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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: Aarpon Tomarchio, Executive Vice President, Tradepoint Atlantic
  • Vice Chair: Laura Van Eperen, CEO, FOVNDRY
  • Executive Director: Tom Riford, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Secretary: Ali von Paris, CEO and Founder, Route One Apparel
  • Treasurer: Leonard Raley, President and CEO, University System of Maryland Foundation


  • Sila Alegret-Bartel, Founder/President, International Corporate Training & Marketing  
  • Julian Boykin, President of A.C.E., LLC.
  • Kevin A. Anderson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Henry Fawell, Founder and President, Campfire Communications
  • Captain Eric Nielsen, President, Association of Maryland Pilots
  • Allyson Black Woodson, Sr. Manager of State Affairs and Economic Development, BGE 
  • Tom Sadowski, Executive Director, Maryland Economic Development Corporation
  • Alexandra L. von Paris, CEO & Founder, Route One Apparel
  • Leon Bailey, Jr., Senior Real Estate Representative, 7-Eleven Corporation
  • Gerald W. Jackson, Assistant Business Manager, Plumbers & Steamfitters
  • Dionne Joyner-Weems, President & CEO, Audacity Group 
Ex officio 
  • Senator Cheryl Kagan (District 17; appointed by Senate President)
  • Delegate Kris Valderrama (District 26; appointed by House Speaker)



Tom Riford, Executive Director, MMP
Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
401 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202







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