Harbour School Honored

bbriefHarbourSchoolThe Harbour School has been recognized as a Lead2Feed Certified School. Only 10 schools and youth organizations have received this honor. Harbour was recognized for inspiring community service and its demonstration of student leadership. Through the efforts of Harbour students and staff, students have performed thousands of hours of community service working toward alleviating hunger in the community. Their efforts have earned $50,000 for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Siri Llamas, a special educator at The Harbour School at Baltimore, was recognized by the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program as Teacher of the Week in early February. Her leadership has assisted her special needs students to provide educational materials and resources that provide practical ways to combat hunger in local communities in 17 states and nine foreign countries.

Lead2Feed was started three years ago, and since its inception, more than 1 million students from 3,500 schools across the country have participated. The Harbour School is the first and only school to win twice.

The Harbour School is a nonpublic school serving students ages 6 to 21 that have been diagnosed as having learning disabilities, high functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other health impairments.

District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate

Maryland’s District 11 team of Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein has announced its endorsement of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, faces Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County in the Democratic primary race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring after serving as senator since 1987.

“We’re thrilled to announce our unanimous support for Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate. We are on the front lines of the challenges and opportunities facing the Baltimore region — and there is no one better suited to serve as an effective, progressive voice for our great state,” the District 11 team said in a written statement. “Chris is a leader with bold ideas to grow our economy and bring good paying jobs to our area. He is a fighter for women and families. He’s got a deep understanding of national security issues and has been alongtime friend to Israel. As we speak with our community and the people we represent, it is clear that Chris’s record of leadership and support for the Baltimore region are resonating with voters. He is the best candidate to carry Sen. Mikulski’s legacy into the future, and we stand with him every step of the way.”

MIDC Showcase Brings Israeli Companies to BWI

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Maryland/Israel Development Center in partnership with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation hosts a showcase of Maryland/Israel businesses at the Observation Gallery at BWI Airport.

“We’ve got the largest number of Israeli companies participating than we’ve ever had,” said Barry Bogage, MIDC executive director.

More than 30 companies will be on hand to hand out materials, give product demonstrations and speak about their work at the event, which Bogage said is part-networking reception and part-expo.

“It’s an opportunity for people to meet the Israeli entrepreneurs that have offices in Maryland,” he said.

Howard Sollins, a partner at law firm Ober Kaler who is chairing the event, said the showcase allows the MIDC to highlight companies already in Maryland, as well as special successes of the MIDC, such as Johns Hopkins University’s collaboration with Israeli digital health company Luminox.

“It provides an opportunity to bring people together who are interested in cyber and healthcare applications, including mobile health applications, and to provide a range of different companies who provide a variety of different products and services,” Sollins said. “It really features the breadth of what Maryland has to offer.”

Israeli companies that will be featured include Elta North America, which manufactures electronic systems for the U.S. government; RoboTeam, which develops and manufactures unmanned platforms and controllers for defense, law enforcement and public safety; and BioGaming, a leader in game-based, 3D-assisted rehabilitation solutions. A variety of Maryland-based biomedical, cyber security and information technology companies will also be on hand.

Maryland’s new Secretary of Commerce R. Michael Gill will speak at the event. After the showcase, at 7:15 p.m., OurCrowd’s director of investor relations Scott Rubin will speak. OurCrowd is one of the world’s leading equity crowd funding platforms to invest in Israeli and international companies

The showcase begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit marylandisrael.org/news/showcase-maryland/israel-business-tuesday-dec-1st-record-number-companies-participating.

Feats Honored as Growing Inner City Business

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune announced that Feats, a creative strategy and engagement agency located in Baltimore, was selected for the 2015 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the United States.

ICIC’s Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Each year, ICIC works with a national network of nominating partners to identify, rank and spotlight rapidly growing urban businesses, and the top 100 — determined by revenue growth — are honored on the Inner City 100 list published in Fortune.

Feats is a creative strategy and engagement agency that focuses on live experiences and environments that engage audiences and produce measurable results. It partners with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and companies to
engage and inspire their key audiences to act. Since 1985, it has helped clients inspire philanthropy, evoke emotions, improve communication and even change behavior through powerful experiences.

“These entrepreneurs are strong community leaders and industry game changers,” ICIC CEO Steve Grossman said of the 2015 Inner City 100 winners. “Their businesses are critical drivers of economic development and job creation. Together, they demonstrate the competitive advantages of doing business in our inner cities.”

Meyerhoff Funds Board Names President

The board of directors of the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds announced that Elizabeth R. “Buffy” Minkin has been named president.’Minkin, a fourth-generation Meyerhoff family member, has played an integral role in developing and guiding the Funds’ impact through significant and strategic contributions that improve the quality of life in Baltimore.’

“Philanthropy is at the core of Buffy’s DNA.’She understands the  vision that was established by her great-grandparents and grandparents and has been successful in merging that vision with the needs of the community here in Baltimore,” said Joseph Meyerhoff II, chairman of the board for the Funds.’’

