year and close to 400 certificates.

Smith, president of AACC since August 1994, said the strategy, launched in December 2009, was inspired by President Barack Obama’s July announcement of the American Graduation Initiative, calling for 5 million additional graduates by 2020.

She noted the school has seen enrollment go up each year for 15 years in a row, so recruiting more students is not the answer. Rather, the focus will be on helping the students already on campus succeed, and on making sure they are aware of opportunities. Smith noted that many students are not aware that they are just a few credits shy of a degree.

“Let’s even be more aggressive and more intentional about helping students overcome the obstacles,” Smith says. “We are very excited about this.”

— Karen Nitkin

June Streckfus

Executive Director, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education

June Streckfus is executive director of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, a coalition of more than 100 companies working to improve standards and accountability in the state’s schools. Streckfus has been with the organization since it was founded in 1992, and her unusual background – in education, politics and business – allows her to navigate different worlds with ease.

On the classroom level, the organization maintains a 3,000-person speakers’ bureau, with experts available to speak to middle and high school students statewide. On the policy level, Streckfus is drafting the state’s application for federal Race to the Top funding, designed to bankroll ideas aimed at education reform.

The organization is looking to create an online network connecting students, teachers and companies so they can collaborate on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Researchers from some of the state’s top corporations, for example, could help students with science projects.

“We’re asking teachers what they need,” Streckfus says. “We believe that employers can inspire and motivate students.”

— Karen Nitkin

Jennifer Burdock Rankin*

Teacher, Northern Middle School, Garrett County Public Schools

Jennifer Burdock Rankin, the 2010 Maryland Teacher of the Year, teaches language arts, pre-algebra and algebra at Northern Middle School in Garrett County. Rankin was hired in 1996 after she graduated from Frostburg State University and West Virginia University.

Early in her career, Rankin was struck by the lack of technology in the classrooms. She applied for, and won, a $30,000 grant for electronic boards, cameras, projectors and other equipment. Teachers, she says, were “excited but a little apprehensive” about using the new technology, so she began teaching them. Rankin continues that effort in her school and throughout the county.

Rankin, who believes that teachers must continue learning, is completing a doctorate at Nova Southeastern University on leadership related to integrating technology in the classroom.
In 2009, Northern Middle School moved into a new building that is fully wired to accommodate the newest electronic technologies.

“We want students who can work globally and be connected,” Rankin says. “That’s what the workplace is demanding.”

— Karen Nitkin

FINANCE

Marty Brunk

Managing Director, RSM McGladrey

Martin Brunk, managing director of the national accounting, tax and business consulting firm RSM McGladrey, has made time in his busy schedule to serve as chairman of the Maryland Food Bank for the last five years.

“I found my passion at the Maryland Food Bank and it’s my mission to make a difference,” says Brunk, who founded the charity’s annual Blue Jean Ball in 2006. About 59 million meals have been distributed over the last five years.

Brunk also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business and on the board of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s The Leadership program.

Brunk provides accounting and audit services to corporations in the mid-Atlantic region, and is part of a regional management team that will move the firm to Baltimore’s Harbor East this year.

“So many civic and community organizations can benefit from a financial and business perspective, and that’s where I can add value,” he says.

— Karen Nitkin

William Couper

President, Mid-Atlantic Division, Bank of America

William Couper has two high-level jobs with Bank of America. He is president of the mid-Atlantic region, and he is also in charge of corporate social responsibility for the Carolinas, Kentucky, West Virginia, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

“No two days are alike,” he says.

As president, Couper has been grappling with front-page issues including the bank’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch and ongoing mortgage and credit problems. As social responsibility director, he provides support for such cultural events as the current Cezanne exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The two roles come together in particular business efforts, such as providing counseling for first-time homebuyers and funding development in communities that include Baltimore’s west side.

Couper, who has chaired institutions including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of the National Capital Area, said $87 billion of the bank’s $378 billion in first residential mortgages last year went to borrowers of low and moderate income.

“A lot of the perception is that you can’t reasonably make mortgage loans to those communities, and the reality is that you can,” Couper says.

— Karen Nitkin

Mark Fetting

President/CEO, Legg Mason

Mark Fetting is chairman and chief executive officer of Legg Mason Inc. as well as president chairman of Legg Mason Funds. He has been with the firm 10 years, starting as a senior adviser and ascending to his current post in early 2008.

Fetting describes the last few years’ global financial crisis as the most trying time in the firm’s 110-year history, even worse than the Great Depression because of the company’s fixed-income exposure. But he is proud of the way the company responded to the challenges and believes it is now stronger than ever.

Fetting took a two-pronged approach to the changing financial conditions. In March 2009, the company dropped structured investment vehicles, selling the fixed-income-related securities for 25 cents on the dollar. The company also worked closely with its money managers, “making sure we left no stone unturned” in delivering value for clients, Fetting says.

