Townshend, an Annapolis native, has roots that run deep in the Free State. He attended a small Episcopal prep school, one of 11 in his graduating class. During his senior year at Wake Forest, Townshend ran the Challenge Program, which prompted him to write a letter to actor Carroll O'Connor. "I ended up in his autobiography," he said. After college, he came back to Maryland to teach at a prep school, before working for his father in the insurance business. Later he took a job with Berman Enterprises, developers of Laurel Shopping Center. From there, it was on to a job at the chamber. Are you dizzy yet?