• Sandy Spring Museum's Phillip Downie Named Manager of the Year

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    May 13, 2019
    (Sandy Spring, MD) Sandy Spring Museum is proud to announce Phillip
    Alexander Downie, Director of Special Events and Facility Rentals, has
    been named Manager of the Year by Visit Montgomery. Mr. Downie
    was awarded the title at the organizations inaugural Heroes of
    Hospitality Awards + Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th.

    Mr. Downie was nominated by industry peers with the following
    statement, “Phillip is truly the heart and soul of this venue - the clients
    come to depend on his input, expertise and support - as well as his ideas and thorough set up
    preparation. He handles staff of varied sizes depending on the event; organizing community
    programming for unknown numbers of attendees as well as indoor-outdoor tented weddings and
    charity galas for 300+.

    When Phillip walks into a room heads turn - and not because of his 6'4" stature - his grace and
    confidence exude, and it's immediately understood why his staff, clients and colleagues rely on him
    and his expertise. He has in depth knowledge of the industry and events from years of building up his
    resume with sweat and effort.

    The team at Sandy Spring Museum is always thrilled to work with him, and undoubtedly believe he is
    among the cadre of great local managers deserving of this title.”

    Phillip Downie, a Sandy Spring native, joined the Museum team in May 2015. He is responsible for
    the logistics and management of all special events, programs, and facility rentals. “We’re so lucky to
    have someone like Phillip on staff,” says Executive Director Allison Weiss. “He’s not just great at his
    job. He also sets an example for other staff to follow. He inspires everyone to do their best.”

    Sandy Spring Museum supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. We
    gather community to build a sense of place and belonging. Sandy Spring Museum is located at
    17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. The museum is wheelchair accessible. Admission is
    free. Hours: Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, and the First
    Saturday of each month 10 am – 5 pm.
    Contact:
    Olney Chamber of Commerce
    (301) 774-7117