MCCC 2012-2013 Year in Review

July 2, 2013


July 1, 2013 is the first day of a New Year for the Chamber. We are pleased to present highlights of the 2012-2013 MCCC Year in Review below.

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Intern Pledge: Members of the Board of Directors pledged to inspire the next generation of talent to live and work in our community, and will hire student interns from Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2012-2013, 23 Board members pledged 84 interns.

Emerging and Innovative Business Investment: We made a partnership investment in emerging and innovative business tenants of the State of Maryland Business Incubator and residents of the Montgomery County Business Innovation Network. With a special membership application, we connect tenants to extensive Chamber benefits to accelerate their growth and result in a successful launch into the competitive and open marketplace.

Metro Maryland: Leveraged regional assets by establishing Metro Maryland. Attracted Howard County and University of Maryland procurement outreach to local small business; supported Prince George’s County Executive advocacy to attract the FBI re-location.

Global Trade Forums: Established in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, Maryland Department of Economic Development. Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. 2 forums attracted 140 business seeking ways to advance their global presense.

Green Business Forums: Established in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. 4 forums attracted 160 businesses that learned ways to engage in the green economy.



The MCCC Annapolis Legislative Reception took place on Monday, February 4, 2013. The event was at the Calvert House in Annapolis. The over 100 attendees who came to Annapolis for the evening included MCCC Board Members and Elected officials from the State Delegation and County Government.

•Transportation Funding – After nearly a decade of legislative advocacy to increase funding for vital transportation infrastructure needs, the General Assembly passed a transportation funding bill this year. House Bill 1515 would add about $800 million per year for transportation projects. The Chamber advocated for passage of this legislation. In a prior session, the Chamber advocated for creating the Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding, which was chaired by MCCC Board Member Gus Bauman. Several of the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission report were included in the final funding legislation. With the passage of the bill, the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway continue to be competitive for federal matching funds.

•Tax Credits - The Chamber supported legislation to expand the Research and Development Tax Credit Program, the Secure Facilities Tax Credit Program, and supplementing the Cybersecurity Tax Credit, these bills will aid in establishing Maryland as an international leader in government contracting and cyber security. All three of these programs, totaling about $35 million will ensure that Maryland is recruiting and retaining high-tech employers and jobs by leveraging our access to federal facilities.

•Securing Maryland’s role as the leader in Cybersecurity – In addition to the Cybersecurity Tax Credit legislation, the Chamber supported a State initiative to exempt corporate training centers from the hotel/motel tax as they are not hotels or motels. The legislation passed and was signed by the Governor, opening the door for companies to attract their employees and contractors to Maryland.

•Streamlining Public Private Partnerships – The Chamber advocated for legislation, spearheaded by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, to create a new, separate, and streamlined regulatory process for Public Private Partnership (P3) projects. The legislation passed and P3’s are now being considered for many different projects, including the new transit lines.

•Securing Capital Funds for Higher Education – The Chamber advocated for funding for the new Securing funding for the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Academic Complex (BSE) at the Universities at Shady Grove and for development at Montgomery College. Both requests were fully funded.

•Defeated Combined Reporting – The Chamber advocated against implementing combined reporting in Maryland and the legislation failed.

•Defeated Splitting tax rates – The Chamber advocated against giving Maryland’s Counties the authority to charge different property tax rates for residential and non-residential property in a special taxing district. This legislation failed in committee.


•Energy Tax Reduction – The Chamber advocated for a reduction in the 2010 energy tax increase, which was due to sunset in 2012. During the 2012 budget discussions, the Montgomery County Council reduced the energy tax increase by 10%. The energy tax hurts Maryland’s competitiveness for high-energy users and undermines the State’s strategy to attract high-tech companies. This year, the County Council reduced the energy tax increase by another 10%

•Small Business Navigator – The Chamber advocated to create a new position in Montgomery County Government called the “Small Business Navigator”. Originally, the concept was to create an additional person to ensure compliance with County rules. The Chamber advocated making the position more of an ombudsman, which was included in the legislation that passed and was signed by the County Executive. The County’s first Small Business Navigator is Judy Stephenson, a former MCCC Board Member and Small Business Committee Vice-Chair.

•Displaced Service Workers Legislation – The Chamber opposed legislation that would force private contracting companies to retain certain workers on a new contract. The legislation was amended considerably and passed the County Council by a narrow margin.


GovConNet Institute

Provided advanced training to 14 Federal government contractors in the transitional stage with the real world tools and knowledge needed to succeed at the next level and increase owner value. Applicants met this criteria: 1) C-Level executive; 2) in business for at least 4 years; 3) minimum of 35 full-time employees; 4) experience as a Federal government prime and/or sub-contractor, and; 5) minimum three-year average of $5M in receipts.



5th consecutive ‘Industry Day’ at FDA headquarters in White Oak had the largest attendance yet.

2nd Annual Small Business Seminar and Matchmaking Event at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission took place which resulted in the highest attendance to date for an agency small business event.



