• 19 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    On Monday, September 17th we held an Advisory Board meeting for the Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington.

    We send a special thank you to Signe Pringle of Maryland Department of Commerce for hosting this week's meeting. Sincere gratitude and appreciation for everyone’s contribution to today’s discussion and informing the way forward.

    And more special thanks to Brenda Harrington of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, our Board Chair, for her organization and leadership... working through her recent surgery and even calling in on the way home fro  the doctor's office. That's dedication!

    From our Chair Brenda: "I am excited about what came out of our conversation and eager to see how things take shape once we begin putting the pieces together. As we continue to collaborate and put pieces together, I am confident that we can get this plane off of the runway!"

    Read more about our board HERE.

    And we're growing our board... watch for more... and if you're interested to participate, let us know!

    Please watch for our next events including the next Advisory Board meeting.


  • 16 Aug 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Lee Connor, a freight forwarder and customs broker at member John S. Connor says it’s too early to gauge the whole impact that U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum and other products could have on trade through the booming shipping hub. But already, he says, he’s seen some effects.

    Lee is president of the century-old John S. Connor Inc., was making improvements to its warehouse at the port this year, but the cost of that project will increase... READ MORE in this Baltimore Sun article.


  • 19 Jun 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Special thanks to Brenda Harrington for pulling together the regional Advisory Board of the chapter and for leading our discussion yesterday.

    Brenda is a certified executive coach with Adaptive Leadership Strategies, based in Northern Virginia. Her well-developed leadership skills were on full display as she rounded up the 16 of us, and created a path forward.

    Thank you, Brenda!

    We also thank Tania Eggleston for hosting the event at Clements. It's a first-class office facility in the heart of DC, and we discussed the possibility of holding future events at the location as well. Thank you, Tania!

    Regarding next steps, there was solid movement toward creating some specific committees, and that work will progress through the summer, for reporting at our next Advisory Board meeting in September.

    Here's the Advisory Board for Baltimore/Washington. If we missed you, let us know. And send us your photo and bio, too.

    Also in the meantime we are searching for an Executive Director for the region. We're fortunate to have a Deputy Director (Larry Brill), a Chair of the Advisory Board (Brenda Harrington) and a Global Advisor (LeAnn Young)... along with a very strong group of leaders on the Advisory Board. Thank you all!

    I'm leading the Executive Director search... and I'll keep everyone posted. If you have ideas of specific people, please let me know at

    The ED is a global business leader who builds the local chapter of Global Chamber. The best case is for an Executive Director to be living in the metro area for a few years with a long term desire to stay. He/she will be experienced and passionate about global business, is consultative, is responsive, has a leader personality, has wide and strong connections, and is entrepreneurial. She/he has the financial flexibility to ramp up revenue and the interest for recurring annual revenue. They often have their own consulting business so that they can cherry-pick opportunities, balancing that cleanly with our work.

    In the meantime we'll keep things moving forward including adding and connecting members, and more.

    All the best, Doug Bruhnke

    Acting Executive Director, Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington



  • 13 Jun 2018 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington was pleased to be invited onto 'Aha Radio' with Allan Hirsh this last Tuesday.

    Allan is an experienced business owner, CEO, entrepreneur and a community leader with a passion for strengthening and growing organizations and developing leaders. He created Allan Hirsh Advisors with a mission to help small and mid-size business owners/CEOs become better leaders, better decision-makers, and achieve profitable growth for their businesses.

    Listen to the podcast HERE with Allan,

    Larry Brill, Deputy Director of Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington, and Doug Bruhnke, Founder/CEO of Global Chamber.

    Global Chamber is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world focused on growing global business and advancing business success.

    Our Vision is a world where cross metro and cross border business is as easy as selling across the street. It's happening... it's inevitable... and our global team is making it more of a reality every day.

    We provide members with warm business connections and tailored opportunities just right to grow their business... connecting with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members engage with Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and cross metro and cross border growth accelerates.

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with hundreds of locations and a mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations in every metro area.

    Our Mission is to accelerate cross-border trade and investment by engaging top executives and regional leaders with connections and information to grow business, increase community success and change the world.

    Thank you, Allan for the opportunity!!

    More about Allan Hirsh HERE. Hear the program on Tuesdays!


  • 02 May 2018 by JAINABA CEESAY

    On May 1st Global Chamber® Baltimore/Washington hosted U.S Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland at the Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland International Trade Center on Inner Harbor in Baltimore,

    Among Senator Cardin's leadership responsibilities is serving as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Guests included Maryland Secretary of Commerce Michael Gill, Charles R. Conner III ESQ., Deputy State Director at the Office of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, President of Howard County and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, plus other Global Chamber® executives, government officials and Global Chamber® Advisors. Thank you all!

