8 business people from Maryland named Entrepreneurs of the Year

June 26, 1993|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

A haberdasher, a grocery chain owner, a comic book distributor and five other Maryland business people have been named Entrepreneurs of the Year in the local round of a nationwide contest.

The awards, which were made Thursday, included six categories: retail, wholesale/distribution, high technology, turnaround, socially responsible and a catch-all classification, "master."

Eight people received the awards because two awards were made in both the "high technology" and "socially responsible" categories.

The winners were, by category:

* Retail -- Henry T. Baines Sr., president and co-owner of Stop, Shop & Save Corp., a Baltimore grocery chain.

* Wholesale/Distribution -- Stephen A. Geppi, president and chief executive of Diamond Comic Distributors Inc., a Timonium distributor of U.S. comic books.

* High Technology -- Anthony Caputo, chairman and chief executive of Information Resource Engineering, a Baltimore designer and manufacturer of equipment that protects computer information. Also named was Paul M. Silber, chairman and chief executive of In Vitro Technologies Inc., a Baltimore company that does non-animal drug and chemical testing.

* Turnaround -- Timothy F. Finley, chairman and chief executive of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., a Hampstead clothes manufacturer and retailer.

* Socially Responsible -- Richard E. Hug, chairman of Environmental Elements Corp., a Baltimore company that designs and installs air pollution control equipment. Also named was Nancy Otto Low, president and chief executive of Nancy Low & Associates Inc., a Chevy Chase market research company.

* Master -- Joe Bernard, president of Wye River Inc., a Queenstown company that makes and distributes soups, chips and other snack products.

The awards were sponsored by Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Services, a national business services company; Inc., a business magazine; Warfield's Business Record, a weekly Baltimore business publication; and Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services Inc., which provides financial services to businesses nationwide.

The local winners will compete for national Entrepreneur Of The Year.

The winner will be announced in the December issue of Inc.

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