Annual Dinner

June 12, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and County Conference Center

  • 5:15-6:00pm - Board of Directors Reception (Invitation only)
  • 6:00-7:00pm - General Reception
  • 7:00-9:00pm - Dinner Awards Ceremony

The MCCC 59th Annual Dinner celebrates this "Constellation of Stars" 

Visionary Award Winner
Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland, College Park


Public Sector Partner of the Year

State of Maryland Department of Commerce
Accepted by Benjamin H. Wu, Esq., Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer
Presented by Marriott International


Legislators of the Year Award

The Honorable Brian J. Feldman, Maryland State Senate

The Honorable Marc A. Korman, Maryland State Delegate


Business Advocate of the Year Award
Bruce Lee, President, Lee Development Group, Inc.

Presented by CohnReznick, LLP, EagleBank, KGD Architecture, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. and Rodgers Consulting


Chairman’s Award

Stewart L. Edelstein, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Universities at Shady Grove




2017 RECAP

The MCCC 58th Annual Dinner on June 13, 2017 recognized leadership, partnership and innovation as the 2017-2018 Board of Directors was sworn in and five outstanding leaders were recognized. "We put our innovative and forward thinking institutions and people on the nation's map and on the world's stage, making Montgomery County a destination for opportunity." said Gigi Godwin, President and CEO.

Congratulations to our award winners and thank you to all the award presenters and event sponsors.

2017 Photos

2017 Videos

2017 Press Release





Dusty RoodDusty Rood, AICP
President and CEO
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

We are experiencing an incredible inflection-point moment in time where change is occurring at an increasingly rapid pace. Great things will happen for those who embrace change and capture the many opportunities that it creates. As the new MCCC Chair of the Board, I am extremely confident in the future success of the Chamber and the region in which we live, work and play. It’s a great time in history to be alive. " -   Dusty Rood



2017 Award Recipients 


Norman AugustineNorman R. Augustine
Retired Chairman and CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Presented by: Lawrence Duncan, III, Federal & State Government Relations & PAC Affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

“Having traveled in 126 countries, I have observed first hand the impact of the free enterprise system, coupled with freedom and democracy, on the quality of people's lives.  Business and the jobs it creates are the foundation of much that we in America are privileged to enjoy." – Norm Augustine




DeRionne PollardMontgomery College
Accepted by: DeRionne P. Pollard, PhD, President

Presented by: Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott International, Inc.

“Montgomery College is honored to be given this award by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.  Being a trusted partner in the community is an important element in our mission. By building strong local relationships we strengthen our ability to provide educational opportunities for students and improve our service to local businesses and nonprofits.”  - DeRionne P. Pollard



Martine RothblattUnited Therapeutics Corporation
Accepted by: Martine Rothblatt, PhD, JD, CEO and Chairman

Presented by: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

"The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce has helped create the wonderful business environment within which United Therapeutics has thrived.  It is the greentaping and superb infrastructure in our County that has allowed us to turn visions into victories for patients, physicians and families grappling with life-threatening conditions.  As we complete our new cancer medicine laboratory and the largest net zero research labs in the US, we look forward to elevating Montgomery County yet further into the ranks of best places to do business in the USA." – Martine A. Rothblatt



Anne KaiserChairman Anne Kaiser (D14), House Ways and Means Committee, Maryland General Assembly

Presented by: The Honorable P.J. Hogan, Senior Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs

"I am honored to receive the Legislator of The Year Award from the county chamber.  Here's what I know:  collaboration, pragmatism and listening skills go a long way in establishing sensible public policy.  As new Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee it's my job to ensure that we achieve the proper balance among our priorities:  a fair business climate, real transportation solutions, safe neighborhoods and thriving schools."- Anne Kaiser


David NguyenDavid Nguyen, Founder & CEO, United Solutions, LLC

Presented by: Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott International, Inc.

"I am honored to receive the Chairman's  Award.  As technology continues to challenge our businesses and reshape our business models, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront, shaping the economic landscape so that our County businesses can thrive.  I am so delighted to be a part of the Chamber’s initiatives to take advantage of a major inflection point in our history.  I am committed to advancing entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.  Please join us and become a part of this amazing business network." David Nguyen


MCCC FY17-18 Nominating & Annual Dinner Committee

Committee Chair
Pamela Mazza, Managing Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC

Gus B. Bauman, Esq., Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove

Andre Jaundoo, Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Banking / GWA,  PNC Bank

Gregory S. Knoop, AIA, LEED-AP, Vice President of Architecture and Engineering, NIKA

Jane Navarria, Market Executive, Business Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dusty Rood, AICP, President,  Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Suzanne L. Rotbert, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

Jerry Shapiro, President, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.

Leslie Ford Weber, Director Campus, Govt. & Community Affairs, Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins

Derek Whitwer,  Senior Vice President, Team Lead, Commercial Lending, EagleBank

Christine Williamson, Partner, Government Contracting Industry Practice,  CohnReznick, LLP

Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate , Marriott International, Inc.


Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, President and CEO

Barbara Ashe, Executive Vice President

Ilaya Hopkins,  Vice President Government Relations /Communications

Linda Ekizian, Vice President, Membership and Events





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