(May 7, 2019 – OXON HILL, Md.) – In a room filled with over 250 Maryland business leaders, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce hosted Inspire MD, a fresh take on the Maryland Business Hall of Fame Awards, at the MGM National Harbor. It was a truly inspirational evening held to honor longstanding leadership in the state and rising stars in their fields.
The awards ceremony kicked off with a warm welcome from Angela Alsobrooks, County Executive of Prince George’s County, and an introduction of the awards by Maryland Chamber President & CEO Christine Ross.
Newly appointed Chairman of the Maryland Chamber Board of Directors, Steve Woerner, then took the stage for the first time after stepping into his new role with encouraging words on everyone’s contribution to the Maryland business community, “all of us here tonight know the feeling of working day in and day out to make sure we are providing the leadership necessary for businesses to thrive in Maryland. It is critical to have seasoned leaders who will keep business moving forward.”
It was those seasoned leaders who took home the accolades of the night.
Congratulations to the 2019 Maryland Business Hall of Fame inductees:
Flynn and Cornelsen join an impressive list of individuals inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame since 2000. Two staples in the Maryland business community, Flynn and Cornelsen have led DLA Piper and Old Line Bank, respectively, to become the high achieving organizations that they are today.
Congratulations to the recipient of the Public Service Award:
Hrabowski’s passion for education was evident in his acceptance speech, proclaiming “education is at the core of success.” As president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, making him one of the longest serving college presidents in the nation, Hrabowski has helped elevate UMBC to a campus known nationally for inclusive excellence and innovation. He was also inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame in 2003.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and to the winners of the newly created awards:
Innovative Wellness Award:
Leidos is calling on all business leaders to pledge to end opioid addiction with its CEO Pledge. After Leidos CEO Roger Krone was challenged by coworker John Hindman to join the fight against the opioid epidemic after Hindman’s son, Sean Hindman, died of an opioid overdose, Krone decided to take action. The pledge calls for “safe and supportive work environments, distributing drug disposal pouches, building non-profit relationships, and distributing public awareness campaign materials,” noted presenter Monica Schmude. Sign the CEO pledge to end opioid addiction today.
Inspire MD Award:
Vehicles for Change has served hundreds of trainees to be automotive technicians, 95 percent of which are formerly incarcerated. Their journey with Vehicles for Change begins in the classroom of the state’s correctional education program. An astounding 100 percent of trainees graduate from the program and 100 percent of graduates gain employment. Their recidivism rate is the lowest in the nation at one percent. President of Vehicles for Change Marty Schwartz noted, “only one trainee that has gone through the program has returned to prison.”
Rising Star Award:
Khan is the Vice President of Clinical Programs and Evaluation and is the youngest executive at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in the history of the company. He prioritizes giving back to his community, which can be seen through his role as Secretary for the Board of Directors of Baltimore Medical System (BMS), the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the region. He also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Our Three Winners Foundation, which oversees a $1,000,000 endowment created to combat biases against ethnic and religious minorities and Khan volunteers at several local charity organizations in the Baltimore area.
The evening ended with immediate past chair, Nate Beil, President & CEO of KCI Technologies Inc., noting that the success of Maryland as a state depends on the success of business and how everyone at Inspire MD plays a part of moving Maryland forward.
Thanks again to our sponsors AT&T, Cigna, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, MGM National harbor, BGE, DLA Piper, Leidos, Old Line Bank, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Kelly Benefit Strategies, and the Maryland Bankers Association for helping to make Inspire MD a success!
Enjoy photos from the day: