Amy attended Towson University getting her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been with Under Armour for the past 15 years starting back in 2005 as a customer service associate moving up through the organization to Senior Director of Accounts Services and Business Analytics for North America. At one point in her career she has managed the service for all North America wholesale accounts, had responsibilities for emerging markets, direct to consumer, retail stores and contact center. Under Armour has allowed Amy to get on the job experience in almost all facets of Supply Chain and be an integral part of a company that has grown rapidly over the last 15 years and expanded to a true Global Performance Brand.
Senior Director of Account & Customer Services
Andrew Sapitowicz is a Senior Manager of Product Strategy and Execution at Tessco Technologies, a leading value-added distributor in the wireless industry. He currently guides the strategy and development of a cross-functional organization comprised of four main divisions: Product Marketing Execution, Customer Technical Support, Pricing, and Analytics. Andrew contributes to revenue generation and profitability growth by delivering innovative tools, systems, and processes that bring value to customers and to the sales organization.
In his former Product Marketing roles, Andrew managed supplier relationships with a portfolio of partners where he served as key liaison between suppliers and the sales organization to support large opportunities and strategic projects. Throughout his career, Andrew has leveraged his extensive analytical skills to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and drive results.
Andrew earned Dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech.
Senior Manager, Product Strategy and Execution
Andrew (AJ Tyner) is a Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo’s Maryland-Market Commercial Banking team. He is a motivated individual with a strong finance and credit background.
AJ has been with Wells Fargo for the better part of five years, having participated in the bank’s highly-selective, intensive credit and management training programs. In his current role at the bank, AJ manages a number of relationship and is tasked as being a trusted advisor to clients, and helping them succeed financially. Outside of his day to day role, AJ mentors analysts in the bank’s Financial Analyst Program, and serves as the office’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion.
AJ graduated Cum Laude from Elon University’s Love School of Business in 2014, majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. While at Elon, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting and finance students, a volunteer with the Special Olympics of Alamance County, and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity.
AJ currently serves on the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United Executive Council, as well as the SAFE Alternative Foundation for Education’s Workforce Development Center Committee.
Cheri Kase is responsible for defining and delivering Information Technology (IT) strategy and capabilities across the Corus International family. This includes data analytics and business intelligence, development and support, infrastructure, and security and technical services. She provides oversight and direction to IT and business leaders on strategy, standards and opportunities for shared services and economies of scale.
Cheri joined Corus subsidiary Lutheran World Relief in 2018, bringing more than 20 years of information technology experience with major corporations such as AT&T and Legg Mason, as wells as a higher educational institution. She has led a diverse IT team of 50 spread out throughout the United States and overseas for true 24/7 support and managed yearly operating budgets in the millions.
Cheri has done extensive training with non-technical staff on IT issues, managing vendors, implementing software and hardware, onboarding IT staff in remote locations (within the US and overseas), getting overseas offices IT systems up and running both in-person and remotely, working with local telecom/ISP providers overseas, and implementing apps to facilitate staff’s work.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Chief Information Officer
Courtney is a Scientific Affairs Director at BD, a global medical technology company. In her 14 years there, she has held positions of increasing responsibility and scope in Research and Development, Medical Affairs and Scientific Affairs. In her current role, she evaluates and synthesizes clinical needs and medical guidelines by country globally to provide input on new product requirements and to assess strategic and technical feasibility of new business opportunities. To support product evidence generation plans, she coordinates pre- and post-launch marketing studies working with external investigators. Her work includes collaboration with Marketing and R&D to support and moderate key opinion leader advisory board meetings to help ensure products meet clinical and customer needs. She develops education and training materials which support scientific and clinical teams globally. She also works closely with the BD corporate Global Health group in their on-going public-private partnership programs and shared value initiatives. Courtney earned a B.S. in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University.
Scientific Affairs Director
BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions
Dan is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Pevco, a third-generation family-owned business based in Baltimore, MD, where he oversees the financial and strategic initiatives of the company. Prior to joining Pevco in 2017, Dan spent time working for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Corporate Banking group and PwC’s Assurance practice. Both roles afforded Dan the opportunity to work primarily with clients located in the greater Baltimore-Washington area.
