March 23, 2023
Olivia Hokanson
Communications Manager
Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce Hosts Awards Gala:
2023 Winners Announced
Odenton, MD. – The Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) hosted it's Awards Gala on March 20th, 2023, at Live! Casino & Hotel. The CMC, alongside over 350 attendees, celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of the Central Maryland Region's most dedicated civil servants and chamber members/ volunteers. The seated dinner and reception honored the noteworthy contributions and service of individuals who make our community a better place by dedicating their passion to helping others.

The CMC is thrilled to announce our 2023 Winners:

Start-Up of the Year

Woman-Owned Business of the Year

BIPOC Business of the Year*

Small Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Business Partner of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

*Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Public Safety Winners              
  • Public Safety Volunteer of the Year: Rosa Maher, City of Laurel Emergency Management
  • Police Officer of the Year: Hunter Martin, Anne Arundel County Police Department
  • Sheriff's Deputy of the Year: Corporal Will Cogle, Office of the Sheriff, Anne Arundel County
  • Firefighter of the Year: Lieutenant John Shoemaker, Anne Arundel County Fire Department
  • Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Lieutenant Kyle Norman, Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
  • Military Service Member of the Year: Staff Sergeant Giovanni T. Sims, US Air Force, Fort George G. Meade

Elementary Educator of the Year
  • Courtney Kenney, South Shore Elementary

Middle School Educator of the Year
  • Josh Ritter, Ruth Parker Eason

High School Educator of the Year
  • Carolyn Plitt, Arundel High

Facilities Support Staff of the Year
  • Dorcell Holland, Ruth Parker Eason

Administrative Support Staff of the Year
  • Latasha Savoy, Van Bokkelen Elementary

Administrator of the Year
  • Dr. Chris Wooleyhand, Pershing Hills Elementary

School Business Partner of the Year
  • Toyota Sheehy of Laurel

“We are so excited to have celebrated and honored some of the incredible individuals and businesses who serve our community. Our region’s high quality of life is due in large part to the people we recognized.” - Kristi Simon, CMC President & CEO

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For media inquiries, contact Olivia Hokanson, Communications Manager, [email protected].

About the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce: The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce (CMC), where business is happening, represents over 400 local employers. CMC is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s business priorities. CMC works hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community. To learn more about the CMC, please visit and follow CMC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn: @CentralMDcc
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