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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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BLOG: Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 2020 Board of Directors Inducted

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is pleased to announce its 2020 Board of Directors. They are the leaders of the business community.

“We have a great group of business leaders at the helm of the Chamber,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO. “They are ready to help create a vibrant local economy. We are truly fortunate in our community to have this level of commitment.”

The board was inducted on Thursday, December 5, 2019.The ceremony was conducted by City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, at the Doubletree by Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg.

As a board member, they are assuming considerable responsibility for the smooth functioning of the chamber board of directors and the efficient and effective operation of the organization. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is a federation of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in our community.

The 2020 GGCC Board of Directors:

Chair: Bruce Kanner, Cartridge on Wheels

Chair Elect: Anita Anderson, Leadership Maryland

Treasurer: Adam Cox, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Vice Chairs:

Economic Development: Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners, Inc.

Member Programs: Heather Madison, Peterson Companies

Young Professionals: Brett Rough, Aerotek

Member Services:  David McCormick-Goodhart, Savant Capital Management

Legislative Affairs: Randy Scritchfield, Randy Scritchfield and Associates

Immediate Past Board Chair:

Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC 


  • Bryan Beamer, iPlan
  • Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
  • Brett Friedman, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Josh Funk, Rehab 2 Perform
  • Martin Hollander, Crown Trophy
  • PJ Horan, Highlander Financial Group
  • Margaret Latimer, Montgomery College
  • Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg
  • Nina Manguiri, Therrien Waddell, Inc.
  • Mia McFarland, Asbury Methodist Village
  • Ray McKenzie, The Law Office of Raymond T. McKenzie, Esq.
  • Aj Nwoga, M & T Bank
  • Doug Ryder, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
  • Alan Speck, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  • Gary Unterberg, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
  • Laura Volovski, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital / Adventist Healthcare
  • Scott Wallace, Linowes & Blocher, LLP


Chair Emeritus:

  • Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
  • John Compton, BlackRock Center for the Arts
  • Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Colette Releford, RealPage, Inc.
  • Will Schlossenberg
  • Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.

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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. 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.


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