The Tech Council of Maryland on Friday announced the election of Doug Doerfler, chief executive of Gaithersburg-basd MaxCyte Inc., as its new chairman. He replaces Larry Letow, who served three years as chairman of the state’s largest and most influential tech trade group. Doerfler is the long-time chair of TCM’s bio division, and is well known within the Maryland biotech community.
Doerfler’s first, most obvious challenge at the tech council is leading the search for a full-time CEO. Art Jacoby, a Catonsville, Md., business consultant who took the job following the departure of Renee Winsky, stepped down earlier this year. Like many old-school trade groups, TCM’s membership was battered by the recession. The council, with more than 400 members in bio and information technology, is still struggling to return to its prior strength — another challenge facing Doerfler and the group’s next CEO.
“I am honored to continue serving TCM at such an important and promising time,” Doerfler said in a statement. “Our members have become the catalysts of Maryland’s dynamic economy, creating new, high-paying jobs and discovering breakthrough technologies that can change our world. We may come from diverse backgrounds, but a single mission unifies us: creating a healthier, safer world with game-changing innovations right here in Maryland.”