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The Daily Record announces its 2017 Influential Marylanders

The Daily Record has announced its 2017 Influential Marylanders, honoring 51 recipients who are leaving their mark throughout the state.

“This year’s Influential Marylanders demonstrate an impressive record of accomplishment, leadership and vision,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “What they say is important, and what they do makes a difference in the lives of many in Maryland and beyond. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their accomplishments.”

The honorees were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their significant contributions to their respective fields and for their leadership in Maryland in the following areas: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.  Elected officials are not eligible for this award because they are by nature influential.

In addition, Michael Beatty, president of Beatty Development Group; Laura Gamble, regional president of PNC; and Kathleen Murphy, president of Maryland Bankers Association, were named to the Circle of Influence. Influential Marylanders honorees who have been selected for the third and final time join the Circle of Influence.

The Daily Record launched Influential Marylanders in 2007.

Here is the list of this year’s honorees:

Civic Leadership:

Kevin Davis, Commissioner, Baltimore City Police Department

Robert Embry, President, Abell Foundation

Mary Hastler, CEO, Harford County Public Library

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, U.S. Library of Congress


Barb Clapp, CEO, Clapp Communications

Ray Crosby, President and CEO, Crosby Marketing

Donna Hamilton, Anchor, WBAL-TV

Kevin Merida, Editor, The Undefeated/ESPN

Diana Pelkey, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Under Armour


Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, President, Salisbury University

Richard Huffman, CEO, Celebree Learning Centers

Dr. Karen Salmon, Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education

Dr. Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University


Laura Gamble, Regional President, PNC

David LaBricciosa, Managing Partner, AspireWealth Planners

Kathleen Murphy, President, Maryland Bankers Association

William Stromberg, CEO, T. Rowe Price


John Harbaugh, Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens

Katie Ledecky, Olympic champion

Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, The Strathmore

Scott Rifkin, Co-Founder, Mid-Atlantic Health Care; Publisher, JMORE

Amy von Lange and Jerry Pellegrino, Owners, Schola cooking school

General Business:

Scott Burger, President, PANDORA

Stephanie Hill, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin

Michael Moore, CEO, Tradepoint Atlantic

John Racanelli, CEO, National Aquarium

Tim Regan, CEO, Whiting-Turner

Ricky Smith, CEO of BWI Marshall Airport, Maryland Aviation Administration

Health Care:

Victoria Bayless, President and CEO, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Terry Forde, President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare

Neil Meltzer, President and CEO, LifeBridge Health

Dr. Redonda Miller, President, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President and CEO, Peninsula Regional Medical Center


Courtney Capute, Partner in Charge, Venable LLP

Andy Jezic, Managing Partner, Jezic & Moyse

Judge John Morrissey, Chief Judge, District Court of Maryland

Donald Tobin, Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Jer Welter, Deputy Director and Managing Attorney, FreeState Justice


Casey Baynes, Founder, Casey Cares Foundation

Andrew Buerger, Founder, Jodi’s Climb for Hope

Sharon Love, Founder, One Love Foundation

Real Estate:

Michael Beatty, President, Beatty Development Group

Patricia “Trish” Farrell, Vice President, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services

Adam Gross, Principal, Ayers Saint Gross

Ron Howard, Owner, Ron Howard & Associates/ReMax

Bob Lucido, President and CEO, Bob Lucido Team/Keller Williams


Richard Bendis, President, BioHealth Innovation

Guy Filepelli, President and CEO, Red Owl Analytics

Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca/Medimmune

Deb Tillett, President and CEO, Emerging Technology Centers

John Wasilisin, President and CEO, TEDCO