Owings resident Eric W. Franklin, president and CEO of one of the fastest-growing private information technology companies in the region, has joined the board of directors for Calvert Memorial Hospital. Longtime board member Kevin J. Nietmann was named chairman for the coming year. CMH board members are all volunteers and play a vital role in ensuring that the organization meets the needs of the community.
“Eric has a solid reputation in the area of information technology,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “and has led several IT companies through years of sustainable growth while maintaining the highest levels of customer satisfaction.”
Xinis went on to add, “Our strategic plan includes a very aggressive IT capital plan and Eric will assist our board in helping us meet our organizational objectives.”
Franklin, a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, obtained a master’s in acquisition management from Webster University in St. Louis. In 2001, he founded ERIMAX, Inc., a consulting management company, that specializes in providing acquisition, program management and information technology services.
“I see this as an opportunity to use my prior experience and knowledge of healthcare technology to positively affect medical outcomes of the people who live in my community, especially those who are underserved,” said Franklin.
Active in the community, he chairs the governor’s Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board and Calvert County Minority Business Alliance. Additionally, Franklin sits on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Southern Maryland Higher Education Council, Tri-County Council Minority Business Opportunities Task Force and the board of directors of the Bay Business Group. He is also a member of the Calvert County Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria and Prince George’s County Chambers of Commerce.
Franklin has lived in Calvert County for over six years with his wife, Rané, and their three children. His special interests include business entrepreneurship, youth and performing arts advocacy. His awards include the Inc. 500/5000 Award in 2012 and the SmartCEO Future 50 Award and Leading Edge CEO of the Year in 2011.
Xinis also praised Nietmann’s selection as board chairman. “Kevin is a true leader and has done a tremendous job as chairman of our finance committee over the last few years,” said Xinis. “He always keeps the hospital focused on its mission to provide the very best care to our patients.”
Nietmann has been a member of the CMH board for eight years. The Huntingtown resident previously served as general manager at the Calvert Cliffs plant before working on the corporate staff as vice president for operations support. Currently, he is senior technical advisor to the Office of the Inspector General for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The other officers for the coming year are Henry S. Trentman, vice chairman; Laurie A. Uherek; secretary and Donald M. Parsons, Jr. treasurer.