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Tourism Board

The work of the Office of Tourism is guided and supported by hospitality industry leadership under the gubernatorially appointed board of executives representing lodging, retail, transportation, food service and attractions, and six members of Maryland’s General Assembly.

By General Assembly authority, the Board has broad policy powers to guide the direction of all activities necessary to develop and market the State as a destination.

Tourism Board Members


Executive Committee

Ms. Judy Long Bixler
Chair – Transportation
Owner/Captain
Oxford Bellevue Ferry

Judy Bixler is co-owner and captain of the oldest privately-owned ferry in the U.S. – the Oxford Bellevue Ferry which is located in Oxford, MD. In 1999, she was captain of a 40-foot sailing vessel and in 2000 was a ferry crew member, accumulating sea time for a Coast Guard captain’s license. Judy has been president of the Oxford Bellevue Ferry since 2001.

 

Members at Large

 

Ms. Heather Shaffer Braue
Director of Marketing & Public relations
Royal Farm Arena

Heather Shaffer Braue is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Braue has over 20 years of experience in the live entertainment event industry. In addition to her role with the Maryland Tourism Development Board, Ms. Braue serves on the parent advisory board for both the Gilman School and Roland Park Country School and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Fallston Swim and Tennis Club and the Fallston Country Pre-K School. Ms. Braue is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communications and English from Elon College (University) in North Carolina. Ms. Braue resides in Monkton, MD.

 

Ms. Ashley Chenault
Chief of Tourism
Recreation Parks & Tourism Charles County

Ashley Chenault is a Norfolk State University Alumnus holding a B.A. in Journalism Communications. She currently serves as the Tourism Chief for Explore Charles County.  She brings her industry experience, passion, and commitment to excellence to her new role with Charles County Government. She was awarded the Maryland Tourism Coalition Best Destination Guide (2017) and a Maryland Tourism Development Board Market Expansion Award (2019) with Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area while employed with Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic & Tourism Development. The newly appointed board member to the Maryland Tourism Development Board, is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a board member for Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium. The Eastern Shore native is eager to share her passion for the industry in Charles County.

 

Mr. Adolph W. Ebersberger
Insurance and Financial Specialist – Retired
Millersville, Anne Arundel County

Mr. Ebersberger has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. His agency was among the largest and most successful in the state prior to his temporary retirement in the early 1990s. He currently provides financial planning services for his clients on a part-time basis. Mr. Ebersberger served in the Navy as a legal officer.

 

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Mr. G. Hale Harrison
Vice President of Operations & Real Estate
Harrison Group Resort Hotels

G. Hale Harrison is Vice President of Operations & Real Estate for Harrison Group Resort Hotels in Ocean City, Maryland. Mr. Harrison currently serves on the board of Calvin B. Taylor Bank and the Ocean City Development Corporation. He is past President of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and a past member of the Town of Ocean City’s Tourism Commission.

 

Mr. Michael James
President and COO
Hospitality Partners

President and COO of Hospitality Partners, the Maryland based Hotel Management Company. Mr. James assumed the role of President late in 2012. Hospitality Partners has offices in both Ocean City and Bethesda. Mr. James has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, managing a wide array of hotels, both independent and franchise, including Sheraton, Guest Quarters Suites, Embassy Suites, Doubletree and Marriott. Mr. James joined Hospitality Partners in 1989 and spent a decade in the Washington D.C. area managing several properties.

 

Mr. Casey Jenkins
Executive Chef/Owner
Southern Living Restaurant Group

Casey Jenkins, Executive Chef/ Owner of the Southern Living Restaurant Group, has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Starting his career in the United States Marine Corps cooking for hundreds of Marines allowed him the opportunity to attend the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park New York. After graduating he worked in a number of well-known restaurants throughout New York: Aquavits, Waters Edge, and The Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations before moving on to national companies Sodexho, and Aramark working in front line leadership positions in the Maryland, and DC areas. In 2006 Chef Jenkins opened his first restaurant in Baltimore Md., Darker than Blue Café, over the last decade wining many notable awards: Baltimore Magazine 50 best restaurants 2009, and Best Southern Restaurant of 2010. In 2013 Chef Jenkins opened Birdland Sports Bar & Grill, with the new Darker than Blue Café slated to open in 2018.

