About Visit Baltimore


Mission Statement

Visit Baltimore generates economic benefits for Baltimore City through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors, and works to provide a positive experience for all guests.

Visit Baltimore is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Baltimore. Established in 1982, we are a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation.

Visit Baltimore serves as the liaison between customers and stakeholders. Customers include meeting planners, tour operators, individual tourists and media. Stakeholders include government, citizens and member organizations. Member organizations represented include lodging, dining, arts, attractions, shopping, transportation, associations and government agencies.

Visit Baltimore helps generate economic benefits for the Greater Baltimore region through the power of collaboration and partnership.

Visit Baltimore inspires people to visit our great destination and to experience the products and services offered by our stakeholders.

Visit Baltimore provides stakeholders with the necessary tools and information to make their products and services competitive in the marketplace.

Our vision is for all stakeholders and citizens of Greater Baltimore to support the local tourism industry because they understand how the economic benefits generated - jobs and revenues - improve their quality of life.


Visit Baltimore Executive Staff

Tom Noonan

President & CEO

Amy Calvert

Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services

Sam Rogers

Executive Vice President &
Chief Marketing Officer

Bon Whiting

Vice President of Membership and Development

Ron Melton

Chief Operating Officer

Sara Warfield

Vice President of Communications

Directors of the 2013-2014 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board

Woody Collins

Executive Vice President of M&T Bank 

Delegate Curt Anderson

Baltimore City Delegate

Donald Fry

President, Greater Baltimore Committee

Skipp Sanders, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Jim Britton

Owner, Class Act Catering

Bill Gilmore

Executive Director, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Steven Schindler

Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, The National Aquarium

Edie Brown

President, Edie Brown & Associates, Inc.

Spike Gjerde

Owner/Chef, Woodberry Kitchen

Onahlea Shimunek

General Manager, Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

Councilman William H. Cole IV

Baltimore City Council

Shawn King

Director of Design, OUR HOUSE Under Armour

Gail Smith-Howard

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Mary Ann Cricchio

Owner, Da Mimmo's Italian Restaurant of Little Italy

David Kolhlasch

General Manager,
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel

Shelonda Stokes

President, greiBo Communications

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

Dominick Murray

Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Chuck G. Tildon, III

Vice President of Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships,
United Way of Central Maryland

Azikiwe DeVeaux

President, Events4GoodPeople, LLC

Tom Noonan

President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Mark Wasserman

Senior Vice President, External Affairs, University of Maryland Medical Systems

Dennis Dietz

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Kaliope Parthemos

Deputy Chief, Office of the Mayor

Linda Westgate

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel

Salvatore Ferrulo

Senior Vice President, Centerplate

Carlos Plazas

Director of Finance, Chase Brexton Health Services


Vanessa Finney

Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc.

Frank Remesch

General Manager, Baltimore Arena

Kirby Fowler

President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Marianne Rowan-Braun

Vice President & Director of the Campaign for Shock Trauma,
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Ed Rudzinski

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel



Steve Bers

Whiteford, Taylor
& Preston

Elena DiPietro

Chief Solicitor, General Counsel
Baltimore City Law Department



(t/a “The Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board”)



The current schedule for 2014 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board is as follows:

Thursday, May 1, 2014
12:00p.m. Board Meeting - Baltimore Convention Center, Boardroom II; One West Pratt Street, Baltimore 21201

Thursday, August 7, 2014
12:00p.m. Board Meeting - Visit Baltimore
Time, TBD Visit Baltimore Annual Meeting Save the Date – Location TBD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00p.m. Board Meeting - Baltimore Convention Center, Boardroom II; One West Pratt Street, Baltimore 21201

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 12:00 p.m., noon, in the Visit Baltimore offices located at 100 Light Street, 12th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Board meetings may be closed from time to time if and as permitted in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act.