3 businessmen to be inducted into Md. Business Hall of Fame

Rosenberg, Paterakis, Burch will be honored

April 23, 2002|By Meredith Cohn | Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF

Three local business leaders will be inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame tonight during an annual meeting by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., chairman of Rosemore Inc. and Crown Central Petroleum Corp.; John Paterakis, chairman of H&S Bakery Inc. and Northeast Foods Inc.; and Stephen A. Burch, president of the Mid-Atlantic division of Comcast Cable, are the honorees at the third annual ceremony.

Rosenberg retired from his post at Crown last year but remains chairman of the boards of Rosemore and Crown, an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. In his 49 years at the company, he helped Crown expand and become a privately held company.

He also serves on boards of several area organizations, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, the National Aquarium, YMCA of Greater Baltimore and the National Flag Day Foundation Inc.

Paterakis inherited his father's bakery and developed processes to mass produce bread products that are used by McDonald's, among others. His property development company has undertaken redevelopment of Inner Harbor East into office, shops, apartments and parking.

He also serves as chairman of Harbor Bank of Maryland and on the board of directors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Grant-a-Wish Foundation.

Burch oversaw expansion of Comcast in Maryland, which included the company's acquisition of TCI Communications, Prime Cable and Jones Intercable to create a system serving 1.5 million customers and employing nearly 4,000.

He is on the board of directors of the Washington 2012 Coalition, which is trying to bring the Olympic Games to the region. He also serves on the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is on the boards of Baltimore Museum of Art, the Arthritis Foundation and the American Lung Association.

"The Maryland Business Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs and business executives whose contributions in business and in the community have helped advance the quality of life for Marylanders and improve the state's business climate," said Kathleen Snyder, chamber president and chief executive officer.

Past inductees include: Cathy L. Hughes of Radio One Inc.; Frank Perdue of Perdue Farms Inc.; Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, chairman of Legg Mason Inc.; J.W. Marriott Jr. of Marriott International Inc.; and Christian H. Poindexter of Constellation Energy Group.

Honorees were nominated and voted on by the chamber membership.

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