Thursday, October 2, 2014

MBDC Announces Three New Board Members

MBDC has three new members. We're extremely grateful for their willingness to serve. Here's the full press release:

The Montgomery Business Development Corporation (MBDC) has announced the election of three new members of its Board of Directors.  Joining the Board for three-year terms are Lisa Cines, CPA, Office Managing Partner Dixon Hughes Goodman, Leslie Ford Weber, Director of Campus, Government and Community Affairs for Johns Hopkins in Montgomery County, and Kelly T. Leonard, CEO of Taylor-Leonard Corporation. The Board makes policy decisions and oversees the MBDC operations.

Lisa Cines is the Office Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP with over 30 years of public accounting experience.  She is well versed in accounting firm management with an emphasis on strategic and financial management, marketing and business development.  The Washington Business Journal named Ms. Cines as one of the “25 Women Who Mean Business.”  She currently serves as the Chair of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Rockville Economic Development Inc., chairs the Advisory Board of the Maryland Women’s Business Center and is a member of the University of Maryland Smith Business School Advisory Board.

Leslie Ford Weber is the Director of Campus, Government and Community Affairs for Johns Hopkins in Montgomery County.  Ms. Weber coordinates the regional legislative agenda at the state and federal level and manages multiple relationships with the local executive and legislative branches and community organizations for both the University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Ms. Weber joined Hopkins-affiliate Suburban Hospital as Executive Vice President of the Suburban Hospital Foundation in 2004 and was also named Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations in 2008. Ms. Weber is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery program, a past chair of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as the Treasurer of Montgomery Women and a board member and Vice-chair of the Economic Development of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.   

Kelly T Leonard is the CEO of Taylor-Leonard Corporation, with expertise in business development specifically for entrepreneurs and small business.  Ms. Leonard is a speaker, trainer, business leader, and 2014 Minerva Entrepreneur Women-Owned Business of the Year Award recipient. A certified public accountant, seasoned financial services professional, and corporate trainer with over twenty-five years of experience in federal government, private and public accounting environments, including Fortune 100, Kelly has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences across disciplines.  Prior to becoming CEO of Taylor-Leonard Corporation (T-LC), Kelly held leadership positions with GE Capital, Kaiser Permanente, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  

Montgomery Business Development Corporation is a non-partisan business development organization created by the Montgomery County Council in 2010 to expand the County’s economic development capabilities, including strategic planning, marketing, business retention and attraction, and data analysis.  For more information about Montgomery Business Development Corporation, please visit

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