The Daily Record named Sonja Cox, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), to its 2016 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
Cox began her SMECO career in 1999 and has served as SMECO’s CFO and Senior Vice President of Financial, Economic and Employee Services since 2006. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the audit committee for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and the College of Southern Maryland. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board and the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce. Cox holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Leadership Maryland program.
The Daily Record began Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. In 2016, 64 women are first-time recipients. Fifteen women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, meaning they will receive the award for a third and final time.
Approximately 350 women were nominated this year for the statewide honor. Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships, and mentoring experience. They were encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community and through mentoring.
A preliminary round of judging by Maryland’s Top 100 Women’s Circle of Excellence honorees reviewed the applications and selected 150 applicants to compete in the final round. A panel of business professionals and past Maryland’s Top 100 Women winners from throughout Maryland reviewed the final applications and selected this year’s honorees.
“Maryland’s Top Women 100 honorees are exemplary citizens, committed to their communities, creating change and growing the next generation of leaders through mentoring,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “This year’s honorees also share an amazing talent for balancing the many facets of their lives while also serving as outstanding leaders. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them.”
The awards event will be held Monday, April 18, starting at 5 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore. The awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dessert reception. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Tuesday, April 19, issue of The Daily Record and available online at www.TheDailyRecord.com.
The Circle of Excellence Sponsor of The Daily Record’s 2016 Maryland’s Top 100 Women is GBMC. The Reception Sponsor is Towson University. Corporate Club Sponsor is VPC Inc. Preferred Seating Sponsors are Epsilon Registration and JLL.
For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2016 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, visit www.TheDailyRecord.com.