The Annual Awards Dinner and Graduation in June is an opportunity to honor outstanding individuals in the community who have built a lasting legacy of community leadership. Honored in 2016 were the following.


Unsung Hero
Edward Plitt – LP 2000
Principal, Security Development Corporation
Throughout his 30-year career at Security Development Corporation, Chip Plitt has developed a reputation for sound judgment and financial expertise. In addition, his strong, steady leadership in the Howard County nonprofit community sets him apart as a true community leader who seeks nothing but the success of those he serves.


Leadership Legacy
Richard Story – LP 1995
Senior Vice President, Howard Bank
Dick Story has created a leadership legacy of enduring commitment, integrity and value to Howard County that few can emulate. As CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, and continuing with his career in the private sector, Story has long been not only the face but also the “voice” of Howard County. His work in the business community is exceeded only by his commitment to the well-being and future of Howard County.


Distinguished Alumni
Sponsored by the Association of Leadership Professionals (ALP)
Malynda Madzel – LP 1992
Founder, President and CEO – Custom Telemarketing Services Inc.

Malynda Madzel built a successful career as an entrepreneur in Howard County, combining hard work with a dedication to building a community in which she takes great pride. Contributing her time and resources to many professional organizations, Madzel has been equally honored for serving the community and connecting others to find their passions for community service.