Julie Kernan is the president and CEO of Business Volunteers Maryland. For more than 15 years, Business Volunteers Maryland has forged lasting connections between local organizations and members of the community. The nonprofit helps businesses grow their community impact while improving brand awareness, employee recruitment and retention, professional development, and other key business goals.
Aida Keehner is the president and CEO of Atruent, a managed information technology solutions provider based in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Through a four-step process covering analysis, recommendation, implementation, and management, Atruent creates customized IT solutions for businesses of all kinds.
Marco Avila is the CEO and co-founder of The Healing Hands Foundation (THHF). He also serves as president and chairman of the board of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC). Since 2007, THHF has provided vital services, including surgical procedures, medical treatment, dental care, and educational support, to children in under-resourced communities around the world. MDHCC helps Maryland-based, Hispanic-owned businesses grow, partner together, and thrive through support, advocacy, and networking. In both contexts, Marco draws on his diverse background as a project manager, supervising engineer, translator, connector, and leader.
Cory Perdue is the president and CEO of Datakwip. Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, Datakwip "helps buildings help people"—by harnessing data to ensure buildings operate in an environmentally and financially responsible manner. The company's platform provides enterprise, cloud-based facility analytics to utilities, energy contractors, and organizations looking to optimize facility operation and efficiency.
Randy Marriner is the chairman and founder of Victoria Restaurant Group. Together with his wife Mary, and daughters Rachael and Tori, Randy runs a number of restaurants, including Victoria Gastropub, Manor Hill Brewing, and Food Plenty. For years, the Victoria Resturant Group has been a leader in Howard County's hospitality industry, serving traditional and innovative flavors, menus, and design elements—many of which connect directly to the family's personal histories and pursuits. Food Plenty, for instance, features ingredients sourced from the Marriners' working farm, Manor Hill Farm in Ellicott City. The family also operates MHF Productions, an event services company. In addition to his career as an entrepreneur and restaurateur, Randy is the chair of the Lottery Gaming and Control Commission for the State of Maryland.
Dan Medinger is the publisher and owner of The Business Monthly. For more than 25 years, "Biz Monthly" has been headquartered in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. With articles written by and for members of the local business community, the newspaper has become a go-to source for news business, finance, government, real estate, technology, and economic development. Dan is also the owner and president of Advertising Media Plus, a Maryland-based communication, media, and marketing agency. He purchased Biz Monthly from its previous publishers and owners, Becky Mangus and Cathy Yost, last year.
Gary Garofalo is the president and CEO of Harkins Builders, a construction management and preconstruction firm headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Founded in 1965, Harkins is an employee-owned company, with values rooted in integrity, service, and community. The firm specializes in multifamily, commercial, and government projects such as schools, apartments, armed forces facilities, senior living centers, and more. Gary has been with Harkins for nearly three decades, having first joined the company as a controller in 1991.
PJ Bellomo is the CEO of RocketDocs, a B2B enterprise, that serves companies who need to improve the speed and quality of their responses to consumers. The company’s goal is to help eliminate revenue decelerators, or as they call it: Information Chaos. Originally called Proposal Software, RocketDocs started during the early 2000s and worked to help companies automate RFPs. However, when their services became popular among large banking and financial institutions, they found their company was working to help automate other types of documentation issues. Proposal Software thus fell short in representing all the services they had to offer. Proposal Software was decidedly rebranded to RocketDocs. Their system combines SaaS technology with best practices to deliver improved speed and accuracy for a multitude of customer documentation requests. Their work helps to benefit customer-facing teams, including sales, sales operations, sales engineering, professional services, customer success, marketing, and technology. In 2018, they have launched a new program that works to improve document automation, enterprise content management, content sharing, and content enablement spaces.
Todd Marks is the CEO of Mindgrub Technologies and Mindgrub Robotics. Headquartered in Baltimore, Mindgrub is a pioneering technological innovation company that develops software applications, digital products, and marketing solutions—many of which leverage emerging tech, such as VR and AR, wearable devices, and mobile gaming. The company has worked for a number of prominent organizations and Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, Underarmour, The Smithsonian Institute, AOL, Wendy's, Dell, Sylvan Learning, and The Economist. Todd recently joined a group of Baltimore business owners on an Everest Base Camp trek, climbing to an altitude of over 17,500 feet. In this CEO Minutes interview, he describes what motivated him to take the trip to Everest, and how the journey has influenced his ongoing mission to push past his personal and professional limits.