 

Ms. Cara Hergan Joyce
Owner/Operator
Urban Pirates | Baltimore, Maryland

Cara Hergan Joyce is the visionary behind Urban Pirates, a successful tourist attraction, founded nine years ago in Baltimore. Urban Pirates has expanded, the new location in National Harbor, Maryland opened in April 2016. Her business is consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Attractions; entertaining over 500,000 customers. Cara sits on The White House Business Forward Leadership Council, the Board of the Fell’s Point Preservation Society and she is actively involved with the Baltimore Tourism Association among other organizations. Cara taught Special Education for over two decades in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has remained involved in athletics by teaching and coaching youth sports.

 

Mr. Juan Carlos Linares

Mr. Juan Carlos Linares
General Manager
Tanger Outlets National Harbor

Mr. Linares has served as General Manager of Tanger Outlets National Harbor since 2014, prior to which he served in several leadership positions within Tanger Outlets including Corporate Director of Marketing and General Manager of the San Marcos and Terrell locations. In addition to his new role with the Maryland Tourism Board, Mr. Linares serves on the boards of Prince George’s County Workforce Development, Experience Prince George’s, and Visit National Harbor.

 

Senator James N. Mathias, Jr.

Mr. James N. Mathias, Jr.
Former Senator, District 38

Jim was raised in Baltimore Maryland. He graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson and continued his education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science in 1974. He was formely the Maryland State Senator of District 38, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties and the Business Development Officer, for Royal Plus, Inc.

Jim has spent his lifetime in the service of others. He served as a member of the Ocean City Board of Zoning Appeals, the Ocean City Council and then Mayor of the town of Ocean City Maryland. He served as Mayor from 1996 to 2006. That year he was appointed Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, District 38B, and was elected as the Delegate in 2006, serving on the Economic Matters Committee. He maintained that role until 2011 when he was elected a Maryland State Senator, for District 38, being re-elected to the State Senate in 2014, serving on the Senate Finance Committee.

 

Ms. Candace Breland Osunsade
SVP, Chief Administrative Officer
National Aquarium

The National Aquarium welcomed Candace Osunsade to the team in 2008, as the Vice President of Human Resources and today she serves as the National Aquarium’s SVP, Chief Administrative Officer. Candace is a key advisor to the CEO and a member of the Aquarium’s Leadership Team; with accountabilities for Strategy & Planning, Human Resources, Volunteer Programs, Administrative Services and the Executive Office.

Candace is a respected thought leader with over twenty-five years of experience; designing and implementing strategic Human Capital programs and initiatives. Candace is an experienced leader of transformational change and a skilled developer of a high performing teams with expertise in the following practice areas: Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Project Management, Process Design, and Board Governance. Candace is a graduate of Cornell University ILR School and is a certified Senior Human Resource professional and a Standards of Excellence consultant.

In 2015 Candace was recognized as the Chief Human Resource Officer of year by HRO magazine and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Network 2000, and GBC Leadership. Candace is actively engaged in the community as a Board Member and committed volunteer with mission based organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for under-served students.

 

Mr. Dan Spedden
President
Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dan currently serves as the President of the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, an organization with a mission to promote the economic development of Hagerstown and Washington County through travel and tourism. Dan is also the State Park Superintendent of the South Mountain Recreation Area, a cluster of four State Parks and a State Battlefield on the border of Frederick and Washington Counties. The 16,600 acre complex includes Gathland, Greenbrier, South Mountain, and Washington Monument State Parks and the South Mountain State Battlefield. Dan was a law enforcement ranger and retired at the rank of captain in October 2013. Originally from Baltimore County, Maryland a 1982 graduate of the University of Maine’s Natural Resource Management program. Dan resides in Hagerstown, MD with his wife of 30 years Janette and his 23 year old son Zach.

