"One of the cool things for me going back in the pool … it's my time to get away and relax," he said. "I still don't think I'm coming back."

Scott Tilson of Sykesville, who attended with his wife and two of his children, said he gave his children Under Armour stock for Christmas and came to the meeting to try to offer feedback on the fit of the company's athletic shoes.

"I know they're approachable, which his good," he said of Under Armour.

Shareholder Vivian McKnight, who said she attended Tuesday to represent the 12 Karat Investment Club, a group of eight women investors, said she was impressed by the company's products and intrigued by one that doesn't even exist yet. Shown during the meeting was apparel with the technology to change temperature and color, which Plank said was in development and not too far off.

During the meeting, Plank also outlined campus and community projects. Headquarters projects have included a new studio lab, new signage and a new turf field along the campus' waterfront promenade. A new visitors center will open in the fall. And the company has reached an agreement with Westway Terminal Co. in which Under Armour will paint large "Baltimore sports hero" murals — of Phelps, Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken Jr. — on Westway storage tanks adjacent to the apparel maker's campus.

The turf field, Plank said, is open to the community, with a couple of caveats.

"Don't ride your bike on it, and do not walk your dog on it," he said.

Plank said the company expects this year to exceed the $3 million it invested last year in community projects, such as a new football field at Dunbar High School.

"The best gift we can give to this city is to stay in business and keep growing," Plank said.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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