Says Fetting: “I think we emerged with a refined and more focused game plan.”

— Karen Nitkin

Barbara Krumsiek

President/CEO/Chair, Calvert Group Ltd.

Barbara Krumsiek is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Calvert Group, an investment management firm based in Bethesda. Calvert, founded in 1976, invests in companies that are socially and environmentally responsible and holds itself to the same standards.

The company, with more than 40,000 investors and $14 billion in assets, offers a flexible, family-friendly working environment for a workforce that is 33 percent minority.

Krumsiek, who joined Calvert as CEO in 1997, focuses particularly on issues related to women. In 2004, she headed the development of the Calvert Women’s Principles, a code of corporate conduct designed to help women advance worldwide.

She has also been a leader in investments related to climate change and was recently made a co-chair of the Finance Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, a partnership among nearly 200 financial institutions around the globe that aims to develop links between environmental responsibility and financial performance.

Krumsiek’s goal is nothing short of changing corporate behavior.

— Karen Nitkin

W. Moorhead Vermilye

President/CEO, Shore Bancshares

Moorhead Vermilye is president and chief executive officer of Shore Bancshares, a holding company based in Easton with deep roots in the community and a small-town focus.

The group was formed in 1996 to combine three local banks, each more than 100 years old: the Talbot Bank, which Vermilye helmed; the Centreville National Bank of Maryland; and the Felton Bank. In 2002, the company added the Avon Dixon Agency and Elliott Wilson Insurance and also formed an investment advisory firm, Wye Financial Services.

“What we try to do here is provide all the services that the regional banks provide,” Vermilye says. “We can respond to requests much quicker than bigger banks can.”

Banks both large and small have had a rough couple of years as the financial crisis deepened. While Vermilye says the companies under the Shore Bancshares umbrella have not been exempt, he adds the situation was mitigated by the fact that “generally we know our customers.”
“We haven’t changed our way of doing business,” Vermilye says.

— Karen Nitkin

David Giroux*

Vice President, T. Rowe Price

David Giroux is a vice president of the T. Rowe Price Group, overseeing funds for both individual and institutional investors. In that role, he has outperformed the market during an incredibly tough few years, while at the same time reducing risk for clients.

The firm’s strategy includes capital preservation for shareholders, equity-like returns with less risk, and year-in and year-out strong risk-adjusted performance, he says.

“It takes a temperament to be willing to go against the grain,” Giroux says.

To achieve those goals, Giroux, who has been with T. Rowe Price for 12 years, looks for names that are out of favor. He also keeps an eye out for what he calls “the fat pitch,” an asset class with unusual potential for growth, perhaps because of panic selling.

“The market gives you opportunities, and during periods of stress and opportunity the market sometimes gives you more opportunities,” he says. “When we see forced selling or we see stress in the marketplace … we tend to gravitate to those opportunities.”

— Karen Nitkin

FREESTYLE

Jack Fitzgerald

Founder/Owner, Fitzgerald Auto Malls

When Jack Fitzgerald opened his first Maryland car dealership in 1966, he grasped one simple lesson: “We learned right away to start listening to what our customers were saying.”

Fitzgerald Auto Malls, with its one-on-one focus and emphasis on customer service, has flourished in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida. The company has received ISO certification, the highest honor for customer service in business, and also has been given the National Capital Business Ethics Award. After 44 years, Fitzgerald’s brand of customer service — called “The Fitzway” — remains his guiding principle and passion.

“Small business is always connected to customer service,” Fitzgerald says. “That’s the challenge. We have a dozen locations. But it’s a challenge to make sure that all those [employees] feel the same way about your customers as you do.”

— John Barry

Margaret Footner

Executive Director, Creative Alliance

“I’ve always wanted to bring the energy of the arts into the community,” says Footner, executive director and founder of Baltimore’s Highlandtown-based Creative Alliance. “We can use it to break down the social, economic, cultural and racial barriers by creating occasions for people to create together and enjoy what others do and have fun doing it.”

In May 2003, eight years after co-founding the Creative Alliance in Fells Point with Megan Hamilton and Dan Schiavone, Footner was instrumental in leading the $4.3 million campaign to bring the Creative Alliance to the restored Patterson Theater in Highlandtown. With its emphasis on neighborhood outreach and education, the Creative Alliance has become a prominent fixture not just in the local arts community but also in Highlandtown, which is undergoing a renewal of its own.

In 2009, Footner received the University of Baltimore’s Distinguished Social Entrepreneur Award for her work with the Creative Alliance. In February 2010, Footner was named to the Maryland State Arts Council by Gov. Martin O’Malley. She also was nominated to the Arts and Culture transition committee by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

— John Barry

Mel Kiper Jr.

