Maryland needs business climate fixes

John Belcher is really slowing down in retirement.

He’s down to working 50 hours per week. While running Annapolis-based ARINC, the high-energy systems engineer gave 80 hours a week to the aerospace technology firm.

Working with a handful of aviation-related firms energizes and excites the man who says he’s old enough for Medicare but not full-time retirement. After ARINC sold for $1.4 billion in 2013, Belcher began investing and helping guide firms based in Texas, Minnesota, Canada and Germany. He’s on the board and an investor with Trivalent, a cybersecurity company in Annapolis.

While the Canadian native continues to live just across the South River from Annapolis, Belcher isn’t actively seeking to launch any new businesses in Maryland.