Dec. 19—CUMBERLAND — Timi Hadra, an associate partner with IBM and economic development advocate, was recognized for her efforts to promote business and job opportunities.
Hadra, outgoing chair of The Greater Cumberland Committee executive committee, was chosen Tuesday as the recipient 2022 of The Greater Good Award.
Every year, TGCC chooses a winner for the award. The winner is not revealed until a gathering of partners and members. Cornucopia Cafe in Grantsville hosted the event.
Hadra, who was TGCC Chair for four years, served two two-year terms. This was the first time in the 23-year history of the organization that this position has been held.
Colleen Parkerson, who took over for David Turnbull, president, Turnbull, Hoover and Kahl, P.A., was unable attend.
Peterson declared, before announcing Peterson’s winner.
Hadra received citations of accomplishment from Nan Mann (representative of Sen. Chris Van Hollen); Mark Widmyer (field representative for Gov. Larry Hogan, Robin Summerfield, and Sen. Ben Cardin.
Hadra stated, “Thanks so much. I’m overwhelmed.” It is difficult to see this award as an individual award, since everything we have accomplished in the past four years was due to every one of the council members, committee members and government liaisons. It truly does take all of us together.
Jennifer Walsh, executive director at TGCC hosted the event. Shawn Bender, of Beitzel Corp., was announced as the new chairman of the board.
TGCC also honored Senator George C. Edwards, who will be retiring after 40 years of service in the Maryland legislature.
Bender stated, “The thing with George is you can always have an open conversation with George even when you don’t like George.” He is cool and will talk to anyone, regardless of whether they agree with him.
Edwards thanked TGCC, which he described as one of the top organizations in the region.
“It was a great pleasure to represent this part of the state. Edwards stated that Edwards loves this area. Edwards stated, “I want to do everything I can to make this area grow.” It is because of this that we must work hard to keep things here, to expand, and to bring new businesses here.
“It was a pleasure, and I want to continue fighting for Mountain Maryland. We will all work together and we can do great things together.
Greg Larry is a Cumberland Times-News reporter. Contact Greg Larry at 304-639-4951 or email [email protected] Follow him on Twitter