Biographies

Dan Spedden

By August 24, 2021 No Comments

As the President of Visit Hagerstown Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Dan serves as the voice for the hospitality industry in Washington County, Maryland, organizing diverse tourism assets into one first rate destination. The CVB, under Dan’s leadership has been recognized for innovative digital marketing strategies, have launched a responsive website and our destination’s first mobile application. We recruited a lacrosse tournament with over 3,000 athletes, operate as the County’s film office to assist film makers, and won a bid for a national cycling championship to come to our destination in 2018 and 2019. Dan and his team work with hotels, parks, museums, outfitters, restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Tourism in Washington County Maryland is a $290,000,000 industry. In 2016, Governor Hogan appointed Dan to serve on the Maryland Tourism Development Board.

Prior to coming to Visit Hagerstown, Dan served for 30 years as a State Park Ranger and State Park Superintendent. He was a Law Enforcement Ranger and retired at the Rank of Captain. As a State Park Superintendent he presided over the administration, operation, and protection of South Mountain Recreation Area, a cluster of four State Parks, a State Battlefield, a railroad corridor. Also under his purview was the Maryland portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, comprising more than 16,000 acres over 40 miles with more than 700,000 visitors annually. His work there included the management of the parks’ swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, nature exploration, and historical and cultural sites. I planned and managed large major maintenance projects and capital improvements.

In 1999 Governor Glendenning appointed Dan to a task force that studied the efficacy of designating South Mountain as Maryland’s first State Battlefield. The State Battlefield designation was needed to bring attention and resources to this endangered battle site. Dan was the State Park Superintendent for that area then and remained there to evolve the State Battlefield. South Mountain State Battlefield is now an important tourism asset for Maryland.

Dan and his wife Janette reside in Hagerstown. They love travel and baseball, and frequently catch Orioles games in Baltimore to spend time with their son Zach who lives and works in Baltimore.