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fry-donDonald C. Fry

President and CEO
Greater Baltimore Committee

Donald C. Fry has been a community leader for more than 25 years, beginning in 1991 with six years representing District 35A in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was appointed to the Maryland Senate in 1997 to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Senator William H. Amoss, then joined the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) in 1999 as its executive vice president and general counsel.

Fry was named chief executive of GBC in November 2002, and is the second-longest serving chief executive in GBC’s 63-year history. GBC is a not-for-profit business advocacy organization that works to improve the regional business climate by focusing on issues such as economic growth and job creation.

“It is imperative that during economic prosperity and challenging times that GBC is relevant and engaged,” Fry said. “As a leader during challenging economic times, the important role of business and its positive impact on the economy (or recovering from an economic downturn) must be stressed to staff, business executives, elected officials and the media. GBC plays an important role in formulating and influencing public policy that can assist in economic recovery. Finding solutions is our priority. ”

Fry said his leadership style emphasizes a sense of urgency but demands that decisions are not made hastily but after information has been analyzed and discussed.

“Empowering staff to exercise responsibility in their area of expertise, but challenging them to be fully prepared, to answer questions, and to produce a product that they are proud to have their name on is an essential part of that leadership style,” Fry said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.