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ganz-susanSusan J. Ganz

CEO
Lion Brothers Co. Inc.

As CEO of Lion Brothers Co. Inc. since the late 1980s, Susan J. Ganz has played an important role in the state’s manufacturing industry.

Based in Owings Mills and part of a Hong Kong business started in 1899, Lion Brothers is, according to its website, “the leading design and manufacturer of apparel brand identity systems” – brand logos, Girl Scout badges and the like.

And Ganz has made herself a powerful advocate and innovator in Maryland manufacturing.

“As vice chair of the Maryland Regional Manufacturing Institute, I have worked with (RMI President) Mike Galiazzo to highlight the relevance and opportunity of today’s digital manufacturing and sought to advance manufacturing through community efforts,” Ganz said.

“Through the Maryland Manufacturing Commission, and as a past member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, I have worked to bring an innovation and transformation mindset to the manufacturing industry in Maryland.”

Ganz’s advice to new budding leaders in the business world is simple: Find good, effective mentors.

“Seek out mentors who want to get to know the real ‘you,’ who can provide you the space to unpack whatever issues and burdens you’re carrying and help you reset,” she said. “Most importantly, seek out those who can help you find the courage to make those hard decisions, and who are there to keep you moving along the path you are meant to travel.”

Her own mentoring experience has been satisfying. In one instance, a young man who served as her intern while he was in college eventually went to business school (she wrote his recommendation) and is now in a senior role at a Baltimore-based social enterprise.

“I never imagined when I said ‘yes’ to the intern, that it would develop into one of the most rewarding relationships I could imagine,” Ganz said.

“Seek out mentors who want to get to know the real ‘you,’ who can provide you the space to unpack whatever issues and burdens you’re carrying and help you reset”

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