Chamber of Commerce of Md. picks new leader

June 01, 1994|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Reporter

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, which primarily represents business interests in the state General Assembly, has selected a Washington-area utility executive to lead the organization for the next two years.

Wayne A. Mills, vice president and general manager of the Maryland division of Washington Gas Light Co., a natural gas utility, was elected to the nonpaying chairman position at a meeting of the chamber's board on May 4, according to Gene Bracken, a spokesman for the chamber.

Mr. Mills, 51, who has been on the chamber's board for two years, has worked for Washington Gas for 32 years and has headed the Maryland division since 1989. A Washington native, he lives in Grasonville in Queen Anne's County. He is also a director of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce and is vice chairman of the Prince George's Economic Development Commission.

One of his first priorities will be to create a group of 25 to 30 business people who will study Maryland's competitive position in relation to other states and then decide on a program for improving that position.

"We have to see what we have to do to achieve meaningful progress," Mr. Mills said. "The world is changing and we have to be very focused on that."

The chamber has 1,600 businesses and trade organizations as members. It is a division of the Maryland Business Council, which is made up of groups that include the Maryland Economic Growth Associates, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and Maryland Manufacturers Association.

The previous chairman of the chamber was former U.S. Sen. J. Glenn Beall Jr. of Cumberland.

Other new chamber officers are:

* Kenneth H. Trout, president and chief executive officer of Signet Bank/Maryland -- vice chairman.

* Gary D. Mallery, a partner with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche in Baltimore -- secretary/treasurer.

* Alan Whiteman, a partner in the Towson accounting firm of Walpert, Smullian & Blumenthal, P.A. -- vice president of membership.

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