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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, the Board includes hospitality industry executives from attraction, retail, food service, transportation and lodging sectors. Board members are appointed by the Governor.


Rick HowarthRick Howarth is park president of Six Flags America and is responsible for all park operations, strategic direction and general management for the 131-acre theme and Water Park located in Bowie, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

A native of Largo, Maryland, Rick Howarth began his career in the theme park industry in 1992 as a finance intern at Wild World while studying at the University of Maryland in College Park. Wild World later became known as Adventure World before being rebranded as Six Flags America in 1999.


  • Judy Bixler; Vice Chair-Transportation, Owner/Captain, Oxford Bellevue Ferry
  • Erin McNaboe; Principal, Moxe Marketing
  • David Meloy; Vice-Chair-Lodging, President, ​Merit Hotel Group
  • Donna Abbott; Tourism & Marketing Director, Town of Ocean City
  • Adolph Ebersberger, Jr.; Insurance and Financial Specialist (Retired)
  • G. Hale Harrison; Vice President of Operations & Real Estate, Harrison Group Resort Hotels
  • Casey Jenkins; Executive Chef/Owner, Birdland Sports Bar & Grill
  • Cara Hergan Joyce; Owner, Urban Pirates
  • Michael James; President & COO, Hospita​lity Partners
  • Matthew Neitzey; Executive Director, Prince George's County CVB
  • Candace Breland Osunsade; SVP, Chief Administrative Officer, National Aquarium
  • Alexandra Lyn von Paris; Founder & CEO, Route One Apparel​
  • Heather Renz; Director of Marketing, Big Steaks Management
  • Vira Safai; Managing Partner, Comfort Inn Shady Grove
  • Dan Spedden; President, Hagerstown-Washington County CVB
  • 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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