 

Mr. Albert A. Spence

Mr. Albert A. Spence
President
A.S. Midway Tours

As a renowned entrepreneur, and covenanted community leader, Mr. Albert Spence is a national prominent businessman who has delivered a consistent luxury product in the transportation industry for over 40 years. In addition to his role as President of A.S. Midway Tours, Mr. Spence is a leading national authority on the motorcoach industry, a former board member of the Baltimore County Board of Tourism, a fourth-term board member of the American Bus Association, and the third-term president of the Maryland Motorcoach Association.

 

Legislative Appointees

The Honorable Wendell R. Beitzel
Maryland House of Delegates
Delegate
District 1A | Garrett & Allegany Counties

Delegate Beitzel is a recent appointment to the Maryland Tourism Development Board. He is owner of the Accident Bakery and President of Beitzel Enterprises, Inc.

 

The Honorable Bill Ferguson
Senator
District 46 | Baltimore City

Senator Ferguson, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2010, then becoming the youngest ever-elected State Senator in Maryland’s history.

A lifelong Maryland resident, Bill made Baltimore City his home when he joined Teach for America after graduating from Davidson College with a double major in political science and economics. From 2005 to 2007, Bill taught U.S. history and U.S. government to ninth and tenth graders in a breakout academy of one of Baltimore’s most challenged high schools.

After teaching, Bill worked as a Community Liaison for the Baltimore City Council President’s Office; earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law; and served as the Special Assistant to Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools. Through these pursuits, Ferguson continually drew from his classroom experiences to find ways to bring new resources and greater attention to the city’s educational achievement gap. Senator Ferguson is married with two children and two dogs.


Executive Directors Council to the Maryland Tourism Development Board

Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM)

Mr. Kevin Atticks
Executive Director
6247 Falls Road, Suite G | Baltimore, MD 21209
T: 410-252-9463; 800-237-9463 | F: 240-525-7438 | E: [email protected]

Marine Trades Association of Maryland

Ms. Susan Zellers
PO Box 3148 | Annapolis, MD 21403
T: 410-269-0741 | F: 410-626-1940 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Association of Campgrounds

Ms. Deborah Carter
Executive Director | Buttonwood Beach RV Resort
PO Box 28 | Earleville, MD 21919
T: 410-275-2108 | F: 410-275-8309 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organization (MDMO)

Mr. Gregory Pizzuto
MDMO Chair |Executive Director|Visit Harford
115 N. Main Street, Suite C | Bel Air, MD 21014
T: 410-838-7777 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Horse Industry Board

Mr. Ross Peddicord
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway | Annapolis, MD 21401
T: 410-841-5798 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association

Ms. Amy Rohrer, CAE
President/CEO
20 Ridgely Ave., Suite 309 | Annapolis, MD 21401
T: 410-974-4472 | F: 410-266-7463 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Motorcoach Association

Ms. Mary Presley
Executive Administrator
P.O. Box 320252 | Alexandria, VA 22320
T: 571-312-7112 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Sports

Mr. Terry Hasseltine, CSEE
Executive Director | The Warehouse at Camden Yards
323 W. Camden Street, 5th Floor | Baltimore, MD 21201
T: 410-223-4139 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Retailers Association

Ms. Cailey Locklair Tolle
President
171 Conduit Street | Annapolis, MD 21401
T: 410-269-1440 | F: 410-269-0325 | E: [email protected]

Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association

Ms. Jane Springer
Executive Director
150 E. Main Street, Suite 104 | Westminster, MD 21157
T: 410-876-3424 | F: 410-871-2545 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Tourism Coalition

Ms. Ruth Toomey
Executive Director
626 C Admiral Drive #311 | Annapolis, MD 21401
T: 336-254-4648 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Tourism Education Foundation

Ms. Roseanne Souza
Executive Director
PO Box 128 | Annapolis, MD 21404-0128
T: 410-573-1300 | F: 410-573-1305 | E: [email protected]

Maryland Wineries Association

Mr. Kevin Atticks
Executive Director
6247 Falls Road, Suite G | Baltimore, MD 21209
T: 410-252-9463; 800-237-9463 | F: 240-525-7438 | E: [email protected]

Restaurant Association of Maryland

Mr. Marshall Weston Jr.
President and CEO
6301 Hillside Court | Columbia, MD 21046
T: 410-290-6800 x1013 | Email: [email protected]


