Brien Poffenberger - President
Brien Poffenberger is owner and President of Gruber-Latimer Restoration, a historic masonry company that specializes in 18th and early 19th century brick and stone work.
In his career, Brien has combined his advocacy for historic preservation with leadership positions in the public and private sectors, working for a range of both large and small businesses. His resume includes, for example, General Electric and staff positions on Capitol Hill. In the non-profit world, Brien served as President/CEO of the Washington County and the Maryland State Chambers of Commerce. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust from 2007 to 2019 and served as its Chair. He was also an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College and Shepherd College (now University) in West Virginia, teaching American Architectural History.
Brien, whose family has been in Western Maryland since the 1730s, has a deep background in preservation and is drawn to the historic buildings of the mid-Atlantic region. He has restored several homes, including an 18 th -century stone house in Sharpsburg, MD. The April 2015 issue of Southern Living featured an historic landscape that he rebuilt in western Maryland. He has an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master's Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor's Degree in Government from the College of William & Mary. His family is originally from Sharpsburg, and he and his wife now split their time between Sharpsburg and Annapolis.