Capital Gazette named business leader of the year by Anne Arundel chamber of commerce

Capital Gazette, which produces The Capital and Maryland Gazette, has been awarded the Business Leadership Award by the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President and CEO Mike Kleinschmidt announced the awards Tuesday, saying the newsgroup has a long-standing record of contributing to the community through original reporting on local issues.

But he also said the June 28 shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis played a role in the award.

“Contributions to the community and the way (Capital Gazette) has carried itself going forward,” he said.

Jarrod Ramos, the man charged in the Capital Gazette shooting, allegedly had a long-standing grudge against The Capital. Five staff members were shot to death: Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, John McNamara, Rob Hiaasen and Gerald Fischman.

The news organization won widespread acclaim for continuing to report as the developments unfolded. The print edition of The Capital was published the next day.

“We are honored to be the recipient of the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award,” said Marty Padden, Capital Gazette advertising director. “Capital Gazette has and continues to hold itself to the highest level of business and journalistic standards. It is gratifying that we are being recognized as a team for our collective work and commitment to the community.”

Capital Gazette is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, publisher of The Baltimore Sun, the Carroll County Times and other newspapers around the Baltimore region.

The chamber will present the award Nov. 1 at the annual Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at Live Casino and Hotel in Hanover.

Each year the chamber recognizes several companies for their business achievements and success as well as their involvement in the community. Nominations are submitted by chamber members.

Other awards announced Tuesday:

  • Creig Northrop of Northrop Realty of Annapolis — Business Person of the Year
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Annapolis — President’s Award
  • Carol Boyer of Maryland House Detox in Linthicum — Advocate of the Year
  • SOFO (South Forest Drive) in Annapolis — Nonprofit of the Year
  • Mosquito Joe in Annapolis — Small Business of the Year
  • Annapolis Compost — Green Business of the Year
  • Skyline Technology of Glen Burnie — Don Riddle Corporate Citizenship Award

At the dinner next month, the chamber will also be inducting four well-known and respected community business leaders with distinctive careers into the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees are: David S. Cordish of The Cordish Cos., attorney Kathryn J. Dahl, attorney Fred Delavan and architecht Charles R. Goodman. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by going online at www.aaaccc.org.

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