Top Southern Maryland Businesses To Receive 7th Annual Leading Edge Awards June 20

Southern Maryland's leading businesses and executives will be honored at the seventh Leading Edge Awards ceremony, June 20. The annual event brings together government leaders, corporate executives, business owners and technology experts who celebrate those individuals and businesses that spur economic growth within the region.

This year's honorees will be celebrated for qualities that are synonymous with business success: performance excellence, innovation and an unwavering dedication to customers and staff.

“We have an exceptional slate of winners among this year's Leading Edge Award recipients who exemplify the excellence of Southern Maryland's business community,” said Alan Kutz, vice president of the Corporate and Community Training Institute at the College of Southern Maryland.

Co-hosting this year's Leading Edge Awards with CSM are the Calvert County Department of Economic and Community Development, the Charles County Technology Council, the Patuxent Partnership, and the Small Business Development Center for the Southern Region of Maryland (SBDC).

This year's CEO of the Year, presented by CSM's Corporate Center, is R. Gore Bolton of Bolton & Associates, LLC, Southern Maryland's largest civil engineering, land planning and surveying firm. Bolton will be recognized for his ability to transition from an innovator to a self-starter to a manager and, eventually, to a great motivator and leader. Rated as one of the 50 Best Places to Work among civil engineering firms in America, Bolton invests in career development and letting employees do what they do well and be accountable for it.

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development has selected GlassLock as Calvert County Technology Company of the Year. GlassLock specializes in customized window film and glazing options for blast, security and environmental protection. Scott Haddock started the company in 1994 with a patented Fragment Retention Window Film (FRF) used for controlling glass failure caused by bomb blasts, windstorms, earthquakes, spontaneous glass failure and forced entry. Serving a diverse client base from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to National Gallery of Art to Apple Computers, Inc, GlassLock is recognized for providing customers all the glory and panoramic view a window offers while maintaining safety and environmental protection.

The Charles County Technology Council's award for Technology Company of the Year is MorganFranklin. Since inception seven years ago, MorganFranklin Corporation combines business and technology expertise to deliver a unique blend of professional services and IT solutions for business and government leaders navigating high-stakes financial, operational and IT challenges. With high-profile clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to the White House, MorganFranklin is listed on Washington Technology's Fast 50 and SmartCEO's Future 50. The company's recent efforts to develop one of the most advanced mobile emergency communication solutions in the country exemplifies its broad experience helping business and government leaders navigate high-stakes challenges.

The Patuxent Partnership has selected Research and Engineering Development, Inc. (RED-INC) as the Patuxent Partnership Member Firm of the Year. Founded in 1998 by Karen Garner and Art Weaver, RED-INC provides research, development, testing and evaluation of military weapons systems, specifically cockpits and crew stations, as well as all the aircraft systems that support crew-systems interfaces. This woman and veteran–owned small business aligns human capabilities to optimize the total performance of technical systems. From psychological applications to industrial engineering, every aspect of human interaction needs to be considered for Naval war fighters because performance drives the mission. Starting from just a two-person team in 1998 and growing to a 56-employee organization today, RED-INC has a well-established reputation in the defense industry for leading edge innovative solutions, successful system and process engineering development, and business integrity.

Recipient of the CSM Partnership in Education Award is Community Bank of Tri-County. Founded in October 1950 with a mission to provide home financing for the community in Southern Maryland, Community Bank of Tri-County has become an integral part of the economic stability and progress of citizens and businesses throughout the area. This community bank is a philanthropic leader for many activities and groups. For CSM, the bank helped establish the Louis P. Jenkins Sr. Endowment Fund and is a generous sponsor of the St. Charles Children's Learning Center, the Center for Business and Industry, the Leading Edge Awards and activities that support college athletic programs. Community Bank of Tri-County will also be honored as a true believer in education and training, providing management and supervisory training to many of its employees through the Corporate Center at CSM. Through this training and with the encouragement of the bank's officers, its employees are known for the highest levels of customer service.

The Small Business Development Center awards the 2007 Small Business of the Year to Hilltop Graphics. “We'll do whatever it takes, together” are the words engraved on a locket Tom Davis gave his wife, Carol Davis, almost 14 years ago. Their dreams became reality last year when they moved their company, Hilltop Graphics, from their home to a storefront in downtown Leonardtown. Hilltop Graphics is more than a printing company, providing design work and creativity that transforms customers' promotional needs into works of art and delivering visual masterpieces. As their business continues to grow and expand, this couple also maintains a customer service outlook that is based in a strong attachment to the community.

Platinum sponsors for this year's Leading Edge Awards are Comcast, Chaney Enterprises, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank and Southern Maryland Newspapers.

Gold sponsors are Civista Medical Center, Facchina Group, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, The ShowPlace Arena and Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

The Leading Edge Awards program will include a reception and banquet, 6 to 9:30 p.m., June 20, at the Greater Waldorf Jaycee Community Center, Waldorf. Keynote speaker is James Dinegar, president and CEO for the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

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