Geoffrey Pohanka is the President of Pohanka Honda, Hyundai, and Volkswagen in Capitol Heights Maryland, part of the Pohanka Automotive Group representing sixteen auto dealerships in Maryland and Virginia. As a third-generation automobile dealer, Mr. Pohanka started working at his father’s dealership at the age of 13. After graduating from Colgate University in 1980 he joined the company full time. His business will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2019.
Mr. Pohanka is very involved in his industry and the community. He currently serves as a director of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association. He is a member of the Greater Prince Georges Business Roundtable and the Andrews Business and Community Alliance. He is treasurer of Saint James School in Hagerstown Maryland, a board member of the Prince Georges Catholic Charities, Honorary Commander and Ambassador for Joint Base Andrews, and a United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Civic Leader.
Some of the recognition Mr. Pohanka has received includes the AIADA-Sports Illustrated All-Star dealer award, Time Magazine’s Auto Dealer of the Year Award, the Community Foundation Vision Award, the Collective Empowerment Group’s Small Business Award, and the Northwood University Dealer Education Award.
M. H. Jim Estepp
President and CEO
The President and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable,
Mr. M.H. Jim Estepp is formerly:
Chair of the Prince George’s County Council, Maryland, Council where he served two elected terms;
President Pro Tempore of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments;
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,
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.
In addition, he received the Janet L. Hoffman Award for outstanding local administration from the American Society for Professional Administration (ASPA), Maryland Chapter.
He is Vice President of the Board of Directors; Congressional Fire Services Institute,
a member of the Boards of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce (formerly),
and (currently) Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
Mr. Estepp is also a member of:
the Board of Visitors of Bowie State University,
the Prince George’s Community Foundation Advisory Board,
the Prince George’s County Executive’s Commission for Education Excellence,
Chairman of the Board of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard®),
member of the Board of Visitors of the world-renowned Maryland Shock Trauma Center,
and member of the Doctors Community Hospital Foundation Board.
In February of 2016, Mr. Estepp received the United State’s Air Force’s Distinguished Public Service Award, presented by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. This award was presented for his contributions to the Air Force and the Chief of Staff’s Civic Leader Group.
Mr. Estepp lives in Croom with his wife Nancy and between them, they have five children and eleven grandchildren. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA.
Board Secretary and Treasurer
Ms. Donna M. Cooper has been the President of Pepco Region at Pepco Holdings, Inc. since September 9, 2013.
For three years prior, she served as Region Vice President, District of Columbia, responsible for managing relationships with the District of Columbia government, business organizations and community leaders; developing and implementing strategies for legislative and regulatory policy and testifying before the Council of the District of Columbia.
Prior to serving as Region Vice President, Ms. Cooper advanced through a series of positions including senior public affairs manager, Pepco; policy director to the Council of the District of Columbia; clerk/director of the Committee on Government Operations, Council of the District of Columbia; executive director, National Organization of Black County Officials Inc.; and assistant professor, South Carolina State University. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina and Charleston Southern University.
Her organizational affiliations include Mayoral Appointee, District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory board; District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce board; Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership board; District of Columbia Building Industry Association board; and D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy board.
Ms. Cooper was awarded a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University, a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate of philosophy in political science from Howard University, where she majored in public administration and American government