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MARY HARMS   CO-FOUNDER & FACULTY CHAMPION  BMGT 458A PROFESSOR  mharms@rhsmith.umd.edu

MARY HARMS

CO-FOUNDER & FACULTY CHAMPION

BMGT 458A PROFESSOR

mharms@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mary B. Harms has worked as a graphic designer in Phoenix, an interior designer in Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin, an event planner as well as an entrepreneur who created a collection of decorative home accessories boutiques. In addition to steering this program, she has led 9 study abroad programs that focused on design and business in the past several years to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Milan, Melbourne and Sydney. She has also served as the academic faculty advisor for marketing internships for the past 12 years including overseeing the internship program in Sydney for two summers.

Mary Harms joined the faculty at University of Maryland in the fall of 2001 after moving from Ames, Iowa.  She received the Krowe/Legg-Mason award in 2006, 2010, and 2019 for teaching effectiveness. She has been teaching marketing at the university level for 30 years. 

She currently teaches digital marketing, marketing strategy, and design in marketing at the undergraduate level.  During her academic career, she has taught undergraduate courses in retailing, services marketing, principles of marketing, strategic marketing, global marketing, integrated marketing communications, electronic marketing, consumer analysis and design in marketing along with an honors seminar on creativity and leadership in business. 

While at Iowa State University, she was awarded the Teacher of the Year award from the College of Business’s Student Business Council twice.  She also served as the College’s Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations in addition to teaching from 1999-2001.  In that role, she was editor of the College’s magazine and organized alumni events throughout the Midwest at Fortune 500’s HQ’s

She recently served for two years as president of the Weekend Docent Program at the National Gallery of Art where she gives tours on Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism and modern art on weekends. She earned a BS in graphic design, a BA in interior design and an MS in marketing from Iowa State University.


HOWARD BOMSTEIN   BMGT458B PROFESSOR

HOWARD BOMSTEIN

BMGT458B PROFESSOR

Howard Bomstein brings enthusiasm and many years of advertising experience to the classroom when he teaches the program’s capstone course, BMGT 458B. His expertise in the advertising industry originated from his years as the founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based The Bomstein Agency from 1977 until 2009. 

Since then, Howard has been the vice chairman of Williams Whittle, executive marketing director of The Washington Times and is currently the automotive, real estate and property management advertising category manager at The Washington Post. Howard graduated with a BS in information systems management and earned an MBA from Penn State University.

Howard is currently Vice President, Business Development at Yes& Agency in Alexandria, VA.


KELLY DRIVER   BMGT458Q/R PROFESSOR

KELLY DRIVER

BMGT458Q/R PROFESSOR

Kelly Driver brings to the program a strong background in digital and design. She teaches the computer graphics introductory course (BMGT 458Q) which focuses on the Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, she is teaching the advanced class (BMGT 458R) that expands on the students’ skills sets in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign plus instructing them in Sketch and AfterEffects.

In addition to freelancing, she has worked as the senior Interactive designer for idFive in Baltimore and as the design lead at Mindgrub also in Baltimore. In addition to her professional work in the field of design, served as a teaching assistant for the M.A. portfolio class and taught the introductory level design class at the University of Baltimore. 

Kelly earned her bachelor of arts degree in studio art-graphic design from the University of Maryland College Park in 2011 and an MFA in integrated design in 2015. While at the University of Maryland, she studied abroad in the UK and China.  In the fall of 2010, she co-designed and curated art pieces exhibited at the Shangdong University of Art and Design where the exhibit won 1st place among entries from 30 other universities worldwide.

Kelly is currently the AVP, Senior Experience Designer at T. Rowe Price’s Innovation lab in Baltimore, MD. Kelly has also been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Smith School of Business for the last two years.