Profession: Special Secretary
Company: Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
Jimmy Rhee was appointed Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs by Governor Larry Hogan, and began service to the State of Maryland in January, 2015. As a coordinating office within the Executive Branch, this unit connects the small business community, including firms owned by minorities, women, and veterans, to greater economic opportunities. Direct oversight of the state’s Small Business Reserve, Minority Business Enterprise, and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise procurement programs across 70 agencies resides with the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.
With over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in enterprise creation, growth and change management, Mr. Rhee has an extensive record of directing turn-around situations ranging from manufacturing to software companies. His career also includes four years of service as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Active in the community, Mr. Rhee serves as a board member for various organizations. He earned a Master’s in Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.