New PenMar executive director appointed

February 27, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

A Baltimore County, Md., man has been appointed the new executive director of PenMar Development Corp.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to appoint George W. Fletcher, of Upperco, Md., to the position. He will start the job Monday.

The PenMar board of directors had recommended Fletcher for the job.

Fletcher has worked for Proctor & Gamble at Hunt Valley, Md., as a corporate realty manager since 1996. Prior employers include Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He was selected from among at least 35 other candidates for the position, PenMar board President Brett Wilson said.

"George has a couple of decades of experience in industrial site development, commercial construction and project management at major corporations like Westinghouse and Proctor & Gamble that will fit with our needs right now," Wilson said.


PenMar was created by the Maryland General Assembly to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base for business. Some 2,000 jobs were lost when Fort Ritchie closed in September 1998.

Fletcher will fill the vacancy left by James LaFleur's resignation in September 2001.

LaFleur was promoted from deputy director to executive director in February 1999, when PenMar's first executive director, Robert Sweeney, resigned.

Fletcher could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

He was quoted in a PenMar news release as saying, "I am looking forward to this opportunity to continue the redevelopment project at Fort Ritchie. It will be a challenge but the potential benefits to the community make it well worth the effort."

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