USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret's
Second Annual Statewide Listening Tour

About the Tour

For the second consecutive year, University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret will be touring the state to meet with businesspeople, civic leaders, and other regional groups to discuss ways USM can work with them to help grow Maryland's economy. Unlike the 2015 tour, which took place over the course of a single week, this year's tour will be spread out throughout the year, consisting of day-long visits to different regions of the state.

Tour Stops

  • December 7, 2016

  • December 15, 2016
    • Smartronix (Hollywood)
      Met with: the executive team at Smartronix, including CEO John Parris
      Discussed: economic and workforce development in Southern Maryland and opportunities to partner more with industry

    • Elements-Eatery & Mixology (Lexington)
      Met with: St. Mary's County Commissioner Todd Morgan and area community/business leaders
      Discussed: USM's role in economic and workforce development in Southern Maryland and ways to better partner with industry

    • CTSI (Lexington)
      Met with: CTSI team members, including Managing Director Tom Sanders
      Discussed: better leveraging USM resources to advance economic and workforce development

  • January 30, 2017
    • GlycoMimetics, Inc.
      Met with: GlycoMetrics CEO Rachel King, Vice President John Magnani, and other members of the leadership team
      Discussed: Workforce needs

    • Emergent BioSolutions
      Met with: President & CEO Dan Abdun Nabi, Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer Katy Strei, and Vice President Talent Management Carole Tilmont
      Discussed: Opportunities for collaboration; workforce needs; ensuring that graduates know how to apply what they've learned in the workplace; need for curricula that "collide" business and science

    • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
      Met with: President & CEO David Petr, Board Chair Bob Buchanan, and other board members
      Discussed: Need for more collaboration between USM economic development and workforce resources and Montgomery County businesses; helping businesses that need help beyond the start-up phase; positioning and branding the region as the cybersecurity training epicenter

    • Astra Zeneca/MedImmune
      Met with: Senior Director, North America Talent Acquisition Susan Slater and Jarrod Borkat, Head, External Collaborations
      Discussed: Workforce needs; helping "academics" transition into positions with private industry

  • February 21, 2017
    • Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
      Met with: Jim Coleman, president/CEO; Orlan Johnson, chair; Marva Jo Camp, vice chair; and Raymond D. Lambert, treasurer
      Discussed: Developing partnerships to advance Prince George's County's workforce and opportunities for small businesses

    • MGM National Harbor
      Met with: Ron Eisenberg, senior vice president, Whiting-Turner
      Discussed: Internship opportunities

    • TEDCO
      Met with: John Wasilisin, president/COO, TEDCO; Larry Twele, CEO, Howard County Economic Development Authority; Leonardo McClarty, president, Howard County Chamber of Commerce; members of TEDCO
      Discussed: Partnerships, venture capital, workforce needs, curricula, and related topics

  • March 27, 2017
    • Cecil County Administration
      Met with: Chris Moyer, executive director, Cecil County Office of Economic Development; representatives from Cecil County business community
      Discussed: strategies to help Cecil County transform its economy from distribution to advanced manufacturing; recruit and retain more teachers and healthcare professionals; provide more support for small businesses; and provide more opportunities for rehabilitated veterans

    • Kent County Economic Development Office
      Met with: Jamie Williams, Kent County Economic Development Coordinator; Kent County economic development leaders
      Discussed: business and workforce training and development needs and how USM resources and expertise might help meet those needs

    • Aberdeen Proving Ground
      Met with: Rick Decker, executive director, Joan Michel, and Mike Parker of RAMP MD; Dr. Paul Tanenbaum, director of program integration, and Mark Schlein, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center; Dr. Jeff Zabinski, Dr. Adam Rawlett, and Rob Carter, Army Research Lab; John Desmone, Towson University Northeastern Maryland; Karen Holt, director of economic development, Harford County
      Discussed: partnerships between government, academia, and industry to help grow Maryland’s economy

  • June 14, 2017
    • Frostburg State University
      Met with: Western Maryland business and community leaders
      Discussed: Western Maryland's business and economic development needs; ways USM can better assist in meeting those needs

    • Cumberland Times-News
      Met with: John Smith, editor; Greg Larry, education/city government reporter
      Discussed: assorted topics, such as USM's role in economic development and partnerships with community colleges

    • Volvo Group Trucks' Hagerstown Plant
      Met with: Pierre Jenny, Vice President, Powertrain Production & Plant Manager; Joshua Martin, Director Business Control (Finance); Dori Dunkle, Human Resources Business Partner; Belinda Vinson, Manager Communications
      Discussed: Business and workforce development needs

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