• Executive Committee

  • Sharon Spedden
    Chairman
    Owner, Sharon Real Estate P.A.

    Serving on Dorchester Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors  enables me to work alongside the community’s business owners and leaders in an effort to improve our business environment.

     

                                        

    Sharon grew up in Dorchester’s Neck District and has always loved the scenery, people and lifestyle. Sharing what she finds special about the County is a natural fit with her real estate business. 

    How I Do Dorchester: A perfect day-off starts with a morning walk at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay taking in the scenery and sounds. I’d head to the 1st tee for a round of golf with friends at River Marsh. In the afternoon, it’s time to get out on the water boating to a local waterfront restaurant or catching a Trophy Rock fish. I’d cap off the evening with family or friends at a local restaurant. I like taking guests out on the Choptank for a trip to Snapper’s Café or Suicide Bridge Restaurant and enjoy a ‘floating sunset.’

    Hidden Gems: Tremendous public access to enjoy the waterfront – we have three FREE public boat ramps in the City of Cambridge alone! – and beautiful waterfront parks like Sailwinds and Great Marsh.

    Water moves me to … find inner peace and tranquility

  • Max Fryer
    Chairman Elect & Treasurer
    Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas

    As an acting member of the board of directors, I am proud to be able to serve and assist businesses in our community and help find ways for them to continue to excel.

     

                                          

     

    How I Do Dorchester: A round of golf at the Hyatt followed by enjoying the many restaurants the county has to offer. My favorite place to take out of town guests is RaR.

    Hidden Gem: The diversity of the options the county provides; from the main street shops and restaurants, to route 50, the small towns, breweries, wineries and farm stands. 

  • Joel Bunde
    Immediate Past Chairman
    Hotelier/General Manager
    Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort

    As the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency, I want to uphold Hyatt’s high standards of supporting our local communities, not only in philanthropy, but for all business development, for the better of everyone in Dorchester County.
     
      
           
     

    Joel moved to Dorchester to work through Hyatt Hotels in conjunction with Maryland Economic Development Corporation.

    How I Do Dorchester: I love the outdoors, so Dorchester is ideal for boating, fishing, a round of golf and enjoying my favorite hobby of gardening. When they are not at the Hyatt eating, drinking, swimming, golfing, and going to the spa, I like to take out of town guests to Blackwater for a natural adventure, and the Tubman Visitors Center for our amazing history and culture.

    Hidden Gem: The Blue Heron Rookery at the Hyatt – amazing little sanctuary. Must be a guest of the Hyatt to enjoy it July 31 to December 14 to honor the nesting season.

    Water moves me to … Preserve natural water resources 

  • Lori Nagel
    Vice Chairman & Past Chairman
    Whitten Insurance Services

    I am grateful for my time on the Board and the business connections it has allowed me to make.

     

               

     

    Lori is a life-long resident of Dorchester County who grew up on Indiantown Road and graduated from North Dorchester H.S.

    How I do Dorchester. A great day off in Dorchester is boating, fishing and jet skiing. But my most recent passion is riding 4-Wheelers on our property in Northern Dorchester with family and friends. My favorite place to take out of towners is my father-in-law’s farm where they can see chicken houses, thousands of chickens, and often baby chickens. It always amazes them and is so natural for us.

    Hidden Gem: Brookview, Indiantown Road and Vienna which are full of Native American history.

    Water moves me to ... insure work and pleasure boats for our community

  • Jennifer Layton
    Vice Chairman & Past President
    Winery Owner
    Layton's Chance Vineyard & Winery
     
                   

    Jennifer moved to Dorchester and opened Layton’s Chance with her husband and in-laws to continue their family's agriculture legacy and sustain the farm for the next generation.

    How I Do Dorchester: A great day off in Dorchester to me means being on the water. Whether kayaking in Vienna or renting a boat from the Hyatt to cruise the Choptank River, they both offer breathtaking experiences. One of my favorite places to take out of town guests is the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center. Few people realize how much history is here and I always recommend the Byways driving tour app. 

    Water moves me to … relax and appreciate life

  • Sarah Baugh
    Vice Chairman
    Attorney- MDSW Law

    Serving on the Board, and by extension, involvement with the Chamber, is a wonderful opportunity to monitor, support and promote business and legislative development both in Dorchester County and the State.

          

    Sarah moved to Dorchester County after growing up on the “Western Shore” near D.C.. Attracted to the area by her now-husband, they have made Dorchester County home where they enjoy the proximity to myriad opportunities for outdoor activities as well as diverse business interests, all while enjoying a quality of life unique to Eastern Shore living (almost always free from traffic!).

    How I Do Dorchester:  A great day off in Dorchester County usually starts out on the Little Choptank headed towards the southern part of the County or adventuring further afield after fueling up at Palm Beach Willie’s.

    One of my favorite places to take out of town guests in Dorchester is our home, with farm animals, bird-watching and beautiful Dorchester County sunsets is usually an escape in and of itself for our guests, but when we’re looking for activities, we take a hike in Blackwater or get out on the water.

    Hidden Gem: The innovation. Sometimes people ask me what people actually “do” in Dorchester County, and they are shocked to learn what industry and hard work is accomplishing here, whether in complex logistics, custom manufacturing or developing innovative agricultural techniques, Dorchester County is home to diverse businesses that advance our community, locally and well beyond.   

    Water moves me to…support businesses in their growth and development as they continue to innovate and strengthen our community.