Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board Names John Frisch as Chair

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:45pm

(BALTIMORE, MD) – John Frisch has been appointed Chairman of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board, effective July 29, 2014.

John Frisch has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Miles & Stockbridge since 2003. In addition to being an advocate for the business, hospitality and tourism community, John has served on several boards concerned with the vitality of the region.  These include the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, which he chaired from 2008 to 2013, and the Greater Baltimore Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law and the Center Club’s Board of Directors.

“Having spent more than 30 years working in and enjoying downtown, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Visit Baltimore and Baltimore Convention Center teams,” Frisch said. “I am eager to continue to leverage Baltimore’s strong assets in attracting more tourism and convention center business to our region.”

Frisch will replace Atwood “Woody” Collins III, who is stepping down after two years as Chair. The Executive Vice President of M&T Bank Corporation, Collins has been a member of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board since 2008.

Collins congratulated Frisch on his incoming role as Chairman Tuesday at Visit Baltimore’s annual business meeting.  “I cannot think of an individual better suited to take on this post,” he said.

“During his tenure Woody has provided the sound leadership and fiscal oversight expectant of a Board Chair,” said Visit Baltimore President and CEO Tom Noonan. “His outstanding level of commitment has helped us to strengthen our industry and position us for even greater growth with John at the helm.”

Peggy Daidakis, executive director of the Baltimore Convention Center commented “John has proven to be a valuable member of the community. I look forward to working with him as we continue to position Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center as leaders of our industry.”

“Tourism is a key sector for job growth and a critical component of my plan to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families by 2020,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “John will be a vital asset to our board, as he understands how important tourism is to our City’s growing economy by creating jobs for City residents and supporting local businesses.”  

The Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board is a joint board of directors that provides oversight to both Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center, and is responsible for creating marketing and sales plans and goals that reflect the missions of both organizations.


Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit

Sara Warfield