Dan earned a bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his family reside in Parkton, MD and are avid Baltimore sports fans.
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President for Human Resources
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Jackie Spencer is the Vice President of Owned and Operated stores for Pandora Jewelry. She has worked in the retail field for 26 years. Prior to her current position, she was employed by Michael Kors and J Crew. She started in stores as a salesperson and growing through the ranks. Prior to working in retail, she served in the Royal Navy in the UK and had a quick stint working in the travel industry with TWA. She grew up in Scotland and attended school there.
Jackie driven by finding creative ways to produce results while striving to remain current in the constantly changing marketplace and by developing her team to allow them to continue to grow in their careers. Her work philosophy is work hard, play hard but always win.
Jackie currently reside in Baltimore but retains her family home in Northwest Florida. She have lived in four countries to date, Scotland, England, Italy and the USA. She have one son who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her hobbies include photography, travel, and crafts of various types. Fun fact, she attended a school in rural Scotland, there were four people in my graduating class.
Vice President of Owned and Operated Stores
Today, Jenny Roberts serves as the Director, Strategic Growth for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Undersea Systems. Jenny is a results oriented, client-focused executive that drives value by delivering technology to the warfighter rapidly. Her unique insights in transitioning science to technology to outcomes feed the cohesive and executable strategies she designs and implements. Jenny leads her team to blaze new paths few would go down and bolsters their courage to deliver consistent and exception results.
Prior to joining NGC, Jenny was a U.S. Navy civil servant serving as the Branch Head for Undersea Influence where she trained, coached and motivated a team of 42 people from different backgrounds and experiences. She built a team environment where all members understood expectations and were accountable for their work. Jenny led the team to take positive actions and to constructively resolve conflicts while actively educating and mentoring dozens of individuals, at varying career stages, on how to rapidly acquire solutions that fill capability gaps and close national security vulnerabilities. Using her acquisition, financial and requirements expertise to manage $6B portfolio while influencing an additional $25B in resources supporting Navy, Defense and national security requirements. Previously, Jenny served as the Deputy Branch Head for Undersea Influence where she was responsible for the Navy’s future undersea warfare platforms, unmanned systems, surveillance systems, payloads, weapons, sensor systems, hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) programs applying my acquisition, financial and requirements expertise across the life-cycle spectrum.
Before joining the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations she was an acquisition professional at Naval Sea Systems Command Undersea Warfare where she managed the Submarine Force’s Science and Technology portfolio. She developed opportunities for combined effects through guiding and integrating efforts across science and technology, research and development, acquisition, certification and lifecycle support portfolios. Dual hatted as the Assistant Program Manager for Submarine Survivability, she reported directly to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations on the development and production of capabilities critical to the advancement of the Division’s mission and strategic objectives. Prior to civil service, she provided direct technical expertise to Program Executive Offices supporting Acquisition Management; Joint Capability Integration and Development System; and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution processes.
Jenny holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from University of Maryland – Global Campus. A member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and a Project Management Professional certified through Project Management Institute, her accomplishments have been recognized with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the third highest Navy civilian award available, as well as numerous performance awards and commendations.
Jenny’s ability to set and drive to organizational goals, that are aligned with higher defense national security strategies, sets Jenny apart from her peers. Planning for success in multiple time horizons with detailed budgets and execution plans promotes agile acquisition and innovation in the programs she oversees.
Director, Strategic Growth Undersea Systems
Julie Yang is currently a Sr. Manager of Structuring and Commercial Analytics at Constellation, a subsidiary company of Exelon Corporation. Julie leads a team of analysts whose responsibilities include evaluating complex energy transactions and providing analytical support to commercial activities of Constellation including energy trading, portfolio management and risk management.
Prior to joining Constellation, Julie worked at DTE Energy Trading and The Williams Co taking various roles in pricing and risk management.
Julie has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor degree in Economics from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
Katharine Preville has been working for McCormick & Company since January 2019. She is currently the Senior Marketing Manager of Global Frank’s Redhot and Branding where she manages and executes Frank’s Global strategy and supports international markets in their growth plans, as well as leading brand tool creation for McCormick’s North American brands. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire and lived in many states and had many great adventures since. Katharine has a love for learning, traveling, sports, and food and am always looking to better herself, both personally and professionally. Prior to McCormick, she was lived in Manhattan and worked as a Brand Manager for Heineken USA.
