Leadership Howard County Announces 2017 Awards

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Leadership Howard County’s Annual Awards Dinner and Graduation will take place on June 13, 2017 at Turf Valley. The event is an opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders who have embodied the mission of Leadership Howard County in a significant way, contributing to the positive transformation of the community to benefit all citizens. We will also celebrate the graduation of the 2017 Premier and Essentials Classes.

Leadership Howard County is pleased to announce its 2017 honorees:

Distinguished Alumni: Brian Walter, Market President, M&T Bank
Brian Walter has long been recognized as the epitome of a community leader. He has nearly two decades of service building a better Howard County and central Maryland region through both his role as Market President at M&T Bank, and his numerous community leadership roles serving nonprofit organizations in the areas of health care, human services, education, the arts and culture. With a reputation as an insightful leader, Brian brings together strategic thinking, outstanding diplomatic skills, and enviable financial acumen with a passion for making his community stronger. Many community organizations have benefitted from Brian’s leadership, including the boards of Leadership Howard County, the Community Foundation of Howard County, and the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. Additionally he has served on boards of directors for the BWI Business Partnership, the Howard Hospital Foundation, the 21st Century Foundation and Howard County General Hospital. Brian is also a frequent participant in the fundraising activities of the March of Dimes, Rebuilding Together Howard County, Ulman Cancer Fund, and Special Olympics Maryland.

Unsung Hero Award: Ilana Bittner, Pixel Workshop
Few residents of Howard County combine Ilana’s community connections and knowledge of Howard County with her sense of fun and adventure. A forward-thinking individualist who creates the means to connect people to their communities – whether it is through videos, documentaries, unique events, or podcasts – Ilana is deeply committed to the community where she lives, works and raises her family. She is known as the one who is often behind the camera or the director, but at the heart of what make Howard County unique.
Behind the scenes at Pixel Workshop, she creates award winning videos, websites and social media campaigns. But it is in her service to the community that Ilana has gone far above what most people consider generous. She has served on the boards of many organizations including Leadership Howard County, The Community Foundation of Howard County, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, and many more. Together with her husband and business partner Dave, Ilana has produced videos and content for dozens of nonprofits in Howard County over the last 20 years. Whether organizing a flash mob, creating a podcast, or designing a website, Ilana can be counted on to give the community the means to not just engage but to dream big, have fun and have truly memorable experiences.

Leadership Legacy Award: Earl and Mary Armiger, Orchard Development and Armiger Management Corp., and Community Philanthropists

Earl and Mary Armiger founded Orchard Development in 1979, and its affiliate company Armiger Management in 1985. Under Earl and Mary’s leadership, both companies have made a remarkable difference in bringing positive change in the community. Combining their focus on affordable housing and inclusive communities, the Armigers have been honored with many awards by the homebuilding industry for their excellence and generosity. They have also been recognized by many Howard County organizations including the Howard County Arts Council’s award for Outstanding Business Support of the Arts, and Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation of Howard County. As board members, chairs and fundraisers, they have served and been honored by the Chamber of Commerce, Howard Community College Educational Foundation, the Community Foundation of Howard County, the Howard County Arts Council, and dozens more. The many local nonprofits that have benefitted from the Armigers’ generosity provide necessary services to those in need and amenities that contribute to a dynamic quality of life. Their legacy is the gift of creating homes and communities that will be a link to the future.

The event is open to the public; alumni and guests are invited. Tickets for the Awards Dinner are available at www.leadershiphc.org.

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