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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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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 2019 Board of Directors Inducted

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is pleased to announce its 2019 Board of Directors. They are the leaders of the business community.

We have a great Board and I’m looking forward to a new year”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO.

The board was inducted on Thursday, December 6. The ceremony was conducted by Charles Barkley (State Delegate for District 39), at the 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 2019 GGCC Board of Directors:

Chair: Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Chair Elect: Bruce Kanner, Cartridge on Wheels

Treasurer: Adam Cox, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Vice Chairs:

Economic Development: Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners, Inc.

Member Programs: Anita Anderson, Leadership Maryland

Young Professionals: PJ Horan, Mass Mutual Greater Washington

Member Services:  Heather Madison, Peterson Companies

Legislative Affairs: Randy Scritchfield, Randy Scritchfield and Associates


Joe Bucci, Universities at Shady Grove

Brett Friedman, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors

PJ Horan, Rock Creek Financial

Margaret Latimer, Montgomery College Germantown Campus

Rob Liebreich, Asbury Methodist Village

Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg

David McCormick-Goodhart, Savant Capital Management

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

AJ Nwoga, M&T Bank

John Olenick, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Colette Releford, RealPage, Inc.

Paula Ross, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy

Brett Rough, Aerotek

Doug Ryder, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

Gary Unterberg, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Laura Volovski, Adventist HealthCare

Scott Wallace, Linowes and Blocher, LLP

Francine Waters, Lerner Enterprises

Immediate Past Board Chair:

Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University

Chair Emeritus:

Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered

John Compton, BlackRock Center for the Arts

Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Will Schlossenberg

Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, 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.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us on Facebook at: And on Twitter at @GGCCNEWS.

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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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