March 13, 2024

Olivia Hokanson

Communications Manager

Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Central Maryland Chamber Hosts Awards Gala:

2024 Award Winners & Nominees Announced

Odenton, MD. – The Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) announced that it will be hosting it's Awards Gala on April 15th, 2024, at Live! Casino & Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m.!

The event is being presented by Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.

The CMC Awards Gala is THE feel-good event of the year, a salute to the outstanding accomplishments of the Central Maryland Region's most dedicated civil servants and chamber members/ volunteers. The seated dinner and reception honors the noteworthy contributions and service of individuals who make our community a better place by dedicating their passion to helping others. The event will also celebrate our 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees- the companies and volunteers who partner with us to be the voice of business, create jobs, and help our members thrive.

The CMC is thrilled to announce our 2024 Awardees:


Start-Up of the Year

Woman-Owned Business of the Year

BIPOC Business of the Year*

Small Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

  • Lori Ratzburg

Government Advocate of the Year

*Black, Indigenous, and People of Color


Public Safety Winners              

  • Police Officer of the Year: Sgt. Anthony Miskovish, Laurel Police Department
  • Police Officer of the Year: Corporal Derek DeLoatch, Anne Arundel County Police Department
  • Sheriff's Deputy of the Year: Corporal Nelson Broderick, Office of the Sheriff, Anne Arundel County
  • Firefighter of the Year: Vincent Nicolas, Anne Arundel County Fire Department
  • Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Jonathan Hartley, Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
  • Military Service Member of the Year: Staff Sgt. Victoria Boyton, Defense Media Activity

Elementary Educator of the Year Nominees                 

  • Shannon Smythe, Waugh Chapel Elementary 
  • Kayla Clements, Pershing Hill Elementary 
  • Scott Armstrong, Pershing Hill Elementary 
  • Angelique Jones, Crofton Woods Elementary 
  • Erica Cosgrove, South Shore Elementary 
  • Mary Ann Perret, Crofton Meadows Elementary 
  • Tiffin Smith, Piney Orchard Elementary

Middle School Educator of the Year Nominees        

  • Bryan Sto Thomas, Meade Middle 
  • Ida Heck, Arundel Middle 
  • Kevin Embury, Old Mill Middle South

High School Educator of the Year Nominees

  • Don Kerr, Center for Applied Technology North
  • Alysha Cardoso, Old Mill High
  • Tracey Chalk, Ruth Parker Eason 
  • Nick Noone, Meade High 

Facilities Support Staff of the Year Nominees

  • Louis Queen, Four Seasons Elementary
  • Morris Snowden, Center for Applied Technology North
  • JudyLee McLean, Van Bokkelen Elementary School

Administrative Support Staff of the Year Nominees

  • Vivianette Colon, Meade Middle 
  • Cierra Brockington, Rippling Woods Elementary 
  • LaDonna Martin, Old Mill Middle South
  • Linda Best-Hazan, West Meade Early Education Center
  • Violet Lewis, Ruth Parker Eason 
  • Muriel Fisher, Crofton Meadows Elementary 
  • Lonnie Pierce, Meade High 
  • Dawn Maxwell, Piney Orchard Elementary 

Administrator of the Year Nominees

  • Lindsay Drager, AACPS Virtual Academy
  • Aleah Queen, Rippling Woods Elementary
  • Katlyn Falls, Old Mill High 
  • Maureen Clary, Arundel Middle 
  • April Murphy, Monarch Global Academy

Business Partner of the Year Nominees

  • Corporal Keith Smith, School Resource Officer at Meade Middle School
  • Sergeant John Sims, Crofton Police Officer at Crofton Elementary School
  • Jocelyn Turner, PTO President of West Meade Early Education Center PTO

“We are so excited to celebrate and honor some of the incredible individuals and businesses who serve our community. Our region’s high quality of life is due in large part to the people we will be recognizing. We hope you can join us at Live! Casino to thank those who make our region one of the best places to live, work, and do business!” Kim Wirt, CMC Director of Operations.

For more information about the event or to register, visit

For media inquiries, contact Olivia Hokanson, Communications Manager,


About the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce: The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce (CMC), where business is happening, represents over 350 local employers. CMC is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s business priorities. CMC works hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community. To learn more about the CMC, please visit and follow CMC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn: @CentralMDcc

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