Industrialist of the Year

Each year, the BMI is pleased to present the William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award recognizing one of Maryland’s visionary business leaders. The award is presented each spring at a luncheon held in the museum’s iconic Decker Gallery.

We hope you will join us in 2018 at one of Baltimore’s most anticipated annual networking events. The Industrialist of the Year Luncheon raises funds that provide direct support for the BMI’s educational programs, which are enjoyed by nearly 80,000 Maryland school visitors each year. The BMI’s programs offer hands-on learning experiences that promote discovery and connection, and enrich teachers, parents, students, and the broader community.

How will you be a part of this outstanding event? Make sure your organization takes advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to make connections and raise your company’s profile among Baltimore’s most influential people.

Sponsorship information is available here. Many thanks to our 2017 Vanguard Sponsors for their generous support.

The Event

The William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award was introduced in 2004 to recognize and celebrate Maryland’s visionary business leaders distinguished by their innovative approaches to industry and dedication to the well-being of their communities.  Named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer—beloved Mayor of Baltimore, Governor of Maryland, and supporter of the museum’s founding in 1977—the award is presented each spring at a luncheon held in the museum’s iconic Decker Gallery, among the museum’s exhibits and against the backdrop of the Inner Harbor.

Each year, we welcome more than 450 business and economic leaders to join us in celebrating the innovation, vision, and service of Maryland’s business community, and to build new connections and collaborations as we look to the future. The luncheon program includes a keynote address, cocktail hour, and lunch service, and offers numerous opportunities to network and to be inspired—while being immersed in Baltimore’s rich industrial history.

The Award

The William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award was introduced in 2004 to recognize and celebrate Maryland’s visionary business leaders distinguished by their innovative approaches to industry and dedication to the well-being of their communities. The award is presented at a luncheon each spring at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The Industrialist of the Year Award was named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer, beloved Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland; as Mayor of Baltimore, he played a major role in the founding of the BMI in 1977.

Past Honorees

2017 – Calvin G. Butler Jr., BGE
2016 – Thomas S. Bozzuto and Thomas S. Bozzuto, Jr., Bozzuto Group
2015 – Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., Rosemore, Inc.
2014 – J. Thomas Sadowski, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
2013 – Atwood Collins, III, M&T Bank Corporation
2012 – Mark Montgomery, Ports America Chesapeake
2011 – Michael Ward, CSX Corporation
2010 – Helen Delich Bentley, Helen Bentley & Associates
2009 – Aris Melissaratos, Johns Hopkins University
2008 – Edward Hale, 1st Mariner Bancorp
2007 – F. Suzanne Jenniches, Northrop Grumman Corporation
2006 – Mark Sneed, Phillips Foods
2005 – Kevin Plank, Under Armour Performance Apparel
2004 – Rich Baker, Domino Sugar

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

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