The Daily Record Announces 2017 Most Admired CEOs

9/8/17

The Daily Record has announced its list of 2017 Most Admired CEOs, honoring talented Maryland business CEOs and nonprofit executive directors for their leadership and professionalism.

“To be a Most Admired CEO means that you have gained the respect and admiration of those around you. It means you are making a positive impact on the lives of others,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “Our honorees this year were nominated by co-workers, community organizations and other leaders, not just for their professional achievements but because they are truly admired by their peers and employees. The Daily Record is pleased to recognize their leadership in our state and beyond.”

A panel of business and legal professionals as well as a representative from The Daily Record chose the honorees, based on their leadership and vision; competitiveness and innovation; community leadership and service; financial performance and growth; corporate leadership and board service; and nonprofit involvement.

In 2017, three honorees will be inducted into the Circle of Leadership for receiving recognition three times.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a reception Thursday, Nov. 9, at the BWI Hilton.

The Daily Record began recognizing the area’s most respected CEOs in 2012.

Here’s the complete list of the 2017 honorees:

Nonprofit Less than $10 Million in Annual Revenue

Violet M. Apple, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Angie Barnett, Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Maryland


Casey Baynes, Casey Cares Foundation


Elizabeth Cromwell, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce


Jennifer Meyer, Betamore


Christine Ross, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree

Robin Tomechko, Harford Family House

Nonprofit More than $10 Million in Annual Revenue

John M. Hamilton, MECU of Baltimore

Thomas A. Kleinhanzl, Frederick Regional Health System

Shawn Kros, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Kim Schatzel, PhD, Towson University

Larry D. Unger, Maryland Public Television


Private Company with 50 or Fewer Employees

Greg Abel, Abel Communications

Betsy Cerulo, AdNet/AccountNet, Inc.

Donnie Downs, Plan B Technologies

Brian Gibbons, Greenberg Gibbons

Robert (Bob) Olsen, COMPASS Cyber Security


Laura Van Eperen, Van Eperen

Rob Weinhold, Fallston Group

Private Company with 51-149 Employees

Matthew Doud, Planit, Inc.


Dave Mason, Universal Title

Howard J. Rosen, Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC


Private Company with 150-499 Employees

Ronald Attman, Acme Paper & Supply

Ron Causey, SC&H Group

Private Company with more than 500 Employees

Carin Lazarus, Media Star promotions

Circle of Leadership

Ronald Attman, Acme Paper & Supply

Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree

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