Direct Connect

“GGCC Real Estate & Construction Group”

Direct Connect is a GGCC program that strategically connects members in smaller groups. Each group has its own unique personality where members act as strategic partners helping the group to develop and grow each other’s businesses though information sharing, referrals, and personal contact. Direct Connect Groups are run by GGCC members, rather than Chamber staff, and employ an informal structure, meetings time and location that is conducive to that specific group.

If you are interested in learning more about our Direct Connect Groups, please reach out to us at or (301) 840-1400. 


B2B Referral Sharing Group

Ed Samuels, Auxilium Technology


8:30-9:30 AM Every other Tuesday Industry exclusive
RECN (Real Estate and Construction)  

Jerry Therrien, Retired TW Construction


7:30-9 AM Every other Wednesday Industry exclusive within the commercial real estate or construction realm. Member must be in a leadership position.
GGCC MasterMind Group

Tabatha Christman, Supporting Strategies


7:30-9 AM 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month Industry exclusive
SOHO (Small Office – Home Office)

Dan Dellon, Gaithersburg CPAs –

Kathryne Carter, Grace and Virtue Events –


9-10 AM 2nd Wednesday of each month Member must work for themselves, from home or in a small office
Nonprofit Group

Denise Fredericks, Mercy Health Clinic –

Deborah Zimmer, Teh Universities at Shady Grove –

2nd Monday of each month. Currently on zoom. Members must be nonprofit organizations, or work directly with nonprofit organizations in support of their mission.
Pathways Women Group

Philippa Channer, Channer Consulting –  

Kari Primozic, Courageous Living –


8:30-10 am 3rd Friday of each month Member must Identify as female, and have a business that is 5 years or younger.
NEW – LGBTQ+ Business Leaders and Allies

Sarah Savage, Carved Path Consulting 

Jessica Washington, Perfectly Pinked

Coming Soon – launching first week of June! Focused on fostering community among LGBTQ+ professionals and business owners. We seek to create a safe space where everyone can grow, learn, improve their business and network. We invite LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to participate.
GGCC/HCCMC Business Owners of Color Direct Connect Group Fernando Fuentes, First National Bank
Will meet twice monthly for 90 minutes at the end of the workday; email Fernando for schedule. Industry-Exclusive, in-person joint program with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County, B2B and B2C businesses welcome.
NEW – Early & Mid-Career MasterMind Group

Vicki Lin, CapStar Victoria Lin 

John Teel, Supporting Strategies

Launching Jan 17th, 11am-12pm at GGCC Office. 

Starting in February, meet 2nd Wednesday each month 10:30-12:00. Quarterly happy hour. 

Group provides an educational deep dive for Early- to Mid-Level professionals in the networking sphere. Cross-industry discussions and speakers. 

Industry agnostic

Industry exclusive to 2 seats max per industry


NEW – Social Media Marketing Think Tank 

Rebecca Cathcart, Randy Scritchfield & Associates,


6-part series designed as a GGCC Direct Connect group for social media marketers.

Thie first 6-part series was a hit! Keep your eyes peeled for the next run! 

–Be in charge of the social media aspect of your business, please join only if you can make content decisions or post for the business.        

–Be respectful of others and understand each person brings new and different perspectives and experiences to the table – that’s what makes a great Think Tank!

–Bring new ideas and be willing to participate in discussion.     

–This is NOT an industry exclusive group; all are welcome if they fit the above parameters.