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Record of leadership makes MDCC's Ross a Most Admired CEO

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(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sept. 19, 2017) -- Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO is one of the area’s most admired CEOs, according to The Daily Record.

Ross, who joined the Chamber in July 2016, was nominated by Sheela Murthy, founder and president of Murthy Law Firm, immediate past chair of the Chamber board, and a 2012 honoree. Her nomination was supported by recommendations from several executive committee and staff members.

“Leaders are only as good as a single day’s work or a single team’s success,” Ross said. “I’m honored to be recognized by such esteemed colleagues, The Daily Record and its panel of reviewers. It’s a wonderful way to recognize the members of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the work we do together to help Maryland thrive.”

An independent panel evaluated Ross’ professional accomplishments over the course of her career, as well as her leadership and impact on her community. Ross is a Certified Chamber Executive who led her previous chamber, the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ coveted five-star status.

The announcement comes just ahead of the Chamber’s 2017 Business Policy & Competitiveness Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay on Sept. 28 – 29. The conference will allow attendees to gain insight in how to be more effective advocates for their individual organizations in state government. Members of the Hogan administration and panelists from highly influential businesses like AT&T, Volvo Trucks USA, BGE, Whiting-Turner will share what they know, as will those from nonprofit difference-makers like Code in the Schools, TouchPoint Baltimore and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The event will also feature Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and keynote speaker UMBC Pres. Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D. 

“Statewide advocacy is the cornerstone of what the Maryland Chamber does,” Ross said. “We are the leading voice of business in Annapolis, and the only statewide non-specialty organization that represents employers at the table with legislators. With more and more bills for mandates on business, it’s critical that individual organizations know how to use their voices effectively.”

Ross joins an elite group of The Daily Record Most Admired CEOs that, just in the last four years, has included Chamber board members Mark Cissell of KatzAbosch, Robert DeAlmeida of Hamilton Bank, and Thomas Sadowski of the University System of Maryland. This year’s list features leaders from nine Chamber member organizations, as well: the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland, COMPASS Cybersecurity, the Fallston Group, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Maryland Public Television, SC&H Group, and Towson University.