Thomas B. Riford is President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and happily touts the area's unique offerings—including five national parks, eight state parks, over 30 museums, and a number-one-shopping-destination ranking in Maryland. A graduate of Cornell University, decorated Marine Corps veteran, winner of the 2004 Business Volunteer of the Year Award, and 1989 CBS Radio News Reporter of the Year, Riford is also a thrill-seeker. In 1994, this former professional skier and racer set a world record for most vertical feet skied in a four-hour period. He teaches skiing part-time at Whitetail Ski Resort and is an Examiner in the PSIA. He currently serves on several boards of directors, including the Maryland Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland Tourism Council, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley, and Discovery Station Museum. Riford is a part-time newsman on WJEJ Radio, and enjoys spending time in Lou Scally’s large shadow.