The 10th anniversary of the MCCC GovConNet Procurement Conference had the highest attendance and introduced new program elements. The Conference was the largest event of its kind in the DC Metropolitan Region.

• 800+ registrants
• 61 speakers, including Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Honorary Chairman
• 85 Exhibitors
• 22 Breakout Sessions on three tracks
• 117 companies were selected for 10-minute matchmaking sessions with the 21 participating Federal Agencies, State and Local Departments and Prime Contractors, which is the highest number of matchmaking sessions in our GovConNet Procurement Conference’s 10 year history!
• New feature: “Ask the Business Doctor” speed mentoring


Business Awards Dinner

December 5, 2012 MCCC Business Awards Dinner attracted 700 attendees to celebrate leadership in the community.


  • Emeritus Business Leader: J.W. Marriott, Jr.
  • Small Business Leader: Gregory Knoop, Principal, OKKS Studios, Inc.
  • Prime Partner of the Year: Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Public Sector Chamber Partner of the Year: Montgomery County Department of General Services
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Sandy Spring Bank
  • Corporate Achievement: Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Verl Zanders Emerging Business of the Year: BrainScope Company

Public Safety Awards Luncheon

The March 15, 2013 39th Annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon was the 2nd largest event EVER held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and County Conference Center. Chairman: Steven A. Robins*, Esq., Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

  • Expanded: New “Meet the Chiefs” reception attracted valor award winners and families, business leaders, elected officials and public safety agencies
  • Corporate Vital Link: Verizon
  • Government Partner of the Year: United States Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the District of Maryland United States Marshal Johnny L. Hughes
  • 29 Valor Award Winners from Montgomery County Department of Police, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Annual Dinner

The June 6, 2013 54th Annual Dinner themed Leading Change was a high-quality and high-value experience with 800 attendees.


  • Legislature of the Year Award: Congressman Chris Van Hollen
  • Visionary Award: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
  • Public Sector Partner: SBA Washington Metro Metropolitan Area District Office
  • Chairman’s Award: Alexandra "Lexy" Kessler, CPA, Partner, Aronson LLC


Health IT , Global Trade and Green Business Forums expanded its connectivity to experts representing a broad range of organization and business sectors.



MCCC partnered with the Tech Council of Maryland and Montgomery County Department of Economic Development to offer 4 Health IT Forums. Mission: Advances the innovation of Health IT in Montgomery County, Maryland, and therefore advances Health IT for the entire U.S.A.

Patient Management Without Walls: Enabling mHealth and Telemedicine


  • Chris Bergstrom, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, WellDoc
  • Shawn Remacle, Director, US Health Provider Sales Strategy, Microsoft
  • Jay H. Sanders, M.D., President and CEO, The Global Telemedicine Group
  • Charles Nahabedian, Chief Executive Officer, VideoKall

Health IT in the Cloud


  • Mr. David Muntz, Principal Deputy National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Technology Strategist, US Public Sector Group, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Michael P. Binko, President/CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, kloudtrack®.

Mobile devices and Healthcare: Securing Information, Protecting Privacy


  • Mr. Adnan Ahmed, Co-founder and President, CNSI
  • Alice Leiter, Policy Counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Dr. Manish Jain, Adult Medicine Assistant Chief DC/SM, Chief of Technology DC SM, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.,
  • Mr. Eric Ashman, Vice President of Engineering, KoolSpan, Inc.
  • Dr. Anand K. Iyer, President and Chief Operating Officer, WellDoc, Inc.

Analytics in Healthcare: Leveraging Data for Organizational Wide Improvements


  • Protima Advani, Vice President Health Care Networks, Avalere Health, LLC
  • Lee Deneault, Director of Manufacturing, Nuvon, Inc.
  • Jeffrey T. Harvey, Managing Partner, Hickory Ridge Capital
  • Jason Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Sidus Group, LLC
  • John R. Zaleski, PhD, CPHIMS, Chief Informatics Officer & EVP, Nuvon, Inc.


MCCC partnered with the United States Department of Commerce, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, Maryland Department of Economic Development. Mission: Strengthens and reduces the risk of U.S. business expansion into established and emerging global markets.

Accessing Opportunities from the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs)


  • Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • John P. Ferriter, Lead Communications Specialist, Office of External Relations, InterAmerican Development Bank
  • Manish Kothari, President, Sheladia Associates Inc
  • Alessandro A. Pio, Resident Director General, North American Regional Office, Asian Development Bank
  • Americo A. Tadeu, Advocacy Center, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Scott Bozek - Advisor & Director of Business Liaison, Office of the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank Group

Doing Business In Brazil


  • His Excellency Mauro Vieira, Brazilian Ambassador
  • Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo, President and CEO, TruBios, LLC
  • Braeden Young, Brazil Desk Officer, Office of the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Michael E. Dearing, EVP, Project Finance, Marriott International
  • Vinzenz Plorer, Vice President, Strategy Operations, EMS Pharma
  • Parag Sheth, Director, High Street Partners


GREEN BUSINESS FORUMS: MCCC partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery College. Mission: Brings focus to the link between economy and ecology, educating businesses on how to embrace best practices.

