Name: John R. Tydings
Education: B.A. from the University of Maryland
Honorary degree: Doctor of Public Service
Accomplishments: President of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, 2000 U.S. Marine Corps Globe & Anchor Award, 1983 Washingtonian of the Year
John R. Tydings is president of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, a regional chamber of commerce that aims to make D.C. a better place to live and work. As the board’s chief executive officer, Tydings is responsible for the organization’s overall operations, policy formation, general management, promotion and lobbying.
Tydings spent five years with Pepco in labor relations, finance and employee benefits before becoming a full-time member of the Board of Trade in 1968.
He completed graduate study in finance and accounting, in addition to special studies in land-use development and general real estate at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Industrial Development program.
Senior vice president of HEROES, Inc. and a trustee of American Chamber of Commerce Executive’s Fringe Benefits, Inc., Tydings serves on the boards of many charitable and professional organizations, including the Washington Hospital Center Foundation, Trinity College and the Washington/Baltimore 2012 Olympic Regional Coalition. He is also director of the National Pageant of Peace, Inc., vice chairman of the Kemper Insurance Gold Advisory Committee and founder of Leadership Washington, Inc.