HCEDA Board of Directors

Board of Directors meeting is generally  held every third Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m.  Location to be announced on Agenda.

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Click to see recent board meeting minutes

Incentives Committee meeting is general held every first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia, MD.

Click to see the HCEDA Incentives Committee Minutes.
Click to see the Incentives Committee Agenda

The Howard County Economic Development Authority reports to a private-sector-led Board of Directors. The Board has fiduciary oversight and is responsible for strategic direction of the HCEDA. The Board meets monthly to review HCEDA financials and progress. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month.

We are fortunate to have a strong Board of Directors who support the mission of the HCEDA and assist in executing on the vision set forth by the organizations Strategic Plan. The Board also acts as strong advocates for the continued growth of Howard County’s business community. Several committee members are also responsible for chairing  committees that focus on key areas of interest including:

  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Incentives Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee

Our Current Board of Directors

Ms. Cyndi Gula (Chair), Managing Director and Co-Founder, Gula Tech Adventures
Mr. Marcellous Frye, Jr. (Vice Chair), Chief Executive Officer, QUES, LLC
Mr. William Rovito (Secretary/Treasurer), Founder & CEO, HoCo Fence, LLC
Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed, President, Howard County General Hospital
Ms. Laura Bacon, Founder & CEO, The 3rd
Mr. Larry ‘Lee’ Hencshel, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Mr. Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of Office of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs
Mr. Phillip Larson, Chief Government Relations Officer and Secretary of the Board, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Ms. Andrea LeWinter, Law Office of Andrea LeWinter LLC
Mr. Richard Lombardo, Former President & CEO, Harkins Builders, Inc. (Retired)
Dr. Anuja Sonalker, Founder, CEO, STEER
Dr. Sean Stewart, MD, MS, Regional Medical Director, Center For Vein Restoration
Dr. Daria Willis, President, Howard Community College

  • HCEDA Events

    The HCEDA hosts and co-hosts many events in Howard County, including events at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and the Howard Tech Council.

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