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

Dionne Joyner-Weems

Vice President of Marketing

Directors of the 2014-2015 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board 

John Frisch

Chairman & CEO, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Gene-Michael Addis

General Manager, Lord Baltimore Hotel

Tony Foreman


Frank Remesch

General Manager, 1st Mariner Arena

Delegate Curt Anderson

Baltimore City Delegate

Kirby Fowler

President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

J. Michael Riley

Vice President Community Relations, M&T Bank

Erin Chamberlin

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Horseshoe Casino

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Marianne Rowan-Braun

Vice President & Director of the Campaign for Shock Trauma

Jim Britton

Owner, Class Act Catering

Donald Fry

President, Greater Baltimore Committee

Ed Rudzinski

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Edie Brown

President, Edie Brown & Associates, Inc.

Mike Gill

Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Skipp Sanders

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

Greg Brown

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore

Bill Gilmore

Executive Director, Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts

Onahlea Shimunek

General Manager, Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

William H. Cole IV

President and CEO,
Baltimore Development Corporation

Alison Jones

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Alex Smith

Owner, Ouzo Bay

Mary Ann Cricchio

Owner, Da Mimmo's Italian Restaurant of Little Italy

Kevin Kennedy

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Shelonda Stokes

President, Greibo Communications

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

Shawn King

Director of Deisgn - OUR HOUSE, Under Armour

Colin Tarbert

Deputy Mayor, Office of the Mayor

Azikiwe DeVeaux

President, Events4GoodPeople, LLC

Ron Melton

Interim President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Chuck Tildon

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

Salvatore Ferrulo

Senior Vice President, Centerplate

Carlos Plazas

Vice President of Finance, Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Mark Wasserman

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

Vanessa Finney

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

John Racanelli

President and CEO, The National Aquarium

Douglas Conner

Regional Vice President, Centerplate 


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 2016 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board is as follows:

Thursday, January 21, 2016
12:00 PM Board Meeting
Baltimore Convention Center, Boardroom II; One West Pratt Street, Baltimore 21201

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12:00 PM Board Meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2016
12:00 PM Board Meeting
Baltimore Convention Center, Boardroom II; One West Pratt Street, Baltimore 21201

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:00 PM Board Meeting

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