Analyst, ESPN

Since 1984, sports analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has been the face of ESPN’s televised NFL draft coverage. His NFL draft reports and draft preview are fixtures in many NFL front offices. His weekly “big board” rankings of top 25 college players factor into contract negotiations.

“At the end of the day, though, it’s about the gut feeling,” Kiper says. “You keep your independence, and you need to be honest. My friends in the league know when I disagree with them. They also know I’m not shilling for favors.”

In 1981 Kiper founded Kiper Enterprises Inc., which he operates out of his Baltimore County home with help from his wife, Kim. While he’s probably one of the biggest names in the business, he’s quick to admit that he’s not perfect. “No one bats 1,000 in this game,” he says, laughing. “It helps to have a short memory. But you learn from mistakes and move on.”

— John Barry

Ozzie Newsome

General Manager, Baltimore Ravens

Before becoming general manager for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, Ozzie Newsome had worked his way up through the ranks. After a 12-year career with the Cleveland Browns as a Hall of Fame tight end, Newsome in 1994 became director of pro personnel for the Browns. When the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1995, Newsome’s reputation for choosing talent led then-owner Art Modell to hire him as vice president of player personnel for the Ravens.

In the Ravens’ first draft, in 1996, Newsome tapped both linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. In 2001, when the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, Newsome was voted NFL’s Executive of the Year. Since being appointed the league’s first African-American general manager in 2002, Newsome’s disciplined, process-oriented approach has been instrumental to developing a Ravens roster that, since 1996, has boasted 11 NFL all-stars.

Now, as the 2010 draft nears, Newsome is once again seeking to build on a team that last year came tantalizingly close to a second Super Bowl ring.

— John Barry

Bryan Voltaggio

Chef/Owner, Volt Restaurant

When the then-30-year-old chef Bryan Voltaggio opened VOLT restaurant in his hometown of Frederick in 2008, he had a resume that stretched back to his teens, when he entered a culinary vocational program. That was followed by an apprenticeship in New York, a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, and a nine-year stint as chef and executive chef at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, D.C.

VOLT has received a three-star Michelin rating and a nomination for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. In 2009, Voltaggio and his brother, Michael, a California-based chef, reached the finals as contestants on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” While the show made Bryan Voltaggio a cooking celebrity, his cuisine has not gone Hollywood: sustainable, local and organic food producers are central to VOLT’s ethos. “We try to support local growers and keep the dollars staying in the area. That’s really important to what we do,” Bryan Voltaggio says. “The support from the community is fantastic.”

— John Barry

Steven Fischer*

Film director and producer

Whenever Baltimore-based film director Steven Fischer starts a project, he has one requirement: “It’s important that I have a question that ignites a fire within. If I don’t have that fire, I don’t start.”

Fischer’s work has been honored by the Directors Guild of America, which accepted him as a member in 1996 at the age of 24. Fischer’s documentary “Silence of Falling Leaves” was nominated for an Emmy in 2001, and he has won two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, the most recent for his 2007 documentary “Freedom Dancer.” Fischer is currently working on “Old School, New School,” a film that explores the nature of creativity. Fischer hopes it will be ready for release in August.

As a director, Fischer finds Maryland a great base. “New York is three hours away, LA is there when I need it to be there. I’ve never been all that interested in the traditional studio system,” he says. “For the work I do, I’m in the place I need to be.”

— John Barry

HEALTH CARE

Francis Collins

Director, National Institutes of Health

In August 2009, when he was sworn in as director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins was placed in charge of an organization with 18,000 employees and a budget of $31 million. But Collins’ focus is on the individual. His new book, “The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine,” describes a future in which the medical profession responds more effectively to patients by treating them as unique individuals.

“Personalized medicine promises to replace the current ‘one size fits all’ approach in the next decade,” Collins says in an e-mail. “Together with information about environmental risks, it will become possible to implement much more effective treatment and prevention strategies for the individual.”

As director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins led the federal government’s efforts to finish the sequencing of the 3 billion-letter human genome. In 2007, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to genome production, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Science.

— John Barry

Carmela Coyle

President/CEO, Maryland Hospital Association

As president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, Carmela Coyle has brought a community-oriented focus to her job. “Hospitals are important to the community,” she says. “And we understand that a lot of people rely on us. So how do we reach out to citizens to make sure they get what they need?”

As the founder of the Who Will Care? program, Coyle is addressing the critical, long-term nursing shortage that plagues Maryland’s hospitals. Coyle also has been prominent in promoting patient safety and in educating Marylanders about their eligibility for low-cost health care. She serves on the Board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute and PRIME, a shared services organization.

“Maryland is well known for being innovative in public policy,” Coyle says. “We need to use that spirit to connect hospitals with the needs of our community.”

