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Ginanne M. Italiano, IOM / gitaliano@bccchamber.org
President & CEO
Staff Liaison to Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Economic Development and Real Estate Committees, Bethesda Sector Plan Business Committee, Business Ballot Task Force, Metro Improvement Task Force, and Greater Bethesda Public Safety Council

A Massachusetts native, Ginanne made the D.C. Metro area her home after receiving her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity Washington University (formerly Trinity College).  As the CEO, Ginanne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the chamber.  She is primarily involved in the strategic development, implementation and administration of all major programs related to local policy issues and the economic development of the Greater Bethesda area.

Before coming to the Greater Bethesda Chamber in 2001, Ginanne was with The Greater Washington Board of Trade for 23 years, where she directed a number of divisions including the economic development, community development, membership and workforce development departments.

Education
• Trinity University Washington, BA, Political Science
• Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2003
• US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), 2006

Boards and Professional Memberships
• Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board of Directors (Past President – 2006 & 2012)
• Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law, Transportation and Legislative Committees
• Purple Line NOW!, Board of Directors
• BCC Rotary Club Foundation, Board of Directors
• Rotary Club of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Member and Former Board Member
• Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Member
• American Society of Association Executives, Member
• Walter Reed BRAC Integration Committee, Member
• Woodmont Triangle Advisory Board, Member
• Junior Achievement Finance Park Montgomery County Advisory Council


 
Awards and Commendations
• Chamber Executive of the Year for 2011-2012, Awarded by the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
• Woman of Achievement Award, Awarded by Montgomery County Business and Professional Women, October 2008
•  “11 Wonder Women of the Bethesda Area”, Bethesda Magazine, November 2007
• Chairman’s Award presented by Anne Martin, Chair of The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, June 2007
• 2006 Chamber of the Year, Awarded by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives


Gloria Arnold / garnold@bccchamber.org
Director of Member Services & Operations
Staff Liaison to Finance, Investment, Special Events & Sponsorships, Education, Senior Focus and Goodwill Dinner Committees

As the only child in a military family, Gloria has lived in the Unites States and internationally, including Japan and Okinawa.  She settled in the Washington, D.C. metro area in her early 20’s and has called it home since, though her love for travel keeps her visiting new locations. 

Employment in the hospitality field in a variety of jobs has led to a great understanding of customer service and its importance in all businesses.  Management positions in the hospitality field and service provider operations expanded her cash management, organizational and marketing skills.

Gloria owned and operated, with her husband, a successful fine dining restaurant, a catering business and a fast food restaurant for close to a decade. While they enjoyed these endeavors, a great business opportunity presented itself for her husband and they decided the time spent away from family was not conducive to her running the businesses alone.

She rejoined the job force as the business manager for a multi-million dollar construction company.  After several years of working in the for-profit industry, she found her niche at the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.  

While watching with pride as member businesses grow and rise to the challenges facing them, Gloria particularly enjoys working with the Chamber’s non-profit member organizations.  Helping them make the connections to attain their missions is a great satisfaction.  Delighting in the differences that every day and member brings to the Chamber is what keeps the work fresh and interesting.