The Daily Record Announces 2016 Most Admired CEOs

Lyle Sheldon
Lyle Sheldon


The Daily Record has named Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, president/CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, as one of Maryland’s 2016 Most Admired CEOs.


The Daily Record created the Most Admired CEOs awards program to recognize talented business CEOs and nonprofit executive directors throughout Maryland for their leadership and professionalism. The winners were selected based on their leadership and vision; competitiveness and innovation; community leadership and service; financial performance and growth; corporate leadership and board service; and nonprofit involvement.


This year’s winners were selected by a panel of business and legal professionals and a representative of The Daily Record. A listing of the winners is below.


“Strong decision making, creativity, leadership and commitment to a better Maryland defines this year’s Most Admired CEOs,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They are leaders who have in-depth knowledge about running a company or organization yet also inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their outstanding leadership.”


The 2016 Most Admired CEOs will be honored Sept. 22 at a dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at the BWI Hilton, 1739 West Nursery Road in Linthicum Heights. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Sept. 23 issue of The Daily Record and available online at


The Presenting Sponsor of The Daily Record’s 2016 Most Admired CEOs is Bank of America. Table sponsors include Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc.


For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2016 Most Admired CEOs, visit


About The Daily Record

For more than 127 years, The Daily Record has provided trusted legal, business and government information to Maryland readers. In addition to the daily newspaper published five days a week, The Daily Record publishes its website,; five blogs – Business Buzz, Eye on Annapolis, Generation J.D., Ground Up and On the Record; six e-newsletters – Insider, Annapolis Insider, Auction Notices, Maryland Family Law Update,  Legal Jobs and Path to Excellence; its Path to Excellence – A Women’s Guide to Business magazine nine times a year; and a variety of special publications on topics of interest to Maryland business and legal professionals.


The Daily Record also honors leading Marylanders through eight annual awards events:  Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Influential Marylanders, 20 in Their Twenties, VIP List, Most Admired CEOs, Innovator of the Year, Leadership in Law and Leading Women.


2016 Most Admired CEOs


Nonprofit Less than $10 Million in Annual Revenue

Katie Allston, LCSW-C, executive director, Marian House

Robert Cradle, managing director, Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation

Joseph DeMattos Jr., president & CEO, Health Facilities Association of Maryland

Mary Ann Hewitt, executive director, Maryland Council on Economic Education

Mike Kelly, executive director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council

Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, president & CEO, Board of Certification/Accreditation


Nonprofit More than $10 Million in Annual Revenue

Chet Burrell, president & CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Kathleen B. Hetherington, Ed.D., president, Howard Community College

Karen J. Lee, executive director, SEEC

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, president & CEO, Peninsula Regional Health System

Carmel Roques, CEO, Keswick Multi-Care Center

Lyle Sheldon, FACHE, president/CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Sheldon Stein, president & CEO, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital


Private Company with 50 or Fewer Employees

Barb Clapp, president & CEO, Clapp Communications

Amy Elias, founder & CEO, Profiles Inc.

Dave Hartman, founder & president, Hartman Executive Advisors

Sandy Hillman, president, Sandy Hillman Communications

Peter D. Maller, founder & president, Maller Wealth Advisors

Tim Polanowski, president & CEO, The Kornblatt Company


Private Company with 51-149 Employees

Philip M. Andrews, chairman, Kramon & Graham, P.A.

Mark R. Cissell, CPA, president & CEO, KatzAbosch

Mei Xu, founder & CEO, Chesapeake Bay Candle


Public Company

Andy Bertamini, Maryland regional president, Wells Fargo

Scott Burger, president, PANDORA

Robert DeAlmeida, president & CEO, Hamilton Bank

Mary Ann Scully, board chairperson, president & CEO, Howard Bank

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