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Maryland Economic Development Commission

​​​​​​The mission of the Maryland Economic Development Commission is to establish economic development policy in the State and to oversee DBED's efforts to support the creation, attraction and retention of businesses and jobs. Founded in 1995, the 25 voting member Commission draws upon the expertise of the State's business leaders to inform State economic development efforts by providing a comprehensive evaluation of the State's business climate and recommending to the Governor the policies, programs and spending priorities needed.


Susan J. Ganz is the Chief Executive Officer of Lion Brothers Company Inc., a manufacturing firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. Lion Brothers Company Inc. is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of embroidered and appliquéd emblems. Lion is a female-owned business that operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and China employing more than 700 individuals worldwide. Susan obtained an MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from Wharton.


  • Timothy Hodge; Principal, Miles & Stockbridge
  • A. Reza Jafari; CEO, E-Development International; Chair, MEDC Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Subcommittee
  • Timothy Adams; Founder/CEO, SA-Tech, Inc.
  • Paul Ausley; President, Ausley Associates, Inc.; Chair, MEDC Regional Diversity & Infrastructure Subcommittee
  • Ward Barney; COO, Cadista Pharmaceuticals
  • Thomas Burlin; President/CEO, Burlin Consulting Service
  • Angela Franco; President/CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Seth Goldman; President/TeaEO, Honest Tea
  • Nicholas Johansson, Esquire; Counsel; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
  • Dr. Landon King; Executive Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Raj Khera; CEO, MailerMailer
  • Williams "Brit" Kirwan; Chancellor, University System of Maryland
  • Manish Kothari; President/CEO, Sheladia Associates, Inc.
  • Ricardo Martinez; Chairman/CEO, Project Enhancement Corp.
  • John McLaughlin; President/CEO, DAP Products, Inc.
  • Ellen Moyer; Former Mayor of Annapolis 
  • David Severn; Esquire/Principal, Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law
  • A. Nayab Siddiqui; President, Scientific Systems & Software International Corporation
  • Robert Smelkinson; Chairman (retired), Smelkinson Sysco Food Services, Inc.
  • Dana B. Stebbins; Esquire/President & CEO, The Cornelius Group; Chair, MEDC Business Climate Subcommittee
  • Harold Stinger; Chairman of the Board, Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc.


Stacey Harvey-Reid​, Office of Strategic Industries & Innovation
​(410) 767-6287
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
401 E. Pratt St, 15th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202


The next meeting for 2014 is:

MEDC Board Meeting
November 5, 2014; 10 am-noon
Johns Hopkins Medicine
733 North Broadway
Miller Research Building, Suite 103

Baltimore, MD 21205

Contact Stacey Harvey-Reid​​ if interested in attending.