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

Al Hutchinson

President and CEO

Charles H. Jeffers II

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Schaffer

Chief Marketing Officer

Amy Calvert

Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services

Craig D. Vay

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Dionne Joyner-Weems

Vice President of Marketing

Sara Warfield

Vice President of Communications

Bon Whiting

Vice President of Membership and Development

Allison Burr-Livingstone

Associate Vice President of Public Affairs


Directors of the 2017-2018 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board 

John Frisch

Chairman & CEO, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Gene-Michael Addis

General Manager, Lord Baltimore Hotel

Tony Foreman


Donna Marquez

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Margot Amelia

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer National Aquarium

Kirby Fowler

President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Carlos Plazas

Vice President of Finance, Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Greg Brown

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Frank Remesch

General Manager, Royal Farms Arena

Erin Chamberlin

Sr. VP & General Manager, Horseshoe Casino

Donald Fry

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

J. Michael Riley

Vice President Community Relations, M&T Bank

William H. Cole IV

President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation

Mike Gill

Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Marianne Rowan-Braun

VP of Patient Experience, University of Maryland Medical Center

Douglas Conner

Regional Vice President, Centerplate

Bill Gilmore

CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts

Ed Rudzinski

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

Delegate Keith Haynes

44th District

Alex Smith

Owner, Atlas Restaurant Group

Commissioner Kevin Davis

Baltimore City Police Commissioner

Howard Henderson

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Urban League

Jim Smith

Chief of Strategic Alliances, Office of the Mayor

Azikiwe DeVeaux

President, Events4GoodPeople, LLC

David Hoffman

General Manager at Montage International, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Ricky Smith

Executive Director/CEO, Maryland Department of Transportation

Terry Donahue

General Manager, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Shelonda Stokes

President, Greibo Entertainment

Wanda Draper

Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Alison Jones

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Colin Tarbert

Deputy Mayor, Office of the Mayor

Jerry Edwards

President and Corporate Chef, Chef's Expression

Shawn King

Director of Design – OUR HOUSE, Under Armour

Chuck Tildon

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

Vanessa A. Finney

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


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 2018 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board is as follows:

Thursday, February 1, 2018
12:00 PM Board Meeting
Baltimore Convention Center, Boardroom II; One West Pratt Street, Baltimore 21201

Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 PM Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
12:00 PM Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
12:00 PM 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. Lunch will be served.

If you are interested in hosting one of the above meetings please contact Kasey Borden at 410-659-7033 or [email protected].

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.