Flor Andres, vice president of finance at Black & Decker, and Sam Azzarello, Jr., general manager for logistics at the Maryland Port Administration, have joined the TowsonGlobal Advisory Board.
Andres, who joined Black & Decker in 1995, works with the management team in the Consumer Products Division to grow the business, maintain and improve cost competitiveness, develop and execute strategic plans that maintain the company’s market position, and cultivate a world class finance team that supports the evolving needs of the business. Her numerous leadership positions in finance and operations at Black & Decker have included supply chain, Six Sigma, strategic planning and new business development.
“As a global company with roots right here in Towson, Black & Decker believes good corporate citizenship is consistent with delivering quality products,” said Andres. “By working with TowsonGlobal and its entrepreneurial companies, we see the potential for helping develop innovative products that will make a real difference in our local and global economy.”
Azzarello, whose responsibilities include overseeing the daily movement of both truck and rail to and from and within MPA facilities, has been in his current position since 1998. Previously, he has worked closely with importers, exporters, intermodal companies, railroads, trucking companies, steamship lines, warehousemen, and other national and international customers to promote the flow of intermodal cargo through the Port of Baltimore. Azzarello is a past chairman of the traffic board for the North Atlantic Ports Association and is active in the Propeller Club and Traffic Club of Baltimore.
“At the MPA I have seen how having access to key information and networks is crucial to helping companies navigate challenging global conditions,” said Azzarello. “TowsonGlobal provides that access to domestic and foreign companies to create success right here in our region.”
“The Port of Baltimore and Black & Decker each have long and deep roots in the Maryland and global economies,” Clay Hickson, TowsonGlobal’s director, saod. “Their willingness to support our business incubation initiatives adds tremendously to our ability to help local entrepreneurs and to attract foreign investment to the region.”
TowsonGlobal, the Business Globalization Center, is Towson University’s international incubator for startup companies. Its mission is to help early-stage companies — both Maryland companies aspiring to sell products/services globally, and foreign companies looking to market products/services in the mid-Atlantic region — grow and learn how to compete in the global economy.