Meet the Honorees: 2016 Civic Leadership Awards

2016-cla-imageJoin us on October 12th for the 2016 Civic Leadership Awards in Prince George’s County. “Experience the Greater in Giving” as we pay special tribute to civic stalwarts who fulfill the promise of a vibrant and prosperous Prince George’s County.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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2016 Honorees


Betty Buck
President, Buck Distributing

Betty Buck is President of Buck Distributing.   Employing over 125 people and celebrating their 70th Anniversary, Buck Distributing is certified by the National Women Business Owners Corporation Certification Program as a woman-owned and woman-controlled business.  Under the direction of Betty, the company scores high marks for community involvement, as well as its business expertise.  In addition to a rigorous schedule of business/community service, Betty manages has been able to offer service to many civic and charitable organizations including board membership for the Anne Arundel County Medical Center Foundation, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Judicial Compensation Commission, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and the Community Foundation in Prince George’s County.



Peterson Family Foundation

Milt and Carolyn Peterson established the Peterson Family Foundation in 1997 out of a fundamental belief that for the family to be successful, we should all strive to be fair, honest and support the communities in which we live and do business. Through their generosity and commitment to giving back, the family has quietly donated or raised millions of dollars annually to a diverse list of organizations including Northern Virginia Family Service, Gleaning For The World, Life With Cancer, Youth For Tomorrow, George Mason University, Middlebury College, St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, Flint Hill School, Teach for America, Venture Philanthropy Partners innovative Ready for Work initiative in Prince George’s County and the United Methodist Church. In addition to fundraising, family members give of their personal time and talent to support organizations throughout the region and are an inspiring example to all they come in contact with.


image001Gregory K. Wells
Partner, Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP

A partner with the law firm of Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP, Gregory Wells is highly regarded as a fierce litigator. He is also a highly sought-after Mediator.  His numerous state and county professional associations have included Chair of the Trial Courts Nominating Commission for Prince George’s County, and Chief Negotiator for the PGC Board of Education. A long-time resident of Prince George’s County, Greg has earned several appointments including, serving as People’s Zoning Counsel; Special Counsel to the County Executive and Commissioner, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission . Greg’s memberships in professional organizations include: American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Maryland Bar Foundation, and Leadership Greater Washington.  His community service involvement is extensive including participating as a board member for The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, member of the Community Foundation’s Sharing Prince George’s Review Committee, and he and his wife, Jennifer, are donors and long-term supporters of the Community Foundation in Prince George’s County.



Wayne K. Curry Award for Leadership and Public Service

The Honorable Derrick Leon Davis
Chair, Prince George’s County Council

Derrick Leon Davis was elected to his first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in November 2014 and was elected by his peers to serve as Chair of the Council for the 2016 Legislative Year. He represents the Sixth Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County. Council Chair Davis has served and led an array of key committees including Health, Education and Human Services, which oversees the delivery of key educational and social services for county residents. He first worked for the Prince George’s County Council in 1992, serving District 6 residents as a Constituent Services Aide in the office of Council Member JoAnn T. Bell. For more than 20 years, Chair Davis was an active volunteer with the ARC of Prince George’s County and a member of the NAACP. Prior to his election, Council Chair Davis held positions with Prince George’s County Public Schools including Manager of Head Start Programs, where student classroom hours doubled and a number of new program sites were added throughout the community. A lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, Council Chair Davis is a graduate of Central High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


Lifetime Achievement Awardm-h-jim-estepp_headshot

The Honorable M.H. Jim Estepp
President & CEO, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable

M.H. Jim Estepp is currently President and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, a non-profit, nonpartisan business alliance of Chief Executives, formed to improve Prince George’s County political, economic and community environments.    Jim is a former Chair of the Prince George’s County Council where he served two elected terms; Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; Director of the Maryland Security Council, Office of the Governor; Fire & EMS Chief of Prince George’s County and Director of Public Safety for Prince George’s County.  Mr. Estepp was named Citizen of the Year by the Prince George’s Board of Trade, was recipient of the Elizabeth & David Scull Award for Outstanding Regional Leadership, COG’s highest Award and The Tom Bradley Leadership Award from the National Association of Regional Councils, its highest award. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors for the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the Community Foundation in Prince George’s County, and National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. Jim lives in Croom and is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.