Previous Legend Appearances
Legends in Accounting
Tom Hood, Executive Director and CEO of Maryland Association of CPAs
On March 28, 2013, Tom Hood, CEO of Maryland Associations CPAs (MACPA) shared his stories of the accounting industry. The stories exemplified the creativity and innovation of UBalt's accounting program and the activities of the students with MACPA and the accounting profession.
Gary Perlow, Regional Managing Partner - Mid-Atlantic, CohnReznick
On October 29, 2013, Gary Perlow, Regional Managing Partner - Mid-Atlantic at CohnReznick shared his stories about the merger of two accounting firms.
Video from the event.
Legends in Entrepreneurship
Kevin Dunbar, M.B.A. '95, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunbar Armored
On March 5, 2014, UBalt alumnus Kevin Dunbar shared his stories of his family's business and how he has found new ways to innovate.
Kevin Dunbar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunbar Armored, Inc. – America’s largest independently-owned armored car, cash management and cyber security services firm. In this role, Kevin leads a nationwide company which serves retailers, financial institutions and government entities seeking to safeguard valuables in-transit, protect employees and enhance security at their place of business. A widely-recognized entrepreneur, business leader and innovator, Kevin Dunbar was awarded the “Maryland’s Most Admired CEO” award” by The Daily Record in 2013, SmartCEO magazine’s “Voltage” award for “Technology Implementer,” also in 2013, and the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”for Business Solutionsby Ernst & Young in 2008.
Bob Parsons, B.S. '75, D.H.L. '08, founder and executive chairman of Go Daddy
On November 12, 2012, UBalt alumnus Bob Parsons shared his stories of his entrepreneurial career.
Bob Parsons's Rule #2: Never give up.
"Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity."
See All of Bob's 16 Rules for Success in Business and Life.
Legends in Real Estate
Thomas S. Bozzuto, chairman and CEO of The Bozzuto Group
On November 28, 2012, Thomas Bozzuto came to campus to talk about his experiences in real estate and development.
"I think the foundation of why people are proud to work at The Bozzuto Group is that we all treat each other with concern, with respect, perhaps even like members of the same family. And this is true in every part of our company." - An excerpt from Thomas Bozzuto's 08.26.11 blog post.
M.J. "Jay" Brodie, former President of the Baltimore Development Corp.
On October 8, 2013, Jay Brodie shared personal stories and business insights about his time at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) and what the outlook for economic development in Baltimore.
David S. Cordish, chairman of The Cordish Company
On April 2, 2015, David Cordish came to campus to talk about his experiences in real estate and development and his experiences running one of the largest and oldest privately-held development companies in the United States.
The audience participated in personal conversation with Cordish as he is interviewed by his son, director of finance and a managing partner of The Cordish Companies of Baltimore, Jonathan A. Cordish. David is Chairman of one of the largest and oldest privately-held development companies in the United States.
Gino Gemignani , Senior Vice President at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
On May 1, 2014, Gino Gemingani shared his career highlights and talked about Whiting-Turner's organization’s business strategy and building technology initiatives.
Richard Lombardo, Chairman and CEO, Harkins Builders
On April 18, 2016, Dick Lombardo, chairman and CEO of employee-owned Harkins Builders—one of the top multifamily and commercial construction management companies in the Mid-Atlantic, shared his thoughts about challenges of the "Great Recession" to its current position of strength, and was a key leader in the transition of Harkins to a 100% employee-owned company. Dick was interviewed by Rick Kohr, founding member and CEO of Evergreen Advisors. The men have known each other for more than twenty years and was instrumental in the conversion of Harkins to the employee-owned structure.
Donald Manekin, Co-Founder of Seawall Development Corporation
On March 30, 2016, Donald Manekin, co-founder of Seawall Development Corporation was interviewed by his son and fellow co-founder, Thibault Manekin. They shared with the audience much about their focused on redeveloping historic buildings into mixed use projects. To date, the company has completed or is pursuing development of over $200 million of creative adaptive reuse projects in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
With more than five decades of combined experience, Donald and Thibault Manekin have brought their passion and wisdom for urban revitalization to life with Seawall. Seawall’s projects, focused on social good, have won numerous awards, including President Obama’s Champion of Change Award, Community Impact Awards, recognition through NAIOP, Green Housing Awards through ULI to name a few.
Nancy Rase, President and CEO of Homes for America
On April 10, 2018, Nancy Rase, co-founder and the President and CEO of Homes for America, as she shares insights from her career and the real estate industry.
Ms. Rase previously was the Deputy Director and Director of Housing Development of the Maryland housing finance agency, the Community Development Administration (CDA), until August 1994. During her tenure 255 housing developments with over 13,000 rental housing units were financed with tax-exempt bonds, taxable bonds, state loan funds, HOME and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. During her 15 years at CDA Ms. Rase also managed CDA’s rehabilitation loan programs.
Prior to joining CDA Ms. Rase was a manager at a public housing authority in Hagerstown, Maryland where she was responsible for Section 8 Programs and occupancy of public housing units.
Ms. Rase has performed as a consultant to major developers and served on the boards of nonprofit organizations. She currently is a member of the Enterprise Community Leadership Community, member of the Tax Credit Advisor Editorial Board, and on the Boards of Directors of: Housing Partnership Network (Vice-Chair), Stewarts of Affordable Housing for the Future, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), HP Equity Trust, Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition and Chesapeake Neighbors. In January 2008 she resigned as President of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition after a three year term as President and eight years on the Board of Directors. Previously she served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Lead Poisoning in Maryland and the Real Estate Advisory Board of the University of Baltimore.
She has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Edward St. John, chairman and CEO of St. John Properties
On April 4, 2013, Ed St. John shared his personal stories and business insight about building one of the largest and most successful commercial real estate firms in the region.
Arnold Williams, Co-Founder of Seawall Development Corporation
On March 30, 2016, Arnold Williams, Managing Director Managing at Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams, a minority-owned certified public accounting firm.
University of Baltimore President, Kurt Schmoke interviewed Williams about his tireless efforts to support the city's economic development efforts.
Williams earned his bachelor of science in business (accounting) from the University of Baltimore.