The Homepage of the Mount Airy, Maryland,
Economic Development Commission
L-R: John Petro, Pat Ronan, Gene
Lichtman, John Medve, Rob Scranton. Not pictured: Frank Illiano,
Bruce Lee, Michael VanSant.
JOHN MEDVE – Town Council Liaison
John Medve currently serves as the President of the Mount Airy
Town Council, a member of the Planning Commission and Economic and
Development Commission. John was elected to the Town Council in
2002. John has a passion for promoting Mount Airy, its citizens
He and his wife Stacey and son Jac moved to Mount Airy in 2000
upon his retirement from the United States Army after 24 years of
service. He is a life member of American Legion Post 191, VFW
Post 10076, and the Mount Airy Historical Society.
JON PETRO – Secretary
Age 57. Married to
Linda (a registered nurse) for 35 years. We have two grown
children (John & Karen) and two grandchildren (Dominic and
Anthony.) My wife and I have been residents of Mt. Airy for 8
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in
I retired from the Social Security Administration in 2003 after
32+ years of service. I retired as a member of the Federal
Governments Senior Executive Service Corps. I last served as The
Deputy Associate Commissioner for an organization of 6,000
employees responsible for processing disability claims, posting
all earnings to employees Social Security records and making all
disability and retirement payments to entitled individuals
residing outside the United States.
I currently work part-time as a Marshall and Starter for Challedon
Golf Club in Mt. Airy.
I have been a member, and secretary, of the EDC since its
inception in 2003. I volunteered to be a part of this organization
so I could work towards an equitable balance between establishing
new business in Mt. Airy and preserving the "small rural town"
atmosphere that I believe attracted most residents here in the
Mr. Cahill is active in
the high technology startup industry working with a number of U.S
and international startups drawing on his experience as the CEO of
high technology startup companies Manticom Networks and Trellis
Prior to joining Trellis, Mr. Cahall was Marketing & Sales Vice
President for Lucent Technologies optical fiber division, spent
thirteen years with Lucent Technologies in a variety of technical,
sales, marketing and general management positions, including two
years with Bell Laboratories and five years in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining AT&T in 1987, Mr. Cahall held several senior
positions with turnkey mini-computer and software companies in the
Owner of Mount Airys New York J & P Pizza since 1989. Founder of
the family owned and operated restaurant chain that includes
locations in Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties.
Owner of Ridgeville Plaza I and II (coming 2005). Home of Arbys,
F&M Bank, Subway/Manhattan Bagel, TCBY, Paradise Day Spa plus
office tenants including the Tim Barkley Law Office, Great Lakes
Title and United Stor-All.
Frank has long been involved in local community projects, ranging
from the MAYAA soccer program to the Greater Mt Airy Chamber of
Commerce. He has been awarded Rotary Club Citizen of the Year,
Mount Airy Outstanding Person of the Year, and one of Frederick
Countys Most Beautiful People (in recognition of volunteering).
In addition to his role on the EDC, he also serves on the board of
the Maryland Restaurant Association.
"I believe that the EDC should actively promote Mount Airy as a
great place to live and do business."
EUGENE A. LICHTMAN
Eugene, age 70, has been a Carroll County resident since 1998, and
a Maryland resident since 1966.
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida,
1955. M.S., Management Engineering, New Jersey Institute of
Professional Experience: Retired in 1984, as Program Manager
(GS-15), Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems, Naval Air Systems
Command, Washington, D.C. & Navy member of joint Navy-Air Force
Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems Development Office.
Professional: Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics
& Astronautics. Past Chair, Aircraft Turbine Committee, American
Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Hobbies: My son and I collect antique ambulances (full size) and
emergency medical service equipment (my son Stephen is a Paramedic
and I was an Emergency Medical Technician). Both my son and I are
members of the Museum Committee of the D.C. Department of Fire &
EMS. I am also the department’s historian.
Current Town Involvement: Member, Mt. Airy Economic Development
Commission. Chair, Mt Airy Recycling & Sanitation Commission. Past
Co-Chair, Mt Airy Spring & Fall Festivals Commissions.
Goal, as member of the Mt. Airy Economic Development Commission:
to see that the town develops in the best way possible, from an
Attorney Patrick Ronan is a
town resident and applied to join the Economic Development
Commission in order to help guide the development of the town in a
direction that would serve the interests of the town and its
residents. He was appointed to the Commission when it was
originally formed in the Summer of
Pat wants to encourage and assist in the economic growth of the
town as he sees that such change will benefit the town residents
by allowing them further opportunities to live and work here if
they so desire. Pat also feels that economic growth will provide
additional resources to the town, thus making
a much better place to live.
However, as a town resident member of the committee, Pat feels a
strong obligation to temper this desire for economic growth with
the compelling interest of maintaining that
special small town feel of
that makes it such a great place to live.
This page is a
part of the Greater Mt Airy Chamber of Commerce website