Selected by the Chamber Board of Directors, this award is given to a local leader who has had a significant impact on the Essex, Middle River and/or White Marsh area and whose efforts have resulted in civic, social or economic improvement of the community over an extended period of time.
Leadership & Contribution to the Community
Norman Sines first came to the Middle River community at the age of 3. He attended Victory Villa Elementary, Middle River Middle, Kenwood High and Essex Community College. Norman served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1973.
James T. Dresher, Jr.Caring & Successful Business & Community Leadership
Michael P. Caruthers
Outstanding Leadership, Business Acumen & Service
Mike Caruthers was a successful leader whose strong business acumen and service has had a tremendous impact in the region and beyond! He was a catalyst for the development of Baltimore Crossroads, The Arbors and Greenleigh, recruiting partners like St. John Properties and Elm Street Development, to create the transformational “live, work, play” project it is today.
Sandra L. Kurtinitis
Dynamic Leadership & Passionate Advocacy for Quality Education
President of the Community College of Baltimore County since 2005, Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis is an experienced and respected educator, administrator and author. After more than 50 years as a community college professional, Sandra remains a tireless and dynamic supporter of CCBC’s mission: to provide an accessible, affordable, and high-quality education that prepares students for transfer and career success, strengthens the regional workforce and enriches our community.
John B. Gontrum
Long-Term Leadership & Commitment to Positive Growth
John is director of the Towson office at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP and is co-chairman of the Real Estate Section and also the Real Estate Development, Leasing and Land Use Industry Group. He has over 35 years of experience representing industrial, commercial and residential developers, businesses, institutions and individuals on a wide variety of land use, zoning and development issues. His practice concentrates on Baltimore County land use and development with particular attention to issues arising in eastern Baltimore County and waterfront development.