GBC announces 14 finalists for ‘Bridging the Gap’ awards

Fourteen finalists have been selected for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Third Annual Bridging the Gap Awards for minority business achievement.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation event on November 28 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Maryland. The awards event, which begins at 6 p.m., will recognize outstanding minority-owned and women-owned firms as well as other businesses and individuals that have nurtured the development of minority businesses in the Baltimore region.

“By honoring successful minority and women-owned businesses and others in our region who show strong commitment to diversity, we underscore the economic case for making minority business development a high priority,” said GBC president Donald C. Fry. “Our region’s economic future depends on all of its business resources being fully-engaged.”

Awards will be presented for three categories: successful minority businesses that deserve recognition for outstanding achievement; corporations or individual business executives that have shown leadership in the area of inclusive business practices; and partnerships or strategic alliances that generate new business opportunities for minority-owned or women-owned firms.

Finalists for the Third Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards are:

Minority-owned Business
Anne-Tisdale Direct
Judith E. Antisdel, president
The Barbour Group
Karen Barbour, president & founder
Brown & Sheehan, LLP
Michael A. Brown, partner
Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc.
Ellen H. Yankellow, president & CEO
Cynergy Group of Baltimore
Terri Merz, CEO
Global Design Interactive
Joseph Weaver, president & CEO
Guardrails, Etc., Inc.
Sheila Hoffman, CEO
P&J Contracting Company, Inc.
Pless B. Jones, Sr., founder and president
Peer Consultants, P.C.
Dr. Lilia A.. Abron, founder
The Squires Group
Nancy Squires, CEO
WeCare Private Duty Services, Inc. 
Geraldine Diggs, founder & CEO

Majority-owned Businesses
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Jerry L. Morgansen, CEO
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Gary Harkness, vice president

Partnerships or strategic alliances
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Commercial Interiors
Gary Harkness, vice president, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Kevin M. Johnson, president, Commercial Interiors

The GBC’s three-year-old “Bridging the Gap” initiative focuses on strengthening the growth of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Baltimore. Studies show that the more than $5 billion in increased annual sales and 32,000 jobs would be created if the Baltimore region’s minority business sector could develop to a level comparable to other regions of its size.

A special section on the “Bridging the Gap” initiative will be published on November 24 in the Baltimore Times and the Daily Record.

Sponsors of the Bridging the Gap Awards are: GBC Corporate Sponsor MedStar Health; Gold Sponsors Comcast, M&T Bank, and Miles & Stockbridge; and Bronze Sponsors A&R Companies, Johns Hopkins Medicine, SB & Company LLC, the Downtown Partnership, and Saul Ewing, LLP. Media Sponsors are the Baltimore Times and the Daily Record.

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