Senior Global Marketing Manager
Laurette O’Malley is the Head of Investment & Product Content at T. Rowe Price, where she leads investment and RFP editorial, product communications and investment education. During her tenure, Laurette has established a global organization that brings the firm’s investment insights to associates and clients worldwide. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Marketing Leadership Team and Diversity & Inclusion Operating Council. Her previous experience extends across many aspects of the asset management industry including roles in client services, product management and marketing. Laurette received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fordham University and her Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business.
T. Rowe Price
Lea D. Uradu is an entrepreneur and tax law professional. She received her formal legal education from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (the nation’s third oldest Law School) and attended Morgan State University for her undergraduate studies where she graduated summa cum laude. Lea holds a Juris Doctor and also holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from each institution respectively.
Garnered with both her academic and professional experience, Lea intends to impact the world by pursuing economic justice. Her life pursuit is to develop policies that will enable American to have enough economic foundation upon which each person can have a dignified, productive, and creative life.
Lea’s passion for tax law and economic justice drove her to establish, L.A.W. Tax Resolution Services, LLC located in Baltimore, MD, where she helps clients to navigate their personal income taxes and associated tax matters. Lea has also held roles as a Tax Analyst and an Expatriate Tax Advisor. Additionally, she also serves as a Financial Review Board Member with Investopedia, the world’s leading source of financial content on the web.
Through her work, Lea has firsthand experience of the interaction between taxes, personal finances, and the law. Lea hopes to use this first-hand knowledge to impact and work with the global economy and global citizens
She hopes to use her, knowledge, skill and fortitude to further help her clients base and impact the lives of citizens both nationally and globally.
Tax Resolution Services
Marcelo Oliveira is a Distribution Center Site Leader with two decades of successful experience in global operations transforming and improving businesses. Marcelo is specialized in Supply Chain Operations, technologies and Lean Six Sigma improving productivity, efficiency and quality on different countries and regions. He is a strong believer in the power of the positive & continuous improvement thinking in the workplace. Marcelo regularly also use his leadership gifts to lead and develop people at Church and the humanitarian service organization Rotary Club International. Marcelo enjoys spending quality time with his wonderful wife and 2 lovely kids. He will always find a time to go down to Brazil and visit home town family and friends. But also dedicate his time to learn about God and serve others!
Distribution Center Site Leader
Stanley Black & Decker
Mrs. Chamorro is an international development professional with 15 years of experience managing international development programs. Currently, she works at Abt Associates Inc. as Deputy Project Director of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project – a $471 Million intervention working to reduce malaria burden in Africa through effective vector control. As Deputy Project Director, Mrs. Chamorro provides oversight and leadership of the project’s operations, and international procurement and logistics teams, and she manages the relationship with 10 international partners. She was previously the Project’s Operations Director, and also served as Technical Program Manager for six years supporting programmatic implementation in 7 different countries in Africa. Prior to joining Abt, Mrs. Chamorro also worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation supporting the Mozambique and Cape Verde compacts, and at Chemonics International where she managed an array of USAID-funded projects in both Africa and Latin America. Mrs. Chamorro holds an M.P.A and a Health and Health Policy certificate from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Senior Associate & Deputy Project Director
Whether it is customers, employees or prospects, Mira believes organizations need to hear from the voice-of-the-stakeholder in order to make key decisions. Utilizing qualitative and qualitative methodologies to collect key insights, Mira is then able to analyze the data and turn it into actionable answers for her clients. Mira’s industry experience includes travel and tourism, retail, publishing, packaged goods, education, automotive and more. Further, her project experience includes perception studies, surveys, focus groups, branding studies, and more.
A former President of the Marketing Research Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter and board member of the American Marketing Association Baltimore chapter, Mira enjoys staying up to date on research methodologies and analysis techniques.
In her spare time, you can find Mira playing with her two boys, on the yoga mat, or in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.
