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Watermark Recognized at AAACCVB's 25th Anniversary

AAACCVB Celebrates 25 Years of Service to the Community

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) celebrated its 25th Anniversary and Scholarship Reception with 130 guests at U.S. Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium’s Akerson Tower on Thursday, September 17. Organized as a thank-you to the many members, partners, friends and elected officials who have supported and help grow the organization over the past 25 years, the festive evening included live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys and the Asbury United Methodist Church Choir, food and beverage pairings and public recognition of key tourism partners.

Maryland State Senator John Astle and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh joined AAACCVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore and AAACCVB Board Chairman Erin McNaboe in presenting awards to three different groups: businesses and organizations who have contributed to the destination’s growth for the last 25 years and beyond; individuals positioned to play key roles in increasing the economic impact of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County tourism in the years ahead; and AAACCVB volunteer information specialists who have worked above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a stellar visitor experience.

In the first category, the following individuals and organizations were recognized for helping to put the destination and the AAACCVB on the map in a significant way: Watermark Owner Debbie Gosselin, U.S. Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk; U.S. Boat Shows Owner and General Manager Paul Jacobs, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland Renaissance Festival President Jules Smith and Bill Muehlhauser, CEO and Founder of Rams Head Group and Founder and Managing Partner of Coastal Brewing Company.

In the second category, awards were presented to individuals and organizations that are filling the pipeline now to help ensure the future economic viability of the destination. Recipients included: Steve Beck, President of the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman; David Cordish, Chairman and CEO of the Cordish Companies. Howard Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Maryland Live! Casino accepted the award on Cordish’s behalf; and Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Director Rick Anthony.

Senator Astle, Del Signore and McNaboe wrapped up the awards portion of the evening with a special thanks to the 100+ AAACCVB volunteers for the nearly 10,500 volunteer hours they contribute annually to the organization. They publicly recognized volunteers Fay Ferrell, Ann Kier and Nancy Russell for their outstanding service. Awards were also presented to volunteers Ed Wood and Georgina Hammond in absentia.

The grand finale of the evening’s festivities came when Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF) President Deb Carter announced that more than $16,000 had been raised for the AAACCVB’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship Challenge Fund. Kicked off by AAACCVB President & CEO Connie Del Signore during National Tourism Week in May, the fund was established to help Anne Arundel County residents jump start a career in travel and tourism.

Photo Caption #1: On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) presented awards to organizations and individuals who have contributed to the destination’s growth over the past 25 years. Pictured left to right are: Bill Muehlhauser, CEO and Founder of Rams Head Group and Founder and Managing Partner of Coastal Brewing Company; Watermark Owner Debbie Gosselin; Maryland Renaissance Festival President Jules Smith; U.S. Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk; Maryland State Delegate for District 31A and BWI Thurgood Marshall’s Chief Administrative Officer, Ned Carey; AAACCVB Board Chairman Erin McNaboe; Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh; and Maryland State Senator John Astle. Not pictured: U.S. Boat Shows Owner and General Manager Paul Jacobs.

Photo Courtesy AAACCVB