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Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness

​​​​​​​​​​The mission of the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness is to advise the Maryland Secretary of Commerce on ways to encourage new and expanding manufacturing enterprises in Maryland, reporting to the Governor and General Assembly accordingly.


Jeff FuchsJeff Fuchs holds a degree in aerospace engineering from West Point. He is a decorated combat veteran with hands-on experience in engineering, quality and manufacturing operations. Fuchs is president of Neovista, a consulting firm specializing in business process improvement, leadership, manufacturing, logistics and front office processes. He is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' President's Circle. Fuchs currently serves on the Board of Examiners for The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, and chairs the SME/AME/Shingo.


  • Jose Boluda; Director of Legislative Affairs, North Grumman
  • Barbara Buchanan; Supply Chair/Vice-President, Frito Lay Mid-Atlantic
  • Elsie Dare; Plant Manager, Beynon Sports
  • Mike Galiazzo; Executive Director, Regional Manufacturing Institute
  • Drew Greenblatt; President, Marlin Steel Wire
  • Jack Higginbotham; President, Paul Reed Smith Guitars
  • G. Douglas Scott; Vice President/General Manager, MedImmune - Frederick Plant
  • Jerry Solomon; Vice-President of Operations, Marquip-Ward United
  • Jim Strong; Sub-District Director, United Steel Workers
  • Frank Swanner; President, UAW Local 239
  • Sen. David Brinkley; District 4, Frederick & Carroll Counties
  • Sen. Kathy Klausmeier; District 8, Baltimore County
  • Del. John Olszewski; District 6, Baltimore County

Ex-Officio Members

  • Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D; Interim Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Scott Jensen; Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • Lillian Lowery; State Superintendent of Schools
  • Robert Summers; Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment


Joyce La Padula​, Program Manager, Manufacturing 
Maryland Department of Commerce 
401 E. Pratt St, 15th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202


There are no meetings scheduled at this time.