Lares Consulting Group
Felix advocates for economic and trade development on behalf of the state of Maryland and its business community, especially between the countries and industries of Africa. He conceived and manages the GOCI Maryland Business Forum, a transformative initiative by the Maryland Governor’s Office, to promote private-sector competitiveness in domestic and international commerce. Felix leads Maryland’s engagement with U.S. government’s Prosper Africa Initiative, which coordinates resources of over 16 U.S. government agencies, to facilitate U.S.-Africa trade and investment, including framework for post-pandemic international trade supply chain, through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport.
His background in aligning public policy with commercial strategy also includes Global Georgetown (previously, the Global Future of Development), a global development and governance collaborative between Georgetown University and the World Bank Group. Felix previously coordinated significant and impactful international trade and economic development policy and programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Felix earned a Master of Policy Management (MPM) (bias, International Policy & Development; concentration, Economic & Social Development Policy) from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, where he serves in several leadership positions, including the Georgetown University African-American Advisory Board, and 2-terms on the McCourt School of Public Policy Board, where his policy leadership was on political economy distinctions between command and free market economies. He previously earned a B.S. in Global Business Management & Public Policy (minor, Business Law & Public Policy) from the University of Maryland. Felix and his children, Felix jr. and Franne, are recreational trail cyclists.
Commissioner/Chair, Economic & Trade Development Taskforce
Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
O. Felix Obi
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service - Baltimore
Ronni McTier has over 27 years of experience in the energy efficiency and project management.
For the last 10 years, she has worked professionally in several positions at ICF that have allowed her the opportunity to reduce energy usage, reduce the carbon footprint and develop/implement energy efficiency programs that reduce energy consumption in the utility industry.
Ronni’s education includes a dual Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/Marketing, a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Associate Degree in Information Processing. She also has a Professional Project Manager (PMP) certification as well.
Ronni has also worked for GE, U.S. Filter and Olin Chemicals during her career.
She has also volunteered for numerous organizations in the arts, civic and local organizations. This would include the Annual Legislative Conference, Dallas Museum of Arts, Sisters for Charity, Louisville International Cultural Center, Big Brother/Big Sister Program and Habitat for America.
Ronni has been a board member of the local USGBC Baltimore Chapter for the past 3 years.
She has presided at the President of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) for the past 3 years.
Energy Efficiency Program Manager
M. Ryan Mannion is currently a Senior Counsel for Real Estate, Business and International Matters in the Legal Department of The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation. Prior to that, he was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company (“JHAH”) (www.jhah.com), a joint venture between Johns Hopkins Medicine and Saudi Aramco. In that capacity Mr. Mannion was responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives and for coordinating the activities of JHAH’s Board of Managers. JHAH is a first of its kind joint venture that integrates the health care assets of Saudi Aramco with the know-how of Johns Hopkins Medicine in order to enhance the health care delivery system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. JHAH has over 4,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of USD $1.5 Billion. Prior to his leadership role at JHAH, Mr. Mannion was the Associate Senior Counsel for Real Estate, Business and International Matters for The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation. In that capacity, he advised Johns Hopkins Medicine on joint ventures and business affiliations with third parties, with particular emphasis on matters involving Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He also handled debt financings and real estate transactions. Examples of more significant transactions include the formation of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company; the formation of Peake Healthcare, a joint venture between Johns Hopkins and Harris Corporation; the acquisition of several radiology practices; the acquisition and restructuring of Johns Hopkins’ holdings at Green Spring Station, and various bond issuances through public debt markets. Mr. Mannion has been with Johns Hopkins since 2007.
He graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Political Science. He also graduated with honors from the University Of Baltimore School of Law.
Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Ryan is a Procurement professional with 13 years of experience leading various categories of procurement including IT, professional services, marketing, capital, and real estate. He has experience leading complex strategic sourcing initiatives intended to drive overall business transformation initiatives, having direct impacts on the business’s bottom line. At McCormick, Ryan is the Global Procurement Manager responsible for IT and the procurement lead on business transformation initiatives. He has also served in global sourcing and procurement roles in the financial services industry. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Towson University.
Global Procurement Manager
McCormick & Co.
Global Marketing Leader
W.R. Grace & Co.
Senior Project Manager
World Trade Center Institute
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