Rainmaker Panel

Lois Gamerman, President and CEO of Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc. Soft Stuff is the Premiere Specialty Foodservice Distributor in the Mid Atlantic. Lois, along with her partner Bob and their team of highly talented industry professionals, have grown Soft Stuff into the largest award-winning specialty foods distributor in the region. Lois is a six time Done Deals Award Winner, a member of the WBENC National Forum, The WPEO-DC 2016 Star and the 2016 WPO “Heading to Harvard” winner. Lois, like Soft Stuff Distributors, is dedicated to “Delivering Success to everyone we touch, in everything we do.”


Barbara Schaefer McDuffie, Managing Director of Business Development at Baker Tilly International. Barbara’s industry involvement extends to nine different organizations, including the Board of Directors for Tysons Partnership, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Trust for the National Mall, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the 2030 Group Board of Directors.


Sheena Saydam, Managing Partner, Saydam Properties Group, Keller Williams Capital Properties. Sheena was named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2015 and 2016 as one of DC Metropolitan Area’s “99 Agents You Want on Your Side”; and every year from 2015 to 2018 as a “Top Producer.” In 2015, she was recognized as the #1 highest producer at Keller Williams for the DC Metro Region. Sheena is passionate about providing each and every client with service more extraordinary than they’ve received anywhere – across all service industries.


Moderator:  Sarah D. McDaniel, CFA is a Managing Director and Head of Ultra High Net Worth Planning Specialists for Family Office Resources at Morgan Stanley. Through her role at Morgan Stanley, Sarah has observed how successful entrepreneurs are serial creators of success.