Press Release: The Montgomery County Business Community Celebrates Leaders Who Strengthen the Region’s Economy at the MCCC 56th Annual Dinner

June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015
Contact:  Michelle Guzman
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The Montgomery County Business Community Celebrates Leaders Who
Strengthen the Region’s Economy at the MCCC 56th Annual Dinner


Rockville, MD – On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) welcomed nearly 800 business and government leaders to its 56th Annual Dinner, held at the Bethesda North Marriott and County Conference Center. The dinner celebrated extraordinary talents and organizations that are leading change for MCCC members, the region, and the nation.

“Our Chamber’s mission is to support our members’ success. We lead, advocate, and connect as the voice of business,” said MCCC President and CEO Georgette ‘Gigi’ Godwin. “Together we put our strong regional economy on the nation’s map and on the world’s stage, making Montgomery County a destination for opportunity.”

MCCC’s newly elected Board of Directors participated in a swearing-in ceremony, pledging to continue to advance this mission.

During the passing of the torch ceremony, Immediate Past Chair Lisa Cines, Regional Partner, Business Development & Marketing, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, passed the Chair of the Board position on to Jerry Shapiro, President, Shapiro & Duncan amid a celebration of confetti.

“The essence of a great place to live and work is a wonderful community, and the economic engine that drives community is the businesses in that community. So that is why I am 100% invested in our Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.” said Jerry Shapiro.

Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott International, Inc., was also welcomed as the new Chair Elect.

MCCC also recognized four leaders who make significant contributions to building a strong business environment in Montgomery County and beyond:

Legislator of the Year:

  • Winner: Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator for Maryland
  • Sponsor: NextWin Services LLC
  • Presented by Ann Sullivan, President, NextWin Services LLC

Visionary of the Year:

  • Winner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), accepted by Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
  • Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Presented by Stephanie Hill, Vice President & General Manager, Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil Business, Lockheed Martin

Business Advocate of the Year:

  • Winner: Thomas J. McElroy, Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller, HUGHES an EchoStar Company
  • Sponsor: CohnReznick LLP
  • Presented by Bhavesh Vadhani, Principal, Risk and Business Advisory, CohnReznick Advisory Group, CohnReznick LLP

Chairman’s Award:

  • Winner: Steven A. Robins, Esq., Partner, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd
  • Presented by Lisa Cines Regional Partner, Business Development & Marketing, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Government leaders in attendance included Boyd Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland; Nancy King, Senate Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, Maryland General Assembly; Anne Kaiser, House of Delegates, Majority Leader, Maryland General Assembly; and Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Montgomery County Executive.

The MCCC Board of Directors Reception that preceded the ceremony was sponsored by Marriott International, Inc.

The MCCC 56th Annual Dinner Platinum Sponsors were AstraZeneca/MedImmune

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Exelon, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., Marriott International, Inc., Motorola Solutions, Inc., Red Coats, Inc. /Admiral Security/Datawatch Systems, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., Sodexo, Inc., SunTrust Bank, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

For the MCCC 56th Annual Dinner program book, including full list of 2015-2016 MCCC Board of Directors the, click here.

For photos from the event, click here.



About The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) provides an effective voice for a diverse, innovation-driven economy to ensure business success. Its active membership includes small, medium, and large organizations representing a wide range of businesses and industries. Through effective advocacy, programs and events, MCCC helps its members succeed in business. A non-partisan independent 501(c)(6), the Chamber is separate from any national, state, local chamber or other organization. For more information, visit

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