TU business honor society, Ed Hale to receive entrepreneurship award

TOWSON, Md. (April 3, 2007)--Edwin F. Hale, Sr., chairman and CEO of 1st Mariner Bancorp, and the Towson University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma will be presented with the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship during the honor society's annual new member induction and awards ceremony on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in the University Union, Potomac Lounge.

Hale and TU’s Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business -- are among four recipients worldwide to receive the medallion for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Medallion is awarded to outstanding individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity.

In addition to leading 1st Mariner Bancorp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing banks, Hale is the president and CEO of Hale Properties, LLC and owner of the Baltimore Blast Indoor Soccer team. He also serves as chairman and founder of the Maryland Business Council, and chairman of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association.

“Mr. Hale is a multifaceted individual who has a zest for life and people,” says Shohreh Kaynama, dean of the Towson University College of Business and Economics. “His qualities as a leader and his corresponding accomplishments as a member of our community and the region speak to Beta Gamma Sigma’s high standards of quality and excellence.”

Beta Gamma Sigma membership is the highest recognition students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business programs can receive. Among many honors, Hale has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Baltimore Business Journal’s Businessman of the Year, and is the recipient of numerous charitable awards.

“I am very honored to be recognized with Beta Gamma Sigma’s Medallion for Entrepreneurship,” Hale says. “I feel very strongly about the qualities that the medallion represents, and I am pleased to be recognized as a contributor to both the economy and to Towson University.”

The Beta Gamma Sigma honor society has 457 college and university chapters worldwide. Towson University’s 60-member chapter received Beta Gamma Sigma’s Business Achievement Award in 2005 and the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2002 and 2001.





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