MCCC 57th Annual Dinner: MCCC Celebrates Metro Maryland’s Business Leaders

June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016

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MCCC 57th Annual Dinner: MCCC Celebrates Metro Maryland’s Business Leaders

Rockville, MD – On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) welcomed over 800 business and government leaders to its 57th Annual Dinner, held at the Bethesda North Marriott and County Conference Center. The dinner inaugurated the Board of Directors and honored the leaders who strengthen our business environment.

“Today, we literally put the best of Metro Maryland on stage as we celebrate leadership and innovation!” said MCCC President and CEO Georgette ‘Gigi’ Godwin. “MCCC’s mission is to accelerate member success. We lead, advocate, and connect as the voice of business.”

MCCC’s newly elected Board of Directors took the oath of office, pledging to continue to advance this mission.

During the passing of the torch ceremony, Immediate Past Chair Jerry Shapiro, President, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., passed the Chair of the Board position on to Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott International, Inc.

Dusty Rood, President, Rodgers Consulting, Inc., was also welcomed as the new Chair-Elect.

As part of the awards program, MCCC also recognized five leaders who make significant contributions to building a strong business environment in Montgomery County and beyond:

Visionary of the Year: [video | press release]

  • Winner: Bell Nursery USA LLC., accepted by Gary Mangum, CEO & President
  • Sponsors: The Universities at Shady Grove and Lindsay Goldberg LLC
  • Presented by Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University System of Maryland

Public Sector Partner of the Year: [video | press release]

  • Winner: National Institutes of Health (NIH), accepted by Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director
  • Sponsor: NextWin Services LLC
  • Presented by Ann Sullivan, President, NextWin Services LLC

Legislator of the Year: [press release]

  • Winner: Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen
  • Sponsors: The Donohoe Companies, Inc., Federal Realty Investment Trust, Linowes and Blocher LLP, and Percontee, Inc.
  • Presented by Chris Bruch, President & COO, The Donohoe Companies, Inc.; Jonathan Genn, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Percontee, Inc.; Mickey Papillon, Vice President and General Manager, Pike & Rose; and Barbara Sears, Partner, Linowes and Blocher LLP.

Business Advocate of the Year: [press release]

  • Winner: Lawrence Duncan, III, Vice President, Federal & State Government Relations & PAC Affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Sponsor: Alexander & Cleaver, P.A.
  • Presented by Robert J. Garagiola, President of the Government Affairs Division and Managing Attorney of the Rockville Office at Alexander & Cleaver, P.A.

Chairman’s Award: [press release]

  • Winner: Leslie Ford Weber, Director, Campus and Government & Community Affairs, Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins
  • Sponsor: Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
  • Presented by Jerry Shapiro, President, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.

Government leaders who provided remarks included Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Delaney, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill, and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

Prior to the awards ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to network with each other at the MCCC Board of Directors Reception, sponsored by Rodgers Consulting, Inc., and the MCCC General Reception, sponsored by CohnReznick LLP.

The MCCC 57th Annual Dinner Platinum Sponsors were AstraZeneca/MedImmune; Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP; Jones Lang LaSalle; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Marriott International, Inc.; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Rodgers Consulting, Inc.; Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.; Sodexo, Inc.; and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

To read more about the winners, see photos from the event, and see the full list of 2016-2017 MCCC Board of Directors, click here.



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