— John Barry

Vincent DeMarco

President, Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition

Since Vincent DeMarco became president and CEO of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative in 1999, the organization has grown to encompass more than 1,000 member groups and is now one of the strongest voices in the state for health care reform. DeMarco built the coalition the same way he built coalitions against gun violence and teen smoking: one person at a time.

“Before we ever headed … to Annapolis [to get the legislation passed], we worked on building a powerful coalition,” DeMarco says. “We educate, we poll and we spend a lot of time talking to people. And when we [talked] to people, they started to agree with what we were saying.”

DeMarco’s coalition-building strategy was instrumental in effecting passage of the 2006 Fair Share Health Care Act (known as “the Wal-Mart bill”), which, although it was overturned in federal court, prompted Wal-Mart to substantially expand its employee benefit plans. In 2007, DeMarco pushed to increase the state tobacco tax, which helped to subsidize an expansion of Medicaid benefits to about 25,000 Maryland adults.

— John Barry

Rahul Singvhi

President/CEO, Novavax

In an era of rapidly spreading viruses and pandemics, the Rockville-based biotech company Novavax Inc. has been in the forefront of the search for more efficient ways to manufacture vaccines. As CEO and president of Novavax since 2005, Rahul Singhvi — who earned two doctoral degrees in medical technology at MIT, as well as an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School — has been a principal player in developing and promoting Novavax’s VLP (Virus-Like Particle) technology.

“Scientists and government made heroic efforts to produce the flu vaccine last year, but the response was slow,” Singhvi says. “This new form could increase production time by a factor of 25 to 50 percent. In a world where needs are changing dramatically, we need to anticipate the scale … of the problems we’ll be facing.”

With his combination of managerial and scientific acumen, Singhvi has led the restructuring of Novavax. The company is in the final stages of testing a vaccine for avian flu and the H1N1, or swine flu, virus.

— John Barry

Ellen Yankellow

President/CEO, Correct Rx Pharmacy Services

“There aren’t many people who get up in the morning and go to work and know what they do has a big impact on the welfare of large groups of people,” says Ellen Yankellow, president and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services. Correct Rx, founded by Yankellow in 2003, provides institutional pharmacy services to more than 150,000 customers in some 140 correctional facilities in 23 states, as well as in residential treatment homes and assisted living facilities.

“We identify groups of patients according to their needs,” Yankellow says. “That involves closely collaborating with patients and coming up with the overall health care needs of the patients.”

Yankellow received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1996. As CEO, Yankellow received the Women Business Leader of Maryland award in 2009 from the Gazette of Politics & Business. In recognition of her charitable work, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce awarded Yankellow its Philanthropy Award in 2007.

— John Barry

Bradley Chambers*

CEO, Union Memorial Hospital

“Hospitals are a community resource,” says Bradley Chambers, president of Union Memorial Hospital. “You’re here to meet those needs for the community, trying to get back to those core values that were established for hospitals, and that’s been my focus for Union.”

After earning a master’s degree at Towson University while working for the University of Maryland Medical System, Chambers in 1998 began working as vice president of operations at Union Memorial. In June 2009 he was promoted to president of the 310-bed community hospital, which has a $445 million operating budget. In 2009 Union Memorial was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by the research firm Thomson Reuters.

For Chambers, the relationship with the community goes beyond the hospital. In addition to promoting weight-management programs at a local charter school, Union Memorial was actively involved in the planning of the 33rd Street YMCA, which was completed in 2004. “Hospitals create jobs and stability in this community,” Chambers says. “And it’s a reassurance knowing that with Union [residents] have some of the best physicians around in their backyard.”

— John Barry

LAW

Andre Maurice Davis

Judge, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Andre Maurice Davis has been a judge for 22½ years at both the state and federal levels. In 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Davis filled a position that had been vacant for 10 years, although there had been nominees during that time — including Davis himself.

“The seat was never filled as the result of the political workings of Washington,” says Davis, who was originally nominated by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Davis did not expect to become a judge. “I thought I’d be a lawyer, and I wanted to be a very good lawyer,” says Davis, who remains interested in all the cases heard by the court.
“Every case tells the story of someone’s life,” Davis says. “I am fascinated by the human condition and the human stories that find their way into court.”

— Barbara Pash

Carolyn Elefant

Founder/Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant may be as well known for her books and blog as for her legal work. Elefant’s “Solo By Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be” and “A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media” and her blog, Myshingle.com, all chronicle her decision to become an independent practitioner in 1993.

Today’s technology “makes a solo practice feasible,” says Elefant, who specializes in energy regulation and renewable energy such as solar and wind power. Although she has represented landowners on pipeline locations and municipalities on hydroelectric projects, her efforts on behalf of ocean “renewables” have attracted the most attention.

