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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

Al Hutchinson

President and CEO

Charles H. Jeffers II

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Schaffer

Chief Marketing Officer

Craig D. Vay

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Bon Whiting

Vice President of Membership
and Development

Dustin Arnheim

Vice President of Convention Sales and Services

Directors of the 2019-2020 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board

Directors of the 2019-2020 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board


John Frisch

Principal and Executive Leadership Coach
Shawan Leadership, LLC

Margot Amelia

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, National Aquarium

Jerry Edwards

President and Corporate Chef, Chef’s Expression

Shawn King

Director of Design – OUR HOUSE, Under Armour

Rob Arthur

General Manager, The Ivy Hotel

Vanessa A. Finney

President, Quercus Management
Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Chris Madoo

General Manager, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

Greg Bader

Senior VP, Administration & Experience, Baltimore Orioles

Tony Foreman

Owner, Foreman Wolf

Donna Marquez

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Michael Barrett

Regional Vice President, Centerplate

Kirby Fowler

President & CEO
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Dr. Redonda Miller

President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Firkremariam Boghossian

Dean, Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, Morgan State University

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Eleni Monios

Group VP & Mid-Atlantic Market Manager, M&T Bank

Greg Brown

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore

Donald Fry

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Frank Remesch

General Manager, Royal Farms Arena

Randall Conroy

Senior VP & General Manger, Horseshoe Casino

Bob Haislip

General Manager, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Onahlea Shimunek

General Manager, Lord Baltimore Hotel

Jason Curtis

General Manager, Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

Delegate Keith Haynes

44th District

Alex Smith

Owner, Atlas Restaurant Group

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

J. Howard Henderson

Principal, Henderson Advisory Group LLC

Ricky Smith

Executive Director/CEO, Maryland Department of Transportation

Lester Davis

Chief of Communications and Government Relations, Officer of the Mayor

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Marcus Stephens

EVP of Brand Marketing, Sagamore Spirit

Terry Donahue

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Ted Jabara

Managing Director
Harbor Magic Hotels
Pier 5 Hotel – Admiral Fell Inn
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf

Colin Tarbet

President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation

Wanda Draper

Community Leader

Alison Jones

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Chuck Tildon

VP External Affairs University of Maryland Medical Center

Juan Webster

General Manager, Montage International – Sagamore Pendry Baltimore


Ex Officio Members

Barry Glassman

Harford County Executive

Johnny Olszewski, Jr.

Baltimore County Executive

Steuart Pittman, Jr.

Anne Arundel County Executive

Stephen Wantz

Carroll County Commissioner


Steve Bers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston

Elena DiPietro

Chief Solicitor, General Counsel
Baltimore City Law Department


2020 Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board:

June 17
12-1:30 p.m.
Please check back for more information about location

November 18
12-1:30 p.m.
Please check back for more information about location


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 12 p.m., noon, in the Visit Baltimore offices located at 400 East Pratt Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Lunch will be served.

If you are interested in hosting one of the above meetings please contact Deborah W. Ivory at 410-659-8340 or

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