MCCC Celebrates Metro Maryland’s Business Leaders at Annual Dinner



The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Thursday night welcomed more than 800 business and government leaders to its 57th Annual Dinner, held at the Bethesda North Marriott and County Conference Center to inaugurate the 2016-2017 board of directors and honored the leaders who strengthen our business environment.

MCCC’s newly elected board of directors were introduced and took the oath of office, pledging to continue to advance the MCCC’s mission.

Amid confetti and Motown-themed dancers, the MCCC Immediate Past Chair Jerry Shapiro passed the torch to the new Chair Jim Young, vice president, corporate facilities, services and real estate, Marriott International, Inc.

Five awards were given to leaders for their significant contributions to building a strong business environment in Montgomery County. They are:

Visionary of the Year Award: Bell Nursery, accepted by Gary Mangum, CEO and president

Public Sector Partner of the Year Award: National Institutes of Health (NIH), accepted by Dr. Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director at NIH

Legislator of the Year Award: Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen

Business Advocate of the Year Award: Lawrence Duncan, III, vice president, federal and state government relations and PAC Affairs, Lockheed Martin

Chairman’s Award Award: Leslie Ford Weber, director, campus and government and community affairs, Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins

“Today, we literally put the best of Metro Maryland on stage as we celebrate leadership and innovation!” said MCCC President and CEO Georgette ‘Gigi’ Godwin. “MCCC’s mission is to accelerate member success. We lead, advocate, and connect as the voice of business.”

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