Sure, this was the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. That didn't mean the 380 professionals there couldn't get down to the business of having a little fun, too. After all, the keynote speaker was local filmmaker John Waters, known for his affection for Baltimore's more quirky characteristics. The night also marked the debut of the chamber's CommUNITY Leadership Awards recognizing local business leaders who make a positive impact in the city.
Lots of smiles and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres (and not a few business cards) were passed around the Hyatt Regency mezzanine, as folks settled in for an enjoyable evening.
Included in the group: Jerry Chiat, event chair; Joe Smith, Chamber of Commerce board chair; Lyle Ashby, Rebecca Hoffberger, Barbara McNemar, Ackneil Muldrow and Francel Smith, board members; Ben Mason, chamber executive director; Katherine Chin, Amy Macht and Ed Brown, honorees; Jim Piper, executive vice president of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA; Carroll H. Hynson, Jr., Image Power Inc. president; Ruth Kirby, City Lights Seafood Restaurant manager; John Wright, Pro Image Inc. president; Chuck Yeaton, Broom Factory Antiques owner; Randi Dutch, Engineers Club executive director; Mike Lewin, Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development; and Michael Hewitt, regional director of business operations for TCI Communications of Baltimore.
The evening garnered around $20,000 to help the chamber promote Baltimore businesses.