George BaylessChapter: Maryland

Job title: Vice President of Finance, GBMC Healthcare Inc.

Responsible for: General Accounting, Financial Reporting, Budget & Financial Analysis, Treasury, etc.

Worked here since: August 2006

Best part of my job: The people I work with and facing the challenges to ensure that affordable quality healthcare will be available in our community for years to come.

I joined HFMA because: While at KPMG, I was asked to join by Bill Mooney, a partner with the firm and a recent chapter president at that time. He told me it was a great organization and would be helpful to my career.

First volunteer involvement with HFMA: Was asked to chair the sponsorship committee for a Region 4 Mid-Atlantic conference held in Baltimore.

Favorite HFMA memorys: The entertainment at the Maryland Chapter’s Annual Institute Banquets.

Benefits of HFMA involvement: The many friends I have made in HFMA; the quality education received at local and national events; and the volunteer leadership opportunities as an officer, director, various committee chairs, and now Regional Executive.

First job: Newspaper carrier.

Most unusual job: Operating a seafood Raw Bar.

My family: Married to my wonderful wife Mandy for 30 Glorious years this year; two great sons: George IV and Michael.

Pets: No pets at the moment. My favorite was “Distance” a Jack Russell Terrier.

If I’m not working, you’ll find me: Playing golf or games with family and friends.

Hobby: Golf.

Proudest moments: The births of my two sons.

Most difficult goal achieved: Passing the CPA exam.

Best advice received: Don’t be afraid to share your ideas, even when they differ from the crowd.

Favorite sports team: Baltimore Ravens—they are exciting to watch and have had great team leaders.

Movie I’d recommend: Rear Window (the original with James Stewart and Grace Kelly) … because I enjoy Hitchcock movies and this one is great blend of suspense, humor, and social commentary, entirely shot from one room.

Hero: Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, whose calm leadership in the midst of a deadly crisis saved the lives of 155 passengers.

People might be surprised to know that: I enjoy baking Christmas cookies.