Maryland Chamber of Commerce to induct three into Hall of Fame

(March 23, 2017 – ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will welcome three outstanding individuals into its prestigious Hall of Fame at its 2017 Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Awards on May 17, 2017 at the Baltimore Hilton BWI Airport Hotel.

The Chamber’s Hall of Fame inductees demonstrate excellence in business management, entrepreneurism, courageous thinking and action, inspiring leadership, and community impact.

“Making Maryland a better place to live and work is more than a career—it’s a calling,” said Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross. “Our inductees have made it their personal mission to guide their respective organizations in extraordinary ways, and to create a real and lasting impact in their communities outside the office. These are inspirational people, and I’m very pleased to recognize them.”

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Awards is the Chamber’s premier networking event, attracting CEOs, business executives and civic leaders from across the state. The Chamber created its Hall of Fame in 2000, and has inducted 47 highly distinguished members so far.

2017 Maryland Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductees

patty brown

Patricia M. Brown, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Population Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine
President, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC
Senior Counsel, Johns Hopkins Health System

Patricia Brown directs the Johns Hopkins Medicine population health strategies, its integration and coordination of managed care contracting, and its payer and market strategies for all of its hospitals and provider groups, its administration and growth for all of its health plan products. She also helps develop and disseminate health care solutions for higher quality, more effective care. In addition, she provides legal advice in managed care, reimbursement, certificate of need and health care reform.

Brown serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland, where she was chair from 2013 to 2015, and on the boards for Notre Dame of Maryland University, Catholic Charities, Listening Hearts Ministries, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and the Lab School of Washington, DC. She also chairs the board for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, a consortium of health care systems and other groups committed to developing a health care information exchange in the region. She has been named one of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women three times and is now in its Circle of Excellence. She won a Baltimore Business Journal Outstanding Directors Award in 2015, a Brava Award from Smart CEO in 2012, and a Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Distinguished Women’s Award in 2007. Brown and her husband, Joseph P. Gill, were named Philanthropists of the Year by the United Way of Central Maryland in 2016.

Charlene Dukes

Charlene M. Dukes, Ph.D.
President, Prince George’s Community College

Charlene Dukes, Ph.D., is the first female president of Prince George’s Community College. She served for eight years on the Maryland State Board of Education, and was president for three, helping set policy and statewide direction for 24 school districts. She has chaired a task force to study a Promise Scholarship program in Prince George’s County, as well as that county’s Public Schools Student Safety Task Force.

Among her many awards and honors, Dukes was recently named a Black Leadership in Education Honoree by the Afro American Newspapers. She was a 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution Woman in American History (Prince George’s County Chapter, Toaping Castle). She earned the Leadership Achievement Award from the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and the Commitment to Diversity Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors (DC Chapter). She was Washington Magazine 2016 Washingtonian of the Year and has been named one of the 100 most powerful women in the Washington metropolitan area by that publication three times. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dukes currently serves on the boards for CareFirst of Maryland, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, the Harlem Renaissance Festival for Prince George’s County, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Campus Compact (national level), the Maryland-DC Campus Compact; the Institute for Higher Education Policy; Higher Education for Higher Standards; the Hillside Works-Scholarship Connection; the Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable; and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she mentors aspiring public and private sector senior leaders.

alan wilson

Alan Wilson
Chair, President & CEO (Retired)
McCormick & Company

Alan Wilson served as chair, president and CEO of McCormick and Company from 2008 to 2016, and as its board chair until January 2017. He held several executive management roles prior to becoming CEO, including roles as chief operating officer and as president in its Tubed Products, McCormick Canada, U.S. Consumer Foods, and North America divisions.

Wilson attended the University of Tennessee on an ROTC scholarship and served as a U.S. Army captain, with tours in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. He received the University of Tennessee’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 and an honorary doctorate in science from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2013. He was named Loyola University’s Business Leader of the Year in 2013. Wilson serves on the boards of directors for the WestRock Company, T. Rowe Price Group and McCormick & Company. He also chairs the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and serves on the University of Tennessee’s Business School Advisory Board. He has previously served on the boards of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Wilson was a trustee for the St. Paul’s School for Boys for five years. He has also served as president of the University of Tennessee–Knoxville Alumni Board. He and his wife, Wendy, have endowed several scholarships at UT, and the university’s Center for Career Development is named for them. In addition, he chaired the United Way of Central Maryland campaign in 2012, and he and Wendy were named its Philanthropists of the Year in 2013. They also support the Family Tree and First Tee of Baltimore.


The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for business in Maryland and the only statewide business advocacy organization. Our 700 member companies employ 400,000 Marylanders. The mission of the Maryland Chamber is to support its members and advance Maryland as a nationally and globally competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through its effective advocacy, high level networking and timely communications. 





Mary D. Kane: Protecting employer-sponsored health care plans | Commentary Friday Five | March 24, 2023 Resources for Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs in Maryland

Mary D. Kane: Protecting employer-sponsored health care plans | Commentary