Business Leaders To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Anne Arundel Chamber To Host Awards Dinner


The Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th annual Hall of Fame and awards dinner on October 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis.

The dinner recognizes the outstanding achievements of several chamber members. The chamber will induct four members into the Business Hall of Fame and will also present several other awards.

To be considered for the Business Hall of Fame, a person must be a well-known, recognized and respected business leader who has a career of distinctive achievements in leading his or her business. Former government officials who consistently supported business initiatives and leaders of nonprofit, educational and community service organizations are also eligible.

Important consideration is also given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community and exemplify the meaning for corporate citizenship. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees have made distinctive achievements in leading an Anne Arundel County business. The 2021 inductees are:

  • • James Johnson
  • • Elizabeth Kinney
  • • Senator Pamela Beidle
  • • Carter Heim

The chamber will also present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Karen Olscamp, the former CEO of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Tickets are $150 per person and will be available until October 14. Tickets can be purchased at


James Johnson
Educator and Civil Engineer

Johnson has held leadership positions as interim president of the Baltimore City Community College, chair of the Anne Arundel Community College and chair of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, which oversees the 16 community colleges in Maryland.

In addition to his leadership positions, Johnson was a professor of civil engineering and the dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science at Howard University. He was also the director of the National Center for Environmental Research for the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He has published more than 60 scholarly articles and is the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers 2005 Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Academia, among other national awards.

Pamela Beidle
Legislator and Business Owner

Senator Beidle has served the citizens of Anne Arundel County as an elected official for over 20 years. She was elected to the county council in 1996, serving two terms. In 2006, she was elected to the House of Delegates, serving until 2018 when she was elected to represent the people of the 32nd district in the Maryland Senate. She is currently a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight, the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds and the Spending and Affordability Committee.

In addition to her legislative work, Beidle was president of the Beidle Insurance Agency from 1979 to 2017. She has served as a board member for the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC), Leadership Anne Arundel, Arundel Federal Savings Bank and Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Elizabeth Kinney
Executive Director, Light House Shelter

Kinney moved to Annapolis in 1981. She owned and operated several small businesses including a graphic arts firm, a retail store, and a health and wellness consulting company. Kinney also volunteered to serve on several nonprofit boards including Londontowne, the Key School, and the Maryland Social Services board. She eventually became the president of the Friends of the Light House board in 2004.

She became the executive director in 2011, leading the successful fundraising effort known as the “Campaign for Shelter,” which raised over $8 million and resulted in the development of a 24,000-square-foot facility.

Carter Heim
CEO, HeimLantz CPAs and Advisors

Carter has over 30 years of experience serving businesses and organizations throughout Anne Arundel County. In 1984, Carter formed Hammond & Heim, which in 1995 led to establishment of Heim Associates, which eventually became HeimLantz CPAs and Advisors.

In addition to running his own company, Carter has been an active leader in the accounting profession. He is past president of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In the business community, Carter served on the board of directors of Bank of Annapolis and also the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. He has also served as the president of the board of directors at Anne Arundel Community College, was on the board of trustees of Chesapeake Bay Trust and served as the chairman of the board of trustees of St. Mary’s School.

Karen Olscamp
Former CEO, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Olscamp started with the hospital in 1987 and has been a vital part of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center’s growth and its recognition as a top-notch medical facility. In January 2021, she retired after 12 years as CEO.

During her tenure as CEO, the hospital greatly expanded its obstetrics, behavioral health, cancer, critical care, and surgery programs. In 2009, the Pascal Women’s Center, which expanded obstetric care, opened along with a new building that added 111 private patient rooms to the hospital. She also oversaw the completion of a $31 million surgical suite expansion, launched a new electronic medical record system, opened new nursing units, constructed a second state-of-the-art endovascular suite, and increased the number of inpatient beds to the behavioral health and labor and delivery units.

Aside from the new construction and equipment, Olscamp is most proud of the recognition the hospital received for the quality of care provided to the patients at UM BWMC. The hospital has been honored by organizations such as the American Heart Association, US News & World Report, the Maryland Patient Safety Center, and the Leapfrog Group for its delivery of safe, high-quality care.


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