Mike Ertel is president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations — again. He started his second two-year term in December. But this time around, he is prepared. During his first term as president from 2006-08, he wasn’t.

“Little did I know it’s one of the hardest jobs,” Ertel said about leading GTCCA, which was founded as an all-volunteer nonprofit umbrella group in the 1970s to coordinate efforts with Baltimore County officials, private developers and other heavyweights on the Towson scene.

“We wanted them to consult with the neighborhoods,” said Ertel, 48, a commercial insurance broker and West Towson resident who is married and the father of three teenagers. He has long been active in GTCCA.

(Original article on Baltimore Sun website has been deleted): Vision for Towson: Mike Ertel, new president, outlines priorities for GTCCA – Baltimore Sun.