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Donald C. Fry - 11/3/15

Nov 3, 2015

Donald C. Fry has been the president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the central Maryland region's most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, since November 2002.

Under Don’s leadership, the GBC is recognized as a knowledgeable and highly credible business voice in the Baltimore region, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. on policy issues and competitive challenges facing Maryland. Its mission is to apply private-sector leadership to strengthening the business climate and quality of life in the region and state.

Laura L. Gamble - 10/27/15

Oct 27, 2015

Laura L. Gamble is regional president of PNC Bank, Greater Maryland. In this role, she is the senior banking executive in the region accountable for the growth of PNC's core business in Greater Maryland.

Before joining PNC in April 2012, she was founding partner of Skipjack Partners LLC, a women-owned business consultancy. Prior to Skipjack Partners, Gamble spent more than 20 years in banking, the most recent as seven years as president Bank of America, Maryland.

In addition to her role as Maryland president, she led a variety of businesses within Bank of America in Commercial Banking, Treasury Management and Wealth Management.

Jay A. Perman, MD 10/20/15

Oct 26, 2015

  Jay A. Perman, MD, became the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in July 2010.  A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work.

Toby Bozzuto - 10/13/15

Oct 21, 2015

Toby Bozzuto is President of The Bozzuto Group where he is responsible for the overall day-to-day direction of the company as well as its more than 1,900 employees.

Previously, Bozzuto was President of Bozzuto Development Company, where he oversaw the company’s apartment development operations. Bozzuto has more than 5,000 rental units in the pipeline or under construction throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions for projects that range from urban high-rise properties to affordable housing.

Toby joined The Bozzuto Group in 2001 and in 2007 was named Partner.  He previously worked with J.P. Morgan Chase’s Real Estate Debt Group, and was also a financial analyst with Columbia National Real Estate Finance.

Kurt L. Schmoke - 10/6/15

Oct 6, 2015

Kurt L. Schmoke was appointed as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president as of July 7, 2014. Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987.

Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2012. During his tenure as Baltimore’s mayor, Schmoke initiated a number of innovative programs in housing, education, public health and economic development.

Laura L. Gamble - 9/29/15

Sep 30, 2015

Laura L. Gamble is regional president of PNC Bank, Greater Maryland. In this role, she is the senior banking executive in the region accountable for the growth of PNC’s core business in Greater Maryland.

Before joining PNC in April 2012, she was founding partner of Skipjack Partners LLC, a women-owned business consultancy. Prior to Skipjack Partners, Gamble spent more than 20 years in banking, the most recent as seven years as president Bank of America, Maryland. In addition to her role as Maryland president, she led a variety of businesses within Bank of America in Commercial Banking, Treasury Management and Wealth
Management.

Jay A. Perman, MD - 9/22/15

Sep 22, 2015

Jay A. Perman, MD, became the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in July 2010. A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work. His commitment to community engagement and urban renewal is manifest in his prolific civic service.

With Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Perman co-chairs the UniverCity Partnership, an effort to redevelop and revitalize Baltimore City’s Westside. He chairs the board of directors of the Downtown Partnership, dedicated to creating a vibrant city center.

Toby Bozzuto - 9/15/15

Sep 17, 2015

Toby Bozzuto is President of The Bozzuto Group where he is responsible for the overall day-to-day direction of the company as well as its more than 1,900 employees.

Previously, Bozzuto was President of Bozzuto Development Company, where he oversaw the company’s apartment development operations. Bozzuto has more than 5,000 rental units in the pipeline or under construction throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions for projects that range from urban high-rise properties to affordable housing. Toby joined The Bozzuto Group in 2001 and in 2007 was named Partner.  He previously worked with J.P. Morgan Chase’s Real Estate Debt Group, and was also a financial analyst with Columbia National Real Estate Finance.

Kurt L. Schmoke - 9/8/15

Sep 14, 2015

Kurt L. Schmoke was appointed as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president as of July 7, 2014. Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987. Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2012. During his tenure as Baltimore’s mayor, Schmoke initiated a number of innovative programs in housing, education, public health and economic development.

Rick Barth 8/11/15

Aug 11, 2015
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Richard P. "Rick" Barth, PhD, MSW, is professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is a Fellow and President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. His bachelors and graduate degrees are from Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively. He has also served as a chaired professor at UC Berkeley and University of North Carolina. He has authored many books, chapters, and articles on children’s services practice, programs, policy, and research.

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