Executive Referral Groups

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Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Referral Groups connect small groups of members in non-competing industries that call upon similar customers to share leads, introductions, and discuss best practices.

To be considered for the ERG vetting process, contact Whitney Harmel at (410) 269-0642 x117.


View upcoming meetings and events for the Maryland Chamber ERGs

ERG Leader When Time Upcoming meetings
Karin Schwartz 2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. July 12th, Aug. 9th, Sept. 14th
Ryan Haussmann 2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. July 12th, Aug. 9th, Sept. 14th
John Olenick  TBD  TBD  TBD
Andy Dalton 1st Tuesday 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 3rd, Aug. 7th, Sept. 4th
Mike Reid 2nd Monday 2-4 p.m. July 9th, Aug. 13th, Sept. 10th
Jennifer Dodson 2nd Wednesday 8-10 a.m. July 11th, Aug. 8th, Sept. 12th
Mike Rolfes 3rd Wednesday 7:45-10 a.m. July 18th, Aug. 15th, Sept. 19th
Jim Ries 2nd Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. July 11th, Aug. 8th, Sept. 12th
Randy O’Connor 3rd Wednesday 9-11 a.m. July 18th, Aug. 15th, Sept. 19th


I’m motivated by two things: developing happy client relationships and figuring out the puzzle pieces. "
Meet ERG leader Karin Schwartz,
Founder & CEO,
Springboard, LLC
I am always increasing my circle of strategic partners and developing business relationships through brand equity, consistently using networking for business development, and introducing my network of contacts to strategic partners increasing profitability for all parties. "
Meet ERG leader Randy Farmer-O'Connor,
Managing Director,
Maryland Public Television
My entrepreneurial spirit, natural curiosity and commitment to being of service to others have allowed me to grow an extensive network of experts, thought leaders, and individuals with the drive needed to strengthen both business and community."
Meet ERG leader Jim Ries,
Director of Business Development,
As a business owner, I experienced how difficult it is to recruit and maintain a strong team. ABBTECH helps connect companies to a flexible workforce and the right candidate."
Meet ERG leader Jennifer Dodson,
Sales and Marketing Business Manager,
I am an entrepreneurial and innovative thinker, striving to advance humanitarian business principals."
Meet ERG leader Ryan Haussmann,
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer,
Howard Bank
My job is to listen to your business challenges, determine your needs, and find IT solutions that fit your organization."
Meet ERG leader Mike Rolfes,
Director of Strategic Partnerships,
Mind Over Machines
It is all about the relationship! I try to understand my customers and future customers not only from the business side, but the personal side. Walk in their shoes, understand their excitements and fears, and get to know them—only then do you build a relationship that endures."
Meet ERG leader John Olenick,
Business Development Manager,
PSA Insurance & Financial Services
We combine executive-level expertise with process improvement approaches to incorporate cybersecurity into enterprise-wide organizational culture."
Meet ERG leader Andy Dalton,
Executive Director,
Edwards Performance Solutions
We help mid-sized organizations reduce their non-core operating costs."
Meet ERG leader Mike Reid,
Expense Reduction Analysts