Washington County hires leader in Dept. of Business Development

Washington County government recently hired Jonathan Horowitz as a business leader in its Department of Business Development.

Horowitz said he has lived most of his life in Washington County. He started work June 24, and was introduced to the county commissioners at their meeting the following day.

He told the commissioners he was “lucky enough to experience some pretty high-level things in the Baltimore area, and I’m looking forward to bringing some of those people to the county to increase the tax base.”

Horowitz’s annual salary will be $59,634, said Deborah Condo, the county’s deputy director of health and human services.

Horowitz’s 16-year career in business includes roles in management, business development, brand management, executive strategy and product development, according to a county news release.

He most recently taught at Hagerstown Community College as an adjunct professor of math and science, according to information provided by the county.

Horowitz has “an extensive and varied business acumen developed through working at local, regional and international businesses,” the release said.

His past jobs include parts manager at TEI Truck Enterprises and brand management/product development/international marketing at Apex Tool Group/Bain Capital Co., according to an email from county spokeswoman Brittany Higgins.

Business Development Director Susan Small told the commissioners she was excited about hiring Horowitz.

He brings “a great deal of experience with business outreach, business strategy,” Small said.

Horowitz earned a psychology degree from Frostburg (Md.) State University in 2002 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College. He is a doctoral student at Frostburg in the field of education.

Horowitz is a member of the International Economic Development Association and the Maryland Economic Development Association, the release said.

The commissioners voted 5-0 on June 4 to approve hiring him.

Condo said he was, by far, the most outstanding candidate of 56 applicants.

Horowitz lives in Hagerstown with his wife, Trisha.

Most of his spare time is spent doing research for his dissertation and helping his wife with her nonprofit animal rescue, the release said.

Horowitz also likes playing guitar and working on his old Datsun Z cars.

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