Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford led a trade mission to Israel arranged by the Maryland/Israel Development Center. The Lt. Governor spoke at the Cybertech Conference, Israel’s premier event for Israeli and international cybersecurity companies. Over 18,000 attended.
The Maryland/Israel Development Center coordinated the trade mission and has been responsible for travel to Israel by every Governor since its founding in 1992. Maryland cybersecurity companies and other business and civic leader traveling with 2020 Trade Mission delegation were: Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, State of Maryland; Barry Bogage, Executive Director, Maryland/Israel Development Center; Paul Beatty, Maryland Department of Commerce; Lew Berman, ICF International; Brian Castleberry, Maryland Department of Commerce; Cory Dennis, State of Maryland; Courtney Highsmith, State of Maryland; Yehuda Neuberger; Abba Poliakoff, Gordon Feinblatt; Matt Pugh, Pugh & Tiller PR; Avi Rosenzweig, Maryland/Israel Development Center, Philip Rous, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Bruce Spector, Baltimore Cyber Range; Michael Spector, Baltimore Cyber Range; Jay Steinmetz, Barcoding Ltd. and David Wilson, Morgan State University.
In addition to speaking at Cybertech, the Lt. Governor met with Israeli companies with offices and employees in Maryland such as RADA Electronics which just opened a new manufacturing facility in Germantown in December 2019 and Sinai Hospital’s Israeli operations center. He also met with new companies to attract to Maryland. The Lt. Governor also received briefings from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel Foreign Trade Administration, and toured Yad V’Shem, the Israel national Holocaust memorial and museum, as well as historic cities in Jerusalem.
Delegation members including Bruce Spector from Baltimore Cyber Range and Jay Steinmetz from Barcoding Inc. conducted their own business meetings with Israeli companies to pursue new business opportunities, while David Wilson from Morgan State University and Philip Rous from UMBC met Israel academic institutions to discuss research collaboration and student and faculty exchanges.