Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce to honor Caret

Business Hall of Fame inducts two new members per year

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 1, 2006)President Robert L. Caret is about to join a select group of area business leaders as a member of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame.

The Business Hall of Fame inducts two new members per year, according to Adenke Akintilo, who directs public relations, marketing and special events for the chamber. The chamber's mission, she says, is to “promote, grow and sustain a diverse and healthy business community that will enrich the quality of life and enhance prosperity in the Baltimore area.”

The Business Hall of Fame, founded in 1996, honors those who have contributed to the county in a variety of ways, either financially, through innovation or through charitable work.

Members meet in July to choose that year’s inductees, with each committee member presenting the name(s) of leading Baltimore County business people for consideration. The group then votes on the nominees.

Among the Business Hall of Fame members expressing strong support for Caret's inclusion were Donald P. Hutchinson, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank and a former Baltimore County executive, and USM Regent David H. Nevins, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Constellation Energy.

"Dr. Caret is an exceptionally driven and dedicated leader in our community," Hutchinson said. "Over the past three years, Bob has demonstrated the kind of dynamic leadership and enthusiasm that is responsible for the growth and success that Towson University experiences today."

Nevins added that Caret has done "a marvelous job of leading and advancing the state's second-largest institution of higher education and the largest in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

"It would be difficult to name an institution more important to the success of the region than Towson University, or a leader more important to that success than Bob Caret," he said.

President Caret has long emphasized the need for TU to work closely with business to develop programs that will be responsive to current needs and create opportunities for partnering with the community to address them.

Responding to the news of his selection, he said he enjoys working with the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. “In my work with them, I have tried to link campus resources with the needs of the business community. Our partnership is longstanding and collaborative, and it’s an honor to be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.”

Caret will be inducted on November 9 during ceremonies at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson.

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