Industrialist of the Year 2019

On June 12 the Baltimore Museum of Industry presented Neil Meltzer, President and CEO of LifeBridge Health, with our 2019 William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year. Each year, the award recognizes and celebrates a visionary business leader whose innovation and dedication helps build stronger communities throughout Maryland. Neil exemplifies the spirit in which the award was established through his community-focused approach to healthcare. 

This year’s event was one of our most successful ever, raising more than $120,000 for the museum’s educational programs. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event.

Enjoy the event photos below.   


Neil Meltzer, President and CEO of LifeBridge Health


Watch the event slideshow below, or click on an image to browse through the photos.

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  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.

Past Honorees

2018 – Mary Ann Scully, Howard Bank
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 2019 Sponsors






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