The following is from a press release from The Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame;
The second inductee to the 2018 Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame is Michelle Freeman.
Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a real estate company established in 1947, that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment, and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers and commercial properties. Freeman Companies also owns and operates three golf courses including, Bayside, an 18-hole, award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Fenwick Island, DE.
Michelle is President and Chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, which has been giving grants to organizations where Freeman employees live, work and play since 1960. She is the founding Chair of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which honors her late husband Joshua Freeman by providing arts and arts education to create opportunities to elevate the human spirit. She was the visionary of the Foundation’s first program: The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Delaware. Among the numerous awards for business and philanthropic leadership, Michelle received the 2014 Irene and Abe Pollin Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Coastal Style Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
A founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Michelle serves on the Board of Halcyon Foundation of Georgetown and Georgetown University Entrepreneurship Advisory Group at The McDonough School of Business. For several years she has chaired AfterDark@THEARC in SouthEast D.C., receiving their 2017 Bridge Builder Award. In 2018 delivered a TEDx talk on The Power of Service in Healing a Broken Heart.
Michelle is a minority partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment which owns Capital One Arena, the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Valor Football. In 2013, Elle Magazine named her as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Washington, D.C. Michelle is an active member of the Young President Organization. She co-produced the documentary The Other City with her business partner Sheila Johnson and is currently producing two full length documentaries. Michelle is most proud of her three children: Nicholas, Benjamin and Juliana Freeman.