Elefant represented a developer of wave technology, which uses buoy-like devices to convert waves’ motion into power, and she now represents offshore wind farms as well. Although the technologies for wave and wind energy are different, both require transmission lines to bring power to shore. “It’s the most exciting part of my practice,” Elefant says of her renewable energy work.

— Barbara Pash

Robert A. Rohrbaugh

State Prosecutor, Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor

Robert Rohrbaugh was appointed Maryland’s state prosecutor in 2004. While he’d spent the previous 25 years in private practice in Montgomery County, Rohrbaugh had in fact begun his career as an assistant U.S. attorney.

Going back to being a prosecutor appealed to him, he says.

The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor focuses on three areas: election law violations, corruption cases and multi-jurisdictional cases. “We are basically white-collar-oriented,” Rohrbaugh says. “The challenge is determining what crime was committed and who committed it.”

Each of the three areas has its own challenges. Corruption cases, for example, are “always intriguing,” Rohrbaugh says. “When you launch an investigation, you never know where the evidence will lead.”

Rohrbaugh’s office made headlines recently with its prosecution of now-former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon, but Rohrbaugh says he didn’t enjoy the attention: “I’m usually a private person.”

— Barbara Pash

James Shea

Chair, Venable LLP

In the 15 years that James Shea has been chair of Venable LLP, the law firm’s revenues have grown from $68 million to 2009’s $350 million. The firm’s 550 lawyers are located in offices from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York to Los Angeles.

Shea still practices his specialty, litigation. Recently he represented JoS. A. Bank Clothiers in a class-action suit; he also represented Verizon Maryland before the Public Service Commission, and represented the majority owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers against the minority owners of the professional basketball and hockey franchises.

Shea called the last “an interesting case,” which he won. The verdict is now on appeal.

Shea’s degree of civic involvement matches his legal workload. He is on the boards of the Downtown Partnership and the Greater Baltimore Committee, he chairs the board of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, and he was recently appointed to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland.

“I’m a lifelong resident of Baltimore City. I’m an advocate for the city,” Shea says. “It’s a terrific city and there is lots that needs to be done.”

— Barbara Pash

Dennis M. Sweeney

Judge (retired), Howard County Circuit Court

Sensational trials are nothing new to Dennis Sweeney, a judge who joined the bench in 1991. His most recent brush with the headlines was the trial of now-former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon, over which he presided.
Sweeney, a former deputy attorney general, retired as an associate judge on the Howard County Circuit Court in 2007 but returns to the bench periodically.

“High-profile cases can be new and novel,” Sweeney says. “There may be issues not decided before, so if there is an appeal it’s not some unnecessary mistake.”

Sweeney, chair of the judiciary’s Council on Jury Use and Management, says the legal “issue of the day” nationwide is the increasing incidence of online social networking among jurors assigned to the same case.
“Courts are having a hard time grappling with [social networking],” says Sweeney, who unsuccessfully instructed jurors in the Dixon trial to refrain from socializing on social networking sites such as Facebook.

— Barbara Pash

Joshua Auerbach*

Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Maryland Attorney General

As an assistant attorney general in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Joshua Auerbach likes the variety of issues tackled by his civil litigation division.

“We learn about a lot of different things,” says Auerbach, whose representation of state agencies requires that he understand in detail what the agencies do.

Auerbach’s most recent cram course involved Constellation Energy’s proposed sale of half its nuclear energy business to the French electricity company EDF. Auerbach and a private firm represented the state of Maryland and the Maryland Energy Administration. The case was heard before the Public Service Commission, an administrative agency that acts like a court.
He learned quickly about electricity regulation and complex financial transactions. “I had to scramble to catch up,” he says.

But Auerbach, who worked in the Baltimore City law department and in a private law firm before joining the state Attorney General’s Office, says he returned to public law precisely because he enjoys complicated cases: “You get to be involved in cases that are significant to our community.”

— Barbara Pash

PHILANTHROPY

Barbara Bainum

President, Commonweal Foundation

Barbara Bainum has been long involved in the foundation her father, a Washington, D.C., businessman, started in 1968. In 2008, Bainum became chairman, president and CEO of the Commonweal Foundation, whose focus is helping kindergarten through 12th grade education.

The foundation has four programs, of which three are designated for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Washington, D.C., and a fourth to nonprofits for youth programs. The programs range from after-school reading and math groups in schools and community centers to boarding school scholarships.

The foundation has assets of $135 million, of which $18 million per year is split among its programs. The foundation has always been hands-on. “We don’t just give grants where you write a check. We actually operate our own programs,” Bainum says.

In 2009, the foundation conducted its first-ever strategic plan. Instead of expanding the programs, some of which serve more than 1,000 children, the focus now is on quality and best practices.
“We are really looking at what we are doing and whether it is achieving what we want,” says Bainum, who is also looking to partner with other organizations.

