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Maryland Tourism Development Board

​​​​​​The Board's mission is to guide activities to develop and market the state as a destination. Created in 1993, board members are appointed by the Governor and includes hospitality industry executives from attraction, retail, food service, transportation and lodging sectors.


A past president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, Greg Shockley opened Shenanigan's Irish Pub 20 years ago. He is a founding member of Ocean City's Boardwalk Development Association, president of the Ocean City Development Corporation and a former member of the Restaurant Association of Maryland's board of directors.


  • David Meloy; Secretary/Treasurer, President, Merit Hotel Group
  • Rick Howarth; Vice Chair-Attractions, Park President, Six Flags America
  • Judy Bixler; Vice Chair-Transportation, Owner/Captain, Oxford Bellevue Ferry
  • Adolph Ebersberger, Jr.; Insurance and Financial Specialist (Retired)
  • Alan Friedman; General Counsel and Partner, Blue Water Strategies Consultants, LLC
  • Patricia Heffelfinger; Executive Director, Maryland Soccer Foundation
  • Alice Lloyd; Owner, Bartlett Pear Inn
  • Erin McNaboe; President, Rams Head Group
  • Matthew Neitzey; Executive Director, Prince George's County CVB
  • Heather Renz; Director of Marketing, Big Steaks Managem​ent
  • Vira Safai; Managing Partner, Comfort Inn Shady Grove
  • Ruth Umbel, Teacher (Retired)​
  • John C. Astle; Senator, District 30, Maryland State Senate
  • Wendell R. Beitzel; Delegate, District 1A, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Pamela G. Beidle; Delegate, District 32, Maryland House of Delegates
  • James N. Mathias, Jr.; Senator, District 38, Maryland State Senate


Chanda Miller​, Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts
Maryland Department of Commerce
401 E. Pratt Street, 1461
Baltimore, MD 21202​


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