Maryland Chamber leadership with the 2018 Business Hall of Fame Inductees (left to right: Christine Ross, Norman Augustine, Harriet Dopkin, Michael Middleton, and Stephen Woerner).

Gov. Larry Hogan shows off his Old Bay tie with Christine Ross and McCormick & Co.'s Paul Nolan and Jason McCormick.

Gov. Larry Hogan honors the Maryland Chamber on 50 years with the Governor's Citation.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross reflects on the Maryland Chamber's mission to connect leaders and policymakers, to grow jobs, and make Maryland more nationally competitive.

Hall of Fame Awards: Beyond the bright lights

(May 3, 2018—LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md.) We laughed when past Chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin Norman Augustine gave us his father’s warning, “When you see a frog on top of a flag pole—he didn’t get there by himself.”

We cried when Chair of Community Bank of the Chesapeake Michael Middleton showed his heart felt gratitude to his family and wife.

We were humbled by President of The Classic Catering People Harriet Dopkin’s commitment to give back to the community she serves. And even though the food was plentiful at the Maryland Business Hall of Fame Awards—we all left feeling a little lighter and more inspired.

Last night, the Maryland Chamber inducted three exemplary individuals into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame that radiated leadership in both profession and community involvement. All three, similarly, serve on multiple nonprofit boards which span community, health, social, and educational outreach commitments.

“This is really one of my favorite nights of the year. We have so many opportunities to celebrate our business community, but this is the one that inspires me the most,” said Christine Ross, CEO and president of the Maryland Chamber.

Gov. Larry Hogan, appropriately dressed in his Old Bay tie, mingled with Maryland’s business leaders at the cocktail reception before kicking off the first standing ovation of the night during his keynote speech.

Hogan addressed Maryland’s business leaders and their efforts to Maryland’s successful business climate, “Together, with all of your help, we’ve created an exciting economic resurgence in our state…and, with the help of the Chamber, our most successful legislative session yet.”

Hogan proceeded to honor Ross and the Maryland Chamber with an official Governor’s Citation “in recognition of 50 years of wonderful service.”

Maryland Chamber Vice Chair and President of BGE Stephen Woerner  introduced the ceremony, “The truth is that Maryland’s business community has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to meaningful leadership. It’s really a blessing to struggle in the choice.”

Dopkin accepted her award thanking her team and family, who for her, are one in the same.

“As I look around and see our local community seated, breaking bread and sharing meaningful moments with one another, it strikes me that it’s natural for us to be here tonight—the only anomaly is that we didn’t come through the loading dock door.”

Her commitment to giving back resonated.

“Humanity is our ultimate community and everyone plays a crucial role. I understand this more each day as I recognize our opportunity to take positive actions which ripple out to the broader community.”

Middleton’s acceptance speech pulled at the crowd’s heartstrings as he shared his award with his support systems.

“We never take this journey alone,” he said.

Augustine who has served on advisory boards to six federal departments, in addition to NASA, Congress and the White House, humbly addressed the room.

“I have great optimism on what we can accomplish together,” Augustine said.

He emphasized the potential for our educational systems, specifically K-12, and its direct influence on Maryland continuing to be a competitive workforce.

This was the 18th year for the Maryland Chamber of Business Hall of Fame Awards. Check out a complete list of our Hall of Fame inductees here.

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