— Barbara Pash

Diane Bell-McKoy

President/CEO, Associated Black Charities

Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, has ambitious plans. By refocusing her 25-year-old organization, she intends to make it a force in Maryland.

When Bell-McKoy arrived in 2007, she found an organization that focused primarily on funding social services. That won’t change, but McKoy wants to do more.
“Our role is to be a catalyst,” she says.

The organization has made grants to Baltimore City for customized job training and to faith communities for foreclosure prevention sessions. It has convened gatherings to discuss important, area-wide issues. For example, the organization wants to develop a strategy to prepare and enroll African-American students in higher educational institutions.

Bell-McKoy sees signs of success. Associated Black Charities has more leverage in the community, she says, and is stronger fiscally. “I’m a bridge builder,” Bell-McKoy says. “It’s critical that we build bridges if we want a stronger economic fabric for this state.”

— Barbara Pash

Jackie Carerra

President/CEO, Parks & People Foundation

Jackie Carrera considers the Parks & People Foundation unique, a nonprofit bringing a singular breadth and depth of services to its community.

Founded in 1984, the foundation’s mission is to develop innovative programming in Baltimore City around parks, recreation and the environment. As a nonprofit, the foundation has the flexibility to initiate programs that a city agency might not.

Carrera, Parks & People’s president and CEO, points to its summer camps where, foundation staffers discovered, some children could not read. Academic enrichment was added to the nonprofit’s mission; now, the camps offer reading and math along with more typical recreational activities.

“It’s a way to make ourselves relevant to the city,” Carrera says.
Carrera joined Parks & People in 1993 as executive director. Its operating budget then was $400,000; today it’s $3.5 million.

— Barbara Pash

Sheldon Goldseker

Chairman, Goldseker Foundation

Sheldon Goldseker has been chairman of the Goldseker Foundation since it was founded in 1975.

“I was left with the responsibility of starting the foundation as the direct result of being named in Morris Goldseker’s will” to do so, Sheldon Goldseker says.

The foundation’s mission is to support programs that directly benefit residents of the Baltimore metropolitan area. This has translated into grants to fund a wide variety of endeavors. The foundation’s leadership grants have helped start other nonprofits such as the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Goldseker is deeply involved in the community. A past board member of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, he has served on the board of the Baltimore Community Foundation for more than 30 years.
“This is an opportunity not everyone gets,” Goldseker says of leading the foundation. “It has proven to be one of the most meaningful endeavors of my life.”

— Barbara Pash

Rachel Garbow Monroe

President, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Last year, Rachel Garbow Monroe became president of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, after serving as its chief operating officer since XXXXX.

One of the 25 largest private foundations in the United States, the Weinberg Foundation has more than $2 billion in assets. Its focus is direct services to the poor in North America, Israel and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The foundation distributes $100 million annually in grants, approximately $30 million of which is spent in Maryland.

Monroe is pleased with the foundation’s progress. She plans to work closely with Donn Weinberg, the board chairman, and the other trustees.

“In the coming years, we will see what opportunities there are, although I do not expect any fast or dramatic changes,” Monroe says. “We are stewards of [the Weinbergs’] largesse. It’s a privilege and a responsibility.”

— Barbara Pash

Nick and Christina Markakis*

Founders, Right Side Foundation

In 2009, after Nick Markakis signed a long-term contract with the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, the right fielder and his wife, Christina, decided to make Baltimore their permanent home. That same year, the couple founded The Right Side Foundation, a way, says Christina, a former teacher, to give back to the community and to help distressed children throughout the state.

With the assistance of the Orioles’ management, the foundation is now implementing programs, investing in community groups and seeking strategic partners. Its key program is “Fun for 21.” The goal is to host one event a month for 21 children — 21 is Markakis’ uniform number — for lunch and tours of educational or recreational attractions like the National Aquarium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“For me, the satisfaction is seeing the children’s faces light up,” says Christina Markakis.

Nick Markakis agrees. “The way the kids interact with each other and with my wife and myself, it’s something special,” he says.

— Barbara Pash

REAL ESTATE

Richard Alter

President/CEO, Manekin LLC

For more than two decades, Richard Alter has been president of Manekin LLC, overseeing all corporate operations with a primary focus on development — a department he established in the 1970s to complement Manekin’s brokerage and management divisions.

“Manekin has been around for more than 60 years, and we have earned a very good reputation. I’m proud that people consider me influential,” says the Baltimore-born and bred Alter. “The company has been around for a long time, and we pretty much know all of the players.”

Alter estimates that Manekin has been responsible for growth in Howard County worth more than $500 million. A joint venture with Copley Real Estate Advisors increased Manekin’s property portfolio by 1.75 million square feet, and Alter has led the development of more than 10 million square feet in the Baltimore/Washington region, including areas along the I-70 corridor and in Northern Virginia.

