GBC elects Collins as chair, new board officers and members

A new slate of officers and nine new members were elected to the Greater Baltimore Committee board of directors at the GBC’s Annual Meeting on May 17 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Atwood “Woody” Collins III, president and COO of M&T Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Division, was elected GBC chairman.

John P. McDaniel, CEO of MedStar Health, and William R. Roberts, president of Verizon Maryland, Inc., were elected vice chairs. Robert C. Embry Jr., president of The Abell Foundation, was re-elected secretary/treasurer.

Collins succeeds outgoing GBC chair Barbara A. Gehrig, senior vice president of Comcast’s Maryland/Delaware Region, who in May 2005 became the first woman to chair the GBC. As immediate past chair, Gehrig will continue to serve as a GBC officer in 2007-08. 

Elected to their first two-year terms on the GBC board are:

  • John M. Belcher, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ARINC Incorporated
  • David Cordish, President, Cordish Company, Inc.
  • Richard J. Himelfarb, Chairman/Executive Vice President, Stifel Nicolaus
  • Kevin Manning, President, Villa Julie College
  • J. Marshall “Mike” Reid, Regional President, PNC Bank
  • Brian C. Rogers, Chairman of the Board and Chief Investment Officer, T. Rowe Price Group
  • Kevin Ruth, President, United Healthcare
  • Timothy Ryan, Publisher and CEO, The Baltimore Sun
  • James M. Themides, President, Wachovia Bank

Formed in 1955, the GBC applies the resources of the Baltimore region’s business and civic leaders to improving the business climate. The GBC played a key role in Baltimore’s acclaimed downtown “renaissance” during the 1960s and 70s and today focuses on nurturing business development in Baltimore City and the region’s counties.

The GBC’s current strategic priorities for the region include developing a comprehensive and efficient transportation system, including mass transit; strengthening the bioscience industry, expanding minority and women-owned businesses, addressing infrastructure needs to accommodate growth related to federal base realignment and closure (BRAC), and developing an increasingly skilled future workforce.


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