Saul Ewing’s Charles Monk to become GBC Chairman at Annual Meeting

Charles O. Monk II, managing partner of the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing LLP, has been nominated to become the next chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Monk and more than a dozen new board members are nominated for election at the GBC’s annual meeting on May 5 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

More than 800 members and guests of the GBC, the region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, are expected to attend the annual meeting.

Monk, who has served on the GBC board’s executive committee since 2005, will succeed outgoing GBC Chairman Atwood “Woody” Collins III, president and COO of M&T Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Division. Collins has chaired the GBC since 2007. As immediate past chairman, Collins will continue to serve as a GBC officer in 2009-10.

David Gregory, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” will be the featured guest speaker.

Formed in 1955, the GBC applies the resources of the Baltimore region’s businesses and civic organizations to improving the business climate. The GBC plays a key role in Baltimore’s downtown “renaissance” and continues to focus on strengthening the business climate in the region and state.

The GBC’s top priorities include developing a comprehensive and efficient regional transportation system, including the east-west Red Line and other mass transit resources; strengthening the bioscience industry; expanding minority and women-owned businesses, addressing infrastructure needs to accommodate growth, and developing an increasingly skilled future workforce. The GBC is also a vigorous and respected business advocate at local, state, and federal levels.

Event sponsors are GBC 2009 Corporate Sponsor University of Maryland, Baltimore; Ambassador Sponsor MedStar Health; Platinum Sponsors Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association and Saul Ewing; Gold Sponsors Baltimore Business Journal, Bank of America, Constellation Energy, Kaiser Permanente, The Daily Record, VPC, Inc., and WBAL-TV Channel 11; Silver Sponsors CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, DLA Piper, Maryland Public Television, Merritt Properties, MuniMae, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.; and Bronze Sponsors Anne Arundel Community College, The Community College of Baltimore County, Grant Thornton LLP, Katz Abosch, Loyola College in Maryland, Stevenson University, Under Armour, University of Baltimore, and Venable LLP.

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