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Power Moves: NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson joins Brown Advisory’s board

Plus, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston adds a cybersecurity-focused new partner to the firm and the winners of the Maryland Tech Council's Industry Awards Celebration.

Former NBA star David Robinson is now an investor. (Photo by Marsha Miller/Public Domain)

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Nineties-era San Antonio Spurs star and NBA hall of famer David Robinson has been added to the board of directors of Brown Advisory, the global investment management and strategic advisory firm based in Fells Point.

In addition to his sports legend status, Robinson is a cofounder investment firm called Admiral Capital — a play on his Naval Academy alum-derived nickname — and founder of San Antonio-based charter school Carver Academy.

Robinson and Brown Advisory have worked together since at least 2019, and now he will have a formal role in shaping the firm’s direction.

“He knows us well and has built strong relationships with our team through our work together on Blueprint Local, an Opportunity Zone strategy that David has played an integral role in guiding and developing in San Antonio, Austin and across Texas,” said Mike Hankin, president and CEO of Brown Advisory in statement. “Continually, he has demonstrated a willingness to challenge our views, which is something we expect and value from our directors.”


Spencer S. Pollock.

Spencer S. Pollock.

Spencer S. Pollock, a certified information privacy professional and certified information privacy manager, will join the downtown Baltimore law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as a partner, bringing expertise in data security and cybersecurity law.

In the wake of massive data breaches at companies like Equifax and Zynga, not to mention Baltimore city’s cybersecurity’s watershed moment in the 2019 ransomware attack, the field is a growing area of interest.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Spencer’s caliber and reputation to the firm,” Managing Partner Martin Fletcher said in a statement. “It has been an incredibly fast moving area, and he brings immediate and exceptional value to our growing team.”


This week, Tammi Thomas and Maryland State Sen. Craig Zucker were appointed to the board CHI Centers, a not-for-profit service provider for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities based in Silver Spring.

Thomas, a familiar face in Maryland’s tech community, brings 25 years of experience from her positions including her current role as VP of marketing and communications at Maryland technology-supporting agency TEDCO, and previous positions at Bowie State University as chief of staff and director of university relations and marketing.

Tammi Thomas and State Sen. Craig Zucker. (Courtesy photo)

Zucker brings experience navigating the political arena. He serves on the Maryland Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, and is chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee. He brings a wealth of expertise navigating the political arena.

“With Craig’s extensive public service experience and Tammi’s background in strategic management and marketing, their contributions to the board will support CHI’s mission of breaking through barriers for every person to contribute, connect, and lead lives they choose,” said Marylove Moy, Chairman of CHI’s board of directors, in a statement.


Tech and life sciences trade association the Maryland Tech Council announced 2021 winners of its annual Industry Awards Celebration at an event on Thursday at a virtual event.

“We are proud to celebrate and honor these companies and individuals in the life sciences and technology industries who are doing important work to improve lives,” said MTC CEO Marty Rosendale in a statement. “The work done by these industries is necessary now more than ever to help advance the state and the country. Each year, the Industry Awards Celebration brings out the best that the region has to offer, and 2021 was no exception.”

Here’s a look at the winners:

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Government Contracting

  • Reggie Brothers, CEO, BigBear.aithe Columbia-based company that brings data and digital tools for decisiomaking to the national defense and intelligence communities.

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Life Sciences

  • Stanley C. Erck, president and CEO, Novavax, the Gaithersburg-based biotech company with a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Technology

  • Jacob Hsu, CEO, Catalytethe Baltimore-based workforce data science and software company.

Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year

  • CarrTech LLCthe Frederick-based company creating technology to simplify the process of injecting medication.

Emerging Technology Company of the Year

Government Contracting Company of the Year

  • GRSi, the Bethesda-based IT services firm.

Life Sciences Company of the Year

  • Novavax

Technology Company of the Year

Winner of the 2021 Legislator of the Year Award

  • Delegate Eric Luedtke

Venture Mentoring Services (VMS)Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Paul Schmitz

VMS Company of the Year Award

President’s Award

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
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