Ioanna Morfessis received the International Economic Development Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual conference in September. The honor recognizes her efforts to empower communities and companies to prosper and cites among her accomplishments the founding of three best-of-class economic development organizations in the U.S.: the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Morfessis now leads an international consulting firm, IO.INC, which provides growth strategies to companies and communities. She is a past chairman of the council.
Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing was honored Sept. 14 at the PR News Platinum PR Awards in New York, where the firm received a WOW! Award for its work with the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Firefighters. The project had designated Best in Show at this year’s Baltimore ADDY Awards.
Volunteers of America Chesapeake was selected in September for this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The organization and Chief Financial Officer Shyam Desigan were recognized for maximizing revenue while streamlining operations, including by switching to a cloud-computing on-demand system that hosts a set of messaging and collaboration solutions. The faith-based, nonprofit organization seeks to inspire self-reliance, dignity and hope through health and human services in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Carter Heim and Adam Ortiz recently were appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a state-chartered, nonprofit grant-making organization. Heim is president of HeimLantz, P.C., a regional business accounting and consulting firm. He has served as chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, the Anne Arundel Community College board of directors, and the St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees. He is treasurer of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. The Baltimore native has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in taxation degree from the University of Baltimore. Ortiz works in the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive; he served for six years as the mayor of Edmonston. Until recently, Ortiz was deputy chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. He has been special assistant to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, and deputy director at the Rawlings Center for Public Leadership, University of Maryland. Ortiz is the past president of the Maryland Mayor’s Association, president of the Port Towns Community Development Corp., and a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society.
The 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County, based in Westminster, will receive a $1,000 grant from the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation. Approximately 40 riders with physical, mental, emotional and social disabilities from the Carroll County area benefit take part in the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program each year. Program coordinator Peggie Roland said the funding will be used to buy new safety helmets for riders. The 2011 Pennsylvania National Horse Show will be held Oct. 13-22 in Harrisburg.