After serving almost two decades as the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top leader, Donald C. Fry, the organization’s president and CEO, will retire on June 1.
Fry has been a part of the GBC, one of the Baltimore area’s most well-known business associations, for 23 years and has been its CEO and president for over 19.
As the GBC’s leader, Fry forged connections between the state’s government and its business sector, advocating for transportation initiatives and other policies. Notably, Fry was a leading voice of legislative efforts to keep the Preakness in Baltimore and to renovate Pimlico Race Course.
Within the GBC, Fry established several programs and initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in Baltimore’s business community, including the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board, a program dedicated to uplift and retaining women working in the Baltimore market, and the Bridging the Gap program, which aims to support and recognize the achievements of minority- and women-owned businesses.
“I’ve been blessed and honored to have served with so many of the top leaders in the private sector over more than two decades and worked closely on a number of major challenges and issues with elected leaders at the state and local government level,” Fry said in a news release. “I’ve enjoyed every minute at the GBC and am very proud of our work during my tenure, but it’s time for a new chapter.”
Fry joined the GBC in 1999 as an executive vice president and general counsel, becoming president and CEO in 2002. Prior to joining the GBC, Fry had practiced law in Harford County and had been a member of the Maryland General Assembly. He was a delegate representing Harford County from 1991 to 1997 and a senator representing Harford and Cecil counties from 1997 to 1999.
Throughout Fry’s tenure in the GBC’s top role, over 600 board members served on the GBC’s Board of Directors; Fry himself has also served on a number of boards, task forces and commissions throughout the Baltimore region.
In a press release, GBC Board Chair Calvin Butler celebrated Fry’s leadership and achievements, and expressed his appreciation for his work as the organization’s president and CEO.
“During his 20 years as president and CEO, he has been a tireless champion of the GBC’s agenda and of the Baltimore region. Under his stewardship, the GBC has been seen as a trusted and respected pro-business organization in the state,” said Butler, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for Exelon. “And if that weren’t enough, he served on countless boards, commissions and task forces every time he was asked to do so. This commitment underscores just how dedicated Don was each and every day to making the Baltimore region a great place to live, work, study and visit. We are a better city and region because of Don’s remarkable imprint.”
Fry will continue to serve as a consultant to the GBC until the end of 2022. The GBC Board of Directors plans to launch a national search for the organization’s next president and CEO soon.