A Message From Mary Cannon: Leadership Howard County Board Chair

Mary Cannon, President Allen & Shariff

Mary Cannon, CPA – Leadership Howard County Board Chair and President of Allen & Shariff Corporation

When I began my term as board chair in 2012, I already was aware that Leadership Howard County (LHC) is an organization with the power to transform lives. Since I completed the program in 2003, I’ve seen Leadership Howard County grow as an organization that continually challenges itself to be better, keeps our members informed and engaged and serves as the connection between talented leaders and the organizations that need them.

As board chair, I have the honor of representing more than 1,000 graduates who understand that one person can make a difference and who are committed to community service.

Our core purpose is to create a better community, and our graduates — who represent all sectors of the community — are challenged and inspired to make Howard County a better place to live, do business, raise families and envision a brighter future for all.

Our values emphasize a very active role for our organization and our members. It’s about rolling up our sleeves and making a difference.

Mary is the President of Allen & Shariff Corporation which is a Design, Build, and Mange Construction Services Firm located in Columbia, MD.

We are committed to realizing our vision where LHC is the critical force in preparing, inspiring, connecting and sustaining community leaders to make Howard County the best place to live, work and play. Through our efforts, we will ensure that LHC remains at the center of what makes Howard County such a special community.

None of this would be possible without the extraordinary support Leadership Howard County receives from volunteers and the business, government and nonprofit communities. Our board of directors is an incredible group of diverse, talented and dedicated individuals with a commitment to service in Howard County.

Together, we are committed to reaching out to the wider community, finding the unique places where our leadership will make a difference and ensuring our organization stays true to its mission, vision and values. In addition, hundreds of volunteers contribute countless hours to support the programs of Leadership Howard County, all for the good of our community.

Finally, we are very grateful to our many sponsors who provide the critical funds needed to support our programs. Thanks to all of you for your tremendous efforts and contributions.

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at one of our alumni events or as a participant in one of our programs.

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