Power Moves: Tradeswell names chief marketing officer; Maryland Tech Council award nominees

Plus, the longtime executive director returns at BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, and an additive board leader at CollPlant with Baltimore roots.

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Julie Bernard is the new chief marketing officer at Tradeswell, a startup that makes an AI-driven operating system for ecommerce.

Bernard comes to Tradeswell from five years as chief marketing and product officer of Verve, a mobile marketing platform. Bernard also brings experience leading the digital ecommerce transition at Macys.

“I have admired Julie’s achievements over the years and her strengths complement Tradeswell,” Tradeswell CEO Paul Palmieri said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on board as we build a voice of commerce insights and help brands thrive in this new digital era.”

In January, Baltimore-based Tradeswell closed on $15.5 million in funding, and was named #1 on Baltimore’s RealLIST Startups 2021.

Julie Bernard. (Courtesy photo)


Kathleen Weiss has taken the role of interim executive director of the Southwest Baltimore-based BioTechnical Institute of Maryland. (BTI). With the move, she returns to the position she held for 17 years, before retiring in 2018 to sit on the BTI board of directors.

Weiss is now serving as interim executive director and, as such, BTI is currently looking for a permeant director. Those interested can apply at Maryland Nonprofits.

As has reported, the nonprofit BTI provides scientific training to Baltimoreans to prepare them for carees in the local biotech industry.

Kathleen Weiss. (Courtesy photo)


Hugh Evans was appointed to the board of directors of CollPlant, an Israel-based regenerative and aesthetic medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, as well as medical aesthetics.

Evans previously served as Senior VP of corporate development and digitization at 3D Systems Corporation. For 20 years, he was a portfolio manager at Baltimore-based investment management firm T. Rowe Price.

Hugh Evans. (Courtesy photo)

He currently serves on the boards of four manufacturing technology companies including Factory Four, ZVerse, 3DM, and is also a Non-Executive Chairman of Culinary Printworks.

“I look forward to contributing from my experience in additive manufacturing to support CollPlant in pioneering novel solutions for patients around the world,” Evans said in a statement.



The Maryland Tech Council announced the finalists for its annual Industry Awards Celebration. The winners will be announced at a virtual event, held at 4 p.m. on May 20. It’s free to register to attend.

And the nominees are…

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Government Contracting

  • Reggie Brothers, CEO,
  • Promod Sharma, President and CEO, Criterion Systems
  • Tina Kuhn, President and CEO, CyberCore Technologies
  • Delali Dzirasa, Founder and CEO, Fearless
  • Shana Cosgrove, CEO, Nyla Technology Solutions

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Life Sciences

  • Jeff Galvin, CEO and Founder, American Gene Technologies
  • Murat Kalayoglu, President and CEO, Cartesian Therapeutics
  • William Hearl, Founder and CEO, Immunomic Therapeutics
  • Stanley Erck, President and CEO, Novavax
  • Kenneth Mills, President and CEO, REGENXBIO

Chief Executive Officer of the Year – Technology

  • Kristen Valdes, Founder and CEO, b.well
  • Jacob Hsu, CEO, Catalyte
  • Robert Lee, CEO, Dragos
  • David Kaspary Jr., President and CEO, MidPoint Technology Group
  • Randy Altschuler, CEO, Xometry

Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year:

  • American Gene Technologies
  • BioFactura
  • CarrTech LLC
  • Cartesian Therapeutics
  • Innovative Cellular Therapeutics

Emerging Technology Company of the Year

  • Kythera Space Solutions
  • Mindgrub Technologies
  • Myriddian LLC
  • Savi

Government Contracting Company of the Year

  • Criterion Systems
  • Dovel Technologies
  • GRSi
  • RIVA Solutions Inc.

Life Sciences Company of the Year

  • Altimmune
  • Immunomic Therapeutics
  • Emergent BioSolutions
  • Novavax

Technology Company of the Year

  • Blackpoint Cyber
  • CNSI
  • Driven, Inc.
  • NetCraftsmen, LLC
  • Xometry

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. -30-
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