The Daily Record selected Barb Clapp, President and CEO of Clapp Communications to receive the 2017 Influential Marylander award.

Fifty-one Influential Marylanders were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their significant contributions to their respective fields and for their leadership in Maryland in the following areas: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. Elected officials are not eligible for this award because they are by nature influential. A listing of honorees is below.

In addition, Michael Beatty, president of Beatty Development Group, Laura Gamble, Regional President of PNC, and Kathleen Murphy, president of Maryland Bankers Association, were named to the Circle of Influence. Influential Marylanders honorees who have been selected for the third and final time join the Circle of Influence.

The Daily Record launched Influential Marylanders in 2007 to recognize those who are leaving a mark on the community throughout the state.

"This year's Influential Marylanders demonstrate an impressive record of accomplishment, leadership and vision," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "What they say is important, and what they do makes a difference in the lives of many in Maryland and beyond. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their accomplishments."

The 2017 Influential Marylanders awards were presented on March 23 at a reception and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Grand Lodge of Maryland, 304 International Circle in Cockeysville. Winners were profiled in a special magazine inserted into the March 24 issue of The Daily Record and are available online at

Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2017 Influential Marylanders awards include Presenting Sponsor Stevenson University, Reception Sponsor Chimes and Table Sponsors Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc.

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2017 Influential Marylanders Honorees

Civic Leadership

Kevin Davis, police commissioner, Baltimore City Police Department

Robert Embry, president, Abell Foundation

Mary Hastler, CEO, Harford County Public Library

Carla Hayden, librarian of Congress, U.S. Library of Congress


Barb Clapp, CEO, Clapp Communications

Ray Crosby, president/CEO, Crosby Communications Marketing

Donna Hamilton, anchor, WBAL-TV

Kevin Merida, editor, The Undefeated/ESPN

Diana Pelkey, senior VP/Global Communications, Under Armour


Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, president, Salisbury University

Richard Huffman, CEO, Celebree Learning Centers

Dr. Karen Salmon, superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education

Dr. Kim Schatzel, president, Towson University


**Laura Gamble, regional president, PNC

David LaBricciosa, managing partner, AsipreWealth Planners

**Kathleen Murphy, president, Maryland Bankers Association

William Stromberg, CEO, T. Rowe Price


John Harbaugh, head coach, Baltimore Ravens

Katie Ledecky, Olympic champion

Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, The Strathmore

Scott Rifkin, co-founder, Mid-Atlantic Health Care

Amy von Lange and Jerry Pellegrino, owners, Schola Cooking School

General Business

Scott Burger, president, PANDORA

Stephanie Hill, VP/general manager, Lockheed Martin

Michael Moore, CEO, Tradepoint Atlantic

John Racanelli, CEO, National Aquarium

Tim Regan, president and CEO, Whiting-Turner

Ricky Smith, executive director, Maryland Aviation Administration/BWI

Health Care

Victoria Bayless, president/CEO, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Terry Forde, president/CEO, Adventist HealthCare

Neil Meltzer, president/CEO, LifeBridge Health

Dr. Redonda Miller, president, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, president & CEO, Peninsula Regional Medical Center


Courtney Capute, partner in charge, Venable LLP

Andy Jezic, managing partner, Jezic & Moyse

Judge John Morrissey, chief judge, District Court of Maryland

Donald Tobin, dean, University of Maryland School of Law

Jer Welter, deputy director/managing attorney, FreeState Justice


Casey Baynes, founder, Casey Cares Foundation

Andrew Buerger, founder, Jodi's Climb for Hope

Sharon Love, founder, One Love Foundation

Real Estate

**Michael Beatty, president, Beatty Development Group

Patricia "Trish" Farrell, vice president, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services

Adam Gross, principal, Ayers Saint Gross

Ron Howard, owner, Ron Howard & Associates/ReMax

Bob Lucido, realtor, Bob Lucido Team/Keller Williams


Richard Bendis, president, MD BioHealth Innovation

Guy Filippelli, president, Red Owl Analytics

Bahija Jallal, executive vice president, AstraZeneca

Deb Tillett, president/CEO, Emerging Technology Centers

John Wasilisin, president/CEO, TEDCO

**Indicates Circle of Influence inductee