Annapolis, MD (January 6, 2014) – Kathleen T. Snyder, the long-term executive of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, has announced she will retire June 30, 2014. Snyder has served as President/CEO of the statewide chamber since October 1999.
“Kathy has provided outstanding leadership and dramatically changed the Maryland Chamber into a powerhouse organization that truly helps employers across the State,” said Thomas H. Graham, Board Chairman. Graham is Vice President of People Strategy and Human Resources at Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Graham credited Snyder with modernizing and strengthening the Maryland Chamber over the past 14 years. “Her vision, persistence, dedication and hard work have made a difference for every business in this state,” Graham said. “From effective lobbying to beneficial C-level networking, the State Chamber clearly is the voice of business in Maryland, thanks in large part to Kathy’s leadership.”
Most recently, Snyder won board support to convene and personally staff a statewide coalition of more than 60 business organizations to advance Maryland’s position as a global leader in private sector job creation and business investment. The Maryland Competitiveness Coalition has worked for more than a year in amassing statewide support for a new vision that focuses on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. The coalition recently sponsored an economic summit that garnered support of more than 200 business leaders throughout Maryland.
“The Maryland Competitiveness Coalition has created new energy and interest within the business community to focus on our opportunities and more rapidly move the State to higher levels of success,” Snyder said. “Of all I have accomplished at the State Chamber, this extraordinary coalition is perhaps the highlight. The coalition has already made a significant difference for Maryland’s future and that of all of its residents.”
In addition to convening the coalition, Snyder totally revamped the operations and advocacy efforts of the State Chamber during her tenure. Among other successes, she has generated clean financials audits year-after-year as well as annual budget surpluses despite several difficult economic years.
The Chamber’s advocacy is recognized as effective, with leadership provided on issues such as transportation funding, unemployment insurance, workplace regulation, energy and taxes.
During her tenure, Snyder also initiated the State Chamber’s Business Philanthropy Awards, Maryland Business Hall of Fame, Small Business programs and an annual dinner with the Maryland congressional delegation. The Chamber’s third total website redesign in 14 years will be unveiled this month, as will new templates for the organization’s communications. “Kathy and her outstanding staff have kept not just current, but cutting edge in communications and relationship building over many years,” Graham noted. “She’s going out on a high note – which is every executive’s dream.”
Prior to her appointment at the Maryland Chamber, Snyder served as the President/CEO of the Alexandria, VA Chamber for more than seven years (1992-1999) and as the Executive Vice President of the Prince George’s County Chamber for more than five years (1987-1992). She has won the Maryland and Virginia chamber executive of the year awards in both states (2007 and 1996) in addition to numerous other awards including as a three-time winner of Maryland’s Top 100 Women award.
Her previous work experiences include working in public information positions for the Prince George’s County Public Schools and for Providence Hospital, Washington, DC. She earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park and a M.A. in public relations from American University in Washington, D.C. A fourth generation Baltimorean, she has lived most of her life in Prince George’s County, and currently resides in Annapolis. Upon retirement, she plans to spend more time with family, including three grown children and four grandchildren, plus another due in June.
About the Maryland Chamber
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit coalition of 750 businesses who employ more than 442,000 people in the state. Its mission is to support its members and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation. For more information about the Chamber, visit its website, www.mdchamber.org or call (410) 269-0642 or (301) 261-2858.