Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr.

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April 03, 2005|By Tom Pelton

Occupation: Developer and founder of Himmelrich Associates Inc., a 19-year-old Baltimore real estate firm that specializes in renovating decaying industrial properties for offices and retail.

In the news: Himmelrich recently bought the former Phoenix Services Inc. incinerator, now called Curtis Bay Energy, one of the nation's largest medical waste-burning plants. Lawmakers and environmentalists wanted it shut down because it broke state air pollution limits more than 400 times over the past two years. Himmelrich has promised to make the incinerator cleaner and profitable.

Career highlights: Himmelrich helped manage his family's Baltimore-based company, Inland Leidy Chemical. He renovated the Meadow Mills industrial complex in Hampden into offices in 1989 and rebuilt Mount Washington Mill in North Baltimore into offices and stores in the 1990s. Starting in 2000, he worked with developer David Tufaro to transform the once-vacant Montgomery Ward building in Southwest Baltimore into offices and headquarters for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Personal: He grew up in Pikesville, graduated from the Park School in Brooklandville in 1972, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1976 and Harvard Business School in 1978. He lives in Roland Park with his wife of 27 years, Pam Himmelrich, director of lower school admissions at Bryn Mawr School. They have four children.

Philosophy: "We specialize in difficult projects that others pass on. ... We view ourselves as being very committed to the environment."

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