Our advisory board is comprised of key Maryland business executives. The purpose of the advisory board is to formulate business ideas and strategies that will promote growth, create new business opportunities and suggest methods to increase brand awareness and market visibility.

Aris Melissaratos

Sr. Advisor to the President
Johns Hopkins University
Office of Enterprise Development
100 N. Charles Street
5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 516-8300
FAX (410) 516-4411

Aris Melissaratos joined The Johns Hopkins University in 2007 as senior advisor to the president for enterprise development.

Melissaratos, a 1966 Johns Hopkins graduate and longtime member of the Whiting School of Engineering's National Advisory Council, has overall responsibility for building business relationships and forging new connections between the research and corporate communities.

Specific assignments include supervision of Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, the office that links university researchers and businesses interested in commercializing their inventions. Melissaratos also markets opportunities for businesses to locate at Johns Hopkins-related research parks such as the Montgomery County Campus, the Belward Research Campus and the Science+Technology Park at Johns Hopkins, which is under construction as part of The New East Baltimore Redevelopment project.

Melissaratos, whose undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins is in electrical engineering, spent most of his career with Westinghouse Electronics in Baltimore, eventually becoming vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer at its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. Before joining state government in 2003 as secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, he served as vice president of Thermo Electron Corporation and founded Armel Private Equity Investments.

He was a founding co-chair of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and is a former vice president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He holds a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University and did graduate work in international politics at Catholic University of America. Melissaratos also completed a program for management development at Harvard Business School.

John Paterakis

H&S Bakery
601 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 276-725
FAX (410) 522-5200

John Paterakis, Sr. is the president of H&S Bakery Inc., the largest privately owned bakery in the United States. The "H" and "S" of the company's name come from his brother-in-law, Harry Tsakalos, and Paterakis' father, Isidoros "Steve" Paterakis, who started the bakery in 1943 in the basement and first floor of the family's rowhouse on Ashland Avenue near Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Paterakis joined his father's business at age 23 and helped expand it into a national company. With 1,000 employees in the Baltimore area, H&S supplies stores such as Giant and Super Fresh with hearth breads and rolls that are then sold under the supermarkets' own brand names. Its products are distributed as far north as Long Island, N.Y. and Massachusetts, and as far south as North Carolina.

Paterakis also owns Northeast Foods Inc., which makes buns for McDonald's. Paterakis has built a distribution center for McDonald's in Ireland and supervises production of rolls for the company in Singapore and India. The bakery magnate is also a behind-the-scenes political heavyweight whose fundraising has helped politicians, including the late governor and vice president Spiro T. Agnew, former Governor Marvin Mandel, former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes and former mayors William Donald Schaefer and Kurt L. Schmoke.

Paterakis also owns a development company, H&S Properties Development Corporation, which has built several buildings east of the Inner Harbor. The most prominent property is the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Others include Courtyard by Marriott and offices for Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. and Fidelity and Guaranty Life Insurance Company.

John McDaniel

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT)
6110 Executive Boulevard
Suite 800
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 984-9400
FAX (301) 984-9610

John P. McDaniel is chairman of the board of trustees of the Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. He served as chief executive officer of MedStar Health, a multi- institutional healthcare organization, from 1982 until his retirement in January 2008. Since August 2008, he has served as chief executive officer of the Hickory Ridge Group, a private healthcare consulting and facilities development organization.

McDaniel also serves on the board of First Mariner Bancorp, Wittenberg University, Consumer Health Services, and the Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation. He is past chairman and current board member of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council, a member and past chairman of the Maryland State Racing Commission, and vice chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

McDaniel is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Economic Club of Washington and the National Association of Corporate Directors, and is a trustee of the National Capitol Area Foundation.

Eddie Brown

Brown Capital Management
1201 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 837-3234
FAX (410) 837-0707

Often referred to as an investment superstar as well as a whiz at picking stocks, Eddie C. Brown heads Brown Capital Management, one of the most successful financial services firms in the United States. Brown began his company out of a home office several years ago, building a national reputation for his ability to pick stocks, and for his company philosophy of GARP; growth at a reasonable price.

When Brown was in school, he planned to attend college. He had excellent grades in high school, however, his teachers pushed vocational education classes instead of college preparatory courses. The young Brown insisted industrial arts courses would not get him where he wanted to be, and at sixteen he graduated from high school as one of the top students in his class.

Brown met and exceeded his goals, and after working for others became his own boss as head of a money management firm. Known for his successful and conservative securities management, he has appeared on national television, including as a panelist for more than 20 years on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, a Public Broadcasting System program. His firm manages a portfolio of more than $5.6 billion. Brown still finds himself compelled to study potential investment markets and is well versed on each one he has considered. In his own estimation, Eddie C. Brown has done more than meet his own early goals for success. "It has been way above my wildest dreams," he told the Baltimore Sun.

Brown and his wife, C. Sylvia Brown, and their daughters, started the Brown Family Foundation in 1994 and are well known for their philanthropy in Maryland. Brown and his wife are avid cyclists and enjoy traveling.

Herb Miller

President & Chairman
of the Board

Western Development Corporation
3255 Grace Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5200
FAX (202) 338-6014

Herbert S. Miller, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and principal stockholder, founded Western Development Corporation in 1967 and started with the development of six office buildings in Washington, D.C. He guided the firm into retail development with twenty neighborhood and community centers in eleven states from 1975 to 1987.

A native Washingtonian, Miller established a series of mixed-use projects such as Georgetown Park, an award winning retail, office and residential project; Washington Harbor, the only privately developed project on the Potomac River; and Market Square, two mixed-use buildings with office space, retail space and residential units along Pennsylvania Avenue.

By 1987, Miller embraced the mills concept; the value oriented super regional mall and opened Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Virginia. He expanded the mills concept to other metropolitan areas and opened the Franklin Mills (Philadelphia) in 1989; the Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale) in 1990; and Gurnee Mills (Chicago) in 1991.

In 1993, The Mills Corporation was founded and capitalized at $1.3 billion through a NYSE public offering. Miller retired from The Mills Corporation in 1995 in order to take Western Development Group's revolutionary retail concept to Asia.

Miller led the Mayor's Interactive Downtown Task Force from 1995-1996. The task force was charged with revitalizing Washington's central areas by identifying development opportunities and economic incentives essential to attract retail, housing, and entertainment to downtown D.C.

The blueprint of the task force resulted in $6.21 billion in private and public expenditures including 5,242 new units of housing, 9 million square feet of office space, a new $834 million convention center, and a new museum within the old Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

His involvement with the task force led him to develop Gallery Place, which combined equal portions of retail, entertainment, residential and office space on a site bridging the Verizon Center and Washington's Chinatown.

A graduate in urban planning from George Washington University, Miller is involved in civic affairs, including membership on the board of the National Children's Museum.