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BWI Business Partnership Announces First Woman Chair

BWI Business Partnership Announces First Woman Chair 

Karen Cook, Incoming Partnership Chair

The BWI Business Partnership is pleased to announce that Karen Cook, Dean of Anne Arundel Community College’s School of Business and Law, has been named the first woman chair in the organization’s thirty-five-year history.

Outgoing Chair, Sam Minnitte, Area Manager of Maryland and Delaware for WSP, commented: “Karen is a longtime friend who has excelled in her public career in Anne Arundel County. I’m excited as Karen brings her experience and leadership energy to the BWI Business Partnership!”

As Dean at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, Ms. Cook provides strategic vision and leadership for instructional programs, including Business, Transportation and Logistics, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies; and fosters partnerships with leaders and organizations in business, law, education, and government. Ms. Cook is an attorney and former Chief Administrative Officer for Anne Arundel County.

“I look forward to assuming the reins of the BWI Business Partnership and, despite the challenges facing us during this global pandemic, finding new and innovative ways for the BWIBP to remain a leader in advocating for strong transportation policies and initiatives, driving economic and workforce development, and creating meaningful strategic relationships that increase growth and development of the BWI Region,” states Ms. Cook.

The Partnership also announces Gail Sanders, Assistant Vice President of Business Development for Tower Federal Credit Union as Vice Chair; David Richardson, Director of Governmental Affairs at Southwest Airlines as Secretary; Stephen Palmer, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank as Treasurer; and new board member Harry Blumenthal, Attorney at Law and Counsel to Liff, Walsh & Simmons, as General Counsel.

Anuja Sonalker, CEO of STEER Tech and Cedrick Johnson, President of Airport Design Consultants Inc., have been elected as new General Directors to the Board.

“We are thrilled to work with Ms. Cook as our new Chair, along with our new officers and board members. We are fortunate to have such a supportive board of directors to guide the Partnership forward, especially during this challenging time of the pandemic,” commented Gina Stewart, Executive Director of the BWI Business Partnership

Ms. Cook will assume the position of Chair effective July 1, 2020.