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Celebrating Baltimore's best

We are pleased to present the inaugural class of The Baltimore Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame.

A year in the making, this first annual recognition of those who have dedicated their lives to making this region thrive was developed by The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board in collaboration with business and community leaders. Our aim is to identify key players in our community who have consistently worked to improve Maryland through their business efforts, civic leadership and philanthropy.

We honor them on these pages and will induct them into this new Hall of Fame. We will expand the Hall each year with new individuals to showcase the giants of modern Maryland and the demands they have placed on its citizens to be the best they can be.

These inaugural honorees stand out not only for their individual successes but also for the deep caring they have displayed for this community.

We sought nominations from our readers as well as from leaders throughout Maryland as we identified a diverse group of women and men with achievements from various industries. A panel of civic and business leaders helped us choose the final 12. Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry, United Way of Central Maryland President and CEO Mark Furst, University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III and corporate board director Patricia J. Mitchell assisted our editorial board in sifting through the nominations and helping to choose the inaugural class.

The selections were based on various criteria, including community involvement, leadership and success in building organizations, support of various causes and a clear record of moving Maryland forward. Final decisions were made by the editorial board. We are honored to donate to Junior Achievement of Central Maryland a portion of the proceeds from this special publication and the induction ceremony. We extend a special thank you to the sponsors of this event whose advertising can be found throughout our publication of this year's Hall of Fame class.

We hope you enjoy reading these appreciations of some of our community’s most accomplished individuals. We proudly launch this inaugural effort knowing that there are many exceptional men and women deserving of this honor. We encourage you to nominate others during the coming years as we celebrate these leaders’ lasting legacy in this community and their efforts to make Baltimore and Maryland shine.

— Trif Alatzas
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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