Awards Committee

The Awards Committee meets monthly in the fall to plan the awards nomination process and strategizes outreach for the Annual Awards Program. Committee members represent Maryland’s regions.


  • Gordon Knox, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • John Wasilisin, CEO/Executive Director, Maryland$aves

Committee Members:

  • Solash Aviles, Senior Business Development Specialist, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
  • Michelle DeSoto, Research and Project Development Manager, Charles County Economic Development Department
  • Mike Fisher, Principal, Site Resources
  • Nancy Jordan-Howard, Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Kellie Hinkle, Assistant Director, St. Mary’s County Economic Development
  • Ronald Hopkins, Director of Economic Development, City of Mount Rainier
  • Dawn Medley, Senior Vice President, FSC First
  • Laura Soper, Director of Business Development, City of Salisbury