Minkin joined the Funds in 2003 and served for the next five years as special projects director with responsibility for overseeing several family writing projects and collaborative roundtables and implementing adjustments to its grant-making process.’In 2008, Minkin returned to the private sector as a commercial real estate
broker and then rejoined the Funds in 2011 as vice president of Baltimore and Domestic Initiatives.’Since that time, Minkin has served as one of a three-member management team overseeing the Funds’ grant-making, strategy and next-generation work.

In her new role, Minkin will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Funds in concert with its board of directors. More specifically, she will provide oversight of its governance and charitable functions and will direct management, community relations and grant making to ensure that the Funds remain at the leading edge of local, national and international philanthropy.’Minkin will be responsible for overseeing all Jewish initiatives domestically and an extensive portfolio of programs and capital projects in Israel.

Komen Names Director

Mark Roeder

Mark Roeder

Susan G. Komen Maryland named Mark Roeder as its executive director, effective Oct. 8. Roeder has held a number of leadership positions in both nonprofit and for-profit

Most recently, Roeder served as president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter. Roeder first joined the National MS Society in January 2004 and held a
variety of positions in the organization before becoming chapter president in 2008.

A lifelong resident of Maryland, Roeder earned his bachelor’s degree in English and media communications from Loyola University. He resides in Westminster with his
wife and three children. In his spare time, Roeder enjoys reading, cycling, playing piano and coaching youth basketball

El Al Wins Innovation Award

El Al Israel Airlines’ Cockpit, a digital program for supporting and accelerating startups in the fields of aviation and travel, won first prize in an international competition held by the Airline Passengers Experience Association (APEX) in the category “Best Achievement in Passenger
Experience 2015.”

The airline launched the Cockpit program to create an opportunity for entrepreneurs to tap into the knowledge and ideas of aviation and travel startups. The program offers access to El Al resources and international network to build and support innovative concepts. Global startups to advanced companies, having the latest technological innovations in the early stages, are encouraged to apply through a rigorous submission process.

Cockpit offers access to El Al systems for development and integration of a beta site platform; initial funding; mentoring and counseling in all areas of expertise including marketing, advertising, engineering, service and technology; exposure as well as access to local and worldwide markets as well as strategic partners; and the opportunity to have El Al Israel Airlines as a customer.

To provide further benefits to these startups, El Al has partnered with the Microsoft Ventures accelerator to offer additional advantages including access to technological platforms, mentoring, office space and information sharing.Since its inception earlier this year, several startups are already active members of the program.

Loveland Named to MD Chamber Committee

Tom Loveland, founder and CEO of Mind Over Machines, was named to the executive committee of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Loveland brings more than 25 years of experience as both an entrepreneur and a passionate voice for technology in Maryland to his new leadership role in the state’s top business advocacy organization. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has more than 750 member companies, employing some 420,000 Marylanders.

Since starting Mind Over Machines in 1989, Loveland has guided the firm to become one of the premier software and data solutions consultancies in the mid-Atlantic. Today, Mind Over Machines has helped hundreds of organizations transform business, capture new revenue and grow competitive advantage. Its clients include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Federal Home Loan Banks, New Enterprise Associates and Johns Hopkins University.

Davidson School Receives $5M Grant

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) received a $5 million two-year grant from the William Davidson Foundation. Offering residential and online masters and doctoral degrees, The Davidson School is affordable and accessible thanks to a wide range of merit-based scholarships made possible through the William Davidson Foundation.

This grant comes on the historic approach of the 20th anniversary of The Davidson School’s founding. It will enable The Davidson School to continue its work at the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) and the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI).

The Davidson School is the largest multidenominational school of Jewish education in North America, granting master’s and doctoral degrees and providing professional development to educators currently in the field. Its pedagogy emphasizes experiential education, is informed by best practices and new developments in teaching and engenders leadership in a variety of educational settings from day schools to summer camps, Jewish community centers to congregational schools, Israel experiences to environmental education and early childhood to adult Jewish learning.

MPT Head Honored

Larry D. Unger, president and chief executive officer of Maryland Public Television, was named one of Maryland’s most admired CEOs for 2015 by The Daily Record. Unger is among 32 award recipients in categories covering private companies, public companies, nonprofit organizations and government entities.

The 2015 honorees, selected by a panel of business and legal professionals and a representative of The Daily Record, were presented with their awards during a dinner event on Sept. 17. Winners were profiled in a special magazine inserted into the Sept. 18 issue of the newspaper and available online at TheDailyRecord.com.

Larry Unger became the fifth president in the more than 40-year history of Maryland Public Television in 2011. MPT, a $28 million noncommercial broadcasting operation headquartered in Owings Mills, is a state licensee member of the Public Broadcasting Service. Unger first joined MPT in 1997, serving in the roles of executive vice president and chief financial officer.