GBC members named 2019 Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record

The Daily Record has announced its 2019 Influential Marylanders awards, honoring 53 recipients who are leaving their mark throughout the state. Twenty-eight of the 53 business leaders named 2019 Influential Marylanders are GBC members, including members of the GBC’s Board of Directors and Board Chairman Paul Tiburzi.

Honorees, who were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their contributions in their respective fields and their leadership in Maryland, were selected in the following areas: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. Elected officials are not eligible for this award because they are by nature influential. Three-time winners are inducted into the Circle of Influence.

Joining the Circle of Influence in 2019 are, Neil Meltzer, CEO of LifeBridge Health; Sheela Murthy, founder of the Murthy Law Firm; and Creig Northrop, CEO of Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company.

“Influential Marylanders are inspirational. Their visionary actions earn them great respect from their professional peers and from the greater community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They spark innovation and progress, and by doing so, show how truly influential they are in our state. We at The Daily Record are pleased to recognize such an outstanding group of leaders in Maryland.”

Here are the GBC members named 2019 Influential Marylanders:

Circle of Influence (Three-time winners of Influential Marylanders)

  • Neil Meltzer, LifeBridge Health

Civic Leadership

  • Ron Daniels, Johns Hopkins University
  • Kirby Fowler, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
  • Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore


  • Mary McLaughlin, Comcast
  • Stan Stovall, WBAL-TV


  • Roger Casey, McDaniel College
  • Linda Gooden, USM Board of Regents
  • Samuel Hoi, MICA
  • Maria Thompson, Coppin State University


  • Christopher Holt, BB&T
  • William Stromberg, T. Rowe Price
  • Lori Villegas, Morgan Stanley


  • Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development/Port Covington

General Business

  • Tom Geddes, Plank Industries
  • Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin

Health Care

  • Robert Chrencik, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Neil Meltzer, LifeBridge Health
  • Sherry Perkins, University of Maryland Capital Region Health
  • Brian Pieninck, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Keith Vander Kolk, St. Agnes Healthcare


  • Charles Monk, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Paul Tiburzi, DLA Piper


  • Fagan Harris, Baltimore Corps
  • Rachel Garbow Monroe, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation


  • George Davis, TEDCO
  • Ralph Semmel, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
  • Christy Wyskiel, Johns Hopkins Ventures

The Daily Record started Influential Marylanders in 2007. View a complete list of winners here.

The honorees will be celebrated Thursday, March 28 at an award reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m. at The Grand Lodge of Maryland in Cockeysville.

Source: The Daily Record

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