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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.


Judy Long Bixler photoJudy 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.


  • 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
  • Candace Breland Osunsade; SVP, Chief Administrative Officer, National Aquarium
  • Alexandra Lyn von Paris; Founder & CEO, Route One Apparel​
  • Dan Spedden; President, Hagerstown-Washington County CVB
  • Senator James N. Mathias, Jr.
  • Pat Nutter, Former Calvert County Commissioner 
  • William C. Ferguson Senator, District 46, Maryland State Senate
  • Wendell R. Beitzel; Delegate, District 1A, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Katie Fry-Hester, Senator, District 9, Maryland State Senate


Julia Bouie, Office of Tourism and Film
Maryland Department of Commerce
401 E. Pratt Street, 1461
Baltimore, MD 21202​


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