2023/2024 Board Members
|Eldar Aharonovich, Executive VP, US Operations,
Kevin Anderson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Natalie Gutman-Chen, Minister of Trade & Economic Affairs, Embassy of Israel
Mark Davis, Vice President, M&T Bank
Steve Dubin, CEO, SDA Ventures
Howard R. Feldman, Partner, Whiteford Taylor Preston, MIDC Vice President
Yair Flicker, CEO, SmartLogic
James Hughes, Vice President, University of Maryland, Baltimore
|Gail Javitt, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC
Alvin Katz, Founder, KatzAbosch
David Kuntz, Chair of the Board, MIDC
Karen Mandelbaum, Senior Counsel, Epstein, Becker & Green
Jay Radov, Esq., President, Crown Insurance; MIDC Treasurer
Charles Rubin, President, System Automation
Hanan Sibel, Founding Chairman, MIDC
Jay Steinmetz, CEO, Bar Coding, Inc.
David Speer, Executive Director, Maryland/Israel Development Center
David was announced as the Executive Director of the Maryland/Israel Development Center in November 2021. He brings his experience working with Israeli businesses, academia and building international partnerships as well as his nonprofit management skills. Before joining the MIDC, David worked for Americans for Ben-Gurion University which raises funds and awareness in the U.S. for the University in Israel. Most recently he was the Director of Intelligence and Analytics where he headed the research function of the organization and used data-driven analytics to better understand the organization’s pipeline. In addition, David was responsible for raising millions of dollars for the University in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas through his major gifts portfolio. A Baltimore native, David has always been active in the Jewish community and a strong supporter of Israel. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. and from the University of Baltimore with an M.B.A. He has held a variety of volunteer positions in the community and currently sits on the Board of Bolton Street Synagogue and teaches religious school there.
Barry is an international business development professional with over 25 years experience developing and executing strategies to identify, cultivate and close new business opportunities. He has been the Executive Director of the MIDC since its inception in 1992. Prior to joining the MIDC, Barry was the Director of Business Development for Welsh Development International, where he marketed Wales as a European location for American companies. Before that he was Director of Economic Development for Howard County, Maryland, and Director of Research for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. A native of Baltimore, Barry graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics, concentrating on Israeli and Middle Eastern history and politics.
Nancy Boguslaw oversees MIDC membership and sponsorship opportunities, events and programming, and publications such as the Maryland/Israel Trade News. Prior to joining the MIDC, Nancy was Director of Development for Gateway to Hope, a non-profit for uninsured women with breast cancer. She served as the Director of Planning and Budgeting at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. As a volunteer, she served on many non-profit boards and was President and Campaign Chair of the Women’s Division of the St. Louis Jewish Federation. A native of Baltimore, Nancy graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in Psychology, holds an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a B.A. from the Baltimore Hebrew College. Nancy was a graduate of the Baltimore Institute for Jewish Communal Service.
Avi has more than 15 years experience in business development, strategic planning and financial forecasting in the medical device field and other high tech industries. He received an MBA from Bar Ilan University and BA from Brooklyn College. He markets Maryland to Israeli companies for their US offices and helps Maryland companies find new business opportunities in Israel.