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



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 2018-2019 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board 

John Frisch

Chairman & CEO, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Margot Amelia

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer National Aquarium

Kirby Fowler

President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

J. Michael Riley

Vice President Community Relations, M&T Bank

Greg Bader

Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Baltimore Orioles

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Onahlea Shimunek

General Manager, Lord Baltimore Hotel

Michael Barrett

Regional Vice President, Centerplate

Donald Fry

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Alex Smith

Owner, Atlas Restaurant Group

Greg Brown

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore

Mike Gill

Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Jim Smith

Chief of Strategic Alliances, Office of the Mayor

Erin Chamberlin

Sr. VP & General Manager, Horseshoe Casino

Delegate Keith Haynes

44th District

Ricky Smith

Executive Director/CEO, Maryland Department of Transportation

William H. Cole IV

President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation

J. Howard Henderson

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Urban League

Marcus Stephens

Executive Creative Director, Plank Industries

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

David Hoffman

General Manager at Montage International - Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Chuck Tildon

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

Terry Donahue

General Manager, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Terry Worden

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Wanda Draper

Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Alison Jones

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Jerry Edwards

President and Corporate Chef, Chef's Expression

Shawn King

Director of Design – OUR HOUSE, Under Armour

Vanessa A. Finney

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

Donna Marquez

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Tony Foreman

Owner, Foreman Wolf

Frank Remesch

General Manager, Royal Farms Arena



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 2019 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board is as follows:

Meeting dates will be posted shortly.

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 Deborah W. Ivory 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.