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Merrick Engages Series

As of Feb. 6, 2016 this event has been POSTPONED. To be rescheduled for a later date.

Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business as he talks with Mike Gill, Secretary to the Maryland Department of Commerce on "How Business has a Positive Affect on our Communities."

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Mike GillA Conversation with Mike Gill, Secretary to the Maryland Department of Commerce on "How Business has a Positive Affect on our Communities."


  • More About the Conversation

    Maryland companies are driving innovation in areas such as biohealth and life sciences, IT & cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, energy and sustainability, advanced manufacturing and military and federal. 

    Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business along will lead a dialog about the Maryland Business Climate and how business creates overall growth in communities.

  • About the Secretary R. Michael Gill

    Secretary Mike Gill is a business leader with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a technology executive, an investment banker, and a public servant.   

    He was tapped by Governor Larry Hogan to lead the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development) in January 2015.  Prior to his appointment, Mike Gill led Evergreen Advisors, an investment bank, as chairman and principal.  Mr. Gill was also a founder First Page, which was acquired by Metrocall; served as chairman of Curtis Engine, a Baltimore power generator company; and was chairman of Bluefire Security Technologies, a mobile cybersecurity developer.  In 1984, Gill founded AMERICOM, a Baltimore-based provider of cellular products and services. AMERICOM expanded nationwide with more than 1,200 team members. In 2000, it was acquired by Solectron.  He started his career with IBM and held a number of positions in sales and marketing.  He then became Director of Data Systems in the mid-Atlantic region for Ernst & Young.

    Gill served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents from 2004 to 2009, chairing the audit committee and the technology transfer and commercialization workgroup.  His past and present board memberships also include the Calvert Hall Board of Trustees, Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Bay National Bank, and Towson University of Board of Visitors.  He is also a member of the President's Advisory Board at Clemson University.

    Gill earned his B.S. in business administration from Towson University in 1974 after first attending Clemson University on a baseball scholarship.  He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Towson University in 1996.

  • What is the Merrick Engages Series?

    Merrick Engages is a series that takes a close look at contemporary business topics through the lenses of successful business leaders. Each business leader sits down with Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, and they engage in a conversation that aims to better inform us, and provide a new perspective into the business world. Each time the dialog will delve into topics pertaining to careers, business transformation and life lessons-learned.