Maureen Curry had a distinguished career in tourism and hospitality marketing in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC prior to moving to Maryland’s Eastern Shore 33 years ago. A ten-year veteran of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Maureen is known as a leader in her field. She is the recipient of the coveted Sheraton President’s Award for Excellence and was the youngest ever president of the greater Los Angeles chapter of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International.
Upon moving to the Eastern shore, Maureen continued her career in hospitality at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, serving as Marketing Director and later General Manager. Over the years she held marketing positions with the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, Easton Utilities, and the Town of Easton. Maureen was also elected twice to the Easton Town Council, where she served her constituents with passion and pride. She left the Council when Mayor Robert C. Willey named her the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Easton in 2008. In her role she worked closely with the community on major issues, acting as liaison between the between business and the local and state governments. She initiated several programs, including Easton Main Street and Incubator Strategy Group, focused on bringing the bio-tech industry to Easton. In her role as ED Director, she also managed all state and federal grants pertaining to business development and property redevelopment within the Town.
Maureen has been a dedicated volunteer for her community, serving with the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Rotary Club of Easton, Meals on Wheels and Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, to name a few. She also served on the board of Maryland Life Magazine and Historic Easton, Inc. Maureen was named the Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay in 2012. She received the 2010 Directors’ Service Award from the Rotary Club of Easton for her work on “Shoeboxes for Soldiers.”
Maureen is most proud of her work as part of a dedicated group (Frederick Douglass Honor Society) who brought to fruition the dream of erecting a statue of Frederick Douglass on the grounds of the Talbot County courthouse in historic downtown Easton.