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Meet: Mike Cottingham, Friends Board

Cottingham.MikeMike Cottingham is the President of Rommel Holdings, Inc. in Fruitland, MD. He is a graduate of Western Maryland College—now McDaniel College—where he earned a BA in Economics and Sociology, and later an MBA from Duke University.

Mike first discovered CBMM in 1991, when he and his family moved to Talbot County. He and his wife were searching for a fun place to take their children, and soon discovered that CBMM was also a great location for adults. Thus began his love affair with CBMM.

Mike joined the Friends Board as a way to “pay it forward” to CBMM, which he says has brought him and his family much enrichment and joy over the years. He has fond memories, for example, of attending a Lighthouse Overnight Adventure with his son. Additionally, CBMM’s previous exhibition on ferrying on the Chesapeake Bay has always stayed with Mike for its ability to take guests back to a time before the completion of the Bay Bridge.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

To the Friends Board, Mike brings his experience as a longtime Talbot County resident and ability to contribute a business perspective to CBMM’s strategic planning. Mike’s favorite activity on the Bay is kayaking and biking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with his family.

We would like to thank Mike for his time and dedication to CBMM!