Howard County newsmakers

Colliers International, headquartered in Columbia, named Vincent M. Brocato vice president. Brocato joins the commercial real estate firm with more than 23 years of experience in tenant and landlord representation in Baltimore.

Before joining Colliers International, Brocato, of Timonium, worked in commercial real estate in Baltimore and the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He has represented clients such as Mercy Health System, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, The Weinberg Foundation, Alter Communications and Baltimore Healthcare Access, among others.

Among his community service activities, Brocato serves as a board member for Catholic Charities Dragon Boat Races and an associate board member for Mosaic Community Services. He is also a commissioner for Towsontowne Lacrosse and fundraising volunteer for Gilman School.

Earlier this summer, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce named Ron Meliker, of the Kane Company, as its new chairman for 2011-2012. Before his new role, Meliker, of Ellicott City, served on the chamber's board and executive committee.

Meliker is executive vice president and chief operations officer of the Kane Company, which he joined in 2000 as the vice president of human resources and administration. He holds a master's degree in industrial personnel management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Maryland.

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