Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards and Induction

GGCC 2015 Board of Directors Inducted

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) Board of Directors were inducted on Thursday, December 4. The ceremony was conducted by County Councilmember Sidney Katz at the Hilton Gaithersburg.

The 2015 GGCC Board of Directors:

Chairman: Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Chairman Elect: Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered

Treasurer: Robert Cowdrey


Vice Chairs:

Member Services:  Colette Releford, The Gazette

Legislative Affairs: Jonathan Sachs, Adventist HealthCare

Member Programs: Brittany Hilton, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union

Economic Development: Eileen Cahill, Holy Cross Health



Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners, Inc.

Adam Cox, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University

Ron Dimaranan, M&T Bank

Julie Garner, Astra Zeneca/MedImmune

Ellen Lambert, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Margaret Latimer, Montgomery College Germantown Campus

Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg

Kathleen Mayer, First National Bank

Ray McKenzie, The Law Office of Raymond T. McKenzie, Esq.

Jerry Pasternak, PEPCO

Catherine Rossi, ROSSI Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Ibi Sofillas, MyRealtyTeam Real Estate LLC

Richard Stang, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors

Scott Wallace, Linowes and Blocher, LLP

Francine Waters, Lerner Enterprises


Immediate Past Board Chair:

David Edgerley (2014)

Chair Emeritus:

John Compton, GeneDx

Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Bill Schlossenberg, Universities at Shady Grove

Randy Scritchfield, Randy Scritchfield, CFP®

Doug Wrenn, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.


The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach. Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.


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