Fort Meade Alliance Annual Meeting & Reception
June 16, 2011
The 2011 Annual Meeting took place on June 16 at the BWI Hilton and capped off a tremendous year of membership growth and successful initiatives and programs, as well as the move of the FMA's headquarters to dedicated office and meeting space just 5 miles from Fort Meade gate.
The Fort Meade Alliance wrapped up the the fiscal year with a list of accomplishments including a 22 percent increase in membership over July 2010, completing the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort George G. Meade; February’s successful 4th Education and Workforce Development Forum focusing on cyber security; two Tech Mania events for 9th graders in Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Baltimore and Harford Counties and Baltimore City and the debut of STEM Family Night at Arundel Mills.
Looking at the year ahead, FMA President Rosemary Budd announced the creation of the Business Development Initiative, which will provide our members regional business information; a business registry for members to provide capabilitystatements, contracting needs and services and products available; business-targeted topic sessions and a small business mentoring cohort program that will help FMA member companies understand the marketplace to maximize their success in the Fort Meade region. The BDI is expected to debut in fall 2011.
During the Annual Meeting, the Fort Meade Alliance members confirmed the re-election of 7 directors and the election of 5 new directors to its 25-person board, which represents a diverse group of businesses and industries across the Fort Meade region. The re-elected board members were: Robert Hannon of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., Matthew Norris of Axom Technologies, Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman of LG-TEK , Gina Stewart of Merritt Construction, Steve Tiller of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Mitch Weber of Hefner and Weber and Deon Viergutz of Lockheed Martin. The Fort Meade Alliance also welcomed new board members: Debra Lilley of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Dr. Andrew Meyer of Anne Arundel Community College, Dr. Patrick O’Shea of the University of Maryland, Joseph Pacileo of ManTech International Corp. and Joseph Samek of Wilhelm Commercial Builders.
A special thanks to the night's corporate sponsor, Maryland Cyber Investment Partners, which advises, connects and invests in growth-stage cyber security, intelligence and specialty-niche government contractors based in Maryland.