Five Maryland Economic Development Executives You Need in Your Rolodex

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RICHARD C. "MIKE" LEWIN

SECRETARY, MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BALTIMORE

RESUME: Appointed secretary of business and economic development on Nov. 23, 1998, by Gov. Parris N. Glendening; managing director for BT Alex. Brown Inc., commitment and investment policy committees; served in executive capacities with Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

MEMBER: Board of directors, Maryland Economic Development Commission; the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority; Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority; Maryland Economic Development Corp.; Maryland Aviation Commission; World Trade Center Institute; board of directors, Walters Art Gallery.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "To have been appointed by Governor Parris N. Glendening to be secretary of business and economic development. I didn't have to think twice about accepting the job. Not only was it an honor to work for a governor who understands that educational excellence is the surest engine of future economic growth, but I was thrilled for a chance to work productively for a state that has afforded so much opportunity to me."

ON THE RECORD: "Having been in business the last three decades, I think I know what businesses are looking for. They want government to be responsive to their needs. Managers understand the word `yes,'and they understand the word `no.'But they don't understand the line, `I will get back to you in six weeks.' Maryland is rapidly becoming one of the most responsive states in the most business-friendly nation in the world, and I am proud to be a part of Governor Glendening's economic development team."

YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 410/767-6319

IOANNA T. MORFESSIS

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, THE GREATER BALTIMORE ALLIANCE, BALTIMORE

RESUME: At current position since 1997; president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, 1985-1997.

MEMBER: Board of directors, Baltimore Urban League; board of visitors, University of Maryland; board of directors, Southwest Student Services; board of directors, Preakness Celebration; board of trustees, Living Classrooms Foundation; board of directors, Open Society Board; National Council for Urban Economic Development.

GREATEST BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: "Any accomplishment attributed to my work has been the result of having been blessed with many people helping along the way. I am humbled and proud to have helped communities become better places for the people and businesses that reside in them."

ON THE RECORD: "The global economy and quantum advances in electronic commerce and information will continue to dramatically alter the nature of commerce around the world. Perhaps the most profound change will be the complete transition from face-to-face transactional commerce to electronic and virtual commerce. Countries and communities will have to rethink and reshape how they relate to people and to each other, because business truly will be able to locate virtually anywhere - even in the most remote location. …