County Executive Laura Neuman today announced the appointment of Colonel Edward C. Rothstein to the position of President and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC). In this new role, Col. Rothstein will serve as Anne Arundel County’s top economic development official responsible for promoting the County as the premier location to do business. Col. Rothstein replaces Robert Hannon, who held the position for six years and Mary Burkholder, who has served in an interim capacity.
“I am very grateful to Mary Burkholder for agreeing to step in temporarily and fill the role until we found a permanent CEO for this important position,” said County Executive Neuman. “Mary is a true economic development professional, and we are fortunate to have her wealth of experience at AAEDC. I will continue to look to Mary for her sound advice and counsel as Col. Rothstein’s Deputy and Executive Vice President,” County Executive Neuman added.
“Anne Arundel County has an important distinction as home to more than 50,000 small and large businesses and government agencies, including the National Security Agency and Fort Meade,” County Executive Neuman said. “I am relying on Col. Rothstein to assist our businesses that do work with the government and the military. With a well-earned reputation as a connector, I am also looking to him to be a strong and dynamic link between businesses and our Office of Public Zoning and Inspections and Planning – often the greatest challenges to businesses. Col. Rothstein will be an extraordinary asset to my administration.”
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to take on this new responsibility,” said Col. Rothstein. “It is my intent to approach this position with as much enthusiasm as I did with the Fort Meade community, using what I have learned by being in the uniform over the past 30+ years and through the relationships built in this region and, specifically, with Anne Arundel County. I look forward to being a part of a great County team.”
“We have had the pleasure of working with Col. Rothstein as the Garrison Commander of Fort Meade and we look forward to working with him even more closely in his new role,” said Dominick Murray, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “He is an energetic, creative and community-oriented partner and Anne Arundel County is indeed fortunate that he has decided to stay in the community and continue to make a difference.”
For the past two years, Col. Rothstein has held the position of Fort Meade’s Garrison Commander in which he supervised the conclusion of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) that began in 2006.
Prior to his work at Fort Meade, Col. Rothstein served as Intelligence Operations Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also worked as Intelligence Staff Action Officer for the National Security Agency; Senior Intelligence Officer for the 7 th Infantry Division and 1 st Army at Fort Carson, Colorado; Staff Officer for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; and Staff Officer for V Corps in Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany.
Col. Rothstein earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Lock Haven State University, a master’s degree in human resources from Webster University and a second master’s degree in national resource management from the National Defense University. His professional military education includes Chemical Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Transition and Advance Course, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Col. Rothstein’s personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and NATO Medal.
Col. Rothstein’s first day on the job will be November 1, 2013.