Names & Faces: Hall of Fame inductees, new Pepco president -- Gazette.Net


The 2013 inductees into the second class of the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame are: Sol Graham, CEO, Quality Biological; John S. Hendricks, executive chairman, Discovery Communications; Carmen Ortiz Larsen, CEO, Aquas Inc.; Ray Schoenke, founder and former CEO, Schoenke & Associates; and James A. Soltesz, president and CEO, Soltesz.

The executives will be inducted at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Grossberg Company LLP and Monument Bank formed the program last year, which benefits university scholarships.

Eun Yang, the morning co-anchor of NBC4 News, will serve as the emcee. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, are among the expected attendees.

Last year’s inaugural class comprised Marriott International chairman J. Willard Marriott Jr., Lockheed Martin former CEO Norman Augustine, former Computer Data Systems CEO Clifford Kendall, former County Executive Sidney Kramer, Technology Patents founder Aris Mardirossian and Trawick & Associates co-founder Carol Trawick.

Pepco has promoted Donna M. Cooper to president of the Pepco region, effective Sept. 9. She replaces Thomas H. Graham, who was promoted to vice president of people strategy and human resources for Pepco’s parent company, PHI.

She previously was vice president of Pepco’s Washington, D.C., area. Pepco serves much of Montgomery County.

Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocate Association recently elected the following Montgomery County residents as leaders: Lisa A. Lunghofer, board president, executive director of Making Good Work; Francha Davis, board secretary, CASA of Montgomery County executive director; and Michelle McLeod, board member.

Maryland CASA Association is a nonprofit organization advocating for victims of child abuse and neglect.

Kathleen Clem recently was named president of Engage Inc., a Frederick direct mail company specializing in nonprofit organization fundraising and marketing. Previously, she served as COO, a position she held since joining the firm in 2003.

Engage made Inc. magazine’s recent list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation in 2010 through 2012. The 85-employee company had sales in 2011 of $8.4 million and a three-year growth rate of 292 percent.

BioHealth Innovation, a Rockville-based regional private-public partnership focusing on commercializing life sciences innovations and increasing access to early-stage funding, named Richard Moore as a new entrepreneur-in-residence at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Technology Transfer. He will help support the development of startup companies and product commercialization based upon innovative technologies selected through that office’s license agreements.

Moore previously served as the chief scientific officer for OpGen and spent 12 years at BD Diagnostics.

Greenman-Pedersen Inc. was awarded the LEED CI Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for improvements to its space at Redland Corporate Center in Rockville. Bethesda-based First Potomac Realty Trust owns the building.