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Planning Board Member Norman Dreyfuss Honored with Awards for Business Advocacy and Community Service Leadership

January 8, 2016

Awards from the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and Jewish Social Service Agency recognize the valuable contributions of Dreyfuss to Montgomery County

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, and the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, are pleased to announce that Planning Board member Norman Dreyfuss is being honored with two prestigious awards from local organizations.

The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce recognized Dreyfuss with its Ron Resh Business Advocate Award at its annual Legislative Outlook Breakfast on January 8, 2016. The award honors an individual whose advocacy serves to ensure that the BCC community is regarded as the pre-eminent place to do business.

This annual award is named for the late Ron Resh, who served as president of the Montgomery County and Rockville Chambers of Commerce, and advocated for the Purple Line and lower business taxes as a public affairs consultant for the Greater BCC Chamber. Past winners of the Resh award include Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and County Councilmember Phil Andrews.

In addition, the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is honoring Dreyfuss with its Joseph Ottenstein Award, which recognizes excellent community service leadership. Dreyfuss will accept the award on April 17, 2016 at an evening event hosted by the agency at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The award, named for a past president of the JSSA, recognizes outstanding community leadership in the field of “Social Service – Human Service,” a slogan coined by Ottenstein. Past winners of this award include the late sports team owner Abe Pollin, philanthropists Arlene and Robert Kogod, and diplomat and attorney Stuart Eizenstat.

About Norman Dreyfuss:
Norman Dreyfuss was appointed to the Planning Board in February 2010 and reappointed to a four-year term in 2015. Dreyfuss is executive vice president of IDI MD, the developer of Leisure World and other developments throughout the Washington, D.C. region. He has worked in all aspects of community development and co-chairs the county’s annual Affordable Housing Conference. He formerly served as commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. A resident of Potomac, Dreyfuss holds a law degree from American University and degrees in mechanical engineering and fine arts from Rutgers University.