Innovator of the Year 2017

August 16, 2017 - Baltimore, MD

The Daily Record Announces 2017 Innovator of the Year Honorees

The Daily Record has named Karen Barbour, President of The Barbour Group, an Innovator of the Year.

The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit – for creating new products, new programs, new services or new processes that have helped their companies, industries or communities.

For this year’s honorees, their innovative achievements took place between January 2016 and July 2017.

Innovator of the Year nominees were asked to complete an application that explained their innovation and the impact it has made on Maryland. The nominations were judged on four basic criteria:  originality, power, challenge and value.

"Innovators are constantly creating, improving and creating again. They make a huge difference in people’s lives, in the economy and in the success of our region," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "The Daily Record is pleased to recognize this year's Innovators of the Year and their passion, creativity and drive that result in new products and processes that have a positive impact on Maryland and beyond."

The 2017 Innovator of the Year awards will be presented Oct. 18 at a reception/dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway in Baltimore. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Oct. 19 issue of The Daily Record and available online at

Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2017 Innovator of the Year awards include Presenting Sponsor Stevenson University and Visionary Sponsors Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2017 Innovator of the Year awards, visit


About The Daily Record

The Daily Record, a multimedia news source, publishes a print and online edition five days a week and breaks news daily on its website, In addition, The Daily Record publishes more than 30 special products a year including Path to Excellence: A Women's Guide to Business, Doing Business in Maryland and Cyber Report. The Daily Record also honors leading Marylanders through seven annual awards events including Maryland's Top 100 Women, Influential Marylanders and Most Admired CEOs. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. The Daily Record is part of  BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with 44 print and digital publications in more than 20 U.S. markets.

2017 Innovators of the Year:

Arbit, Inc.
Richard Bendis, BioHealth Innovation Inc.
Bright MLS
CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield
City Garage
Cool & Associates LLC
Course Arc
Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D., National Security Agency
Joshua Edwards, WCPS Clear Spring High School
Glam Tech - Lucki Fit LLC
Goucher College
Harford County Public Library
Allan Kittleman, Howard County Government
Maryland Association of Community Services
National Aquarium
Northwest Hospital
Karen Pecora-Barbour, The Barbour Group, LLC
Samuelson Children's Hospital
Startup Maryland
Team Grasmick - The LYNX School
Volunteering Untapped


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