(March 21, 2018 – ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will welcome three outstanding individuals into its prestigious Hall of Fame at its 2018 Maryland Business Hall of Fame Awards on May 2, 2018 at the Baltimore Hilton BWI Airport Hotel. Gov. Larry Hogan will serve as keynote speaker.
The Maryland Chamber’s Hall of Fame inductees demonstrate excellence in business management, entrepreneurism, courageous thinking and action, inspiring leadership, and community impact.
“This evening is so motivating,” said Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross. “It can be easy to think that business leadership is bottom-line-oriented, but these are leaders who understand it’s about so much more than that. The work they have done and the dedication they have shown to the greater good is extraordinary.”
This year’s inductees are:
Norman Augustine’s career has spanned more than 50 years in aviation, aeronautics, government service and more. He was acting secretary of the Army and has sat on or chaired 36 pro bono committees, investigations and commissions, including the Maryland Economic Development & Business Climate Commission, often simply called the Augustine Commission. He has served on 17 boards of directors and trustees, six advisory boards to federal departments, and the President’s Council of Advisers on Science & Technology. He has received the National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, and is a five-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal .
Harriet Dopkin started cooking at age 8, and studied the culinary arts in the United States and Japan. In 1991, she joined the company her parents founded, guiding the Classic Catering staff in combining passion for food and hospitality with a commitment to the environment, education, and community service. The Classic Catering People supports young people’s health through education, sponsorships, career days, classes, and scholarships to Stratford University’s Baltimore campus. Under Dopkin’s leadership, the company sponsors the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai’s Race for Our Kids, the Journey Home program to minimize homelessness in Baltimore, the National Aquarium, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Our Daily Bread, St. Vincent’s Villa and more.
Michael Middleton became president and CEO of Community Bank of the Chesapeake in 1979, and board chair in 1986. A trustee emeritus and former chair of the College of Southern Maryland, he introduced dual enrollment of CSM students with the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Middleton also served as director and chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association Board of Directors, where he initiated the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance. He has received numerous honors and citations for individual and organizational service, including the Business Philanthropy Award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in partnership with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal. The Maryland Bankers Association honored him with its Champion for Women Award.
These distinguished honorees will join 50 others in the Maryland Business Hall of Fame, established in 2000. Last year, the event honored Johns Hopkins HealthCare President Patricia Brown, Prince George’s Community College President Charlene Dukes, Ed.D., and retired McCormick & Co . CEO Alan Wilson. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh served as keynote speaker.
The Maryland Business Hall of Fame Awards is the Maryland Chamber’s premier networking event, attracting CEOs, business executives and civic leaders from across the state. Inductees are not required to be Maryland Chamber members. Registration is open to anyone who may want to share in an evening of excellence.