Financial Benefits of Greening Business


  • Jim Young, Vice-President of Corporate Facilities and Real Estate, Marriott International
  • James B. Martinko , Partner, CohnReznick LLP
  • Jeff Lipson, President and COO, Congressional Bank

Greening Government Procurement: It’s Coming!


  • Nancy Gillis, Director of Federal Supply Chain Emissions PMO, U.S. General Services Administration
  • David Dise, Director, of the Department of General Services at Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Maribeth Malloy, Director of the Environmental Sustainability & Governance, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Green Leasing


  • Adam Sledd, Program Manager, Green Leasing and Federal Buildings, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Laurie McMahon, Senior Managing Director, Principal, Cassidy Turley

Better Business through Energy Efficiency


  • Wilbur Williams, C.E.M., Process/Utility Improvement Engineer, MedImmune, Inc.
  • Brian Fitzpatrick, Energy & Property Accountant, DavCo Restaurants
  • Manuel Vera, Program Manager of Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • Susan Marinelli, Program Manager Direct Load Control Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.


High quality guest speaker presentations and topics exclusive for members only.

GovConNet Member Meetings

Vice -Chair: Kwesi Rodgers, President, Federal National Payables
Co-Chair: Alexandra “Lexy” Kessler, CPA, Partner, Aronson LLC

•Christine Williamson, CPA, Watkins Meegan

•Michael J. Schrier, Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC & Eric Whytsell, Manager, Jackson Kelly PLLC

•Diane Sahakian, Deputy Executive Director, Procurement, Office of Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

•F. Glen Richardson and Zach Ennis, FedBid

•Mary B. Armstead, Acting Associate Director, Office of Acquisition and Policy Management, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, OD, National Institutes of Health

•Vance Hum, CEO, I.M. Systems Group, Inc., Wayne Pizer, Vice President, Small Business Programs, L-3 Communications STRATIS, and Pamela Mazza, Managing Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC

•Anthony Briggs, Small Business Program Manager, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Sandra Davis; Strategic Relationship Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton, Wayne Pizer, Vice President, Small Business Programs, L-3 Communications STRATIS, and Tabisa "Tabi" Tepfer, Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Infrastructure and Land Use Member Meetings

Vice-Chair: Gus B. Bauman, Counsel, Beveridge and Diamond, P.C.
Co-Chair: Chuck Brawley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Skanska USA Building

•Francoise Carrier, Planning Board Chair

•Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Council

•Steve Elmendorf, Linowes & Blocher, Jennifer Russel, Rodgers Consulting, and Bob Kaufman, MNCBIA,

•Phil Andrews, Montgomery County Council

•Rachel MacLeery, ULI Infrastructure Initiative

•Marlene Michaelson, Senior Legislative Analyst, Montgomery County Council

•Shyam Kannan, Managing Director of Planning, WMATA

Marye Wells-Harley, Vice Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board

Economic Development Member Meetings

Vice -Chair: William Robertson*, President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare, Inc.
Co-Chair: Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, The Universities as Shady Grove

•Robert G. Brewer, Jr., Board Member, Montgomery Business Development Corporation, Principal, Lerch, Early & Brewer

•Jay Wilson and Francisco Cartagena from Justice for Students in America and the Montgomery County Young Democrats

•Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative Analyst, Montgomery County Council

•Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council

•Anne Kaiser, Chair, Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates

•Phil Andrews, Montgomery County Council

•Francine Waters, Managing Director, Lerner

•Dan Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, MD

Legislative Affairs Member Meetings

Vice-Chair: Josh Bokee, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast

•Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative Analyst, Montgomery County Council

•Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council

•Anne Kaiser, Chair, Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates

•John Stierhoff, MCCC Contract Lobbyist and Partner, Venable, LLP

•Melanie Wenger, Director, Montgomery County Office of Intergovernmental Relations

•Kathleen Dumais, Maryland State Delegate

•Nancy King, Maryland State Senator

•Delegate Bill Frick, Maryland House of Delegates

Small Business Member Meetings

Vice-Chair: Judy Stephenson, President, OFFICEPRO, Inc.
Co-Chair: Charles Atwell*, Innovative Business Interiors

•David Dise, Director of the Montgomery County Department of General Services

•Lynn Perry Parker, Esq., LPP Law

•Al Wurglitz and Colleen Pleasant Kline from Miles & Stockbridge, PC

•Joe and Judy Pauley from Kahler Communications

•Mo Hasan, Shikani

•Stephanie Fenner, Senior Manager, Aronson, LLC, John Halley, Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank and Douglas Parker, Vice President M&T Bank

•Scott Span, Tolero Solutions

•Bill Lang and Chuck Husak, August, Lang, and Husak

•Judy Stephenson, Small Business Navigator, Montgomery County Government

•Julie Verratti, Advisor, Field Operations, U.S. Small Business Administration


*Chairman Emeritus


MCCC Strategic Partners