Entrepreneurs honored for their achievements Banquet at Hyatt Regency

winners are eligible for national awards

June 27, 1996|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

Entrepreneurs heading high-tech, health care, manufacturing, retail and credit businesses received Maryland Entrepreneurs of the Year awards last night.

The winners, who received the awards at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, were recognized for outstanding achievement in eight categories.

The program, founded and produced by Ernst & Young, is sponsored nationally by the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, USA Today and the Nasdaq stock market.

Local sponsors include The Baltimore Sun Co., Piper & Marbury LLP and Sprint.

These winners, selected by a jury from more than 75 nominations, will compete for National Entrepreneur of the Year awards, to be announced Nov. 16 in Palm Springs, Calif.:

Business Services Entrepreneur: Thomas F. Gillespie, chief operating officer, and Leeds Hackett, chairman and chief executive, National Credit Management Corp., Hunt Valley, which provides financial services to businesses nationwide.

Customer Services Entrepreneur: Dorothy J. White, president and chief executive, Miracle Services Inc., a Hanover facilities maintenance firm.

Healthcare Entrepreneur: George D. Pillari, chief executive and president, HCIA Inc., a Baltimore company that develops and markets financial information used by decision-makers at hospitals, health-delivery systems, employers, managed care organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

High-tech Entrepreneur: Robert Prince, president and chief executive, GTS Duratek Inc., a Columbia company that provides solutions to hazardous-waste storage.

Manufacturing Entrepreneur: Garrett A. Pfeifer, chief executive, and Craig W. Pfeifer, president, Maryland Screen Printers Inc., a Baltimore company that created a worldwide sportswear manufacturing and distribution business.

Retail Entrepreneur: The Phillips family -- Shirley, Brice, Stephen and Jeffrey -- who run Phillips Seafood Restaurants.

Supporter of Entrepreneurship: Rudolph R. Lamone, chairman of advisers board, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland College Park. Frank A. Bonsal Jr., general partner, New Enterprise Associates, a Baltimore venture capital firm.

Master Entrepreneur: Edwin F. Hale Sr., chief executive officer of Hale Intermodal Transport Co., Hale Intermodal Marine Co. and First Mariner Bancorp.

Judges for the Maryland awards -- the seventh year they have been given -- were David S. Cordish, chief executive officer of Cordish Co.; Jean C. Halle, vice president and chief financial officer of The Baltimore Sun Co.; Charles O. Heller, director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; Freeman H. Hrabowski III, president, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Carroll D. Nordhoff, executive vice president, McCormick & Co.; Nancy D. O'Neil, partner, Piper & Marbury, LLP; and Jane M. Shaab, executive director, the Technology Council of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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