Donald Manekin, county hospital win Chamber of Commerce awards Winners selected for civic activity

June 04, 1993|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Staff Writer

The Howard Chamber of Commerce named a commercial real estate executive and the county's general hospital yesterday as its Business Person of the Year and Business of the Year.

The nominees were selected for recognition because of their involvement in and financial support of a range of civic and community activities and groups.

Donald Manekin, a senior vice president and partner with Manekin Corp., a Baltimore-based commercial real estate firm with offices in Columbia, was named Business Person of the Year. Mr. Manekin heads the firm's Columbia offices.

Howard County General Hospital, a 223-bed facility in Columbia founded in 1974 as a community hospital, was named Business of the Year.

The awards were presented at a chamber luncheon in Columbia yesterday.

"Frankly, I was a little surprised," said Vic Broccolino, president and corporate executive officer for Howard General Hospital.

"I knew we had been nominated, but I don't recall a not-for-profit service organization like us ever receiving such an award," he said.

The nominating committee that selected the honorees cited the hospital's support for hospice services, county schools and programs for senior citizens.

Two of the hospital's senior executives serve as directors for Hospice Services of Howard County, and the hospital is opening a hospice suite for the terminally ill in June.

Hospital involvement with county schools has included providing staff nurses free of charge to inoculate 300 school employees with hepatitis-B vaccine, and contributions toward drug- and alcohol-free school graduation parties and sports programs endangered by school budget cuts.

The hospital has also provided free health screenings for senior citizens and contributed to many nonprofit civic organizations and efforts, such as the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon, Christmas in April and the United Way.

"Our involvement with the community is by design," Mr. Broccolino said.

"All of our board members must work or live in Howard County. As a consequence, there's a very strong community focus."

Mr. Manekin, the real estate executive named Business Person of the Year, said he, too, was surprised to be selected for the award.

Although he is a Baltimore County resident, Mr. Manekin said he decided to become involved with civic activities in Howard County because he spends a considerable amount of time working out of Manekin's Howard office.

The chamber's nominating committee cited Mr. Manekin's work on numerous boards, including those of the Columbia Foundation, the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and Howard County General Hospital.

He also sits on several school and government advisory boards.

He was cited for his involvement with Leadership Howard County, a nonprofit group that offers programs to prepare people for leadership roles in the community.

Mr. Manekin serves as president of the group, which was founded by the county Chamber of Commerce.

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