Mark Cissell, CEO & President, Named one of Maryland’s 2016 Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record

The Daily Record has named Mark Cissell, CEO & President, KatzAbosch 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.

In addition, four CEOs were named to the Circle of Leadership, which honors those recognized three times. They are Andy Bertamini, Maryland regional president, Wells Fargo; Barb Clapp, president & CEO, Clapp Communications; Dr. Peggy Naleppa, president & CEO, Peninsula Regional Health System; and Mary Ann Scully, board chairperson, president & CEO, Howard Bank.

“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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