– Mary Medland

Cindy Conklin

Realtor/Partner, Yerman, Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty

Cindy Conklin worked for T. Rowe Price for several years before moving into real estate with O’Connor Piper & Flynn. “I had started a family, wanted a job with no glass ceiling and wanted to be more entrepreneurial,” Conklin says.

Entrepreneurial, indeed: Conklin won the firm’s Rookie of the Year award. After 20-plus years with Coldwell Banker, Conklin and her husband and business partner, Robert Merbler, made the move in 2007 to Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin Realty as partners.

“We’ve lived in Federal Hill for the past 30 years and specialize in our neighborhood, as well as other parts of the city, and neighborhoods in Baltimore County,” Conklin says. “In spite of the bad housing market, we still have clients, largely because of our reputation as experienced Realtors.”

Conklin graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in economics and first worked with Ted Herget at Herget and Co. as an employee benefits consultant. “Ted became one of my heroes,” she says. “He had a great ability to sell client services in an understated way.”

— Mary Medland

Joseph A. Cooper

Owner, Alex Cooper Auctioneers

Since 1971, when Joseph A. Cooper took over the business that his father established in 1924, he has led Alex Cooper Auctioneers on a growth path to annual sales in excess of $250 million. The auctioneer’s clients include law firms Venable LLP, Miles & Stockbridge P.C. and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman Hoffberger & Hollander LLC, as well as First Union National Bank.

Much of its business today is fueled by selling real estate at auction. “In 2009, there were 20,000 mortgage foreclosures in Maryland, and we handled many of them,” Cooper says. “We also handle estate sales and owner’s sales.”

He notes that Alex Cooper is very much a family enterprise: his three sons, his nephew, a grandson and grandnieces work with him.

In addition to his professional work, Cooper is very much involved with the community. He has worked on behalf of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore and served as an officer and board member of Sinai Hospital.

— Mary Medland

Kingdon Gould Jr.

President/CEO, Konterra Realty LLC

In 1982, Kingdon Gould Jr., along with a number of family members, purchased approximately 2,200 acres of land that for decades had been surface-mined for sand and gravel and was bisected by I-95.

“It was my vision to develop an urban development in Prince George’s County that was similar to Reston in Virginia,” says Gould, president and CEO of Konterra Realty, the developer behind the retail, residential and business community straddling Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. “I was looking to build a mixed-use community where people could live, work and recreate.”

To date the development includes 600 single-family homes and around 600,000 square feet of flex and office space. A 488-acre Konterra Town Center is in the planning stages and when completed in about 2030 will include some 12 million square feet of development.

– Mary Medland

Bob Ward

CEO, Bob Ward Cos.

Fresh out of college, Robert C. Ward joined his father’s brokerage firm, which represented Clark Turner Cos., a major developer in the region. “I’m very proud of all the things my dad accomplished, and he certainly helped me get started,” says Ward, CEO of Bob Ward Companies.

Based in Harford County, Ward deals in both residential and commercial real estate, owning and managing about 500,000 square feet of office space.

Like other homebuilders, Ward has endured a tough housing market. In 2009, Ward built and sold 60 homes, down from a peak of 300 in 1997. “We’re conservatively budgeted to do about 70 homes in 2010,” he says. “There is still a market out there, but it is a market for today’s pricing, which does not necessarily support the land. The most immediate challenges are falling land values of existing inventory and trying to balance that with finding financing.”

Ward is a past president of the Harford County Chapter of Home Builders Association of Maryland and a founding member of the Certified Master Builder program.

— Mary Medland

Thibault Manekin*

Principal, Seawall Development Co.

When Thibault Manekin returned from South Africa after running a program there called “Peace Players International,” he approached his father — Donald Manekin, who had built a notable career at Manekin Corp. — to help him establish a socially conscious real estate company.

The result is the Seawall Development Co., which Thibault Manekin runs with colleagues Evan Morville, John Constable and Dal Daubert. The company launched in 2007 and to date has completed two buildings,
Thibault Manekin says.

The first was a structure built to house the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. The second, also in Baltimore, involved the renovation of a long-abandoned factory. The building now includes affordable apartments for teachers who move to Baltimore, as well as office space for several nonprofit organizations working to help the city school system.

– Mary Medland

TECHNOLOGY

Robert Altman

Chairman/CEO, ZeniMax Media

In 1999, Robert Altman and Chris Weaver joined forces to create ZeniMax Media Inc., a Rockville-based developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of computer and video games.

Today ZeniMax’s subsidiaries include Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Online Studios, Mud Duck Productions, id Software and Vir2L Studios. According to the company, Bethesda Game Studios – ZeniMax’s development group – “is the award-winning development studio known around the world for [its] groundbreaking work on ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.’ … Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the most respected and accomplished game development studios in the world.”