    And a big thank you to Rev. Jerome Stephens, Community Outreach Director at Senator Cardin’s office for putting the meeting together! Thank you Andrew Kreinik of MD Dept of Commerce for reaching out to host the meeting.

    Topics included Free and Fair Trade, tariffs, and SBA Import and Export loans!

    Thank you Senator Cardin for always championing Maryland for Global Trade!

    After my opening remarks, I was pleased to introduce Secretary of Commerce for State of Maryland Michael Gill. Then I introduced Senator Ben Cardin.

    Senator Cardin expressed his gratitude for the Global Chamber® for facilitating global connections especially in Maryland, which is a prime location due to its proximity to the Nation’s capital and his ability to reach many businesses in the community. Among the discussions were NAFTA as discussions continue with USA, Canada and Mexico, Tariffs concerns as the state of Maryland is a large Importer of steel. He expressed optimism on U.S being a dominant economy, but yet depends on global order to continue its trade viability.

    The remarks were followed by open dialogue, where several global business entrepreneurs on the African continent in countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Tanzania, and Senegal, and in Asia in countries including South Korea, expressed some of the challenges they encounter accessing capital for international financing, and the risk averse nature of some specialized government agencies and financial institutions. Senator Cardin was receptive to the feedback and promised to look in to it. The Senator further emphasized forums like these to be hosted in the near future for ongoing dialogue.

    A Q & A was followed with a discussion on the North and South Korea recent bilateral talks, TPP - Trans Pacific Partnership and issues with China Fair Trade and IP concerns by U S companies.

    There was also this comment by Mi Jeong Hibbitts of Global Chamber member company PTC International of Baltimore, and Global Chamber® Advisor for Asia region.

    "Meeting with Senator Cardin was great! We heard his views on recent steel and aluminum tariff issues and even North Korea. He was a great listener. He was particularly interested in hearing the challenges of accessing capital for small-medium sized international companies, and he promised to look into the effectiveness of some financing programs to help small and medium sized companies engaging in international business."

    And there were these final comments  from founder/CEO Doug Bruhnke of Global Chamber®....

    "The Global Chamber® is NOT political, but we appreciate the opportunity to meet politicians who have an impact on how our members do business around the world. Senator Cardin is to be applauded for his taking the time to listen, and for his continued work to help companies grow global trade."


    Global Chamber® is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world... connecting members businesses to new opportunities and advancing growth and success. Our Baltimore/Washington chapter is one of our hundreds of locations. Global Chamber® is a registered trademark of Global Chamber, LLC.


    Jainaba Ceesay is CEO of EBROSSO Consulting and Global Chamber® Advisor for The Gambia and West Africa Region.


  • 27 Apr 2018 by Mi Jeong Hibbitts

    Here's a quick update on the KITA (Korea International Trade Association) meeting that was held at the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Capitol on 04/17. It was a well attended event where “Trade and Investment under the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement” and “New Opportunities for U.S. Exports and Korean Investment” were discussed.

    KITA was established in 1946 with the objective of advancing the Korean economy through trade. Global Chamber welcomes collaboration with all organizations, grow grow business and trade across all metros and borders.

    A few photo explanations;

    • 1st photo, with former US Ambassador to S. Korea Mark Lippert. (Currently with the Boeing Company)
    • 2nd photo with Christina Wong Poy (Center), Administrative Director for Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs.

    About Mi Jeong Hibbitts 

    Mi Jeong is Director of Global Marketing at PTC International and a member of the Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington Advisory Board. She has 15 years of experience in marketing/advertisement, media, finance and the US government. PTC International is a global business and marketing company helping American manufacturers in agricultural, food and chemical industry reach the growing markets of Asia.

  • 23 Feb 2018 by Global Chamber

    We're pleased to announce our new Advisory Board chair is Brenda Harrington, President of Adaptive Leadership Strategies. Brenda works with organizations to improve business performance by focusing on the development of leadership and professional capabilities.

    Brenda and our regional team together have reached out to the business community, and we're growing the Advisory Board! You can see the latest HERE and more to come. Thank you leaders for jumping in to help grow the impact of Global Chamber in the region. 

    We've met as an Advisory Board this month and we've conducted a survey to discover member needs. The next Advisory Board Meeting is in March... to be announced.

    Together we can help companies grow while improving foreign direct investment, exporting, importing and tourism... for the benefit of regional businesses and communities!