Gerard J. (Jerry) Wit, senior vice president for marketing and leasing for St. John Properties, Inc., has been elected chairman of the nonprofit Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG). The organization is dedicated to the mission of educating elected officials, the general public and the regional business community about the critical need to foster economic development and job creation in the state of Maryland. MBRG is affiliated with the Maryland Business Leadership PAC and the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Maryland FREE).
Former MBRG co-chairs Ellen Sauerbrey and Marvin Mandel will transition to chairman emeritus status and will remain active in the educational and operational efforts of the organization. Wit will team with MBRG president Kim Burns to manage the group’s strategies and day-to-day activities, in addition to working with the other 19 board of directors that reflect a cross-section of state businesses and organizations.
“There is no greater priority to assure the long-term health, expansion and vibrancy of our state’s economy than to attract and create new jobs to our region, and the general public needs to be keenly aware about the stance local Legislators take to accomplish this initiative,” Ellen R. Sauerbrey, former Minority Leader of the House of Delegates, said.
“Given his long-term success in the commercial real estate sector, combined with his understanding of the critical role entrepreneurship and job creation plays in achieving sustainable economic growth, Jerry is the ideal candidate to expand MBRG’s involvement in this important and on-going conversation,” Governor Marvin Mandel said.
Maryland Business for Responsive Government utilizes an innovative “Roll Call,” a nonpartisan flagship report card that tracks the voting record of each Maryland legislator as it relates to issues concerning business and overall job creation.
“Maryland Business for Responsive Government has achieved significant inroads in educating the state’s audiences concerning the track record of legislators when voting on issues related to job creation and attraction,” Wit said. “I am energized in finding creative and meaningful strategies to expand the awareness of these voting patterns, explain how our legislator’s actions directly impact the direction of our economy, and empower individuals and businesses to become more intimately involved in this process. Together with the board’s assistance, we can collectively ‘move the needle’ to shine the spotlight on our legislators and hold them directly responsible for the state’s economic condition.”
Maryland Business for Responsive Government is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce and individuals.