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RMI’s 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Gala Dinner
November 29, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Martin’s West, Baltimore County

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On Nov. 29, the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) will honor the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing at an elegant evening gala dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore County, 6-9 p.m.

This event is one of Maryland’s most meaningful evenings, highlighting extraordinary successes and celebrating our community spirit.  Recognizing the top Champions of Maryland Manufacturing is an initiative of RMI’s Image Campaign to promote a positive image of manufacturing in Maryland. Telling the stories of those championing manufacturing helps others learn about the vibrancy of Maryland manufacturing today.

RMI received Champion 280 nominations from every county in Maryland and Baltimore City in the following nomination categories: Community Engagement, Emerging Leaders, Energy & Sustainability, Growth & Productivity, International Business, Manufacturing Technology (Industry 4.0), STEM Student Advocate and Talent Attraction.  The RMI Nominations Committee chose the top 5 Champions who best exemplify these important categories that promote the true image of Maryland Manufacturing, highlighting the creativity and spirit embodied in today’s Maryland manufacturing ecosystem.

At the Gala, we will honor the Champions, Maryland counties, their newest manufacturing companies, and Aris Melissaratos, this year’s Grand Champion of Maryland Manufacturing Aris Melissaratos.

Aris Melissaratos2018 Distinguished Grand Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

This top Champion’s award goes to one individual who best exemplifies “championing Maryland manufacturing.” He has achieved significant results in every nomination category of the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing.  Melissaratos is a Romanian-born Greek- American engineer, industrialist, aerospace executive, investor, philanthropist, university administrator, author and former government official in Maryland. His 40 plus years of leadership roles represent a legacy of tremendous accomplishment that have benefited our State tremendously.

The 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing


  • Acadia Windows and Doors – Baltimore County
  • Blind Industries & Services of Maryland – Baltimore City
  • Hub Labels – Washington County
  • Manor Hill Brewing – Howard County
  • Pompeian, Inc. – Baltimore City

  • April N. Richardson, Food Opportunity – Prince George’s County
  • Jodie Bollinger, Frederick County Office of Economic Development – Frederick County
  • Michael Koch, Firefly Farms – Garrett County
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School – Baltimore County
  • Vorbeck Materials, Inc. – Howard County

  • Dr. Mary Tung, Maryland Energy Administration
  • K & L Microwave – Wicomico County
  • McCormick & Company – Baltimore County
  • STULZ Air Technology Systems – Frederick County
  • Williams & Heintz Map Corporation – Prince Georges County

  • Eight O’Clock Coffee – Prince George’s County
  • Marc Berman, Phoenix Mecano Inc. – Frederick County
  • Protenergy Natural Foods – Dorchester County
  • RoosterBio Inc. – Frederick County
  • Strouse – Carroll County

  • Chesapeake Specialty Products – Baltimore County
  • Deb Kielty & Team, World Trade Center Institute – Baltimore City
  • Evapco, Inc – Carroll County
  • Sisu Global Health – Baltimore City

  • Lion Brothers – Baltimore County
  • Michael Raphael, Direct Dimensions – Baltimore County
  • Mick Arnold, Arnold Packaging – Baltimore County
  • Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland (RAMP MD) – Harford County
  • Stanley Black & Decker Hampstead Manufacturing Facility – Carroll County

  • Advanced Manufacturing Production Program, Caroline County Public Schools – Caroline County
  • Citywide Youth Development – Baltimore City
  • Community College of Baltimore County, CAMM Program – Baltimore County
  • STAR Academy, Tim Rhode and Ed Mullin – Baltimore County
  • Tracye Johnson, Local Motors – Prince George’s County

  • Bobby Patton, Patton Electronics – Montgomery County
  • Paragon Bioservices, Inc. – Baltimore City
  • Strategic Factory – Baltimore County
  • Textron Systems – Baltimore County
  • Worthington Armstrong Venture Enterprise – Harford County


Telling Our Story

Recognizing the Champions of Maryland Manufacturing is a key element of RMI’s Image Campaign to help put a face on today’s manufacturing. By helping to tell the stories of those that are championing the manufacturing effort in Maryland, we help policymakers better understand the products made in their jurisdictions and how those goods help us in our daily lives. We also help educators, parents, and kids see manufacturing as a viable, enriching career opportunity. The Champion’s dinner is one of Maryland’s most meaningful evenings, highlighting extraordinary successes and celebrating our community spirit.

Champions Tribute Sponsors


Thanks to everyone who sponsored RMI’s most important event of the year as we showcase the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing to further RMI’s Image Campaign.