This story was updated on Monday, May 20, 2013.
The 2013 Tech Council of Maryland Executive of the Year should be familiar to Business Gazette readers.
Rachel King, co-founder and CEO of Gaithersburg biotech GlycoMimetics, received that honor during the Tech Council’s 25th annual awards dinner Thursday evening at the Montgomery County Conference Center. King, who the Business Gazette profiled this month, recently was named board chair of the Biotechnology Industry Association, or BIO, the industry’s leading national trade group. In 1996, she became CEO of Genetic Therapy, a Gaithersburg biotech that was purchased in 1995 for $295 million, and not only was the first woman to head a major biotech in the state, but one of the youngest, at age 36.
Other honorees included: Vennard Wright, CIO of Prince George’s County, Chief Information/Technology Officer of the Year; James Rallo, CFO of Washington, D.C.-based Liquidity Services, CFO of the Year; Columbia cybersecurity business Sourcefire, Technology Firm of the Year; Silver Spring high-tech firm Sonatype, Emerging Company of the Year; D.C.-based Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Life Science Firm of the Year; and Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin, Hall of Fame Award.
In addition, Doug Doerfler, CEO of Gaithersburg biotech MaxCyte, was elected chairman of the council’s board, succeeding Larry Letow, CEO of Convergence Technology Consulting in Glen Burnie.
- Kevin James Shay
Just one day after the Tech Council expected to attract 750 or so people to its annual awards dinner, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce expects to see even more people than that for Friday’s 10th annual GovConNet Procurement Conference at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.
The event features speakers including top contracting managers for the Department of Defense, Small Business Administration and other agencies to allow business reps to learn better how to access contracts. One-on-one meetings between businesses and contracting managers are scheduled.
The Alliance for Workplace Excellence also presented its annual awards luncheon Wednesday in North Bethesda, with more than 300 people in attendance. And on Tuesday, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will present its 101st Anniversary Gala.
- Kevin James Shay
Those attending Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting were privy to an odd exchange between Martin O’Malley and Peter Franchot that could almost — maybe — have been mistaken for affection. Sort of.
Franchot used his opening remarks to tout the success of his office’s recent campaign to make Marylanders aware of their unclaimed property, which he said had reunited more than 7,000 people with their lost (or previously unknown) assets. This year’s campaign included a spoof of the popular Dos Equis beer commercials featuring “the Most Interesting Man in the World,” Franchot reminded the crowd.
“A beer commercial?” Treasure Nancy Kopp interjected.
“Yes, it’s a spoof, madam treasurer,” Franchot said, adding that he would concede the point if anyone felt that he was NOT the most interesting man in the state.
Franchot then revealed that the campaign even found unclaimed property belonging to the state’s chief executive — “big dollars, come on, tell me about it,” O'Malley quipped — and promptly presented the governor with a check for $271.
“This is the first thing you’ve ever given me,” O'Malley said, drawing boisterous laughter from the room.
The money, O'Malley soon explained, was a royalty payment from his brief appearance in the 2003 film “Ladder 49,” in which he had a “stressful role” playing the mayor of Baltimore, who gave medals to a pair of firefighters.
Periodically, he receives modest royalty checks, but said that since he now lives in Annapolis, “I guess Disney had a hard time figuring out where in the world Martin O’Malley was.”
The comptroller joked that in the future, if O’Malley was ever sitting in the Oval Office, reminiscing about Franchot, the governor would remember this moment.
O’Malley said he would donate the money to charity, as he had with his past royalty payments. He then remarked that Franchot was, in fact, “the most interesting man in Maryland.”
- Daniel Leaderman
O’Malley did find himself Tuesday in the Oval Office, but it was only make-believe.
The governor toured the set of Netflix’s “House of Cards” — the Kevin Spacey vehicle about a ruthless politician manipulating his way to the top — to tout the jobs created under Maryland’s Film Production Tax Credit.
The set, in Harford County, includes a mock-up of the president’s office.
Lawmakers expanded the credit from $7.5 million per year to $25 million per year in order to draw more film and TV projects — such as HBO’s "Veep" — in the 2013 legislative session.
A few hundred miles away, evidence emerged suggesting that O’Malley — who (finally) confirmed a few weeks ago that he was weighing a 2016 run for the White House — had his work cut out for him.
New England College in New Hampshire released a poll testing support for potential presidential candidates in the state’s 2016 primary. Among 314 Democratic voters, 65 percent said Hillary Clinton was their top choice; 10 percent said Joe Biden; 5 percent said Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; 4 percent said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; 3 percent said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and a whopping 0 percent said O'Malley was their top choice.
Thirteen percent said they were unsure.
- Daniel Leaderman