Meeting Dates

Quarterly Business Meeting
February 18, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 1200 p.m.
TBD

Quarterly Business Meeting
April 15, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 1200 p.m.
TBD

Quarterly Business Meeting
June 17, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 1200 p.m.
TBD

Quarterly Business Meeting
November 8, 2021
TBD
Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit
Maryland Live (if possible)

Quarterly Business Meeting
February 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Maryland Inn
16 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Quarterly Business Meeting
June 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual Meeting (Google Hangout)
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/nfk-cecj-jtd
Phone Numbers: (‪US‬)‪+1 605-653-3324 PIN: ‪890 477 370#

Quarterly Business Meeting
September 10, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Meeting (Google Hangout)
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/wsz-exci-phz
Phone Numbers: (‪US‬)‪+1 530-994-2028‬ PIN: ‪707 398 372#‬

Quarterly Business Meeting
November 19, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Meeting (Google Hangout)
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/xgd-nxcx-vkz?authuser=0&hs=122
Phone Numbers:
‪(US) +1 650-966-6506‬ PIN: ‪605 750 538‬#

Quarterly Business Meeting
February 15, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
House Office Building, Room 150
Annapolis, MD 21401

Quarterly Business Meeting
April 17, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Legislative wrap-up via conference call
1-929-266-2569
PIN: 482 675 325#

Quarterly Business Meeting
June 5, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
5100 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Quarterly Business Meeting
September 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Westin – BWI
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Rd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Quarterly Business Meeting
March 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Loews Annapolis Hotel, Powerhouse Point Lookout Room, 3rd Floor
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Quarterly Business Meeting
June 6, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
5001 Washington Blvd.
Halethorpe, MD 21227

Quarterly Business Meeting
November 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Golf Resort, Marina & Spa
100 Heron Blvd
Cambridge, MD 21613


Agendas

MTDB Business Meeting Agenda February 18, 2021

Final - February 18, 2021 MTDB Business Meeting Agenda- External .docx
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda April 15, 2021

4-15-21 MTDB General Business Meeting Agenda
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda November 19, 2020, 2020

11_19_20 MTDB Business Meeting Agenda
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda February 28, 2020

2-28-20 MTBD approved agenda-All
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda June 25, 2020

6-25-20 MTBD Agenda
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda September 10, 2020

MTDB September 10, 2020 Business Meeting Agenda
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda February 15, 2019

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda April 17, 2019

MTDB agenda 4.17.19
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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda June 5, 2019

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda March 1, 2018

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda June 6, 2018

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda February 24, 2017

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda May 24, 2017

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda September 27, 2017

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MTDB Business Meeting Agenda November 8, 2017

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Minutes

MTDB Business Meeting Minutes February 18, 2021

2-18 21 (APPROVED) MTDB MINUTES
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes November 19, 2020

Final - 11-19-20 MTDB MINUTES
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes February 28, 2020

2-28-20 MTBD minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes June 25, 2020

MTDB Business Meeting Minutes - June 25, 2020
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes September 10, 2020

9-10 20 MTBD Minutes-APPROVED-11-19-20
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes February 15, 2019

2-15-2019 minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes March 1, 2018

3-1-2018-minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes June 8, 2018

6-8-2018-minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes November 14, 2018

11-14-2018-minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes February 24, 2017

2-24-2017 minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes May 24, 2017

5-24-2017-minutes
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MTDB Business Meeting Minutes November 8, 2017

11-8-2017-minutes
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Legislation

HB 1590 Responsibilities of the MTDB
An act outlining the goals and responsibilities of the Maryland Tourism Development Board. Includes list of documents to be produced by the Board annually.

House Bill 690
An act which increased the membership of the Maryland Tourism Development Board and defined which levels of government which appointed the members.

House Bill 1590
The act that established the Maryland Tourism Development Board and defined its membership, governance and responsibilities.

Senate Bill 0087
This bill alters the voting membership of the Maryland Tourism Development Board by granting three existing nonvoting members appointed by the Governor the right to vote. The composition of the board remains otherwise unchanged.