Thomas B. Riford is the Vice President of Funds Development for the Homewood Retirement Centers, and he heads up the Homewood Foundation. He is the Past-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 Chamber of Commerce 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. In 2009, Tom Riford accepted, on behalf of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB, the Maryland Cultural Heritage Tourism Award from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The award recognized the CVB’s work, along with a committee of tourism professionals and historians from four states, done in connection with the 150th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. In 2013, he also was awarded the Washington County John Frye Historical Preservation Award for Advocacy. He received the top tourism marketing award in 2013 from the Maryland Tourism Council. Riford is a board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Riford is the President of the Board of Directors of the Discovery Station Museum in Hagerstown, and the President of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. Riford also serves on the boards of the Red Cross, Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley, and other non-profits. He was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2014.
Riford is a part-time newsman on WJEJ Radio, and enjoys spending time in Lou Scally’s large shadow.