GBC elects Monk as chair, new officers and 12 new board members

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Charles O. Monk II, managing partner of the Baltimore law offices of Saul Ewing LLP, was elected chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee during its May 5 annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

William R. Roberts, president of Verizon Maryland, Inc., was re-elected vice chair. Robert C. Embry Jr., president of The Abell Foundation, was re-elected treasurer. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of University System of Maryland, was elected Secretary.

Monk succeeds outgoing GBC Chair Atwood “Woody” Collins III, president and COO, Mid-Atlantic Division, M&T Bank. As immediate past chair, Collins will continue to serve as a GBC officer in 2009-10.

The GBC also elected 12 Baltimore-area executives as new members of its board of directors. Elected to their first two-years terms were:

  • Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer, University of Maryland Medical System
  • William S. Corey, Jr., managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • William Couper, president-MidAtlantic, Bank of America
  • Christopher A. Eddings, publisher and president, The Daily Record
  • Fred Graffam, regional senior vice president, Comcast, Beltway Region
  • Philippe Jacon, president, BD Diagnostics
  • Sandra L. Kurtinitis, president, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Ellen Lord, senior vice president/general manager, AAI Corporation/Textron Systems
  • Robert A. Manekin, senior vice president, Manekin, LLC
  • Rachel E. Garbow Monroe, chief operating officer, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
  • Kenneth A. Samet, president and chief executive officer, MedStar Health
  • Alan D. Wilson, president and CEO, McCormick & Company, Inc.

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, developing solutions to address Maryland’s energy crisis, 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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