While products such as “The Elder Scrolls,” “Doom,” “Quake,” “Fallout 3” and “Wolfenstein” might not be familiar to most people, hard-core gamers consider them the ultimate challenge. “Fallout 3” won the Game Critics Award for Game of the Year in 2008.

– Mary Medland

Eugene DeLoatch

Dean, School of Engineering, Morgan State University

Eugene M. DeLoatch has blazed a trail in engineering circles ever since he arrived at Morgan State University in July 1984 as the first professor and dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering.

In 2002, DeLoatch was elected president of the American Society for Engineering Education — the first and only African-American to date to hold that position in the organization’s more than 100-year history.

DeLoatch is a member and past secretary of the board of directors of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, chair of the Council of Deans of Engineering of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and co-founder of the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, which is now in its 25th year.

DeLoatch was the chair of the electrical engineering department at Howard University’s School of Engineering for more than two decades.

One of DeLoatch’s passions as an educator and researcher is helping young people forge a career in engineering. “More than 50 percent of baccalaureate degrees in engineering earned by African-Americans in Maryland over the past 20 years were achieved under my leadership,” DeLoatch says.

– Mary Medland

Mike Subelsky

Co-founder, Otherinbox

Having worked in cybersecurity for the Department of Defense, Michael Subelsky and business partner Josh Baer left in 2008 to launch OtherInbox, a Web application that helps customers organize e-mail.
The easiest way to organize e-mail, Subelsky says, is to look at the sender of the message.

“We act as a very intelligent filter that organizes e-mail appropriately,” he says. “Everything that does not come from a person but does come from a company goes into a separate folder. This way one’s inbox is reserved for the people our clients want to respond to. This really helps people to become less overwhelmed.”

In addition to the responsibilities that come with OtherInbox, Subelsky — who holds a master’s in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University — is a driving force behind Ignite Baltimore.

Ignite is a showcase for 16 people to “get on stage at the Walters Art Museum and give a five-minute talk about something that they are passionate about,” Subelsky says. “Topics have included what to do in case of a zombie attack and the nature of evil.”

– Mary Medland

Dave Troy

Founder, Baltimore Angels

The summer after his junior year in high school, David Troy and a partner opened a store and by graduation had built a substantial business selling computers and software.

Having bootstrapped this business and others, Troy, one of the founders of Baltimore Angels, often did not have access to financing that would have made it easier for him to succeed more quickly.

“I began a discussion in 2006 with several local entrepreneurs and investors about putting together an angel investing group,” Troy says. Angel investments are small investments, typically in the range of $50,000 to $1 million, which are pooled by a few individuals to help new enterprises get off the ground.

Troy saw a way to help other high-tech entrepreneurs in the region. Baltimore Angels was finally launched in January 2009. The company puts angel investors in touch with entrepreneurs through regular meetings and other events.

“It’s hard for young entrepreneurs to get connected to like-minded people,” Troy notes. “My work with Baltimore Angels and with developing the technology start-up community generally is meaningful because it helps others.”

– Mary Medland

Richard Zakour

Executive Director, MdBio

Richard Zakour became executive director of MdBio and the MdBio Foundation of the Tech Council of Maryland in 2007.

“MdBio seeks to unify, empower and advance Maryland’s bioscience industry, providing comprehensive support services to its members and the broader community,” Zakour says.

The MdBio Foundation, meanwhile, is a private charitable organization that promotes bioscience awareness, education and workforce development in the state.

Zakour expects the organization to continue to grow and develop to advance areas important to the biotech industry, a sector identified by Gov. Martin O’Malley as a key economic engine for Maryland’s future.

“I have always been a person who is willing to roll up his sleeves and do whatever it takes to get a job done,” Zakour says.

– Mary Medland

Shelonda Stokes*

President/CEO, Greibo.K Designs

After earning a degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University, Shelonda Stokes landed her first job with Hewlett-Packard, one of the cornerstone companies of the U.S. technology industry.

“There I learned that technology only matters if it is to help with how people live their lives,” says Stokes, who today is the president and CEO of greiBO Media, a Baltimore-based production company.
After working at HP, Stokes worked for MyCom in Cincinnati, where she learned about entrepreneurship. Moving back to Baltimore, Stokes began work with greiBO Media, which was just getting off the ground in 2000.

“Our first client was Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development, which was trying to attract a technology workforce from California,” Stokes says. “We created an interactive DVD to send out to prospective employees and employers, which showed what Maryland has to offer. This was our way of using technology to bring about business changes for the state.”

Since then, greiBO has landed a client list that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institution – and Hewlett-Packard.

– Mary Medland

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