Woody Collins elected chair of Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board


Atwood “Woody” Collins III has been named the new chair of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board, effective May 20.

Currently, Collins is an executive vice president of M&T Bank Corporation, responsible for the growth and expansion of Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Management practice. He has been a member of the Board since 2008. During his tenure, Collins has served as the Board’s Treasurer, as well as head of the finance committee. In these positions, he plays a critical role in providing fiscal oversight, and advising on budget management for Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center.

Collins replaces Ed Hale, owner of the Baltimore Blast and Hale Properties, L.L.C. Hale has chaired the Board since its formation in 2006. Among his many accomplishments, Hale led the charge in obtaining a tax settlement from online travel booking agencies in 2011.

“Woody Collins has been a terrific asset to our board and our efforts to promote Baltimore’s strong tourism economy,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “He understands that our convention and tourism industry is an important economic engine for the city, creating thousands of jobs for residents. I also want to thank Ed Hale for his service to the board as chair since 2006.”

“I am pleased that Woody has taken on the leadership of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board,” Peggy Daidakis, executive director of the Baltimore Convention Center, said. “He has made a valuable contribution as a member, and I will look forward to working with him as we continue our efforts to make Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center leaders of our industry.”

“We are grateful to Ed for the leadership that he has provided as chair,” Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, said. “His presence during Visit Baltimore’s most successful years is a testament to his commitment to tourism and economic development in the City. We look forward to continuing our success under Woody’s leadership.”

The Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board is a joint board of directors that provides oversight to both Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center, and is responsible for creating marketing and sales plans and goals that reflect the missions of both organizations.

Source: Visit Baltimore

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