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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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GGCC Names Barr Their Board Chairman (PHOTO)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) has named Stuart Barr their 2016 Board of Directors Chairman. Barr is a land use and zoning attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered.

“Stuart Barr will be an excellent Chair. He is thoughtful, engaged, and strategic. We also found out he has a great sense of humor,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

(l:r) City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman welcomes Stuart Barr as the GGCC’s 2016 Board Chairman. Ashman conducted the Chamber’s Board installation at its Annual Celebration Dinner on December 3. (photo compliments of John Keith Photography)

City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and Stuart Barr
PHOTO | John Keith

Barr has been a GGCC Board Member for five years. He is a member of the Maryland and Montgomery County Bar Associations.

In the community, Barr has recently volunteered his legal services to help Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County on a significant townhouse development in Gaithersburg. He also serves on the board of The Corridor Cities Transitway Coalition and participates on the County’s Sustainability Working Group.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and earned his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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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