Executive Referral Groups

Growth is good.


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

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. Nov. 8th, Dec. 13th

Ryan Haussmann

Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties

2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. Nov. 8th, Dec. 13th

John Olenick

Montgomery County & D.C. Metro Area

 2nd Wednesday  8:30-10 a.m.  Nov. 14th, Dec. 12th

Andy Dalton

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

1st Tuesday 8:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 6th, Dec. 4th

Gary Ditto

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Monday 2-4 p.m. Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th

Jennifer Dodson

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Wednesday 8-10 a.m. Nov. 14th, Dec. 12th

Mike Rolfes

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

4th Wednesday 7:45-10 a.m. Nov. 28st, Dec. 26th

Jim Ries

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 14th, Dec. 12th

Randy O’Connor

Montgomery County & D.C. Metro Area

3rd Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 21st, Dec. 19th


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,
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
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
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
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
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
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 goal is to grow our business community through strong relationships and successful connections. By building meaningful networks we can create partnerships that drive positive change and mutual growth."
Meet ERG leader Gary Ditto,
Founder & President,
WHO...a staffing company
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,