Mark Kleinschmidt

President & Chief Executive Officer

410-266-3960 ext. 1007 |

Mark currently serves as President/CEO of the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.  He came to the Chamber in July 2018 and is providing great leadership and vision as we continue to generate more members and develop strong relationships.

Mark served as President of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce for twelve years and was responsible for the management of a business trade organization with over 1,200 members.   He led the Chamber in providing a wide range of business counseling and marketing programs for its members while maintaining a very active role in economic development projects and government relations.

Prior to joining the New Castle County Chamber, Mark owned and operated his own consulting company, MAK Associates, for ten years. The firm specialized in government relations, real estate development, and project management.  He coordinated the planning and development of numerous business expansion projects for various clients including Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson and facilities for Christiana Care. He also had numerous lobbying clients with a special focus on tax policy, gaming, hospitality, food service, affordable housing, and economic development.

Mark was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of an internet startup company: which specialized in creating custom radio stations for in-store and online broadcasting.  Mark raised over $2 million from various private investors and financial institutions. He also led business development activities with Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.

Mark’s other past experience include:

President-New Castle County Economic Development Corporation. Managed a real estate finance program, a small business lending program and economic development marketing activities,

Director of Policy-New Castle County Government. He was s senior level advisor for elected County Executive in government.

Real Estate Analyst-Latimer & Buck. Financial analysis for large commercial real estate projects throughout the United States

Program Manager-Philadelphia Housing Authority. Administered city-wide housing rehabilitation loan program using state and local funds

Karen Cline

Business Development Director & Chief Operating Officer

443-569-8308 |

” As the Business Development Director & COO of the Chamber since July 2017, it has been my greatest joy in my job to bring people/businesses together and to support them in their quest to grow their business. As a former business owner/founder, I understand the importance of networking and getting in front of other businesses to share the vision of a company and be an integral part of growing the community in which you live and work as well as give back to the community. My background is diverse as I served as an Executive Director of a non-profit, served as a missionary for 5 years in the jungle of S. America and Spain, enjoyed being an educator both in the private and public sector for 15 years and worked in law-enforcement for almost ten years as well as various other jobs that have allowed me to be empathetic and gain insight to many industries and walks of life. Being able to speak Spanish is such a privilege; I enjoy teaching this language at the chamber and previously with county law-enforcement, church groups, and privately. Although I hold a BS in Criminal Justice and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Education, I believe my greatest education has come through living and experiencing many cultures and countries and raising my daughter. If I can encourage someone in their life whether personal or professional and be a life-long learner, I believe I have been successful.”