“I’m extremely proud to be able to represent this organization,” said Maria Beckett, the second woman elected to head The President’s Roundtable, in its 28-year history. The President’s Roundtable is an organization of African-American CEOs, according to a press release from the organization, that “see the value of working and sharing synergistically.”

Outgoing PRT president, Stanley Tucker, CEO of Meridian Management Group Inc. , said, “PRT is extremely fortunate to have Maria at its helm. Her breadth of business experience and forward-thinking visions will guide us to new heights as an organization, just as she has grown her company.”

Beckett started her company, Maricom Systems Inc. in 1996 as a one-person consultancy firm, providing information system services. Over the last 15 years, it has grown to a workforce of over 200. Maricom provides data and database management services, systems development, business intelligence and customer support services to a variety of industries, including the federal government.

She is currently on the board of directors for the Baltimore Development Corporation. She has also participated on the Minority Business Advisory Council and the Business Development Advisory Committee to the Commission on Minority Business Reform.

For her hard work over the last 20 years, Beckett has received honors – individual and corporate – including Washington Technology’s 2007 Top 25 8(a) Contractors, USBE Top Black Technology Entrepreneurs, Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Outstanding Woman of Color Award and the Maryland Top 100 Minority Businesses by The Daily Record and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.

About seven years ago, Beckett was introduced to the PRT and was excited about the impressive group of seasoned entrepreneurs to learn. “I was very much impressed with the organization and the members,” she said. “When I was invited to join, I was very pleased to do so.”

She said everyone decides to join the organization for different reasons, important for the member personally or for their business. “It really does help us to grow in many ways,” Beckett said. “I really do feel that I have been able to learn quite a bit.”

As president, Beckett’s second office with the organization, she is committed to help the members achieve the goals that brought them to the PRT.

She also wants to spread the word about the value PRT brings to the Baltimore. “Sometimes,” she said, “folks don’t recognize the … contributions we make to improve the business environment for Black businesses and the community at large.”

Beckett’s term as president is for two years.