Howard County Chamber Awards for Chamber Excellence


The ACE awards are presented annually to deserving Chamber members in good standing who have developed successful business strategies, served the community and demonstrated a continuing commitment to the Chamber’s overall mission.

2018 Awards for Chamber Excellence to be handed out at our Annual Meeting, May 16, 2018 and our 2018 Signature Event, October 5th. 

Rules for nominations

2018 ACE nomination application

The 2017 Awards for Chamber Excellence were presented at the Annual Meeting in May and the Signature Event in October.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Large Business of the Year: BGE

  • Small Business of the Year: Commercial Insurance Managers, Inc.

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Justin Bonner & Kasey Turner, Jailbreak Brewing Company

  • Business Person of the Year: Bita Dayhoff, Community Action Council of Howard County

  • GovConnects Government Contractor of the Year: Unanet

  • Young Professional of the Year: Elyssa Auerbach, Lowe Wealth Advisors

  • Ambassador of the Year: Kartik Shah, PNC Bank

  • Business Advocate of the Year: Mike Fowler, BGE

  • GovConnects Advocate of the Year: Ron Sroka, Jr. , Esq., Evolve Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Exemplar of the Year: Pete Mangione, Turf Valley Resort

The first five awards are presented at the Signature Event in October, while the last three are announced at the annual meeting in May. In addition, there is an Exemplar Award, which is presented at the discretion of the Chamber's Executive Committee.

See all of the past ACE winners in the Hall of Fame .