Inner Circle

About the Dingman Center Inner Circle

Since its founding in 1986, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has relied on corporate and individual gifts to support its various programs, services, and events. Known as the Inner Circle, the development campaign solicits annual fund contributions, program underwriting, and event sponsorship. The Inner Circle brings together successful alumni, entrepreneurs and business leaders who help to navigate the future of the Dingman Center, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and entrepreneurship in our region. All funds raised through the Inner Circle provide direct support for programs, services and student scholarships.

FY '12 & FY '13 Inner Circle Gifts & Pledges

Each year, donor’s annual contributions, program underwriting, event sponsorships and multi-year pledges are recognized by the following club names and corresponding gift levels. The list below represents gifts received from July 1, 2011 to present day.

Founder’s Club [$25,000 or more]

Honoring Rudolph P. Lamone, the Founder of the Dingman Center

Members Include:

  • BB&T Corporation
  • Kevin Plank ’96, The Cupid Foundation
  • Michael Schwab
  • Chairman’s Club ($10,000 to $24,999)
  • Harry Geller ’81
  • Bill Greenblatt ‘79
  • John LaPides

Chairman’s Club [$10,000 to $24,999]

Recognizing Mark Walsh, Chairman of the Board of Advisors

Members Include:

  • Fred Ehrlich ’84
  • Harry Geller ’81
  • Bill Greenblatt ’79
  • John LaPides
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Martin & Grace Rosman
  • Diane & Howard Schilit, MBA ’76, PhD ’81
  • Tailored Solutions & Consulting
  • Mark Walsh
  • Rick Zitelman, The Zitelman Group

Director’s Club [$5,000 to $9,999]

Recognizing Elana Fine, Managing Director of the Dingman Center

Members Include:

  • Andrea Keating ’83
  • Sam ’80 & Gemma Medile
  • Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Reznick Group
  • Liz Sara ’80
  • Tailored Solutions & Consulting LLC
  • Mark Walsh
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

1986 Club [$2,012 to $4,999]

Celebrating the year that the Dingman Center was founded

Members Include:

  • Millard Bennet ’72
  • Drew Bernstein ’78
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • Clifton Larson Allen LLP
  • Deloitte Services LP
  • The Goldseker Foundation
  • Harry & Tamara Handelsman
  • Richard Harris, MBA ’98
  • Glen Hellman ’78
  • Rudolph & Linda ’70 Lamone
  • Ted Muendel
  • Palmer Financial
  • PSA Financial
  • Brian Taff 89
  • Garrett Turner
  • Whiteford Taylor & Preston
  • Michael Zhu ’93

Alumni Club [$1,000 to $2,011]

Acknowledging the success of past MBA Dingman Scholars

Members Include:

  • Steven Begleiter '92
  • Matthew Brach, MBA ’00
  • Howard Cohen
  • Cindy ’74 & Ken ’74 Hankin
  • Stephen Silver

Inner Circle Benefits

1986 Club & Above

  • Membership to the Dingman Center Angels, our angel investor network
  • Invitations to exclusive Dingman Center, Smith School and University of Maryland networking events
  • Opportunity to judge Pitch Dingman, a quarterly student entrepreneurship competition
  • Access to students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions

All Levels

  • Listing by gift club on the Dingman Center website and in printed materials
  • Recognition as a member of the Colonnade Society of the University of Maryland

To discuss specific gift opportunities to the Dingman Center, please contact Elana Fine, Managing Director at efine@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-2170.a