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Recap Of The November 7th Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD) Event!

A component of Baltimore Sports and Life (BSL) that some might not be aware of, is that we operate the networking group Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD).

The BMBD group exists to bring professionals from throughout the region together through regular events. The group is comprised of 400 +/- Executives (mostly at a C-Suite level) representing numerous industries, and the most interesting local companies and organizations.

BMBD was formed in July 2015, with the first event being held that September. The speaker for that initial event was University of Maryland Terrapins Football Analyst Tim Strachan.

In 2016, there were three BMBD events. January 2016 lacked a speaker. April 2016 had representation from The Northeast Maglev speaking on a proposed mass-transportation project. July 2016 had Sagamore Development President Marc Weller discussing Port Covington.

The first BMBD event of 2017 was this past January, and headlined by Donald Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Mr. Fry effectively provided a ‘State-of-the-State’ for the local region.

In May we had our second event of 2017, featuring Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries, as the keynote. Mr. Geddes delivered a stirring speech imploring local business to come together for the common-good.

Our most recent BMBD event was earlier this week, and featured a panel discussion of local Women Business Leaders:

Cindy Carson
President, Enradius (Health)

Kara DiPietro
President & CEO, HMC Incorporated

Natalia Luis
Chairman & COO, M Luis Construction

Jennifer Meyer
CEO, Betamore

The panelists were excellent and informative. One of their common themes was about the necessity of touting our collective strengths as a region.

We believe the 135 confirmed guests, and 100+ companies and organizations who attended are great examples of those strengths.

Our thanks to each for attending!  A partial listing of those attendees is available here (BMBD Nov 7th Event Brochure).

Lastly, we would be remiss without also thanking the event sponsor Benchworks!

With questions regarding Benchworks, please contact:

Thad Bench / CEO
954 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
[email protected]

Some pictures from Tuesday:

 Thad Bench


 Barbara Larrabee  Jacquie Cohen Roth  Paula Olhausen

 Tammi Thomas  Laura Stoner

Chris Smith

T2 Natalie Staines Kyle McQuighan

Sue Hilger

Stuart Ritter Christian Stanley Bob Bloncheck

Steve Hiegel

Ron Windsor 2

Richard Mitchell

Patrick Reid 2

Natalia and Thad

Monica Beeman Lester Miller & Cheryl Peterman

Monica Beeman & Mike Tich

Lori Rogers Terri Jones Denise Shope

Lester Miller & Lesley Miller

Ken Venick Chris McDonell Lisa Kenney

Keith Daw Patrick Reid Sue Hilger

Karina Mandell

Karen Barbour Natalia Luis

Julie Shearman Rachel Barile Alexandra Stewart

John Olenick Mark McWright Chip Lewis Cindy Carson

Joe Cuddy 2

Jim Ries

Jim Ries Mark McWright

Jen Meyer

Ismael DiToro 2


Gary Pick

Denise Shope Keith Daw  Ron Windsor  Clare Elliott

Denise Shope Julia Fedorova Jabnia Askwith

Denise Buchman Sue Hilger Natalia Luis Tracey Deemer

Denise Buchman Chip Lewis Ed Mullin 2

Damian Gallina Alexandra Stewart

Clare Elliott  Stephen Simons Kyle McQuighan Karen Barbour

Cindy Carson & Chip Lewis

Tammi Thomas Sean Sutherland

Kara DiPietro 2

Kara DiPietro Cindy Carson Jen Meyer Natalia Luis  Melissa Johnston

Vicki Franz & Paula Olhausen

For those of you who are familiar of us through BMBD, but don’t know much about BSL; here is some background:

BSL is dedicated to analysis and discussion on the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, and the University of Maryland.

There is also coverage of the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, College Lax, Soccer, NBA, MLB, MMA, Sports Media, Pop Culture, etc.

BSL is a 5x Baltimore Sun Mobbies Award winner, previously being named Baltimore’s best blog.Our Facebook Page has over 5,400 likes and our Twitter account has over 2,000 followers.

Recommendation from ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg:

“Baltimore Sport and Life is, hands down the smartest place to talk about Maryland-area sports on the internet. It has excellent analysis, and a vibrant message board community that is constantly teaching me something, and discussions don’t get bogged down by the usual trolls that tend to ruin the rest of the internet. With the steady decline of traditional media outlets, I’ve been looking more and more to blogs to follow local teams, and BSL consistently gives me witty and nuanced insights I can’t get anywhere else.”


Our Management Team is:
Joseph Cuddy (President)
Pete Oliveri (Director of Sales)
Chris Janush (Director of Marketing)
Matt Bregel (Director of Social & Digital Media)
Megan McCormack (Director of Business Development)
Lindsay Sappington (Director of Public Relations & Communications)

Our Advisory Board is:
Bob Blonchek - Chief Product Officer, Digital Health Innovations
Dave Harbeitner – CFP, Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services
Josh Itzoe – Partner & Managing Director, Greenspring Wealth Management
Stuart Ritter - T. Rowe Price
Andy Thompson – Director, Personal Financial Planning, SC&H Group
Keith Weldon - Vice President of Business Ventures, Chesapeake Bayhawks

Bios and archives of our contributors can be found here.


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Written by Chris Stoner
4 months ago
Baltimore Sports and Life,

Chris Stoner

Chris Stoner founded Baltimore Sports and Life in 2009. He has appeared as a radio guest with 1090 WBAL, 105.7 The Fan, CBS 1300, Q1370, WOYK 1350, WKAV 1400, and WNST 1570. He has also been interviewed by The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Business Journal, and PressBox (TV). As Owner, his responsibilities include serving as the Managing Editor, Publicist, & Sales Director. You can reach him via email at [email protected].


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