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.

Carim Khouzami, 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.

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.

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.​
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.​​
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.
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.
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.
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.

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 troweprice.com 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.
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.
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.

Strategic partners, side-kicks, counselors, advocates— this is how we’ve been described by virtually every client that’s come through our doors since 1946. Located in the heart of Baltimore, Ellin & Tucker​ is leading mid-Atlantic public accounting and business consulting firm, serving privately held businesses and the individuals and families that run them. Our commitment to our clients and employees is echoed in the commitment and love we have for our great region, which is why our firm has been engaging with the Maryland not-for-profit community both professionally and personally for more than 75 years. Whether we’re sitting across the table or miles away, our clients know we’re always there, in the room, offering insight that will help support their biggest business decisions.
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.
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.
Baltimore’s Harbor East is a vibrant waterfront neighborhood that is a premier destination for national employers, successful retailers, and sophisticated visitors and residents.
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.​
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.
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.
Cisco helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected.
Route One Apparel is an e-commerce platform that specializes in making trendy, affordable Maryland state pride apparel and accessories for those who want to make wearing clothing “fun”, while making a statement. We welcome you to join the movement!
MD Energy Advisors is a trusted partner providing solutions that meet the energy management, efficiency and renewable goals for commercial clients, utility and government.
Eastern Watersports is your go to source for everything in, on and around the water. We believe that in an industry where trust is everything and reputation is critical, you definitely get what you pay for. We offer fair prices for exceptional service and response times. AND…we stand behind what we do and say.
Marketing agency HighRock helps its clients rise to the challenge of a competitive and rapidly changing marketplace with bold strategy, creativity and innovation. The agency is driven by the purpose to elevate brands. Their team starts with strategy and integrates creative ideas and technology, to meet and go beyond the goals of their clients. For over fifteen years, HighRock has been delivering work that powers game-changers, innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers.