10 chosen for Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year awards

June 24, 1994|By Patricia Horn | Patricia Horn,Sun Staff Writer

A pizza kit manufacturer, a cellular phone networker, a retirement community developer and seven other executives won Maryland's Entrepreneur of the Year awards last night.

The 10 winners, announced at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, move on to the national competition.

Forty-one U.S. cities hold the annual entrepreneur competition, which Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine and Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services Inc. sponsor.

Winners were chosen in nine categories:

* Real Estate: John C. Erickson, president of Senior Campus Living, founded the Baltimore-based company in 1979. The company develops residential communities for middle-income retirees. Senior Campus Living employs 1,277.

* Emerging: Joseph V. Corbi, president of Joe Corbi's Whole Pizza Inc., founded the company in 1983. The firm manufactures pizza kits used in fund raising in nine states. Baltimore-based Corbi's employs 70.

* Retail: Michael G. Bronfein, president and chief executive of NeighborCare Pharmacies Inc., co-founded the firm in 1980. Baltimore-based NeighborCare employs 275.

* Service: Annapolis-based Forensic Technologies International Corp. creates computer-simulated re-enactment of catastrophes to help lawyers settle lawsuits out of court. Daniel W. Luczak, chairman and chief executive, founded Forensic in 1982. It has 129 employees.

* High Tech: David Sobczak founded Cellular Systems Supply in 1991. The Baltimore-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of cellular phone networks employs 12.

* Turnaround: Loren D. Jensen and Edward V. Lower are chairman/chief executive officer and president/chief operations officer of EA Engineering, Science and Technology. The company assesses the ecology of the Chesapeake Region marine, tidal and coastal estuaries. Mr. Jensen founded EA Engineering in 1973. Dr. Lower joined EA in the early 1990s. EA employs 600.

* Socially Responsible: Al Shockley owns Shockley Honda in Frederick. Mr. Shockley has served on the board of directors of the Maryland School for the Deaf for 16 years and also raises money for Hood College in Frederick.

* Manufacturing: James J. Stankovic, president and chief executive officer of Plaid Clothing Group Inc. in Owings Mills, manufactures men's and boy's tailored clothing. Mr. Stankovic, who took over the company in 1987, started as the company's warehouse stock boy. Plaid Clothing has 4,688 employees.

* Master: James P. O'Conor, chairman and chief executive officer of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn, founded the realty firm in 1984. The Timonium-based company is the largest independent real estate agency in Maryland. It has 250 employees.

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