I am pleased to introduce you to the 2020 Baltimore Sun Business and Civic Hall of Fame inductees. This group is the fifth to be recognized for achievements in business, philanthropy, public service, education, the arts and more.
Our editorial board sought nominations from the public and collaborated with business and community leaders, as well as past Hall of Fame inductees, to choose this Class of 2020; final decisions were made by the board. We are celebrating these new members a little later than usual this year due to the pandemic. We unveiled a permanent Hall of Fame that recognizes our past and future members at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore in January. And we announced our newest class in March, but we had to postpone our usual June publication and event until now.
As we have in the past, a portion of the proceeds from this Hall of Fame publication will be donated to charity; this year’s partner is The Choice Program at UMBC. We are pleased to thank our sponsors, whose advertising can be found throughout this publication and at baltimoresun.com.
Since its founding 183 years ago, Baltimore Sun Media has dedicated itself to leadership in business, journalism and public debate, and it has chronicled the lives of the extraordinary women and men whose achievements still define our city and region today. The Sun’s Hall of Fame recognizes Maryland’s modern-day leaders.
Each year, we expand the Hall of Fame by inducting a new class of diverse men and women who have strengthened this community through their deep commitment to making Maryland, and Baltimore in particular, a better place. Criteria for induction included a nominee’s business success, their influence in building and expanding organizations, community leadership, support for various causes and detailed achievements in leading Maryland and this region forward.
Thirteen individuals were chosen for this year’s class, and we officially inducted them this week into the Hall of Fame. They join 45 others who made up the first four classes, including the late U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley (‘16) and John Paterakis Sr. (’16), as well as current business and civic leaders, such as Eddie and Sylvia Brown (‘16), former U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (’17), Joseph Haskins (‘18), and former Baltimore Mayor and current University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke (’19.)
Profiles of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees appear throughout the pages of this section. We offer our thanks to each of them for their leadership and commitment to Baltimore and Maryland and hope that their stories will serve as an example and inspiration.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020.
Publisher and editor-in-chief