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Maryland Marketing Partnership

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland Marketing Partnership, founded in statute as the Maryland Public-Private Partnership Marketing Corporation, was created to develop a branding strategy for the state, market the state’s assets and encourage the location and growth of new businesses in Maryland.

Board members represent various state regions – from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore – in the areas of business, economic development, labor, non-profit organizations, marketing and advertising, and public relations and communications.​

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Aaron Tomarchio, Executive Vice President, Tradepoint Atlantic
  • Vice Chair: Laura Van Eperen, CEO, FOVNDRY
  • Acting Executive Director: Sherri Diehl, Marketing Director, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Secretary: Ali von Paris, CEO and Founder, Route One Apparel, Inc.
  • Treasurer: Leonard Raley, President and CEO, University System of Maryland Foundation


  • Kevin Anderson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Leon Bailey, Jr., Real Estate Manager, 7-Eleven Corporation
  • Sila Alegret-Bartel, Owner, International Corporate Training & Marketing  
  • Allyson Black, Sr. Manager, Baltimore Gas & Electric 
  • Christine Brooks-Cropper, Managing Partner, JCR Consulting LLC
  • Henry Fawell, Founder and President, Campfire Communications
  • Gerald Jackson, Assistant Business Manager, MDDC AFL-CIO, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 486
  • Captain Eric Nielsen, President, Association of Maryland Pilots
  • Shannon Prudhomme, Sr. Technical Manager, Corus International
  • Linda Thornton Thomas, President, Prince George's County NAACP; CEO, National Coalition of Resources (NCOR)
Ex officio 
  • Senator Cheryl Kagan (District 17; appointed by Senate President)
  • Delegate Kris Valderrama (District 26; appointed by House Speaker)



Sherri Diehl, Acting Executive Director, MMP
Marketing Director, Maryland Department of Commerce
401 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


Tuesday, December 19 at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
UMBC Research and Tech Park
5520 Research Park Drive
Catonsville, MD 21228




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