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CEM receives 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award for positive impact on the community


(Bel Air, Maryland: August 13, 2015) In honor of its continued quest to improve the community, the CEM team, represented by leadership and team members, were on-hand to receive the 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award yesterday during a live announcement at an awards luncheon held at The Grand in Baltimore.

The Cornerstone Award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of local business and honors the contributions and achievements of the 30 top businesses in the Baltimore metro area for their positive economic impact and serving as model stewards of the community. Finalist companies represent all business sizes and industry segments, which have made a positive impact on job creation and retention, market competition and philanthropy.

“The SmartCEO Cornerstone Award truly reflects the contributions of the entire CEM team, I would like to extend my gratitude to each and everyone CEM employee for working hard everyday to improve communities,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Our Harford County business community, private citizens and public servants work every day to make our home an amazing place to live and work for all our citizens. In Harford County, we live by the advice of Ben Franklin who said ‘Speak little, do much.’”

CEM, a full-service environmental consulting firm headquartered in the small, suburban town of Bel Air, Maryland, seeks to improve the community in which they live and work through every facet of their operation. CEM utilizes a holistic approach to improving the human condition, which begins with responsible stewardship and efficient use of tax funding to conduct environmental projects. In addition to stewardship, CEM participates in community and public service initiatives, individually and collectively. Finally, CEM conducts an annual giving program, with five percent of annual profits donated back to local nonprofit organizations.

“It’s no secret that Greater Baltimore is home to some of the region’s most impactful companies. Moreover, they have become part of the fabric of the communities in which they reside,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “These companies are economic drivers, innovators and exemplary community stewards — they are true cornerstones of their communities. For that, we honor them.”

In addition to CEM, each business honored as a finalist for the Cornerstone Award will be profiled in the July/August 2015 issue of SmartCEO magazine. For more information on the SmartCEO Cornerstone Award, visit