There comes a moment in time when visionary leaders must step up to change the game. This is that moment in Maryland. For a long time, Maryland has championed its bedrock assets – our central location, dynamic Port and pleasurable quality of life. Maryland has an even greater asset: business leaders who join together to support one another and overall business growth.

These are our Maryland Business Champions. An elite group of top business leaders in the State who share their executive talents and resources with the Maryland Marketing Partnership.

Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy supplier.

Calvin G. Butler, Jr., CEO of BGE is an outstanding leader in both management, industry and community service.

For more than a century, Whiting-Turner has been an integral part of infrastructure and development around Maryland and across the United States. The company is behind the building of marquee local projects, including M&T Bank Stadium and the new Constellation Energy headquarters in downtown Baltimore.

Tim Regan, CEO of Whiting-Turner has built on the company’s legacy of excellence and community service, expanding its reach building facilities across the world and supporting numerous key philanthropic missions.

St. John Properties, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful privately held commercial real estate firms in the Mid-Atlantic. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, St. John Properties has developed, constructed and owns more than 20 million square feet of office, flex/R&D, retail, warehouse, and residential space. The company was named 2018 Developer of the Year by NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association.

Edward St. John, Chairman, founded MIE Properties in 1971, the forerunner of today’s St. John Properties, Inc. He is an influential leader in his business and community and has been named 2019 CEO of the Year by the Baltimore Business Journal.

Tradepoint Atlantic is a 3,100-acre multi-modal industrial site in Baltimore that features a unique access to deep-water berths, railroads and highways. The site, a terminal within the Port of Baltimore, is expected to generate thousands of jobs in Maryland. Tradepoint Atlantic is hailed as a modern industrial revival transforming a former steel mill into one of the largest most strategically significant inter-modal global logistic hubs in the nation.

Board Chairman Michael Mullen has over four decades of experience in the industrial development business, having developed and redeveloped more than 70 million square feet of industrial facilities and major railway inter-modals.

Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate spanning 14 states from New York to Hawaii. The transformation of Downtown Columbia is one of Maryland’s most substantial and exciting developments. The Merriweather District, a burgeoning business district and walkable, urban core, will include 2,300 residences, a 250-room hotel, over 1.5 million square feet of office space, and 314,000 square feet of street retail with a central park– a prime example of Columbia founder James Rouse’s vision of “A City in a Garden.”

Greg Fitchitt, Regional President for Howard Hughes is an innovative, collaborative leader of the company’s vast Downtown Columbia development. He serves on the board of directors for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and chair of Downtown Columbia Partnership.

With a history that dates back more than 100 years, Transamerica is recognized as a leading provider of life insurance, retirement and investment solutions, serving millions of customers throughout the United States. Today, Transamerica is headquartered in Baltimore and part of one of the world’s leading international financial organizations Aegon N.V. The entity currently serves 13 million customers and employs more than 29,000 people around the world.

Mark Mullin, President & CEO of Transamerica Corporation is responsible for the company’s businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Through his leadership, Transamerica has supported numerous Maryland nonprofit organizations focused on the education, health and well-being of its communities, including Junior Achievement.

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state’s public higher education system. USM’s 12 institutions, 3 regional higher education centers, and system office work closely together to leverage their collective expertise and resources, share best practices, increase the system’s effectiveness and efficiency, and advance USM’s mission to improve the quality of life in Maryland.
Benefiting students, as well as Maryland and its citizens, USM:

    • Offers expansive access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities.
    • Performs groundbreaking research.
    • Instills a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Promotes economic growth and workforce development.
    • Provides vital services to communities and individuals.
    • Partners with business, governmental, nonprofits, and organizations to improve quality of life.
McCormick & Company​ is a global leader in flavor. It manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other products to the entire food industry, from retail outlets to food manufacturers and food service businesses. The company’s “People Power” philosophy enables McCormick’s entire team including chefs, foodservice technicians, brand managers, supply chain planners, sensory scientists to pursue innovative ways to thrill their customers, build their business and serve the community.

Lawrence Kurzius, is Chairman, President and CEO of McCormick & Company and has served in several leadership positions throughout his tenure including overseeing expansion in Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia Pacific. Mr. Kurzius serves on the Board of Directors for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Greater Baltimore Committee, and National Sporting Library and Museum.

The Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) was created by the State of Maryland’s General Assembly to serve as a statewide economic development engine. MEDCO works to increase business activity, advance economic development, encourage charitable and cultural activities, enhance workforce development and promote Maryland’s economic viability.​​
Based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Perdue Farms has been a family-owned company for three generations. Today, the company creates products for consumers, and retail and foodservice customers around the globe. Through its two operating divisions, Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, the company strives to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.
Howard Bank is a full service commercial bank focused on making a difference within the communities within Greater Baltimore. Historically, the bank has focused on combining high touch outreach with expert advice and a broad array of commercial services for growing small and medium sized businesses.
Legg Mason is a diversified global asset management firm. Through ongoing product innovation and steadfast client service, Legg Mason has become a world leader in asset management.
T. Rowe Price is a Baltimore-based global investment management organization. The firm provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. Since its founding in 1937, T. Rowe Price’s disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. As an employer, T. Rowe Price encourages its associates around the world to bring their unique talents to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, so that its clients can succeed. For more information, visit or our Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook sites.
The University of Maryland Medical System is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland. As one of the largest private employers in the state, the health system’s 25,000 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 14 hospitals.
W.R. Grace and Company is a globally integrated product development and manufacturing company. Partnering with many of the world’s most recognized brands, the company develops, manufactures, licenses and supports industry-leading technologies.
Weller Development is a privately owned real estate development firm that places human-centered design at the center of its brand, and is at the forefront of responsive environments and human-centric destinations–a method realized in its latest development venture, Port Covington.
Brown Advisory is an independent investment management firm committed to delivering a combination of first-class performance, strategic advice and the highest level of client service with offices in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Carolinas, Delaware, London, New York and Washington, D.C. The firm’s institutional and private clients are based in 50 states and more than 36 countries and territories and are served by over 500 colleagues worldwide, all of whom are equity owners of the firm.
A Baltimore landmark since 1943, H&S Bakery has grown from a small bakery to a dominant figure in the foodservice industry. The company carved out a niche for itself in the specialty bread category, offering many hearth-baked for traditional European flavor and crust. The flourishing company has operations in seven states and distribution in 23 states.
H&S Properties is a visionary development company behind many critical projects throughout Maryland, including Baltimore’s Harbor East, a vibrant waterfront neighborhood that is a premier destination for national employers, successful retailers, and sophisticated visitors and residents.
KELLY & Associates delivers insurance, benefits, payroll, and HR and workforce management solutions to help strengthen businesses, while saving their clients’ time and money. As a trusted partner, KELLY helps clients navigate the complexity and hassle often experienced with HR and workforce management.
M&T Bank Corp. ​is a bank holding company that operates more than 775 retail and commercial branches in eight states, D.C., and Canada. M&T Bank provides products and services related to commercial banking, retail banking, business and professional banking, investment banking, and mortgage banking.
Merritt Companies​, comprised of Merritt Properties, Merritt Clubs, and Merritt Construction, owns and manages more commercial space than any privately held developer in the Baltimore/Washington area: nearly 16 million square feet in more than 70 locations. The company, celebrating it’s 50th year in business in 2017, employs more than 1,000 people. ​
Royal Farms strives to be the “Quick & Friendly” restaurant of choice by offering the Mid-Atlantic region quality, freshly prepared foods, convenience products, and value priced fuel. The Baltimore-based brand proudly serves World-Famous Royal Farms Chicken, which Food & Wine deemed a “best fast-food fried chicken.”
Alban CAT is a complete source for with Cat® machines, generators, marine and industrial engines, and parts and services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Baltimore, Alban CAT has 18 locations throughout the region, all committed to providing the products and support to help their customers maximize their productivity.
The Bozzuto Group is a privately held, integrated real estate services organization. The company has built 42,000 residences to date while maintaining the utmost respect for the environment. The Greenbelt-based company was named 2017 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.​
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected.
Clark Constr​uction is a local builder with national reach. Over the course of a century, Clark has grown from a small excavator into one of the nation’s most capable and trusted providers of construction services. The company’s portfolio features projects ranging from intricate interior renovations to complex civil operations.
Established in 1884, Donohoe has a long history of serving the region with an array of real estate services. The company, which announced in 2016 that it was moving its headquarters from Washington D.C. to Maryland, offers services in construction, real estate, hospitality, development and facilities management.
Ellin & Tucker​ specializes in auditing, accounting, tax, business consulting, busine​ss valuation and forensic accounting services. The firm is known for handling its clients’ complex issues and offering highly specialized expertise in traditional and rapid growth industries.​
Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans. The company comprises Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and its subsidiaries, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and the Permanente Medical Groups. The company has a large footprint in the mid-Atlantic region, with over 700,000 health plan memberships in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
MedStar Health is a non-profit, community-based healthcare organization serving Maryland and the Washington D.C. region. Each year, MedStar Health serves more than a half-million patients across the region in its hospitals, urgent care and ambulatory care facilities, and physicians offices.
Miles & Stockbridge​ is a leading law firm with offices throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The firm’s lawyers help global, national, local and emerging business clients preserve and create value by helping them solve their most challenging problems.
Working exclusively with universities, academic medical centers and major research institutions, Wexford Science & Technology creates vibrant, mixed-use communities that are built on a foundation of discovery, innovation and entrepreneurial activity to create visible outcomes in the form of substantial economic growth, new and diverse jobs, and community transformation.
Harkins Builders is an industry leader in professional preconstruction and construction management services for clients with negotiated and design-build construction projects. Harkins has a diversified portfolio and is committed to high-quality work and exemplary customer service.
Morgan Stanley is a leading global services firm providing investment banking, wealth management and investment management services.

Over the past decade, Morgan Stanley has established a strong footprint in Maryland through continuous growth of its Baltimore operations. In 2016, the company, which employed 1,000 in Baltimore at the time, announced an expansion, which included an additional 800 jobs in Baltimore.

Peterson Companies offers fully integrated development and management services for commercial, office, residential and retail real estate. The company is responsible for prominent and successful mixed-use retail, residential and office developments in Maryland, including National Harbor and Downtown Silver Spring.​
Port Covington is a 235-acre master-planned, mixed-use redevelopment project, with a prime location on the waterfront in Baltimore City. As one of the largest urban renewal efforts in America, the development of Port Covington will have a fundamental and far-reaching positive impact on Baltimore, its economy and its future.