Maryland Tourism Coalition names new executive director

The Maryland Tourism Coalition has named Ruth Toomey, an Anne Arundel County-based marketing and communications veteran, as its Executive Director, effective June 1.

Toomey, who most recently worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing for An Extraordinar Limousine Service in Glen Burnie, replaces former executive director Wini Roche, who is running for a seat on the Harford County Council.

Toomey, a Glen Burnie resident, has been a board member for the coalition since 2009 and last served as its Membership Chair. She is a graduate of High Point University and has more than 24 years of experience in the hospitality sector, according to a release announcing the appointment. She previously worked as Guest Services Manager for the Arundel Mills mall.

“Tourism is one of Maryland’s top 10 economic engines and MTC needs a strong professional to guide our members in advocacy and policy to support an industry that employs nearly 150,000 Marylanders,” Maryland Tourism Coalition board chair Michael Haynie said in a statement. “Ruth knows this community from the small business perspective, as well as the large retail perspective, and has been committed to MTC’s success for nearly 10 years. She is an asset to our mission and we look forward to growing our organization under her leadership.”

The coalition unites members from all segments of the hospitality industry in Maryland and focuses on building connections between tourism groups, businesses and government.

In a statement, Toomey said she plans to use her new role to support the small businesses “that make up the backbone of the tourism industry in Maryland.”

“I look forward to expanding MTC’s advocacy efforts across the state to help attract even more tourists to every corner of Maryland and grow this $17 billion economy,” she said.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal, June 11, 2018

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