Ken Ulman is the President of Margrave Strategies, an innovative strategic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and other groups throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic. The firm’s principal initial client is the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where Ulman serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development.
Ulman previously served two terms as Howard County Executive, where he earned a reputation for a leadership style that blends innovation and common sense, with a goal of providing the most efficient and effective government services possible. During his time in public office, Ulman took Maryland’s sixth-largest jurisdiction to new heights in education, healthcare, environmental protection and economic development.
Under Ken’s leadership, Howard County became one of the first communities in the nation to offer affordable access to healthcare for uninsured residents, through the Healthy Howard Access Plan. He launched the largest food-scrap composting program in the state, created Maryland’s first Office of Environmental Sustainability, and placed Howard County at the forefront of the cyber-security industry and 3D manufacturing.
Ken has won numerous awards, and was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver by Government Technology Magazine and a Regional Visionary by the Greater Baltimore Committee for his leadership to bring broadband technology to Maryland, enabling the state to become one of the most wired in the country.
Ken served as president of the Maryland Association of Counties and as chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, taking leadership roles in transportation, health care and fiscal affairs throughout Central Maryland. He lives in Columbia, with his wife, Jaki (also a proud Terp), and their daughters Maddie and Lily.
William H. “Bill” Cole IV, a partner in Margrave Strategies, has spent his career helping private businesses develop and implement visionary plans that benefit communities and neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Margrave, Cole served as president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s economic development agency, since 2014, working to bring growth and jobs to neighborhoods, commercial areas and business districts in Maryland’s largest city. His leadership paved the way for development projects across Baltimore and added thousands of new residential units to a city with one of the nation’s fastest growing millennial populations in the United States.
During his tenure at BDC, Cole managed the public approval process for the 200-plus-acre Port Covington redevelopment project; and has led the city’s efforts to expand and renovate the Baltimore Convention Center complex. In addition, Cole has overseen the redevelopment of the Pimlico Racecourse property to retain the Preakness Stakes, while supporting economic development in the Park Heights neighborhood. He accelerated the disposition of city-owned real estate in Baltimore’s downtown west-side and supported anchor institution-led development projects around the University of Maryland-Baltimore and Morgan State University.
During his time at BDC, the organization has provided millions of dollars in grants and loans to support business and job growth in Baltimore. In addition to its lending portfolio, Cole was responsible for nearly 50 employees at BDC and enterprises like the Emerging Technology Centers, Made in Baltimore, and Foreign Trade Zone #74. He also created the nation’s first dedicated Opportunity Zone coordinator in an urban market, supporting Baltimore’s 42 opportunity zones.
Before joining the BDC, Cole was a member of the Baltimore City Council from 2007 to 2014, and served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the University of Baltimore for more than a decade. His public service also includes a term as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1998 to 2002, and six years as a Special Assistant to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings.
Cole was co-chair of the Baltimore Opportunity Collaborative which in 2015 released the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. He is a 2018 National League of Cities’ Equitable Economic Development Fellow and has been active in more than a dozen boards and commissions including Visit Baltimore; the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore; and the Central Baltimore Future Fund. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation and Cecil Bank.
Tom serves as Margrave Strategies’ Vice President and has been with the company since 2017. Parker has nearly a decade of design and construction, property management and procurement experience. He previously served as a project manager within the University of Maryland’s Real Estate Office where he was responsible for procuring design teams and contractors, managing the overall schedule and budget of a project, and navigating the State’s approval process. Projects of note include Tawes Theater Renovation ($15.9mil, 2016 ABC Excellence in Construction Award), Cambridge Hall Renovation ($15.1mil) and Physical Sciences Complex ($100mil, Asst. PM).
In his current capacity, Parker actively manages projects on behalf of the Terrapin Development Company and serves as the primary liaison between the University and private and public partners at Towson University and Salisbury University. Parker earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland
Katie Gerbes is the Manager of University Projects for Margrave Strategies. Her primary responsibility is the execution of economic development and revitalization strategies with Margrave's university clients. Through this role she also provides staff support for the Terrapin Development Company and its Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Margrave Strategies, Gerbes worked as the City Planner for the City of Hyattsville, Maryland focusing on planning, economic development and community development projects. In that role, she was largely responsible for small business and placemaking efforts resulting in the revitalization of Hyattsville's Gateway Arts District.
Gerbes holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Mary Washington. She is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.