BUSINESS Queen Anne’s was founded in the spring of 2002 as a pro-active, pro-business coalition for economic development and responsible government. Our main objective is to help foster a climate conducive to the continual and orderly growth of both residential and non-residential tax bases in Queen Anne’s County. The general membership of the organization represents a cross section of area businesses, including the marine trades, retail, financial, professional, building trades, real estate sales and development, and the hospitality industry.

BUSINESS Queen Anne’s offers its members the ability to be heard on the important issues that affect their businesses and the economic climate of the county in a timely and private manner. Membership in BUSINESS Queen Anne’s is open to all area businesses concerned about the overall future of and the quality of life in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.

BQA Board of Directors

Steve Donovan

President - With Title One & Associates, Inc., which was founded by his wife Missy in Annapolis in 1997, providing land title abstracts, courthouse research, copies, recording & filing services. Steve also serves on the Queen Anne's County Economic Development Commission.

Mike Dahle

Owner of Bay Carpets Flooring America, past Vice Chairman of QAC Economic Development Commission and past president of QAC Chamber of Commerce.

Nick Deoudes

Holds BS degree in Urban Development/Real Estate and is a principal of Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc., dealing with commercial property management & sales; retail leasing; and commercial development and investing. Also managing partner, Kingsville Village Shopping Center LLC.

Gary Hofmann

Gary Hofmann has been our county Sheriff since 2006 and looks forward to bridging Business and Public Safety, to continue the partnership to make our business community safer, reducing losses and improving communication by bringing the BQA needs and concerns back to the Law Enforcement Community to better serve our citizens and educate our staff.

George O'Donnell

George brings a wealth of knowledge to BQA. He served two terms as a QAC Commissioner, was the QAC Judge of Orphans' Court one term, 2nd Vice President of the Maryland Association of Counties, Chairman of the Upper Shore Association of Counties and a graduate of Leadership Maryland. He is currently employed as the Customer Relations Manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Service.

Barry Waterman

Barry is owner and broker at Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty, the oldest real estate company in Queen Anne's County. He has previously served as the Chair of the Queen Anne's County Planning Commission, as a director and officer of the local Association of Realtors, on numerous Citizens Advisory and technical Committees, and is presently on the board for the QAC Farm Bureau. He lives in Centreville with his wife, Diana.

In Memoriam - Mareen Waterman

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of BQA founding member Mareen Waterman. He will certainly be missed by many.

He was such an important pillar of our County... a voice of reason and a spokesperson for the business community. He was not a loud man or a man to talk just to hear himself speak. When he did speak, we made sure to listen because he was knowledgeable and if he took the time to express his thoughts on a matter, then what he had to say was important!

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